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Brian Michael Jenkins: Security Must Trump Privacy

Terrorism expert and leading advisor to Rand Brian Michael Jenkins argues that while we need a a public conversation about security and privacy, security must restrict some civil liberties for the greater good. 

Tom Perkins Stands by One Percent Comment

Venture capitalist Tom Perkins stands by his belief that the one percent are being persecuted and expanded on the parallel by saying, "if Germany had America's gun laws, there would have never been a Hitler." 

Tom Perkins: Pay More Taxes, Get More Votes

Venture capitalist Tom Perkins outlined his sixty second idea to change the world: "You don't get to vote unless you pay a dollar of taxes." And furthermore, went on to say, "But what I really think is, it should be like a corporation. You pay a million dollars in taxes, you get a million votes."

Robert Reich: Keynesians vs Austerity

Former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, talks about the two schools of economic thought in constant conflict in DC, and addresses those that think that the biggest problem facing the nation and the economy is the national debt. 

Randi Zuckerberg Advocates to End Online Anonymity

Randi Zuckerberg, former marketing director for Facebook, discusses her disdain for online anonymity and why we should end it. 

Randi Zuckerberg Shares Her Broadway Ambitions

Former Facebook marketer and CEO of Zuckerberg Media discusses her joy of singing, foreshadowing her Broadway debut in 'Rock of Ages.'

Rick Steves: Iran’s Revolution of Family Values

Travel guru Rick Steves says the perceived notion of anti-American sentiment in Iran is derived from conservative Iranians attempt to protect their families from Western encroachment.

He says it's ironic that "fear and love" seem to motivate both conservative, small town Iranians and Americans alike.

Jim Lehrer Remembers Covering JFK’s Assassination

Jim Lehrer, author and news anchor for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, discusses his experience as a young reporter covering the assassination of JFK, including an exchange with the Secret Service agent who ordered the bubbletop be taken off the presidential limo.

Jonathan Wolfson: Tax Carbon, Abandon Cap and Trade

Solazyme CEO Jonathan Wolfson argues that a cap-and-trade system will be ineffective in leading development away from high-carbon technologies.

"If I was the one writing the rules, I would just tax carbon," he says.

Cousteau Tests for Toxins in Orcas and Man

Jean-Michel Cousteau shows an excerpt from his PBS special titled Call of the Killer Whale that compares the toxins found in orcas to those found in man.

PCBs and PBDEs are among the tested toxins.

From Housewife to House Speaker: Nancy Pelosi on Her Life

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi discusses her political journey "from the kitchen to the Congress."

She describes a pivotal experience when she realized how important it was to "know thy power."

Paul Ehrlich Criticizes the Dangerous US Electrical Grid

Paul Ehrlich argues that the US electrical grid is extraordinarily subject to disaster.

He illustrates our vulnerability by saying that a "kid sticks his tongue in a socket in Baltimore and the entire East Coast goes down."

Japanese Amb. Applauds Stimulus, Supports High-Speed Rail

Japanese Ambassador to the United States Ichiro Fujisaki supports President Obama's stimulus plan, which integrates economic recovery with energy policy reform.

Fujisaki suggests a US-Japanese collaboration in the formation of high-speed railways in the US.

Jay McInerney: Will Financial Crisis End NYC Consumerism?

Author Jay McInerney reflects on how the financial crisis has affected consumer culture in Manhattan.

He says the crisis may serve as a "painful but necessary correction" to the heedless consumerism of the wealthy in Manhattan.

The Art of the Japanese Death Poem: Basho's Last Stanza

Haiku historian Jane Reichhold recalls haiku poet Matsuo Basho's collection, which has become the "most famous book in Japan."

Reichold recounts the death of Basho in relation to the greater literature of the Japanese death poem.

Will Google Phase Out Coal Plants With Wind & Solar?

Panelists hotly debate Google's proposed plan to phase out all coal plants by 2030 and replace them with alternative energy plants.

Clean coal advocate Joe Lucas draws from an example of a North Dakota town to prove the vulnerability of wind power.

Former Visa CEO Bashes Obama Stimulus Plan

Robert Heller, former Visa CEO, discusses President Obama's stimulus plan and argues not much has changed since the Bush administration. He criticizes Timothy Geithner's continued involvement in the recovery, and expresses concern over the lack of "shovel-ready projects."

Should Bush Torture Memo Architects Be Prosecuted?

Executive director of the ACLU Anthony Romero criticizes President Obama for neglecting to prosecute government officials responsible for issuing the harsh interrogation techniques documented in the Bush torture memos.

Romero accuses Obama of passing the buck to Attorney General Eric Holder.

Frommer's Travel Tip: Recession Great for Cheap Trips

Arthur Frommer, of the renowned Frommer's Travel Guides, suggests traveling on airlines based in Ireland and Iceland, two economies hit extremely hard by the current financial crisis.

Wendy Kopp: There's No Pipeline of Talented Teachers

Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for America, says the recruitment of talented teachers is the biggest obstacle facing education reform and the elimination of policy barriers.

David Kessler: Effective Dieting and Portion Control

Former FDA commissioner David Kessler argues that eating, even while trying to lose weight, must be pleasurable and rewarding.

Dr. Kessler argues for moderation and portion control. There's no "magic bullet," he says.

Jack and Suzy Welch Offer Advice to College Grads

Jack and Suzy Welch offer their advice to college graduates.

While Suzy Welch acknowledges that many grads may have to settle for less than their dream job, she emphasizes the need to love the work, over-deliver, and "give it everything."

Obama Continues Legacy of Drone Attacks in Pakistan

Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir criticizes Obama for continuing the Bush administration's drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal areas. The drones, he says, have killed many women and children and no top al-Qaeda or Taliban leaders.

"Drone attacks are creating more hatred against United States of American in Pakistan, than the Pakistan army."

The Afghani Perspective on American Intervention

Freelance Afghan-American journalist Fariba Nawa expands on how Afghan citizens view American intervention in Afghanistan. She says many support US presence, though some "actually prefer the Taliban to what they have right now because they did secure the country."

Dr. Lisa Bero: Drug Companies and Manipulative Marketing

Dr. Lisa Bero reveals the deceptive marketing tactics of drug companies with the example of Zelnorm, a constipation drug.

Dr. Bero calculates that, aside from causing heart attacks, Zelnorm cost its user $155 per bowel movement.

Will Global Economic Crisis Spur Societal Revolution?

Matt Miller says the United States is at a point in its history similar to 1928, when fundamental thinking about the structure of society and the role of government began to shift, catalyzed by an economic crisis and rapid technological change.

George Bisharat: Two-State Solution No Longer Possible

George Bisharat, a Palestinian-American professor of law, argues the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is no longer possible due to the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the Palestinian refugees living in Israel.

"I believe that the only fair solution for Palestine and Israelis alike is to live in a state in which both peoples enjoy equal rights," he says.

Father Coyne Links Age of Stars to Beginning of Life

Former director of the Vatican Observatory Father George Coyne explains the relationship between the age of the universe and the birth and death of stars.

"An earlier, younger universe could not supply the chemistry for life," he concludes.

Jonah Lehrer: When Instincts Are Better Than Reason

Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide, discusses the limitations of rational thought and explains that while the human prefrontal cortex is a "magnificent piece of machinery," it easily short circuits when given too much information.

Conversely, he argues, there are many instances when it is wise to trust the instinctual part of the brain.

Thomas Ricks: Iraq War 'Biggest Mistake' in US History

"Nobody really likes us and everybody wants us to leave, but nobody wants us to leave right now," says Washington Post journalist Thomas Ricks of the current situation in Iraq.

"I don't think there is a moral answer in Iraq. I think all the answers are immoral," he continues.

Azadeh Moaveni Remembers Premarital Sex Class in Iran

Iranian-American journalist Azadeh Moaveni recalls the Government sponsored premarital sex class she was required to attend before her wedding in Iran.

The Napkin Sketch That Introduced Supply-Side Economics

Dan Roam, author of The Back of the Napkin, discusses how a simple graph drawn on the back of a napkin became "the basis of supply-side economics."

He explains that the graph, drawn by economist Arthur Laffer, provided a clear explanation of how decreasing taxes could increase revenue, and was used to completely revolutionize the U.S. economy.

How Darwin Stumbled Onto the Famous Beagle Voyage

David Bisno tells the story of how ship captain Robert Fitzroy invited Charles Darwin to join him on a round-the-world voyage.

On this voyage, the "undistinguished" 21-year-old Darwin began to devise his evolutionary theory.

Juggling Hand Grenades & Other Ways to Win a Darwin Award

Wendy Northcutt explains the governing rules behind the Darwin Awards, a postmortem prize doled out to people who die from foolish mishaps.

Northcutt offers a classic example: a Croatian man who died by juggling live hand grenades.

Gavin Newsom Slams Politicization of Gay Marriage

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom compares the issue of same-sex marriage to racial discrimination and chastises politicians who claim they support equality for all, yet do not support gay marriage.

"How can you argue separate is not equal and then argue that separate is equal, but only if you’re gay," says Newsom.

Schwarzenegger: California Capital Feeds on 'Dysfunction'

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says California’s state capital is "a town that feeds on dysfunction."

While stressing his commitment to change state government, Gov. Schwarzenegger is interrupted by an opera-singing protester.

Alan Boss Predicts NASA's Kepler Finds Inhabited Planets

Astrophysicist Alan Boss discusses Nasa's Kepler Mission and its search for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars.

He is confident that Kepler will find hundreds of Earth-like planets, many of which will probably be "inhabited with something."

Stan Greenberg: The Faith-Based Politics of Blair & Bush

Pollster Stan Greenberg contrasts how religion informed the politics of Tony Blair, and his belief in the power of the community, and George W. Bush, who believed in individualism and "going it alone."

Egyptian Consul General Pleads for US Beacon of Democracy

Hesham El Nakib, Consulate General for Egypt, hopes the US will once again be perceived as a "beacon of democracy."

"We have always seen the United States as a liberator, we have never perceived the US as an invader," he says.

Geoffrey Nunberg: The Semantics of Torture

Linguistics professor Geoffrey Nunberg examines the mainstream media's reservations with using the word "torture" and also comments on the former administration's bureaucratization of the word by using terms like "enhanced interrogation techniques."

The Obstacles and Dangers of Unlocking the Human Genome

A panel of DNA, policy, and research experts connect the openness affiliated with the web 2.0 movement to the growing acceptance of personal genetic testing.

"We have a different sensitivity to privacy because there are stigmas in previous generations that we just don't have anymore," says 23andMe co-founder Linda Avey.

Hot Markets: Aging Baby Boomers and Diabetes Sufferers

Mary Furlong cites designer eyeglasses and high-class mobility devices to argue that "every dissidence of aging is a market opportunity." Up next? Marketing to sufferers of diabetes.

She references a table which shows that almost half the population will be 75+ by 2030.

Taking Back the Streets: City Cyclists Want Fewer Cars

Andy Thornley, program director at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, discusses the importance of reducing car traffic to make people other than "kamikaze cyclists" feel comfortable biking on city streets.

In 5 Years, Grimes Sees Death of Print Newspapers

J. William Grimes predicts if newspaper ad revenues fail to match readership levels, daily newspapers will cease to be printed.

He argues that the business model is unsustainable because "5% of our time is spent reading newspapers, newspapers are getting 15% of ad revenue."

Will 'Citizen Science' Revolutionize Medicine?

Tim O'Reilly, Jimmy Wales, Stephen Friend, and John Wilbanks discuss the future implications of citizen science.

Friend discusses how individuals with a rare disease can contribute to the public knowledge pool, while Jimmy Wales offers the example of a pet diabetes wiki.

Patty Duke Reflects on Abuse, Alcoholism & Mental Illness

Patty Duke reflects on her journey out of sexual abuse and alcoholism during the filming of The Miracle Worker.

Duke credits her strength to her ability to forgive her abusers and the diagnosis of her bipolar disorder.

What Is the True Cost of Marijuana Legalization?

Chief of the El Cerrito Police Department Scott Kirkland debates with marijuana advocates Eugene Schoenfeld and Richard Lee about the costs and benefits of legalization.

Kirkland argues that the tax revenue generated by legalized marijuana would be offset by the increased public health costs.

Did Facebook and Twitter Miss Their Window For Profit?

Entrepreneur Jon Fisher criticizes web 2.0 companies like Facebook and Twitter for taking too long to turn profitable.

He says they are "poised to suck the oxygen out of the liquidity markets and hurt the clean tech guys."

Chris Mooney: How to Make Science Sexier

Science journalist Chris Mooney critics the inaccuracy of science in fictional films and television.

Mooney also recommends changing stereotypical portrayals of scientists to help boost the image of science.

California Budget Crisis Caused by 'Minority Rule'

George Lakoff proposes a 14-word ballot initiative for California to decide budget and tax issues with a majority vote in the legislature.

He explains that the current two-thirds requirement means "we have minority rule by one-third plus one."

MythBusters: What We've Learned From Blowing Things Up

"MythBusters" co-hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage expand on their having become "explosion connoisseurs."

The two relate funny experiences and anecdotes involving all things that go KABOOM.

Kaiser Permanente Co-Founder’s Dream of Total Health Care

Tom Debley explains Kaiser Permanente co-founder Sidney Garfield's radical vision of total health care, which the doctor presented in 1960.

In his proposal, Dr. Garfield championed preventative care and recommended the implementation of computers to increase efficiency.

