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    How Music Got Free

    Stephen Witt talked about his book How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy, in which he recounts the creation of the MP3 and the beginnings of the digital pirating of music, which transformed the recording industry.

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    Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

    Karen Abbott talked about her book, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War, in which she recounts the covert exploits of four women during the Civil War: Belle Boyd, a spy and courier for the Confederate Army, Elizabeth Van Lew, an abolitionist and operator of a spy ring in the South, Emma Edmonds, who disguised herself to enlist in the Union Army, and Rose O’Neal Greenhow, who befriended Northern politicians to send privileged information to Southern generals. Karen Abbott spoke at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina.

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    An American Betrayal

    Daniel Blake Smith recalls President Andrew Jackson’s seizure of Cherokee Nation land and the Cherokee’s forced migration from the southeast United States to what is now Oklahoma. The journey that resulted in the deaths of thousands is known as the “Trail of Tears.” Mr. Smith reports that two factions of the Cherokee Nation surfaced during this time. One was led by Chief John Ross, who was determined to remain on native lands, and the other was led by John Ridge and Elias Boudinot, who argued that the tribe’s survival was dependent on moving to Oklahoma. Mr. Smith responded to questions from members of the audience at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina.

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    President Obama on Jobs and the Economy

    President Obama talked about jobs and the economy at Asheville, North Carolina’s regional airport. In his remarks he criticized congressional Republican proposals aimed at creating jobs and talked about efforts in the Senate to bring up his jobs plan for separate votes.
    The speech begins about seven minutes into the program, following President Obama’s exit from Air Force One and walk to the podium.

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    Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat

    Hal Herzog, psychology professor at Western Carolina University with a focus on anthrozoology, human-animal relations, questions why people have certain reactions to different animals. The author examines the moral issues that many face when recognizing why they eat certain animals and share their homes with others. Mr. Herzog reports on how many animals are seen differently throughout the world, the politics of using animals for medical research, and the psychological make-up of animal hoarders. Hal Herzog presented his book at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina.

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    Reckoning at Eagle Creek

    Jeff Biggers presents a history of coal mining and industrial strip-mining in the American mid-west, specifically on his families land in the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. Mr. Biggers contends that the history of coal production in America is marked by the displacement of Native Americans, slavery,unsafe work conditions, and environmental degradation. He argues against the idea of coal as a viable energy source and questions the Obama administration’s interest in “clean coal.” Jeff Biggers discusses his book at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina.

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    Obama Statement on Economy

    Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama spoke to reporters about the economy.

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    Biltmore Estate

    A C-SPAN school bus crew toured the Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate in North Carolina.

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    Far Appalachia

    Noah Adams talked about his book Far Appalachia: Following the New River North, published by Delacorte Press. The book is a travel journal by foot, canoe, bicycle, and automobile that details the history of an area of Appalachia as well as Mr. Adam’s familial lineage in the region. The book discusses various Appalachian elements, from ecosystems along the New River to ghost stories of the original Appalachian pioneers. After his presentation the author answered questions from members of the audience.

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    Thomas Wolfe Memorial

    Steve Hill talked about the life and writings of Thomas Wolfe.