"My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante is the first of the mysterious Italian author's Neapolitan novels. The series tells the story of a life-long friendship between two working class girls in Naples. Critics have called Ferrante “one of the greatest novelists of our time.” Yet nobody knows her true identity. Join Diane and her guests for a discussion of “My Brilliant Friend.”
Guest Host: Steve Roberts
In the 1960s, scientists developed several ways to turn saltwater into freshwater. All were prohibitively expensive because they required a great deal of energy. But today, the technology has been significantly refined, and demand for fresh water has grown so high in some regions that desalination is getting a second look. A panel talks about desalination technology and how it might change water management in the United States.
- Erik Olson of the Natural Resources Defense Council
- David Furukawa past president of the International Desalination Association
- Richard Drew chief of the bureau of water facilities regulation for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- Andrew Macoun a principal water and sanitation specialist for the World Bank
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