Iranian Revolution? Aslan Says Don't Hold Your Breath

"If you are looking for a new revolution in Iran, you can stop holding your breath now because it's not going to happen," says religious scholar and author Reza Aslan. However, Aslan does predict dramatic political change on the horizon.

His advice to the United States? Stop isolating Iran.

Firoozeh Dumas Speaks Out Against US Intervention in Iran

Firoozeh Dumas, bestselling author of Funny in Farsi, weighs in on the human rights abuses in Iran after the 2009 election.

Dumas, who is opposed to U.S. intervention, says: "I want the long-term goal to be a country that respects human rights -- even if it's within an Islamic government."

The Moral Responsibility of Nonprofit Healthcare

"There's a conflict between paying for people's healthcare, and paying a dividend to inventors," says journalist T.R. Reid. He argues reform is a moral obligation and points to Switzerland's success in ditching its "American-style, for-profit" insurance system as a beacon of hope for healthcare reform in the United States.

Anthony Bourdain Rates Celebrity Chefs as Good or Evil

Kitchen Confidential author and No Reservations host Anthony Bourdain brings his characteristically sarcastic wit and no-holds-barred criticism to comment on the value of celebrity chefs that have gained notoriety on television. From Ina Garten to Rachel Ray, Bourdain lets them have it.

Michael Moore Warns Afghanistan May Become 'Obama's War'

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore remains optimistic about President Obama, but is concerned about prolonged military action in Afghanistan. "Five months from now, if he's still sending troops to should no longer be considered Bush's war. It will be known as Obama's war."

Austin Heap: Tiered Net A 'Corporate-Driven Hellhole'

Blogger Austin Heap predicts the consequences of a corporate controlled Internet.

He foresees corporate influence over a tiered Internet as a "very, very dangerous" development which "takes away the level playing field and turns it into this corporate-driven hellhole."

Frank McCourt Remembers His Humble Origins

The late Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt talks about the shame of growing up in the slums and why he never thought writing about poverty would be of interest to anyone.

"You don't come out of a slum walking slink out," he says.

Michael Eric Dyson Critiques Obama's Post-Racial Promise

Author Michael Eric Dyson argues the time has come to conquer bigotry, not blackness. "I don’t think we should be post-racial, but I do think we should be post-racist," he says.

Rep. Tauscher Says Slowly 'Destroy' US Nuclear Stockpile

Representative Ellen Tauscher analyzes the debate about "going to zero on nuclear weapons" in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

She believes President Obama is committed to protecting the American people by "responsibly" reducing our weapons stockpile.

Vogue's Sally Singer Weighs in on The Devil Wears Prada

Vogue's fashion news and features director Sally Singer discusses the similarities and differences between Vogue's editor in chief Anna Wintour, and Meryl Streep's character Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada.

"Almost everything about it isn't true," she says of the office drama portrayed in the film.

How Expectations Bias Your Wine Selection

Best-selling author and physicist Leonard Mlodinow discusses the ways that the power of expectation applies to wine. Red dye can deceive even the most experienced connoisseur, and a false $10 price tag on a $90 bottle of wine can manipulate a test subject's reaction.

The Wetsuit Wearing Penguin: Pierre Finds His Mojo

Greg Farrington, executive director of the California Academy of Sciences, tells the story of Pierre, the Academy's oldest Penguin. When Pierre turned 25 he began to lose his feathers, so scientists designed him a wet suit that produced surprising results.

Romer Says Obama Policy Prevented Second Great Depression

Christina Romer, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers for the Obama administration, contrasts the current recession to the Great Depression.

She credits better federal policy for diverting a depression as dire as the one during the 1930s.

Sierra Club's Carl Pope: 'Congress Doesn't Get It'

Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope and Chevron CEO Dave O'Reilly debate the future of energy policy. Pope says the White House is finally in on climate change, but "Congress doesn't get it."

Bill Gates, Sr. Calls for Competition in Public K-12

Bill Gates, Sr. calls for more competition in the U.S. public education system.

Gates says, "We have very low expectations of our [public] education system...if we set our expectations higher, we would perform at a higher level."

Robert Frank: Healthcare System a 'Failed Business Model'

Economist Robert Frank calls the current healthcare system a "failed business model" because people must rely on private insurers whose incentives are to exclude individuals who need care from acquiring coverage.

The Surprising Benefits of Going Green

Steve Pinetti of Kimpton Hotels explains how the company's internal environmental policies led to unintentional benefits, including saving money and attracting customers. "For a program that did not start out with a marketing motivation, it is a marketing dream come true."

Should Newspapers Be Publicly or Privately Funded?

Phil Bronstein, editor at large for the San Francisco Chronicle, and Lowell Bergman, producer/correspondent for the PBS series Frontline, debate the value of public versus private funding of newspapers.

Bronstein says, "Government is the most powerful institution we cover and I really don't particularly want them even thinking that they can tell us what to do."

Christopher Hitchens Recalls Mass Graves In Iraq

Journalist Christopher Hitchens remembers a vivid experience while visiting uncovered mass graves in Iraq.

"If you want to feel dirtied up by the experience of fascism, try finding that you're 12 hours away from a shower and you can't get dead person out of your hair."

The New Yorker's Jane Mayer on SERE Program and Torture

Jane Mayer, staff writer for The New Yorker, recalls uncovering the role of the military's secret Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) program in building a "curriculum for torture."

Redefining Economic Terms for Climate Change

Professor Peter G. Brown correlates an economic system to climate change by redefining standard economic terms like cost, efficiency, and budget.

He defines "money" as "the right we give to ourselves in society to intervene in the earth's life support processes."

The Fed's Janet Yellen: Deflation Biggest Economic Risk

Dr. Janet Yellen, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, argues the most likely outcome of the recession is deflation, not inflation.

She explains that decreased spending and lowered prices could "turn into outright deflation" if left unchecked.

A.J. Jacobs on the Dangers of 'Radical Honesty'

Author A.J. Jacobs discusses his foray into the enlightening and occasionally precarious world of "radical honesty," which involves saying what you're thinking at all times. Kanye West, he says, is a "posture child for the perils of radical honesty."

Leonard Susskind Explores Dark Matter

Leonard Susskind addresses a controversial, and not well understood subject in theoretic physics: dark matter.

Marion Nestle Traces Pet Food Contamination

Marion Nestle, author of Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine, describes how cost-cutting in China resulted in the large-scale contamination of internationally distributed pet food.

This disaster led to one of the biggest product recalls in history.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on 'Drill Baby Drill'

When asked about the new Republican slogan "drill, baby, drill," California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reaffirms his pledge to protect the California coast from offshore drilling.

He advocates research and investment in alternative and cleaner energy sources that include nuclear power, wind, and clean coal.

Richard Elkus on How Computers Saved Japan

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Richard Elkus describes how computer technology transformed impoverished post-WWII Japan into the second most powerful economy in the world.

Elkus links Moore's Law, the rule that computing power can be doubled every two years, to modern Japanese prosperity.

Therese Stewart Analyzes the Term 'Marriage'

Therese M. Stewart talks about why the title "marriage" is much more important than domestic partnerships.

Marriage is "steeped in tradition," Stewart stays, and "garners respect" in joining of families and legitimizing children of same-sex couples.

Meg Whitman on Her Career Transition from eBay to McCain

Meg Whitman discusses her journey from eBay to working for Mitt Romney as a National Finance Co-Chair.

This experience soon led to her assistance with the John McCain presidential campaign, which she considers similar to a "start-up."

Frank Wilczek Explains the Large Hadron Collider

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek explains the Large Hadron Collider, how it works, and what scientists hope to discover with the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator.

Ralph Nader Discusses Being Scapegoated 2000

Green Party U.S. Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader takes no responsibility for costing Al Gore the election in 2000 pointing out that "obviously Bush took more votes away from Gore than I did."

Nader adds that the media has shut him out of the election coverage effectively crippling his ability to campaign.

Changing Perceptions About 'Three Cups of Tea'

Greg Mortenson, humanitarian and co-author of Three Cups of Tea, explains that the book was originally subtitled "One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism," and that he had to fight to change it to "One Man's Mission to Promote Peace."

Eric Schmidt: Renewables are Cheaper, Not Nuclear

Google CEO Eric Schmidt says despite the political debate, we should consider renewable energy over nuclear because "it's cheaper."

Schmidt highlights new innovations in wind and solar thermal production.

Robert Reich Finds Causes for Wall Street Meltdown

Robert Reich links the "potential meltdown of Wall Street" to poor oversight, loose regulations, low lending standards, securitized bad debt, and Alan Greenspan.

Although "greed" was involved, Reich jokes that if greed was extracted from Wall Street, nothing would remain but pavement.

Kerry Kennedy on Feminism in the Catholic Church

Human rights activist Kerry Kennedy believes receiving her education from an all-girls Catholic school actually gave her a sense of empowerment.

Although Kennedy has felt "incredibly frustrated" with the Catholic church on women's issues, she maintains that politics must be separated from her "relationship with the almighty."

Khalil Bendib on Flying While Muslim

Political cartoonist Khalil Bendib on "Islamophobia" and the "special treatment" Muslims receive while traveling through airports.

Bendib says he has "grown tired of the racial profiling" jokes about attempting to pass as Italian.

Laura Donohue: Anti-Terrorist Financing Initiatives

Laura Donohue discusses a little known extension of executive power under the Patriot Act.

This extension gives the power to freeze financial accounts of any suspected terrorist or anyone associated with a suspected terrorist before they have been proven guilty.

Michael McFaul Offers a Historical View of Regime Change

Michael McFaul, professor at Stanford University and adviser to Senator Barack Obama, attacks the idea that America invaded Iraq solely to promote democracy.

McFaul argues that, except in a few rare instances, the United States has never invaded a country unless there was a national security concern.

Brian Jenkins: American Anxiety Over Terrorism

Brian Jenkins asserts that beneath America's optimism, the nation is anxious about security. He says terrorists use the anxiety to their advantage by fostering fear of attacks they may not be capable of carrying out.

Social Responsibility During a Downturn

Kellie McElhaney and Chris Guenther discuss how economic downturns effect a company's commitment to corporate social responsibility.

They agree that even if companies scale back on staff and programs, underlying sustainable values will remain strong.

Alec Baldwin Blames Feminist Law for Fatherless Children

Alec Baldwin says children raised without fathers are more likely to have "higher instances of STDs, casual sex, do drugs and do poorer in school."

Baldwin believes this phenomenon is partially a result of feminist sponsored law.

Alice Waters on the Idea of Edible Education

Chez Panisse founder Alice Waters discusses her interest in slow food beginning in France, working into becoming a Chef, and eventually her Edible Education program.

Consul General Akov Foresees a Dialogue with Hamas

Consul General David Akov foresees three possible scenarios for Gaza after a ceasefire.

Although Hamas is a terrorist organization, Akov predicts a legitimate dialogue -- and possible compromise -- between Israel and Hamas.

The Flaws of a Moderate Republican Party

Congressman Devin Nunes and Meredith Turney vehemently oppose Governor Schwarzenegger’s argument that the Republican party must move to the center.

Nunes and Turney argue that this centrist policy has hurt more than it helped Schwarzenegger's political career.

Geoffrey Rothwell Clarifies the Cost of Nuclear Power

Stanford economics professor Geoffrey Rothwell explains the economic challenges of building nuclear power plants.

In addition to waste and environmental issues, these prohibitively high upfront costs impede the development of many major nuclear facilities.

Steve Forbes on Credit Crisis Fears

Steve Forbes attempts to cut through the media panic and dispel doomsday rumors by framing the credit crisis in context within the overall economy.

Forbes claims median household assets are up 30%, in excess of 50 trillion dollars, and losses stemming from the credit crisis can be absorbed.

Dimock on Large Scale Organics

Michael Dimock gives some examples of small, local farms like Natural Country Beef with high production standards that grew into national companies.

Despite the trend toward centralization, these companies succeeded in appealing to niche markets that grew towards large populations.

Anya Fernald on Making Slow Food Accessible

Anya Fernald, Director of Slow Food Nation, addresses the perception that slow, sustainable food is available only to the wealthy and suggests policy and cultural shifts that can bring it to entire communities.

Dr. Mackey Explains Pain's Physiology

Dr. Sean Mackey describes the mechanisms through which our bodies detect, analyze, and react to pain.

Dr. Mackey differentiates between the analytical and emotional responses to pain and questions the human capability to cognitively reduce pain.

Lawrence Lessig: Two Types of Wrong Decisions in Congress

Author, professor, and founder of the Creative Commons Lawrence Lessig gives examples of the factually or morally "wrong" decisions currently being made in Congress.

Daniel Ellsberg - British Resistance to the War in Iraq

Daniel Ellsberg, author of the Pentagon Papers, describes America's "total unconcern of the question of legality" concerning the invasion of Iraq.

Ellsberg says that Britain, in contrast, was very concerned with the legality of invasion.

The British, he says, did not want to "share a cell with Saddam Hussein."

Dairy Farm Turns Manure into Energy, From 'Poop to Power'

Albert Straus of Straus Family Creamery details the process by which he converts cow manure into electricity.

This process powers 90% of his farm, from his electric car to the cattle feeder truck and exemplifies the Creamery's standards of sustainability.

Steven Pinker - Why Politicians Use Empty Language

Psychologist Steven Pinker explains the reasons why political rhetoric tends to be vague, empty, and bland.

