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Sep 10, 2009
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Thomas Frank
Conservatives' Messy Legacy
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Conservatives no longer hold the reins of power in Washington, D.C., but best-selling author Thomas Frank (the landmark What's the Matter with Kansas?) sees their fingerprints all over the capital--a messy legacy of blundering and corruption.
Sep 20, 2010
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Jonathan Safran Foer
Eating Animals
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Jonathan Safran Foer--the acclaimed author of Everything Is Illuminated; Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; and a new worker of non-fiction, Eating Animals--spent his youth oscillating between omnivore and vegetarian. But on the brink of fatherhood, and facing the prospect of making dietary choices on a child's behalf, his casual questioning became more urgent; Foer ended up visiting factory farms in the middle of the night, dissecting the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probing some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong.
Sep 28, 2010
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Nancy Pearl
Book Lust to Go
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Nancy Pearl is a reader and a librarian, not a travel agent--so instead of recommending 120 places to visit before you die, she recommends 120 places to read about before you visit. Known for her librarian action figure and her influential Book Lust, Seattleite Pearl--author of the new Book Lust to Go--summons the perfect book to connect with any interest or adventure, whether it requires a passport or just an armchair: V.S. Naipaul's Among the Believers before a trip to Indonesia, for example, or Nuala O'Faollin's Are You Somebody? before heading to Ireland. Pearl is joined for onstage conversation by KUOW host Steve Scher. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life, with University Book Store and Sasquatch Books.
Oct 5, 2010
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Robert Reich
‘What Really Caused the Recession’
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When the 2008 recession hit, blame was directed toward a bloated financial industry lacking government oversight or accountability. But former Secretary of Labor and economist Robert Reich suggests a different, structural, reason for the meltdown: The distribution of wealth in the United States is wildly off, and the middle class in particular suffers for it. Reich, author of 2007's Supercapitalism and the new Aftershock, suggests that if we are to lastingly improve our economy, it will take a serious examination of our nation's principles, and a much broader safety net for the middle class.
Oct 5, 2010
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Robert Reich
What Really Caused the Recession
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When the 2008 recession hit, blame was directed toward a bloated financial industry lacking government oversight or accountability. But former Secretary of Labor and economist Robert Reich suggests a different, structural, reason for the meltdown: The distribution of wealth in the United States is wildly off, and the middle class in particular suffers for it. Reich, author of 2007's Supercapitalism and the new Aftershock, suggests that if we are to lastingly improve our economy, it will take a serious examination of our nation's principles, and a much broader safety net for the middle class. Presented by The Town Hall Center for Civic Life, with University Book Store. Series media sponsorship provided by Publicola. Series supported by The Boeing Company Charitable Trust, the RealNetworks Foundation and the Otto Haas Charitable Trust.
Oct 12, 2010
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Alex Ross
Listen To This
Music critic Alex Ross established himself as a true cultural historian with his international bestseller The Rest is Noise, an ambitious and award-winning history of 20th-century music. Now Ross is expanding his repertoire, approaching music "not as a self-sufficient sphere but as a way of knowing the world." Ross, author of Listen to This, offers a panoramic view of the musical scene, from Bach to the Malcolm X Shabazz High School Marching Band.
Nov 19, 2010
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Tim Wu
Who Will Control the Internet?
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Most people connect the Internet Age with unprecedented freedom in communications and culture. But Columbia Professor Tim Wu, author of The Master Switch, says every once-free-and-open technology, from telephone to cable TV, arrived on a similar wave of idealistic optimism but in time was centralized and closed, profoundly affecting how Americans communicate. Against the current debate in Washington over Net Neutrality, could history repeat itself, with a giant entity taking control of our access to information? Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life, with University Book Store. Series media sponsorship provided by Publicola. Series supported by The Boeing Company Charitable Trust and the RealNetworks Foundation.
Jan 5, 2011
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Doug Merlino
1 Team, 10 Lives in Black & White
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In 1986, an "experimental" Seattle basketball team blended white players from Lakeside School and black inner-city kids in hopes of increasing both opportunities and empathy.
Jan 20, 2011
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Ron Reagan
My Father at 100
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Since his death in 2004, the image of former President Ronald Reagan has only deepened in its power to galvanize citizens of all political stripes.
Jan 21, 2011
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Wallace Shawn
'Essays'
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As an established actor and award-winning playwright, Wallace Shawn is used to speaking other people's words--or writing words for other people to say. But as he explains in his nonfiction work Essays, "Every once in a while, I go off to the place called Reality for a brief vacation.
Jan 24, 2011
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Stephanie Coontz
Revisiting 'The Feminine Mystique'
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Stephanie Coontz (Marriage: A History, and now A Strange Stirring), who teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College, examines the dawn of the 1960s through interviews with people who read The Feminine Mystique in 1963-64 ...
Jan 26, 2011
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Sherry Turkle
Isolation Fueled by Technology
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Turkle, author of Alone Together, explores how our narcissistic use of technology is fueling disturbing levels of isolation, as well as what we are looking for--and sacrificing--in a world of electronic companions.
Feb 2, 2011
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Brian Greene
Is Ours The Only Universe?
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There was a time when "universe" meant everything. Yet recent discoveries in physics and cosmology have led some scientists to conclude that our universe may be one among many. Physicist Brian Greene, author of Hidden Reality, explores different "multiverse" proposals: one parallel world in which you have an infinite number of doppelgangers, each reading this sentence in a distant universe; one that endlessly cycles through time; or one that might be hovering millimeters away--invisibly.
Feb 16, 2011
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Simon Johnson
Break Up The Megabanks
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Mar 21, 2011
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David Brooks
How Humans Flourish
What if everything we thought we knew about human nature–how we make choices, find mates, achieve success, and live according to principles–is wrong? By following two fictional characters through every stage of life, New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks (The Social Animal) offers a powerful new understanding of how human success happens, casting our conscious minds as mere bit players, behind our unconscious minds and our environment.
Mar 23, 2011
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Judith Orloff
Achieving Emotional Freedom
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Orloff, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA and author of Emotional Freedom, presents new solutions for dealing with emotions in our hyper-tense world, explaining how to identify negative ones and transform them into hope, kindness, and courage.
Mar 30, 2011
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Greg Lindsay
Airport-Based Cities & Globalization
Business journalist Greg Lindsay, co-author of Aerotropolis, explores how air travel and transportation are largely responsible for the shape and scope–and winners and losers–of globalization.
Apr 13, 2011
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A.C. Grayling
A Secularist's Bible
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Drawing on the wisdom of 2,500 years of non-religious writing on all that it means to be human–from the origins of the universe to small matters of kindness in everyday life–British philosopher A.C. Grayling has created a kind of secular bible.
Apr 14, 2011
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Francis Fukuyama
Origins of Political Order
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Francis Fukuyama, author of The Origins of Political Order, provides a sweeping account of how today’s basic political institutions developed, raising essential questions about the nature of politics—and its discontents.
Apr 22, 2011
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Paul Allen
'Idea Man'
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In Idea Man, Paul Allen explains how he has solved problems, what he’s learned from his triumphs and failures, and his vision for the future.

 

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