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  • Jeff Reeves: The Art of Branding Yourself: How to Advance yo

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    S 2011 : Ep 03.07.11 - 3/7/11

    Jeff Reeves, former Seattle Seahawks football player, business executive, and author of emThe Art of Branding Yourself: How to Advance your Career Quicklyem talks to a group of high school students about their future. Jeff tells the young people to not let other define who they are. He talks about responsibility, making good choices and building your brand.moreless
  • Henry Birnbrey: Leaving Nazi Germany and Returning as an Ame

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    S 2011 : Ep 03.03.11 - 3/3/11

    Henry Birnbrey, born in Germany, talks about his experience as a survivor of the Nazi regime. He tells about witnessing the burning of books in city squares, his life as a young Jewish school student, the arrest of his father, and his immigration to the U.S. along with 1200 other children.moreless
  • Amy Chua: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

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    S 2011 : Ep 02.28.11 - 2/28/11

    Yale law professor Amy Chua discusses the differences between Eastern and Western parenting techniques and her new memoir, emBattle Hymn of the Tiger Motherem. All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence. emBattle Hymn of the Tiger Motherem chronicles Chua's iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, her way—the Chinese way.moreless
  • Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the Worl

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    S 2011 : Ep 02.28.11 - 2/28/11

    Harvard's Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy Dani Rodrik discusses his latest book, emThe Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economyem. From the mercantile monopolies of 17th-century empires to the modern-day authority of the WTO, IMF, and World Bank, the nations of the world have struggled to effectively harness globalization's promise. The economic narratives that underpinned these eras—the gold standard, the Bretton Woods regime, the "Washington Consensus"—brought great success and great failure. In this challenge to the reigning wisdom on globalization, Dani Rodrik offers a new narrative, one that embraces an ineluctable tension: we cannot simultaneously pursue democracy, national self-determination, and economic globalization. When the social arrangements of democracies inevitably clash with the international demands of globalization, national priorities should take precedence. Rodrik's case for a customizable globalization supported by a light frame of international rules shows the way to a balanced prosperity as we confront today's global challenges in trade, finance, and labor markets.moreless
  • Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and David Souter on Civic Educa

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    S 2011 : Ep 02.24.11 - 2/24/11

    Retired Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and David Souter explain the importance of civic education to a democratic society with Linda Greenhouse, a Pultizer-Prize winning emNew York Timesem reporter and Senior Fellow at Yale Law School.moreless
  • One Mans Crusade to Save the Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle

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    S 2011 : Ep 02.24.11 - 2/24/11

    Fernando Manzano, known as Papa Tortuga, speaks about his life's work in bringing Kemp's ridley sea turtles back from the edge of extinction. His efforts have made a remarkable impact on the population of this critically endangered species. His passion touches thousands of people each year, and Manzano has become a role model in his community. Meet the extraordinary man who inspired the documentary film emPapa Tortugaem.moreless
  • Peter Murphy reads from "John the Revelator"

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    S 2011 : Ep 02.23.11 - 2/23/11

    As part of the 2011 Irish Theatre Fest at ArtsEmerson, Peter Murphy reads selections from emJohn the Revelatorem. In his debut novel about a boy caught between a precocious new friend—the only one who understands him—and a charismatic but dominating mother who forbids the friendship, music journalist Peter Murphy boldly forays into the world of fiction. emThe Guardianem raves about Murphy’s “spook-filled Irish landscape, rendered with gouts of blood-red humour.” Murphy also reads from “The Blacklight Ballroom,” a short story to be published this April in a Faber anthology of new Irish stories, as well as sections from a new novel in progress.moreless
  • Sherry Turkle: Expecting More from Technology and Less from

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    S 2011 : Ep 02.23.11 - 2/23/11

    MIT professor of technology and society Sherry Turkle discusses the effect our technology has on our social relationships and her new book, emAlone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Otherem. Consider Facebook--it's a form of human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with people and more connected to simulations of them. In emAlone Togetherem, Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives. It's an exploration of what we are looking for--and sacrificing--in a world of electronic companions and social networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving of today's self-described prophets of the future, it will be the next generation who will chart the path between isolation and connectivity.moreless
  • World on the Edge: Preventing Environemtnal and Economic Col

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    S 2011 : Ep 02.23.11 - 2/23/11

