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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

A majority of Americans think that the Republican Party is better than the Democratic Party at keeping the US safe. But Samantha Power discusses how Senator Barack Obama and his Democratic colleagues can convince voters that they're better on national security. Also, Bruce M. Beehler on his three decades of studying tropical rainforests. And how the American Mafia owned Cuba and then lost it to the revolution. Plus, a look at the science of fear.

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Bruce M. Beehler and Samantha Power

Samantha Power on the Democrats & National Security

Since the Vietnam War, the Republican Party has developed a reputation for having a superior approach to national security. But Samantha Power believes that their policies have actually failed to keep us safe. In her recent article from the New York Review of Books, called "The Democrats & ...

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Adventures in the Tropical Rainforest

Few scientists have worked in as many rain forests across the world as Bruce M. Beehler. In Lost Worlds: Adventures in the Rainforest, he describes his three decades of studying the birds, tropical ecology, and indigenous peoples of the tropical forest.

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When the Mob Owned Cuba

Decades before the 1959 revolution, the “Havana Mob” of American gangsters, led by financier Meyer Lansky, controlled Cuba. T.J. English writes of this bygone era in Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution.

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The Science of Fear

Why are we sometimes afraid of things that we know we shouldn’t be? Using academic research and everyday experience, Daniel Gardner answers this question in The Science of Fear: Why We Fear the Things We Shouldn’t – and Put Ourselves in Greater Danger.

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