Megatrends, Miners, and the Human Mind

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Monday, January 11, 2010

John and Doris Naisbitt were given unprecedented access to all of China’s provinces and cities…they'll tell us what they found about the changing country. Then, renowned paleontologist Peter Ward explains why he thinks only one of the Earth’s mass extinctions was caused by outside forces. Also, we’ll get a glimpse into the lives of Sandhogs, miners who work 800 feet below the street of Manhattan who are digging a 60-mile-long City Water Tunnel. Plus, Alan Alda, host of a three-part PBS series on what makes us human.

China's Megatrends

John Naisbitt, a long-time China observer, and Doris Naisbitt, director of the Naisbitt China Institute in Tianjin and a professor at Yunnan University, talk about the transformation of China′s economic, social, and political systems. Their book China's Megatrends: The 8 Pillars of a New Society argues that China is ...

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The Medea Hypothesis

Renowned paleontologist Peter Ward argues that life might be its own worst enemy. He proposes a provocative vision of life's relationship with the Earth's biosphere in The Medea Hypothesis: Is Life on Earth Ultimately Self-Destructive? Ward’s proposes that all but one of the mass extinctions on Earth were caused ...

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Sandhogs Under New York

Photographer Gina LeVay geologist-Sandhog Scott Chessman talk about Sandhogs, the miners who work 800 feet below the streets of Manhattan, tunneling through bedrock to build the largest unified infrastructure project in New York City history—the 60-mile-long City Water Tunnel #3. LeVay’s book Sandhogs is a portrait of the hidden ...

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What Makes Us Human

Alan Alda, talks about hosting—and participating in experiments for—the three-part PBS series "The Human Spark." It looks into the question "what makes us human," from anthropological, social, and scientific viewpoints.

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