Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, People in the Amazon, the Rise of Big Data

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor talks about the history of the high court and her place in it. Mark Plotkin discusses the isolated tribes that still live deep in the Amazon forest, with little or no contact with the outside world. Elizabeth Graver talks about her latest novel, The End of the Point. And we’ll look at big data and how it will affect our economy, scientific discovery, and revolutionize our daily lives.

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor talks to Leonard Lopate about being the first woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court, and discusses the history and evolution of the highest court in the land. Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court traces the transformation of the Supreme Court from its uncertain beginnings into the institution that thrives and endures today.

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The Lost Tribes of the Amazon

Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin, founder of the Amazon Conservation Team, talks about the “uncontacted,” isolated groups living deep in the South American forest resist the ways of the modern world. He's featured in the article “The Lost Tribes of the Amazon,” by Joshua Hammer, in the March issue of Smithsonian magazine.

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Elizabeth Graver's Novel The End of the Point

Elizabeth Graver talks about her new novel, The End of the Point. The story charts the dramatic changes in the lives of three generations of one remarkable family, and the summer place that both shelters and isolates them.


The Big Data Revolution

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger explores the hottest trend in technology—big data—and how it will affect the economy, science, and society at large. “Big data” refers to our burgeoning ability to crunch vast collections of information, analyze it instantly, and draw sometimes profoundly surprising conclusions from it. Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think shows how this emerging science can translate myriad phenomena—from the price of airline tickets to the text of millions of books—into searchable form, and uses our increasing computing power to reach epiphanies that we never could have seen before.

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Guest Picks: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about the history of the high court and her place in it as the first female Supreme Court Justice. She also told us about what she's been reading, watching, eating, and playing recently!

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