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    The Lost Bank

    Kirsten Grind talked about the collapse of Washington Mutual in 2008, the largest bank failure in U.S. history. Now writing for the Wall Street Journal, she had been a co-finalist for the…

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    Full Body Burden

    Kristen Iversen recounts her childhood in Arvada, Colorado, adjacent to the Rocky Flats nuclear weaponry facility, which produced over 70,000 plutonium triggers for nuclear bombs. Using…

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    The Mark Inside

    Amy Reading presents a history of economic cons in the United States and specifically recounts the confidence game that left Texas rancher J. Frank Norfleet penniless in 1919. The author…

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    The John Carlos Story

    John Carlos, winner of the bronze medal in the 200 meters in the 1968 Olympics, recalls the raised-fist Black Power salute he and his teammate, Tommie Smith, gave on the medal podium in…

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    Maphead

    “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings presented a history of cartography and examined the ways that maps are used today. The author profiled many devotees of the field, from programmers at…

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    The Most Human Human

    Brian Christian looks at the state of artificial intelligence today and reports on the annual Loebner Prize event where the Turing Test is administered to the most advanced computer programs in the world to…

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    The Facebook Effect

    Mr. Kirkpatrick tells the story of the creation, growth and influence of Facebook, using interviews with the company insiders. The event was in Seattle.

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    Bottled and Sold

    The president of Pacific Institute shares his theory of how the country became hooked on buying water in the bottle and details why he believes tap water is just fine. The event was in…

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    Running Commentary

    Benjamin Balint presents a history of the Jewish cultural and political magazine, Commentary. Founded following World WarII, the magazine was considered a home for leftist politics and new…

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    Whole Earth Discipline

    A well-known California environmentalist apologizes for opposing nuclear power and now advocates that more nuclear power is the best way to slow the effect of climate change. The event was…

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    Field Notes on Democracy

    Arundhati Roy talked about her new collection of essays, which covers such topics as the U.S. war on terror, democracy in India, and India-Pakistan relations. During this event, Ms. Roy read from her…

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    Agenda for a New Economy

    David Korten talked about his book, Agenda for a New Economy. He explains that Wall Street can not be fixed because it is based on the creation of phantom wealth, or the creation of wealth on…

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    Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet

    Michael Klare talked about the power of countries that export energy in gaining military and economic advantages from energy importing nations. He talked about the increased use of energy…

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    The Translator

    Daoud Hari talked about his book, who survived a goverment-backed military attack on his village in Darfur and eventually became a translator for aid agencies, talked about his book The…

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    Baghdad Diaries: A Woman's Chronicle of War and Exile]

    Ms. al-Radi talked about her first book, Baghdad Diaries: A Woman’s Chronicle of War and Exile, published by Vintage. The book originated from the author’s diary entries she began during…

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    The Atomic Bazaar

    William Langewiesche talked about his book The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Mr. Langewiesche talked about the proliferation of…

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    God on Trial

    Peter Irons talked about his book God on Trial: Dispatches from America’s Religious Battlefields, published by Viking. Professor Irons, also a constitutional lawyer, outlined major court…

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    The Weather Makers

    Tim Flannery talked about his book The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth, published by Atlantic Monthly Press. The book is a history of…

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    Fade: My Journeys in Multiracial America

    Elliott Lewis talked about his memoir, Fade: My Journeys in Multiracial America, published by Carroll and Graf. He talked about his life as a biracial American. He explained that while he…

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    Looking Like the Enemy

    Mary Matsuda Gruenewald talked about her memoir Looking Like the Enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese American Internment Camps, published by NewSage Press. She was seventeen years old…

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