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Monday, April 16, 2012

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd discusses women in politics, the Hillary Clinton internet meme, and more news from DC. Plus: civil rights attorney Chase Madar talks about Bradley Manning, the suspect in the security breach behind WikiLeaks; Dr. Robert Zubrin makes the scientific and moral case against anti-humanism in his new book Merchants of Despair; and Vassar College professor and robotics lab director John Long connects the development of robots and the study of evolution in his new book.

Shoulder Pad Feminism

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd discusses politics, Texts from Hillary and Hilary Rosen.

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Bradley Manning: Hero or Traitor?

Chase Madar, civil rights attorney and author of the new book The Passion of Bradley Manning, discusses the Army soldier who revealed the content of classified documents through WikiLeaks. 

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Debating the Internet

Siva Vaidhyanathan, chair of the Media Studies Department at the University of Virginia and the author of The Googlization of Everything: (And Why We Should Worry), previews his Intelligence Squared defense of the argument that, "When it comes to politics, the Internet is closing our minds."

→ Event: Intelligence Squared debate with Eli Pariser, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Evgeny Morozov and Jacob Weisberg on Tuesday, April 17 at the NYU Skirball Center. Watch Live.

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Merchants of Despair

Dr. Robert Zubrin, fellow at the Center for Security Policy, contributing editor to The New Atlantis, and author of Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism, makes the scientific and moral case against antihumanism.

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Teaching Evolution with Biorobots

John Long talks to us about how robotics offers an innovative approach to the study of evolution. Long is a professor of biology and cognitive science at Vassar College, chair of  the Biology Department, director of Vassar's Interdisciplinary Robotics Research Lab and author of Darwin's Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology

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