Big Blue and the Big Blue Book

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Washington D.C. Capitol building in a cloudy sunrise with mirror reflection. (Orhan Cam/Shutterstock)

IBM was once the leader in technology and innovation, and Robert Cringely explains how it has been eclipsed by companies like Apple and predicts what Big Blue’s future may be. We'll look at how James Joyce’s Ulysses not only changed the novel, but was also banned and deemed “obscene.” Lisa See talks about her novel, China Dolls. Gerald Felix Warburg looks back at his four decades behind the scenes of Washington politics.

Big Blue on the Brink

IBM has a history dating back to the 19th century, but the past 20 years have been rocky.

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James Joyce's Ulysses: 'Obscene, Lewd, and Lascivious'

The book that literary critics now consider the most important novel in the English language was once illegal to own, sell, advertise or purchase in most of the English-speaking world. But James Joyce, publishers, and other authors fought for the freedom to publish it.

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China Dolls, a Novel by Lisa See

Lisa See talks about her novel China Dolls. It’s set in 1938 in San Francisco as a world’s fair is about to open on Treasure Island and a war is brewing overseas. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous nightclub and become fast friends, relying on each other through unexpected challenges and shifting fortunes. 

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A Political Education from the Nixon Years to the Age of Obama

An Washington insider recounts his four decades inside politics.

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