Veiled innuendo allow politicians to avoid angering voters while speaking to supporters who understand the coded language.

Farnaz Fassihi - Iraq Has Become More Religious

Wall Street Journal Iraq Correspondent Farnaz Fassihi describes how society in Iraq has changed since the fall of Saddam Hussein from a secular to a more religious culture. In particular, family laws that were progressive before the war have been revoked and now follow Sharia law.

Philip Zimbardo Explains Punctuality, Chronic Lateness

Psychologist Philip Zimbardo uses his psychological research on time orientation to explain chronic lateness.

Zimbardo cites Bali and Mexico to illustrate cultural differences in the perception of time.

Daniel Kessler Discusses John McCain's Health Care Plan

Health Advisor to the John McCain 2008 Presidential campaign Daniel Kessler summarizes McCain's health care plan, which includes a market based approach with a $2500 tax credit.

Ivan Oelrich - Nuclear Weapons Heighten Global Insecurity

Ivan Oelrich, Vice President of the Strategic Security Program at the Federation of American Scientists, believes American support for a large nuclear arsenal is a result of outdated Cold War paranoia.

He argues that nuclear weapons only heighten global insecurity.

Naomi Klein Argues U.S. Infrastructure is the Next Bubble

Now that the housing bubble has burst, The Shock Doctrine author Naomi Klein predicts the "selling of more public infrastructure" will cause the next bubble.

Comparing the United States to Asian economies, Klein says the U.S. may become "desperate for capital."

The Government’s Inability to Manage Energy Issues

John Hofmeister, former President of Shell Oil Company and founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy, explains that the current U.S. government, with its partisan squabbling and layers upon layers of bureaucracy, is ill-equipped to tackle as broad and complex an issue as energy reform.

Eric Rodenbeck: The Google Maps Revolution

Eric Rodenbeck, Founder and Creative Director of Stamen Design, explains how Google's creation of "slippy maps" has implications outside the world of cartography.

He describes his company's use of the method to create an easy to use visual interface for browsing SFMOMA's entire collection.

Michael Kinsley: Are Warren Buffett and Bill Gates Naive?

In response to essays written by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, Phil Bronstein asks: "What are these guys smoking?"

Michael Kinsley responds to this, debating whether Gates and Buffet could be considered "naive."

Rafiq Dossani: Effect of the Poor on India’s Democracy

Rafiq Dossani says India's poorest citizens influence a high percentage of its public policy.

To India's poor urban dwellers, environment "doesn't mean clean air; it means clean water," he says.

How to Close the Minority Achievement Gap in Schools

David Whitman explains two different theories on how to close the achievement gap of minority students in the classroom: school reform and social reform.

'Safe' Mercury Levels in Fish Based on 'Bad Data'

Drawing from a "terrible event" in Iraq in 1971, Dr. Jane Hightower explains the history of safety standards concerning mercury levels.

She says current levels of "safe" mercury content are now based on this misleading data.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Confesses to Role in Pluto Dispute

After astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson named Pluto a comet, the public outcry included "hate mail from 3rd graders."

He offers the reasons behind his controversial decision, eliciting help from "Pluto-lovers" in the audience.

Zeke Emanuel Describes the Guaranteed Health Care Plan

NIH bioethicist Zeke Emanuel outlines the ten elements to his Guaranteed Health Care Access Plan, which includes decreasing the incentive for employer-based coverage by taxing benefits and phasing out Medicare.

Should the Government Tax Carbon Emissions?

Tim Draper and Ralph Cavanagh debate what will lead to the most efficient and cost-effective clean energy system -- government regulation or the free market.

Draper says, "Nuclear power is clean energy for less."

Who is Liable for Drop in Honeybee Population?

Claire Kremen describes decades of decline in US honey bee populations, attributing the responsibility to dangerous mites, toxins, and poor trends in beekeeping.

Robert Reich: Deferred Maintenance is 'Crippling' the US

Robert Reich advocates that the time is ripe to borrow and invest in American public works like infrastructure, broadband and alternative energy.

The Politics of Cap and Trade Programs

Anthony Brunello and Aimee Christensen discuss the importance of regulating the quality of cap and trade programs to ensure real, measurable results.

Should We Stop Talking About Obama's Race?

Reflecting on the recent inauguration of President Barack Obama, journalist Gwen Ifill argues his ascent to the highest office in the land presents a timely opportunity to reconsider race in a positive light.

"We have to find a way in this country to speak comfortably about race," says Ifill.

Naomi Tickle Links Facial Features to Mood Swings

Naomi Tickle, author of You Can Read a Face Like a Book, argues that asymmetric facial features can indicate a volatile, uneven personality.

Tickle believes both George W. Bush and manic-depressives share these asymmetrical characteristics.

Richard North Patterson on Treachery, Violence in Nigeria

Author Richard North Patterson reflects on his ill-advised travel in Nigeria while researching his most recent novel Eclipse.

As a "killing ground" for militia groups, Patterson descries post-9/11 Nigeria as "Al Capone Chicago metastasized."

Van Jones on Creating Green Collar Jobs

Van Jones, author of The Green Collar Economy, highlights specific ways to create jobs for Americans while also making moves to help green the planet.

Pakistan's Strange Relationship with Terrorism

Research Fellow for Lawrence Livermore National Labs Neil Joeck traces what he calls "Pakistan's strange relationship with terrorism."

Pakistan, according to Joeck, supports militants from Kashmir to protect their interests from India. However, from the Indian perspective they are nothing more than terrorists.

He says, "The Taliban from Pakistan's view were a useful element to help to control Afghanistan, to prevent India from having any influence there."

Inside the Scope of Power Held by Private Security Groups

Steve Fainaru describes a Baghdad compound protected by the private security firm Falcon Group.

He says the private security world has a "scope of authority" equal to the power of “God,” where "no real rules" apply.

Moira Gunn's Tech Nation Interview of John McCain

Tech Nation host Moira Gunn recalls when she interviewed Senator John McCain and how meeting him in person brought his physical impairments into sharp focus. She compares the public management of his limitations to that of FDR and his polio.

Richard Kovacevich on Economic vs Financial Crisis

Wells Fargo CEO Richard Kovacevich puts the current economic crisis in perspective and says that even though the financial sector is in bad shape, the economics are not suffering nearly as much.

Thomas Powers Supports an Obama-Taliban Dialogue

Thomas Powers, author of The Military Error, claims both Obama and McCain missed the the Vietnam War.

Powers believes that by initiating a US-Taliban dialogue, Obama will avoid repeating history's mistakes.

George Mitchell: US Role in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

George Mitchell advocates a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and says, only the U.S. "has the capacity to create the context in which negations can take place to reach an agreement, and to see that it's implemented."

The Constitutionality of Changing the Electoral Process

A panel consisting of John Koza, co-founder of the National Popular Vote Bill, and UCLA law professor Dan Lowenstein debate the constitutionality of changing the role of the Electoral College in electing the President of the United States.

George Hamilton Remembers Dating Lynda Bird Johnson

Hollywood movie star George Hamilton reminisces on his relationship with Lynda Bird Johnson, daughter of former President Johnson.

Hamilton also reflects on his experiences with Mohammad Ali and Chuck Rob.

Robert Baer Calls Iran an Empire Built on Blackmail

Former CIA agent Robert Baer argues that Iran is an "empire" built on blackmail.

Baer believes that Iran's "control of over 55% of the world's proven oil reserves" may potentially become an energy threat.

Betty Fussell on the History of Cheap Meat

Chef and author Betty Fussell traces the origins of cheap beef to the industrialization of production, specifically the force-feeding of corn to cattle.

She says the beef industry “wrecked” the digestive process of cattle by altering their diets to grow larger at less cost.

Sebastian Copeland - Antarctica: The Global Warning

Photographer Sebastian Copeland talks about his experience taking photos of Antarctica and whether or not he has seen the visible changes of global warming during his trips.

Dobbs: The View from the Oval Office Can Be Very Limited

Journalist Michael Dobbs argues that while the nuclear situation in Iran is not directly analogous to the Cuban Missile Crisis, some important lessons where learned from President John F. Kennedy's response to the situation.

Dobbs says, "what a president doesn't know is [as] important as what he does know."

Guy Kawasaki: Steve Jobs Is a 'Hustler'

Guy Kawasaki, co-founder of Garage Technology Ventures and original Apple employee, praises Steve Wozniak, but is harsh on Steve Jobs when asked about their leadership styles.

He says Jobs is a "hustler" who is "very demanding," "excessively truthful," and "gets the best out of you ... because people fear him."

Wells Fargo's John Stumpf: Why Aren't Banks Making Loans?

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf answers a question he is frequently asked: "Why aren't you bankers making loans anymore?" "The biggest challenge we have today," he explains, "is finding people we want to lend money to."

The (Im)Morality of Drilling Offshore in the US

Peter Schwartz argues that to not drill offshore for oil in the United States is immoral if the U.S. expects other countries to do the same.

The environmental grounds of this situation are "fundamentally wrong," says Schwartz.

Ted Turner Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Ted Turner says that while same sex marriage is not a personal priority, he believes "you can marry whoever you want many times as you can afford."

However, Turner prioritizes nuclear non-proliferation, global warming, and population control over same sex marriage.

How Local Businesses Can Benefit from the Energy Crisis

Economist, attorney, and entrepreneur Michael Shuman explains how rising oil prices and alternative energy sources can benefit local businesses.

Shuman argues that local businesses rely less heavily on oil for transportation, while they are also better able to generate their own "micro-power."

Tim Westergren: Pandora iPhone App Redefined Net Radio

Pandora founder and CSO Tim Westergren says Pandora on the iPhone has been downloaded over 3 million times, and is dramatically changing the concept of internet radio.

"Now people are taking Pandora on the iPhone and plugging it into their car stereos," he says of Pandora's ubiquity.

The Key to Design Success? Managing Proximity

Michael Meyer, CEO of the design and consulting firm Adaptive Path, says the key to success in designing large-scale products and services is managing proximity between people and particular aspects of the problem.

The three "essential elements" that make this work, he says, are empathy, core, and proxy.

Schwarzenegger Defends California Emissions Laws

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger voice his support for the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), which is in danger of suspension this November. Gov. Schwarzenegger likens the law to surgery: the long-term benefits, he argues, will outweigh the short-term expense.

Clinton Makes No Apologies for Oil Sands Pipeline

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defends her approval of the Alberta Clipper pipeline. Until the U.S. passes more aggressive clean energy legislation, she explains, "we're either going to be dependent on dirty oil from the Gulf, or dependent on dirty oil from Canada."

Ashoka's Bill Drayton: One Woman's Solution to Bullying

Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka, explains the importance of empathy in a rapidly changing world. He discusses the work of an Ashoka fellow named Mary Gordon, who implemented a program in elementary schools that not only decreased bullying, but actually taught empathy.

P.J. O'Rourke: Who's Leading the Tea Party?

In the run-up to the 2010 midterm elections, the Tea Party has emerged as a force to be reckoned with. But who's calling the shots? According to political satirist P.J. O'Rourke, nobody is -- and that's part of the movement's appeal.

Would Legalizing Marijuana Increase Consumption?

A panel of advocates debate the potential effects of marijuana legalization on consumption rates of the drug. Cannabis activist Richard Lee argues that legalization decreases marijuana use, while RAND's Beau Kilmer points out a common misconception related to that argument.

KQED's Michael Krasny: Losing My Faith

Michael Krasny, host of KQED's award-winning radio show "Forum," explains what led him to write his new book, Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic's Quest. Recalling the comfort of his unwavering childhood faith in the face of physical abuse, Krasny traces his later agnosticism to his intellectual pursuits.

Brooks Says Extending Benefits Hinders Unemployment Rate

American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks accepts unemployment benefits as a "compromise" to offer relief to laid-off workers despite his objection to extending benefits for the long-term unemployed. He cites a study that found unemployment rates in the U.S. would be three points lower if benefits had not been extended.

Foote: Social Investment Isn't Just About Finance

Root Capital CEO William Foote states that the idea of "social investment" should encompass more than simply distributing financial capital to developing businesses. "Rural businesses often lack the technical skills to grow," he notes, arguing that on-site training in basic accounting practices can lead to dramatically improved returns on investment.

Kiva Makes Microfinancing Fun with Lending Teams

Kiva president Premal Shah explains how creating lending teams made funding microloans more fun and increased the site's re-lending rate. "The top two teams right now are the Atheists and the Christians, and they're competing against each other," says Shah.

Futurist Kevin Kelly Knows What Technology Wants

Did you know twenty-three different people around the same point in history independently invented the light bulb? Kevin Kelly, author of What Technology Wants, points to Thomas Edison's light bulb as evidence that technology has its own inevitable agenda.

Reza Aslan: Hollywood's Take on Persians Evolving

Islamic scholar Reza Aslan illuminates the recent shift in American cinematic representations of the Middle East. Pointing to the difference between "300" and "Prince of Persia," Aslan attributes the change to a need for new stories in Hollywood, as well as the increasing influence of Middle Eastern communities in the United States.

Richard Wolffe: Obama, Palin and the Great Tax Debate

Richard Wolffe, author of Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the White House, outlines the partisan war over taxes through the lens of the "world as it is" and the "world as it should be." Wolffe says the tax debate will be a focal point of the 2012 presidential campaign, which he predicts will pit Barack Obama against Sarah Palin.

Star Wars: Was Darth Vader Inspired by Lucas' Own Father?

