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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

On today’s show, The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer discusses the controversy surrounding the trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the so-called Underwear Bomber. Then, we’ll look at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's new exhibition of drawings by Agnolo Bronzino, the great Florentine court artist of the Medici. Also, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein talks about her much-discussed new novel 36 Arguments for the Existence of God. And, Timothy Ferris examines the links between science and democracy.

The Trial

New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer discusses Attorney General Eric Holder and the battle over the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Her article "The Trial" appeared in the February 15 & 22 issue of The New Yorker.

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The Drawings of Bronzino

Carmen C. Bambach, curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Janet Cox-Rearick, professor of Art History at CUNY, discuss the exhibition “The Drawings of Bronzino.” It brings together nearly all of the 61 known drawings by, or attributed to, the ...

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36 Arguments for the Existence of God

Award-winning novelist and MacArthur Fellow Rebecca Newberger Goldstein explores the great debate of our day: the clash between faith and reason. Her novel 36 Arguments for the Existence of God explores why people refuse to embrace skepticism and continue to embrace faith in God as their source of meaning, ...

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The Science of Liberty

Timothy Ferris, called "the best popular science writer in the English language today" by the Christian Science Monitor, makes a case for science as the inspiration behind the rise of democracy. In The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason, and the Law of Nature, he argues that the Enlightenment values ...

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