Archive for October, 2010

Steven Potter

October 15 . 2010

Steven Potter, professor of pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Medical Center, concludes that we are quickly reaching the point where our ability to manipulate genes “could well mean the end of the human race as we know it, but perhaps the beginning of something better” in Designer Genes.

James Kakalios

October 14 . 2010

The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics begins with an overview of speculative science fiction, beginning with Jules Verne and progressing through the space adventure comic books of the 1950s. Using the example of Dr. Manhattan from the graphic novel and film Watchmen, professor James Kakalios explains the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and describes nuclear energy via the hilarious portrayals of radioactivity and its effects in the movies and comic books of the 1950s.

Susan Tolchin

October 13 . 2010

Is political patronage the dark underbelly of American politics, whose practitioners are fortunate to keep one step ahead of the sheriff? Or is it an essential ingredient of effective governance, rewarding and cementing loyalty while greasing the gears of government? Susan Tolchin who co-authored  Pinstripe Patronage with her husband, Martin talk about awarding discretionary favors in exchange for political support.

Mark Warren

October 12 . 2010

Professor and author, Mark Warren shows how white Americans can develop a commitment to racial justice, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because they embrace the cause as their own in Fire in the Heart.

Gloria Feldt

October 8 . 2010

In No Excuses, feminist icon Gloria Feldt asserts that nobody is keeping women from parity—except themselves. She argues that there’s no excuse for women today not to own their power and lead an unlimited life.

Thaddeus Russell

October 7 . 2010

Noted historian Thaddeus Russell tells a new and surprising story about the origins of American freedom. Rather than crediting the standard textbook icons, Russell demonstrates that it was those on the fringes of society whose subversive lifestyles helped legitimize the taboo and made America the land of the free in A Renegade History of the United States.

Erwin Chemerinsky

October 6 . 2010

Over the last few decades, the Supreme Court and the federal appellate courts have undergone a dramatic shift to the right, the result of a determined effort by right-wing lawmakers and presidents to reinterpret the Constitution by reshaping the judiciary. Distinguished law professor and constitutional expert Erwin Chemerinsky demonstrates in The Conservative Assault on the Constitution, how these changes affect the lives of every American.

Wayne Besen, Jay Varner

October 5 . 2010

A gay Rutgers student committed suicide after being videotaped by his roommate but will it make any difference in the fight against cyberbullying? Will it change the way hate crimes are written and applied to threats and attacks involving sexual orientation? Wayne Besen, executive director of  Truth Wins Out joins us and later, Jay Varner, author of  Nothing Left to Burn, a memoir that tells the story of a son’s relationship with his father, the fire chief and a local hero, and his grandfather, a serial arsonist.

Jeff Sharlet

October 4 . 2010

Jeff Sharlet is the only journalist to have reported from inside the C Street House, the Fellowship residence known simply by its Washington, D.C., address. The house has been the scene of notorious political scandal, but more crucially, it is home to efforts to transform the very fabric of American democracy.