Paula Wachowiak presents: The Common Book

A Common Book is an ongoing event in the history of your reading.
It is an essential part of your character and your life. Like the meals
you have eaten, your Common Book is what you have fed your brain.
It is not a compilation of hunter's trophies but the living animals themselves.
7/31/21 Common Book Radio Show #76
The panel (Paula, Greg, Lori and Richard) discussed the following topics:
Paula read her story about a grizzly bear....Advice to Greg: It will pass....Greg sees himself as a “primitive simpleton”. I asked him if he entered into some kind of alerted state where he went back to the beginning of homo sapiens....“I was trying to avoid reality and life for 56 years”....Reasons for getting married....Can infidelity be forgiven in a marriage?....The movie Nine Days....People are having fewer children due to climate change and quality of life....The wealthy are not paying their fair share in taxes....The Delta virus and mask wearing.
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7/24/21 Common Book Radio Show #75
The panel (Paula, Greg, Lori and Richard) discussed the following topics:
Jeff Bazos in space….In old movies everyone wore suits. How much of that was representative of the real world?....Did casual fashion cause the demise of the moral fiber of America? ….Clothing represents hierarchy. When clothing became casual, there was no indication of who to follow and there was a disrespect for authority….Can we trust the people we elect to not become power hungry?...What is the difference between Democrats and Republicans?
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7/17/21 Common Book Radio Show #74
The panel (Paula, Greg, Pam, Gloria and Richard) discussed the following topics:
Mark Twain’s speech to the Buffalo Courier Express…. "Sieur Louis de Conte" "Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass" were Mark Twain’s previous names…. Is Elmira a special place?…. Mark Twain’s life…. Climate change, air quality and flooding…. The origins of consumer scuba diving…. People that are addicted to risk taking…. Two new books on Donald Trump…. Getting along with conservative people…. Boxing’s effect on physical and mental health…. Winner of Cannes Film Festival…. Is Cannibalism healthy?
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7/10/21 Common Book Radio Show #73
The panel (Paula, Greg, Lori, and Richard) discussed the following topics:
Striving for a world in which you have a say in how you job affects your mental health….Employers that want to remold your personality…..Sometimes a job can be a trap. You need the money and you can’t leave….The Assassination of Haiti’s president….Demolishing Palestinian Homes….Pasture Raised Eggs….Arguing with the unvaccinated.
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6/26/21 Common Book Radio Show #72
The panel (Paula, Greg, Lori, Pam and Richard) discussed the following topics:
How did the invention of writing affect human behavior?..... Have you had any bad experiences at a wedding?..... The four golden ages of conspiracies were influenced by technology...... The two kinds of music videos: interesting videos vs. the band playing..... Brittany Spears court case over her conservatorship..... The book “Woody Allen and philosophy”..... Is human nature separate from the way the society is organized?..... Would you purchase a haunted house?
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6/19/21 Common Book Radio Show #71
The panel (Paula, Greg, Lori, Gloria, Tony and Richard) discussed the following topics:
American consumerism...... Faulkner “I write in layers”...... The Gopher parable...... Fucillo the car dealer died. What was his ethnicity?..... What was the original idea of the Statue of Liberty in 1875?..... The Right Wing in France is growing stronger...... The Home Owners Association told him he had to keep his garage closed...... Can the news be impartial?..... The story of the golf clubs in the trunk...... Greg is working on a new mental health plan that involves looking at people as role models......
