Books

Henry Kellerman: "Personality: How It Forms"

Henry Kellerman: "Personality: How It Forms"

October 18, 2012

A psychologist explains why the way we learn to manage anger as a child is so critical to our personalities as adults.

Orhan Pamuk: "Silent House"

Orhan Pamuk: "Silent House"

October 10, 2012

Nobel Prize-winner Orhan Pamuk's second novel is the story of a Turkish family gathering in the shadow of the impending military coup of 1980.

Paul French:  "Midnight in Peking:  How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China" (Rebroadcast)

Paul French: "Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China" (Rebroadcast)

October 8, 2012

Historian and China expert uses modern resources to solve a long forgotten murder mystery in the last days of colonial Peking.

Salman Khan: "The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined"

Salman Khan: "The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined"

October 3, 2012

Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, talks about the current state of education and his efforts to provide a free online learning for anyone, anywhere.

Sheila Bair: "Bull by the Horns"

September 26, 2012

Sheila Bair describes the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath as she saw it during her time as chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. She explains why the U.S. financial system is still at risk and tougher regulatory reform is needed.

Kevin Powers: "The Yellow Birds"

September 25, 2012

Iraq War veteran Kevin Powers' new novel "The Yellow Birds" takes us into the minds and lives of two young soldiers. He describes their complex emotions on the battlefield and at home.

Dr. Marty Makary: "Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You And How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care"

Dr. Marty Makary: "Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You And How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care"

September 19, 2012

The role of government in health care is a hot-button political issue in today's debates. But a top surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital argues the most important reform needed is more transparency. Dr. Marty Makary describes how to make medicine more accountable.

Randy Cohen: "Be Good: How To Navigate The Ethics Of Everything"

Randy Cohen: "Be Good: How To Navigate The Ethics Of Everything"

September 11, 2012

The original writer of "The Ethicist" column for The New York Times Magazine reflects on recurring themes during the 12 years he wrote the column.

Ruth Richardson: "Dickens & the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor" (Rebroadcast)

September 3, 2012

The recent discovery that as a youth Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide. Diane and her guest talk about the campaign to save it from demolition and Dicken's pre-occuptation with the bleak workhouse at the heart of his novel.

Stuart Firestein: "Ignorance: How It Drives Science" (Rebroadcast)

September 3, 2012

A neuroscientist claims that ignorance--not knowledge--is the true engine of science. He explains how scientists use ignorance to concentrate their research, and why "not knowing" is one of the greatest benefits to science.

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