Disaster

Alan Sipress: "The Fatal Strain" (Viking)

November 16, 2009

The struggle between man and microbe: A journalist offers new details on how flu pandemics start, spread, and often baffle scientists.

Margaret Atwood: "The Year of the Flood" (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)

October 29, 2009

The award-winning author presents her latest novel about a disturbing future world, including a catastrophic pandemic, genetically engineered animals, and a cult devoted to preserving all plant and animal life.

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Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger: "Highest Duty" (Morrow) (Rebroadcast)

October 18, 2009

Airline pilot "Sully" Sullenberger's emergency landing of a passenger jet on the Hudson River has been called "The Miracle on the Hudson." He offers his thoughts on heroism and what the future holds for commercial airline pilots.

Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger: "Highest Duty" (Morrow)

October 15, 2009

Airline pilot “Sully” Sullenberger's emergency landing of a passenger jet on the Hudson River has been called “The Miracle on the Hudson.” He offers his thoughts on heroism and what the future holds for commercial airline pilots.

William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer: "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" (William Morrow) (Rebroadcast)

October 4, 2009

William Kamkwamba describes dreaming of bringing light to his village in Africa and how he taught himself physics and used spare parts to build a windmill that produced electricity.

William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer: "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" (William Morrow)

October 1, 2009

William Kamkwamba describes dreaming of bringing light to his village in Africa and how he taught himself physics and used spare parts to build a windmill that produced electricity.

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Jane Goodall: "Hope for Animals and Their World" (Grand Central)

September 9, 2009

Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall tells stories of animals and plants brought back from the brink of extinction, and why she believes there's hope for saving even more.

David Helvarg: "Rescue Warriors: U.S.Coast Guard, America's Forgotten Heroes

September 3, 2009

The U.S. Coast Guard responds to about 125 distress calls a day. More than 50,000 active-duty and reserve members patrol our nation's oceans, coasts, great lakes and rivers. A journalist takes us behind the scenes with the Coast Guard.

Colum McCann: "Let the Great World Spin" (Random House) (Rebroadcast)

August 2, 2009

On a summer day in 1974 New Yorkers looked up to see an acrobat walking on a wire between the tops of the twin towers. In a new novel, Colum McCann imagines what was going on in the lives of the people on the streets below.

Lucinda Roy: "No Right to Remain Silent" (Harmony Books) (Rebroadcast)

July 26, 2009

Two years ago on the campus of Virginia Tech, a disturbed student gunned down thirty-two of his classmates and teachers. An English professor who had reached out to the troubled young man talks about the tragedy.

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