Richard Walter, chairman of UCLA's screenwriting program, says the Star Wars saga may have taken place in a galaxy far, far away, but the story was actually inspired by the strained relationship between filmmaker George Lucas and his own father. Walter urges budding screenwriters to draw on personal experience to create meaningful screenplays.

Berwick Counters Healthcare Critics, Claims of Socialism

"I abhor rationing," says CMS administrator Donald Berwick when asked about GOP accusations that he's a socialist. Berwick advocates for the transparency of Obama's healthcare plan, arguing insurance companies have been the ones rationing care.

Tim Ferriss: Why You Should Take a Mini-Retirement Today

Ready for a sabbatical? Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, emphasizes the benefits of taking what he calls "mini-retirements," insisting travel will help improve your business affairs. He champions extended travel to foreign countries as a form of "cheap therapy."

Should Antivirus Software Be Mandated?

Who, if anyone, should require PC owners to use antivirus software? Paul Mockapetris, creator of the Domain Name System (DNS), favors industry-encouraged safety practices over government regulation.

Geithner: Japan's 'Lost Decade' Not America's Fate

Is a Japan-style "Lost Decade" in the cards for the United States? Not according to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Citing lessons learned from the 1990's Japanese economic crisis, Geithner argues that swift, aggressive measures from the federal government have staved off the chance of a similar future for America's economy.

From the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley: CA Needs a New Myth

Futurist Paul Saffo warns that California's economy is "in danger of being destroyed by governmental gridlock."

He boils California's history down to a series of myths ranging from the gold rush to Silicon Valley, and proposes that California needs a new myth to cure its "deep cultural malaise."

Richard Dreyfuss: Technology Has 'Killed Time'

Actor and activist Richard Dreyfuss worries that computing and broadcast technology have effectively removed time from our collective decision-making process.

"We no longer ruminate, contemplate, think things through or change our minds," says Dreyfuss. "In geopolitics, the removal of time is fatal."

Skoll Foundation CEO: Measure Scale of Impact, Not Budget

Skoll Foundation President and CEO Sally Osberg says the success of a social entrepreneurship venture should not be measured by its size or budget, but by its scale of impact on the community. "How big you are is in no way a measure, or even a proxy, of how good you are at driving change," says Osberg.

Albright Blames Media for Partisan Paralysis in Congress

Who is at fault for the partisan paralysis on Capitol Hill? Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright lays blame on the media.

She says an "educated and informed citizenship" is the heart of any properly functioning democracy, and partisan media outlets only illicit anger.

The Historical Significance of Overturning CA's Prop 8

Proposition 8 attorney David Boies weighs in on the historical significance of his recent victory in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages in California. "Discrimination, bias and prejudice can survive in the darkness," says Boies, "but it can't survive in the marketplace of ideas."

Mary Roach on the Art of Peeing in Outer Space

Packing for Mars author Mary Roach discusses the early fears about human response to zero gravity in outer space, ranging from eyeballs changing shape to blood ceasing to pump.

As it turns out, humans do need gravity to detect a full bladder. Thankfully, NASA employs an astronaut potty trainer.

White House CTO Chopra on the Mobile Broadband Revolution

White House CTO Aneesh Chopra describes what he calls the "mobile broadband revolution" in the U.S. healthcare system.

Chopra cites text4baby, a text message-based pregnancy information service, as an example of one revolutionary mobile service that poses no cost to American taxpayers.

Top Chef Rick Bayless Recalls First Quickfire Challenge

Award-winning chef Rick Bayless recalls scrambling to simmer his all-green soup during the first Quickfire Challenge on Bravo's "Top Chef Masters." He ended up using a Vitamix blender to get the job done.

Bayless expands on his aptitude for "playing the game," and marvels at the low priority flavor took to other contestants on the show.

Boxer Says 'Reduce & Refund' Climate Bill a Win-Win-Win

California Senator Barbara Boxer recounts the Democrats repeated efforts to pass a climate change bill through Congress, and both times being rejected by the GOP. She says the most recent version of the bill is a "win-win-win" for creating jobs, reducing pollution, and helping the budget.

Gergen: The Path to a Social Entrepreneur Ecosystem

Christopher Gergen, founding partner of New Mountain Ventures, sees new entrepreneurial companies as the engine that will enable the country to innovate out of economic crisis.

Jonathan Safran Foer Advocates for Food Marketing Reform

While many consumers buy eggs labeled "free-range" and "cage-free," the definitions of such terms are deceptively vague, claims Eating Animals author Jonathan Safran Foer.

Foer supports Michael Pollan's argument for the establishment of a U.S. Department of Food, a governmental body devoted to protecting consumers.

ShoreBank's Mary Houghton Backs Social Enterprise Reform

ShoreBank's Mary Houghton challenges the notion that social enterprises need to yield both social and market returns and instead advocates for an entrepreneurial environment that champions a balance of social impact and profit.

California High-Speed Rail Could Replace SFO-LAX Flights

Roelof van Ark, CEO of the California High Speed Rail Authority, envisions the role of a high-speed rail in California. The rail would aim to replace air travel for shorter trips, such as the one between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Three Levels of Pull: Access, Attraction, Full Potential

John Hagel, co-founder of Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation, defines the three levels of what he calls "pull": access, attraction, and full potential.

Google is a classic example of access, he says, allowing users to find the people and resources they need.

Condoleezza Rice: Tea Party Not a Racist Movement

The Tea Party movement may be home to some extreme voices, says former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, but don't call it racist. While Rice says her views diverge from the Tea Party's on issues such as immigration and free trade, "If it gets the attention of a federal government that is sometimes a little disconnected from its constituency, so be it."

David Brooks Blasts Media Coverage of Tucson Shooting

New York Times columnist David Brooks critiques how the press covered the shooting of Arizona Senator Gabrielle Giffords. He argues that the media politicized the issue, shifting focus away from the shooter's apparent mental illness.

"Journalism has been guilty of a great wrong," says Brooks. "Those who accused political players of contributing without any evidence made extremely grave accusations without any sense of responsibility."

US Security Network No Match for WikiLeaks and Lady Gaga

As an example of how regulatory systems fail to keep pace with technological change, William Davidow points to Pvt. Bradley Manning. Manning allegedly managed to steal thousands of classified documents from a secure government network by hiding the files on a CD-RW labeled "Lady Gaga."

"What the Internet has done is its ... empowered the individual to do things a thousand well-trained Soviet spies could never do," says Davidow.

The Psychological Impact of Gaming 28+ Hours Per Week

Jane McGonigal discusses the impact of gaming on the psychological health of gamers. McGonigal explains that when players spend more than 28 hours a week gaming, it can have a negative impact. She points to social and physical gaming as healthier alternatives, arguing these types of games facilitate a connection between gamers and real life friends and family.

Christina Romer: Two Hundred Thousand Jobs is Not Enough

Christina Romer, Former Obama administration Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers calls the recent report on job growth "not good enough" to signal a strong recovery.  

SNL: Horsing Around When Mr. Ed Dies

Comic writer Alan Zweibel, co-author of Lunatics with Dave Barry, recalls how writing for Saturday Night Live in the 1970s taught him to be flexible and improvise, particularly in a skit that involved an uncooperative horse.

Tom Brokaw: The Global Consequences of Greek Debt

Veteran journalist and special correspondent for NBC News Tom Brokaw believes that Greek debt might impact the U.S. economy. With fears that another global recession may be around the corner, Brokaw chides Washington for it's lack of urgency.

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Looking for a Job? How to Catch Google's Attention

Lazlo Bock, Vice President of People Operations at Google and George Anders, author of The Rare Find, lay out what prospective employees can do to attract Google's attention. Bock admits that Google often seeks out "people who are not looking for jobs."

FDA Commissioner: Regulation Helps Business

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg argues that regulation is not a job-killer, but instead that it "spurs industry to excellence" and drives innovation. 

Steve Jobs' Complex Relationship with Tim Cook

Adam Lashinsky, author of Inside Apple, delves into the complex relationship between Steve Jobs and Apple employees. Jobs restricted the outside personal activities of Apple employees, with the exception of his COO Tim Cook. Jobs was cultivating a personality very different from himself, believes Lashinsky, because "I think it would have been very difficult for Jobs to have tolerated being succeeded by someone like him."

Want to Upload Your Brain? Science Fiction Comes to Life

Professor of Computational Neuroscience at MIT Sebastian Seung discusses how the study of "connectomes", a comprehensive map of neural connections in the brain, can help turn science fiction into reality. Seung proposes that through the study of the connectome we can test whether ideas such as freezing ourselves or uploading our brains on to computers are even possible.

The ‘Dark Bright Spot’ in the Iran Nuclear Debate

Sam Nunn, former U.S. Senator and Co-Chairman and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, discusses the outlook for peacefully resolving the nuclear issue with Iran.  He argues that economic sanctions seem to be working, and highlights a recent statement from the Ayatollah that would give Iran the option to give up a weapons program while saving face.

US Chamber of Commerce President Defends the American CEO

Responding to criticism of CEO pay, Thomas Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, makes the case for the high value of the American CEO. Donohue argues that CEOs have a tough job, explaining, "you either make the money, you reach the numbers, or you're gone." 

Feingold Criticizes Citizens United Decision

Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold speaks out against the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. "This was truly one of the most strange and wrong decisions in the history of this country", says Feingold, and he argues that the Supreme Court has rendered precedent useless.

Spirit and Opportunity: Roving Mars' Landscape

William J. Clancey, Chief Scientist of Human-Centered Computing at the Intelligent Systems Division of the NASA Ames Center, talks about the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) program. Adjusting to Mars' atmosphere, Clancey shares that the two teams controlling separate rovers even adopted Mars' time schedule.

John Yoo's Argument Against 'Global Governance'

John Yoo, Professor of Law at the UC Berkeley, discusses the influence of globalization on nation states. Yoo argues that the complexity of globalization is laying the foundation for "global governance", a paradigm that threatens state sovereignty.

T.C. Boyle: Incorporating Environmentalism in Art

Acclaimed author T.C. Boyle discusses incorporating environmentalism into his writing, a prominent theme of his latest novel, When the Killing's Done.

Dr. Jennifer Brokaw: No One Understands Health Care Costs

Dr. Jennifer Brokaw, Associate Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine at San Francisco General/UCSF, discusses a problem plaguing effective American health care systems: the misunderstood nature of health costs by both patient and doctor.

Isaacson: 'Nice' Not an Adjective to Describe Steve Jobs

"If you were listing the 1000 adjectives for Steve, kindness would not be up there," says Walter Isaacson, the biographer of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. "He seemed to live as if the normal rules didn't apply to him."

The People's Grocery: Sustainability, Food & Community

Nikki Henderson, executive director of the People's Grocery, an organization dedicated to promoting the availability of healthful food in West Oakland, describes some of the initiatives that her organization has undertaken. "If we want to 'do' sustainability, really, we have to rebuild social networks. And one of the best ways to do that is through food," she says.

Zuckerberg Says He 'Threw' Facebook Together in a Week

Participating on a panel back in 2006, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg recalls the humble beginnings of the now social media juggernaut, which is celebrating its seventh birthday today. "I just threw the site together in about week when I was at school," remembers Zuckerberg. "It isn't actually that impressive, it was very simple back then."

Milani Fears Nuclear Iran Would Spur Mideast Arms Race

Scholar Abbas Milani believes Iran is on its way to nuclear proliferation, which he fears will mark the end of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the beginning of an arms race in the Middle East. "Many of the radicals are very influential in these countries," says Milani. "If one of these radical groups get its hands on one of these weapons, they will detonate it."

Comcast-NBC Merger: FCC OKs New Era of Media Monopoly?

Free Press founder Josh Silver reviews the negative consequences of vertical media integration, like the recent Comcast-NBC merger, and criticizes the Obama administration for breaking campaign promises to uphold net neutrality and prevent the "excessive concentration of power in the hands of one corporation."

PayPal Cofounder Max Levchin Sees Scarcity of Innovation

PayPal co-founder Max Levchin perceives a lack of big ideas in Silicon Valley and around the world. Levchin contrasts this to the great risks and innovations of the space exploration era. "We're sitting pretty," says Levchin of the U.S., chalking this up to a shift away from long-term thinking and lack of leadership on the national level.

SF Giants' Sabean: Baseball No Longer National Pastime

"All of the sudden, we’re not the national pastime," bemoans Brian Sabean, general manager of the San Francisco Giants. Sabean attributes the national disinterest in baseball to a lack of scholarships for young players. With star athletes pursuing more lucrative deals in other sports, viewers follow them to the NFL and NBA, causing baseball ratings to plummet.

Jed Emerson: Social Entrepreneurship Defies Definition

Social entrepreneur Jed Emerson reflects on how social entrepreneurship now encompasses an industry of philanthropic business that defies strict definition. "I've spent a lot of time writing papers on what is social entrepreneurship. Nobody pays any attention. They go and do whatever they want because they're entrepreneurs," says Emerson, who disagrees with Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus's aspirations of standardizing social entrepreneurship.

Moyo Calls for Investment in Education and Innovation

With federal budget cuts to education programs looming, economist and author Dambisa Moyo explains that the U.S. needs to start investing more aggressively in education in order to ignite innovation and keep pace with the rest of the world. "There is no point in going around to Africa and other poor places around the world and encouraging people to get educated if within your own country you have decided that it is not a priority," says Moyo.

