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Monday, January 02, 2012

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Today's show is a best-of, so we won't be taking any calls. But the comments page is always open!

The Occupy Student Debt movement has inspired a debate about whether a mass default on student loans is a good idea. Activists make their case and discuss solutions to the massive debt problem. Then: Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee on a women's peace movement in Liberia. Plus: how narrative can explain human rights; Frances Moore Lappe and her daughter Anna Lappe on food and the environment; and evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins on how we know what's real.

OWS and Student Loans

OWS wants people to default on their student loan debts. Anya Kamenetz, senior writer for Fast Company magazine and author of DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, and Generation Debt, discusses the idea and other news around higher education financing. 

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Thoughtful Response to Environmental Crises

Small Planet Institute co-founders, Frances Moore Lappe and Anna Lappe, argue that it isn't physical challenges like climate change that threten us the most, but how we think about them. Frances, author of Diet for a Small Planet, also discusses her new book EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want

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Pray The Devil Back to Hell

Leymah Gbowee, Liberian activist and winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize and author with Carol Mithers of Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War, talks about her work and the documentary about her life that aired on PBS. She is joined by the director of Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Gini Reticker

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Narrative Threads

Lawrence Weschler, director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, revisits some of his past "adventures," in essays on topics ranging from digital imagery to human rights in the Balkans and Rwanda. 

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How We Know What's Really True

Evolutionary biologist and author of The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True, Richard Dawkins, talks about his new graphic science book illustrated by Dave McKean which explores what we should teach our kids about science and the world and why. 

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