Protecting Wild Lands, Debating the Right to Bear Arms

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Mexico’s Gila National Forest national geographic The precursor: 40 years before the Wilderness Act, 755,000 acres in New Mexico’s Gila National Forest, including the Middle Fork of the Gila River, became the world’s first designated wilderness. (© Michael Melford/National Geographic/National Geographic)

We’ll mark the 50th anniversary of the federal Wilderness Act with Elizabeth Kolbert, who looks at whether it has met its objectives to protect the country’s most pristine wildlands for future generations. George Packer discusses George Orwell’s masterpiece 1984 for our Book Club. Mary Gordon on her new book, The Liar’s Wife. And Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice tells the story of the most controversial, volatile, misunderstood provision of the Bill of Rights—the Second Amendment.

Keeping the Wilderness Wild

President Johnson signed the Wilderness Protection Act to preserve a “glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning.” Has it worked?

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Surveillance State, Real and Imagined: Reading George Orwell's 1984

George Packer joins the next Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about Orwell's dystopian novel about a surveillance state and look at why it still resonates today.

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Mary Gordon's Tales about Cross-Cultural Encounters

Her new book The Liar's Wife is a collection of four novellas about characters in transition.

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The Second Amendment: Controversial, Volatile, and Misunderstood

Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice, on the rough and tumble debate over what the Second Amendment actually means.

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