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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

William D. Cohan tells the story of the 142 year history of Goldman Sachs—from its beginnings to its 2007 bet against the housing market—and looks at why it has been hiring former CIA operatives! Katie Couric talks about her career and her plans for life after CBS news. We’ll look at how feminist writers like Betty Friedan have influenced one woman’s life. And Rhodes Scholar and Navy Seal Eric Greitens discusses his work with disabled veterans and how a person can be both a warrior and a humanitarian at the same time.

William D. Cohan on How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World

William D. Cohan tells how Goldman Sachs became the most dominant, feared, and controversial investment bank in the world. In Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World, Cohan chronicles Goldman's rise and looks at its corporate culture, reputation, and the firm’s cultivation of powerful people. Robert Rubin and Henry Paulson, who both became Secretaries of the Treasury, are two of the powerful people under discussion. Their actions surrounding the financial crisis fueled much controversy and conspiracy theories.

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Katie Couric

Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, talks about her career in television news, her work raising awareness of colon cancer, and what her next move might be. Her book The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives is a compilation of stories and tips from people she’s met—from Malcolm Gladwell to Meryl Streep to Madeleine Albright to Mario Batali—on how to take chances, follow passions, deal with criticism and change the world.

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Reading Women

Stephanie Staal discusses how rereading Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique led her to reread the great feminist works she first read as an undergraduate. Reading Women: How the Great Books of Feminism Changed My Life explores the significance and relevance of these classic books.

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The Heart and the Fist

Eric Greitens, a Rhodes Scholar and Navy SEAL, talks about his volunteer and aid work, and his experiences leading US Marines in Iraq, as well as his work with severely wounded and disabled veterans. He shares his story of service as both a humanitarian and a soldier in his memoir The Heart and the Fist.

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