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  • emArea 51em
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    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 reporting,…

  • Richard White on emRailroaded The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern Americaem
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    Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

    Richard White presented a history of the operation of the transcontinental railroads. In his book the author recounts the social and economic impact the transcontinental railroads had on the way…

  • emDouble Playem
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    Double Play

    Mike Weiss talked about the killing of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk by Dan White in November 1978. After his remarks he was interviewed by Stephen Seewer…

  • emThe Devils Lightem
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    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, The…

  • Lessons from the BPs Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
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    Lessons from the BP's Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

    The co-chairs of the National Oil Spill Commission discussed the implementation of the recommendations on offshore oil drilling stemming from the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon in April 2010. Topics…

  • US Military Renewable Energy
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    U.S. Military Renewable Energy

    A discussion was held on the plans of the U.S. military to reduce its dependence on oil and other fossil fuels. Topics included the possibilities of the military driving innovation in new energy technologies…