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  • Jonathan Franzen
    Jonathan Franzen
    Episode 1224
    12/24/06
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    From the Miami Book Fair International, a talk by author Jonathan Franzen about his memoir The Discomfort Zone. During the event, Mr. Franzen reads a portion of the book describing his efforts to sell the house his mother lived in before she passed away. He also talks about writing novels and the reaction his brothers had to his writing a book about the family. Includes Q&A.Jonathan Franzen is the author of the novel The Corrections, which was awarded the 2001 National Book Award.moreless
  • 'Tis the Season...
    'Tis the Season...
    Episode 1218
    12/18/06
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    Who's Giving? with Arthur C. Brooks.A charity divide runs through America: three-quarters of Americans contribute their time and money to various causes, while the rest of the population does not, according to Arthur C. Brooks, a leading scholar on economics and public policy. Brooks' research identifies the factors driving American charity, including strong families, church attendance, and the belief that social ills are best addressed by individuals rather than government. Brooks' findings have significant implications for policy debates on pressing issues like welfare reform, urban policy, the estate tax, education, and church/state questions. Charity matters, says Brooks, not only to individual donors and recipients who benefit directly, but also to the prosperity and self-government of America as a whole.Arthur C. Brooks has authored numerous articles and books related to charity and civic life. He is professor of public administration at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal.moreless
  • A Shameful Act
    A Shameful Act
    Episode 1216
    12/16/06
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    Taner Akcam discusses his book A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility.Akcam talks about the 1915 Armenian Genocide that claimed the lives of over one million Armenians. Professor Akcam examines how the Ottoman Turks responded to the charge that they were committing genocide and also discusses how the current Turkish government describes what happened. The talk was hosted by the Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota.moreless
  • George Leonard & Michael Murphy
    12/14/06
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    Join ITP for an evening program on A Search for a Personal Utopia with human potential pioneers and noted authors George Leonard and Michael Murphy.George Leonard is the author of twelve books including Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-term Fulfillment. He holds a 5th degree black belt in Aikido and is co-owner of Aikido of Tamalpais in Mill Valley.Michael Murphy is co-founder of Esalen Institute. His books include The Future of the Body, Golf in the Kingdom, and The Life We Are Given (co-authored with George Leonard).moreless
  • Poland on the Eve of Martial Law
    12/12/06
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    25 Years On featuring Marek Chodakiewicz (Academic Dean and Professor of History, Institute of World Politics) and H.E. Janusz Reiter (Ambassador of the Republic of Poland).On December 13, 1981 Poland awoke to find itself under Martial Law. Imposed by Prime Minister Jaruzelski to "defend socialism" from Solidarity, the first independent trade union in Eastern Europe during the Soviet era, all travel, outside communications, economic activity and media reports were put under military administration. Solidarity's leaders and activists were arrested and imprisoned without sentence, and active resistance was brutally crushed. Martial Law was eventually suspended on December 31, 1982 although much of the restrictive legislation continued throughout the 1980s.At a state dinner in Warsaw in November 1988, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher called for "personal and political liberty," joining growing international pressure from the Pope and President Reagan. On June 5, 1989, Solidarity won the first free elections in Poland after WWII by a land-slide.What was it like to wake up to the sight of tanks and armed military units on the street? And what are the longer-lasting consequences of this event? Successive polls show that around 50% of Poles consider Jaruzelski's decision to impose martial law as justified, although prosecutors filed charges against Gen. Jaruzelski this March, to prosecute the unconstitutional imposition of martial law.The panelists reflect on their direct experiences of martial law in Poland, what happened afterwards, and analyze the residual effects on modern Poland today.moreless
  • Affordable Housing in NY
    12/12/06
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    Governing Change - Panel I: Affordable HousingThe office of the governor is about to change hands for the first time in 12 years, likely representing a seismic shift - not just in ideology, but in management, leadership and appointments. A day of in-depth discussion on the challenges facing New York in health care, affordable housing, public education and government reform.This conference was made possible thanks to the generous support of Edison Properties. Additional support provided by the Milano Foundation.moreless
  • Governing Change: Keynote
    12/12/06
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    Governing Change Key Note Address: Policy, Politics and the Spitzer AdministrationThe office of the governor in New York is about to change hands for the first time in 12 years, likely representing a seismic shift - not just in ideology, but in management, leadership and appointments. A day of in-depth discussion on the challenges facing New York in health care, affordable housing, public education and government reform.This conference was made possible thanks to the generous support of Edison Properties. Additional support provided by the Milano Foundation.moreless
  • Jim Lehrer
    Jim Lehrer
    Episode 1211
    12/11/06
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    Jim Lehrer, himself a former Marine, perfectly captures the importance of presentation, or impersonation, in his Washington-based novel "The Phony Marine."Lehrer dives into a highly controversial topic and delivers his most compelling character portrait to date. Late one night, Hugo Marder stumbles upon an online auction for a Silver Star, the medal awarded for bravery in battle. He bids and wins. But it is only after he places the lapel pin on his jacket that he realizes the enormity of his actions - Politics and ProseLehrer started work with PBS network in 1973, and in 1975 started The MacNeil/Lehrer Report with Robert MacNeil. The show was later renamed The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, and in its most recent incarnation is known as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.moreless
  • Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli
    12/11/06
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    The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia presents Global Girls LEAD! (Leadership, Education, Achievement and Dialogue), a special initiative for high school girls, made possible by a gift from Jayne and Walter Garrison. The event was hosted in cooperation with the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania.The initiative was launched at a program featuring Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli, Special Assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for Women's Empowerment (worldwide).The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is a private, non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to creating a more informed citizenry on matters of national and international significance.Established in 1949 as a forum for discussing differing points of view, the Council does not endorse candidates for public office or lobby for policies. Membership is open to all who share its principles. The Council currently serves over 120 corporate members and their CEOs, and more than 4,000 other executives and individual members.moreless
  • A Thousand Miles of Dreams
    12/7/06
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    Sasha Su-Ling Welland discusses her book A Thousand Miles of Dreams: The Journeys of Two Chinese Sisters."A Thousand Miles of Dreams" recounts the evocative and intimate biography of two intensely rivalrous Chinese sisters, a writer and a doctor, whose eventful lives took very different paths in their quest to be independent women. They were Chinese modern girls who sought to forge their own way during a period of social revolution that unsettled relations between men and women, even among nations. Daughters of an imperial scholar-official and a concubine, the two sisters followed professional trajectories unimaginable to their parents' generation - Books IncSasha currently teaches at the University of Washington-Seattle in Anthropology and Women Studies.moreless
  • The Real Costs of Federal Aid
    12/7/06
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    College access and affordability appear to be high on the agenda for the 110th Congress. But will more federal aid for higher education really help make college more affordable? Or, has federal funding contributed to continually rising tuition? Moreover, has the general effect of federal assistance on colleges and universities ultimately served students well?Panelists Larry Arnn and Richard Vedder discuss the real costs of federal aid for the economics, freedom, and quality of American higher education. Moderated by Bradley Fellow Gene Hickok, the panel considers these questions in the context of a general inquiry into the capacity of higher education to equip the next generation of United States citizens for the blessings and responsibilities of freedom.moreless
  • Michael Eisner: Creativity in a Box
    12/7/06
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    Michael Eisner, former CEO of The Walt Disney Company, discusses the concept of "Creativity in a Box," which involves combining creativity with fiscal responsibility.Eisner shares the lessons he has learned leading organizations challenged with constantly reinventing themselves and growing through innovation in the world of entertainment.
  • Conversations on Art
    Conversations on Art
    Episode 1207
    12/7/06
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    Conversations on ArtIs there Intelligent Art in Outer Space?Panelists include Revisions artist Jonathon Keats; Ken Goldberg, director at the Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium, UC Berkeley; James Gibson, department of astronomy at UC Berkeley; Alla Efimova, chief curator at the Magnes; and Meredith Tromble, coordinator at the Center for Art & Science, San Francisco Art Institute.moreless
  • The President, The Pope and The Prime Minister
    Veteran journalist John O'Sullivan provides a dramatic account of how three great figures - Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, and President Ronald Reagan - changed the course of history and how their collaborative efforts revived faith, prosperity, and freedom in the West.Each came to power and became much-needed beacons of optimism cutting through the despair that afflicted 1970s America, post-imperial Britain, and a Catholic Church rocked by social revolution. Ultimately, this triumphant political partnership resulted in the miraculous liberation of Eastern Europe. Combining their unique strengths - Reagan's relaxed self-confidence, Thatcher's stern abilities, and the Pope's hopefulness and love - they were able to overcome the clutches of Communism. Now, more than ever, everyone can benefit from their lessons of fearlessness, strength, and wisdom - The Heritage Foundationmoreless
  • Charles Frazier
    Charles Frazier
    Episode 1206
    12/6/06
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  • Int'l Volunteering Leadership Forum: Morning Plenary
    Brookings launched a national initiative aimed at increasing the number of U.S. volunteers in international service as part of an International Volunteering Leadership Forum featuring government, corporate and civil society leaders. In conjunction with International Volunteer Day on December 5, sponsored by United Nations Volunteers, Brookings hosted an event with representatives from more than 100 organizations to discuss how to achieve the initiative's goal of doubling U.S. volunteers overseas, and enhancing multilateral capacity and impact over the next three years.moreless
  • Int'l Volunteering Leadership Forum: Policymaker Forum
    Brookings launched a national initiative aimed at increasing the number of U.S. volunteers in international service as part of an International Volunteering Leadership Forum featuring government, corporate and civil society leaders. In conjunction with International Volunteer Day, sponsored by United Nations Volunteers, Brookings hosted an event with representatives from more than 100 organizations to discuss how to achieve the initiative's goal of doubling U.S. volunteers overseas, and enhancing multilateral capacity and impact over the next three years.moreless
  • Martha Bayles
    Martha Bayles
    Episode 1204
    12/4/06
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    Martha Bayles talks about her book, The Ugly Americans: How Not to Lose the Global Culture War, soon to be published by Yale University Press.Bayles argues that people abroad now assume that violent, vulgar, vitriolic entertainment is a true expression of life in the United States. She says this is a result of the downsizing of U.S. cultural diplomacy and the skyrocketing export of an increasingly debased popular culture. She argues that in the war of ideas against radical jihad, culture is not a frill. She says it is mainly through culture that one group of people judges the humanity of another. After her presentation she responds to audience members' questions. This event was American Enterprise Institute's monthly Bradley Lecture.Martha Bayles was a former TV and arts critic for the Wall Street Journal. She is the author of the book, Hole in Our Soul: The Loss of Beauty and Meaning in American Popular Music. She also writes "Serious Popcorn" a weblog for Artsjournal.com.moreless
  • Holocaust Survivor Esther Nisenthal Krinitz
    Through the Eye of the Needle: Fabric Art of Esther Nisenthal KrinitzBernice Steinhardt and Helene McQuade share stories of their mother, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, who in 1977 began creating works of fabric art to tell her story of survival during the Holocaust.In 1977, at the age of 50, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz began creating works of fabric art to tell her story of survival during the Holocaust. Trained as a dressmaker but untrained in art, she created a collection of 36 fabric pictures of strong, vivid colors and striking details with a sense of folk-like realism. Meticulously stitched words beneath the pictures provide a narrative and the combined effect of story and art is powerful. While the pictures are visually pleasing, a closer examination reveals the shocking incongruity between the pastoral surroundings and human violence, terror and betrayal depicted. This exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated children's book Memories of Survival and a fully developed educator guide.moreless
  • Andrew Carroll
    Andrew Carroll
    Episode 1130
    11/30/06
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    Andrew Carroll discusses his new book Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families.The first book of its kind, "Operation Homecoming" is the result of a major initiative launched by the National Endowment for the Arts to bring distinguished writers to military bases and inspire U.S. Marines, soldiers, sailors, and airmen and their families to record their wartime experiences - Tattered CoverAndrew Carroll is the executive director of the American Poetry & Literacy Project, a national nonprofit organization that promotes literacy and encourages a greater public awareness of poetry.moreless
  • Art Life
    Art Life
    Episode 1129
    11/29/06
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    Lawrence Rinder discusses Art Life: Selected Writing 1991-2005."Art Life" brings together for the first time in a single publication many of the important essays on contemporary art written over the past 15 years by Rinder, one of America's most influential curators. This significant publication, which combines intellectual rigor with accessible prose, is an exciting and welcome reminder, especially in today's market-driven art world, that contemporary art can and should be experienced as a natural part of all of our lives - CodysDean of Graduate Studies at California College of the Arts, Lawrence Rinder was previously Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator of Contemporary Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he organized exhibitions including The American Effect, BitSteams, the 2002 Biennial, and Tim Hawkinson. Prior to his work at the Whitney, Rinder was founding director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and assistant director and curator for twentieth-century art at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. His art criticism has been published in Flash Art, Artforum, Nest, The Village Voice, Fillip, and Parkett.moreless
  • Michael Crichton
    Michael Crichton
    Episode 1128
    11/28/06
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    Michael Crichton warns that the future is closer than we think. In his novel Next Mr. Crichton describes the genetic world as "fast, furious, and out of control." During this event hosted by the National Press Club in Washington, DC, the author discusses recent scientific leaps on the study of genetics and talks about how gene manipulation can help cure drug addiction.Michael Crichton is the author of Jurassic Park and State of Fear and is the creator of the television series ER.moreless
