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On Words: Insight into How Our Words Work – And Don’t  October 15, 2007

Paula LaRocque wants us to write well. She also wants us to spell and pronounce words correctly too. To that end, she’ll join us for a two-hour special program today to discuss writing, language, and more. Her new book is …

Revolution of Hope: The Life, Faith and Dreams of a Mexican President  October 12, 2007

How does one become president of a nation? We’ll find out this evening with former Mexican President Vicente Fox. He tells the story of his journey from humble beginnings in rural Mexico to the presidency of one of the world’s …

Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries that Ignited the Space Age  October 11, 2007

October 2007 marks an important anniversary. On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first artificial satellite. They also launched the global competition for the military domination of space. We’ll look back this hour with Matthew Brzezinski, author …

Lisa’s Story, Funky Winkerbean, and Cancer Awareness  October 11, 2007

Fans and regular readers of Tom Batiuk’s (rhymes with attic) comic strip Funky Winkerbean know the outcome of character Lisa Moore’s battle with cancer. Batiuk has just released the full story in a new book “Lisa’s Story: The Other Shoe” …

Carbon’s New Math  October 10, 2007

Are there solutions to the effects of global warming? Environment author Bill McKibben thinks so – but only if we act fast. His article “Carbon’s New Math” appears in the October issue of National Geographic magazine. He’ll be our guest …

From the Archives: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Science  October 10, 2007

Is the brain capable of change? According to psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Dr. Norman Doidge, using the brain actually changes its structure allowing it to become more proficient. He joined us last month to discuss his research and his book “The …

How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers, and Warriors Shaped Globalization  October 9, 2007

Globalization is the buzz-word du jour. But according to Nayan Chanda, director of publications for the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, humanity has been “globalizing” throughout its existence. We’ll talk this hour with Chanda, who’ll speak to the …

The U.S. Relationship with Tunisia  October 9, 2007

How can the U.S. better engage with its allies in the Middle East and Africa? We’ll talk this hour with His Excellency Mohamed Nejib Hachana, Ambassador of Tunisia to the United States. He’ll speak about U.S./Tunisia relations and his experiences …

News Today  October 8, 2007

There’s little doubt that the media landscape is changing rapidly. But which changes are good and which are bad for media consumers and producers? We’ll spend this hour with award-winning journalist Frank Sesno, a veteran of CNN and currently a …

Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy  October 8, 2007

Would you be surprised to learn that slavery still exists in America today? Journalist John Bowe isn’t. His new book, “Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy” (Random House, 2007), exposes a practice …

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