is a weekly half-hour program that looks at three forces of change at
work in Northeast Ohio: technology, globalization and diversity. Host
Luke Frazier explores how these forces intersect with how we work,
learn, live and play.
Be the OCD You Were Meant to Be by Luke Frazier, host of NEOtropolis
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) gets a bad rap these days. It's in the funny farm book (otherwise known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and conjures an image of the guy who washes his hands so much his skin falls off. But what about OCD’s usefulness in an America increasingly bereft of meaningful rituals?
I mean we no longer watch Johnny Carson together or tune in to “Dallas” on TV, and the town square has turned into a simulated chimera, just waiting for shoppers to get their fix among the fake lampposts and outdoor Muzak. I guess the Super Bowl retains its place in the shared consciousness of America in the 21st century, but not much else. Religion is filled with ritual, and that’s fine as far as it goes, but what about public rituals and mass togetherness? [more]
Rituals and Reasons
Host Luke Frazier talks with local folks from Phoenix Coffee and revisits the childhood ritual of a trip to the library.
Submit your response to Staci Shelton on this subject: Tell us one way that the celebrations in your life have changed because of technology, e.g., now you can't even buy a wedding present without going online. You can join the conversation using Facebook, Twitter, email or text messaging (440-345-6745).
Culture Mark Cultural anthropologist Dave Perusek, Ph.D., discusses how technology affects rituals in Northeast Ohio and the reasons we practice them.
What's the Big Idea? WKSU radio reporter Jeff St. Clair shares a big idea around dying — and how it relates to quantum physics.
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