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Monday, February 01, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills discusses the role the atomic bomb played in strengthening the American presidency. Then, Mary Gordon, who often found herself at odds with those who call themselves Christians, tells us some of the surprising things she discovered in rereading the Gospels. Also, Dorothy Cann Hamilton and chef Tom Colicchio explain how to prepare for, and find, careers in the culinary world. And we’ll learn about John S. Service, the U.S. Foreign Service officer who predicted the rise of Mao in China before and eventually became one of Senator Joseph McCarthy's targets.

Bomb Power

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills reveals how the atomic bomb transformed American democracy, increasing the power of the presidency and redefining the government as a national security state. In Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State, he draws a line from the Manhattan Project to the ...

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Reading Jesus

Although she’s a lifelong Christian, Mary Gordon wondered about how well she really understood who Jesus was, so she decided to read the Gospels as literature and to study Jesus as a character. In Reading Jesus, she looks at all the fundamental stories, rediscovering and reinterpreting teachings that are ...

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Culinary Careers

Dorothy Cann Hamilton and chef Tom Colicchio discuss how to prepare for, and find, careers of all kinds in the culinary world. Hamilton’s book Love What You Do: Building a Career in the Culinary Industry outlines how to discover your passions, strengths and weaknesses, and how to decide what ...

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Honorable Survivor

Emmy award-winning journalist Lynne Joiner chronicles the experiences of John S. Service, a U.S. Foreign Service officer in wartime China. Her biography Honorable Survivor tells how Service predicted Mao Tse-tung's revolution long before anyone else even knew the Chinese Communists were a potent force, and how it lead to ...

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Leonard's Questions: Dorothy Cann Hamilton

Dorothy Cann Hamilton tells us what she's a fan of after her appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.


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