Micro-trends, Marriage, and Medicine

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Mark Penn, Burson-Marsteller CEO and former campaign advisor to Hillary Clinton, explains the micro-trends he thinks are shaping our culture. Then we'll get an update on the elections in Kurdistan. Plus, our summer reading series, Underappreciated, returns. Novelist Rafael Yglesias talks about A Happy Marriage. And three scientists from Brooklyn College discuss the complexities of drug research.


Burson-Marsteller CEO, and campaign advisor to Senator Hillary Clinton, Mark Penn, discusses the ever-splintering subsets that Americans identify with, and what they mean. In Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow’s Big Changes, Penn draws lessons from small but influential groups such as "soccer moms" and "Nascar dads," and ...

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Kurdish Election Results

Elections were held in Kurdistan this past weekend. We'll parse the results with former Boston Globe international correspondent Aliza Marcus, who recently returned from south Kurdistan. Her book is called Blood and Belief: The PKK and the Kurdish Fight for Independence.


Underappreciated: Alamut

On our first Underappreciated segment of the summer, we look at the Slovenian novel Alamut, by Vladimir Bartol, a story that takes place in 11th-century Persia. It was originally published in 1938 and was widely translated, but wasn’t published in English until 2004. Michael Biggins, the translator of ...

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A Happy Marriage

Rafael Yglesias discusses his latest novel, A Happy Marriage. The story alternates between describing the romantic misadventures of the first weeks of the courtship of Enrique and Margaret and the final months of Margaret's life as she says good-bye to her family, friends, children, and her husband, Enrique, ...

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The Art of Drug Design

Maria Contel, Roberto Sanchez-Delgado, and Richard Magliozzo, professors from Brooklyn College who are working on pharmaceutical research, talk about the complexities of their work, and how to strike a balance among the human, technical, and financial resources available to them without compromising their findings.

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