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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

On today’s show: a panel discussion representing different outlooks on the controversial natural gas extraction technique known as fracking. Kambri Crews shares her experience growing up with two deaf parents in rural Texas. The BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects continues with a look at a Hebrew astrolabe, an ancient scientific device used to calculate the time of day. Plus, the former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council talks about North Korea’s troubled present and uncertain future.

The Perils and Promise of Fracking

Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica reporter; Mark Boling, executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary at Southwestern Energy; and Stu Gruskin, consultant and former executive deputy of New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, discuss fracking—how it works, its pros and cons, its promise and perils.

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Kambri Crews on Her Memoir Burn Down the Ground

Kambri Crews discusses her unconventional childhood with deaf parents in rural Texas. Her memoir, Burn Down the Ground, recounts how, as a child, she had wished she'd been born deaf so that she could also be part of the tight-knit Deaf community that embraced her parents, but she witnessed how the isolation at accompanied her father's deafness unlocked a fierce temper.

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North Korea, Past and Future

Victor D. Cha, the former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council discusses North Korea, the world's most controversial and isolated country. His book The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future documents the rise of the Kim family dynasty, and the obsessive personality cult that empowers them, and he illuminates the repressive regime's complex economy and culture.

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