Episode Archive

Eric Sterling, Barry Lynn

August 29 . 2013

Eric Sterling with the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation talks about easing overcrowding in federal prisons by ordering prosecutors to omit listing quantities of illegal substances in indictments for low-level drug cases, sidestepping federal laws that impose strict mandatory minimum sentences for drug-related offenses. Later Barry Lynn bids farewell to Culture Shocks.

Kimberly Rae Miller

August 28 . 2013

In this moving coming-of-age story, Kimberly Rae Miller brings to life her rat-infested home, her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends, and the emotional burden that ultimately led to an attempt at suicide in Coming Clean.

David Epstein

August 27 . 2013

In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success, Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving this great riddle in The Sports Gene.

Peter Conners

August 26 . 2013

Peter Conners tells the story of the roots, evolution, values, and passion of the jam band scene in the words of those who know it best in JAMerica.

Sarah Jones

August 22 . 2013

Sarah Jones with Americans United for Separation of Church and State talks about her experiences as a home schooler and an ex-Christian fundamentalist.

Zack Kopplin, Matt Kohut

August 21 . 2013

Political activist, writer and organizer, Zack Kopplin talks about science education in public schools. Then, in Compelling People, co-author  Matt Kohut draws on cutting edge social science research to teach us what we need to do to make people BOTH like us AND listen to us.

Thurston Clark

August 20 . 2013

Noted author and historian, Thurston Clarke‘s Last Hundred Days is a gripping account that weaves together John F. Kennedy’s public and private lives, explains why the grief following his assassination has endured so long, and solves the most tantalizing Kennedy mystery of all—not who killed him but who he was when he was killed, and where he would have led us.

Jason Q. Ng

August 19 . 2013

Internet regulation in China is rarely either obvious or straightforward and this was the inspiration for China specialist Jason Q. Ng to write Blocked on Weibo, an innovative computer script that would make it possible to deduce just which terms are suppressed on China’s most important social media site, Sina Weibo.

Jeff Guinn

August 15 . 2013

Manson is the most authoritative account ever written of how an ordinary juvenile delinquent named Charles Manson became the notorious murderer whose crimes still shock and horrify us today.

Evelyn McDonnell

August 14 . 2013

Queens of Noise looks beyond the lurid voyeuristic appeal of a sex-drugs-rock ’n’ roll saga to give the rock band, Runaways its place in musical, feminist, and cultural history.

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