  • Paradigm Wars
    Paradigm Wars
    Episode 1128
    11/28/06
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    Jerry Mander talks about Paradigm Wars: Indigenous People's Resistance to Economic Globalization.In this spirited book, Jerry Mander partners with the celebrated indigenous leader Victoria Tauli-Corpuz to gather powerful firsthand reports on a momentous collision of worldviews that pits the forces of economic globalization against the Earth's indigenous peoples. With many of the planet's remaining natural resources on indigenous lands, traditional practices of biodiversity preservation have, ironically, made these lands targets for global corporations seeking the last forests, genetic and plant materials, oil, and minerals to feed their unsustainable growth. Corporate invaders often employ military force, as well as harsh pressures from the World Bank, IMF, and WTO. But native peoples refuse to be victims; their stories of resistance and growing success are gathered here by twenty-five writers to describe the impacts. Jerry Mander is founder of the International Forum on Globalization. His books include "In the Absence of the Sacred" and "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television" - Cody's Booksmoreless
  • Ivory Tower Overhaul
    Ivory Tower Overhaul
    Episode 1127
    11/27/06
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    How to Fix American Higher EdTwo things everyone seems to know about higher education are that it's extremely expensive and that it gets more so every year. That, however, is about the extent of our collective certainty, because many critical questions never seem to get answered: Why does tuition rise relentlessly? What are students actually learning? What's the payoff of higher education? In light of all the open questions, it's no surprise that Americans are getting increasingly uneasy about the prices that colleges and universities are asking them to pay.Last year, the U.S. secretary of education established a commission to inspect America's ivory tower and formulate a "national strategy" for its renovation. With the commission's final report now out, we invite you to join our diverse panel of experts for a lively debate of higher education's problems, and the best ways to fix them - The Cato InstituteFeaturing Charles Miller, Chairman, the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education; Christopher Nelson, President, St. John's College; Anya Kamenetz, Author, Generation Debt; Neal McCluskey, Policy Analyst, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; and moderated by Doug Lederman, Editor, Inside Higher Ed.moreless
  • Harry Shearer
    Harry Shearer
    Episode 1126
    11/26/06
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    Harry Shearer takes aim with Not Enough Indians.Meet the residents of Gammage, NY, a town so far down on its luck that WalMart would rather site its new store in the middle of a lake than in Gammage. Mayor Zorn and the rest of the town council are on the verge of declaring the town bankrupt, when inspiration strikes. Why not petition for Indian Tribal status and open a casino? With the gears in Washington appropriately greased, the ink is barely dry on their Tribal certification when Gammage is transformed into the sovereign nation of the long-lost Filaquonsett tribe.It's only a matter of trading in their housecoats and galoshes for buckskins and moccasins, and boning up on their tribal lore and ceremonial dances, until the "Council of Elders" is ready to import some casino backing and gaming know-how...Funny, smart, antic, and scathing, "Not Enough Indians" is a brilliant ensemble piece mixing misadventure, hilarity, and the great American dream, from actor, musician, SNL cast member, voice of The Simpsons, and now novelist Harry Shearer.Carl Hiaasen writes, "Harry Shearer has one of America's great satirical minds, and he's in beautifully wicked form with Not Enough Indians." Harry Shearer's nationally syndicated radio show, Le Show, has been on the air for sixteen years, and his political blog runs in huffingtonpost.com - Cody's Booksmoreless
  • The Oldest Conflict of All
    11/24/06
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    The Oldest Conflict of AllProfessor Mansfield is the author of the recent controversial study, Manliness, published by Yale University Press. Professor Kipnis is the author of a similarly controversial new book, The Female Thing: Dirt, Sex, Envy, Vulnerability, published by Pantheon.They debate masculinity, femininity, the legacy of feminism, and the endless battle between the sexes. This event held at the Newberry Library was as part of the 17th annual Chicago Humanities Festival.moreless
  • French Declaration of Human Rights
    11/23/06
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    The Making of the French Declaration of Human Rights with Marek Nowicki.On November 23, the second Marek Nowicki Memorial Lecture, presented by the Open Society Institute and Central European University, was given by the Norwegian-born political theorist, Jon Elster (Columbia University, US; Chaire du Rationalite et Sciences Sociales, France), on The Making of the French Declaration of Human Rights. Stefan Messmann (Head, Department of Legal Studies) served as chair of the event, and Wiktor Osiatynski (CEU University Professor) offered introductory words about Elster, as well as the background of the lecture series.In the lecture, dedicated to the achievements of Marek Nowicki, the admired Polish human rights advocate, Elster reviewed the creation and interpretation of the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, at times article by article, looking at those who helped create it, as well as critique it, at the time. He further elaborated on a variety of points in a lengthy question and answer session, including the document's relation to the American Declaration of Independence, and how women were considered in its formulations, among other topics.moreless
  • Five Germanys I Have Known
    11/20/06
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    Five Germanys I Have KnownStern's family practiced medicine in Breslau, Germany for four generations, but in 1938 they were forced by increasing restrictions on Jews to leave for America. In this history-cum-memoir, Columbia University emeritus professor Stern combines the personal and professional in his study of Germany's transformations - Politics and ProseFritz Stern, University Professor Emeritus at Columbia University, is the author of The Politics of Cultural Despair: A Study in the Rise of the Germanic Ideology.moreless
  • Karen Armstrong
    Karen Armstrong
    Episode 1120
    11/20/06
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    Muhammad: A Prophet for Our TimeIn Karen Armstrong's biography of the Prophet of Islam she describes Muhammad as a respectful man who lived a decent life. Ms. Armstrong argues that while the Islamic religion is often represented as cruel, inherently violent and intolerant, Muhammad taught tolerance toward Jews and Christians to all of his followers.This event was hosted by the Mosaic Foundation as part of their new lecture series Re Discovering the Arab World.Karen Armstrong is the author of numerous books, including The Great Transformation, A History of God and The Spiral Staircase.moreless
  • Angels in Africa
    Angels in Africa
    Episode 1118
    11/18/06
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    Beth O'Donnell and Kimberley Sevcik talk about Angels in Africa.This important volume documents seven African women working to overcome devastating problems in their communities. Through photographs and first-person accounts, their stories reveal the strength of the human spirit. O'Donnell's photojournalistic work on Africa has been published internationally and exhibited in galleries across the U.S. - Book Passagemoreless
  • Ending Global Poverty
    Ending Global Poverty
    Episode 1116
    11/16/06
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    Muhammad Yunus, founder and managing director of the Grameen Bank and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, discusses the role of microcredit in fighting poverty. Isobel Coleman, senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, presides.Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, national membership organization and a nonpartisan center for scholars dedicated to producing and disseminating ideas so that individual and corporate members, as well as policymakers, journalists, students, and interested citizens in the United States and other countries, can better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other governments.moreless
  • Russia's Power Transfer Crises
    11/16/06
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    Professor Uri Ra'anan and Stephen J. Blank talk about their book Flawed Succession.In Flawed Succession, Professor Uri Ra'anan and his authoritative contributors analyze the state of Russia's power transfer crises through time. In four key successions - after Stalin's death, throughout Khrushchev's primacy, during the implosion of the USSR, and with Putin's ascent to power - they take aim at Russia's unpredictable leadership changes and consequent crises that result from the absence of a mechanism for legitimate succession. The uncertain and precarious nature of power transfer in Russia - and its lack of a transparent, consistently implemented, non-arbitrary mechanism for succession - has rendered incumbents unsure of the duration of their ascendancy, vulnerable to putative successors, and resistant to putting aside the politics of personal power in consideration of the long-term interests of the country.In addition to Stephen Blank, contributors include Dr. Robert Conquest and Dr. John Dunlop (both of the Hoover Institution), and Professor Carl Linden (George Washington University).moreless
  • What Paul Meant
    What Paul Meant
    Episode 1114
    11/14/06
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    Garry Wills sets out to correct St. Paul's longstanding reputation as the man who corrupted Jesus's message. Reminding us that the epistles are older than the gospels and, therefore, more authoritative renderings of Jesus's teachings. Wills describes the early church as more of an outgrowth of Judaism than a radical departure - Politics and ProseGarry Wills is an adjunct professor and cultural historian whose many books include penetrating studies of George Washington, Richard Nixon, the Kennedy family, Ronald Reagan, and religion in America. His numerous prizes include the Merle Curti Award of the American Historical Association, the National Book Critics Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and an honorary doctorate from the College of the Holy Cross.moreless
  • I Celebrate Myself
    I Celebrate Myself
    Episode 1114
    11/14/06
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    Bill Morgan talks about I Celebrate Myself.Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of "Howl," this is the first full biography of Allen Ginsberg, from birth to death. Ginsberg was America's most influential poet since WWII, a figure who was in the vanguard of every popular movement of that time, from the emergence of the Beat generation to the countercultural revolution to the interest in Eastern spirituality. - Book Passagemoreless
  • Ben Fong-Torres and Ray Manzarek
    11/14/06
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    Ben Fong-Torres and Ray Manzarek talk about "The Doors"Marking the band's 40th anniversary, Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore - the surviving members of The Doors - invite fans inside their world in Ben Fong-Torres' new book The Doors.Ray Manzarek is an American musician, producer, movie director, writer, co-founder and keyboardist of The Doors from 1965 to 1973, and the Doors of the 21st Century (renamed Riders On The Storm) since 2001.Ben Fong-Torres has published five or six books (he's lost count), including his best-selling memoirs, The Rice Room: Growing Up Chinese American, his first collection of articles from his years at Rolling Stone, Not Fade Away, and his latest, a second collection, Becoming Almost Famous. That title comes from the movie, Almost Famous, in which Ben was a real-life character. He is also a broadcaster and the radio columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle.moreless
  • Swanee Hunt
    Swanee Hunt
    Episode 1113
    11/13/06
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    Swanee Hunt discusses Half-Life of a Zealot.Swanee Hunt is the founding director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University, chair of the Initiative for Inclusive Security, president of the Hunt Alternatives Fund, and a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations and the boards of the International Crisis Group and Amnesty International. The U.S. Ambassador to Austria from 1993 to 1997, she is the author of the award-winning book This Was Not Our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace. Hunt discusses her memoir Half-Life of a Zealot - Tattered Covermoreless
  • Overcoming Life's Disappointments
    11/11/06
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    Rabbi Harold Kushner talks and gives stories in relation to his latest book Overcoming Life's Disappointments.Kushner, the author of "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," a book that shows us how to be our best selves even when things don't turn out as we had hoped - that is, how we can overcome life's disappointments.Kushner turns to the experience of Moses to find the requisite lessons of strength and faith. Moses towers over all others in the Old Testament: he is the man on the mountaintop to whom God speaks with unparalleled intimacy, and he leads his people out of bondage. But he is also deeply human, someone whose soaring triumphs are offset by frustration and longing: his people ignore his teachings, he is denied entrance to the Promised Land, his family suffers. But he overcomes. From the life of Moses, Kushner gleans principles that can help us deal with the problems we encounter. Through the example of Moses' remarkable resilience, we learn how to weather the disillusionment of dreams unfulfilled, the pain of a lost job or promotion, a child's failures, divorce or abandonment, and illness. We learn how to meet all disappointments with faith in ourselves and the future, and how to respond to heartbreak with understanding rather than bitterness and despair - Books Inc.moreless
  • Illustration Today
    Illustration Today
    Episode 1111
    11/11/06
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    Illustration Today: A Symposium on the State of the ArtThrough images, illustration shows us who we are by rendering how we perceive, interact with, and think about the world. But the medium is at a crossroads: the traditional forms of editorial illustration are losing their dominance, new vistas are rapidly opening up, and older avenues are being reinvented.Over two-dozen leading practitioners will talk about and engage in spirited discussions on a range of topics. Steven Guarnaccia, Parsons Illustration Department Chair and former New York Times art director and Dan Nadel, Parsons Illustration Department Assistant Professor and publisher of The Ganzfeld, will moderate the symposium - The New Schoolmoreless
  • Oppositional Force in American Politics
    11/10/06
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    As Opposed to What? Creating a Real Opposition Force in American PoliticsWhat will really change after the midterm elections? While electing Democrats is the establishment's solution to counteract six years of Republican control in Washington, few people have any illusions that the Democratic party represents a true opposition force in American politics. Two of the country's favorite columnists, Gary Younge, the Guardian newspaper's U.S. correspondent and author of "Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States," and Lewis Lapham, longtime editor and now editor emeritus of Harper's magazine, and author of "Pretensions to Empire: Notes on the Criminal Folly of the Bush Administration," discuss what it will take to create a real opposition movement in America today. Co-sponsored by The New School and The New Press - The New SchoolThe New School for Social Research was founded in 1919 as a center for "discussion, instruction, and counseling for mature men and women." It became America's first university for adults. Over the years, it grew into a major urban university made up of eight schools, and in 2005, it was officially renamed The New School. The university currently enrolls more than 25,000 students annually. Their diversity of ages, aspirations, and social backgrounds enriches the institution with a wide variety of cultures, perspectives, priorities, interests, and talents.moreless
  • Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein
    11/10/06
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    Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein discuss their new book The Broken Branch.Congress, the first branch of government in the American system, is a broken branch damaged by partisan bickering and internal rancor, according to the authors who offer both a brilliant diagnosis of the cause of Congressional decline and a much-needed blueprint for change - Politics & ProseNorman J. Ornstein is a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. An election analyst for CBS News, he writes a weekly column called Congress Inside Out for Roll Call.Thomas E. Mann is the W. Averell Harriman Chair and Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. The author of numerous books on American government, and a contributor to major magazines and newspapers like Washington Post and New York Times, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.moreless
  • Mind Set!
    Mind Set!
