Suns, Subways, Socialism

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Friday, March 27, 2009

On today’s show: We'll hear a biography of the universe -- from quarks to galaxies. Then, law professor Jedediah Purdy on the historic figures who redefined ideas about citizenship and freedom in America. Plus, John Wray discusses his new novel Lowboy. And, our latest Please Explain is all about Socialism.

The Universe

In his book You Are Here, Christopher Potter provides a portable and accessible biography of the Universe--from its formation to its eventual end and the quarks and galaxies that exist in between.

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Remaking American Freedom

Law professor Jedediah Purdy surveys the ways in which the ideals of individual liberty, dignity and fulfillment have evolved in America in A Tolerable Anarchy.

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John Wray's critically acclaimed new novel Lowboy is about a 16-year-old schizophrenic who has wandered away from the mental hospital into the subway tunnels believing that the world will end within a few hours and that only he can save it.

John Wray will be interviewed as ...


Please Explain: Socialism

The term "socialist" has been tossed around in the news lately in reference to any number of Obama Administration policies. Find out what socialism really means, where it came from, and how it got such a bad wrap. Eric Foner is Dewitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and ...

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