The Environment and the Economy; Chuck Klosterman; What Unites Americans; Murder Mystery on Long Island

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Environmentalist Amy Larkin explains why we need to translate the costs of global warming and extreme weather into dollar amounts—and start paying up. Chuck Klosterman talks villains, and what we’re really saying when we call someone bad or evil. Philip Caputo on what he learned while traveling from the United States’ most southern point to its most northern point. And reporter Robert Kolker discusses the murders of women on Long Island who used Craigslist to advertise as escorts, and the investigation to find the killer.

The Hidden Environmental Costs of a Global Economy

The costs of global warming, extreme weather, pollution and other forms of “environmental debt” are wreaking havoc on the economy, argues Amy Larkin. In Environmental Debt: The Hidden Costs of a Changing Global Economy she proposes a new framework for 21st century commerce, based on three principles: 1) Pollution can no longer be free; 2) All businesses should take the long view; and 3) Government must play a vital role in boosting clean technology and growth while protecting the environment.

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Chuck Klosterman: I Wear the Black Hat

When we classify someone as a bad person, what are we really saying?

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Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean

Philip Caputo talks about his journey across America, from the nation’s southernmost point to the northernmost point reachable by road, with an Airstream in tow. Along the way he asked Americans what unites and divides a country. In The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean, he looks at how the United States, peopled by every race on earth, remain united despite all the conflicts that could cause us to pull apart.

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An Unsolved Mystery on Long Island

In early 2011, the bodies of four young women were discovered in the brush off Ocean Parkway on Long Island, setting off an investigation into who they were and who killed them. All four women were petite and in their 20s and they all advertised as escorts on Craigslist and Backpage. Award-winning investigative reporter Robert Kolker tells the story of these unsolved murders. In Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery, he reveals who these women were, looks at the shadow world of escorts in the Internet age, and writes about the police investigation.

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Chuck Klosterman at WNYC July 22, 2013

Guest Picks: Chuck Klosterman

Chuck Klosterman, the Ethicist for the New York Times Magazine, was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his book, I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined). He also shared some of his more unexpected interests, including wildebeests. 


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