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6/12/21 Common Book Radio Show #70
The panel (Paula, Greg, Sal, Sanford, Fred, and Richard) discussed the following topics:
- What animals learn from other animals - The elephant pilgrimage from India into China - How did the dinosaurs do in cold climates? - Was religion formed out of a need for safety or a desire for meaning? - Is technology making us more safe or more vulnerable? - Do ideas evolve in the same way as organisms evolve? - Irrationality is a major component of what it means to be human. - If a parent lets a child live at home too long, does it hurt the child? - When does 2 plus 2 equal something different than four?
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6/5/21 Common Book Radio Show #69
The panel (Paula, Greg, Richard, and Gloria) discussed the following topics:
7 life lessons from Albert Camus: 1) Create your own meaning 2) The journey is more important than the destination 3) Evil comes from ignorance. There are no people who are born evil. 4) a rebel is someone who learned to say no 5) Spend time with yourself 6) Be flexible 7) Choose love over commitment
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5/29/21 Common Book Radio Show #68
The panel (Paula, Greg, Richard, Lori, Celeste Lawson and Ntare Ali Gault) discussed the following topics:
- The subjective experience of being black in America and how to navigate through life. - Republican legislatures in half a dozen states have advanced bills restricting the way race history is taught in public schools. “Education is supposed to be about feeling motivated and upbeat about the future. We do not want our children feeling guilty for being white.” - “The Bell Curve” 1994 argued that those with high intelligence, the "cognitive elite", are becoming separated from those of average and below-average intelligence. - Letter from a Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King in 1963. - Obama was first president elected without a white majority.
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5/22/21 Common Book Radio Show #67
The panel (Paula, Greg, Gloria, Franklin and Richard) discussed the following topics:
- The Omphalos stone as a symbol for a deeper understanding of the nature of the universe.
- Is there a realm where ideas exists independently of the human mind?
- Using discernment to tell the difference between a true metaphysical statement and a false metaphysical statement.
- The McMartin preschool trial from 1984 to 1987 was children accusing their teachers of performing Satanic rituals on them. All the treachers were found innocent.
- When you read something soneone wrote, do you have a deeper insight into them?
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5/15/21 Common Book Radio Show #67
The panel (Paula, Greg, Lori, and Richard) discussed the following topics:
- The documentary: No Safe Spaces - What is the counter argument to cancel culture? - American bishops thinking about refusing to give communion to politicians who support abortion. - Book that teaches how to be a psychic - The radiolab broadcast on antibiotics - The La-di-da attitude vs. being in a bad mood
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5/8/21 Common Book Radio Show #66
The panel (Paula, Greg, Lori, Pam, John, Tony and Richard) discussed the following topics:
-Therapy is critical for every individual questioning identity. To deny help based on false grounds, is outrage! - Insouciance means casual indifference - All of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian stories have a thread of hope in them. - What are the reasons for drinking alcohol? - A scam that targets people who invest in the stock market.

