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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Today's show is an encore edition of some of our favorite interviews from the past few months. First, former U.S. Senator Max Cleland talks about his experience in war and politics. Then, one woman tells her story of rowing the Atlantic Ocean. Then, we’ll hear about a plague that swept across parts of Europe in the 1500s that caused people to dance without stopping. Plus, Amir Aczel explains the history of the scientific race to harness radioactivity.


Max Cleland

Heart of a Patriot

Max Cleland talks about his government career and his tough reelection campaign. His memoir Heart of a Patriot: How I Found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, Walter Reed and Karl Rove is about the joy he gained serving his country, no matter the cost, and how he recovered from ...

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Rowing the Atlantic

Roz Savage discusses leaving her corporate career to take up a life of adventure. She was the first solo woman ever to enter the 3,000-mile Atlantic Rowing Race. In Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean, she describes the harrowing journey and how it led her to ...


The Dancing Plague

John Waller describes a bizarre dancing epidemic that struck Europe in the 1500s. In The Dancing Plague: The Strange, True Story of an Extraordinary Illness, he looks into the strange capabilities of the human mind and examines on our susceptibility to mass hysteria.


Uranium Wars

Science writer Amir Aczel examines the scientific discovery of nuclear power. Uranium Wars: The Scientific Rivalry that Created the Nuclear Age tells the story of the scientists who first uncovered the potential of uranium, and the complex and ongoing story of uranium itself, an element that both provides abundant ...

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