Why the Weather Channel gimmicks? | Sociopath's secrets | At Berkeley with Frederick Wiseman

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Please note: Jian is off until January 13 and Terry O'Reilly will be filling in for the week of January 6. Here's what we have on tap for you today:

  • What's up with the Weather Channel? The weather outside is indeed frightful, but even beyond this winter's polar vortex, TV's Weather Channel is maximizing the drama and emotion around everyone's favourite water-cooler topic. Terry talks with Marc Tracy, journalist for the New Republic, about the unusual tactics being employed by the network. [FULL POST]

  • From the Best of Q: What's it like to be a diagnosed sociopath? In her new book Confessions of a Sociopath, author M.E. Thomas explains why she's not that different from the rest of us, and why sociopaths are not all inherently evil. [FULL POST]

  • Legendary documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman on his latest film, At Berkeley. He joins Terry to share what he learned about the school's inner workings, why he focused on the school's shrinking budget as a key tension, and how he avoids spin when subjects simply speak for themselves. [FULL POST]

*Please note that schedules are always subject to last minute changes. Please check back for updates.

About the guest host: An acclaimed marketing man, Terry O'Reilly is known by CBC radio listeners for the acclaimed show Age of Persuasion, and its follow-up Under the Influence. O'Reilly has also gained notoriety for his live seminars and his book The Age of Persuasion: How Marketing Ate Our Culture. This isn't the first time Terry has filled in for Jian. You may have caught his interview with "Confessions of a Sociopath" author M.E. Thomas, longtime activist Ralph Nader, or Thomas Frank on Mad Men.

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