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A thoughtful and penetrating interview magazine featuring nationally and internationally-known guests whose passion for new ideas challenge and engage.

As Planned Parenthood looks ahead to its centennial in October 2016, Ellen Feldman's "Terrible Virtue" gives us a captivating portrait of the organization's resolute founder, Margaret Sanger. 

Philosopher David Benatar argues that its time we paid more attention to gender discrimination against men.  He's the author of "The Second Sexism."

It was a snowy day. Susan B. Anthony invited Frederick Douglass to tea.  Author Dean Robbins reads from "Two Friends," his new picture for kids.

The Rediscovery of Nina Simone

Mar 13, 2016

Nina Simone's powerful voice and turbulent life are the subjects of an Oscar-nominated documentary, a new biography and a forthcoming Hollywood biopic.  But it's her politics that speaks most forcefully to a new generation of African American activists.  Biographer Alan Light talks about the incandescent soul singer and Black Power icon.

The Real Louisa May Alcott

Mar 13, 2016

Louisa May Alcott was no "little woman".  Biographer Harriet Reisen uncovers the fierce feminist behind "Little Women".

Single women are the most potent political force in America today. Rebecca Traister explains why young millenial women are delaying marriage -- just as Susan B. Anthony predicted.

As Planned Parenthood looks ahead to its centennial in October 2016, Ellen Feldman's "Terrible Virtue" gives us a captivating portrait of the organization's resolute founder, Margaret Sanger. 

The Rediscovery of Nina Simone

Mar 12, 2016

Nina Simone's powerful voice and turbulent life are the subjects of an Oscar-nominated documentary, a new biography and a forthcoming Hollywood biopic.  But it's her politics that speaks most forcefully to a new generation of African American activists.  Biographer Alan Light talks about the incandescent soul singer and Black Power icon.

Philosopher David Benatar argues that its time we paid more attention to gender discrimination against men.  He's the author of "The Second Sexism."

Single women are the most potent political force in America today. Rebecca Traister explains why young millenial women are delaying marriage -- just as Susan B. Anthony predicted.

It was a snowy day. Susan B. Anthony invited Frederick Douglass to tea.  Author Dean Robbins reads from "Two Friends," his new picture for kids.

The Real Louisa May Alcott

Mar 12, 2016

Louisa May Alcott was no "little woman".  Biographer Harriet Reisen uncovers the fierce feminist behind "Little Women".

Kill 'em All!

Mar 12, 2016

Nobody  likes mosquitos – and with good reason.  They’re pests. But worse than that – they kill people.  Hundreds of thousands of people died from malaria last year.  More from dengue and yellow fever.  If you add it up, mosquitos kill more people than war!   And now Zika’s in the headlines.  So it’s a pretty good bet that if all the mosquitoes on the planet suddenly dropped dead tomorrow,we might actually rejoice.

I dunno, but it seems kind of extreme, not to mention risky, to bio-engineer a mass mosquito die-off.  So Steve Paulson tracked down the world’s greatest living entomologist to see what he has to say.  E. O Wilson is sometimes called “the ant man” – that’s the insect he studied most – but he’s best known as the evolutionary biologist and a champion of biodiversity.  He’s 86 years old now, and has just finished what is probably his last book – called “Half Earth”.  It’s a passionate plea to save humanity by dedicating half the planet to nature.

Fear and Loathing in Mosquito-Land

Mar 12, 2016

We hate mosquitoes.

But why?  I mean, yes --- West Nile, dengue, malaria, Zika…not to mention ruined picnics, sleepless nights, and bites you scratch until they bleed … Those are logical reasons to dislike mosquitoes.  But admit it – they also just creep you out.

Jeffrey Lockwood gets at the psychology in his book “The Infested Mind.” He’s an entomologist who once had a truly horrific encounter with a swarm of grasshoppers.   He was left traumatized. Afterwards he wondered why we all fear and loathe insects so much.

Mosquitoes and Poverty

Mar 12, 2016

So, there’s a serious proposal on the table. Should we genetically engineer disease-carrying species of mosquitoes out of existence? The technology exists and some pretty prominent scientists think we should.

Let’s check in with Sonia Shah.  She’s a science journalist who writes about pandemics and pathogens and the social history of disease.  She wrote one of the best histories of malaria – a book called “The Fever”, and she has a pretty different perspective on the kill or be killed debate.

 

Playing Music with Mosquitoes

Mar 12, 2016

David Rothenberg has played music with birds and even whales. But his latest music project is much less, well, melodious…

 . . . like playing music with insects. He’s recorded songs with a lot of them -- crickets and cicadas and yes, even mosquitoes.

Producer Craig Eley sat down with David Rothenberg to talk “bug music.”

Kill 'em All!

Mar 11, 2016

Nobody  likes mosquitos – and with good reason.  They’re pests. But worse than that – they kill people.  Hundreds of thousands of people died from malaria last year.  More from dengue and yellow fever.  If you add it up, mosquitos kill more people than war!   And now Zika’s in the headlines.  So it’s a pretty good bet that if all the mosquitoes on the planet suddenly dropped dead tomorrow,we might actually rejoice.

I dunno, but it seems kind of extreme, not to mention risky, to bio-engineer a mass mosquito die-off.  So Steve Paulson tracked down the world’s greatest living entomologist to see what he has to say.  E. O Wilson is sometimes called “the ant man” – that’s the insect he studied most – but he’s best known as the evolutionary biologist and a champion of biodiversity.  He’s 86 years old now, and has just finished what is probably his last book – called “Half Earth”.  It’s a passionate plea to save humanity by dedicating half the planet to nature.

Playing Music with Mosquitoes

Mar 11, 2016

David Rothenberg has played music with birds and even whales. But his latest music project is much less, well, melodious…

 . . . like playing music with insects. He’s recorded songs with a lot of them -- crickets and cicadas and yes, even mosquitoes.

Producer Craig Eley sat down with David Rothenberg to talk “bug music.”

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