August 17, 2012

The Accordian Family: Boomerang Kids, Anxious Parents, and the Private Toll of Global Competition

Katherin S. Newman, Ph.D., James B. Knapp Dean of the Zanvyl Kieger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

Host: David Inge

In the U.S. and in other affluent nations, growing numbers of young adults in their 20s and 30s are living with their parents. Sociologist Katherine Newman says that while this kind of doubling-up has long been seen in families that were less well-off, the middle class has never before needed to provide a long-term economic safety net for their grown children. We’ll explore this change with Katherine Newman, author of "The Accordion Family." The book looks at the ways global economic conditions have redefined family life.

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 10 am


August 13, 2012

Satisfaction Not Guaranteed: Dilemmas of Progress in Modern Society

Peter N. Stearns, Provost and University Professor, George Mason University

Host: David Inge

In the affluent, industrial societies of the world today, life is good.  Most people live long lives, without fear of plague, famine or war.  So why is there depression, anxiety, unfulfilled longing? In short, why has abundance not led to greater happiness? That’s the question we’ll take up with our guest, historian Peter Stearns. We’ll talk about some of the ideas in his book "Satisfaction Not Guaranteed." The book looks at the ways people in the past thought about progress, and asks whether we can be truly happy in the modern world.

This is a repeat broadcast from Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 11 am


August 13, 2012

The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes

Scot Wallace, Journalist

Host: David Inge

The Arrow People live deep in the Amazon rainforest. They are one of the very last uncontacted tribes on the planet. Sydney Possuelo works for the government of Brazil. He is dedicated to protecting the Arrow People but in order to do that, he must enter their world, risking his life to defend their right to be left alone. Journalist Scott Wallace will tell us about the man and his mission, both profiled in the new book "The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes."

This is a repeat broadcast from Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 10 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


August 02, 2012

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Katherine Boo, Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Pulitzer Prize Winner

Host: David Inge

Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo has written about the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the 21st century’s great, unequal cities. Her book "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" is based on three years of uncompromising reporting.

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, February 20, 2012, 11 am


August 02, 2012

Encore: How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival

Guest: David Kaiser, Ph.D.

In the 1970s, severe cutbacks in physics funding drove a group of eccentric scientists to take a different approach on their field, studying quantum entanglement alongside mind reading and Eastern mysticism. Today on Focus, our guest David Kaiser will explain how their work helped pave the way for numerous other breakthroughs in quantum mechanics.


August 01, 2012

Too Big To Know

Too Big To Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room

David Weinberger, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Berkman Center for the Internet & Society, Harvard University

Host: David Inge

There was a time when knowledge rested in a small number of places. Today, there is more to know, and more places to find it than ever before. But has that made us smarter, or just more confused? Our guest will be David Weinberger from Harvard University’s Berkman Center for the Internet and Society. His book Too Big to Know looks at the ways that the Internet has made the world messier, but also richer in information. It’s an opportunity, he says, for us to become smarter than ever.

This is a repeat broadcast from Friday, January 13, 2012, 10 am


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