WWJD? The Religious Argument for Community Involvement

Louise Burnham Packard, executive director of the Trinity Boston Foundation, discusses the resistance she's encountered in promoting social programs within a religious community. She explains that while Jesus' message about helping the poor often "gets pushed aside," in the end it's "divine love" that encourages her to help the less fortunate.

Kriss Deiglmeier: Taking a Long View on Social Innovation

Kriss Deiglmeier addresses the fact that social innovation is a long process and can take decades to scale. Citing Grameen Bank as a prominent example, Deiglmeier notes, "it took twenty years for it to really even make a dent in terms of reaching millions of people with loans."

Guy Kawasaki on Successful Marketing: Plant Many Seeds

Author Guy Kawasaki applies the theory that a small number of low profile individuals can drive a product's success through word of mouth online. Kawasaki speculates that sending his most recent book, Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions, to 1400 bloggers for review had as much influence on the popularity of the book as sending it to 200 A-list reviewers did.

Omidyar Network's Bannick on Flexible Philanthropy

Matt Bannick, managing partner at Omidyar Network, argues non-profit foundations should be investing more money in for-profit enterprises that are focused on social improvement, while handing out less money in grants.

Charles Ferguson: A Proposal to Reform Wall Street

Charles Ferguson, director of "Inside Job," proposes a strategy to reform the compensation structure of top players in the financial services industry. He explains that rather than capping the salaries of top executives, he would regulate the compensation of any person capable of taking major risks.

Steven Levy: How Did the Google-Apple Relationship Sour?

Steven Levy, author of In the Plex, describes the rise and fall of the relationship between Apple founder Steve Jobs and Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. While at one point "it was almost like it was one company," he says, the relationship quickly soured once Google entered the browser market.

Entitlement Cuts Pose an Unrealistic Hardship to Elderly

While Washington and state governments alike continue to push for cutbacks on government entitlements like Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid, Never Say Die author Susan Jacoby argues that such cuts would disproportionately affect the poor. "What we're not hearing is any realistic talk about who is going to take care of Granny twenty years from now if we do cut these programs," she says.

John Kerry Bashes Republican Budget Proposal

U.S. Senator John Kerry criticizes the House Republicans' budget proposal as overly ideological for taking drastic cuts from a small portion of government spending.

"What Americans want and need is a legitimate budget. But what they're being served up is an ideological game designed to score points and placate their base," says Kerry.

Jodi Kantor: The 'Political Potency' of the Obamas

Jodi Kantor, Arts and Leisure Editor at The New York Times, discusses her recent book The Obamas. With falling approval ratings after the passage of President Obama's health care legislation, Kantor shares the Administration's strategy to leverage Michelle Obama's high popularity.

Schwarzenegger to Whitman: Don't Return Us to Stone Age

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger dismisses Meg Whitman's claim that she would suspend California's climate-change legislation AB 32 if elected governor as mere political "rhetoric."

"I'm sure she doesn't want to be counted as one of those Republicans that would want to move us back to the Stone Age," says Gov. Schwarzenegger.

Leon Panetta Calls Deficit a Threat to National Security

CIA Director Leon Panetta discusses how the growing budget deficit weakens national security and burdens the coming generation.

"The borrowing we have to do around the world...makes us more dependent on those countries."

How Sure Are Scientists About Global Warming?

Dr. Henry N. Pollack, author of A World Without Ice, addresses accusations of climate change as an uncertain theory.

"Uncertainty should not lead to policy paralysis," he says. "Uncertainty is part of the world."

Freakonomics Co-Author Compares Pimps to Realtors

SuperFreakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner compares the value-add of a pimp to a realtor. The conclusion? Pimps deliver prostitutes more value than realtors do for homeowners.

IDEO's Tim Brown: Good Design Asks the Right Question

IDEO CEO Tim Brown shares one of the most important parts of design thinking: asking the right question.

He recounts his experience working with a bicycle manufacturer, tweaking their original idea to something more appropriate for the market.

Agassi Says His Dad Wishes He'd Played Golf, Not Tennis

In light of his recently published autobiography Open, Andre Agassi reflects on his tumultuous relationship with his father Mike Agassi. Andre says his dad recently told him that he would not have changed a single thing about how Andre was raised, except he would not have allowed him play tennis.

Was Iceland Victimized by Economic Hit Men?

Hoodwinked author John Perkins places the blame for Iceland's economic collapse on the tactics of economic hit men from multi-national corporations who prey upon nations for their natural resources.

Capt. Sully on Aviation Safety in a Turbulent Economy

How safe is flying? "Safe, and getting safer," according to famed pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger.

However, he fears the current state of the economy may deter the "best and brightest" from going into aviation.

Online Video: New Content for a New Format

Dominik Rausch, producer of the web series "Easy to Assemble," explains the rationale behind producing short-form content for the web and discusses the changes formats have undergone over the years. "As distribution is changing...lets also start changing the content and adapt it to our society," he says.

Toyota's Jim Lentz Reflects on Cash for Clunkers Program

James Lentz, President and COO of Toyota Motor Sales, reflects on the economic and environmental results of the Cash for Clunkers program.

Aside from stimulating the economy, Lentz explains that the program prevented the consumption of at least 31 million gallons of gas annually.

Dr. Walter Bortz Slams 'Corrupt' US Healthcare System

"Old people don't need to take a pill, they need to take a walk," argues Dr. Walter Bortz. He bashes the "corrupt," profit driven U.S. healthcare system for distorting the medical environment.

"Nobody's out there trying to prevent cancer, they're all so busy treating it because you get paid for it," he says.

Mechanical Turk and the Danger of Digital Sweatshops

Professor Jonathan Zittrain offers some background on Amazon's Mechanical Turk, an online crowdsourcing marketplace that pays small amounts of money for "human intelligence tasks." He analyzes the social implications of paying workers as little as a penny per task.

The Secret to Investing? Outwit Your Brain

Author Jonah Lehrer explains how an emotional tendency towards loss aversion can negatively influence a person's decisions.

Drawing from an analysis of stock portfolios, Lehrer warns that "unless you know about loss're going to make the same mistakes that people have been making forever."

Raj Patel: Cap, but Don't Trade

Raj Patel, author of The Value of Nothing, assesses the effectiveness of cap-and-trade legislation.

He argues that the trading aspect of the system benefits "big polluters and even bigger banks" at the expense of consumers, but that placing a legislative cap on pollution has been a success.

Bubbles Abound: Reich Says Be Wary of Commodities & China

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich warns easy money and stimulative policies may be creating the next global economic bubbles. He speculates that the two most worrisome candidates within the next year are commodities and China.

Spitzer to Aspiring Politicians: 'Be Smarter Than I Was'

Former Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer comments on his infamous resignation and offers advice to aspiring politicians.

Rick Steves Advocates Legalization of Marijuana

Travel author Rick Steves advocates a tolerance towards alternative lifestyles in the United States. He calls for more liberal laws concerning the use of soft drugs like marijuana. "There's not a reservoir of people just wishing they could ruin their lives with drugs if only it was legal," says Steves.

Internet Addiction: A Clinical Disorder?

Author and journalist Judith Horstman outlines a chapter from her most recent book, Day in the Life of Your Brain.

The chapter covers technology use and overuse, including the speculated relationship between screen time and attention span.

Free Now, Pay Later: Microsoft Turns Piracy into Profit

Wired editor and author Chris Anderson explains Microsoft's rather progressive stance on pirating. Microsoft takes a long view on young companies (and developing countries) who pirate its software, gambling that early exposure will lead to future business and increased profits for the software giant.

EPA's Lisa Jackson Outlines New Chemical Control Reform

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson reveals the Obama administration's "essential principles" for chemical management reform.

Jackson calls the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act inadequate and outdated.

David Wessel Likens Economic Collapse to Surgery

David Wessel likens Ben Bernanke's efforts to avoid an economic depression to a surgeon struggling to save a patient on the operating table.

Comparing collapsing banks to a circulatory system, Wessel says, "you can't save this one organ at a time; the entire system is at risk."

Is Public Healthcare a Right or a Reward?

Dr. Julio Frenk, Dean of Harvard School of Public Health, argues that an ethical debate to the nature of healthcare is a necessary part to reform.

He urges us to decide whether healthcare is a universal right or as a conditional reward.

Blue Dogs Preventing Dems from Progressive 'Slam Dunk'?

Political strategist Steve Hildebrand voices his frustration with the lack of progress made by the Democratic majority within Congress.

With majority control, he says, healthcare reform, equality for gay Americans, and climate change legislation should all be a "slam dunk."

Po Bronson Links Success to Adolescent Peer Pressure

Author Po Bronson argues that children actually benefit from peer pressure in the long term.

He draws a direct link from being self-conscious as an adolescent to maturing into a more socially attuned and sensitive adult.

Andromeda Ahoy! Edwin Hubble and the Expanding Universe

Bethany Cobb, a UC Berkeley postdoctoral fellow, explains Edwin Hubble's discovery that the universe is constantly expanding. She describes how galaxies are free to move through space, claiming in a few billion years Earth will "slam into the Andromeda Galaxy."

Noam Chomsky Likens Right-Wing Media to Nazi Germany

Linguist Noam Chomsky expresses concern that American listeners are consuming the "crazy content" broadcast by right-wing media outlets as "substantive" -- answers to why the rich liberals running the country do not care about people in the flyover states.

What comes to mind, Chomsky says, is late Wiemar Germany. "There were people with real grievances...the Nazis gave them an answer."

How Does the FBI Fight Cyber Crime?

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III recounts a notorious virtual bank heist by a group of savvy cyber criminals. Law enforcement officials face numerous challenges apprehending the criminals because the heist was pulled off using only "computers and fiber optic cables as weapons."

Rachel Maddow: Why Conservative Media Model Works

Rachel Maddow, host of the Rachel Maddow Show, and author of Drift, discusses her MSNBC show, and her goal to be mindful of a Republican audience.

Are Photovoltaics the Future of Energy Production?

Dr. Richard Swanson draws from a recent incentive program in Spain to argue that the scalability of photovoltaics makes the technology uniquely adaptable to energy production.

He says that while a nuclear plant requires 10 years of permit planning, the equivalence in photovoltaics can be built and installed in a single year.

Is Military Weaponry Used as 'Milfare' to Create Jobs?

Journalist Neil Sheehan criticizes the continuation of unnecessary military production only to maintain jobs.

Sheehan offers the example of the J-22 fighter which is no longer needed to combat the Cold War yet is still being produced in 22 states.

Deepak Chopra: Five Breathroughs for the Body

Deepak Chopra reveals the five breakthroughs he discovered while writing his latest book, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul.

He maintains that the body, genetics, and the concept of time can be changed through altered thought processes.

Ehrenreich: Did Positive Thinking Crash US Economy?

Author and activist Barbara Ehrenreich criticizes the "delusional" positivity that has permeated American culture.

She suggests that so-called "negative" realists are persecuted for their attitudes, particularly in business.

The Tragic Results of Public Healthcare in Canada

Sally Pipes draws from the tragic story of her mother's illness to describe the pitfalls of the Canadian healthcare system.

The average wait time in Canada to see a medical professional is 17.3 weeks and Pipes relates that 30,000 Canadians travel to the US annually to receive medical care.

Greil Marcus: Is Paris Hilton a 'Blade Runner' Android?

Cultural critic Greil Marcus offers his insight into the cult of celebrity gossip.

Marcus admits his love affair with celebrity news and confesses he often wonders if Paris Hilton is a real person, or a "Blade Runner android."

How to Negotiate a Successful Healthcare Bill

Conflict resolution expert Robert Mnookin explores how to improve alternatives when negations break down by examining the difficulty Democrats have had in trying to pass a healthcare reform bill.

Anthony Lewis Rails Against 'Activist Judge' Label

New York Times op-ed columnist Anthony Lewis challenges the term "activist judge," calling it an "utterly meaningless phrase."

"Put aside that meaningless term 'activist,' and let's substitute 'bold' or 'creative' judges," he says. "We wouldn't have the First Amendment we have today if we didn't have bold and creative judges."

Funny or Die: In a Viral World, the Best Content Wins

Mitch Galbraith, COO of humor website Funny or Die, says the site's content depends on social networking referrals for its ad-based revenue.

He describes the world of viral content as a meritocracy: "I can't take a crappy video and make people suggest it to their friends via Twitter."

Partisan Politics: Is Obama 'Subcontracting' to Congress?

Former Secretary of State James A. Baker laments the dysfunctional partisanship that, he says, currently grips Washington.

He criticizes President Obama for not prioritizing his initiatives, and for "subcontracting" to Congress instead of setting up his own bills.

Yunus Says Grameen Bank Remains Robust Despite Crisis

Muhammad Yunus says the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and its microcredit program remain robust despite the gloomy state of the global economy.

Yunus credits the bank's one-on-one relationship with the "real economy" for shielding it from the economic turbulence. "We don't even know there's a crisis going on," he says.

Hirsi Ali: What Prompted the Accused Times Square Bomber?

Author and critic of Islam Ayaan Hirsi Ali rejects the argument that Faisal Shahzad, a prime suspect in the Times Square car bombing attempt, would not have turned violent had he not been facing economic woes.

"I know people who can't read or write and who have jobs, work two jobs, three jobs," she says.

Soldiers at War: Hooked on Adrenaline, or Camaraderie?

Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm and War, speculates on what compels soldiers to return to combat.

