Preston Manning's advice for the Tea Party, Oliver Sacks, A Former Spy Reviews "Fair Game", Mythbusting: The Titanium Necklace, Amy Sedaris and Crafts for Poor People, Mark Morford's Letter to a Whiny Young Democrat, Yemen's Biggest Problem, The Futility of Cold Medicine.
Baseball fans were cheated. The World Series lasted a mere 5 games, although we got George W. Bush live on our televisions during the final 3 games in Arlington. He looked twinkly, like he was about to pull a fast one on Kanye West, Dick Cheney and the older woman he made inappropriate remarks to in his drinking days. Bush's team, the Texas Rangers, didn't win in spite of the fact they, along with the S.F. Giants, were wearing the ropey necklaces said to enhance performance. Now that steroids are finally unacceptable in baseball the alternative is the Phiten Titanium Necklace. And while no one advocates steroid use, the science is more solid for the anabolics than for the neckware. But the necklaces sure do look cool! Day 6 producer Chris Trowbridge decided to investigate the Phiten Titanium Necklace.
Some of the bigger names in the Tea Party movement went down in flames on Tuesday, but others like Marco Rubio and Rand Paul are carrying the torch to Washington. It's not clear yet if the movement has a leader. And we don't know what will become of their ideology as they enter the mainstream of public life. But we know someone who has seen it all before and knows how to retool a message of opposition and revolt into a force for change. Preston Manning looks at the midterm elections and what's next for the Tea Party.
Mark Morford's Open Letter to a Whiny Young Democrat is a must read for the Dems as they move forward, but if you've got your hands full or need to keep your eyes on the road, Mark reads it for you on the show.
In his books, Oliver Sacks turns clinical case studies into fascinating, confounding mysteries of the human brain. The neurologist is a fine writer, full of empathy for his subjects and admiration of the ways they improvise around their conditions. But in his latest book, The Mind's Eye, he becomes a clinical case himself. And he doesn't think he's a very good patient.
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Like all of Dr. Sack's books, it's a great read.
What do you know about Yemen? It's the poorest country in the Middle East. It's close to the Horn of Africa. It's also the ancestral home of the bin Ladens. It's politically unstable, there's a civil war. And now it appears to be another place that threatens the west. Yemen has been a safe haven for the group Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and that group was linked to two dangerous bombs removed from commerical cargo jets last week in Europe. On Day 6 we take a closer look at Yemen and ask if it might be the next Afghanistan.
Naomi Watts is one of the few Hollywood stars beautiful enough to play former CIA operative Valerie Plame. Hollywood loves the Plame story, with bad guy Scooter Libby blowing Plame's cover because her husband was disrupting the Bush administration's case for the invasion of Iraq. The film version Fair Game came out this week. So we sent a former spy to see it. He doesn't look like Valerie Plame though.
Do you have a cold? Have you ever rocked the Neti-pot? It's like a tea pot you shove up your nose. It fills your sinus cavity with saline and then you drain it out. It's not pretty when people use the Neti-pot and it feels awful, like you have a cold and you've recently drowned. Jennifer Ackerman says you probably don't need to bother with it. Most cold remedies don't do a thing. We visit the pharmacy with the author of Ah-Choo.
And Amy Sedaris of the cult show Strangers with Candy (and very obviously the object of David Letterman's crush) has a new coffee table book out called Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People and it's wild: it's like hillbillies doing macrame. Amy goes beyond the madness of her previous book I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence which actually has a killer recipe for Vanilla Buttercream Frosting.
Have a great weekend.
Brent Bambury @cbcday6