    Episode 1110
    11/10/06
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    John Naisbitt discusses his new book Mind Set! Reset Your Thinking and See the Future, which discloses his secret of forecasting.In his seminal works Megatrends and Megatrends 2000, John Naisbitt proved himself one of the most farsighted and accurate observers of our fast-changing world - Tattered CoverJohn Naisbitt is an American writer in the area of futures studies. He is best known for authoring the international bestsellers Megatrends, which was written in 1982 and Re-inventing the Corporation. Megatrends was translated and published in 57 countries and was for many weeks in the first place as non-fiction book in the bestseller lists in the USA, Japan and Germany. The New York Times had it on its bestseller list for more than 2 years, it sold more than 8 million copies.moreless
  • Marcus Borg and Huston Smith
    11/10/06
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    The Heart and Soul of ChristianityInternationally known biblical and Jesus scholar, professor and author Marcus Borg joins Huston Smith, one of the world's leading scholars of comparative religions, for a special Friday evening lecture at The First Congressional Church of Berkeley.Marcus Borg's newest book, "Jesus: The Life, Teachings and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary," joins his previous books, including "Reading the Bible Again for the First Time and The Heart of Christianity." Huston Smith's most recent book is "The Soul of Christianity," which follows thirteen other books, including "The World's Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions" and "Why Religion Matters." These two great friends and colleagues offer a dynamic discussion during this very special visit - Codys Booksmoreless
  • Isabel Allende
    Isabel Allende
    Episode 1109
    11/9/06
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    Isabel Allende introduces Ines of My Soul.The wonderful storyteller Isabel Allende returns to her native Chile with a meticulously researched, dramatically told tale based on the largely overlooked life of Ines Suarez, an indomitable Spanish con quistadora who played a seminal role in the settlement of the Chilean nation. In sixteenth century Spain, Ines is a poor seamstress whose ne'er-do-well husband has run off to the New World. Pursuing him, she arrives in Peru only to discover that he is dead, but fate draws her into the thrilling adventure that is the conquest of South America.A love affair with Pedro de Valdivia, one of Francisco Pizarro's trusted officers, changes the course of Ines's life, as she follows him on his mission to conquer Chile. Together, they will build the new city of Santiago, and they will wage a bloody, ruthless war against the indigenous Chileans - the fierce local Indians led by the chief Michimalonko, and the even fiercer Mauche from the south. The struggle not only forever alters their lives, but irredeemably shapes the future of the nascent Latin American country as well. "Ines of My Soul" is a beguiling recreation and a meditation on the truth that lies beneath the received record, and, in Allende's own words, "a work of intuition" - Codys Booksmoreless
  • Overcoming Life's Disappointments
    11/8/06
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    Rabbi Harold Kushner talks and gives stories in relation to his latest book Overcoming Life's Disappointments.Kushner, the author of "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," a book that shows us how to be our best selves even when things don't turn out as we had hoped - that is, how we can overcome life's disappointments.Kushner turns to the experience of Moses to find the requisite lessons of strength and faith. Moses towers over all others in the Old Testament: he is the man on the mountaintop to whom God speaks with unparalleled intimacy, and he leads his people out of bondage. But he is also deeply human, someone whose soaring triumphs are offset by frustration and longing: his people ignore his teachings, he is denied entrance to the Promised Land, his family suffers. But he overcomes. From the life of Moses, Kushner gleans principles that can help us deal with the problems we encounter. Through the example of Moses' remarkable resilience, we learn how to weather the disillusionment of dreams unfulfilled, the pain of a lost job or promotion, a child's failures, divorce or abandonment, and illness. We learn how to meet all disappointments with faith in ourselves and the future, and how to respond to heartbreak with understanding rather than bitterness and despair - Books Inc.moreless
  • Saving Fish From Drowning
    11/7/06
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    Amy Tan talks about Saving Fish From Drowning.On an ill-fated art expedition into Burma, 11 Americans leave their Floating Island Resort for a Christmas-morning tour - and disappear. Through twists of fate they encounter a tribe awaiting the return of a leader and the mythical book of wisdom that will protect them from the ravages of the Myanmar military regime. Tan is the author of "The Joy Luck Club;" "The Bonesetter's Daughter" and "Opposite of Fate" - Book Passagemoreless
  • Ralph Steadman
    Ralph Steadman
    Episode 1106
    11/6/06
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    The Joke's Over: Ralph Steadman on Hunter S. ThompsonIllustrator Ralph Steadman talks about his longtime friendship with the late Hunter S. Thompson and the drawings that accompanied many of Thompson's books and magazine articles. During this event, Mr. Steadman discusses the creation of gonzo journalism, shares stories about his time together with Hunter S. Thompson, and shows a large selection of his drawings. He also talks about Hunter S. Thompson's funeral. This program contains language and images that some viewers may find offensive.Ralph Steadman first started working with Hunter S. Thompson in 1970, when he and Thompson covered the Kentucky Derby together. He is, most famously, the illustrator for Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." Mr. Steadman has also illustrated a 50th anniversary edition of George Orwell's "Animal Farm" and Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland." His own books include "I-Leonardo" and "The Grapes of Ralph." For more on Mr. Steadman and his work, visit www.ralphsteadman.com.moreless
  • Katherine Fulton
    Katherine Fulton
    Episode 1103
    11/3/06
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    The Deeper News About the New Philanthropy10,000 families in the US, Katherine Fulton reported, have assets of $100 million or more. That's up from 7,000 just a couple years ago. Most of that money is "on the sidelines." The poor and the middle class are far more generous in their philanthropy, proportionally, than the very wealthy.Philanthropy across the board is in the midst of intense, potentially revolutionary, transition, she said. There's new money, new leaders, new rules, new technology, and new needs. Where great wealth used to come mainly from inheritance and oil, now it comes from success in high technology and finance - and ideas and expectations from those business experiences inform (and sometimes over-simplify) the new philanthropy. Some of the great older institutions like the Rockefeller Foundation are radically reorganizing around new ideas and opportunities. But still the greatest amount comes from individuals, many of whom are now "giving while living" instead of handing over the task to heirs - The Long Now Foundationmoreless
  • The Hungarian Revolution
    11/2/06
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    Witness: Reflections on the Meaning of the Hungarian Revolution with Peter W. Schramm.In the pre-dawn hours of November 4, 1956, Soviet forces launched a major attack against the Hungarian capital of Budapest, aimed at crushing the national uprising that had begun some 12 days earlier. While there was fierce opposition from the Hungarian people - dubbed Freedom Fighters - it took the Soviets only a few weeks to destroy the resistance. Why did the Hungarians revolt? Was it a merely romantic assertion of a poetic people - or was it a manly assertion for freedom against tyranny?Having fled his native Hungary during those tumultuous times, Peter W. Schramm is now the Executive Director of the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs and a Professor of Political Science at Ashland University.Previously, he served in the Reagan Administration as the Director of the Center for International Education in the United States Department of Education and was the President of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, in Claremont, California. He was recently awarded the Salvatori Prize in American Citizenship by The Heritage Foundation for his work in teaching the principles of the American Founding.moreless
  • Preserving Courts in Angry Times
    10/30/06
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  • Sir Roger Moore
    Sir Roger Moore
    Episode 1024
    10/24/06
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    Sir Roger Moore was one of the keynote speakers at the Oxonian Society's 2006 annual black tie gala.Sir Roger Moore, KBE, is known for his suave, handsome, unflappable, witty demeanor as James Bond. To date, Sir Roger is the longest-serving James Bond. Ian Fleming created James Bond as an agent of Her Majesty's Secret Service. James Bond holds code number "007." The 'double-O' prefix indicates his discretionary license to kill in the performance of his duties. Sir Roger was in such James Bond classics such as "The Man with the Golden Gun," "The Spy Who Loved Me," "Moonraker," "For Your Eyes Only," "Octopussy," "A View to a Kill," and "Live and Let Die."Sir Roger is known for his classic scenes with M's Secretary - Miss Moneypenny, his customary beverage order, "A martini, shaken, not stirred," and racing his Aston Martin DB5. Each film begins with what is known as the James Bond gun barrel sequence, which introduces agent 007. A gun barrel is seen from the assassin's perspective - a side-on view of James Bond walking, who quickly turns and shoots. The scene then reddens (signifying the spilling of the would-be assassin's blood), the gun barrel dissolves to a white circle, and the film begins. Sir Roger provided a fascinating address on UNICEF and his distinguished acting career - Oxonian Societymoreless
  • The Other Side of War
    The Other Side of War
    Episode 1024
    10/24/06
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  • Richard Dawkins
    Richard Dawkins
    Episode 1023
    10/23/06
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    The God DelusionRichard Dawkins argues that there is no rational or moral reason to believe in God or any other supernatural higher power. He says that because atheists are discriminated against in the United States they tend not to be vocal about their views, even though collectively they could be an influential political and social force. Professor Dawkins also reads selections from his new book, talks about his love for science, and answers questions from the Randolph-Macon audience.Richard Dawkins is the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is the author of many books, including The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, and Unweaving the Rainbow.moreless
  • Endgame in the Balkans
    Endgame in the Balkans
    Episode 1020
    10/20/06
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    Taming the Balkans with Elizabeth PondCan Europe tame the Balkans? That's the question veteran journalist Elizabeth Pond addresses in this timely and absorbing book. Starting with the wars of the Yugoslav succession, Endgame in the Balkans guides readers through the region's tumultuous recent history and explores both how the lure of European Union (EU) membership has affected the Balkans and how Balkan developments have shaped the EU.Drawing on hundreds of interviews, as well as decades of experience as a foreign correspondent, Pond moves deftly across the region, from Bulgaria to Romania, Kosovo, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Albania, and Serbia and Montenegro. She examines the many hurdles standing between these countries and EU membership - including poverty, corruption, and rabid chauvinism - as well as the hopes and problems that have led Balkan leaders to look to the West. In the process, she paints a vivid picture of the challenges facing the region as it seeks to vault from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century.Elizabeth Pond is a correspondent for the Washington Quarterly and a former European correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.The World Affairs Council was founded in 1947 out of the interest generated by the founding of the United Nations in San Francisco in 1945. With over 10,000 members, they are the largest international affairs organization on the west coast.moreless
  • Tempting Faith
    Tempting Faith
    Episode 1019
    10/19/06
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    Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political SeductionDavid Kuo, who served President Bush as the Deputy Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, writes in "Tempting Faith" that the Bush administration is not sincere about compassionate conservatism and, instead, is manipulating Christian conservatives for political gain. He charges that public funds allocated to the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives were used to finance Republican campaign events in 2004. Mr. Kuo, an evangelical Christian and a Republican, says he believes Christians should take a two-year "fast" from political causes and instead support charities that help the poor and the sick.David Kuo served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. He has worked for numerous conservative leaders, including John Ashcroft, William Bennett, Jack Kemp, Bob Dole, and Ralph Reed.moreless
  • Robert Kagan and Thomas Friedman
    10/18/06
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    Dangerous Nation: America's Place in the World from Its Earliest Days to the Dawn of the Twentieth CenturyRobert Kagan talks about U.S. influence in the world going back to the days of the Puritans. He argues that the U.S. has been increasing its global power steadily for centuries and says that the idea that the U.S. was once an isolationist power is a myth. Following Mr. Kagan's remarks, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman comments on the book and engages in a debate with Mr. Kagan about some of the claims he makes. This event was hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.Robert Kagan is the author of Of Paradise and Power and co-editor of Present Dangers: Crisis and Opportunity in American Foreign and Defense Policy. He writes a monthly column for the Washington Post. Mr. Kagan is currently a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.moreless
  • James McGreevey
    James McGreevey
    Episode 1014
    10/14/06
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    Former New Jersey governor, James McGreevey, makes a highly anticipated appearance in San Francisco to discuss his new memoir, The Confession. The former governor discusses personal recollections of his political rise and fall, his spirituality, and his lifelong struggle to come to terms with the sexual identity he kept secret for years.McGreevey's new book traces his life through two failed marriages, his rapid political rise to the governor's office, and the sudden, public implosion of his political career. Governor McGreevey made history in August 2004 when he declared, "I am a gay American" on national television, and announced his resignation from office. The story made headlines worldwide - but what led to that moment was a human and political drama more complex and fascinating than anyone could know.Moderator for the evening is Dudley Clendinen, New York Times contributor and co-author, "Out for Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America." This event consists of a conversation between McGreevey and Clendinen, followed by Q&A from the audience. The event, part of the "TimesTalks" Speaker Series, is co-presented by The New York Times and The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center.moreless
  • Eve Ensler
    Eve Ensler
    Episode 1010
    10/10/06
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    Eve Ensler talks about Insecure at Last: Losing It in Our Security-Obsessed World, a provocative look at America's obsession with security in a post-9/11 world."Why has all this focus on security made me feel so much more insecure? Nothing is secure. And this is the good news. But only if you are not seeking security as the point of your life" - Eve EnslerWhen her stage play "The Vagina Monologues" became a runaway hit and an international sensation, Eve Ensler emerged as a powerful voice and champion for women everywhere. Now the brilliant playwright gives us her first major work written exclusively for the printed page. Insecure at Last is a timely and urgent look at our security-obsessed world, the drastic measures taken to keep us safe, and how we can truly experience freedom by letting go of the deceptive notion of vigilant "protection." Ensler draws on personal experiences and candid interviews with burka-clad women in Afghanistan; female prisoners in upstate New York; survivors at the Superdome after Katrina; and anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan-sharing unforgettable snapshots that chronicle a post-9/11 existence in which hyped obsession for safety and security has undermined our humanity. The us-versus-them mentality, Ensler explains, has closed our minds and hardened our compassionate hearts.Provocative, illuminating, inspiring, and boldly envisioned, Insecure at Last challenges us to reconsider what it means to be free, to discover that our strength is not born out of that which protects us. Ensler offers us the opportunity to reevaluate our everyday lives, expose our vulnerability, and, in doing so, experience true freedom and fulfillment - Books Inc.moreless
  • Steven Smith
    Steven Smith
    Episode 1008
    10/8/06
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    Reading Leo Strauss: Politics, Philosophy, JudaismSteven Smith argues the published writings of German-born philosopher Leo Strauss are misread and that Leo Strauss would not embrace neoconservatism. The author alleges that Leo Strauss was not active in politics, never endorsed imperialism, and questioned political philosophies. In a discussion held in Wilmette, Illinois, he examines Leo Strauss' views on religion, philosophy and politics.Steven Smith is a political science professor at Yale University. He has authored several books, including Spinoza, Liberalism, and Jewish Identity, Spinoza's Book of Life, and The Rescue: A True Story of Courage & Survival in World War II.moreless
  • James Ellroy and Bruce Wagner
    10/5/06
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    Mourning Becomes Electric: Bruce Wagner's "Memorial" and James Ellroy's "The Black Dahlia"There are few, if any, American novelists who have received such consistent and high acclaim as Bruce Wagner. Be it the cult classic Force Majeure, the groundbreaking "Cell Phone Trilogy" (I'm Losing You, I'll Let You Go, and Still Holding), or the Gatsby-like The Chrysanthemum Palace (a 2005 PEN Faulkner award finalist), critics and writers, from Michiko Kakutani to John Updike to James Ellroy, have hailed Wagner as our great fiction chronicler of Hollywood and the broken lives of La Vie L.A. With his richly orchestrated new novel Memorial, Wagner ventures far beyond filmdom's gates, interweaving the stories of four estranged family members coping with their lives in the wake of natural and unnatural global disaster - and creates a breathtaking saga of faith, redemption, and spirituality in the 21st century.Wagner's friend James Ellroy is, of course, the author of The Black Dahlia, which has just hit the screens in Brian De Palma's movie version of this contemporary classic, as well as the novels The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz, all four of which are known as the L.A. Quartet. He's also the author of American Tabloid, and the memoir My Dark Places. - Cody's Booksmoreless
  • William Daugherty
    William Daugherty
    Episode 1005
    10/5/06
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    Since 2004, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) has presented the Henry Paolucci/Walter Bagehot Book Award to authors in recognition of their scholarly achievements. This year's winner was William Daugherty, author of Executive Secrets: Covert Action and the Presidency. Mr. Daugherty received a $5,000 cash award and was given an opportunity to lecture about his book, which looks at the use of covert actions by U.S. presidents since 1947. Mark Bowden, who wrote the forward to the book, makes opening remarks. This event was hosted by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute based in Wilmington, Delaware.William Daugherty is a professor of criminal justice and political science at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia. Before joining the AASU faculty, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was an officer with the Central Intelligence Agency at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran. He was one of fifty-two Americans held hostage for 444 days in Iran between 1979 and 1980 and is the author of In the Shadow of the Ayatollah: A CIA Hostage in Iran. Mark Bowden is a journalist and adjunct professor at Loyola College in Maryland. He is the author of Black Hawk Down, Killing Pablo, and Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam.moreless
  • Neil Gaiman
    Neil Gaiman
    Episode 1002
    10/2/06
