Americans are over-prescribed antidepressants, says Charles Barber, author of the new book Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry Is Medicating a Nation. Biological psychiatry, he writes, is not a substitute for psychotherapy. Currently a lecturer in psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, Barber worked for years in New York City shelters serving the mentally ill homeless population. He is the author of Songs from the Black Chair: A Memoir of Mental Interiors, an account of his personal experiences with mental illness.
Two recently published scientific studies have raised new concerns about the environmental benefit of biofuels like ethanol. One such study, published in Science Magazine by TIM SEARCHINGER, shows that using land to grow crops like corn and soybean results in increased carbon emissions, one of the leading causes of global warming. We talk with Searchinger and KATE HORNER of Friends of the Earth. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
James DeWolf, a U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, made a fortune in the slave trade and died the second richest man in the United States in 1837. Descendants of this slave-trading dynasty discover the unspoken story of their heritage. KATRINA BROWNE made a documentary film “Traces of the Trade” and TOM DEWOLF wrote a memoir “Inheriting the Trade” each confronting their family’s history. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
The Drive-By Truckers write songs about the dirty South, where life is hard and folks die soft and squishy and often emphysemic, dirty deeds get done dirt cheap, and everyone goes to church but nobody really goes to heaven. These songs are like the weeds in the cracks of the trailer park, or the pile of broken beer bottles in the woods, or the lipstick traces on the stubbed-out Kools overflowing the ashtray. Oh, the things they have seen. It also bears mentioning that the Drive-By Truckers totally rock, more specifically they rock in that sweet spot where Lynyrd meets Skynyrd. The Truckers have two main singer-songwriter-guitarists these days: Patterson Hood, burly and bearded, whose voice sounds alternately like an angry Neil Young or a stoned Don Henley; and Mike Cooley, a tall drink of water who bears a passing resemblance to Townes Van Zandt, and sings like a honky-tonk Mick Jagger. It goes without saying that both these gentlemen totally shred as axemen. Providing crunchy Telecaster reinforcement and gorgeous pedal steel atmospherics is third guitarist John Neff. Anchoring this rowdy crew is drummer Brad Morgan who looks like Allen Ginsberg and never leaves the pocket and a bassist Shonna Tucker who looks like she was plucked from behind a diner counter but is obviously well-acquainted with the notion that great bass players should be felt — preferably in the chest — not heard. The Truckers are supporting the new and thoroughly twangtastic Brighter Than Creation’s Dark. — Jonathan Valania
THE DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: Puttin’ People On The Moon
About an Alabama Wal-Mart clerk forced to sell dope to pay for his wife’s chemo. Ain’t that America? Little pink houses, for you and me…