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April 2010 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Apr 30, 2010
  • Dr. Geoffrey Robinson on Mass Violence & Genocide and Dr. Joyce Appleby on Capitalism, Psychology and the Recession
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  • Dr. Geoffrey Robinson is professor of history. His books include The Dark Side of Paradise: Political Violence in Bali and If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die: How Genocide Was Stopped in East Timor . He had worked for six years at Amnesty International's headquarters in London and he served as a political affairs officer with the United Nations in Dili, East Timor.

    Dr. Joyce Appleby is one of Americas most distinguished Historians. She taught for many years at UCLA and is Past President of The American Historical Association and the Organization for American Historians. She is winner of the 2009 Arthur P. Schlesinger Jr. Award for writings in American History from the society of American Historians. Her new book is The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism.
  • Pub Date: Apr 23, 2010
  • John Otis on Trauma & Violence in Latin America and Dr. Roger E.A. Farmer on Economic Psychology
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  • Born in Minnesota, John Otis has worked as a reporter in Latin America for more than two decades, and served for eight years as South America Bureau Chief for the Houston Chronicle. His 2001 investigation of Colombia's FARC guerrillas was honored by the Overseas Press Club as the best reporting out of Latin America for that year. He now reports from Colombia for Time magazine, GlobalPost, and the BBC/PRI radio program The World, and lives in Bogotá.

    Roger E. A. Farmer is Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Economics department at UCLA. He has served as a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Reserve Bank of Australia, the European Central Bank and the Bank of England. In 2000, he was awarded the University of Helsinki medal. He is a member of the Financial Times Economists Forum, a specialist on macroeconomic theory and the author of six books and numerous scholarly articles in leading economic journals. His two new books on the current economic crisis, How the Economy Works: Confidence, Crashes and Self-Fulfilling Prophecies (March 2010), written for the general reader and specialist alike, and Expectations, Employment and Prices (March 2010), written for academics and practicing economists, are published by Oxford University Press.
  • Pub Date: Apr 09, 2010
  • David Balto on The Psychology of Competition and Dr. Shanto Iyengar on Media & Political Psychology
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  • David Balto is a Senior Fellow at American Progress focusing on competition policy, intellectual property law, and health care. He has over 20 years of experience as an antitrust attorney in the private sector, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission. From 1995 to 2001 he was the policy director of the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission and attorney advisor to Chairman Robert Pitofsky. Mr. Balto regularly testifies before Congress, state legislatures, the FTC, and DOJ.
  • Pub Date: Apr 02, 2010
  • Kathleen Norris on Acedia, Depression and Modern Society and Malcolm Potts on Sex and War
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  • Kathleen Norris is an award-winning poet, writer, and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Cloister Walk and Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith and her new book is ACEDIA & ME: A Marriage, Monks, and A Writer's Life. A popular speaker, she is an editor at large at The Christian Century. She is a recipient of grants from the Bush and Guggenheim foundations; she has been in residence twice at the Collegeville Institute at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, and is an oblate of Assumption Abbey in North Dakota.

    Malcolm Potts is the Bixby Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. A Graduate of Cambridge University and trained as an obstetrician and research biologist, his profession has taken him all over the world. Potts led a medical team into Bangladesh immediately after the War of Liberation in 1972, and has worked in many other war-torn places including Vietnam and Cambodia, Afghanistan, Egypt, the Gaza Strip, Liberia and Angola. His most recent books are Queen Victoria's Gene and Ever Since Adam and Eve: The Evolution of Human Sexuality and Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World.