10.30.14: The Cost Of Overreacting, Dana Gould's Spooky Film Picks, & Haunted Hillsboro

Oct 30, 2014

Transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of the RNA filovirus that causes Ebola hemorrhagic fever. Photo courtesy CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith.
Credit Phil Moyer via flickr Creative Commons

When it comes to rigid safeguards against the Ebola virus, New York’s governor says “Better safe than sorry”. But what happens when panic inflates the price of public safety? On today’s show, calculating the cost of over-reaction.

Then, comedian Dana Gould, writer for The Simpsons and a B horror movie aficionado, shares his picks for the best Halloween schlock, including the Vincent Price vehicle, The House on Haunted Hill

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

The High Cost of Overreacting

  • Marty Nemko is a career coach, writer, speaker and host for KALW public radio in San Francisco. He wrote an article for Time magazine’s Ideas section called “The Absurd Cost of Overreaction.”

Mount Washington's Hidden Perk

  • For those willing to risk the extreme weather, the summit of Mount Washington has a lot to offer. Aside from the hiking and climbing, visitors can catch a bite at the Tip-Top House, tour New Hampshire’s most popular museum, and when the weather is clear, take in a spectacular view. But there is one perk that Mount Washington isn’t known for.  Producer Taylor Quimby reports.
  • See photos and more at this link: Mount Washington Observatory: Ultimate Zombie Fortress?

Dana Gould's Picks For Best B Movie Horror Flix

  • Dana Gould’s love of Halloween, and the B horror movies that come with it, is perhaps most evident in the seven years he spent writing and producing The Simpsons. Among the episodes he worked on, “Tree House of Horror XVII”, for which he is credited as co-executive producer Dana Ghoul-ed.  Get it? He is also the host of the podcast The Dana Gould Hour.
  • We've also got a listing of his recommendations, from the interview, plus a special web extra that features a conversation he had with Virginia after the interview wrapped. Check it out here: Dana G(h)ould's Six Picks for Spooky Flicks.

Haunted Hillsboro

  • New England is full of stories. Every old road, stone wall and forgotten cellar hole has an origin tale. And with the rattling leaves and crisp black nights of fall upon us, we’re on the hunt for the spookiest, halloween-y stories. The historian Eric Stanway has found plenty of them. His new book, Haunted Hillsborough County, served as our guide.
  • You can see photos from Virginia and Maureen's haunted hunt, right here: Haunted Hillsboro.