In OUR ROBOTS, OURSELVES: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy MIT professor David A. Mindell uses firsthand experience and the latest research to tackle common myths that pervade our beliefs on robots and provides a more reasoned outlook on this often overhyped topic.
Before Barry Moser became an award-winning illustrator, he was a small-town boy who grew up in an era of racism and intolerance in the South during the 1940s and 50s. As children, Barry and his older brother, Tommy, were both poisoned by their family’s deep racism and anti-Semitism.
In a book as eye-opening as it is riveting, practicing nurse and New York Times columnist Theresa Brown invites us to experience not just a day in the life of a nurse but all the life that happens in just one day on a hospital’s cancer ward.
Through five years’ worth of interviews and data-gathering educator and author Amanda Lewis has created a powerful and illuminating study of how the racial achievement gap continues to afflict American schools more than fifty years after the formal dismantling of segregation.
As robots are increasingly integrated into modern society-on the battlefield and the road, in business, education, and health-Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times science writer John Markoff searches for an answer to one of the most important questions of our age: will these machines help us, or
Spinglish-the devious dialect of English used by professional spin doctors-is all around us.
Is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.
This week Al speaks award-winning investigative reporter Joe Domanick about his new book: BLUE. In it Domanick reveals the troubled history of the LAPD in a gripping story filled with hard-boiled, real-life characters that bring to life the ravages of the criminal justice system.
Is the Keystone pipeline issue a political hot potato? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al Speaks with David Holt president of the Consumer Energy Alliance.
Can the earth continue to feed it's inhabitants without depleting all our natural resources? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with National Geographic's Joel Bourne.
With Israeli-Arab conflict continually in the news, an unbiased look into why efforts toward peace consistently fail could not be more important.
Anxiety and fear are natural responses to threats. When they become excessive in duration, frequency, or intensity, an anxiety disorder arises. These conditions are the most prevalent of psychiatric problems, affecting about forty million adults in the United States, roughly 20 % of the populat
One Man Against the World the new book by Pulitzer Prize winning author Tim Weiner paints a devastating portrait of a tortured yet brilliant man who led the country largely according to a deep-seated insecurity and distrust of not only his cabinet and congress, but the American populati
According to Tom Butler, editorial director at the Foundation for Deep Ecology and editor of the book Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot the earth can no longer sustain the ever-growing problem of population growth.
In December 1941, as American forces tallied the dead at Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt gathered with his senior military counselors to plan an ambitious counterstrike against the heart of the Japanese Empire: Tokyo. Four months later, on April 18, 1942, sixteen U.S.
There are few more iconic moments in American history than the April 9, 1865 surrender of Robert E. Lee to Ulysses Grant at the McClean house in Appomattox, Virginia. Although armies remained in the field, the surrender, for practical purposes, ended the Civil War.
In recent decades, America has been waging a veritable war on fat in which not just public health authorities, but every sector of society is engaged in constant “fat talk” aimed at educating, badgering, and ridiculing heavy people into shedding pounds.
This week Al is joined by Jonathan W. Jordan, New York Times bestselling author. His new book AMERICAN WARLORDS: How Roosevelt’s High Command Led America to Victory in World War II commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.
The clock is ticking for Congress to vote on whether to reauthorize section 215 of the Patriot Act—the authority that the NSA has interpreted to allow the U.S. government to vacuum up the call records of millions of Americans.
When David McCullough Jr. son of Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough gave a commencement address late one the afternoon in June, 2012, to the senior class of the public high school in Wellesley, Massachusetts where he is an English teacher, his message caught fire.
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