While the adrenaline rush of war plays a role, he says, soldiers long for the strong sense of wartime camaraderie that they don't find in civilian life.

Is the Xbox Dead? Pishevar on the Next Gaming Platforms

Angel investor Shervin Pishevar argues that when it comes to gaming, platforms like iPad, iPhone, and Android are the wave of the future.

"Anyone that's doing games on platforms outside of these newer platforms," he says, "are essentially the walking dead."

Eco-Scripture: Be a Loving Environmentalist

Rabbi Stephen Pearce and Reverend Sally Bingham cite passages of scripture that they see as relevant to environmentalism.

Bingham interprets Jesus' remark that "what you do to the least of us, you do to me" as reason to save the environment, as environmental degradation affects the poor particularly harshly.

Nicholas Carr: The Internet Weakens Deep Thinking

Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows, asserts that the kind of intensive, repetitive activity people engage in online encourages a culture of short attention spans and easy distraction. "There's no reward for the more attentive modes of thought," says Carr.

Arrington Asks Kirkpatrick: Can Facebook Aid World Peace?

TechCrunch's Michael Arrington debates journalist David Kirkpatrick on the premise that Facebook as a communication tool will help to pacify the world and usher in world peace.

Conchy Bretos: Will Healthcare Reform Improve Elder Care?

Conchy Bretos, founder and CEO of MIA Consulting, predicts even though healthcare reform will drain money from Medicare, the quality of care seniors receive should improve. And high quality patient care, she explains, typically results in reduced prescription and hospitalization costs.

Michael Moss: USDA Food Safety Practices Half-Baked?

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Moss criticizes the conflict of interest inherent in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's dual function as food safety inspector and meat marketer.

Van Jones on BP Oil Spill: Drill, Baby, Still?

Environmental advocate Van Jones reflects on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and what society must learn from the catastrophe.

"I've never heard of a wind slick; I've never heard of a sun spill," says Jones. "There's a better way."

Job Hunt at a Lull? Try Informal Networking

Many of vocational coach Craig Nathanson's clients opt to start new businesses, but what about making a career change into an existing field?

Nathanson advocates an "informal networking" strategy, claiming traditional job search methods are not effective in today's economy.

Rep. Joe Sestak: Do Politics Get in the Way of Facts?

Congressman Joe Sestak identifies one of the fundamental problems plaguing Capitol Hill: the tendency to allow political interests to override reality.

Issues like the financial crisis are not the result of a lack of foresight, he says, and could have been nipped in the bud had politics not superseded fact.

Sorensen: How Congress Blocked JFK's Civil Rights Agenda

Ted Sorensen, speech writer for President John F. Kennedy, explains why civil rights legislation largely took a back seat to other issues during the Kennedy administration.

Anticipating a negative reaction to such radical proposals, the late president opted not to risk the rest of his legislative program.

How to Expose Corporate Greed? Impersonate Dow Chemical

Andy Bichlbaum, member of activist duo The Yes Men, explains how he managed to impersonate a representative from Dow Chemical on BBC World. The prank sent the company's stock plummeting; $2 billion was lost in twenty minutes. He questions the ethical implications of the event, saying: "It's really dire that a company does the right thing, and gets punished by the stock market."

Political Prisoner Saberi Reflects on Iran's Hardliners

Roxana Saberi, an American journalist who was held in Iran as a political prisoner in 2009, takes a position on the Islamic government.

She believes her arrest was a political act, formulated to intimidate journalists and Iranians who wanted to reach out to the West.

Eve Ensler Urges All to Channel Their 'Girl Cells'

Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, calls for both men and women to embrace their "girl cells" and challenges society to empower girls of all ages.

Bob Barr: Obama's SOTU Distorted Campaign Finance Ruling

Former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr criticizes President Obama's comment during the 2010 State of the Union Address about the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling.

Barr says Obama "deliberately" misrepresented the Supreme Court's decision in order to score political points.

Joseph Stiglitz Rejects Adam Smith's 'Invisible Hand'

Are 18th-century economist Adam Smith's revelations about the free market relevant to today's economy?

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz challenges Smith's teachings, stating "the reason the invisible hand often seemed invisible was that it wasn't there."

In Search of ET: Should We Broadcast?

Should earthlings actively announce their presence to extraterrestrials?

Director of the Center for SETI Research Jill Tarter says that while broadcasting is inevitable, we should wait until we are more technologically and politically advanced.

Geoengineering: Are We Playing God?

Will clearing the air of pollutants actually increase global warming?

A panel of climate experts discusses the ethical and scientific implications of geoengineering. "No matter what we do, we are already engineering the earth," says Albert Lin of UC Davis.

Amartya Sen: Is For-Profit Healthcare Unjust?

Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen criticizes the current healthcare system for allowing insurance companies to "exclude people who most need insurance."

He contrasts the issue with the switch to for-profit telephone companies in India, which he says greatly improved telecommunications.

MythBusters: How to Kill a Robot

"MythBusters" co-hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage discuss the likelihood of autonomous robots taking over the world. Their best advice? Install a kill switch on every machine.

The United States: A Petri Dish of Liberal Democracy

Science writer Timothy Ferris presents the United States as a science experiment in liberalism, based on the theory that "ordinary people should be maximally free."

Ferris says liberal democracies are much better at enacting laws and setting up programs than they are at analyzing the results, thus spurring the growth of big government.

Green Chemistry: The Foundation of a Sustainable Future

The simplest solution to avoid pollutants, says Chasing Molecules author Elizabeth Grossman, is to not create "hazardous waste in the first place." She explains this is the key principle of practicing green chemistry, and a radical departure from traditional industrial chemistry practices.

'It's a Good Thing': AARP Responds to Health Reform Bill

A. Barry Rand, the CEO of AARP, weighs in on the healthcare reform bill.

While Rand calls the bill "a good thing" and applauds it for trimming the deficit, he maintains that the bill is not "as much as we [older people] all want."

David Shenk: Can Persistence Be Taught?

The Genius in All of Us author David Shenk argues that persistence can be an acquired trait, rather than simply an innate quality.

He cites a study that found seventh graders who were praised for their hard work challenged themselves more than their peers who were praised for their intelligence.

Nancy Pelosi Lists Three Goals of Healthcare Bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offers her behind-the-scenes insight into the recently passed healthcare reform bill.

She enumerates the three main benefits of the bill: affordability, accessibility, and accountability.

Craig Barrett Demands Capable Math and Science Teachers

Craig Barrett faults the low achievement levels of students in math and science classes to unqualified teachers.

In addition to the K-12 classroom, Barrett faults poor teachers for "turning kids off of majoring in the key topics of the 21st century." "We are doing ourselves an immense disservice," he says.

Goodman Reports on the Collateral Murder WikiLeaks Video

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman describes a video posted anonymously to the watchdog website WikiLeaks that shows a U.S. helicopter attacking and killing over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff.

"You see these individuals on the ground blown to pieces," she says. "This shows the power of actually having the video tape, showing the pictures."

Vodka and M&Ms: Drinking with Clooney and Pitt

Legendary film producer Jerry Weintraub tells the story of an epic drinking contest between himself, George Clooney, and Brad Pitt on a private jet returning home from a shoot in Italy.  

Dropping the F-Bomb: The Dark Side of Hillary Clinton

Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, co-authors of Game Change, describe Hillary Clinton as a "Nixonian" figure during the 2008 presidential campaign. The authors comment on her use of the f-bomb, as well as her "bitterness, paranoia and anger" towards Obama.

Sue Halpern Distinguishes Memory Loss from Alzheimer's

Author Sue Halpern discusses the research of Scott Small on distinguishing the differences between normal memory loss associated with aging and Alzheimer's Disease, as well as new drugs for treating Alzheimer's.

The Criteria to Combat Climate Change

Peter Barnes lists and explains five criteria he deems necessary of any solution to affectively combat climate change.

George Schofield: Transitioning Identities Later in Life

Self-help writer George Schofield describes some of the skills necessary to transition from our usual external "identity anchors" to a more self-defined identity after age 50.

The Negative Effects of Stereotypical Ads

Derene Allen, Senior Vice President and Partner for Santiago Solutions Group, discusses the negative effects of stereotypical and racially insensitive advertisements.

Michael Mukasey on the Protect America Act

U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey discusses the Protect America Act of 2007, formerly the FISA Act, and defends the immunity of the telecommunication companies that complied with U.S. government surveillance requests.

Barbecue Porn: Using Sexual Innuendo to Enjoy Good Food

Fred Kaufman reads an excerpt from his book A Short History of the American Stomach and describes the media's portrayal of food using sexual innuendo. It's called "food porn."

Counterfeit Crochet Project

Bay Area artist Stephanie Syjuco describes her Counterfeit Crochet Project which encourages people to crochet replicas of designer bags and submit photos of their finished work.

Factors that Sustain the Spread of AIDS

Dr. Marcus Conant explains that lack of outreach in black and hispanic communities along with the use of crystal meth will make it difficult to successfully tackle the AIDS epidemic.

Sam Gosling Examines Creativity and Openness

Social psychologist Sam Gosling analyzes the openness trait, which he calls the "Leonardo Factor", by examining peoples' personal spaces.

Openness, to Gosling, can be found not in the amount of creative items but in their variety.

Dr. Richard Carmona: Dropout to Surgeon General

Former Surgeon General of the U.S. Dr. Richard Carmona discusses his unlikely route from high school dropout to Surgeon General.

Peggy Klaus on Recession-Proofing Mistakes

Author and Career Coach Peggy Klaus describes common mistakes people make on the job during a recession. While expertise certainly matters, Klaus says, it isn't enough if you can't get along with people, sell your ideas, solve problems, or motivate others.

Larree Renda: Why Safeway Can't Stop Selling Cigarettes

Chief strategist and administrative officer for Safeway, Inc. Larree Renda explains the obstacles in place that would keep Safeway from taking a stand against selling cigarettes.

Her reasons include the need to please shareholders, the high risk of losing customers, and the potential adverse effects on employees' working hours.

Roger Mudd Discusses the News Anchor

Roger Mudd compares the style of old news anchors to the anchors of today.

Roger Mudd is an Emmy Award-winning U.S. television journalist and broadcaster, most recently as the primary anchor for The History Channel.

Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach on FDA Clinical Trials

Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Andrew von Eschenbach states the current clinical trials are "slow, laborious, and fraught with failure" and "subject patients to risky experimentation."

In response to this failure, Dr. von Eschenbach advocates the Sentinel Initiative - an electronic system which tracks drug performance to the benefit of public health.

William Perry on False Alarms of the Cold War

Former Secretary of Defense William Perry discusses the impact of the Cold War on his views of denuclearization. Perry recalls anecdotes of false alarms during the Cold War.

George Lakoff Exposes Conservative Marketing Strategies

George Lakoff, author of The Political Mind, details the psychological framing devices conservatives use in framing their politics.

Lakoff attributes think tanks, talking heads, and linguistic manipulation to the formation of conservatives' "cognitive strategy" which he believes is in stark contrast to the Enlightenment base of progressive politics.

A Personal Experience with Pesticides

Arizona resident Donique Brumley recounts the health problems she believes her community experienced as a direct result of spray pesticides.

E.J. Dionne Condemns the Abortion Debate

Washington Post Columnist E.J. Dionne advocates abandoning the current debate over the legality of abortion and instead favors concentrating efforts to reduce the need for abortions in the first place.

David Boaz Compares McCain to Dr. Strangelove

Libertarian scholar David Boaz assesses Presidential candidate John McCain, comparing him to Dr. Strangelove.

To Boaz, McCain's strange policies -- like mandating calisthenics -- look as if they came from a foreign dictatorship.

The Cost of High School Dropouts

Russell Rumberger, Director of the California Dropout Research Project, details the enormous cost incurred from the high rate of high school dropouts in the state of California.

Andrew Keen on a Hierarchy of Knowledge

Andrew Keen, author of Cult of the Amateur: How the Internet is Killing our Culture, argues that a flaw of Wikipedia - and Web 2.0 in general - is the equal weight given to important information and trivial facts.

Alphonso Jackson on the U.S. Housing Crisis

Alphonso Jackson discusses the housing crisis in the United States.

Lewis Schiff Examines the Middle Class Millionaire

Lewis Schiff names the most important factor in creating wealth as enlightened self-interest, or the -- at times -- Machiavellian desire to succeed.

Middle class millionaires are more likely to leverage the legal system, take advantage of weaknesses in other people and believe the ends justify the means.

The Scale of the Iraq War

Harvard Professor Linda Bilmes discusses the overall scale of the Iraq War according to the Federal budget.

Marwan Muasher: The Doomed Roadmap to Middle East Peace

Jordanian diplomat Marwan Muasher describes the contents of the Roadmap for Middle East Peace which, despite being a thorough and concrete plan for a two-state solution, was doomed from the beginning for lack of support from Israel and the U.S.

Obama’s Resume: Gender Roles in U.S. Politics

Dee Dee Myers states that a woman running for President with Barack Obama's resume would be a political laughingstock.

Chinese American Attitudes Survey: Taiwan

Dean of Wayne State University Law School, Frank Wu discusses public opinion in the U.S. and China over whether or not Taiwan is a possible military issue.

Cindy Chavez on Barriers for Female Politicians

Cindy Chavez, Former Vice Mayor and City Council Member of San Jose, describes the barriers she faced as a woman running for elected office and her surprise at the prevalence of gender discrimination in politics.