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    An Evening's Entertainment with Neil Gaiman celebrating Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders.In this dazzling new collection of more than twenty-five pieces of short fiction including a novella featuring the hero of his masterpiece "American Gods," Neil Gaiman charts the terrain between life and death, perception and reality, darkness and light. Guaranteed to dazzle the senses, haunt the imagination, and touch the heart, "Fragile Things" is a gift of wonder from one of the most unique literary artists of our time. Neil Gaiman is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the novels "American Gods," "Neverwhere," "Stardust," "Coraline," and "Anansi Boys;" "The Sandman" series of graphic novels; and "Smoke and Mirrors," a collection of short fiction - Cody's BooksGaiman is also the coauthor of the novel Good Omens with Terry Pratchett. Among the many awards he has won are the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Locus, and Bram Stoker awards.moreless
  • Roderick MacFarquhar
    Roderick MacFarquhar
    Episode 0928
    9/28/06
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    Mao's Last RevolutionRoderick MacFarquhar talks about the book he wrote with Michael Schoenhals, Mao's Last Revolution, published by Belknap Press. The book recounts China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution that lasted from 1966 to 1976. Professor MacFarquhar explains that Mao and his people were responsible for mass executions that killed and injured millions of people. He concludes that these events may have set the stage for a more democratic China in the future. After his presentation he responds to audience members' questions.Roderick MacFarquhar is chair of the department of government and Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science and former director of the John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research.moreless
  • Bruce Sterling
    Bruce Sterling
    Episode 0926
    9/26/06
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  • Joe Eszterhas
    Joe Eszterhas
    Episode 0926
    9/26/06
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    Joe Eszterhas, best-selling author and legnedary bad-boy screenwriter discusses his new book The Devil's Guide to Hollywood: the Screenwriter as God!.Mike Ovitz told him his Wilshire Blvd. "foot soldiers" would hunt him down. He's antagonized almost everyone at the top in Tinseltown. And now, Joe Eszterhas tells everything he knows - in brief, quotable bursts - about the business, the history of Hollywood, and how to write screenplays that make millions. Idiosyncratic, gruff and as shaggy as Eszterhas himself, "The Devil's Guide to Hollywood" makes a character/leitmotif of Eszterhas' fellow Hungarian Zsa Zsa Gabor ("Money is like a sixth sense that makes it possible for you to fully enjoy the other five."), and makes the case that Marilyn Monroe was the sharpest tack in Hollywood ("Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents."). Refreshing, dirty, tough, there's no book like it. - Books Inc.Joe Eszterhas has written fifteen films which have made more than a billion dollars at the box office. Among them are Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge, Flashdance, Showgirls, Betrayed, Music Box and F.I.S.T. He is the author of the recent New York Times bestsellers American Rhapsody and Hollywood Animal. In 1975, his second book, Charlie Simpson's Apocalypse, was nominated for the National Book Award. He was a senior editor at Rolling Stone from 1971 to 1975.moreless
  • Barbara Ehrenreich
    Barbara Ehrenreich
    Episode 0925
    9/25/06
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    Author Barbara Ehrenreich discusses her book Bait and SwitchIn "Bait and Switch, Barbara Ehrenreich goes back undercover to explore another hidden realm of the economy: the shadowy world of the white-collar unemployed. Armed with the plausible resume of a professional "in transition," she attempts to land a "middle-class" job. She submits to career coaching, personality testing, and EST-like boot camps, and attends job fairs, networking events, and evangelical job-search ministries. She is proselytized, scammed, lectured, and - again and again - rejected."Bait and Switch" highlights the people who have done everything right - gotten college degrees, developed marketable skills, and built up impressive resumes - yet have become repeatedly vulnerable to financial disaster. There are few social supports for these newly disposable workers, Ehrenreich discovers, and little security even for those who have jobs. Worst of all, there is no honest reckoning with the inevitable consequences of the harsh new economy; rather, the jobless are persuaded that they have only themselves to blame. - Books Inc.Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of thirteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Nickel and Dimed. A frequent contributor to the New York Times, Harpers, and the Progressive, she is a contributing writer to Time magazine. She lives in Florida.moreless
  • Anna Quindlen
    Anna Quindlen
    Episode 0924
    9/24/06
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    Anna Quindlen talks about her novel Rise and Shine.Meghan, host of the highest-rated morning talk show, utters profanity on the air and is suddenly dealing with a halt in her career. It's the end of an era, not only for Meghan, but also for her sister Bridget, who has always lived in Meghan's long shadow. The effect of the on-air truth telling reverberates through both their lives, affecting Meghan's family, friends and fans. - Book PassageAnna Quindlen is the author of five novels (Blessings, Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Rise and Shine), and six nonfiction books (Being Perfect, Loud & Clear, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Living Out Loud, Thinking Out Loud, How Reading Changed My Life). She has also written two children's books (The Tree That Came to Stay, Happily Ever After). Her New York Times column "Public and Private" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. Her column now appears every other week in Newsweek.moreless
  • President Pervez Musharraf
    9/22/06
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    Emerging Pakistan with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.President Musharraf speaks to students and diplomats about the future of Pakistan. Among the topics he addresses are: efforts to build economic programs for growth, the threat posed by terrorism and religious extremism, and fostering democratic movements. He also responds to questions from the audience. Sehba Musharraf, first lady of Pakistan, introduces President Musharraf and talks about the status of women in Pakistan.Pervez Musharraf, currently the President of Pakistan and the Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistani military. He took power on October 12, 1999 after a coup d'etat and assumed the title of President of Pakistan on June 20, 2001.moreless
  • Orville Schell: China Thinks Long-term
    9/22/06
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    China Thinks Long-term, But Can It Relearn to Act Long-term?China is the most unresolved nation of consequence in the world," Orville Schell began. It is defined by its massive contradictions. And by its massiveness - China's population is estimated to be 1.25 to 1.3 billion; the margin of error in the estimate is greater than the population of France. It has 160 cities with a population over one million (the US has 49). It has the world's largest standing army.No society in the world has more millennia in its history, and for most of that history China looked back. Then in the 20th century the old dynastic cycles were replaced by one social cancellation after another until 1949, when Mao set the country toward the vast futuristic vision of Communism. That "mad experiment" ended with Deng Xiaoping's effective counter-revolution in the 1980s, which unleashed a new totalistic belief, this time in the market.So what you have now is a society sick of grand visions, in search of another way to be, focused on the very near term.These days you cannot think usefully about China and its potential futures without holding in your mind two utterly contradictory views of what is happening there. On the one hand, a robust and awesomely growing China; on the other hand a brittle China, parts of it truly hellish - The Long Now Foundationmoreless
  • Changing Course: U.S. Agriculture Policy
    9/21/06
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    Why Congress Should Consider a New Direction for U.S. Agriculture PolicyFeaturing Rep. Jeff Flake, (R-AZ) and Sallie James, Trade Policy Analyst, Cato Institute.In 1996 Congress passed the Freedom to Farm Act, which put our country on a new path toward fewer subsidies and less reliance on market-distorting price support programs. In 2002 Congress abruptly and dramatically shifted course in the wrong direction with the enactment of the 2002 farm bill. This legislation formalized the significantly increased "emergency" spending of the previous two years with a massive expansion of the cost and scope of agriculture programs. As Congress prepares to craft a new farm bill in 2007, Rep. Jeff Flake and Sallie James discuss why it is time to overhaul U.S. agriculture policy once again - The Cato Institutemoreless
  • In Defense of Negativity
    9/20/06
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    Attack Ads in Presidential Campaigns featuring the author, John G. Geer, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Vanderbilt University; with comments by Jeremy Mayer, George Mason University; and moderated by John Samples, Director, Center for Representative Government, Cato Institute.Americans think negative campaign ads undermine elections and even democratic government itself. But John G. Geer argues that when political candidates attack each other, raising doubts about each other's views and qualifications, voters - and the democratic process - benefit. "In Defense of Negativity," Geer's study of negative advertising in presidential campaigns from 1960 to 2004, asserts that proliferating attack ads are far more likely than positive ads to focus on salient political issues, rather than politicians' personal characteristics. Accordingly, the ads enrich the democratic process, providing voters with relevant and substantial information before they head to the polls. Geer concludes that, if we want campaigns to grapple with relevant issues and address real problems, negative ads just might be the solution - Cato Institutemoreless
  • Philip Jenkins
    Philip Jenkins
    Episode 0920
    9/20/06
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    GTU Fall 2006 ConvocationPhilip Jenkins, distinguished professor of history and religious studies at Pennsylvania State University, delivers the GTU Fall 2006 Convocation address on Believing the Bible in a Global Context. This event was held at the Pacific School of Religion Chapel in Berkeley, CA.Philip Jenkins is a distinguished professor of history and religious studies at Pennsylvania State University. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1978. In his career he has published 20 books. He has written on some controversial subjects like pedophile priests, religious prejudice, cults, and terrorism.moreless
  • Camp Democracy: War and the Media
    9/19/06
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    Jeff Cohen and Ray McGovern talk about the corporate media's coverage of the Bush administration during the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq.They argue that the corporate media failed in its responsibility to ask tough questions and instead decided to largely act as cheerleaders for going to war. Jeff Cohen addresses this issue through his experience producing MSNBC's Phil Donahue's Show during this period and talks about why the show was cancelled just prior to the invasion.Ray McGovern, who worked as a CIA analyst for 27 years, discusses what the intelligence community was saying about Iraq prior to the war and talks about a confrontation he had with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld during an event in Atlanta this past May.After their presentations, writer/director Robert Taicher makes remarks about his new documentary Rush to War (http://www.rushtowar.com). The discussion is moderated by Take On the Media founder Jeff Norman (www.takeonthemedia.org).moreless
  • Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem
    9/19/06
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    Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem discuss The Women's Media Center, their non-profit media organization. They also speak about GreenStone Media, their recently launched for-profit radio venture.The goal of The Women's Media Center is to assure that women are included as sources for and subjects of the media - and that women media professionals are afforded equal opportunities for employment and advancement. The site is a major online source for hyperlinks to women columnists and bloggers, as well as media organizations and resources.GreenStone Media is the only national radio network owned by women, and it's designed to offer radio that is thought provoking, emotionally involving, believable and trustworthy.GreenStone's talk radio network debuted in July 2006. Its mission is to meet the un-served need for innovative, topical, relevant and entertaining programming of particular interest to women.moreless
  • On Beauty
    On Beauty
    Episode 0914
    9/14/06
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    Zadie Smith talks about her third novel, On BeautyOn Beauty is an analysis of family life, the institution of marriage and an honest look at people's deceptions. An infidelity, a death and a legacy set in motion a chain of events that forces everyone to examine the assumptions which underpin their lives. Smith is the author of the award-winning novels White Teeth and The Autograph Man.Novelist Zadie Smith was born in North London in 1975 to an English father and a Jamaican mother. She read English at Cambridge, graduating in 1997.Zadie Smith's second novel, The Autograph Man (2002), a story of loss, obsession and the nature of celebrity, won the 2003 Jewish Quarterly Literary Prize for Fiction. In 2003 she was nominated by Granta magazine as one of 20 "Best of Young British Novelists".moreless
  • BITCHfest
    BITCHfest
    Episode 0913
    9/13/06
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  • How Many Minds Produce Knowledge
    9/12/06
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    Cass Sunstein talks about his book Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce KnowledgeHe talks about the possibilities of a human potential to aggregate information by sifting through volumes of unfiltered information without resorting to prejudice and preconceptions. He also talks about developing better approximate mechanisms for decision-making in the public sector. Professors Hanson and Cowen join him in a discussion moderated by Mr. Hahn. After their discussion the participants respond to audience members' questions.Mr. Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in a number of nations, including Ukraine, Poland, China, South Africa, and Russia. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Mr. Sunstein has been Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia, visiting professor of law at Harvard, vice-chair of the ABA Committee on Separation of Powers and Governmental Organizations, chair of the Administrative Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, a member of the ABA Committee on the future of the FTC, and a member of the President's Advisory Committee on the Public Service Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters.moreless
  • Charlayne Hunter-Gault
    Charlayne Hunter-Gault
    Episode 0912
    9/12/06
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    MoAD and Shared Interest host a book signing and reception with renowned journalist Charlayne Hunter-GaultMs. Hunter-Gault's book New News Out of Africa offers an optimistic view of Africa's future, revealing that there is more to the continent than the bad news of disease, disaster, and despair. She implies the continent's negative media attention obscures important positive developments in Africa, including the work of organizations such as Shared Interest.Charlayne Hunter-Gault recently left her post as CNN's Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent, which she had held since 1999, to pursue independent projects. Before joining CNN, she worked from Johannesburg as the chief correspondent in Africa for NPR from 1997 to 1999.During her tenure at The NewsHour, she won two Emmys and a Peabody for excellence in broadcast journalism for her work on the series "Apartheid's People." She has also received the 1986 Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.moreless
  • Former President of Iran Mohammad Khatami
    Mohammad Khatami, the former president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, speaks on The Ethics of Tolerance in the Age of ViolenceTopics include the history of immigration to America, U.S. world domination, replacing violence with tolerance, the need for more spirituality, and the need to modernize traditions. He denounced imperialism, double standards in the war on Iraq, and violence perpetrated in the name of Islam. Following his address, he responded to questions from students and other audience members. Translation into English was via a translator standing next to the speaker's podium. The event was a John F. Kennedy, Jr. Forum at the John F. Kennedy School of Goverment at the Harvard University Institute of Politics.moreless
  • The Politics of Faith in America
    9/10/06
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    Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in AmericaRay Suarez's new book The Holy Vote examines the way Americans worship, how organized religion and politics intersect in America, and how this powerful collision is transforming the current and future American mindset. Not since the Civil War has the United States been so polarized - politically and ideologically. But at the very heart of this fracture is a fascinating and paradoxical marriage between our country's politics and religions.Ray Suarez has been a senior correspondent with The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer since 1999, where he is responsible for conducting news-making interviews, studio discussions and debates, and reporting from the field.moreless
  • The Elephant in the Room
    9/6/06
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    The Elephant in the Room: Evangelicals, Libertarians and the Battle to Control the Republican Party featuring the author, Ryan Sager, Columnist, New York Post and RealClearPolitics.com; with comments by Michael Barone, Columnist, U.S. News and World Report, and Coauthor of Almanac of American Politics.If the Republican Party is no longer the party of Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich, limited government, or fiscal restraint, then what is it? And what's a self-respecting, small-government, fiscally conservative, socially liberal voter supposed to do? In his new book, Ryan Sager argues that George W. Bush's brand of big-government, big-religion conservatism risks causing a serious split in the GOP - in particular, between the traditional South and the "leave me alone" states of the interior West, such as Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Montana - The Cato Institutemoreless
  • The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy
    The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade.Pietra Rivoli talks about her book, which explains globalization through the story of a t-shirt's lifespan - from harvesting the cotton in Texas through that shirt's manufacture in China to its eventual sale as a new product in the U.S. and as used clothing in Africa. In the course of her talk she discusses trade policies, economics, and politics in the U.S., China and Africa. During the discussion, the author shows slides of her travels and later answers questions from the audience. Bentley College in Boston, Massachusetts, hosted this event.Pietra Rivoli, PhD, is Associate Professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, where she specializes in international business, finance, and social issues in business. She is the author of International Business and has been published in numerous academic journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics Quarterly, and the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking.moreless
  • News Junkie
    News Junkie
    Episode 0824
    8/24/06
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    Jason Leopold talks about "News Junkie"The cutthroat worlds of journalism, politics, and high finance are laid bare by Leopold, whose addictive tendencies led him from a life of drug abuse and petty crime to become an award-winning investigative journalist who exposed some of the biggest corporate and political scandals in recent American history - Book Passagemoreless
  • Resurrection
    Resurrection
    Episode 0823
    8/23/06
