August 10, 2012

Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality

Guest: Jonathan Weiner.

In the twentieth century alone, the human life expectancy has increased by more than thirty years. Some scientists believe that it's time for the next big leap—this time into complete immortality. Today on Focus, science writer Jonathan Weiner joins the show to explain some of the science behind this heart-pounding research and the dramatic tale of how aging may be conquered once and for all—even in this lifetime.


August 06, 2012

Money Well Spent? The Truth Behind the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus, the Biggest Economic Recovery Plan

Michael Grabell, Journalist

Host: David Inge

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly known as “the stimulus,” was the biggest economic recovery plan in history.  It’s estimated to have created or saved millions of jobs, although it did not  bring about a strong, sustainable recovery. So was it a success, or a failure? Our guest will be Michael Grabell, a reporter at ProPublica and author of the new book "Money Well Spent." The book attempts to answer the question: Was, in fact, the taxpayers' money well spent?

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, February 01, 2012, 11 am


August 06, 2012

The Five-Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts

Peter T. Coleman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, Department of Social-Organizational Psychology, Columbia University

Host: David Inge

Most conflicts, whether global or interpersonal, end up being resolved peacefully. Yet one of every 20 ends up in a stalemate, with the two sides locked in to their positions. These disputes rarely go away. Often they get worse, escalating to the point of violence. Peter Coleman says the only solution is to see these conflicts in a new way. Coleman, director of the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, offers a new strategy for resolving stubborn arguments, the subject of his book "The Five Percent."

This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, February 02, 2012, 10 am


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