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Boone: A Biography  November 15, 2007

To Americans who grew up in the 20th Century, Daniel Boone is the larger-than-life, but relatively simple character portrayed by Fess Parker in the 1960s TV series. The real Daniel Boone was a complex person, a settler and conservator, revolutionary …

The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships  November 15, 2007

How will humans interact with robots in the future? According to artificial intelligence expert David Levy, the outcome is a foregone conclusion. Levy’s new book is “Love + Sex With Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships” (Harper Collins, 2007). We’ll …

Allies at a Crossroad: Turkey and the United States  November 14, 2007

The strong alliance between the United States and Turkey dates back to the early years of the Cold War. But today, new challenges threaten this longstanding partnership. This hour, we’ll air the America Abroad special “Allies at a Crossroad: Turkey …

Tales from a Sports Broadcasting Insider  November 14, 2007

From the archives – Anyone in the broadcasting business around here knows the name Bill Mercer. And anyone who considers themselves a sports fan has probably heard his voice. In September we spent an hour with Mercer, whose 50+ year …

A Conversation with NPR’s Scott Simon  November 13, 2007

You know Scott Simon. He’s the guy you share your coffee with on Saturday mornings. He’s the ever-frustrated Chicago Cubs fan who you love to commiserate with. He’s the host of Weekend Edition Saturday from NPR. We’ll spend this hour …

Did I Steal My Daughter?  November 13, 2007

What do parents who adopt children from abroad really know about the child’s circumstances and background? Our guest this hour, journalist Elizabeth Larsen, plunged headfirst into the world of international adoption when her family adopted a young girl from Guatemala. …

Miss Navajo  November 12, 2007

We’ve all seen pageants, but some of the skills required to win the Miss Navajo Nation beauty pageant might surprise you. We’ll find out what it takes to be Miss Navajo this hour with Sarah Ann Johnson Luther who wore …

Why We Remember, Why We Forget  November 12, 2007

What makes memory possible and why do we forget the things that we forget? We’ll explore the realm of memory this hour with Joshua Foer, whose cover story “Remember This” appears in the November, 2007 issue of National Geographic Magazine.

Diversity and Society  November 9, 2007

Is there a problem with the current idea of diversity? Walter Benn Michaels, professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, argues that our cultural focus on identity might allow economic inequalities to flourish. His book on the …

CRAZY and Mental Health in America  November 8, 2007

Is the criminal justice system being used to warehouse the mentally ill? Pete Earley wrote about his son’s incarceration for crimes he might never have committed if doctors hadn’t initially refused to treat him in the 2006 book “CRAZY: A …

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