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    Tucker Malarkey brings us "Resurrection", based on the historical discovery of the Gnostic Gospels in Egypt.Set in Cairo during the tumultuous aftermath of World War II, Tucker Marlarkey's new novel draws on the actual events surrounding the finding of the lost gospels at Nag Hammadi, Egypt. Suppressed by the Church Fathers, who elected to include only four gospels in the New Testament canon, these sacred texts were destroyed in ancient times by Church mandate, and their subsequent accidental rediscovery in the 1940s was fraught with danger. Around these remarkable events, Malarkey has crafted a suspenseful and eye-opening tale of love, war, and murder.When Gemma Bastian's father, a renowned British archeologist, suddenly passes away in Egypt, she journeys from postwar London to Cairo to bury his ashes. Yet her investigation into his last project -- an attempt to recover and make public the lost Gnostic Gospels -- raises troubling questions about his death. What unfolds is a tantalizing but little-known story about one of the most important and controversial finds of the past century, involving, at its center, the relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene.Drawing on the material that Elaine Pagels presented in her bestseller The Gnostic Gospels, "Resurrection" grapples with the mysterious circumstances surrounding the discovery of those ancient texts, which call into question the founding of Christianity and the role of women in Church history. Here is a story of resurrection in its many forms: of a dead father, of a love between a man and a woman, of a world ravaged.Tucker Malarkey was a founding editor of Tin House, a literary journal based in Portland, Oregon, and New York. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she is a former researcher/writer for The Washington Post. - Cody's Booksmoreless
  • William Cohen
    William Cohen
    Episode 0823
    8/23/06
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    Former Defense Secretary William Cohen discusses his book Dragon Fire, a novel about a fictional Defense Secretary.During the talk, Mr. Cohen recounts events that took place during his career in the House, Senate and Pentagon. He also warns about the threats America faces from terrorism and nuclear weapons. In addition, he reflects on the current crises in Israel, Lebanon and Iraq. This event was hosted by the Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC.William Cohen served as Secretary of Defense from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton's administration. This marked the first time in American history that a president appointed a member of the opposing party to his cabinet. In addition, Mr. Cohen is a lawyer and was a member of the U.S. Senate and Congress for twenty-four years.moreless
  • Beasts Of No Nation
    Beasts Of No Nation
    Episode 0822
    8/22/06
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    "Beasts Of No Nation" by Uzodinma IwealaJust named the winner of the Young Lions Fiction Award, a $10,000 prize given by the New York Public Library, Uzodinma Iweala is a 23-year-old Harvard graduate who lives in both Washington DC and Lagos, Nigeria.Utterly compelling and original in voice, his debut novel "Beasts Of No Nation" marks the arrival of an extremely talented young writer unafraid to limn the darkest impulses of mankind. Iweala tells a harrowing tale of a child-soldier's quick descent into the hell of war. Powerful in its depiction of the civil war that engulfs an unnamed West African nation, the novel offers an emotionally unsparing look at the cruelties and depravities of recruiting children for war. In textured language that gives voice to an unforgettable adolescent narrator, Iweala's work both haunts and surprises with its portrayal of a young conscript into a world of unimaginable horror. Critical praise for "Beasts Of No Nation" has been overwhelming. - Cody's Booksmoreless
  • Censoring Culture
    Censoring Culture
    Episode 0814
    8/14/06
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    Censoring Culture: Contemporary Threats to Free ExpressionIn this book the nationally known author Robert Atkins brings together the latest thinking from art historians, cultural theorists, legal scholars, and psychoanalysts, as well as first-person accounts by artists and advocates, to give reader a comprehensive understanding of his views on censorship in a new century.moreless
  • Approaches to Global Development
    8/11/06
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    Students and young professionals were invited to apply for a half-day conference being held at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C., on Friday, August 11th. The conference brought together young global leaders from across the U.S. for a day of workshops, speakers, and discussions on how the transatlantic community can ensure fair and even global development. Students heard from top experts and then had the chance to weigh in with their own views.At the conference, students learned strategies for talking about global security issues with Americans and techniques for organizing town hall meetings in their communities on America's role in the world. Students also had the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with a diverse group of young leaders, equipping them with the knowledge, support and structure to implement these ideas in their neck of the woods.The conference is cosponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy and the Atlantic Council of the United States. Americans for Informed Democracy seeks to build a new generation of globally conscious leaders who can shape an American foreign policy appropriate for our increasingly interdependent world. The Atlantic Council promotes constructive U.S. leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the central role of the Atlantic community in meeting the international challenges of the 21st century.moreless
  • John Pomfret
    John Pomfret
    Episode 0808
    8/8/06
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    Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New ChinaOn the occasion of the 20th reunion of his Nanjing college class, author John Pomfret decided to reacquaint himself with his classmates. He writes about what he learned, in his new book, titled Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China. During a talk about his book, Mr. Pomfret tells of the death of a classmate's father who was killed for being an intellectual; of another classmate who labored in the fields rather than participate in an arranged marriage; and of a third classmate who was forced to publicly denounce his father. In the book, Mr. Pomfret examines China's cultural and economic transformation from totalitarianism.John Pomfret studied Chinese history at Stanford University. Over the past 2 decades, Pomfret has visited China twice, as a professional journalist and as an eyewitness to the events in Tiananmen Square in 1989. He was the Beijing Bureau Chief for the Washington Post. Currently, he is the Los Angeles Bureau Chief to the Washington Post.moreless
  • Year That Defined American Journalism
    8/4/06
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    W. Joseph Cambell explores The Year That Defined American Journalism: 1897 and the Clash of Paradigms.1897 featured a momentous clash of paradigms pitting the activism of William Randolph Hearst's participatory "journalism of action" against the detached, fact-based antithesis of activist journalism as represented by Adolph Ochs of The New York Times, and an eccentric experiment in literary journalism pursued by Lincoln Steffens at the New York Commercial Advertiser. Resolution of the three-sided clash would take years and result ultimately in the ascendancy of the Times' counter-activist model, which remains the defining standard for mainstream American journalism. - Cody's BooksCampbell writes, "In important respects, 1897 was a time not unlike today, when American journalism was in upheaval, when new media technologies (motion pictures and wireless telegraphy, notably) were emerging, when new techniques (such as printing halftone photographs in newspapers published on high-speed presses) were being perfected. It was also the year when American journalism's best-known editorial, 'Is There A Santa Claus?' was published, when the pejorative term 'yellow journalism' first appeared in print, and when the longest-running cartoon, 'Katzenjammer Kids', was first published."moreless
  • Jonathon Keats & Vitaly Komar
    7/30/06
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    Revisions Jonathon Keats: The First Intergalactic Art ExpositionJonathon Keats in conversation with revolutionary Russian-American conceptual artist Vitaly Komar on conceptual art, collaborative process and Jewish culture.Concluding centuries of speculation about extraterrestrial intelligence, conceptual artist Jonathon Keats recently discovered that a radio signal detected by the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico contains artwork broadcast from deep space. Initially dismissed by researchers as meaningless, the transmission is now claimed to be the most significant addition to the artistic canon since the Mona Lisa, or even the Venus of Willendorf. Painstakingly decoded by Keats, the artwork is exhibited for the first time ever at the Magnes. "This is the ultimate outsider art," notes Keats. "Historically our culture has ignored extraterrestrial artistic expression. Given the size of the universe, this is no small oversight." The First Intergalactic Art Exposition introduces the public to art on loan from elsewhere in the cosmos, and also reciprocate: From the Magnes, Keats is broadcasting his own artwork out into deep space. Keats is represented by Modernism Inc. in San Francisco. His work has appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Wired, and he has written columns for Artweek and San Francisco Magazine. - The Judah L. Magnes Museummoreless
  • John Dean: Conservatives Without Conscience
    Conservatives Without ConscienceOver a decade ago, John W. Dean, a former White House counsel, and the late Arizona Senator Barry M. Goldwater began a joint inquiry into what was happening to conservatism. At the time, the movement was first becoming increasingly radical, religious, and self-righteous. When Senator Goldwater's health precluded his continued work on their planned book, the project was set aside. But Dean did not stop searching for answers to their questions, particularly the failed effort by conservative Republicans to overturn the 1996 presidential election by impeaching President Clinton. Dean's interest is in understanding why conservative Republicans are doing what they are doing, and he found the striking explanation for the behavior of contemporary conservatives in the empirical studies of social scientists, who have been studying authoritarianism since World War II.In Conservatives Without Conscience, Dean explains this body of scientific work to general readers and shows its direct relevance to contemporary conservatism. Counsel to President Nixon for a thousand days, John Dean also served a chief minority counsel for the House Judiciary Committee and as an associate deputy attorney general in the US Department of Justice. He writes a bi-weekly column for FindLaw. He is the author of Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush, and six other books.moreless
  • Es Cuba
    Es Cuba
    Episode 0723
    7/23/06
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    Lea Aschkenas shows slides and talks about Es Cuba: Life and Love on an Illegal Island."Es Cuba" is a poignant and passionate travel memoir about falling in love with a country and one of its compatriots. Aschkenas never strays from her acute awareness that there is no way to separate her foreignness from the complex mix of emotions - devotion and rejection, enrapture and apprehension - that she develops toward the country - Book Passagemoreless
  • The 8th Annual Harlem Book Fair
    7/22/06
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    Black Media and Black Stereotypes moderated by Cathy Hughes and featuring Al Sharpton, Juan Williams, Dick Gregory, Roland S. Martin, and William Rhoden.Join Book TV for live coverage of the 8th annual Harlem Book Fair in New York City. From the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, Book TV covers panels on Black media, fair elections, literacy, and memoir. Featured authors include Rev. Al Sharpton, Dick Gregory, John McWhorter, Paul Robeson, Jr., Juan Williams, Greg Palast, Jill Nelson, Thulani Davis, and Salome Thomas-El,.moreless
  • Milton Friedman
    Milton Friedman
    Episode 0721
    7/21/06
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    At the 33rd annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, economist Milton Friedman speaks about issues including the economy, school choice, education reform, tax reform. After his presentation he responds to audience members' questions.Milton Friedman, recipient of the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize for economic science, has been a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution since 1977. He is also the Paul Snowden Russell Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Chicago, where he taught from 1946 to 1976, and was a member of the research staff of the National Bureau of Economic Research from 1937 to 1981. Mr. Friedman was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1988 and received the National Medal of Science the same year.moreless
  • Errors and Omissions
    Errors and Omissions
    Episode 0720
    7/20/06
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    Paul Goldstein, expert on intellectual property law discusses his legal thriller Errors and Omissions.From one of the foremost experts in the country on intellectual property law, a gripping legal thriller of depth and complexity:Meet Michael Seeley, defender of artists' rights, take-no-prisoners intellectual property litigator - and a man on the brink of personal and career collapse. So when United Pictures virtually demands that he fly out to Hollywood to confirm legally that they own the rights to their corporate cash-cow franchise of "Spykiller" films, he has little choice but to comply.What Michael Seeley discovers in these gilded precincts will plunge him headfirst into the tangle of politics of the blacklisting era and then into the even darker world of Nazi-occupied Poland. He'll encounter Mayer Bermann, the steely Polish emigre who founded United Pictures - and who may lose control of it to a ruthless conglomerate; Bert Cobb, the putative author of the original "Spykiller" screenplay; Harry Devlin, the flamboyant defender of Hollywood writers who has his own secrets; and Julia Walsh, an alluring young USC film scholar whose research may hold the key to the mystery of "Spykiller's" true authorship. As the pressure mounts for Seeley to confirm United Pictures's ownership of the franchise, Seeley must face down his own demons and finally travel to Munich to confront the reclusive novelist Max Kanarek, who fled Hollywood decades before and whose boyhood link to Mayer Bermann is the tantalizing missing piece of the puzzle.In "Errors and Omissions," Paul Goldstein has crafted a masterful novel of legal and moral suspense that draws on historical fact and legal scholarship for its unmistakable authenticity. A worldly thriller for grown-ups, it introduces an exciting newtalent - Books Inc.moreless
  • Napoleon and Europe
    Napoleon and Europe
    Episode 0720
    7/20/06
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    The End of the Old Order: Napoleon and Europe, 1801-1805In The End of the Old Order, the first book in his multivolume series on Napoleon, author Frederick Kagan describes the former leader as one of the most dramatic rogues in history. Mr. Kagan is joined by William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, to discuss how he believes Napoleon's reign can be used to teach America how to interact with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This event was hosted by the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC.Frederick Kagan is a military historian who has taught at West Point and is now Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute specializing in defense issues and the American military. He is the author of The Military Reforms of Nicholas I: The Origins of the Modern Russian Army and the co-author of While America Sleeps: Self-Delusion, Military Weakness, and the Threat to Peace Today with his father, Donald Kagan.William Kristol is editor of the influential Washington-based political magazine, The Weekly Standard. Widely recognized as one of the nation's leading political analysts and commentators, Mr. Kristol regularly appears on Fox News Sunday and on the Fox News Channel.moreless
  • Future of Young African American Men
    7/18/06
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    The Kaiser Family Foundation hosts Paths to Success: A Forum on Young African-American MenThe forum features Bill Cosby and a panel of national leaders and young people who examine strategies to enable young black men to succeed in America today. The forum also addresses the results of a national survey conducted by The Washington Post, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard University. The survey includes information on public stereotypes, career aspirations, religious experience, and education.moreless
  • Changing the Face of Hunger
    7/17/06
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    Changing the Face of HungerAmbassador Tony Hall talks about his book, "Changing the Face of Hunger," at a symposium hosted by the Social Action Summer Institute in Dayton, Ohio. He discusses what he has learned and experienced during his humanitarian efforts and his travels to 115 nations. Furthermore, he describes his battle against world hunger and explains that his faith has motivated him in fighting this battle. Mr. Hall argues that hunger and poverty are non-partisan issues and suggests that liberals and conservatives work together to create legislation to end world hunger.Tony Hall represented Ohio from 1979 to 2003 in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his tenure in Congress, Rep. Hall's primary focus was addressing hunger around the world. He made frequent trips to more than 100 countries where hunger was widespread. He was chairman of the Select Committee on Hunger from 1989 to 1993. When the committee was abolished, Hall fasted for 22 days in protest. He was founder of the Congressional Friends of Human Rights Monitors and the Congressional Hunger Center. After serving more than 20 years in Congress, he became the ambassador and chief of the U.S. mission to the U.N. Food and Agricultural Agencies in Rome.moreless
  • George Lakoff: Whose Freedom?
    7/17/06
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    George Lakoff talks about Whose Freedom: How the Right is Stealing Our Most Precious Idea and What We Can Do About It. An advisor to the Democratic party, Lakoff states that the conservative revolution has remade freedom in its own image and deployed it as a central weapon on the front lines of everything from the war on terror to the battles over religion in the classroom and abortion.Lakoff is Professor of Linguistics at U.C. Berkeley.moreless
  • Andrew Zimbalist
    Andrew Zimbalist
    Episode 0713
    7/13/06
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    Andrew Zimbalist talks about In the Best Interests of Baseball: The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig. As the owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, Bud Selig faced tremendous opposition when he became acting commissioner of baseball. Could a team owner serve the teams, the owners, the fans, and the sport with complete fairness and objectivity? Zimbalist takes a balanced, insightful look at the governance of baseball before and during Selig' s tumultuous reign.moreless
  • Matthew Fox
    Matthew Fox
    Episode 0712
    7/12/06
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    Matthew Fox delivers A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality and the Transformation of Christianity. The founder of Wisdom University in Oakland and creator of the wildly popular Cosmic Masses held in the Bay Area and across the country, Fox was for 34 years an ordained priest. Never shy of controversy, he hit the headlines when he was silenced, then expelled from the Dominican Order by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) for founding the Creation Spirituality movement.In A New Reformation, Fox calls for a reawakening of the true Christian spirit and the repudiation of the authoritarian, punitive tendencies that prevail in modern churches, likening today's intolerant "father" ideologies to the religious environment that existed 500 years ago when Martin Luther launched a break from the Roman Catholic Church. As Luther did in his Reformation, Fox calls for new forms in worship, proactive solutions to the ennui of mainline Christianity, which he calls a "sleeping giant" eager to be awakened to the true teachings of Jesus about justice and compassion.moreless
  • What Can I Do?
    What Can I Do?
    Episode 0709
    7/9/06
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    What Can I Do? with James Bennet, Michael Posner, Arthur Mutambara, David Dubal, Sidney Harman, Nigel Cameron, Brian Greene, The Hon. Stephen Breyer, and Her Majesty Queen Noor with an introduction by Elliot Gerson.Some of the most inspired and provocative thinkers, writers, artists, business people, teachers and other leaders drawn from myriad fields and from across the country and around the world all gathered in a single place - to teach, speak, lead, question, and answer at the 2006 Aspen Ideas Festival. Throughout the week, they all interacted with an audience of thoughtful people who stepped back from their day-to-day routines to delve deeply into a world of ideas, thought, and discussion.moreless
  • Persis Karim
    Persis Karim
    Episode 0708
    7/8/06
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    Persis Karim editor of Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora and contributing writers, Layla Dowlatshahi and Farnoosh Seifoddini introduce a collection of poems and prose by women of exile and immigration from Iran.
