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Liberalism, Conservatism and Kindness

Guest: William Voegeli

That title is prompted by a great quotation that I only recently encountered: "Liberalism is the politics of kindness." The source is Garrison Keiller, the sage of Lake Woebegone, and I found it in William Voegeli's new book, "The Pity Party" by which he means  to convey his summary judgement…

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The Press and the President

Guest: Bernard Goldberg

Here's Bernard Goldberg, formerly of CBS television, and the author of various indignant (but funny) book-length screeds  We talked in 2009 at which time he had "nothing against Barack Obama," but much against the press's love=affair with him. Apart from Goldberg's contempt for his former colleagues, he conveys strong admiration…

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Courtroom Strategies and Poker

Guest: Steve Lubet, Sean Berkowitz and Chris Lynd

Steve Lubet, one of the guests on this program from 2006, had just written a book titled "Lawyer's Poker." He and two other experienced trial attorneys tell vivid tales from the courtroom and they do tend to verify the saying that "a trial does not determine who is right but who…

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The Children of Divorce

Guest: Alan Carlson and Elizabeth Marquardt

There is much lore (story after story after story) about the injury that divorce delivers to the children of the now dissolved marriage. Is this discussion from 2006 we examine the actual research on the "dysfunctional" consequences for the children. Our two guests are among the most salient researchers. Alan…

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Origins 0f Language and Languages

Guest: Frederic Schwink and Jason Merchant

When did language in its "modern" form (that is, with grammar, syntax and extended vocabulary) actually come from...in both space and time? How do languages (such as French, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian and Romansch} differentiate from a common source (Latin)? Why do children acquire second or third languages much more easily…

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Sherlock Holmes Lives!!!

Guest: Thomas Joyce, Susan Diamond and Eli Liebow

The thousands of Holmesians in the world live by that precept. They know that Holmes, who retired eighty years ago, now lives in Sussex where he is a devoted beekeeper but still takes on occasional crime cases. Three of those students of the past and continuing career of Holmes joined…

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Can the Universe be Comprehended?

Guest: Joel Primack and Nancy Abrams

Among the major figures who have tried to understand it "all" is Joel Primack, physicist at the University of California, who helped to discover the "dark matter" of which twenty-five percent of the  universe is  composed. He and his wife, Nancy Abrams, joined us in conversation in 2006 to discuss their book,…

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A conversation with Jack Welch

Guest: Jack Welch

Before the heirarchs of the Digital World became the heroes of business students and MBA professors the most admired "captain of industry" was Jack Welch, the long term  head of General Electric. Shortly after he retired in 2001 we chatted with him and found him delightfully (and surprisingly) bright, candid, unaffected and…

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A Startling Midrash on Genesis

Guest: Leon Kass

Midrash is the Hebrew word for commentary, particularly commentary on the Hebrew Bible. Many secular intellectuals have been drawn toward that very challenge, among them Leon Kass, physician, philosopher and teacher of the humanities, now  a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. At the time in 2003 when this conversation…

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Genius: Young Iconoclasts and Old Masters

Guest: David Galenson and Joshua Kotin

To define genius madness is (or may be) but our guests, a nascent professor of English and, of all things, an economist, take on the challenge. The guiding theme is that the burning brilliance of the young genius and the steadiness of the Old Master are virtually non-overlapping. The argument…

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