WBEZ | life http://www.wbez.org/tags/life Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The Encyclopedia Show Presents Series 5, Vol 9: The Origin of Life http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/encyclopedia-show-presents-series-5-vol-9-origin-life-107239 <p><p>The Encyclopedia Show is a live literary variety show with unrivaled nerd-core charm. Commissioning exceptional local talent, nationally touring artists, and renowned thinkers that have included Lynda Barry, Sonia Sanchez, Paul Sereno, Bill Ayers, and Marc Smith, The Encyclopedia Show features spoken word, monologues, storytelling, live music, comedy, and yes, even actual experts.</p><p>This month&#39;s installment is an especially specially special show because we are partnering with the Emory Department of Chemistry and the National Science Foundation to discover The Origin of Life! With a diverse, brilliant line-up of music, writing, and miscellany on topics such as creation myths, arsenic based life, artificial chemical life and interstellar clouds, the show is out of this world.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/encyclopediashow-webstory_8.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Recorded live Thursday, May 2, 2013 at The Vittum Theater.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 12:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/encyclopedia-show-presents-series-5-vol-9-origin-life-107239 Christopher Hitchens' guide to dying http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/christopher-hitchens-guide-dying-102584 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Christopher%20Hitchens.jpg" style="height: 524px; width: 400px; float: left; " title="The late essayist Christopher Hitchens (AP Photo/Chad Rachman, File)" /></div><p>As an essayist and columnist Christopher Hitchens was omnivorous. He wrote on anything and everything that piqued his curiosity. He commented, critiqued and satirized poetry, politics, politicians, popular culture, media personalities and religion. Nothing was safe from his scrutiny.</p><p>And so, of course, when he was suddenly faced with the great &ldquo;mystery of mysteries,&rdquo; his own pending death from esophageal cancer, he dealt with is the way he dealt with all of life &mdash; he wrote about it. The result of his efforts is recently-released&nbsp;<em>Mortality</em>, a slim volume of seven essays that chronicle his 18-month end-of-life journey through &ldquo;Tumorville.&rdquo; (There is an eighth chapter, but it is made up of fragments and notes that he jotted down in his last days.)</p><p>There&rsquo;s an old military saying: &ldquo;There are no atheists in foxholes.&rdquo; That&#39;s when the bullets and bombs start to fly, and saying goes, and everybody believes in God. But Hitchens wrote a best-selling book denying the existence of God (<em>God is Not Good</em>) and didn&rsquo;t change his tune as his &ldquo;vulgar little tumor&rdquo; took his life. Was he sad about dying? Of course. Did he &ldquo;desperately&rdquo; want to live? Doesn&rsquo;t everyone? Was he angry about facing the end? Absolutely. But did he take it personally? Did he wonder &ldquo;why me?&rdquo; No, never. In his &ldquo;year of living dyingly,&rdquo; he understood and accepted that the &ldquo;alien tumor that was burrowing into me&rdquo; was not a personal affront, but just a fact of life. It was malignant tumor. It was &ldquo;single-mindedly&rdquo; doing what it was supposed to do to him. It was spreading though his body and killing him.</p><p>Although he didn&rsquo;t want to die and although he sought out the best medical help possible Hitchens&rsquo; prose clearly conveys his conviction that his death was neither tragic or unique. Bad things happen in life and it was happening to him. He did not want it. He did not like it. But he refused to wallow in self-pity and lament the ultimate absurdity of exsistence. Rather at the end he took time to remember the importance of love, the importance of relationships; and the joys of the mind.</p><p>I have been an admirer of Hitchens, but never a major fan. I thought some of his arguments and writings too slick, too polished, too cleaver. But after reading <em>Mortality</em>, my admiration for him has grown. He faced death with dignity and grace. And whether or not you believe in God and an after-life, his was a &ldquo;good death&rdquo; &mdash; one worthy of emulating.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chairman of the Management Department in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.</em></p></p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/christopher-hitchens-guide-dying-102584 Thursday Thingy: The 2011 Overture is ready! (new video) http://www.wbez.org/blog/amy-krouse-rosenthal/thursday-thingy-2011-overture-ready-new-video <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Man Sunrise Joe Raedle.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;" class="Apple-style-span"><em><strong>Overture</strong>&nbsp;is defined as:&nbsp;</em></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 25px;" class="Apple-style-span"><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;"><em>1. An instrumental composition intended especially as an introduction to an extended work, such as an opera.</em></p><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;"><em>2. &nbsp;An offering</em></p><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;">* * *</p></span></p><p>A few weeks ago we decided to create an <strong>Overture</strong> together. &nbsp;Ours would be composed not of music notes, but rather, <em>notes of advice</em> <em>about life.</em> &nbsp; You can read (remind yourself) more about <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/amy-krouse-rosenthal/mission-55-lets-create-2011-overture-together">Mission #55 here</a>.</p><p>The quotes, anecdotes and short messages quickly poured in. &nbsp;Thank you again to everyone who contributed.</p><p>Then last week we all weighed in on our favorites. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/amy-krouse-rosenthal/thursday-thingy-2011-overture-contd-plus-new-video">Here's how we did that.</a></p><p>And so today, &nbsp;I am pleased to present this <em>offering</em>...&nbsp;<strong>The 2011 Overture: in 25 short movements,</strong>&nbsp;composed by and for Mission Amy KR.</p><p><iframe height="225" frameborder="0" width="400" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/18992486"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/18992486">The 2011 Overture: in 25 short movements</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user2406806">Amy Krouse Rosenthal</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p></p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 13:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/amy-krouse-rosenthal/thursday-thingy-2011-overture-ready-new-video