Archive for June, 2011

Dr. Norman Rosenthal, Byron Johnson

June 30 . 2011

Dr. Norman Rosenthal demystifies the practice and benefits of Transcendental Meditation for a general audience who may have heard about the method but do not necessarily know what it is, how it is learned, or what they stand to gain, in Transcendence. Then renowned criminologist Byron R. Johnson proves that religion can be a powerful antidote to crime in More God, Less Crime.

Rick Beyer

June 29 . 2011

Prepare to be astonished, bewildered, and stupefied by the tantalizing tidbits of music history collected in Rick Beyer‘s The Greatest Music Stories Never Told.

Mara Hvistendahl

June 28 . 2011

In China, India and elsewhere, there is a preference for boys and  sex-selective abortions have played havoc with that balance. As a result, millions of women are missing from the population and generations of men won’t find mates. Mara Hvistendahl‘s book Unnatural Selection describes how the decision to choose a child’s sex led to this state.

Frank Schaeffer

June 27 . 2011

In Sex, Mom & God, novelist and nonfiction author Frank Schaeffer tells “the truth” about his mother’s curious impartation of religion and sex.

George Lepre, Diane Farr

June 17 . 2011
During the Viet-Nam war large numbers of young enlisted men turned their weapons on their superiors, a practice known as ”fragging,” a reference to the fragmentation hand grenades often used in these assaults. George Lepre examines these episodes in close detail in Fragging. Then actress and author Diane Farr talks about her interracial marriage in Kissing Outside the Lines.

Eric Sterling

June 16 . 2011

This week marks the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s message to Congress launching the war on drugs but has anything changed? Did it produce a strategy for victory over what President Nixon called “America’s public enemy number one”? Eric Sterling, president of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation joins us to talk about the successes and failures of the program.



Janny Scott

June 15 . 2011

Barack Obama has written extensively about his father, but little is known about his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, the fiercely independent woman who raised him, the person he credits for, as he says, “what is best in me.” Janny Scott’s,  A Singular Woman challenges the assumption of what it means to be a good mother.

James B. Stewart

June 14 . 2011

Our system of justice rests on a simple proposition: that witnesses will raise their hands and tell the truth. In Tangled Webs, James B. Stewart reveals in vivid detail the consequences of the perjury epidemic that has swept our country, undermining the very foundation of our courts.

Philip K. Howard

June 13 . 2011

American law has become “the world’s thickest instruction manual,” says author and attorney Philip K.Howard who blasts excessively detailed, rigid government regulations that leave no room for judgment or discretion in The Death of Common Sense.

Dr. Michael Shermer

June 10 . 2011

Bestselling author Michael Shermer presents his comprehensive theory on how beliefs are born, formed, nourished, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished in The Believing Brain.