Inner Lives and Inner Cities

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll explore the nature of competitiveness—and how understanding why we compete provides insights into biology, economics and psychology! Then, two-time Booker Prize-winner Peter Carey discusses his new novel Parrot and Olivier in America. Also, journalist Peter Lovenheim realized he didn’t know anyone who lived on his suburban street. He’ll tell us about setting out to change that…by asking to sleep over at neighbors' houses. Plus, we’ll take a look at how cities like New York, Portland, and San Francisco are at the forefront of the urban sustainability movement.


Matthew Syed, columnist for The Times of London and a commentator for the BBC, explores our competitive nature. He explains why some people thrive under pressure while others choke and considers the value of innate talent versus practice, hard work, and will. His book Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, ...

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Parrot and Olivier in America

Two-time winner of the Booker Prize, Peter Carey, discusses his latest novel, Parrot and Olivier in America. It tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Olivier, the traumatized child of aristocrats who survived the French Revolution, and Parrot, the son of an English printer, who travel to America ...

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In the Neighborhood

Journalist and author Peter Lovenheim talks about his quest to meet his neighbors and find a sense of community on his street suburban Rochester, NY. In In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time, Lovenheim takes readers inside the homes, hearts, ...

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Emerald Cities

Author and urban planner Joan Fitzgerald, and Dan Miner, chair of Sierra Club NYC, look at how American cities are leading the way toward greener, cleaner, more sustainable forms of economic development, and looks at the role of state and national government policy in helping cities create clean technology growth. ...

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Leonard's Questions: Peter Carey

Peter Carey came in to our studios to flatter us.. and tell us what he's reading, watching, and listening to.


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