Man and Myth

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Paleontologist Ian Tattersall discusses why homo sapiens emerged as the dominant human group. The director of the new documentary “The Island President” and the deposed leader of the Maldives discuss his rise and dramatic fall. Today’s installment of the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects looks at the Hedwig glass beaker. Ellen Ullman talks about her new novel By Blood. And the authors of The Self Made Myth talk about the role government has played in helping individuals and businesses succeed.

Masters of the Planet

Paleontologist Ian Tattersall discusses the wide range of other early humans and looks at why homo sapiens were vaulted forward. Masters of the Planet explains the physical traits and cognitive abilities that made homo sapiens stand apart and thrive.

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Mohamed Nasheed and Jon Shenk on “The Island President”

On February 7, 2012, Mohamed Nasheed, the democratically elected president of the Maldives, was forced to resign in a coup d'etat orchestrated by the military and forces loyal to the country’s former dictator. President Nasheed and Jon Shenk, director of the documentary “The Island President,” discuss confronting the survival of the country. “The Island President” is playing March 28–April 10 at Film Forum.

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Ellen Ullman Talks about Her Novel By Blood

Ellen Ullman talks about her new novel, By Blood, set in San Francisco in the 1970s. A disgraced professor takes an office in a downtown office building and listens in on the conversations next door between a psychologist and one of her patients. The professor is pulled into the patient’s questions of her own identity.

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The Self-Made Myth

Brian Miller and Mike Lapham argue that how we view the creation of wealth and individual success shapes our choices on taxes, regulation, public investments in schools and infrastructure, and CEO pay. Their book The Self-Made Myth: And the Truth about How Government Helps Individuals and Businesses Succeed investigates profiles business leaders who recognize the public investments and support that helped them succeed—including Warren Buffett, Ben Cohen of Ben and Jerry’s, and New Belgium Brewing CEO Kim Jordan.

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