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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

On today’s show, former Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich explains why he thinks the triumph of global capitalism has made democracy less effective. Then, actor Alan Alda shares how he strived to create a meaningful life after a nearly fatal intestinal obstruction. Also, we look at an internationally renowned Japanese silent film star from the early 1900s. Plus, a law-and-economics guru on how number-crunching can affect everyday life in some surprising ways.

Guests:

Alan Alda and Robert B. Reich

Supercapitalism

Former Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich believes that the triumph of global capitalism has come at the cost of democracy. In Supercapitalism, he argues that power has shifted away from us as citizens and toward us as consumers and investors. He joins Leonard to explain how we can separate ...

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Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself

When actor and author Alan Alda recovered from a nearly fatal intestinal obstruction, he decided to live as if he’d been given a second life. In Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, he shares the questions and answers he grappled with as he tried to make his new life ...

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The Film Career of Sessue Hayakawa

In Sessue Hayakawa, Daisuke Miyao describes the work of the famed Japanese actor. Although he is best known today for his Oscar-nominated turn as a Japanese military officer in “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” Hayakawa was an internationally renowned silent film star in the early 1900s, as recognizable as ...

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Super Crunchers

Ian Ayres is considered a law-and-economics guru. In Super Crunchers, he argues that the recent creation of huge data sets allows knowledgeable individuals to make previously impossible predictions. He even concludes that statistical methods are more accurate than the more intuitive conclusions drawn by experts. He joins Leonard to explain ...

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