This week Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon had a chance to visit with PJ Manney. PJ has written for television - Xena and Hercules - and she's a novelist.
PJ is also a very active futurist. She's on the board of directors for the World Transhumanist Association, she's a senior associate at the Foresight Nanotech Institute, and she is on the scientific advisory board for the Lifeboat Foundation.
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- LSU won the SEC championship!
- Our Tales of the Paranormal feature is back. We learned that the "Association for the Study of Unexplained Phenomenon" is claiming to have a working "telephone to the dead."
- Does technology - the Internet, video games, etc. - does all that make us more or less empathetic?
- What does it mean to be a geek or a nerd? Is autism part of the picture?
- We listened to an excerpt from the pilot episode of CBS's new sitcom "The Big Bang Theory." Good news - the geeks are the heroes in that show.
- If you have a smart kid, do you praise the child for being smart or try to play it down?
- Lastly, we got a great story about PJ's Xena episode, "Is There a Doctor in the House?" PJ was too modest to mention it, but this episode is both a fan favorite and the favorite episode of Lucy Lawless.
At the beginning of the show Stephen mentioned getting the "Say What?" game for one of his kids:
Scroll down at the Amazon link for a video review of "Say What?"
Our front bumper is a sample of Marginal Prophets' "The Difficult Song."
Our exit music this week is Bryan Duncan's Country Punk song "Wake Up."
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