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5/1/21 Common Book Radio Show #65
The panel (Paula, Greg, Lori, and Richard) discussed the following topics:
- The Joe Rogan Controversy about mask wearing
- No Safe Spaces Documentary
- Crossword Puzzles Measure Your Brain Health
- Superficiality In Woman
- How To Overcome Self-Deception
- Do You See Yourself As Normal Or Weird?
- WEB MICE = how to measure your health

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4/24/21Common Book Radio Show #64
The panel (Paula, Greg, Lori, and Richard) discussed the following topics:
- The new Broadway play "Blindness" - Seeing new things on Nature Walks. - Sex dolls that have artificial intelligence. - How do you relate to hold music? - Which is preferable for reading: paper or screen? - What is the balance between taking care of business and relaxing? - Which involves less suffering, being neurotic or being psychotic? - How many seconds? - On the Nature of Things is a first-century BC didactic poem by the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius - Chimerical = hoped for but impossible to achieve
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4/17/21Common Book Radio Show #63
The panel (Paula, Greg, Lori, and Richard) discussed the following topics:
- Is telling the truth always beneficial?
- Are there any universal truths that will never change in the future?
- Math is the only science in which the truths of the past are as valuable as the truths in the present.
- Sports are very “normal”. Marginal people do not like sports because it will associate them with the mainstream.
- “Getting stuck in the mud” is a metaphor for the time in which we are living.
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of polygamy?
- What happens to men in a matriarchal household?
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4/10/21Common Book Radio Show #62
The panel (Paula, Greg, Lori, and Richard) discussed the following topics:
- A mentor in your life will sometimes help you with your self-esteem.
- Women gladiators are a part of history that is often not reported.
- The high priority that some people place on entertainment.
- There are toxic chemicals in plastics that are affecting all of our bodies.
- Marxist Economist Richard Wolff’s ideas.
- People who kill trans-people and say “I was freaked out” can no longer use that as a defense.
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4/3/21 Common Book Radio Show #61
The panel (Paula, Greg, Mick, Lori, and Richard) discussed the following topics:
- Paula read her Easter Poem
- Critiquing the crucifixion of Jesus
- Admonishing people who don’t observe Good Friday like you.
- Religion as a tool to control people.
- What it means to be an atheist.
- People who make others lives miserable,
- The four phases of learning how to relate to the universe: Theism, Agnosticism, Atheism and Responsibility
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3/27/21 Common Book Radio Show #60
The panel (Paula, Greg, Mick, Lori, Gloria and Richard) discussed the following topics:
- The world wants to be deceived. The truth is too terrifying.
- Mind expanding drugs: good idea or bad idea?
- Having a breathalyzer in your car: Good idea or bad idea?
- Building a modern highway near Stonehendge
- What is the plot of Breakfast at Tiffany’s?
- Describing the TV series “Harlots”
- Statues of people on horses have symbolic meaning.
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3/20/21 Common Book Radio Show #59
The panel (Paula, Greg, Mick, Lori, and Richard) discussed the following topics:
- The pineal gland tells your body when to sleep. Sometimes it calcifies and you have trouble sleeping.
- The faux pax in the Chinese negotiations this week.
- Great diplomats in history.
- Jefferson’s ten rules to live by
- Where “rule of thumb” came from.
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3/13/21 Common Book Radio Show #58
The panel (Paula, Greg, Lori, and Richard) discussed the following topics:
- A blue whale is bigger than a dinosaur. Its tongue weighs more than an elephant.
- “Wunderjahr” is a year wandering after graduation
- Using irrational beliefs to your advantage and making fun of them at the same time
- Letter from a Spanish diplomat to Thomas Jefferson
- “Frank Sinatra has a cold” by Gay Talese
- Lori is on a fast in which she eats mostly fat
- The motion of my blood no longer keeps time with the tumult of the world.
- People who move at different speeds
- The marshmallow experiment
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3/6/21 Common Book Radio Show #57
The panel (Paula, Greg, Lori, and Richard) discussed the following topics:
- What are self-actualized people?
- Caluminate = Make false statements about someone
- Cult Deprogrammers are advising people how to overcome political discord.
- Thomas Jefferson on keeping political power.
- What is the purpose of a gun?
- Explaining the movie “Land”

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2/27/21 Common Book Radio Show #56
The panel (Paula, Greg, Lori, and Richard) discussed the following topics:
- Cockade = a ribbon used on a uniform
- Chimera = a thing wished for but impossible to perceive
- When Dr. Frankenstein tried to kill the monster, was it it like a father trying to kill his son?
- Lori reads “the world is a beautiful place” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
- French people have trouble pronouncing some English words.
- Critiquing the movie “Promising young woman”
- How do I define myself, by my job or my passions or something else?
- Every problem you have, you caused.

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2/13/21 Common Book Radio Show #55
The panel (Paula, Greg, Lori, and Richard) discussed the following topics:
- Comparing a politician to a hot air balloon Word of the day polymath = a person knowledgeable in many disciplines
- McConnell’s speech that Trump can be tried in the courts
- Are all Trump supporters in some way responsible for the Capitol Attack?
- Jim Weatherly’s song
- Joni Mitchels song “flat tires”
- Lori sings “My funny valentine”
- What is the song “The beat goes on” about?
- Interpretations of Pinochio
- Critiquing the movie “Bliss”
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