Archive for November, 2010

Deborah Cadbury

November 12 . 2010

Deborah Cadbury, author of Chocolate Wars follows the history of the British Cadbury chocolate company, owned by a couple of extraordinarily decent and virtuous Quaker brothers,  who disdained the callous and ruthless business practices of many of their rivals.

Michael Wolraich

November 11 . 2010

In Blowing Smoke, Michael Wolraich founder of documents, dissects, and deconstructs the myths that underlie the right’s growing reliance on the politics of persecution, from Joe McCarthy to the Tea Party movement.

Jan Reid

November 10 . 2010

Musical magic hit Austin, Texas, in the early 1970s. At legendary venues such as Threadgill’s, Vulcan Gas Company, and the Armadillo World Headquarters, a host of country, rock-and-roll, blues, and folk musicians came together and created a sound and a scene that Jan Reid vividly detailed in his 1974 book, The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock now revitalized in a new edition.

Charles Seife

November 9 . 2010

In Proofiness, author Charles Seife conducts a thorough investigation into why so many of us find it so easy to believe things that are patently ridiculous. It’s all comes down to numbers, the author argues, and the ways they can be used to make people believe things that are not true.

Mikey Weinstein, Robert Benne

November 8 . 2010

Is the military feeding traumatized soldiers in need of counseling to proselytizing evangelical chaplains, instead of mental health professionals? Mikey Weinstein, the president and founder of  the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has been tracking  the “Fundamentalist-Christian-Para-Church-Military-Corporate-Proselytizing-Complex” for five years and he says yes. Later Robert Benne, author of Good and Bad Ways to Think About Religion and Politics joins us.

Nancy Pearcey

November 5 . 2010

Is secularism a positive force in the modern world? Or does it lead to fragmentation and disintegration? In Saving Leonardo, Nancy Pearcey makes a compelling case that secularism is destructive and dehumanizing.

Rev. Susan Thistlethwaite

November 4 . 2010

Americans have been right at the forefront of the digital revolution, and we have felt its unsettling effects in both our religions and our politics. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite argues in Dreaming of Eden that we long to return to the innocence of the Garden of Eden and not be faced with countless digital choices.

Dr. Robert Jones, Rob Boston

November 3 . 2010

The Tea Party won big in the mid term election, but do we know what their involvement will really mean for Congress and the country as a whole? Dr. Robert Jones of the Public Religion Research Institute has done detailed research on those who identify with the movement. Later, Rob Boston, senior policy analyst with Americans United was at the  Supreme Court when oral arguments for Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Kathleen M. Winn were heard. This case involves a challenge to an Arizona school choice law that provides dollar-for-dollar tax credits to taxpayers who make contributions to independent organizations, which in turn grant scholarships to students attending private schools.

Matthew Vincent

November 2 . 2010

Energy sources are massively depleted. The government is wasteful and incompetent. The economy is imploding, the environment is toxic, and international terrorism threatens our day-to-day lives. Who is responsible? Who made our world so dangerous, so unlivable, so stupid? Matthew Vincent is unafraid to name names in [you] Ruined It For Everyone.

Daniel K. Williams

November 1 . 2010

When the Christian Right burst onto the scene in the late 1970s, many political observers were shocked but it goes back much farther than most journalists, political scientists, and historians realize. Relying on extensive archival and primary source research, Daniel K. Williams presents the first comprehensive history of the movement, uncovering how evangelicals came to see the Republican Party as the vehicle through which they could reclaim America as a Christian nation in God’s Own Party.