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The Dangerous Delusions of ‘Energy Independence’  June 16, 2008

Can the U.S. actually achieve energy independence? In March we explored the idea with a confirmed doubter, journalist Robert Bryce. Bryce, who has reported extensively on energy for nearly 20 years, argues that the bi-partisan call for energy independence is …

Are Competitive Elections are Bad for America?  June 13, 2008

Should elections be less competitive? In April we talked with UTD Associate Professor of Political Science, Thomas L. Brunell, Ph. D.. His recent book is “Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections are Bad for America” (Routledge, 2008).

An Eyewitness Report from the Frontlines of Humanity  June 12, 2008

What is the human rights situation in Darfur? How are people coping in Iraq? We talked in March with one of the world’s premiere authorities on human rights – former United Nations Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Jan Egeland. Egeland’s recent …

Puzzles of the Brain  June 12, 2008

What will actually help your brain perform better and what won’t? In March we talked with neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt, co-author of the book “Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How to Drive and …

A Chat With Allan Sloan  June 11, 2008

You hear him each week on the Marketplace Morning Report’s Sloan Sessions. We talked about the economy, business, and journalism with Allan Sloan, Senior Editor-at-Large for Fortune Magazine when he was in town to speak at SMU in February.

The Life and Times of Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown  June 11, 2008

Where is the country headed politically and how can regular Americans maintain their voice? Earlier this year we discussed the history and future of American politics with former two-term San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. He was in town to address …

America and Islam after Iraq  June 10, 2008

Has America’s foreign policy since the end of the Cold War actually made us more vulnerable to terrorist attack? Veteran CIA counterterrorism officer Michael Scheuer thinks so. We examined the security situation with Scheuer in February. His recent book is …

Step Parenting and Communication  June 10, 2008

How do stepfamilies differ from traditional families and how can communication styles influence these relationships? Earlier this year we spent an hour with Paul Schrodt, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Texas Christian University who has studied stepfamily systems.

Finding Faith Without Fanaticism  June 9, 2008

What is religious extremism and how can the faithful of different religions peacefully co-exist? We talked with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, author of “You Don’t Have to be Wrong For Me to be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism” (Harmony, 2007), when …

The Battle for Latin America’s Soul  June 9, 2008

What does the future hold for Latin America? According to Economist Americas Editor Michael Reid, a prosperous, fairer, and more democratic Latin America is just over the horizon. Reid’s recent book on the subject is “Forgotten Continent: The Battle for …

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