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Sylvester Schieber: "The Predictable Surprise: The Unraveling of the U.S. Retirement System"

March 12, 2012

The former Chairman of the Social Security Advisory Board explains the history of social security, pension plans and other retirement options. He describes why a crisis is looming and what we can do to address the problems ahead.

Timothy Snyder:  "Thinking the Twentieth Century" by Tony Judt

Timothy Snyder: "Thinking the Twentieth Century" by Tony Judt

February 27, 2012

Historian Tony Judt was stricken by Lou Gehrig’s Disease. But he retained the power of speech and thought. His friend and fellow historian Timothy Snyder describes their collaboration on a book about the clash of twentieth century ideas. during the final months of his life.

Robert Kagan: "The World America Made"

February 13, 2012

Foreign policy strategist Robert Kagan has influenced both Presidents Bush and Obama. He argues America is not in decline: His take on the future of U.S. power in the world.

Hal Weitzman: "Latin Lessons"

February 8, 2012

Diane talks to Hal Weitzman, Financial Times correspondent and author of "Latin Lessons: How South America Stopped Listening to the United States and Started Prospering" about the mistakes the U.S. has made in Latin America, and the high price he says we will pay for them.

Eric Klinenberg:  "Going Solo:  The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone"

Eric Klinenberg: "Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone"

February 6, 2012

A sociologist examines the cultural, business and political effects of the biggest demographic shift since the baby boom: living alone.

John Horgan: "The End of War"

February 2, 2012

A science journalist debunks the idea that war is a fact of human nature. He describes why people are equally predisposed to peace as violence.

Language, Music and the Brain

January 25, 2012

Learning new skills in adulthood may seem like a daunting task. Over time there is a gradual decline of the brain’s ability to absorb new information. But experts say, with the right tools and a few tricks, we can continue to grasp...

Gail Collins: "William Henry Harrison"

Gail Collins: "William Henry Harrison"

January 23, 2012

New York Times columnist Gail Collins on the shortest presidency in American history: The life and untimely death of William Henry Harrison and his landmark campaign of "Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too!"

Hendrik Hartog:  "Someday All This Will Be Yours"

Hendrik Hartog: "Someday All This Will Be Yours"

January 19, 2012

We all hope that we will get the care we need through our old age. But these days, Social Security, Medicare, pensions and retirement plans seem less of a sure thing. Economic uncertainty is putting new pressure on adults to take on...

Sally Bedell Smith: "Elizabeth the Queen: The Life a Modern Monarch"

January 17, 2012

Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates 60 years on the throne next month. A new biography looks at the public and private life of a modern monarch.

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