One of the reasons I love his show is because he brings up topics and invites guests to discuss topics that are off the beaten path and genuinely interesting--and not always blatantly political. Today he was out for Passover so they played a "Best Of" show and one of the guests was the author of this book. The guy is just a wandering soul who kicks around and writes about what he thinks about while he’s doing it. In this case he spent a little over a year kicking around Antartica. When Prager asked him to comment on what was the most difficult challenge to his sanity in all those 13 months--was it the darkness of winter, the cold, the isolation, etc.? The man’s answer blew me away: "It was the local politics," he said, as if that should be obvious! Isn’t that interesting? Here is a man in a place where there’s virtually nothing--a "Big Dead Place" as he called it--and the most significant challenge to his sanity is "the local politics."
If that doesn’t say something about human nature, I’m not sure what does!