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Conversations: Edward Hess, "Humility is the New Smart"

Are you ready for the Smart Machine Age? Business professor Edward D. Hess, from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, points to research showing that over the next two decades technological advances will displace as many as 80 million jobs or 47 percent of the U.S. workforce. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Ed Hess about his book Humility is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age.


Conversations: Mary Otto, "Teeth"

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Mary Otto about Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America. From the invention of the Hollywood Smile to the the racial divide in dental care, the book exposes the extent and meaning of our oral health crisis. Mary Otto is the oral health topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists. For eight years, she covered social issues, including health care and poverty for the Washington Post.


Conversations: Gordon Lafer, "The One Percent Solution"

Gordon Lafer is an Associate Professor at the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon. He has also served as a senior policy advisor for the U.S. Congress. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with him about The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time.

Conversations: Daniel Connolly, "The Book of Isaias"

For over a decade, award-winning journalist Daniel Connolly has covered Mexican immigration to the U.S. South for news organizations including The Associated Press in Little Rock and The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with him about his book The Book of Isaias – A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America. Connolly shares the story of 18 year-old student Isaias Ramos and his peers.

Conversations: Lee Berger, "Almost Human"

Lee Berger is a paleoanthropologist and National Geographic explorer-in-residence. He is best known for his discovery of early human ancestors, including Australopithecus sediba in 2008 and Homo naledi in 2013. He is an award-wining author, speaker and research professor at the Evolutionary Studies Institute at South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Conversations: Shelly Westerhausen, "Vegetarian Heartland"

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Shelly Westerhausen about her cookbook, Vegetarian Heartland: Recipes for Life's Adventures. Growing up in small town Indiana had a heavy influence on Westerhausen's approach to vegetarian cuisine. Her cookbook features 100 recipes for everything from drinks to desserts, including Kansas Barbeque Tempeh Skewers.


Conversations: Seth Swirsky, "21 Ways to a Happier Depression"

Seth Swirsky a clinical psychologist, songwriter and mixed media artist who lives and practices in California. He’s written a book about alleviating depression through art and creativity. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Swirsky about 21 Ways to a Happier Depression: A Creative Guide to Getting Unstuck, from Anxiety, Setbacks, and Stress.


 

Conversations: Susan Bordo, "The Destruction of Hillary Clinton"

What happened to Hillary Clinton's campaign? In her latest book, Susan Bordo, a media critic, cultural historian and feminist scholar, presents a play-by-play of the political forces and media culture that brought down Hillary Clinton. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Susan Bordo about her book, The Destruction of Hillary Clinton.

Conversations: Alexandra Chasin, "Assassin of Youth"

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Harry Anslinger was the Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics from its establishment in 1930 until he retired in 1962. His long tenure and personal prejudices demonizing racial and immigrant groups had a major impact on drug enforcement policy. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Alexandra Chasin about her book Assassin of Youth – A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslingers’s War on Drugs.


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