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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

On today’s show: Geneticist Bryan Sykes takes us on a double helixed tour of America. Michael Sandel takes a look at the moral limits of the free market. Today’s installment of A History of the World in 100 Objects examines a 16th-century mechanical clock in the shape of a galleon. Ballet dancer Natalia Makarova talks about her legendary career. Publishers Amy Einhorn and Ben Schrank discuss the future of books, and how the publishing industry creates bestsellers.


Geneticist Bryan Sykes discusses examining America, one of the most genetically diverse countries in the world, through its DNA, and what it says about how we perceive race. His book DNA USA: A Genetic Portrait of America takes readers on a historical genetic tour, interviewing genealogists, geneticists, anthropologists, and everyday Americans about their ancestral stories.

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The Moral Limits of Markets

Michael Sandel explains how, in recent decades, market values have taken over almost every aspect of life—medicine, education, government, law, art, sports, even family life and personal relations. He argues that our market economy has changed our society. His book What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, he examines how this shift happened and looks at the proper role of markets in a democratic society.

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Dancer Natalia Makarova

Legendary ballet dancer (and Tony-winner) Natalia Makarova, considered the best ballerina of the 20th century, talks about her life and career. She defected from the Soviet Union in 1970 and was the first artistic exile to be invited back to perform in the Soviet Union. Makarova will be honored at special tribute evening on April 28 by Youth America Grand Prix, the world's larges student ballet scholarship competition.

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The Changing World of Book Publishing

Amy Einhorn, Publisher and Vice President of Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, and Ben Schrank, President and Publisher of Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, talk about the changing business of book publishing and how, as editors, they try to predict which books will be bestsellers.

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