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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mannahatta, 1609. Mannahatta, 1609. (Copyright ©Markley Boyer/The Manahatta Project/Wildlife Conservation Society.)

John Hope Bryant, the founder of Operation HOPE, explains how the poor can help revitalize our economy. We’ll find out what life is like aboard an aircraft carrier that’s home to 5,000 sailors and pilots. Boris Fishman on his novel, A Replacement Life, about a man who’s asked to forge a claim for Holocaust restitution. And a look at the fight between nature and man in one of the most man-made spots on Earth -- New York City.

How the Poor Can Save Capitalism

John Hope Bryant, founder of the nonprofit Operation HOPE, says business and political leaders are ignoring the one force that could truly re-energize the stalled American economy: the poor. After decades of deprivation, poor Americans lack bank accounts, decent credit scores, and any real firsthand experience of how a healthy free enterprise system functions. In How the Poor Can Save Capitalism, he argues that if we give poor communities the right tools, policies, and inspiration, they’ll be able to lift themselves up into the middle class and become a new generation of customers and entrepreneurs. 

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Life Aboard an Aircraft Carrier

It's the safest, most dangerous place on Earth.

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Boris Fishman on His Novel, 'A Replacement Life'

Boris Fishman talks about his novel A Replacement Life, which tells the story of Slava Gelman. A young Russian Jewish immigrant, he dreams of becoming an acclaimed journalist. When he realizes his career has hit a dead-end, he makes a decision that blurs his notions of truth, honor, and right and wrong. 

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How New York Went from Natural Paradise to Man-Made Wonder

Today, the topography of New York City contains skyscrapers, subways, and iconic bridges. But New York was once home to oyster reefs, whales, and blueberry bog thickets. In his book, Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York, Ted Steinberg brings a vanished New York back to life and tells the story of the ongoing struggle between the metropolis we know today and the natural world. 

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