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    Present Shock

    Douglas Rushkoff talked about his book, Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, in which he argues that we are being overwhelmed by the technological advances that we dreamed about…

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    John Quincy Adams

    Author Harlow Giles Unger discussed his book, John Quincy Adams, suggesting that Adams was one of the most courageous figures in American history. He also responded to questions from the…

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    What Language Is

    Linguist John McWhorter examined the principals behind the world’s languages. The author argued that languages are not rigid constructions but rather open to growth by the continuous usage by a…

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    Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmstead

    Justin Martin talked about the life of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead (1822-1903). In his book Mr. Martin reports on Olmstead’s numerous public space designs, which include the U.S. Capitol…

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    Unlikely Brothers

    John Prendergast and Michael Mattocks talked about their joint memoir. When he was 20-years old Mr. Prendergast, a human rights activist and co-founder of the Enough Project, became a Big…

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    Conversation between Douglas Rushkoff and Micah Sifry

    A discussion between authors Micah Sifry and Douglas Rushkoff about technology and its impact, both positive and negative,on the world. They also responded to questions from members of the…

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    Panel Discussion on Books that Inspired Barack Obama

    A panel discussion was held on the books that influenced President Barack Obama. The list of books and authors includes Langston Hughes, The Invisible Man, the Bible, the children’s book Where the…

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    Three Days Before the Shooting...

    Adam Bradley, associate English professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and John Callahan, literary executor of the estate of Ralph Elison, presented Ralph Ellison’s posthumous second…

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    The Idea of Justice

    In Amartya Sen’s latest work he argues that a just society consists of more than just a government and citizenry that abides by agreed upon laws (as argued by philosopher John Rawls). He spoke at…

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    Panel Discussion on Health Care

    A panel of authors and journalists discussed health care. The panelists talked about the current health care bill and the myths surrounding the bill, the current health care system in the United States, and…

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    The Teeth May Smile but the Heart Does Not Forget

    Andrew Rice talked about his book The Teeth May Smile but the Heart Does Not Forget (Metropolitan Books; May 26, 2009). In his book he investigates the history of Uganda, the legacy of Ugandan dictator…

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    Why Do You Kill?: The Untold Story of the Iraqi Resistance

    Jurgen Todenhofer talked about his book Why Do You Kill?: The Untold Story of the Iraqi Resistance (The Disinformation Company; April 1, 2009). Jurgen Todenhofer interviewed resistence…