Cover Story -- Superstition: In his playing days, former major league pitcher Casey Daigle had a few routines that others would find strange: going to the bathroom at the same time during each game, whether or not he actually had to, eating the same meal at an Olive Garden before pitching in a game, no matter the distance; Daigle said he would go into "panic mode" about the possible negative fallout. He admits now this seemed ridiculous, but not superstitious behavior. Experts might take issue -- Psychologist Stuart Vyse states superstition is "a belief or action inconsistent with science . . . aimed at bringing about good luck or avoiding bad luck." Vyse points out that a majority of people are susceptible to magical thinking - nothing to be proud of. Only 40% of Americans believe in evolution, yet half of us believe in some kind of superstition -- not a good thing. Casey Daigle and his equally routine-driven wife, Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch; Blood Manor Haunted House in New York City, black cats/broken mirrors, superstition celebrated annually at Halloween. See bloodmanor.com; stuartvyse.com.
On Halloween, cryptozoology, reported by Serena Altschul.
Q&A with Christopher Walken with Tracy Smith: Walken has scared us half to death and killed us with laughter. Now in his latest film, "Seven Psychopaths," Walkens' Hans is a non-violent (crazy) guy who kidnaps dogs for reward money, co-starring Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Tom Waits, Gabourey Sidibe, Sam Rockwell, and more. Walken declined to speak about the night of Natalie Wood's death (he was on the boat the night she died), stating he stopped talking about it 30 years ago.
Ouija Boards, reported by Seth Doane.
Profile, with Anthony Mason: Norah Jones, accomplished singer/songwriter/producer, on her father, renowned Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar, mother, concert producer Sue Jones and half-sister, musician/singer Anoushka Shankar. 'Happy Pills','Miriam'.
Talking Points, with former president Bill Clinton, interviewed by Rita Braver; the annual Clinton Global Initiative, his world charity that touches 400 million lives around the world. Not being president has made it easier for him to worry about trendlines over headlines'. He's placed himself in this year's political fray because he thinks that if America makes the wrong decision, it could lead our country astray. Knows that his Republican allies are challenged by CGI in his support of Obama. L'Oreal in Little Rock, where CGI is helping to reduce carbon emissions. On Hillary, his undying devotion and support; on his mortality, he is lives each day as if it's his last, the older he becomes and is determined to live to be a grandfather.
An Alred E. Neuman, silk-screen, segment opened by Charles Osgood, introducing "Mad Magazine's: "What, Me Worry?" with Mo Rocca; John Ficarra, of Mad Magazine, which turns 60 this year; the "Usual Gang of Idiots" -- class clowns and professional comedians they inspired; make fun of everything: 'Jaws', vampire movies, Nixon and Agnew (dressed as con-men from 'Sting'), etc.; Mad readers knew to question authority -- smokers, Dave, Cheney, Washington cross-dressing the Delaware, etc. Spy Magazine, the Onion, Simpsons, etc., all have roots in Mad Magazine. Being parodied in Mad can be a badge on honor (shows Trump as a Chia Pet) Some haven't taken it so well -- Irving Berlin and litigation. Weird Al Yankovic says Mad prepared him for his career more than his college degree. Spoofing continues, from the generation that never changes.
Next, Left (Nancy Giles) meets Right (Ben Stein) commentary: With election day just nine days off, what leaves a person to choose their political stance? Bunker and Limbaugh on liberalism -- Giles says they make it seem like a curse-word, but she's proud of it. Grew up in Queens, NY, in her estimation, the most liberal town in America, to college in Ohio: there are different kinds of people; she's a liberal because she likes the mix of governments rather than aristocracies; we participate with our votes, government for..and that's liberal (Lincoln) and the Constitution; abolishing slavery, women's right to choose, programs to help level the playing fields: Head Start, unemployment, etc. Fairness, that's liberal. Giving is a good thing -- generous is good. Liberal, Kansas, so-named by a man lending his well-rights. Stein is an unabashed conservative: raising taxes is good; a responsible American who is afraid of 'big-government'. [Recall in other recent interviews, Stein has endorsed Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction plan, urged some tax hikes and noted the dearth of evidence that they would retard economic growth.] 20th century most murderous in all of time, enslavement of individuals; Stein believes ordinary human right are tantamount; wants to see an America that is totally safe; avowed conservative because he believes the great size of America will keep and protect the needy and is still small enough to preserve the rights of the weakest among us.
A look at the week ahead: Tuesday, Hurricane Sandy will make land-fall along the Atlantic coast; Wednesday is Halloween, Thursday is the Country Music Awards, Friday is [?] and Saturday is the Million Muppet March; in Miami, meteorologist David Bernard gives weather update -- hurricane-force gusts spreading over the northeast this week, Frankenstorm, hurricane/blizzard with full moon.
Preview of Bob Schieffer; guests are Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Senator John McCain.
Next week: juggling while jogging.
Moment of Nature, by Spiriva HandiHaler: Goblin Valley State Park in Utah, where mysterious goblin shapes called hoodoos haunt the landscape; see http://www.americansouthwest.net/utah/goblin_valley/state_park.html.