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    Book Discussion on The Sixth Extinction

    Elizabeth Kolbert talked about her book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, in which she argues that we are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction (five others have occurred…

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    Book Discussion on The Society for Useful Knowledge

    Jonathan Lyons talked about his book, The Society for Useful Knowledge: How Benjamin Franklin and Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America, in which he recounts the introduction of the…

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    Book Discussion on Scatter, Adapt, and Remember

    Science writer Annalee Newitz talked about her book, Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction, in which she recounts the mass extinctions that have taken…

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    Book Discussion on Lady at the O.K. Corral

    Ann Kirschner talked about her book, Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp, in which she recounts the life of Josephine Marcus Earp (1860-1944), the common-law…

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    Book Discussion on Taps on the Walls

    Retired Major General John Borling talked about his book, Taps on the Walls: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton, in which he shares his experiences and the poetry he composed and kept memorized…

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    Book Discussion on Bad Pharma

    Dr. Ben Goldacre talked about his book, Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients, in which he discusses the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on the…

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    American Women in Environmental History

    Santa Clara University history professor Nancy Unger talked about the role of women in American environmental history, from the nineteenth century journeys across the prairies to the…

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    Book Discussion on Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse

    Calvin Trillin. staff writer for The New Yorker and The Nation's “deadline poet,” talked about his book, Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse, in which he…

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    Debt Crises and World Economy

    Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis, the author of The Global Minotaur: America, the True Origins of the Financial Crisis and the Future of the World Economy, spoke about debt and the global…

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    Book Discussion on The Making of Global Capitalism

    Professors Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin talked about their book, The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire, in which they argue that since WWII the U.S.…

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    Book Discussion on Life After Death

    Author Damien Echols talked about his book, Life After Death, in which he recalls his arrest, incarceration, and eventual release for the murder of three, eight-year old boys in 1993.…

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    Book Discussion on Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet

    Andrew Blum reports on the physical components and locales that allow the Internet to function throughout the world. The author visits numerous sites, from data centers for Microsoft,…

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    Jonathan Gruber on Mitt Romney and Health Care Reform

    Jonathan Gruber, who served as an adviser for both the Massachusetts and national health care reform bills, talked about the history, current state, and future of health care problem in the…

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    Debate on Role of Government

    David Callahan and Yaron Brook debated the role and function of government. Among the issues they addressed were the government’s role in providing security, securing fundamental…

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    Book Discussion on Bottled and Sold

    The president of Pacific Institute shares his theory of how the country became hooked on buying water in the bottle and details why he believes tap water is just fine. The event was in…

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    Book Discussion on How to Cool the Planet

    The author of Big Coal and Sunnyvale tackles the topic of geoengineering and the attempt of some scientists to cool the planet through chemical means, rather than reduction of green house…

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    Book Discussion on Delete

    Viktor Mayer-Schonberger talked about his book Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age (Princeton University Press; October 4, 2009). In his book he discusses an emerging…

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    Book Discussion on Unscientific America

    Chris Mooney talked about his book Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future (Basic Books; July 13, 2009). In this sequel to his book, The Republican War on…

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    Book Discussion on The Vanishing Face of Gaia

    James Lovelock talked about his book The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning (Basic Books; April 13, 2009). The award-winning scientist and originator of the Gaia Theory presented his…

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    Book Discussion on Cool It

    Bjorn Lomborg talked about his book Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming, published by Knopf. In his book Mr. Lomborg asks readers to examine…

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