Taking Chances

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Monday, August 04, 2008

Hold on to your lucky charms, because Leonard Mlodinow believes that randomness and chance play a greater role in our everyday lives than we may think. Also, our Underappreciated summer reading series looks at arguably the best Catalan novel of all time. And the poetry of major Filipino writer José Garcia Villa. Plus, Congresswoman Diana DeGette on her fight against the Bush administration's politicization of science.


Congresswoman Diana DeGette and Leonard Mlodinow

Stem Cells and the White House

In August 2001, President George W. Bush effectively banned research on human embryonic stem cells. Since then, Congresswoman Diana DeGette, of Colorado’s First Congressional District, has fought the ban, as well as the general politicization of science and sex by the Bush administration and the religious right. Her new book ...

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Underappreciated: Mercè Rodoreda

We continue our Underappreciated summer reading series with a look at Mercè Rodoreda, who wrote The Time of the Doves in exile after Franco's regime began to suppress her native Catalan language and culture. A powerful story of a young shopkeeper living through the Spanish civil war, it’s considered ...

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The Poetry of José Garcia Villa

Known as the “Pope of Greenwich Village,” Filipino writer José Garcia Villa was the only Asian poet among the literary giants of 1940s New York. John Edwin Cowen and Luis H. Francia discuss Doveglion, the centennial edition of Villa’s collected poetry.

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Random Rules

It’s quintessentially human to think that success or failure can be attributed to a clear and obvious cause. But Leonard Mlodinow believes that randomness and chance play a more profound role than we like to think. His new book is The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our ...

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