  • A Meeting of Science and Religion
    7/8/06
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    Saving the Creation: a Meeting of Science and Religion with E.O. Wilson.Some of the most inspired and provocative thinkers, writers, artists, business people, teachers and other leaders drawn from myriad fields and from across the country and around the world all gathered in a single place - to teach, speak, lead, question, and answer at the 2006 Aspen Ideas Festival. Throughout the week, they all interacted with an audience of thoughtful people who stepped back from their day-to-day routines to delve deeply into a world of ideas, thought, and discussion.moreless
  • Robin Meyers
    Robin Meyers
    Episode 0707
    7/7/06
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    Robin Meyers challenges those in power who claim God is on their side in Why The Christian Right Is Wrong: A Minister's Manifesto for Taking Back Your Faith, Your Flag, Your Future. There is a growing movement, aided by the Internet, of people who don't want to give up the country, or their religion, without a fight. Robin Meyers learned just how many people are outraged about the hijacking of their faith when a speech he gave to a small peace rally at Oklahoma City University after the 2004 election took on a life of its own - emailed around the world and posted to countless blogs, the untitled speech took on the name "What Are Moral Values?" as it spread. Pastor of an "unapologetically liberal" church in Oklahoma City, Meyers is not afraid to use the "F" word - Fascism - to describe the direction that America is headed.In Why The Christian Right Is Wrong, Meyers confronts the hypocrisy of those who use Jesus as a political pawn. Meyers believes the Right reverses the essential teachings of the Sermon on the Mount, asking people "to obsess over sexual immorality and ignore the immorality of war, the neglect of the poor, and the sin of environmental degradation." He calls for people to act on their feelings of frustration by forming "communities of dignified indignance" working for nonviolent social change, and suggests how to effect change in the anti-war movement, the reconstruction of the Democratic Party, environmental protection, the "use less stuff" consumer movement, and the Christian recommitment to the principles of the Sermon on the Mount. "For three simple reasons, the revolution starts here," Meyers says. "The emperor is naked. The flag is flying upside down. And Jesus has been silenced by his own church."moreless
  • Five Minds for the Future
    7/6/06
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    Five Minds for the Future with Howard Gardner speaking at the 2006 Aspen Ideas Festival.Some of the most inspired and provocative thinkers, writers, artists, business people, teachers and other leaders drawn from myriad fields and from across the country and around the world all gathered in a single place - to teach, speak, lead, question, and answer at the 2006 Aspen Ideas Festival. Throughout the week, they all interacted with an audience of thoughtful people who stepped back from their day-to-day routines to delve deeply into a world of ideas, thought, and discussion.moreless
  • Television, Cinema, and American Values
    7/6/06
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    At the Aspen Ideas Festival Kurt Anderson moderates a panel featuring television producer Norman Lear, actor and filmmaker Sydney Pollack, and author and filmmaker Nora Ephron. They talk about the ways in which film and television programs convey American values. Among the issues they address are transmitting cultural and moral messages through artistic media, business influences in the production of television and film, how entertainment changes and reflects contemporary values, as well as enduring values. They also answer questions from the audience.This event was hosted by the Aspen Institute and the Atlantic Magazine. For more than 50 years, the Aspen Institute has been the nation's premier gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times.moreless
  • American Democracy
    American Democracy
    Episode 0706
    7/6/06
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    American Democracy with discussants David Gergen, Bernard-Henri Levy, David M. Kennedy, Michael Sandel and Sean Wilentz. The panel is moderated by Anna Deavere Smith.A look at politics at home and abroad. How has the notion of "democracy" evolved? What,in fact, is democracy? How did the Founding Fathers view this when they drafted our Constitution? What are the competing notions of democracy historically and presently? What threatens our notions of Democracy today? How well is American democracy working? Can it be transported to other nations?Some of the most inspired and provocative thinkers, writers, artists, business people, teachers and other leaders drawn from myriad fields and from across the country and around the world all gathered in a single place - to teach, speak, lead, question, and answer at the 2006 Aspen Ideas Festival. Throughout the week, they all interacted with an audience of thoughtful people who stepped back from their day-to-day routines to delve deeply into a world of ideas, thought, and discussion.moreless
  • A Walk Through American History
    7/4/06
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    A Walk Through American History with historian Sean Wilentz.Some of the most inspired and provocative thinkers, writers, artists, business people, teachers and other leaders drawn from myriad fields and from across the country and around the world all gathered in a single place - to teach, speak, lead, question, and answer at the 2006 Aspen Ideas Festival. Throughout the week, they all interacted with an audience of thoughtful people who stepped back from their day-to-day routines to delve deeply into a world of ideas, thought, and discussion.moreless
  • Lewis Buzbee
    Lewis Buzbee
    Episode 0627
    6/27/06
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    In The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, author Lewis Buzbee details his life-long love of books. Mr. Buzbee chronicles the history of bookmaking and bookselling and recounts his experience working at a bookstore. This event was hosted by City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco.
  • Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi
    6/27/06
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    Books Inc. welcomes back Siddharth Dhanvant Shangvi reading from his The Last Song of Dusk."When the astonishingly lovely Anuradha moves to Bombay to marry Vardhmaan, a charming young doctor, their life together has all the makings of a fairy tale. But when their firstborn son dies in a terrible accident, tragedy transforms their marriage into a bleak landscape. As the pair starts fresh in a heartbroken old villa by the sea, they are joined by Nandini, a dazzling and devious artist with a trace of leopard blood in her veins. While Nandini flamboyantly takes on Bombay's art scene, the couple attempts to mend their marriage, eventually discovering that real love, mercurial and many-hued, is given and received in silence. Sensuous and electric, achingly moving and wickedly funny, The Last Song of Dusk is a tale of fate that will haunt your heart like an old and beloved song." - Random Housemoreless
  • Journalism Under Fire: Pt. 4
    6/27/06
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    Covering the Holes in HistoryEditors Note: This Program Contains Graphic ImagesThis four-part series is co-sponsored by The New School and the Missouri School of Journalism New York Program.Photojournalists talk about the real dangers they face in the field and what happens when their images are censored by editors and governments: Lois Raimondo, photojournalist for the Washington Post, whose pictures and stories have also appeared in the New York Times, Life, Newsweek, and Time; Becky Lebowitz, National Picture Editor of The New York Times and Stefan Zaklin, staff photographer for European Pressphoto Agency and recently returned from Iraq and Dubai. Moderated by Jan Colbert, assistant professor, Missouri School of Journalism.moreless
  • Virginity or Death!
    Virginity or Death!
    Episode 0627
    6/27/06
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    Katha Pollitt talks about her book Virginity or Death!: And Other Social and Political Issues of Our TimeThe book is a collection of 84 of her columns in the Nation since early 2001 where her previous collection Subject to Debate left off. The essays discuss political, social and cultural trends from the perspective of a left wing feminist. She discusses post-9/11 politics, abortion rights, health care and gay marriage. Ms. Pollitt also examines the portrayal of feminism in the media. She responds to questions from members of the audience.Columnist Katha Pollitt is well known for her sharp and provocative analyses of popular culture and politics in The Nation.moreless
  • Will Wright and Brian Eno
    6/26/06
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    Playing with TimeIn a dazzling duet Will Wright and Brian Eno give an intense clinic on the joys and techniques of "generative" creation.Back in the 1970s both speakers got hooked by cellular automata such as Conway's "Game of Life," where just a few simple rules could unleash profoundly unpredictable and infinitely varied dynamic patterns. Cellular automata were the secret ingredient of Wright's genre-busting computer game "SimCity" in 1989. Eno was additionally inspired by Steve Reich's "It's Gonna Rain," in which two identical 1.8 second tape loops beat against each other out of phase for a riveting 20 minutes. That idea led to Eno's "Music for Airports" (1978), and the genre he named "ambient music" was born.The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996* to develop the Clock and Library projects, as well as to become the seed of a very long term cultural institution. The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide counterpoint to today's "faster/cheaper" mind set and promote "slower/better" thinking. We hope to creatively foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years - The Long Now Foundatonmoreless
  • Franklin Roosevelt: The Defining Moment
    6/24/06
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    In The Defining Moment, Jonathan Alter explores how President Franklin Roosevelt, during the first one hundered days in office, laid the foundation for national recovery after the Great Depression.The author also details the 1932 presidential election. This event was part of the 2006 Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair.Jonathan Alter is a senior editor at Newsweek, where since 1991 he has written an acclaimed column on politics, history, media, and society at large. He is also an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News.moreless
  • Traipsing Into Evolution
    6/22/06
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    Traipsing Into Evolution: Intelligent Design and the Kitzmiller vs. Dover DecisionJohn West and Casey Luskin respond to Judge John Jones's written decision in the case Kitzmiller versus Dover Area School District. The case was a challenge to the Dover, Pennsylvania school board's decision to make students aware of the theory of intelligent design. Judge Jones ruled that the board's policy violated the Constitution because intelligent design amounts to little more than a religious theory. Mr. West and Mr. Casey review the case and argue that the theory of intelligent design is based on science not religion, and that proponents of intelligent design want to challenge the teaching of evolution on scientific grounds not religious ones. This event was hosted by the Discovery Institute in Washington, DC.John West, senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, is associate director of the Institute's Center for Science and Culture and associate professor of political science at Seattle Pacific University. His books include The Politics of Revelation & Reason: Religion and Civic Life in the New Nation and Celebrating Middle Earth: The Lord of the Rings as a Defense of Western Civilization. Casey Luskin, currently an attorney, was a researcher at the Scripps Institution for Oceanography from 1997 to 2002. He is is co-founder of the Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness Center.moreless
  • Betsey Osborne
    Betsey Osborne
    Episode 0621
    6/21/06
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    Betsey Osborne discusses her book, The Natural History of Uncas Metcalfe, in which a stubborn 65-year-old botany professor must cope when his wife, who served as buffer to the world for him, becomes bedridden.
  • Journalism Under Fire: Pt. 2
    6/19/06
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    Aren't Women Citizens?This four-part series is co-sponsored by The New School and the Missouri School of Journalism New York Program.How and why are women and their perspectives underrepresented in news stories and in the newsroom, in this country and around the world?Sheila Gibbons, vice president of Communications Research Associates and co-author of Taking Their Place: A Documentary History of Women and Journalism; Carol Jenkins, Emmy award-winning news anchor and correspondent, founding member and now on Board of Advisors of the Women's Media Center.Moderated by Geneva Overholser, professor and Curtis B. Hurley Chair of Public Affairs Reporting, Missouri School of Journalism.moreless
  • BGE: Instant Book Group
    6/18/06
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    Book Group Expo 2006 presents Instant Book Group - Getting Along, Getting What You Need, And Trying It Out (Right Now!): Conflict Resolution, Choosing the List, and What About The Classics? moderated by Elaine Petrocelli with panelists Molly Giles and Lauren John.Part salon, part marketplace, and part marvelous party, Book Group Expo brings together a wide variety of book lovers, and authors under one roof. The Expo is an opportunity for the thousands of serious readers and book group members from throughout the Bay Area to experience a unique interactive program built around reading and discussing literature.moreless
  • BGE: Cultures Among Us
    BGE: Cultures Among Us
    Episode 0618
    6/18/06
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    Book Group Expo 2006 presents Cultures Among Us: How To Be An American moderated by Susanne Pari and featuring panelists Cindy Dyson, John Hamamura, and Rabih Alemeddine.Part salon, part marketplace, and part marvelous party, Book Group Expo brings together a wide variety of book lovers, and authors under one roof. The Expo is an opportunity for the thousands of serious readers and book group members from throughout the Bay Area to experience a unique interactive program built around reading and discussing literature.moreless
  • BGE: Storytellers of the South
    6/18/06
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    Book Group Expo 2006 presents Storytellers of the South: Small Towns With Powerful, Far-Reaching Stories with moderator Kathy Patrick and panelists Loraine Despres, Ronlyn Domingue, River Jordan, and Michael Morris.Part salon, part marketplace, and part marvelous party, Book Group Expo brings together a wide variety of book lovers, and authors under one roof. The Expo is an opportunity for the thousands of serious readers and book group members from throughout the Bay Area to experience a unique interactive program built around reading and discussing literature.moreless
  • BGE: Book Club from Hell
    6/18/06
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    Book Group Expo 2006 presents The Book Club from Hell Discusses Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club (And We Learn About The Art of Discussion) with moderator Susanne Pari and panelists Amy Tan and Molly Giles.Part salon, part marketplace, and part marvelous party, Book Group Expo brings together a wide variety of book lovers, and authors under one roof. The Expo is an opportunity for the thousands of serious readers and book group members from throughout the Bay Area to experience a unique interactive program built around reading and discussing literature.moreless
  • BGE: Escape from Hollywood
    6/17/06
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    Book Group Expo 2006 presents Escape from Hollywood with moderator Ben Fong-Torres featuring panelists Adrienne Barbeau, Phil Doran, and Ron Mclarty.Part salon, part marketplace, and part marvelous party, Book Group Expo brings together a wide variety of book lovers, and authors under one roof. The Expo is an opportunity for the thousands of serious readers and book group members from throughout the Bay Area to experience a unique interactive program built around reading and discussing literature.moreless
  • BGE: The Latino Experience
    6/17/06
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    Book Group Expo 2006 presents The Latino Experience: Writing, Reading, and Talking About America's Largest Minority Population with moderator Kathi Kamen Goldmark featuring panelist Luis Alberto Urrea in conversation with Oscar Villalo.Part salon, part marketplace, and part marvelous party, Book Group Expo brings together a wide variety of book lovers, and authors under one roof. The Expo is an opportunity for the thousands of serious readers and book group members from throughout the Bay Area to experience a unique interactive program built around reading and discussing literature.moreless
  • BGE: And The West is History
    6/17/06
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    Book Group Expo 2006 presents And The West is History: Tales of Struggle and Renewal in California with moderator Jim Foster and panelists Susann Cokal, M. Allen Cunningham and James Dalessandro.Part salon, part marketplace, and part marvelous party, Book Group Expo brings together a wide variety of book lovers, and authors under one roof. The Expo is an opportunity for the thousands of serious readers and book group members from throughout the Bay Area to experience a unique interactive program built around reading and discussing literature.moreless
  • BGE: Opening Salon with Khaled Hosseini
    6/17/06
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    Book Group Expo 2006 presents the Opening Salon featuring Khaled Hosseini with moderator Susanne Pari.Part salon, part marketplace, and part marvelous party, Book Group Expo brings together a wide variety of book lovers, and authors under one roof. The Expo is an opportunity for the thousands of serious readers and book group members from throughout the Bay Area to experience a unique interactive program built around reading and discussing literature.moreless
  • Columbine Memorial Groundbreaking
    6/16/06
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    Columbine Memorial Dedication GroundbreakingFormer President Clinton gives the keynote address at the groundbreaking ceremony for a memorial to the students and teachers killed or injured at Columbine High School April 20, 1999.American Perspectives is C-SPAN's weekly look at issues of political and cultural interest. This primetime programming block on Saturday nights features speakers from across the country, representing all points of the political spectrum. American Perspectives airs at 8pm ET.moreless
  • Sean Wilsey and Dave Eggers
    6/8/06
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    Sean Wilsey talks about The Thinking Fan's Guide to the World Cup: 32 Writers on 32 Countries with Dave Eggers. This book covers the star players, national pride, and political influences that keep World Cup fans' interest at such a fevered pitch. It features pieces of reporting and memoirs from leading writers, novelists, and journalists from around the world.McSweeney's began in 1998 as a literary journal, edited by Dave Eggers, that published only works rejected by other magazines. But after the first issue, the journal began to publish pieces primarily written with McSweeney's in mind.moreless
  • Markos Moulitsas
    Markos Moulitsas
    Episode 0606
    6/6/06
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    YearlyKos Convention 2006 Keynote Address by Markos MoulitsasMoulitsas addresses the power of the blogosphere in his keynote address at the YearlyKos convention in Las Vegas, NV. Video coverage by Link TV."But people-power is a wonderful thing. Everyone can be a leader. Everyone can be a strong voice. Everyone can make a difference. There has been far too much talent, far too much passion, far too much intelligence in this country marginalized by the establishment currently stinking up Washington D.C. And now, that talent has an outlet. It can no longer be marginalized." - Markos Moulitsas, founder of Kos MediaLink TV coverage of YearlyKos 2006 is made possible by the support of Surdna Foundation, Leland Fikes Foundation and Care2.com.moreless
  • Journalism Under Fire: Pt. 1