    Environmentalist Lester Brown has been assessing the health of the earth's ecosystems for more than two decades. Over that time he has seen increasing signs of break-down until we are now facing issues of near overwhelming complexity and unprecedented urgency. Can we change direction before we go over the edge? In his book emWorld on the Edgeem, Brown attempts to answer that question by systemically laying out both the challenges and the potential policy solutions.moreless
  • Reflections by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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    S 2011 : Ep 02.17.11 - 2/17/11

    Nina Totenberg, NPR’s legal affairs correspondent and emInside Washingtonem panelist, talks with U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about life before and after she was appointed to the court. Appointed by President Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg was the second woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court. Prior to that, she served on the bench of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (1980-93), as a professor at Columbia University School of Law (1972-80), and on the faculty of Rutgers University School of Law (1963-72). In 1971, then-Professor Ginsburg was instrumental in launching the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, and served as the ACLU’s General Counsel and on the National Board of Directors. She has a B.A. from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B. from Columbia Law School. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edmund L. Palmieri, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1959-61.moreless
  • Net Delusion: Dark Side of Internet Freedom

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    S 2011 : Ep 02.09.11 - 2/9/11

    Amid the euphoria about the power of the Internet and social media, Morozov sounds a note of caution. He reminds us that these tools can also entrench dictators, threaten dissidents, and make it harder—not easier—to promote democracy.moreless
  • A Front-Row Seat at the Big Bang: The Large Hadron Collider

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    S 2011 : Ep 02.01.11 - 2/1/11

    Dr. Nahn explains how the Large Hadron Collider probes the fundamental structure and forces of the universe. He describes the search for the Higgs Boson, extra dimensions, and mystery particles that might explain dark matter.moreless
  • The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adven

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    S 2011 : Ep 01.29.11 - 1/29/11

    Award-winning author and film maker Jennifer Jordan tells the story of Dudley Wolfe's 1939 attempt to climb K2. In 1939, Dudley Francis Wolfe set out to become the first man to climb K2, the world’s second highest mountain. Wolfe, along with a team leader, reached a point higher than any other climbers, but he failed on descent at 25,000 feet. Sixty-three years later, Jennifer Jordan discovered his skeletal remains. Hear how a well-heeled man untested by adversity nearly succeeded where no one else had before.moreless
  • Tuneful Treatments: Musical Therapy

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    S 2011 : Ep 01.29.11 - 1/29/11

    Music therapist Suzanne Hanser shares examples of how the neurobiological foundations of music are leading to exciting new treatments for a variety of health problems. Music not only energizes us and calms us; research shows that it has powerful healing properties. Music can ease pain, lower blood pressure, and relieve anxiety and depression. It can even alleviate the symptoms of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, mitigate the side effects of cancer, and help women in childbirth.moreless
  • Genes and Jazz: Harold and Jacob Varmus

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    S 2011 : Ep 01.29.11 - 1/29/11

    Harold Varmus, Nobel Prize-winning cancer researcher and science advisor to President Obama, teams up with his son, jazz trumpeter and composer, Jacob, to explore the ways that genes and notes affect complex organisms and compelling music. This father-son duo compares cell biology to the development of musical ideas through a multi-media experience featuring performances by The Jacob Varmus Quintet.moreless
  • Barbara Almond: The Hidden Side of Motherhood

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    S 2011 : Ep 01.26.11 - 1/26/11

    Barbara Almond, Stanford professor and psychoanalyst, discusses the darker side of childbearing and her new book, emThe Monster Within: The Hidden Side of Motherhoodem. Whether it is uncertainty over having a child, fears of pregnancy and childbirth, or negative thoughts about one's own children, mixed feelings about motherhood are not just hard to discuss, they are a powerful social taboo. In her new book, Barbara Almond draws on her extensive clinical experience to bring this highly troubling issue to light. In a portrait of the hidden side of contemporary motherhood, she finds that ambivalence of varying degrees is a ubiquitous phenomenon, yet one that too often causes anxiety, guilt, and depression. Weaving together case histories with examples from literature and popular culture, Almond uncovers the roots of ambivalence, tells how it manifests in lives of women and their children, and describes a spectrum of maternal behavior--from normal feelings to highly disturbed mothering characterized by blame, misuse, abuse, even child murder.moreless
  • Ida Hattemer-Higgins: The History of History

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    S 2011 : Ep 01.26.11 - 1/26/11

