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February 05, 2016 at 3:34 pm

With the recent water crisis in Flint, the importance of water has become a hot topic of conversation in the United States. However, in his new book, Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World, entrepreneur Seth M. Siegel contends that we should always pay more attention to water. Rafael Pi Roman speaks with Siegel about Israel’s water innovation, how it can serve as a model for other countries, and the importance of not taking water for granted.

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February 01, 2016 at 6:47 pm

With little to no sanitation system and wild animals roaming the streets, Manhattan in the first half of the 19th century was far from the urban metropolis we know today. In her book, Taming Manhattan: Environmental Battles in the Antebellum City, historian Catherine McNeur details life in Manhattan between 1815 and 1865, and the struggles that ensued in the effort to urbanize the city. Rafael Pi Roman speaks to McNeur about what life was like in Manhattan during this era.

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January 15, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Ex-mayor Bloomberg’s Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley discusses the role of the government in public health. Kevin Powell (a familiar face to those who watched MTV’s “Real World”) shares his lifelong struggle to overcome a legacy of poverty. And Executive Director of the New Renaissance Basketball Association Andy Borman explains how orange patches on kids’ sports jerseys fight gun violence.

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December 17, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Authors J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis share the distinction of being two of the most important writers of the twentieth century, but they were also close friends, bonded by their shared experiences of the First World War and its aftermath. In his book, A Hobbit, A Wardrobe and a Great War, historian Joseph Loconte details the immense influence of the First World War on Tolkien and Lewis and the impact that it had on their respective literary works.

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October 28, 2015 at 1:02 pm

As chief-of-staff for President George H.W. Bush, former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu gained unparalleled insider knowledge during his time in the White House. In his new book The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H.W. Bush, Sununu discusses the former President’s personality and details the greatest achievements, biggest failures, and most important moments of his presidency.

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October 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Most people may recognize Gretchen Carlson from her time on Fox & Friends or from her solo show The Real Story, but they may not know about the triumphs and hardships she endured along the way. In her new memoir Getting Real, Carlson details her life’s story, from her Christian upbringing to her prodigal violin talent to her experience winning Miss America, and everything in between.

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October 08, 2015 at 10:55 am

With services like Apple Music, Spotify, and Pandora, music has never been more accessible to the public. Yet, few know the riveting secret history of digital music. In his book, How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, The Turn of the Century, and The Patient Zero of Piracy, journalist Stephen Witt details the fascinating history of digital music […]

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