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Garry Wills: "Bomb Power"

February 4, 2010

How the creation of the atomic bomb led to greater power for the president. Pulitzer-prize-winning author and historian Garry Wills explains why secrecy surrounding the Manhattan Project resulted in unprecedented powers for modern U.S...

Barbara King: "Being with Animals"

January 28, 2010

Americans spend billions of dollars and countless hours caring for their pets. An anthropologist explains the bond between humans and animals and its importance to our evolution.

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Readers Review: "The Glass Room" by Simon Mawer

January 27, 2010

Diane invites you to join this month's readers' review. In the "The Glass Room" by Simon Mawer, a masterpiece of modern architecture acts as a window on the hopes and fears of its inhabitants.

Shankar Vedantam: The Hidden Brain

January 26, 2010

The power of our hidden brains: How our unconscious minds elect presidents, control markets, wage wars, and routinely, but imperceptibly, influence our daily lives.

Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie: "Slow Death by Rubber Duck" (Rebroadcast)

January 24, 2010

The FDA issues a warning about a chemical often found in baby bottles and food containers. Two Canadian environmentalists describe what their own experiments reveal about BPA and other chemicals used in everyday foods and products.

Joseph Stiglitz: "Freefall"

January 21, 2010

After two years of freefall, America's economy may be stabilizing. Nobel-prize-winner Joseph Stiglitz on how fixing our financial system can move us closer to a more equitable society.

Tracy Chevalier: "Remarkable Creatures" (Dutton) (Rebroadcast)

January 17, 2010

A new historical novel from the best-selling author of "Girl With A Pearl Earring." It's the story about how one woman transcends class and social prejudice to uncover one of the most important discoveries of the nineteenth century.

Tracy Chevalier: "Remarkable Creatures" (Dutton)

January 14, 2010

A new historical novel from the best-selling author of "Girl With A Pearl Earring." It's the story about how one woman transcends class and social prejudice to uncover one of the most important discoveries of the nineteenth century.

Gregg Easterbrook: "Sonic Boom"

January 13, 2010

Many economists predict a slow recovery from the worst economic recession in seventy years. But Gregg Easterbrook sees a global economic boom not far into the future. He offers examples of how global forces will affect our daily lives.

Wildlife Trade

January 12, 2010

The lucrative and illegal business of wildlife trafficking. An expose of the world's most notorious wildlife dealer and what's being done to fight this illicit trade.

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