Muhammad Yunus on Founding Grameen Bank

Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus discusses the founding of Grameen Bank.

Mary Nichols on the California Emissions Plan

Mary Nichols details the new emission caps that California is starting to implement.

AB-32, California's "Global Warming Solutions Act," calls for greenhouse gas emissions to return to 1990 levels by 2020, an ambitious plan that requires better efficiency across all industries that make up the state's always growing economy.

John Todor on Business in Today’s Market

John Todor discusses the disconnect in the buyer-seller relationship of today's market.

Rethinking U.S. Relations with Iran

USA Today Senior Diplomatic Reporter Barbara Slavin and Stanford Iranian Studies Program Director Abbas Milani state that the next President will have to rethink and develop a well-thought out plan for relations with Ahmadinejad and Iran.

Renee Anderson on Usability Testing in Website Creation

Renee Anderson discusses the importance, methods, and costs of usability testing -- which is often eliminated from website creation -- in the process of creating a website or web project.

The TED Prize: One Wish to Change the World

TED Prize Director Amy Novogratz explains the TED Conference and the mission behind the TED Prize.

David Cay Johnston on the Truth About Sales Tax

Former New York Times investigative journalist and current independent reporter David Cay Johnston claims that sales tax from major retailers never reaches the government.

Richard Fisher on U.S. Government Debt

Richard Fisher explains the immense debt of the United States government and how it's only going to get far worse if not handled properly now.

Christie Dames on Hidden Dangers in the Mouth

Founding Partner of TechTalk/Studio Christie Dames discusses the hidden dangers she believes are within our mouths.

Fareed Zakaria Calls American Politics Brain Dead

Fareed Zakaria names "brain dead politics" as the biggest problem confronting the U.S. which has grown "fat and happy" in its "imperial bubble."

On issues of energy policy, social security, health care and immigration, Zakaria claims that America has lost its competitiveness along with its ability to suffer short-term pain for long-term gain.

Willie Brown on Divisions Within the Democratic Party

Former Mayor of San Francisco and Speaker of the California Assembly Willie Brown states that the rigorous democratic primary is not dividing the party, rather making it stronger by exciting record numbers of people from different demographics to the polls. Brown also addresses possible vice president candidates.

Harry Reid Recalls a Better Congress, a Worthy President

Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader from Nevada, remembers his early days in congress when disagreements between political parties were more civil.

Reid renames our current president King George based on his haughty pretension and condemns the lack of cooperativeness in Congress and the presidency.

Larry Diamond on Transitioning to Democracy

Larry Diamond details which countries have transitioned to Democracy in recent history.

Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor by courtesy of political science and sociology at Stanford University.

Julia Ingle on Hooking Up and College Sexual Norms

Columnist of "Sex on Tuesday" Julia Ingle discusses the cultural change in college sexual norms, most specifically the expectations of hooking up and the abnormality of long-term relationships.

Eleanor Coppola on 'The Circle of Memory'

Eleanor Coppola, author of Notes on a Life, reads an excerpt from her book about ancient cairns, and talks about the emotional power they can hold.

Firoozeh Dumas on Being Nominated for the Thurber Prize

Firoozeh Dumas, author of the bestselling Funny in Farsi, discusses being nominated for the Thurber award running against Jon Stewart, and being bumped from CNN for the author of a book about female suicide bombers.

Mary Tillman and the Moral Ambiguity of Military Service

Mother of slain army ranger and NFL star Pat Tillman reads from her tribute to her son, Boots on the Ground by Dusk. In the excerpt, she describes and the tension between her family's belief in the honor of serving in the military and their changing moral convictions regarding various military conflicts.

Fred Kaplan Explains the Title, Daydream Believers

Slate's "War Stories" columnist Fred Kaplan discusses the meaning behind the title of his new book, Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power.

Daniel Libeskind Revitalizes Architecture

Architect Daniel Libeskind philosophizes on the sustainability of architecture as an artistic endeavor, a cultural discipline, and an energy consumer.

He argues that while malls and housing may seem like prosaic projects, they are as crucial as museums in our cultural life. Architecture wakes us from a sleep endemic to modern life, Libeskind relates, to see the wondrous, inspiring, and problematic world in which we live.

Matt Gonzalez on the Taft-Hartley Act

2008 Vice-Presidential candidate Matt Gonzalez discusses the impact of the Taft-Hartley Act, the capitulation and accommodation of two-party politics, and the power of labor abroad. Gonzalez expresses his dissatisfaction with the rhetoric of the current presidential campaign, and with the limits on labor's power in this country, which he worries has allowed the Republican party to hold power.

Eleanor Clift: Schiavo Case Weakened Republicans

Eleanor Clift reviews the politics of the Terry Schiavo case -- leaked memos, evangelicalism, and the manipulation of this "hot political issue."

Clift claims that the government overreaching in the Schiavo case began the unraveling of the Republican majority in Congress.

Bill Weihl on Green Computers

What top three things can consumers do to conserve computer energy? Expert Bill Weihl recommends employing power management features, purchasing Energy Star and EPEAT approved computers, and demanding clean energy from manufacturers.

Fernando & Greg on the Unlikely History of Their Success

Hosts of America's first openly gay morning show give a "brief history" of the show's orgins. Although many think that "Fernando and Greg in the Morning" grew from a targeted effort to gather gay audiences, the hosts agree that the show was more a matter of luck than calculated ambition.

Fernando also names some unlikely obstacles to the show's success -- namely, a gay producer who scorned the idea of a fully gay talk show.

Paul Saffo on Killer Robots

Citing the Roomba and a flying UAV that killed terrorists in Yemen, technology forecaster and futurist Paul Saffo discusses the indications of deadly robots emerging in the future.

Paul Roberts Links Biofuels 'Debacle' to High Food Prices

Paul Roberts discusses how biofuels drove corn prices up which have, in turn, skyrocketed prices of other mainstay crops.

Corn prices have quintupled in the past five years, Roberts reports, and this has caused a "ripple effect" throughout the global economy.

Steve Coll on Osama Bin Laden's Family Traits

Author Steve Coll lists four ways that Osama Bin Laden displays characteristics in common with both his father and brother.

Prince Zeid on the Middle East Peace Process

Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein explains there is no clear reason for the instability in the Middle East.

Scott McClellan Discusses Trusting President Bush

Former Press Secretary Scott McClellan discusses his past relationship with President George W. Bush and how his trust blinded him from the culpability to the War in Iraq.

Stephen Murdoch on IQ Tests and Eugenics

Stephen Murdoch, author of IQ: A Smart History of a Failed Idea, talks about how IQ tests were used as the basis of eugenics programs in Nazi Germany and early 20th century America.

Are Tobacco, Health Care 'Vestiges of Slavery?'

Dr. Releford recognizes the "legislated racism" in targeting African Americans with tobacco -- he comments on Malcolm X-themed menthols -- and exempting menthol cigarettes from restrictive bills.

"Nothing is more destructive than tobacco smoking in the African American community," Dr. Releford says especially considering the lack of health care and other resources to counter-market tobacco.

Gene Healy on the Terror Presidency

Gene Healy discusses the pressure the next president will face to thwart any terror threats, as well as the temptation to fall back on the Bush administration's view of executive power.

Fred Krupp on Green Entrepreneurial Innovation

President of the Environmental Defense Fund Fred Krupp outlines entrepreneurial innovation in the areas of solar and biofuel.

Jane Smiley Discusses the Characters in Her Novels

Jane Smiley explains that the characters she creates in her novels all represent some part of herself.

Thomas Henriksen on Learning From Mistakes Before Iraq

Thomas Henriksen, author of American Power After the Berlin Wall, analyzes some of the missteps made by the United States in Panama and Bosnia and explains how the government repeated many of the same mistakes in Iraq instead of learning from them.

Alfred Regnery on George W. Bush's Presidency

Alfred Regnery names George W. Bush a "disappointment" to conservatives who has "deteriorated American esteem abroad" and led the nation into a disastrous war.

Although Regnery believes Bush's tax cuts were excellent as was his habit of "sticking to his guns," Bush, overall, has led a ruinous presidency.

Howard Fineman on Reverend Jeremiah Wright's Remarks

Newsweek Senior Editor Howard Fineman discusses possible motivations behind Reverend Jeremiah Wright's recent remarks, the history of faith in public life, and the implications for the Obama campaign.

Jeff Raz on Training Clowns in College

Jeff Raz details his rise to be the director of the Clown Conservatory in San Francisco which ran counter to his belief that "you can't train clowns."

Raz believes his conservatory rose directly from the closure of the Ringling Brothers Clown College, whose intensive program required students to attend 14-hours-a-day.

General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner on Global Energy

Rick Wagoner talks about new energies and how the environment is a global issue, not just an American issue.

Philip Bobbitt on the Futility of the War on Terror

Dr. Philip Bobbitt explains that terrorism is not a country you can declare war against, it is a technique and a war on terror is impossible.

Arianna Huffington Bashes the Mainstream Media

Arianna Huffington bashes the mainstream media for its spinelessness in finding truth.

The ideals of the media are buried in its timid "fairness" in presenting both sides of the story even in the case in which only one side is truthful, as in Iraq or global warming.

Modern Media’s Influence on Political Campaigns

Veteran political consultants Leslie Francis and Edward Rollins discuss overly cautious politicians, and identify how modern media outlets have influenced the ways political campaigns are managed.

Andrew Fire Discusses RNA Interference

Nobel Prize-winning geneticist Andrew Fire answers several questions relating to ethics, politics, and science research.

Steve LeVine Faults Putin for Anna Politkovskaya's Murder

Steve Levine remembers the brutal murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

Although there are many theories available as to who was responsible, Levine finds Putin at fault because he created an "atmosphere of impunity" encouraging violence.

Joe Biden on Religion and Government

Delaware Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden discusses the role of religion in American society, and gives his thoughts on the separation between church and state.

Shirley Jackson: Principles for US Global Energy Security

The Honorable Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson defines energy security, which is different for every country, and outlines six basic principles the United States should follow to achieve comprehensive global energy security.

Solving the Subprime Mortgage Housing Crisis

Tom Campbell, Dean of the Haas School of Business, discusses ways to solve the subprime mortgage crisis and prevent it from spilling over into the general financial market.

Dan Burden on Educating City Planners and Engineers

Walkable Communities Inc. founder Dan Burden discusses the changes that need to take place in the way city planners and engineers are educated to improve how they work together to design better communities.

L.A.'s Chinatown Massacre of 1871

English and American Studies Professor Jean Pfaelzer recounts the bloody Los Angeles massacre of 1871 in which seventeen men and two women were lynched.

Paula Kerger on Arts Programming

Paula Kerger, CEO and President of PBS, discusses the loss of arts programming from network and cable television and the commitment of PBS to continue to provide visual and performing arts content.

A Cultural Divide in Iraq

Eric Schmitt, Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent for the New York Times, describes a botched military raid he witnessed firsthand while embedded with American troops in Iraq.

Iran's Nuclear National Intelligence Estimate

National Intelligence Council Chairman Thomas Fingar discusses the findings of the 2007 NIE report entitled Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities.

Bill Richardson On Illegal Immigration

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson outlines his views on immigration policy.

Mike Huckabee's Plan for Iraq

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee outlines the first steps he would take as President in handling the Iraq war. He suggests enlisting the cooperation and contribution of neighboring countries in the Middle East.

Skip Bowman on Nuclear Energy

Admiral Frank "Skip" Bowman, President and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute, argues that nuclear waste management is a less severe problem than many believe.

Haji Nusrat: Guantanamo's Oldest Detainee

Mahvish Khan, lawyer and author of My Guantanamo Diary, recalls the story of Haji Nusrat, an 80 year old paraplegic detainee held without understanding his crime, and reportedly Guantanamo's eldest detainee.

Dr. Robert Butler Suggests Small Fix for Social Security

Robert Butler examines how little Americans really understand about the social security system.

Dr. Butler continues by suggesting a small fix that could greatly reduce social security's financial troubles.

Does Iran Need a 'Regime Change?'

John R. Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, argues that "regime change" may be the international community's only option to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Remembering San Francisco's 'Summer of Love'

Dr. David E. Smith, founder of San Francisco's Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, reminisces on his experiences during that city's "Summer of Love" in 1967.

Ben Stein: Financial Savvy Means Curb Spending and Save

Ben Stein advises Americans to curb spending and save.

Wesley Clark on America's Foreign Policy 'Coup'

Retired four-star general and former Democratic Presidential candidate Wesley Clark criticizes the course of U.S. foreign policy in the wake of September 11, 2001.

Do Atheists Lack 'Spiritual Values?'

A panel of religious experts debates the question of whether or not "spiritual values" can be held by individuals who do not profess a belief in God.

Bush, Abstinence, and Global AIDS Prevention

Ambassador Mark Dybul, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, defends the Bush Administration's reliance on abstinence education and assistance from faith-based organizations in waging the fight against global AIDS.

Imad Moustapha on the Israeli Airstrikes in Syria

Imad Moustapha, Syrian Ambassador to the United States, answers questions concerning the Israeli airstrikes in September 2007 on alleged Syrian nuclear facilities.

Barry Bonds, Baseball, and Steroids

Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, investigative reporters and co-authors of the book Game of Shadows, discuss Barry Bonds, steroids, and the current state of professional baseball.

Nobel Prize Winner Paul Krugman

2008 Nobel Prize winner and New York Times Op-Ed columnist Paul Krugman discusses the history of the American "middle class," and argues that growing income inequality may threaten its existence.