    Boston native, world traveler, and debut novelist Ida Hattemer-Higgins reads from her first book, emThe Hisory of Historyem. A young woman named Margaret stumbles one morning from a forest outside Berlin, hands dirty, clothes torn. She can remember nothing of the night in the woods, nor--she soon realizes--anything of the previous months. She returns home to her former life. Two years later, she receives a letter from a mysterious doctor, who summons her to an appointment, claiming to be concerned for her fate. Margaret keeps the appointment, but when she leaves the doctor's office, the entire city is transformed. Nazi ghosts manifest as preening falcons; buildings turn to flesh; reality itself wheels. This is the story of Margaret's race to recover her lost history--the night in the forest, and the chasm that opened in her life as a result. Awash in guilt, careening toward a shattering revelation, Margaret finds her personal amnesia resonating more and more clamorously with a nation's criminal past, as she struggles toward an awakening that will lead her through madness to the truth, and to the unanswerable agony of her own actions.moreless
  • Ethics as a Business Strategy

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    S 2011 : Ep 01.20.11 - 1/20/11

    In this talk, Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company discusses how Dow, a Fortune 50 Company, has in recent years undergone a corporate transformation as it designed a long-term business strategy based on the unwavering belief that to create value for all of its stakeholders, the company must preferentially invest in businesses and technologies that allows it to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. By putting sustainability and environmental protection at the heart of its business model and by living those values every day, Dow has strengthened its position as a world leader in its field.moreless
  • Amy's Story: Preventing Domestic Violence Homicides

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    S 2011 : Ep 01.13.11 - 1/13/11

  • Rosalynn Carter on Mental Health

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    S 2011 : Ep 01.10.11 - 1/10/11

  • Henry Louis Gates and Ilan Stavans: Culture Wars and the Can

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    S 2011 : Ep 01.10.11 - 1/10/11

  • The Caucasus: An Introduction

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    S 2011 : Ep 01.07.11 - 1/7/11

    Thomas de Waal brings viewers to "the lands in between." The Caucasus has long been an arena of great-power contact and conflict. The region is often seen as intractable, yet we should discard misleading cliches such as "ancient hatreds" and "frozen conflicts," de Waal says. Thomas de Waal is a senior associate in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment, specializing primarily in the South Caucasus region comprising Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia and their breakaway territories, as well as the wider Black Sea region.moreless
  • Whitney Munn: Freedom Writers

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    S 2010 : Ep 12.30.10 - 12/30/10

    Whitney Munn, associate director of Social Responsibility for Kilpatrick Stockton law firm, talks to a class of students at Atlanta's Grady High School about their future careers. She tell of her success creating the firm’s award-winning community involvement initiative, “IMPACT” and the firm’s highly successful Booker T. Washington High School (BTW) Freedom Writers mentoring program. Whitney was recently named one of Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40, which showcases young achievers in business, government, politics, education, and nonprofit.moreless
  • The Great Penguin Rescue

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    S 2010 : Ep 12.20.10 - 12/20/10

    Dyan deNapoli speaks about the Treasure oil spill that occurred on June 23, 2000--a cargo ship that sank off the coast of South Africa, spilling 1,300 tons of oil and putting 75,000 African penguins at risk. Some 12,500 inexperienced volunteers descended upon Cape Town to help save the imperiled birds. Dyan DeNapoli, at the time a senior penguin aquarist at the Aquarium, was one of 100 penguin experts who helped supervise the volunteers during the rescue effort. After three months of grueling labor, 95 percent of the affected penguins were successfully released back into the wild in what has been heralded as the largest and most successful rescue of animals ever undertaken. DeNapoli tells this story in The Great Penguin Rescue: 40,000 Penguins, A Devastating Oil Spill and the Inspiring Story of the World's Largest Animal Rescue.moreless
  • Carlos Eire: Learning to Die in Miami

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    S 2010 : Ep 12.20.10 - 12/20/10

    Carlos Eire, writer and professor, talks about his new book, emLearning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boyem. In his 2003 memoir emWaiting for Snow in Havanaem, Carlos Eire narrated his coming of age in Cuba just before and during the Castro revolution. That book literally ends in midair as eleven-year-old Carlos and his older brother leave Havana on an airplane--along with thousands of other children--to begin their new life in Miami in 1962. It would be years before he would see his mother again. He would never again see his beloved father. emLearning to Die in Miamiem opens as the plane lands and Carlos faces, with trepidation and excitement, his new life. He quickly realizes that in order for his new American self to emerge, his Cuban self must "die." And so, with great enterprise and purpose, he begins his journey. We follow Carlos as he adjusts to life in his new home. Faced with learning English, attending American schools, and an uncertain future, young Carlos confronts the age-old immigrants plight: being surrounded by American bounty, but not able to partake right away. The abundance America has to offer excites him and, regardless of how grim his living situation becomes, he eagerly forges ahead with his own personal assimilation program, shedding the vestiges of his old life almost immediately, even changing his name to Charles. Cuba becomes a remote and vague idea in the back of his mind, something he used to know well, but now it "had ceased to be part of the world."moreless
  • Ambassador Swanee Hunt on "Very Young Girls"

