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Well, with Dankosky on vacation, the newsroom is just regular ole party central. 

Just kidding.  We miss the guy.  (He'll be back tomorrow, bright and early.  Begging for funds).

There are some followups on a few recent shows. 

Monday Lucy Nalpathanchil hosted a sort of "exit interview" with Anne Stanback of Love Makes a Family.  Later that day LMAF released a press release: Connecticut Congressional delegation weighs in on marriage equality and DOMA repeal.  Also on that show, Meghan and Maureen Freed Murphy.  They talk about their experience in their blog. 

In the discussion about the obligation to come out, Anne astutely added that we shouldn’t make assumptions about what someone’s position on marriage equality will be because of arbitrary factors like how they look or their race or age or ethnicity.  We didn’t discuss, although we may have been at least subconsciously aware of it hanging there, the issue of folks being surprised that Mo and I are in a same sex marriage because of how they might expect us to look.  Lucy did ask us whether people were surprised to learn that we were married — but I’m not sure whether she was getting at this issue and we missed her drift, or rather she was merely alluding to people’s general unfamiliarity with the existence of marriage equality in Connecticut.  If that’s a show she’d like to do, it’s certainly a discussion I’d love to hear.

So, maybe we'll have the ladies back to continue this discussion.  (Next time, I'll see if I can scrounge up some Manhattans).

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Tuesday Anna Sale talked about the workplace of the future with Dan Pink and Emily Bazelon.  Pink will be speaking in Rocky Hill on October 2 on Living on the Right Side of the Brain.  Don't forget to check out Bazelon's posts on the new Slate blog Double X

We’ll be continuing our discussion about work on Friday’s show with two authors who write about craftsmanship and manual labor.  One of our guests, Matthew B. Crawford, writes about the future of work in his new book Shop Class as Soul Craft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work:  

“The MIT economist Frank Levy makees a complementary argument.  He puts the issue not in terms of whether a service can be delivered electronically or not, but rather whether the service is itself rules-based or not.  Until recently, he writes, you could make a decent living doing a job that required you to carefully follow instructions, such as preparing tax returns.  But such work is subject to attack on two fronts—some of it goes to offshore accountants and some of it is done by tax preparation software, such as TurboTax.  The result is downward pressure on wages for jobs based on rules.  The economic developments command our attention.  The intrusion of computers, and distant foreigners whose work is conceived in a computer-like, rule-bound way, into what was previously the domain of professionals may be alarming, but it also compels us to consider afresh the human dimension of work.  In what circumstances does the human element remain indispensable, and why?”

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And finally, in a flash of excitement - Mark Twain showed up at WNPR!  And I made Libby take a picture with him.


 

Oh, we love you!  We'd come

Oh, we love you!  We'd come even if you didn't ply us with libations!