A molecular-biologist-turned-Buddhist-monk says altruism is the answer to many of the world's most pressing challenges. Can concern for others help solve wealth inequality, climate change and world hunger?
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Novelist and professor Mary Gordon discusses her new memoir, "Seeing Through Places." In the book, she presents the homes that have played significant roles throughout her life, from her grandmother’s oddly confusing house, to the Cape Cod cottage she could never afford to own, to her current haven in a Manhattan apartment.
- Mary Gordon professor at Barnard College. Her other books include the novels "Spending" and "Final Payments," the memoir "Shadow Man," and a biography of St. Joan of Arc.
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