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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Internet guru Jaron Lanier joins us to talk about how the Web is transforming our lives—for better and for worse. And we’ll talk to the curators of a new exhibition of 7,000-year-old artifacts from the Danube Valley. Then, we investigate western literature’s Sigmund Freud complex! And our latest Underreported segments look at a new geo-engineering proposal that involves injecting carbon dioxide into rocks under New York Harbor, and at why the UN is scaling back its fraud and corruption investigations.

Not a Gadget

Jaron Lanier has been a Silicon Valley visionary since the 1980s. He talks about the ways the World Wide has changed commerce and culture in good ways and bad. In his book You Are Not a Gadget, he looks at the Web’s creation and structure and the technical and ...

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The Lost World of Old Europe

Jennifer Chi, Associate Director for Exhibitions and Public Programs at Institute of the Study of the Ancient World, and David Anthony, Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at Hartwick College, discuss the exhibition "The Lost World of Old Europe: The Danube Valley, 5000–3500 BC," on view ...

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Freud and Fiction

In 1909, Sigmund Freud made his one and only trip to the United States of America. A century later, however, he continues to reappear in American literature. Novelists Selden Edwards (The Little Book) and Brenda Webster (Vienna Triangle) explain the enduring fascination with the father of psychotherapy and ...

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Underreported: Geoengineering in New York Harbor

Geoengineering projects aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change are gaining traction following the failure of the Copenhagen Climate talks last year. A new paper released by a team of Columbia scientists proposes injecting and storing carbon-dioxide emissions into basalt rock formations under the sea, including the area right ...

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Underreported: UN Cutting Back on Fraud Investigations

In 2006, the United Nations established an anticorruption task force. During its brief existence the unit uncovered at least 20 major schemes affecting more than $1 billion in foreign aid and UN contracts. The UN shuttered the unit in 2009 and transferred its responsibilities to another part of the organization. ...

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