The Rising Tide

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Guest host Jonathan Capehart fills in for Leonard. He’ll speak with Sylvia Nasar about the birth of modern economics, and how economists from Marx to Keynes to Friedman changed the world! Then journalist and commentator Touré talks about his new book Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness. Tony D’Souza tells us about his new novel, Mule. Plus, we’ll examine the strategic importance of Burma, and how its giant neighbors China and India are influencing it.


Jonathan Capehart

The Story of Economic Genius

Sylvia Nasar talks about the birth of modern economics, and how it rescued mankind from squalor and deprivation. In Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius Nasar looks at the role of Charles Dickens and Henry Mayhew in bringing to light the conditions of the poor majority in mid-19th-century London, the richest city in the world. She describes how activist thinkers—from Marx, Engels, Alfred Marshall, Beatrice and Sydney Webb, and the American Irving Fisher to John Maynard Keynes and American economists Paul Samuelson and Milton Freedman to India’s Amartya Sen—transformed the world.

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Touré on What It Means to Be Black Now

Commentator and journalist Touré tackles what it means to be Black in America today, at a time when racial attitudes have become more complicated and nuanced than ever before. In Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now he examines the concept of “Post-Blackness” and tells how race and racial expectations have shaped his own life and the lives of luminaries such as Reverend Jesse Jackson, Cornel West, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Malcolm Gladwell, Kara Walker, Soledad O'Brien, and Chuck D.

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Tony D’Souza on His Novel Mule

Tony D’Souza talks about Mule: A Novel of Moving Weight, the story of a young couple who turn to drug trafficking to make it through the recession. It captures the anxieties of young people facing a vanishing American Dream and of entering into the criminal world.

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Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia

Thant Myint-U describes the remote region suddenly a geopolitical center of the world—Burma, where Asia’s great powers appear to be vying for supremacy. Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia looks at the ways China and India are becoming exposed to each other as never before, and how the basic shift in geography will lead to unprecedented connections among the three billion people of Southeast Asia and the Far East.

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Tribute: Wangari Maathai

Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, when she was recognized for her work in sustainable development. In 1977, she launched the Green Belt movement, putting thousands of Kenyan women to work planting trees to restore the country’s forests. She traveled the world discussing the connections between poverty and environmental deterioration. She died recently at the age of 71 and you can hear her 2006 conversation with Leonard Lopate.

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