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Monday, March 21, 2011

Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku discusses the science of the future—and what our lives may look like in the year 2100. Then, Frank Rose of Wired magazine explains the evolution of the participatory media. We’ll look at Fair Play by the late Finish novelist Tove Jansson, with her niece and translator. Rosie Perez talks about the Urban Arts Partnership. And we’ll get the latest on the political uprisings in the Middle East, from Yemen to Libya to Bahrain.

Michio Kaku on Physics of the Future

Dr. Michio Kaku, professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York and cofounder of string field theory, describes the revolutionary developments taking place in the fields of medicine, computers, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, energy, and astronautics. Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 describes future advances in science and how they will change our way of life. Kaku also tells us who the winners and losers of the future will be, who will have jobs, and which nations will prosper.

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Entertainment and the Digital Age

Frank Rose, contributing editor at Wired, discusses the evolution of the media and how it is changing entertainment. In The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories he describes the people—like Will Wright (The Sims), James Cameron (Avatar), and Damon Lindelof (Lost)—who are reshaping media for a two-way world.

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Tove Jansson's Novel Fair Play

Sophia Jansson, niece of Finish writer Tove Jansson, and translator Thomas Teal talk about the new translation of Tove Jansson’s novel Fair Play. It tells the story of the intertwined lives of Mari and Jonna—a writer and an artist—who live at opposite ends of a big apartment building.


Rosie Perez on the Urban Arts Partnership

Rosie Perez  joins us to discuss her charity, the Urban Arts Partnership, which is being featured on an upcoming episode of Cause Celeb on NBC. The show will focus on Fresh Prep, an innovative hip hop-based curriculum and teacher support program.

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The Continuing Protests Across the Middle East

The protests in Yemen and Bahrain have turned violent over the past week. Fawaz Gerges, professor of Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics, and Mustapha K. Al-Sayyid, professor of political science at The American University in Cairo and director of the Center for the Study of Developing Countries at Cairo University, describe the government reaction to the protests, how other governments in the region are reacting to the unrest, and where the protest movements go from here.


Unrest in Yemen Leading Toward Civil War?

"I think, I really fear, that the countdown to civil war in Yemen has just begun. It’s not just about protests in Yemen. You have some major defections by army generals in the last 24 hours. You have internal divisions within the ruling party of Pres. Ali Abdullah Saleh. Some elements from his own tribe are calling for him to step down. You have now a military standoff between special forces led by his son and the first division of the army of which the generals, some of his closest generals, have defected. You have turmoil engulfing most of the Yemen. You have a separatist movement in the South; you have a tribal insurgency in the North. But most important of all, I would argue, the new democratic revolt that has been sweeping the Arab world has reached Yemen with a vengeance."

Fawaz Gerges, professor of Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics. For more of the interview, click here

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