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    Q&A with Anthony Batts

    Anthony Batts talked about the challenges of policing the city of Baltimore, Maryland, tensions between the community and the police force, issues of police brutality, and the U.S. Department of Justice review of the practices of his department. He also spoke about the declining murder and crime rates in the city and his initiatives in the coming year. Commissioner Batts also discussed growing up in a poor neighborhood in Los Angeles, his past experiences as a beat officer and police chief in Long Beach, California, and his tenure as chief of police in Oakland.

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    Q&A with Jan Jarboe Russell

    Jan Jarboe Russell talked about her book, The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II, about the Texas camp, which was home to Japanese, German and Italian detainees.

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    Book Discussion on The Theme Is Freedom

    Mr. Evans, the author of The Theme Is Freedom: Religion, Politics and the American Tradition, published by Regnery Publishing, talked about some of concepts found in his book. He said that common belief about the origins of our country, institutions and freedoms are incorrect and are the product of an accepted “liberal history lesson.” He stresses that the roots of U.S. liberties lie in the Christian understanding of the Bible and that modern political liberalism undermines both religion and freedom.

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    Q&A with Thomas Allen Harris

    Thomas Allen Harris talked about his film, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, in which he explores how African-Americans have been portrayed in photographic images from the time of slavery through the present. He explained how the images of African-Americans presented by white culture and photographers differ from those taken by black people, from family photo albums to famous African-American photographers. He argued that a truer representation of African-American life and success in America is shown through the latter. He also spoke about his estrangement from his father, which played a role in his film.

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    Book Discussion on Strom Thurmond and the Politics of Southern Change

    Ms. Cohodas discussed her book, Strom Thurmond and the Politics of Southern Change, published by Simon and Schuster, including her reasons for writing it. The book focuses on Senator Thurmond’s career as a politician and describes the evolution of his political ideology and the civil rights struggle from a white perspective.

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    Q&A with David Brooks

    David Brooks talked about his yearly “Sidney” awards, which recognize his favorite magazine articles and essays over the course of the year. The awards are named after Sidney Hook, an American philosopher who Mr. Brooks said identified himself as a Social Democrat, but whose views also crossed over into conservatism. Mr. Brooks also spoke about the importance of magazine articles and essays, his connection to Sidney Hook, and the reason the awards are named after him. Mr. Brooks also discussed his approach to writing, how it has changed over the years, and how he writes his columns for the New York Times.

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    Q&A with Dr. Frances Jensen

    Dr. Frances Jensen, neuroscientist and author of The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults, talked about the study of the human brain, the development of adolescents, and the reasons behind many of the behaviors parents and others see during the teenage years. She also spoke about raising two teenage sons as a single mother, and addressed the issue of alcohol and drug abuse in teens. In addition, she spoke about stress and its relation to mental illness, concussions, and the effects of the “digital invasion of the teenage brain.”

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    Q&A with Andrew Keen

    Andrew Keen talked about The Internet is Not the Answer. In the book he wrote about his objections to what he considers the overuse of technology in U.S. society, the creation of what he calls false communities through social networking, and other thoughts on the value of the Internet. He also talked about the history of Silicon Valley and the tech world, the collection and use of consumer personal data via social networking and other Internet sites, and what he thinks a regular user of the Internet should know before visiting different Web sites.

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    Q&A with Dr. Anthony Fauci

    Dr. Anthony Fauci talked about his history and changing roles at the National Institute of Health (NIH). In 1984, he became the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), as the AIDS virus began to show up in the U.S. population. He described the challenges of fighting that disease and others over the course of his tenure, from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to the bird and swine flu epidemics, and most recently the outbreak of Ebola. Dr. Fauci also discussed his personal life growing up in Brooklyn, meeting his wife, his relationships with different U.S. presidents, and NIAID’s work to combat future infectious disease outbreaks.

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    Q&A with Dick Lehr

    Dick Lehr talked about his book, The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America’s Civil War, about the 1915 movie of the same title. The film by D.W. Griffith was shown to President Woodrow Wilson at the White House and across the nation despite attempts by African-American civil rights advocate and newspaper publisher William Monroe Trotter and others to stop it. Mr. Trotter took Griffith to task for his portrayal in the film of African Americans in the post-Civil War era.