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    Theodore Roosevelt and the Constitution

    Kermit Roosevelt talked about President Theodore Roosevelt’s evolving vision of the Constitution and the national debate over how to define American democracy. He spoke about…

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    Technology, Policy and Politics

    Panelists talked about the impact of “disruptive” technology on government and politics. "Disruptive" technology is something that displaces an established technology,…

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    Book Discussion on Killing the Messenger

    David Brock talked about his book, Killing the Messenger: The Right-Wing Plot to Derail Hillary and Hijack Your Government, about his evolution from conservative to liberal, and the battle…

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    Inequality in America

    Katrina Vanden Heuval, Robert Reich, Van Jones, and others talked about inequality in America. Among the topics they covered were voter turnout, wealth distribution, the 2016…

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    Gun Violence and Public Health

    Gun control advocates, a pediatrian, a pastor and the head of a smart gun technology foundation talked about gun violence, mass shootings and public health.

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    Political Campaigns, Money, and Ethics

    The head of the Federal Election Commission and two veteran political campaign strategists talked about the roles of money and ethics in campaigns and election laws.

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    Book Discussion on Jonas Salk

    Charlotte Jacobs talked about her book, Jonas Salk: A Life, about the life and career of the creator of the polio vaccine.

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    American Infrastructure

    Panelists talked about the state of infrastructure in the U.S. relating to transportation and the power grid. They also spoke about how communities create their own power sources and…

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    Book Discussion on Hall of Mirrors

    Barry Eichengreen talked about his book Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, The Great Recession, and the Uses and Misuses of History, in which he looks at the similarities and…

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    Book Discussion on How to Speak Money

    John Lanchester talked about his book, How to Speak Money: What the Money People Say - And What It Really Means, in which he discusses the words that “money people” use and…

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    Book Discussion on Don't Wait for the Next War

    General Wesley Clark (Ret.) talked about his book, Don’t Wait for the Next War: A Strategy for American Growth and Global Leadership, in which he presents his plan to preserve U.S.…

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    Book Discussion on The Edge of the Sky

    Roberto Trotta talked about his book, The Edge of the Sky: All You Need to Know About the All-There-Is, in which he explains the universe and significant findings in cosmology using only…

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    Book Discussion on Cut Adrift

    Marianne Cooper talked about her book, Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times, in which she reports on the state of the American family in the wake of the recent economic…

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    Food Safety

    Female food activists and filmmakers talked about the dangers of pesticides, genetically modified food, and preserving the Earth’s soil.

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    Senator Saxby Chambliss on U.S. Debt and National Security

    Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) spoke about the impact of U.S. debt on national security. He offered his recommendations for reducing the national debt and the threat it poses to…

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    Six Californias Initiative

    Timothy Draper talked about the proposed “Six Californias” initiative. He was heading a ballot measure that would have divided California into six separate states, which he…

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    Book Discussion on Stress Test

    Timothy Geithner talked about his book, Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises, in which he discusses dealing with the 2007-2008 financial crisis as president of the Federal Reserve…

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    Perceptions of Income Equality

    Tom Perkins spoke with Adam Lashinsky about income inequality. Mr. Perkins said that income inequality was due to social, fiscal, and monetary policy failures, and suggested that…

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    Book Discussion on The Second Machine Age

    Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee talked about their book, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, in which they argue that…

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    Book Discussion on Prisoners of the White House

    Kenneth T. Walsh talked about his book, Prisoners of the White House: The Isolation of America’s Presidents and the Crisis of Leadership, in which he looks at the impact of the White…

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