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  • emDeep Thinkingem
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    Deep Thinking

    Garry Kasparov talked about his book Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins, in which he discusses the future of artificial intelligence and how it…

  • emWild Rideem
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    Wild Ride

    Adam Lashinsky talked about his book Wild Ride: Inside Uber’s Quest for World Domination, in which he reports on the rise of Uber, the richest Silicon Valley startup, and it’s CEO Travis…

  • emRugged Individualismem
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    Rugged Individualism

    David Davenport talked about his book Rugged Individualism: Dead or Alive?, in which he talks about the history of American individualism and questions whether it can survive in the country…

  • PJ ORourke Discusses emHow the Hell Did This Happenem
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    How the Hell Did This Happen?

    P.J. O’Rourke talked about his book How the Hell Did This Happen?: The Election of 2016, in which he reflects on the 2016 election.

  • Youth and Climate Change
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    Youth and Climate Change

    Tia Hatton and her attorneys spoke about climate change policy. A group of 21 American students, aged 9 - 19, was suing President Trump over the U.S. government’s climate change policy,…

  • Future of Political Parties
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    Future of Political Parties

    Political scientist David Brady talked about the future of America’s political parties with Melissa Caen, a political and legal analyst for KPIX-TV in San Francisco. Mr. Brady conducts…

  • Autonomous Vehicles
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    Autonomous Vehicles

    Driverless vehicle technology experts and government consultants talked about driverless, shared and electric vehicles-- and the future of transportation. The discussion took place shortly…

  • Leland Faust Discusses emA Capitalistems Lament
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    A Capitalist's Lament

    Leland Faust talked about his book A Capitalist’s Lament: How Wall Street Is Fleecing You and Ruining America, in which he argues that regular Americans are being fleeced and exposed to…

  • Civil Rights and emKorematsu v United Statesem
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    Civil Rights and Korematsu v. United States

    Law professor Lorraine Bannai talks about her book, Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice, in which she discusses her role in the overturning of the landmark Supreme Court Case…

  • Islam and the West
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    Islam and the West

    Carla Power talked about her book, If the Oceans Were Ink, a memoir on her experiences getting to know and discussing religion with a Muslim cleric, and the lessons Westerners could learn…

  • emBuilding the Golden Gate Bridgeem
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    Building the Golden Gate Bridge

    Harvey Schwartz talked about his book, Building the Golden Gate Bridge: A Workers' Oral History. He showed pictures of the laborers and spoke about their testimonies of harsh weather,…

  • Theodore Roosevelt and the Constitution
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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 moments when…

  • Technology Policy and Politics
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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, creating a new…

  • Discussion on Inequality in America
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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 presidential…

  • emKilling the Messengerem
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    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…

  • Discussion on Gun Violence and Public Health
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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.

  • Discussion on Political Campaigns Money and Ethics
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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.

  • Discussion on Improving US Infrastructure
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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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

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