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Monday, August 27, 2012

On today’s show: We’ll bring you the latest from the Republican National Convention. Marilynne Robinson talks about her new collection of essays, When I Was a Child I Read Books, and shares her thoughts on issues from from global debt to her Christian faith. We’ll look a new exhibit at MoMA about design for children throughout the 20th century. James Howard Kunstler explains why he thinks our faith in technology—and optimistic proclamations about the future—are based on a lot of magical thinking.

At the Republican National Convention

WNYC’s Bob Hennelly gives us an update from the Republican National Convention and what to expect from the party this week.

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Craig Unger on the Republican National Convention

Vanity Fair’ contributing editor Craig Unger looks at what we can expect from the convention and the role money will play in this election. He's the author of the forthcoming book Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power.

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Marilynne Robinson on Reading and Thinking

Novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson talks about her new collection of essays, When I Was a Child I Read Books. She tackles the global debt crisis, the charged political and social political climate, the role of generosity in Christian faith, and talks about her own childhood in Idaho.

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Century of the Child at MoMA

Curator Juliet Kinchin discusses the exhibition “Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000,” a survey of 20th-century design for children, that brings together school architecture, playgrounds, toys and games, animation, clothing, safety equipment and therapeutic products, nurseries, furniture, and books. “Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000” is on view at MoMA through November 5.

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Technology and the Fate of the Nation

James Howard Kunstler argues that the visions of future technologies that can solve all our problems have misled us. He presents a much more sober image of the future in Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation and argues that we need pragmatic preparation for the future—and the many environmental problems we’ll likely face.

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