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Monday, July 05, 2010

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter discusses the current state of the mental health care in America. Then, Pam Grier talks about her life, and a career that's been filled with many memorable roles, like Jackie Brown! Also, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein talks about her novel 36 Arguments for the Existence of God. And Timothy Ferris examines the links between science and democracy.

Rosalynn Carter on the Mental Health Crisis

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter talks about her 35 years of advocacy work in the field of mental health. She describes a system that continues to fail those in need. In Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis, she gives a powerful account of a subject previously shrouded in stigma and shadow.

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Foxy Pam Grier

Pam Grier, best known for her roles as Foxy Brown, Friday Foster, Coffy, and Jackie Brown, talks about her life and career. In her memoir Foxy: My Life in Three Acts, she discusses her relationships with famous men like Richard Pryor, her experiences as a backup singer and a blaxploitation star, and her battle with cancer.

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Rebecca Newberger Goldstein's 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: A Work of Fiction explores why people refuse to embrace skepticism and continue to embrace faith in God as their source of meaning, purpose, and comfort.

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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 inspired by the scientific revolution have led to the growth of free and democratic societies around the world.

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