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  • emSoonishem
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    Scientist Kelly Weinersmith and cartoonist Zach Weinersmith talked about their book Soonish, in which they detail several scientific advancements and studies being explored and the implications…

  • emDo I Make Myself Clearem
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    Do I Make Myself Clear?

    Harold Evans talked about his book Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well Matters. He spoke with Mike Barnicle, a political commentator on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

  • emSometimes Amazing Things Happenem
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    Sometimes Amazing Things Happen

    Dr. Elizabeth Ford talked about her book Sometimes Amazing Things Happen: Heartbreak and Hope on the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Prison Ward, in which she discusses her work in mental…

  • emWhat Patients Say What Doctors Hearem
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    What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear

    Dr. Danielle Ofri talked about her book What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear, in which she explores communication between patients and their doctors and the impact it can have on their…

  • Nato Thompson Discusses emCulture as a Weaponem
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    Culture as a Weapon

    Nato Thompson talked about his book Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life, in which examines how business and government use art to influence. He spoke with art critic…

  • Miriam Horn Discusses emRancher Farmer Fishermanem
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    Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman

    Miriam Horn talked about her book Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland, in which she looks at conservation in America through the livelihood of five…

  • emDog Whistle Politicsem
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    Dog Whistle Politics

    Ian Haney-Lopez, a senior fellow at Demos, talked about his book, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, in which he argues that…

  • emTo the End of Juneem
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    To the End of June

    Cris Beam talked about her book, To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care, in which she examines the foster care system in the United States. The author, a foster mother herself,…

  • emDust to Dust A Memoirem
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    Dust to Dust: A Memoir

    Benjamin Busch talked about his book, Dust to Dust: A Memoir, in which he reflects on mortality. He recounted how he returned from a brutal tour of war and his young daughter did not…

  • emBlack Tuesdayem
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    Black Tuesday

    Nomi Prins talked about the current economic problems and her book, Black Tuesday, a historical novel about the 1929 economic crash. Now a journalist, she had experience working for Goldman…

  • emQuite Enough of Calvin Trillin Forty Years of Funny Stuffem
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    Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff

    Calvin Trillin, staff writer for the New Yorker and the Nation’s “deadline poet,” presented a collection of his essays from the past forty years that range from the economy to politics and…

  • emThe Cult of the Amateurem
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    The Cult of the Amateur

    Andrew Keen talked about his book The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture (Crown Business, 2007). He debated with Lev Grossman of Time magazine the value of the…

  • emDetroit Disassembledem
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    Detroit Disassembled

    Photographer Andrew Moore presents a collection of photographs of Detroit that depict parts of the city in decay. Mr.Moore’s photographs focus on portions of Detroit that have been deserted…

  • emWingnuts How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking Americaem
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    Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America

    According to Mr. Avlon, both ends of the politics spectrum are up-ending American politics by feeding a climate of hyper-partisanship. Taking each party back from its “wingnuts” is the…

  • emThe Genius of the Beastem
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    The Genius of the Beast

    Howard Bloom argues that by reinventing capitalism to meet the creative drive inherent in human beings, we can turn our economic problems around and head into a new age of prosperity. This…

  • Joseph Pulitzer and Rupert Murdoch
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    Joseph Pulitzer and Rupert Murdoch

    James McGrath Morris and Michael Wolff discussed the professional and private lives of Joseph Pulitzer and Rupert Murdoch. The authors examined the differences and similarities between the…

  • emFordlandiaem
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    Greg Grandin talked about his book Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City (Metropolitan Books; June 9, 2009). He recounts Henry Ford’s creation of a factory…

  • emThe Uncrowned Kingem
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    The Uncrowned King

    Author Kenneth Whyte discussed his book The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst (Counterpoint; January 1, 2009) with Alan Farnham, contributing editor at Forbes Magazine. Mr. Whyte…

  • President Abraham Lincoln
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    President Abraham Lincoln

    Two authors talked about different views of President Abraham Lincoln and his use of new technology during the civil war from books they wrote. Harold Holzer talked about a speech Lincoln gave in New York and discusses…

  • emHow We Decideem
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    How We Decide

    Jonah Lehrer talked about his book, How We Decide (Houghton Mifflin; February 9, 2009), with Robert Krulwich of NPR’s Radio Lab. The author describes how the brain makes decisions that combine reason…

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