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  • Charlotte Jacobs on emJonas Salkem
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    Jonas Salk

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

  • emMany Unhappy Returnsem
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    Many Unhappy Returns

    Mr. Rossotti talked about his book Many Unhappy Returns: One Man’s Quest to Turn Around the Most Unpopular Organization in America, published by Harvard Business School Press. When he…

  • emThe Politics of Disasterem
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    The Politics of Disaster

    Marvin Olasky talked about his book The Politics of Disaster: Katrina, Big Government, and a New Strategy for Future Crises, published by W Publishing Group. He argued that politicians use…

  • emThe Economic Naturalists Field Guideem
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    The Economic Naturalist's Field Guide

    Robert Frank talked about his book The Economic Naturalist’s Field Guide: Common Sense Principles for Troubled Times (Basic Books; May 25, 2009). In this collection of his columns from the New…

  • emFreedoms Power The True Force of Liberalismem
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    Freedom's Power: The True Force of Liberalism

    Paul Starr talked about his book Freedom’s Power: The True Force of Liberalism, published by Perseus Books Group. In his book Professor Starr, a sociology and public affairs professor at…

  • Abu Ghraib Prison
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    Abu Ghraib Prison

    Major General Taguba (Ret.) talked about the aftermath of the scandal of mistreatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib in Iraq. He was the principal military investigator. Topics included the effects…

  • Energy Security
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    Energy Security

    David O’Reilly talked about the challenges to the global energy industry to meet a rising demand for reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible energy supplies. He focused on…

  • Health Care Reform
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    Health Care Reform

    George Halvorson spoke on the topic, “Health Care Reform Now.” He presented a Kaiser Foundation plan intended to improve the quality of care and patient safety, while correcting…

  • emA Nation Among Nations  Americas Place in World Historyem
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    A Nation Among Nations: America's Place in World History

    Thomas Bender talked about his book, A Nation Among Nations: America’s Place in World History, published by Hill and Wang. He criticized Americans for ignoring the historical contributions of other countries…

  • Operations at Abu Ghraib Prison
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    Operations at Abu Ghraib Prison

    General Karpinski talked about the events at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. She was commander of military prisons in part of Iraq during the prisoner abuse scandal. She described Abu Ghraib…

  • The FBI and Homeland Security
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    The FBI and Homeland Security

    Director Mueller talked about the Bureau’s role in homeland security and the future challenges of U.S. efforts to combat terrorism. Among the topics he addressed were intelligence issues,…

  • Science and Security Challenges for the 21st Century
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    Science and Security Challenges for the 21st Century

    Mr. Browne spoke about security and the Los Alamos National Laboratory and about future challenges facing the lab. Among the topics he addressed were the levels of international research…

  • USCuban Relations
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    U.S.-Cuban Relations

    Mr. Remirez is the informal Cuban ambassador to the U.S. attached to the Swiss Embassy. He talked about the relationship between the two nations and the process of reform. Following his…

  • California Clean Air Initiatives
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    California Clean Air Initiatives

    Mr. Dunlop spoke about clean air initiatives in California over the past fifty years. He stressed the decrease in air pollution despite the great rise in population and vehicles. He also…

  • Campaign Finance Reform
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    Campaign Finance Reform

    Senator Thompson is chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee which is investigating campaign fund raising in last years elections. He talked about campaign finance reform…

  • 1992 Presidential Campaign
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    1992 Presidential Campaign

    Bob Maynard, editor and publisher of the Oakland Tribune newspaper, spoke to the Commonwealth Club of California on the 1992 election. Mr. Maynard discussed the national and regional “fault lines” of the nation’s…