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?
To mark the 50th anniversary of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Diane invites listeners to join a discussion of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel. It explores racial injustice and loss of innocence in a small Southern town. Librarians voted it the best novel of the 20th century.
- Alex Heard editorial director of Outside magazine and author of "The Eyes of Willie McGee" and "Apocalypse Pretty Soon."
- Mary McDonagh Murphy independent documentary director and writer, author of "Scout, Atticus & Boo."
- Michele Norris host of NPR's All Things Considered and author of "The Grace of Silence"
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