Archive for April, 2011

Clark Aldrich

April 29 . 2011

Education expert Clark Aldrich has explored the practices of homeschoolers and unschoolers (those who eschew the structure or curricula of schools) and distilled a list of 55 ”rules,” that are changing both the way children are taught and our vision for schools in Unschooling Rules.

Geoff Crocker

April 28 . 2011

Geoff Crocker offers a fresh interpretation of religion as strong myth from which to create personal and social values in An Enlightened Philosophy.

Dr. Douglas Perednia, Patricia Churchland

April 27 . 2011

According to Dr. Doug Perednia, a healthcare expert and author of Overhauling America’s Healthcare Machine, if elected representatives had acted in good faith and in the interests of the nation, it would have been possible to rebuild our healthcare system in a manner that would have withstood the test of time.  Later, in Braintrust,  Patricia Churchland argues that morality originates in the biology of the brain. She describes the “neurobiological platform of bonding” that, modified by evolutionary pressures and cultural values, has led to human styles of moral behavior.

Rev. Rich Killmer, Michael Zimmerman

April 26 . 2011

Rev. Richard Killmer, Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture responds to the recent release of Wikileaks documents describing the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Then, Michael Zimmerman with Butler University discusses the good news in the battle to repeal Louisiana’s anti-evolution law with 42 Nobel laureates working to replace creationism with science in the state.

Andrew Breitbart, William Donohue

April 25 . 2011

InRighteous Indignation, Andrew Breitbart talks about the key issues that Americans face, how he has aligned himself with the Tea Party, and how one needs to deal with the liberal news world head on. Then William Donohue with the Catholic League tells us why he’s not  happy with Lady Gaga celebrating Judas, the artist’s newest song named for the man who betrayed Jesus.

John Fea

April 22 . 2011

John Fea offers an even-handed primer on whether America was founded to be a Christian nation, as many evangelicals assert, or a secular state, as others contend in Was America Founded As a Christian Nation?.

Roger Lowenstein

April 21 . 2011

Roger Lowenstein sets out to prove that the current financial difficulties began long before the summer of 2008, and long before the failure of Lehman Brothers in The End of Wall Street.

Joshua Kendall, Timothy Appleby

April 20 . 2011

Joshua Kendall argues that in spite of his flaws, Noah Webster belongs among the ranks of America’s notable founders to craft an early American identity rooted in national pride and a distinctly American lexicon in The Forgotten Founding Father. Later, veteran crime reporter, Tim Appleby chronicles a true story that could have been lifted from the darkest pages of pulp fiction, one that offers fascinating – and troubling – insights on human psychopathology in A New Kind of Monster.

Elizabeth Price Foley

April 19 . 2011

Elizabeth Price Foley examines the many, and surprisingly ambiguous, legal definitions of what counts as human life and death in The Law of Life and Death.

 

David J. Linden

April 18 . 2011

David Linden, a professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, addresses provocative questions about the relationship between pleasure and addiction while exploring many of the broader implications of the nexus of the two in The Compass of Pleasure.