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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Anita Hill discusses how the current housing crisis is jeopardizing the American Dream and setting many families across the country adrift. Lawrence Bergreen looks at the three voyages that Christopher Columbus made after his first encounter with the New World in 1492. Russell Banks discusses his latest novel, Lost Memory of Skin. And, we'll take a look at the growing dangers of the digital age: cybercrime, cyberwarfare, and cyberindustrial espionage.


Anita Hill on Home, Gender, and Race

When Anita Hill testified during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings in 1991, she sparked a national conversation on sexual harassment and women's equality in politics and the workplace. Now she turns her attention to another symbol of economic success and equality—the home. Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home looks at how the current housing crisis is devastating to families, communities, and cities.

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The Four Voyages of Columbus

Laurence Bergreen gives an account of Christopher Columbus, whose 1492 voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in and his unexpected landfall in the Americas is a watershed event in world history. In Columbus: The Four Voyages, he looks at the three later voyages Columbus made searching for a route to China.

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Lost Memory of Skin, by Russell Banks

Russell Banks talks about his new novel, Lost Memory of Skin. Suspended in a strangely modern-day version of limbo, the young man at the center of the story must create a life for himself after he’s released from jail. With nowhere else to go, he takes up residence under a south Florida causeway.

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Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You

Misha Glenny explores the three fundamental threats facing us in the 21st century: cybercrime, cyberwarfare, and cyberindustrial espionage. Darkmarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You explores the rise and fall of the criminal website DarkMarket and looks at the new, ever-changing, often invisible, breed of criminal: the hacker.


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