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    S 2010 : Ep 12.20.10 - 12/20/10

    Ambassador Swanee Hunt introduces emVery Young Girlsem, an exposé of the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in New York City as they are sold on the streets by pimps, and treated as adult criminals by police. The film follows barely-adolescent girls in real time, using vérité and intimate interviews with them, documenting their struggles and triumphs as they seek to exit the commercial sex industry. The film also uses startling footage shot by pimps themselves, giving a rare glimpse into how the cycle of exploitation begins for many women. The film identifies hope for these girls in the organization GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services), a recovery agency founded and run by Rachel Lloyd, herself a survivor of sexual exploitation. GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth.moreless
  • Tim Keller: Belief in an Age of Skepticism

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    S 2010 : Ep 12.17.10 - 12/17/10

    In a world of skepticism, is it still possible to believe? Tim Keller, speaker, author, and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, addresses the challenges posed to belief in the contemporary world. Drawing upon the arguments laid out in his book emThe Reason for Godem, Keller argues that belief is here to stay. From The Veritas Forum at the University of California, Berkeley, 2008.moreless
  • The America?s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook

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    S 2010 : Ep 12.16.10 - 12/16/10

    Chris Kimball and the cast of America's Test Kitchen discuss healthy and delicious ways to feed your family, and their new book, emThe Americas Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbookem. emThe Healthy Family Cookbookem is an all-purpose cookbook that delivers more than 800 foolproof recipes for healthier everyday cooking--including breakfast dishes, kid-friendly favorites, meat and pasta entres, vegetarian dishes, healthy makeovers of family classics, desserts, and more. Each recipe also includes calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and sodium counts. emThe America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbookem takes a good, hard look at eating healthfully--incorporating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into recipes on a daily basis, and reducing calories from fat whenever possible while still maximizing taste. But unlike other "healthy recipe" cookbooks that simply substitute brown rice for white, or fat-free mayonnaise for regular, every one of our recipes have been specifically developed for the ingredients used, to maximize both taste and health.moreless
  • Harold McGee: Keys to Good Cooking

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    S 2010 : Ep 12.16.10 - 12/16/10

    Harold McGee, food scientist and The New York Timess "Curious Cook," talks about how to cook well, even when the recipe youre following isnt perfect. Harold McGee is joined in conversation by Rialtos award-winning chefowner Jody Adams. emKeys to Good Cookingem directly addresses the cook at work in the kitchen and in need of quick and reliable guidance. Cookbooks past and present frequently contradict one another about the best ways to prepare foods, and many contain erroneous information and advice. emKeys to Good Cookingem distills the modern scientific understanding of cooking and translates it into immediately useful information. Looking at ingredients from the mundane to the exotic, McGee takes you from market to table, teaching, for example, how to spot the most delectable asparagus (choose thick spears); how to best prepare the vegetable (peel, dont snap, the fibrous ends; broiling is one effective cooking method for asparagus and other flat-lying vegetables); and how to present it (coat with butter or oil after cooking to avoid a wrinkled surface). This book will be a requisite countertop resource for all home chefs, as McGee's insights on kitchen safety in particular--reboil refrigerated meat or fish stocks every few days; (they're so perishable that they can spoil even in the refrigerator); don't put ice cubes or frozen gel packs on a burn; (extreme cold can cause additional skin damage)--will save even the most knowledgeable home chefs from culinary disaster. A companion volume to recipe books, a touchstone that helps cooks spot flawed recipes and make the best of them, emKeys to Good Cookingem will be of use to cooks of all kinds: to beginners who want to learn the basics, to weekend cooks who want a quick refresher in the basics, and to accomplished cooks who want to rethink a dish from the bottom up.moreless
  • Siddhartha Mukherjee: A Biography of Cancer

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    S 2010 : Ep 12.16.10 - 12/16/10

    Siddhartha Mukherjee, cancer physician and researcher, discusses his first book, emThe Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.em The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Siddhartha Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out "war against cancer." From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave cut off her malignant breast, to the nineteenth-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjees own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through fiercely demanding regimens in order to survive--and to increase our understanding of this iconic disease.moreless
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