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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Rory Stewart explains what he learned about nation building from his experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan as both a soldier and diplomat. Alfred Portale, the chef at the Gotham Bar & Grill, is joined by tomato farmer Tim Stark to discuss the collaboration between chefs and the farmers at the greenmarket. Amy Waldman tells us about her new novel, The Submission. Plus, an expert in nonverbal communications takes a look at the social and psychological impacts of smiling.

Can Intervention Work?

Rory Stewart, a member of the British Parliament, discusses political and military interventions and examines what we can—and cannot—achieve through "nation building." Can Intervention Work?, written with Gerald Knaus, looks at how the massive, military-driven efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkans, the expansion of the EU, and the "color" revolutions in the former Soviet states affect international relations, human rights, and our understanding of state building.

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Greenmarket to Gotham

Alfred Portale, Executive Chef & Partner of Gotham Bar & Grill, and Tim Stark, of Eckerton Hill Farms, discusses “Greenmarket to Gotham.” All summer, Gotham has featured a different farmer each week and (almost) exclusively uses their produce for a two-course, vegetarian lunch menu (for $25). The series is also a fundraiser for Grow NYC's program "Grow to Learn" that helps schools plan, implement and manage their school gardens. Tim Stark's farms, in Pennsylvania, are famous for their tomatoes and chiles; he’s also the author of Heirloom: Notes from an Accidental Tomato Farmer.

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Amy Waldman on The Submission

Amy Waldman discusses her new novel, The Submission . It tells the story of a jury in Manhattan called to select a memorial design for the victims of a devastating terrorist attack. When the jurors open the envelope containing the anonymous winner’s name, they discover he is an American Muslim. Their choice casts them into roiling debate about grief, art, Islam, and how to remember, and understand, a national tragedy.

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Smiles in Life, Death, Trust, Lies, Work, Memory, Sex, and Politics

Marianne LaFrance, an expert in nonverbal communication, discusses the science of smiles and their extraordinary social impact. Lip Service: Smiles in Life, Death, Trust, Lies, Work, Memory, Sex, and Politics draws on her research and the latest studies in psychology, medicine, anthropology, biology, and computer science to explore the science behind the smile, revealing that this familiar expression is not as simple as it may seem.

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