Archive for July, 2010

Mark Moffett

July 30 . 2010

The Smithsonian’s Mark Moffett has been called the  “the Indiana Jones of entomology,” and he takes us on an exciting  journey in which we find that ants have invented highways and infrastructure, traffic rules, voting and market economies, livestock domestication and large-scale agriculture, slavery, warfare and terrorism, and even smart public health policies years before humans came on the scene in Adventure Among Ants.

Justine Sharrock

July 29 . 2010

Tortured is an eye-opening exposé of America’s torture regime and now most Americans believe that what we did was wrong. Investigative journalist and author, Justine Sharrock takes us behind the scenes with the personal stories of four American soldiers who were on the frontline of the “war on terror,” including the Abu Ghraib whistleblower. They reveal how their orders came from the top with assurances that those orders were legal and how their experiences left them emotionally scarred.

Marci Hamilton, John Irving

July 28 . 2010

The Utah Supreme Court  threw out the rape convictions of the polygamous sect leader Warren S. Jeffs and sent the case back for a new trial. What happened? Marci Hamilton, a professor, leading church state expert and author of God vs. the Gavel and Justice Denied tells us what she thinks. Then best selling author, screen writer and Oscar winner John Irving with his 12th novel, Last Night in Twisted River.

Melanie Phillips

July 27 . 2010

Melanie Phillips is an award-winning columnist for London’s Daily Mail and author of the book The World Turned Upside Down. In it, she explains how she believes the Western world has fallen into a soft totalitarianism by distorting truths and allowing rationality and science to dominate over spirituality and faith.

Wesley Smith

July 26 . 2010

All people who love animals can agree with author, Wesley J. Smith that human beings owe animals respect, kindness, and humane care. But he argues in A Rat is a Pig is a Dog is a Boy, that our obligation to humanity matters more, and that granting rights to animals would inevitably diminish human dignity.

Beth Raymer, Phillip Margolin

July 23 . 2010

Lay the Favorite is the story of Beth Raymer’s years in the high-stakes, high-anxiety world of sports betting. It’s an eye-popping and hilarious joyride through the gambling underworld. Then we talk to Phillip Margolin, President and Chairman of the Board of Chess for Success, a non-profit charity that uses chess to teach study skills to elementary and middle school children in Title I schools.

Richard Beeman

July 22 . 2010

Historian and author, Richard Beeman shows a dramatic and engrossing account of the men who met in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787 to design a radically new form of government in Plain Honest Men. The book takes readers behind the scenes and beyond the debate to show how the world’s most enduring constitution was forged through conflict, compromise, and, eventually consensus.

Alex Heard, Helena Andrews

July 21 . 2010

The Eyes of Willie McGee is a gripping saga of race and retribution and author Alex Heard tells a moving and unforgettable story of the deep South that says as much about Mississippi today as it does about the mysteries of the past. Later, pop culture critic and author, Helena Andrews talks about her new memoir, Bitch is the New Black , a collection of essays.

John Atlas

July 20 . 2010

John Atlas is a longtime public-interest lawyer, activist, writer, and founder and president of the New Jersey-based National Housing Institute. His book, Seeds of Change, describes what really happened in ACORN‘s massive voter registration drives and why the community organizing group triggered a conservative assault by Fox News and the Republican Party.

Bruce Bawer, Karen Valby

July 19 . 2010

In Surrender, author Bruce  Bawer shows us how silence, fear and political correctness in our media, government and even our academic institutions will make us the victims to a new form of  jihad that targets our most valuable civil right— free speech. Later at the half, writer and author Karen Valby had the task of finding an American town untouched by popular culture. She discovered Utopia, Texas and despite having no movie theater, bookstore, or music store, was rapidly changing due to 2 wars and the arrival of modern technology. What is the stereotypical small town and how is that role is changing? Her new book Welcome to Utopia focuses on 4 of the residents who are happy to stay and those who long to leave.