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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

We look into whether Earth really is in danger of becoming uninhabitable for humans in the near future. Also: how to feed birds responsibly. Find out about the history of birdwatching in America. Fiona Maazel on her debut novel. And a discussion on the role of debates and arguments in the U.S. political process.

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Fiona Maazel

Argumentative Americans

Political journalist Howard Fineman says that every single political argument in the U.S. can be boiled down to thirteen distinct issues, like “Who is a person?” and “Who is an American?” Fineman also says that as long as Americans argue with each other, there’s hope for the future. His new ...

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How to be a Responsible Bird Feeder

Some experts are concerned that improper birdfeeding can disrupt birds’ natural migration and breeding patterns over the long term. Ornithologist Dr. David Bonter of Cornell University’s Project FeederWatch tells us how we can feed birds responsibly.

Weigh in: Do you think NYC is a good place ...

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The History of Birdwatching in America

There are millions of birders in the U.S. today. Find out the history of birdwatching in America, from the colonial times to the present. Scott Weidensaul’s recent book is Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding.

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Fiona Maazel’s Novel Last Last Chance

Fiona Maazel’s debut novel is Last Last Chance follows the adventures of Lucy, a young woman with a family history of drug addiction who works at a kosher chicken plant in New York City.

Events: Fiona Maazel will be in conversation with Jim Shepard
Wednesday, April 23 at ...

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Questioning Earth’s Future

How likely is it that Earth will become uninhabitable for humans in the near future? James Gustave Speth, dean of Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, tells us what we need to do to save it for future generations. He’s the author of The Bridge at the Edge ...

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