    6/6/06
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    View from NewsroomPaul Steiger and Barney Calame talk about what it is like back in the newsroom when the news is the kidnapping and murder of one of their own reporters.Paul Steiger is the managing editor of the Wall Street Journal and vice president of Dow Jones. Barney Calame is the public editor of the New York Times and former deputy managing editor of the Wall Street Journal. The event is moderated by Russ Mitchell of CBS News.moreless
  • Neil MacFarquhar
    Neil MacFarquhar
    Episode 0605
    6/5/06
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    Neil MacFarquhar does for war reporting what Ernie Pyle did for war - but with the funny parts - in The Sand Cafe. Dhahran Palace Hotel, Saudi Arabia, 1991. The US forces are massing on the border with Iraq, preparing to throw Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait. Men and material are arriving daily; helicopters and armor are training in the desert sand. There are rumors of Scud missiles, talk of the possibility of chemical attack, but, in fact, nothing is really happening. With no story to report, the press is getting restive. The Sand Cafe is a satire of modern war reporting that mercilessly exposes the life of the foreign correspondent: endless scurrying trips in pursuit of a really big story, gathering frustration, brewing jealousy directed towards other reporters, especially those from better financed TV networks, and the stale smell of damp rot that comes from a combination of leaking air-conditioning and wretched carpeting in the hotel where the entire bedraggled press corps is housed. Boredom massages idle thoughts into wild excesses, even in a country that officially bans the sale of alcohol.Neil MacFarquhar, a veteran of the Middle East foreign press corps, has written a woundingly witty black comedy of those who bring us news from the front lines, exposing their vanities, rivalries and petty distractions. MacFarquhar's exposure to the Middle East started early, even before he entered first grade in Marsa Brega, Libya and continued through Stanford, where his senior thesis focused on the Arab oil embargo as an economic weapon. Fluent in Arabic and French, he has worked as a correspondent in the Arab world for over 12 years, the last five as the Cairo bureau chief for The New York Times.moreless
  • Calvin Trillin
    Calvin Trillin
    Episode 0601
    6/1/06
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    Somehow, despite everything Calvin Trillin wrote about the Bush Administration in Obliviously On He Sails, his 2004 bestseller in verse, George W. Bush is still in the White House. Taking a philosophical view, Trillin has said, "We weren't going to know whether you could bring down a presidency with iambic pentameter until somebody tried it."Now Trillin is trying again, back at his pithy and hilarious best to comment on the President's decision to go to war in Iraq. Trillin deals with the people around Bush, such as Nanny Dick Cheney and Mushroom Cloud Rice and Orange John Ashcroft and Orange John's successor, Alberto Gonzales. He tries to predict the behavior of the famously intemperate John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations in poems with titles like "Bolton Chases French Ambassador Up Tree" and "White House Says Bolton Can Do Job Even While in Straitjacket." Finally, in dealing with whether the entire Bush Administration, like the unfortunate Brownie, has done a heckuva job, he composes a small-government sea chantey for the Republicans: 'Cause government's the problem, lads, Americans would all do well to shunit. Yes, government's the problem, lads. At least it is when we're the ones who run it.'moreless
  • David Remnick
    David Remnick
    Episode 0601
    6/1/06
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    Reporting: Writings from The New YorkerThe New Yorker magazine's David Remnick talks with All Things Considered's Senior Host Robert Siegel about his new collection of essays at an event hosted by the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, DC. Reporting is divided into five parts and covers such topics as the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, post-Communist Russia and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This is event was moderated by Barbara Tuceling, Director of Smithsonian AssociatesDavid Remnick has been the editor of The New Yorker magazine since 1998. He reported for The Washington Post from 1982 to 1991 and is the author of The Devil Problem, King of the World, Lenin's Tomb and Resurrection.moreless
  • Michael Sallah and Mitch Weiss
    6/1/06
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    Pulitzer-Prize winners Michael Sallah and Mitch Weiss discuss their book Tiger Force: A true story of men and war. Tiger Force is an investigation into a reconnaissance platoon, created in 1965 to report air strikes and to kill the enemy in Vietnam. The authors tell stories of the killings that took place at the hands of the Tiger Force soldiers during the Vietnam War. According to the authors this was the longest series of atrocities committed during the war. These events did not become of public knowledge until three years ago. Michael Sallah, Mitch Weiss, and a fellow reporter received the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for their coverage of the story in the Toledo Blade.Michael Sallah is the investigations editor for the Miami Herald. Mitch Weiss is the deputy business editor for the Charlotte Observer.moreless
  • Joseph Volpe
    Joseph Volpe
    Episode 0531
    5/31/06
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    Joseph Volpe talks about The Toughest Show on Earth: My Rise and Reign at the Metropolitian Opera. On the occasion of his retirement from The Metropolitan Opera - where, as general manager since 1990, he was NY's most powerful and outspoken culture czar - Volpe gives a behind-the-scenes look at this grandest of grand opera companies.moreless
  • Fields That Dream
    Fields That Dream
    Episode 0526
    5/26/06
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    Kurzweil reads excerpts from and answers questions about her new book Fields That Dream, published by Fulcrum Publishing.The book explores the lives of refugees, immigrants, former chefs, insurance brokers, and union organizers who are all now small-scale sustainable farmers. It is the first book that is completely devoted to exploring the lives and experiences of small-scale sustainable farmers, and it informs readers about the current state of American agriculture while helping them cultivate a deep appreciation for the work and lives of the farmers who are a growing minority in the American economy.moreless
  • Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity
    5/23/06
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    Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel - Why Everything You Know is WrongThe forum hosted by the Cato Institute features John Stossel, the co-anchor of ABC's 20/20 and author of Myths, Lies, And Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel - Why Everything You Know Is Wrong.Award-winning news correspondent John Stossel was named co-anchor of ABCNEWS' 20/20 in May 2003. He joined the highly acclaimed newsmagazine in 1981 and began doing one-hour primetime specials in 1994.moreless
  • America's Place in World History
    5/22/06
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    Thomas Bender talks about his book A Nation Among Nations: America's Place in World History published by Hill and Wang.He criticizes Americans for ignoring the historical contributions of other countries, describes how America's concept of its 'exceptionalism' has shaped America's interpretation of history. He also explores historical parallels between America and other nations around the world. After his presentation he responds to audience members' questions.Thomas Bender is a professor of history at New York University and director of the International Center for Advanced Studies. Mr. Bender received his Ph.D. in 1971 at the University of California.moreless
  • The Rise of Christian Nationalism
    5/17/06
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    "We know our country is in the midst of a vast and troubling cultural revolution, and is in the grips of a fevered religious radicalism where every political issue is a battle between good and evil. Without the knowledge of many, though, a large number of Americans who call themselves Christian Nationalists are mobilizing to dissolve the separation of church and state. In her brave new book, Kingdom Coming:The Rise of Christian Nationalism, Salon.com writer Michelle Goldberg carefully demonstrates how the growing influence of dominionism - the doctrine that Christians have the right to rule non-believers - is threatening the foundations of democracy" (Cody's Books, 2006).moreless
  • Alvin Toffler
    Alvin Toffler
    Episode 0516
    5/16/06
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    America's Revolutionary Wealth and its Impact Around the WorldAlvin Toffler, Author of Future Shock and The Third Wave; and, an adviser to military and intelligence communities, corporations, and governments worldwide on advances in technology, politics, economics, and society. In conversation with Andreas Kluth, Technology Correspondent, The Economist.For more than four decades, Alvin Toffler has been one of the world's most insightful and influential voices in business and intellectual life. In an interview with The Economist, best-selling author and futurist Alvin Toffler will discuss the economic revolution sweeping the globe. The rise of United States' new wealth system is bringing profound and controversial changes to societies and cultures worldwide. In his new book Revolutionary Wealth (co-authored with Heidi Toffler), he defines the economic forces and trends that are shaping the world's future. Who will get tomorrow's wealth? How will it be made, and what will it mean for all of us?moreless
  • Peter Hessler
    Peter Hessler
    Episode 0515
    5/15/06
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    Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present featuring Peter HesslerHessler discusses his book Oracle Bones, which compares modern day China to its past. The title is derived from an archaeological site in China where the earliest form of writing was found inscribed on shells and bones. During this discussion, Mr. Hessler reads letters from young Chinese students who migrated from the countryside to the rapidly growing cities.Peter Hessler is Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker. He also writes for National Geographic. His earlier book on being a Peace Corps volunteer in China is called "River Town."moreless
  • Gay Talese
    Gay Talese
    Episode 0508
    5/8/06
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    Gay Talese, one of the most influential nonfiction writers of his generation, gives us a book about the nature of writing. How has he found his subjects? How has he gotten them onto the page? What drives him to write? These are some of the questions at the heart of a narrative that combines memory, reflection, explanation, and a satisfying obsession.moreless
  • James Bowman
    James Bowman
    Episode 0508
    5/8/06
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    Honor: A HistoryJames Bowman analyzes the history and decline of honor at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. He argues that the concept of honor has been found in all cultures throughout history. However, contemporary Western civilization dismisses the concept as obsolete, due to the erosion of values. Mr. Bowman recommends that the West needs to recover the concept of "honor" in order to meet the challenges of today.James Bowman is a movie critic for American Spectator. He got his first bachelor's degree from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. He then went to England for two decades and got his second bachelor's and an advanced degree from Pembroke College. He became a teacher at Westminster School and later became the head of general studies. In 1989, he returned to the United States to write for the American Spectator.moreless
  • Madeleine Albright
    Madeleine Albright
    Episode 0507
    5/7/06
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    Madeleine Albright talks about The Mighty and The Almighty: United States Foreign Policy and God. The former secretary of state offers a provocative and very personal look at the role of religion in America's foreign policy. She argues that understanding the place and power of religion, and knowing how best to respond to it, is essential if America is to lead successfully around the world.moreless
  • Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation
    Catherine Allgor talks about A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation. Dolley Madison, by her death in 1849, was the most celebrated person in Washington. Why so much adulation to a lady so little known today? Allgor reveals that while Dolley's gender prevented her from openly playing politics, she has left us a model for a modern form of politics emphasizing cooperation over coercion, building bridges instead of bunkers.moreless
  • Being Deep Throat
    Being Deep Throat
    Episode 0503
    5/3/06
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    A G-Man's Life: The FBI, Being "Deep Throat," and the Struggle for Honor in Washington. In May of 2005, former FBI deputy director Mark Felt was identified as Watergate's "Deep Throat," the informant whose secret conversations with Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward helped bring down Richard Nixon's presidency. In "A G-Man's Life," he recounts his career as one of the Bureau's top officials. During this event at Copperfield's Books in Santa Rosa, California, he is represented by his daughter Joan Felt and his grandson Will Felt.moreless
  • Tom Wolfe
    Tom Wolfe
    Episode 0429
    4/29/06
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    Tom Wolfe presents a lecture titled, What's Southern Today?He argues that Southern Americans have a much more common-sense approach to life than other Americans. He recounted his experiences growing up in Richmond, Virginia and described what he has observed traveling through the Southern states. Mr. Wolfe also talks about the influence the region has had on his writing. After his presentation he answers audience members' questions. Tom Wolfe's books include: The Right Stuff, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and The Bonfire of the Vanities. His latest book is I Am Charlotte Simmons.moreless
  • Thomas Woods Jr.
    Thomas Woods Jr.
    Episode 0422
    4/22/06
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    During Intercollegiate Studies Institute's Milton Friedman's symposium, Thomas Woods presents a lecture entitled Religion, Economics, and the Future of Capitalism. Mr. Woods discusses Milton Friedman's support of free market economies and explains the relationship between history and economics. This event was part of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's Spring Leadership Conference in Indianapolis.Thomas Woods, Jr is a senior faculty member of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He is the author of How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, The Church and Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History.moreless
  • Among the Dead Cities
    Among the Dead Cities
    Episode 0420
    4/20/06
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    Among the Dead Cities: The History and Moral Legacy of the WWII Bombing of Civilians in Germany and JapanIn Among the Dead Cities author A.C. Grayling examines the morality of Allied air attacks on civilians during WWII. He is joined by Christopher Hitchens, the author of Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays to debate whether the targeting of civilians can be justified in times of war. This event was hosted by the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC.A.C. Grayling is professor of philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is a fellow of the World Economic Forum and the author of Meditations for the Humanist.moreless
  • General Anthony Zinni
    General Anthony Zinni
    Episode 0419
    4/19/06
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    General Anthony Zinni, former head of the US Central Command and US Peace Envoy in the Middle East, offers a blueprint for change in American foreign policy, drawing heavily from his experiences in Iraq, Somalia, and Afghanistan. Since leaving government service, General Zinni has become one of the most respected and independent foreign policy analysts and is the author of the recent book The Battle for Peace: A Frontline Vision of America's Power and Purpose. He also co-authored the book Battle Ready with best-selling author Tom Clancy.moreless
  • Ben Ehrenreich
    Ben Ehrenreich
    Episode 0419
    4/19/06
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    Ben Ehrenreich introduces The Suitors, a debut novel very, very loosely based on Homer's Odyssey. Focused less on the Odysseus character (herein named Payne) and more on the Penelope character (Penny) and her much-maligned, ill-fated suitors, Ehrenreich's novel is set in an isolated corner of a bizarre, anachronistic world in some ways not so distant from our own, where his tale takes place under the shadow of Payne's return from a faraway war and the slaughter that his return forebodes. Like many present day suitors, Ehrenreich's are a ragged group - needy, greedy, addled by drink and drugs. They're united only in their desire for Penny, who is torn between the resentment she feels for Payne and a tortured nostalgia for his love. THE SUITORS is a meditation on love and exile, memory and desire, identity and violence. Ben Ehrenreich is a regular writer for L.A. Weekly, and his writing has appeared in The Village Voice, The Believer, The Los Angeles Times, McSweeney's, and Bomb magazine among many others. His story "What You Eat" was included in Dave Eggers' Best American Nonrequired Reading of 2004.moreless
  • Lila Azam Zanganeh: Uncensored Iranian Voices
    My Sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes: Uncensored Iranian Voices featuring Lila Azam ZanganehFrom the New York Public Library, a conversation about Iranian politics and culture with the editor and contributors to the book My Sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes. Taking part are: editor Lila Azam Zanganeh and contributors Azar Nafisi (author of Reading Lolita in Tehran), Shirin Neshat (author of Shirin Neshat: 2002-2005), Roya Hakakian (author of Journey from the Land of No), Azadeh Moaveni (author of Lipstick Jihad) and poet Naghmeh Zarbafian. Actress Soraya Broukhim opens the event by reading selections from the book.moreless
  • Our Underachieving Colleges
    4/13/06
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    Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More. Derek Bok succeeds the controversial Laurence Summers as interim president of Harvard University when President Summers' resignation takes effect on June 30th. At a recent meeting of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Mr. Bok explains his educational philosophy and his ideas about how college students should be learning more. He compares the US educational system with other countries such as China. He identifies ways of improving American students skills and performances in critical thinking, writing, and foreign languages.moreless
  • Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change
    In Stephen Kinzer's new book "Overthrow", he shows that "regime change did not begin with the administration of George W. Bush, but has been an integral part of U.S. foreign policy for more than one hundred years. Starting with the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 and continuing through the Spanish-American War and the Cold War and into our own time, the United States has not hesitated to overthrow governments that stood in the way of its political and economic goals. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 is the latest example of the dangers inherent in these operations. He also shows that the U.S. government has often pursued these operations without understanding the countries involved; as a result, many of them have had disastrous long-term consequences. In a compelling and provocative history that takes readers to fourteen countries, including Cuba, Iran, South Vietnam, Chile, and Iraq, Kinzer surveys modern American history from a new and often surprising perspective.moreless
  • GPF 2006: Building Alliances for Ending Poverty
    The Global Philanthropy Forum presents Plenary 8: Building Alliances for Ending Poverty with David Lane (Moderator) and panelists Ed Scott, Jamie Drummond and Wyclef Jean.
