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    Family Values

    Vice President Quayle spoke about family and moral issues near the second anniversary of the “Murphy Brown” television program that referred to Quayle’s earlier criticism…

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    Book Discussion on The Unwinding

    George Packer talked about his book, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, in which he presents a history of the United States over the past three decades by profilng numerous…

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    Book Discussion on Marijuana Gateway to Health

    Clint Werner looks at the science and politics behind the medical marijuana movement (which he has been covering since 1996). So far, 16 states have approved using marijuana for medical…

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    Book Discussion on Area 51

    Investigative reporter Annie Jacobsen presents a history of the military base Area 51, located in the Nevada desert. The author utilized recently declassified documents, on-site…

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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 Dirty Rotten Strategies

    The authors criticize all institutions for either solving the wrong problem unintentionally, or worse, intentionally tackling the right problem in the wrong way.  They claim government…

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    Book Discussion on Finance and the Good Society

    Robert Shiller, a New York Times columnist and Yale University economics professor, argues that while Wall Street financial firms should be criticized for their role in the 2008 collapse,it…

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    Book Discussion on Hoodwinked

    John Perkins talked about his book Hoodwinked: An Economic Hit Man Reveals Why the World Financial Markets Imploded - and What We Need to Do to Remake Them (Broadway Business November 10,…

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    Book Discussion on Makers

    Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, contends that America is on the verge of a new industrial revolution spurred by advances in computing. The author profiled a…

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    Book Discussion on Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here

    Karima Bennoune talked about her book, Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism, in which she profiles Muslims around the world, including…

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    Book Discussion on Big Data

    Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier talk about a new field of research that uses massive amounts of specific information to predict human behavior and events. The authors spoke…

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    Book Discussion on National Insecurity

    Melvin Goodman talked about his book, National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism, in which he argues that our current level of spending on defense is excessive and is making us…

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    Rick Steves: A Perspective on Iran

    Rick Steves, the author of travel guides for Europe and many European countries, talked about and showed slides of his recent trip to Iran and his television special for PBS. After…

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    Book Discussion on Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human

    Mr. Bloom talked about his book, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, published by Riverhead Books. The book is about Mr. Bloom’s belief that “personality, in…

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    Book Discussion on Healthcare, Guaranteed

    Ezekiel Emanuel talked about his book, Healthcare, Guaranteed: A Simple Secure Solution for America, published by PublicAffairs (May 26, 2008). In the book he presents his plan to…

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    Iran's Nuclear Program

    Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian discussed diplomatic struggles between Iran and the international community, particularly in regards to Iran’s nuclear program. Iran’s…

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    Book Discussion on Merchants of Doubt

    Erik Conway talked about the book he wrote with Naomi Orestes, Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming (Bloomsbury…

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    Book Discussion on The Devil's Light

    Richard North Patterson talked about the threat of a nuclear attack on Israel by terrorists and the possibility of another September 11-type attack in the U.S. He talked about his novel,…

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    Book Discussion on Don't Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values

    George Lakoff talked about his book Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate: The Essential Guide for Progressives, published by Chelsea Green Publishing…

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    Book Discussion on Integrity

    Egil “Bud” Krogh talked about his book Integrity: Good People, Bad Choices and Life Lessons from the White House, published by PublicAffairs. He was 32 years old when he…

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