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Friday, October 05, 2012

Jeffrey Toobin, of The New Yorker and CNN, takes a close look at the Supreme Court’s often contentious relationship with the White House. Janet Wallach tells the story of America’s first female tycoon, Hetty Green. Louise Erdrich discusses her new novel, The Round House. Please Explain is all about cloud computing and data barns.

Jeffrey Toobin on The Oath

Jeffrey Toobin takes a close look at the Supreme Court and its relationship to the White House. His new book The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court documents how, from the moment Chief Justice John Roberts blundered through the Oath of Office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Barack Obama and John Roberts are completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue.

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The Richest Woman in America

Janet Wallach tells the story of America's first female tycoon, Hetty Green. Her biography, The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age, revives a rarely mentioned queen of American finance, who, at the time of her death in 1916, was worth at least 100 million dollars, equal to more than 2 billion dollars today.

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Louise Erdrich's The Round House

Louise Erdrich discusses her new novel, The Round House, which is set on a reservation in North Dakota. It's about a boy whose life is irrevocably transformed after his mother is attacked.

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Please Explain: Cloud Computing and Data Barns

From Apple's iCloud to Dropbox, cloud computing is becoming an increasingly important and useful part of digital life. This week's Please Explain is about the physical structures that make cloud computing possible, and their hidden impact on the environment. We're joined by James Glanz from The New York Times, who spent a year investigating the physical structures that make up and support cloud computing, and Dennis Symanski, Senior Project Manager at the Electric Power Research Institute.

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