  • The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions
    Meet Karen Armstrong, one of the world's leading writers on religion and the highly acclaimed author of the bestselling "A History of God" introducing a major new work: The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions.
  • GPF 2006: Philanthropy, Policy and Politics
    The Global Philanthropy Forum presents Plenary 9: Roundtable: Philanthropy, Policy and Politics - Where is the line? with Stephen Heintz (Moderator) and panelists Sterling Speirn, Carol S. Larson, Vartan Gregorian and Doug Bereuter.
  • Ted Turner
    Ted Turner
    Episode 0404
    4/4/06
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    The Global Philanthropy Forum presents A Conversation with Ted TurnerMr. Turner discusses the Nuclear Threat Initiative, his Billion dollar pledge to the UN, philanthropy and politics in a candid morning sit-down with Jane Wales.
  • Gary Hart
    Gary Hart
    Episode 0404
    4/4/06
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    Gary Hart talks about God and Caesar in America: An Essay on Religion and Politics, published by Fulcrum Publishing.In this new and sure-to-be controversial book, Hart takes the religious right to task for their assumption of political power, noting that they are both defining faith too narrowly and failing to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. In the process, Hart identifies the proper role of religion in democracy.moreless
  • GPF 2006: Partnering with International Organizations
    The Global Philanthropy Forum presents Plenary 5: Partnering with International Organizations, a conversation between Kemal Dervis and Jane Wales.
  • GPF 2006: Empowering Citizens to make Informed Choices
    The Global Philanthropy Forum presents Empowering Citizens to make Informed Choices with Dave Biggs, Co-Founder of Envision Sustainability Tools.
  • GPF 2006: Instruments for Social Change
    4/3/06
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    The Global Philanthropy Forum presents Instruments for Social Change: Policy, Philanthropy, Private Enterprise & Social Entrepreneurship with Lael Brainard (Moderator) and panelists Peter Akerman, Bill Drayton, Alan DetheriPatricof and Timothy E. Wirth.
  • Journeys of a Passionate Traveller
    3/31/06
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    In her first all-new work of literary travel writing since Bella Tuscany, Frances Mayes ventures beyond Tuscany with A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller. Immersing herself in the daily life of twelve different locales, she applies her unerringly perceptive eye and distinctive, lyrical prose style to portraits of countries and regions. With her beloved Tuscany as home base, Mayes travels to Spain and Portugal, France, the British Isles, and the Mediterranean world of Turkey, Greece, the South of Italy, and North Africa. Join us for an evening of travel stories, followed by an hors d'oeuvres reception with Francis Mayes, and a slide show of photos taken by Ms. Mayes's husband, Edward. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Council's Education Fund.moreless
  • George Lucas
    George Lucas
    Episode 0322
    3/22/06
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    George Lucas is honored for his global vision at the World Affairs Council's Annual Dinner 2006. He is the first in the Richard and Judith Guggenhime Series.
  • Everything That Rises
    Everything That Rises
    Episode 0319
    3/19/06
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    Lawrence Weschler discusses Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences. From a cuneiform tablet to a Chicago prison, from the depths of the cosmos to the text on our T-shirts, art historian and journalist Lawrence Weschler finds strange connections wherever he looks. The farther one travels (through geography, through art, through science, through time), the more everything seems to converge - at least, it does through Weschler's giddy, brilliant eyes. Weschler combines his keen insights into art (both contemporary and Renaissance), his years of experience as a chronicler of the fall of Communism, and his triumphs and failures as the father of a teenage girl into a series of essays that are sure to illuminate, educate, and astound.moreless
  • Lord Jeffrey Archer
    Lord Jeffrey Archer
    Episode 0314
    3/14/06
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    Lord Archer is one of the world's most successful authors, and has sold over 120 million books. For over 25 years, he has captivated audiences with his intriguing characters, ingenious plots, and trademark surprise endings. The author of such monumental bestsellers as "Kane and Abel," "Honor Among Thieves," "As the Crow Flies," and most recently, "Sons of Fortune," Lord Archer has been called "one of the top ten story tellers in the world" by the Los Angeles Times, "a master entertainer" by Time magazine, and a writer of "unsurpassed skill" by The Washington Post.A "master plot twister," Lord Archer's other credits include, "Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less," "Shall We Tell The President?," "The Prodigal Daughter," "First Among Equals," "A Matter of Honor," "The Fourth Estate," "The Eleventh Commandment," "A Prison Diary," and "False Impressions" - Oxonian Societymoreless
  • Rating the First Ladies
    3/7/06
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    In Rating the First Ladies, John B. Roberts analyzes the First Ladies as political partners rather than wives and mothers. During his presentation, the author details the personal lives and administrative influence of several First Ladies, including Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, and Lady Bird Johnson. This event was hosted by the James Buchanan Foundation in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.John B. Roberts is a journalist and a consulting producer for The McLaughlin Group. His articles have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, George, USA Today and The Observer of London. Mr. Roberts served in the Reagan Administration from 1981-1985.moreless
  • This Land is Their Land
    3/4/06
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    Evaggelos Vallianatos talks about the political and ecological effects of agribusiness, the subject of his latest book, This Land is Their Land.Mr. Vallianatos argues that agribusiness has caused the depopulation of rural America and, through its use of pesticides and other chemicals, is poisoning the health of consumers. He also talks about his background as an employee of the Environmental Protection Agency and his research in South America and Africa. The talk was hosted by Borders Books & Music in Springfield, Virginia.Evaggelos Vallianatos, a former analyst with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is the author of Fear in the Countryside and Harvest of Devastation.moreless
  • Eric Burns
    Eric Burns
    Episode 0303
    3/3/06
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    In Infamous Scribblers Eric Burns recounts the impact of colonial newspapers on early American culture. The author explains that since Boston's Public Occurrences newspaper of the 1690's, the founding fathers continuously made headlines and were subject to both character assassinations and outright fabrications.Eric Burns is a freelance writer whose literary work has ranged from non-fiction and short stories to poetry and reviews. He is the author of The Smoke of the Gods: A Social History of Tobacco, The Spirits Of America: A Social History of Alcohol and Broadcast Blues: Dispatches from the Twenty-Year War Between a Television Reporter and His Medium.moreless
  • Surviving Justice: America's Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated
    Hundreds and men and women, including 120 on death row, have been released from America's prisons in the last several years, after incontrovertible proof of their innocence emerged. Their trials were undermined by the myriad problems that plague criminal proceedings - inept defense lawyers, overzealous prosecutors, deceitful interrogation tactics, bad science, opportunistic snitches, and faulty eyewitnesses. Their lives were effectively wrecked. Now, finally free, they're facing a new set of problems, with little sympathy from society. In SURVIVING JUSTICE, thirteen exonerees describe their experiences - the events that led to their convictions, their years in prison, and their new lives outside. Each oral history is a stark account of our criminal justice system's unforgivable flaws. David Pope, an exoneree featured in the book, will be joining Vollen to explain his case and answer questions.moreless
  • Cindy Sheehan
    Cindy Sheehan
    Episode 0302
    3/2/06
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    Cindy Sheehan discusses her new book: Not One More Mother's Child with Michael Krasny, host of KQED-FM's Forum.
  • Women and Grassroots Conservatism
    3/1/06
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    Donald Critchlow, author of Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism and editor of the Journal of Policy History speaks at The New School.Sponsored by the Wolfson Center for National Affairs.While women voters in the United States are more likely to call themselves liberals than are males, women have been and are active and important in American conservatism. What issues motivate women conservatives?In his recent book, Critchlow examines the rise of the conservative movement in politics through the career of activist and political commentator Phyllis Schlafly. Whatever one's opinion about Schlafly's causes, she has played an important role in creating our contemporary political landscape, starting with the election of Ronald Reagan and continuing through the second term of George W. Bush - The New Schoolmoreless
  • Our Spiritual Crisis
    Our Spiritual Crisis
    Episode 0228
    2/28/06
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    Our Spiritual Crisis: Recovering Human Wisdom in a Time of Violence.Michael Nagler contends that the great spiritual mission of our time is the transition from a religion based on sacrifice to one based on meditation or concentrated prayer, interior practice directed toward the more-than-human Reality within us.
  • Ricky Gervais
    Ricky Gervais
    Episode 0225
    2/25/06
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    Ricky Gervais is considered one of the most talented and popular figures today in television. Gervais was the star and creator of The Office, which was a major hit in terms of ratings and with the critics in the U.S. and Britain. The Office has won a couple of Golden Globe Awards, including Best Actor for Gervais as his role as David Brent, and Steve Carell for the portrayal of Michael Scott in the NBC hit series. Presently Gervais has another hit show on HBO called Extras, starring Ben Stiller, Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Stewart, Les Dennis, Ashley Jensen, and Stephen Merchant. This was a unique event since Gervais rarely makes public appearances and has had such an influencing effect on American and British television and writing - Oxonian Societymoreless
  • Chronicles of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr
    2/21/06
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    In King of the Cats Wil Haygood chronicles the life and career of former congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.The book, originally published in 1993, details Rep. Powell's 24-year political career, including his successful lawsuit against the House of Representatives after they voted to expel him from Congress in 1967. This event was hosted by Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.Wil Haygood is a reporter for the Washington Post. He is the author of In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr. and The Haygoods of Columbus.moreless
  • From Baghdad to Brooklyn
    2/21/06
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    Inspired by the posthumous discovery of letters written by his father but never mailed, Jack Marshall's memoir is both a moving story of a writer's artistic coming-of-age and a lush, lyrical recollection of a childhood spent in Brooklyn's Arabic-speaking Jewish community. Born in 1936 to an Iraqi father and Syrian mother who had immigrated to the United States, Marshall grew up in the hardworking Sephardic community-enveloped in an extended family that spoke little English, no Yiddish, and whose way of life owed more to their Middle Eastern homelands than to European Jewish traditions.moreless
  • Nine Women Who Changed Modern America
    2/16/06
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    Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern AmericaKarenna Gore Schiff, the eldest daughter of Al and Tipper Gore, has written a collective biography of nine outstanding American women of the 20th century - Ida B. Wells, Mother Jones, Alice Hamilton, Frances Perkins, Virginia Durr, Septima Clark, Dolores Huerta, Helen Rodriguez-Trias, and Gretchen Buchenholz. She profiles trail-blazing women who fought to combat racism, cruelty to children, pollution, disease, bigotry, and poverty, and to challenge the limits put on women as public leaders.moreless
  • The Israeli-Arab Tragedy
    2/9/06
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    Scars of War, Wounds of Peace: The Israeli-Arab TragedyAs a distinguished historian and a vital participant in peace negotiations, Shlomo Ben-Ami combines a scholar's balanced perspective with his own experience in describing the historical and cultural reasons why peace in the Middle East is so heartbreakingly elusive. In his new book, Scars of War, Wounds of Peace, Ben-Ami tells the story of the powerful trends in Israel both before and after the 1967 war and traces the missteps of the Israeli and Palestinian political systems. He believes in creating an international mandate in the Palestinian territories that would lead to the implementation of Clinton's two-state peace parameters.moreless
  • The Wal-Mart Effect
    The Wal-Mart Effect
    Episode 0206
    2/6/06
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    Award-winning journalist Charles Fishman breaks through the wall of secrecy to reveal how the world's most powerful company works and how it is transforming the American economy in his book, The Wal-Mart Effect.
  • Voices of the New Arab Public
    2/2/06
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    Voices of the New Arab Public: Iraq, Al-Jazeera, and Middle East Politics TodayAl-Jazeera and other Arab satellite television stations have transformed Arab politics over the last decade. Shattering state control over information and giving a platform to long-stifled voices, these new Arab media have challenged the stagnant status quo by encouraging open debate about Iraq, Palestine, Islamism, and other vital political issues. These public arguments have redefined what it means to be Arab and reshaped the realm of political possibility in the Middle East. In his new book, Marc Lynch draws on interviews conducted in the Middle East and analyses of satellite television programs, newspapers, and public opinion polls to examine the nature and influence of the new Arab public sphere. Dr. Lynch traces the evolution of Arab public opinion in the 1990s and in the war in Iraq, and shows how it will continue to shape the future of the Middle East.moreless
  • Alec Baldwin
    Alec Baldwin
    Episode 0131
    1/31/06
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    Alec Baldwin provides an informative and in-depth discussion of the present political system, campaign finance reform, nuclear policy, draft, and foreign policy to The Oxonian Society.Screen, Broadway and television legend, Alec Baldwin has left a lasting impression on audiences around the world. Baldwin brought Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan colorfully to life in The Hunt for Red October, and in Glengary Glen Ross with Ed Harris, Jack Lemmon and Alan Arkin, he played a memorable hard-nosed real estate executive. Baldwin has received a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for his role in The Cooler. He has also stared in Martin Scorsese's Aviator with Leonardo DiCaprio, Alan Alda and Kate Beckinsale, Pearl Harbor, Along Came Polly with Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston, Oliver Stone's Talk Radio, and Tim Burton's Beetlejuice. Baldwin has received a Tony Award nomination for his performance in Tennessee William's A Streetcar Named Desire and has stared in David Mamet's Life in the Theatre. On television he appeared in Knots Landing.moreless
  • The Weather Underground
    1/26/06
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    Two former adversaries reflect on an incendiary time in American history. In the late 1960s and early 1970s long-simmering public unrest over the Vietnam War, social reform, and civil rights erupted into violent radical protest. When the Weather Underground Organization began a series of bombings, including strikes on the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon, as acts of war against the United States, its young members became the target of one of the largest FBI manhunts in history.Bill Ayers, a founding member of the militant political organization also known as Weatherman, recounts the origins of the WUO, its purpose, as well as his own evolving feelings about its actions and legacy.Don Strickland, a former FBI agent assigned to the WUO case, discussed the bureau's wide-ranging efforts to deal with the WUO's violent acts and track down the fugitive members, many of whom had become skillful in adopting aliases, forging identification, and finding hideouts. After their presentations the participants responded to audience members' questions. Bill Ayers is the author of Fugitive Days: A Memoir, published by Penguin.moreless
  • America's Opportunity to Change the Course of History
    Ambassador Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, speaks on "America's Opportunity to Change the Course of History" at the annual conference of the World Affairs Councils of America in Washington, D.C. Until June 2003, Haass was director of policy planning for the U.S. Department of State, where he was a principal adviser to Secretary of State Colin Powell on a broad range of foreign policy concerns.moreless
  • Joanne Harris
    Joanne Harris
    Episode 0116
    1/16/06
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    Bestseller Harris (Holy Fools, Chocolat) exposes the brittle line dividing the haves and have-nots in Gentlemen and Players, a morality tale set in the hallowed halls of St. Oswald's, an aristocratic British boys' school hovering on the edge of extinction.