How Laws Affect Stem Cell Research

Dr. Moira Gunn, host of NPR's Tech Nation and BioTech Nation, discusses the ways in which current U.S. laws present challenges for American stem cell researchers.

Alice Feiring Advocates Natural Winemaking

Wine writer Alice Feiring defines her idea of natural wine: minimal use of sulfur, no nutrients, no enzymes, no flavors.

Wine comes from grapes, Feiring says, not sulfur or additives.

Peter Gosselin Explains Financial Survivalism

National Economics Correspondent for The Los Angeles Times, Peter Gosselin outlines tactics to stay afloat during the economic recessions.

He considers these tactics -- avoiding exotic mortgages, clarifying employment benefits -- crucial to "financial survivalism."

Bill Bradley on Money, Lobbyists, and Politics

Former New Jersey Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Bill Bradley criticizes the influence of lobbyists and high-dollar campaign contributors on American politics.

Gerard Jones on Violent Video Games

Comic book writer Gerard Jones addresses concerns many parents have about violent video games and their effects on children.

Digital Music: Pros and Cons of DRM

Music industry experts Gerd Leonhard, Ted Cohen and Richard French debate issues concerning digital rights management (or DRM) protected media.

Oswald Not Involved in JFK Assassination

Author and renowned trial attorney Vincent Bugliosi rejects any notion that Lee Harvey Oswald was acting as part of a conspiracy to assassinate President John F. Kennedy.

Executive Power and the Bush Administration

Goldwater conservative and frequent Bush Administration critic John Dean argues that the office of the President has become far more powerful than it was originally intended to be.

Truth and Reality TV

Bill Guttentag discusses the monetary and cultural significance of television, reality programming and advertising.

Anthony Romero: The ACLU's Record on Terrorism

Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, discusses the position of the ACLU in regards to terrorism and other wartime legislation.

Jimbo Wales on Expanding into Wikia

Hear Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales, founder of Wikipedia and the new Wikia Search, describe his open source search engine. Mr. Wales made his comments as part of a longer interview in July 2007.

Greg LeMond: Doping and the Pressure to Win as a Cyclist

Three time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond discusses the pressure to win at all costs in the world of professional cycling. He tells the story of a former teammate whose use of performance enhancing drugs led to his death from a heart attack.

Steve Diller on a Socially Conscious Cement Company

Steve Diller, co-author of Making Meaning: How Successful Businesses Deliver Meaningful Customer Experiences tells the story of a cement company in Mexico City as an example of socially conscious capitalism that is not limited to affluent communities with disposable income.

YouTube and Copyright

YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen discuss copyright issues regarding web video during a conversation with Wired Magazine Editor-In-Chief Chris Anderson.

Tactics of Seduction and Manipulation

Nina DiSesa, chairman of McCann-Erickson in New York, discusses her tactics of seduction and manipulation in dealing with the male-dominated world of advertising.

William Neukom: What's So Bad About Lawyers?

Current President of the American Bar Association William Neukom takes issue with the predominantly negative image the American public holds of lawyers and the U.S. legal system.

Darrel Steinberg on Greening Education

California State Senator Darrell Steinberg urges that education reform be closely tied to the new green economy.

This action, Steinberg says, will improve the alarming California drop out rate: 24% for all, 41% for African-Americans, and 31% for Latinos.

Dennis Kucinich: Running on a Third-Party Ticket

Ohio Congressman and Democratic Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich discusses the role he sees himself holding within the greater Democratic Party.

Kepler Mission Close to Discovering Earth-like Planets?

Bethany Cobb, a UC Berkeley postdoctoral fellow, discusses NASA's Kepler Mission and its search for Earth-like planets in other solar systems. She predicts the mission will soon begin discovering "little rocky planets" orbiting distant stars.

Gov. Schwarzenegger Says He's Willing to Work for Obama

"Anyway I can help the Obama administration to be successful," says California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, "I will do so." The governor reiterates that partisan politics should not get in the way of America's continued success.

John Kerry Justifies US Military Force in Libya

John Kerry explains the American national security interest that justified President Barack Obama's use of military force in Libya.

A.J. Jacobs: What I Learned from Reading the Encyclopedia

Author A.J. Jacobs describes details he retained from reading the encyclopedia cover to cover. He explains that while 98% of what he read has been forgotten, many odd facts - like the number of nipples on a possum - are "stuck."

Sally Pipes Spells Out the Public Healthcare Option

Sally Pipes, President and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, examines the often misunderstood public option healthcare bill.

From allowing states to "opt-out" of public healthcare to "Medicare plus 5%," Pipes outlines the various forms of the hotly debated bill.

Fred Krupp on Cap and Trade Emissions Trading

President of the Environmental Defense Fund Fred Krupp describes the cap and trade system of emissions trading outlined in his new book, Earth: The Sequel.

Barbara Ehrenreich: Don't Feed Your Children Delusions

Nickel and Dimed author Barbara Ehrenreich explains her take on positive parenting. While she supports the encouragement of self-esteem in children, she warns parents that "delusions are dangerous."

The IQ Test and Standardized Multiple Choice Testing

Stephen Murdoch explains that IQ tests used by the army during World War I were the birth of objective, multiple choice tests like the SAT or GRE used today.

Moore Says Greedy Media Execs Killed the News Industry

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore argues that greedy big media executives have all but killed newspapers by laying off beat reporters, dumbing down the news and endorsing "anti-education" Republican political candidates.

"They've slit their own throats," claims Moore. "They've eliminated the very people they need to read their paper."

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: Why Do Children Fib?

Authors Po Bronson and Ayelet Waldman discuss the intricacies of childhood lying. Bronson offers the developmental cycle of lying in young children, while Waldman illustrates with a humorous story.

Paul Saffo Forecasts a Robot Society

Technology forecaster and futurist Paul Saffo discusses the movement among Japan's aging population towards a robot driven society and outlines how the trend may affect the future job market.

He also explores what society will look like after computers are able to consistently pass the Turing test, thus blurring the boundaries between human and machine.

Can Global Health Increase National Security?

Dr. Julio Frenk links global health to the national security debate, considering such issues as preventable childhood diseases and childbirth-related deaths.

He elaborates, "It would make the world a more secure finally deal with the many millions of deaths that are completely unnecessary."

Deepak Chopra's Spiritual Journey with LSD

Spiritual guru Deepak Chopra discusses the ritualistic use of hallucinogenic drugs, and his own experience with LSD.

David Wessel Defends 'Too Big to Fail' Banks

David Wessel , Wall Street Journal editor and author of In Fed We Trust, explains why some financial institutions are "too big to fail."

Although these large institutions are inherently risky, Wessel believes they are necessary in a global economy. The question, he says, is how do we regulate them?

Joe Biden on Moving Forward in Iraq

Delaware Senator and former 2008 Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden discusses his ideas for a resolution to the U.S. war in Iraq.

Do No Evil? Google's Censored Search Results in China

Author Steven Levy discusses the internal struggle that ensued from Google's decision to provide censored search results in China. He explains that in order to justify its decision, Google developed a "moral spreadsheet" to calculate the good and evil it would do by providing filtered information to the Chinese public.

FBI Director Warns of Phisher Scam Crimes

Robert S. Mueller III, Director of the FBI, draws from a personal example to explain the techniques of a "phishing scam."

"They had mimicked the e-mails the bank would ordinarily sent out to its customers."

Still No Charges for Known Finance Industry Crimes

"Inside Job" director Charles Ferguson details some of the known crimes investment banks were involved in that contributed to the economic collapse -- all of which remain unprosecuted.

EPA Toughens Stance on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson discusses the agency's recently announced Mandatory Reporting Rule (MRR) for greenhouse gas emissions.

She emphasizes that the MRR will only apply to facilities that emit at least 25,000 tons of greenhouse gases a year, and that the EPA would "not touch small businesses."

Noam Chomsky Says Big Business Dictates the Presidency

"Campaign funding is a remarkable predictor of election, and also of policy," says controversial political activist Noam Chomsky. He asserts that the Supreme Court is currently considering a lawsuit that would allow corporations to "buy elections directly, instead of indirectly."

Have Gay Rights Advanced in the 40 Years Since Stonewall?

"In the 40 years since Stonewall, the Congress of the United States has done almost nothing to further equality for LGBT Americans," says Democratic political strategist Steve Hildebrand.

Referencing "don't ask, don't tell" and gay marriage, Hildebrand says Congress has actually reversed progress for the gay community.

Jane Smiley Takes a Trip to Hollywood

Jane Smiley relays a funny experience she once had when flown out to Hollywood for a potential movie.

Wired's Chris Anderson Says Freemiums May Save Newspapers

Wired editor and author Chris Anderson speculates that the low cost of digital publishing may facilitate newspapers to generate sufficient revenue by charging subscriptions for premium content, thus cutting off dependency on advertisers and saving the industry.

Did Myths Blind Americans to 'Mistake' of Vietnam?

Journalist Neil Sheehan confesses that he fell victim to the myths of the Vietnam and Cold Wars.

"We were supposed to be saving this country [Vietnam] but what we were doing was blowing it up and burning it down."

Gene Healy on Situational Constitutionalism

Gene Healy accuses conservative publications of situational constitutionalism and looks back at inconsistent views on how much power the President should really posses.

Howard Fineman on Statements by Bill Clinton

Newsweek Senior Editor Howard Fineman discusses Bill Clinton's affect on the Hillary Clinton campaign, including Clinton's feelings for Barack Obama and the integrity of his intentions.

Geoffrey Nunberg: GOP Scrambling to Find New Language

Linguistics professor Geoffrey Nunberg comments on the state of the Republican Party and it's quest to find a new language after sustaining a major loss during the 2008 elections.

Nunberg points to the GOP's rediscovery of the word "socialism," which has resurfaced as a way to classify the political and economic leanings of Barack Obama.

Romer Weighs In on Obama's Plan for Health Care Reform

Christina Romer discusses the details of the Obama administration's plan for health care reform.

She names incentives for technological advancements and slowing the growth rate in health care costs as some of the reforms proposed by the economic council.

Frank Wilczek - Creating a Unified Field Theory

Frank Wilczek discusses the historical quest for a unified field theory, a single equation showing every force in the universe -- from nucleic interactions to gravity -- are all variations of the same basic force.

Wilczek describes his efforts in the field and explains what he hopes to learn from the Large Hadron Collider.

Natural Gas Makes Bedfellows of Sierra Club and Chevron

Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope debates Chevron CEO Dave O'Reilly about only reducing emissions 20-25% by 2050. Pope says we can do much better, especially with new technology.

Both executives agree that cleaner burning natural gas must replace dirty coal.

Fred Kaplan on Democracy as Foreign Policy

Slate's "War Stories" columnist Fred Kaplan explains the fallacy behind the Bush Administration's democracy promotion as foreign policy and how it has impacted international relations.

Robert Frank: Stimulus Necessary, 'Deficits Be Damned'

Economist Robert Frank agrees with Keynes who said that in an economic crisis, the government is the only actor with the capability to "prime the pump" of economic growth.

Firoozeh Dumas on the Influence of Her Parents

Firoozeh Dumas, author of the bestselling Funny in Farsi, discusses the humorous influence of her parents and how they react to the reception of their portrayal in her books.

Dennis Kucinich on the Iraq War

Ohio Congressman and Democratic Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich gives his views on the Iraq War.

Christopher Hitchens: Iran's Generation of Rebellion

Journalist Christopher Hitchens comments on the consequences of the age demographic in Iran. Hitchens claims that nearly half of the Iranian population is under 25, which has resulted in a "baby-boomerang."

"The Mullahs have by accident ... brought about a generation that doesn't like them."

Sue Halpern on the Alzheimer's Risk Factor Gene

Author Sue Halpern discusses the identified "risk factor gene" that predisposes one to Alzheimer's Disease.

The California Academy of Sciences and Its Living Roof

Greg Farrington, executive director of the California Academy of Sciences, explains the Academy’s living roof, which consists entirely of native species. He notes the inevitable conundrum of non-native seeds, carried by the wind or birds, integrating with the native species on the roof.

23andMe Cofounder on Medical Benefits of Genetic Testing

Linda Avey, co-founder of the genetic testing company 23andMe, discusses the personal information she learned from having her own DNA analyzed.

She also lists some medical advantages of obtaining and understanding personal genetic knowledge.

Bill Weihl on Plug-In Hybrid Cars

Bill Weihl explores the possibility of using plug-in hybrid cars not only to save gas, but also as batteries that can feed power back into the electrical grid during peak times.

A recent PG&E experiment, Weihl relates, was successful in accounting for the location and amount of charge a hybrid either generated or received.

All About the Bling: Dyson on Hip Hop

Author Michael Eric Dyson criticizes the commercialism and sensationalism of today's hip hop.

Political messages in hip hop, he argues, have been diluted. "Hip hop has now been reduced to so much commodity fetish, with the bling!"

Anthony Romero: Is the ACLU a Liberal Organization?

Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, challenges mainstream characterizations of the ACLU as a strictly liberal organization.

Michelle Obama: A Practical Fashion Icon?

Vogue's fashion news and features director Sally Singer elaborates on why Michelle Obama is a practical style inspiration. Though the First Lady has taken heat for her apparel choices, Singer considers her a new kind of fashion icon.

Can Control Affect How Long You Live?

Best-selling author and physicist Leonard Mlodinow discusses past studies on the illusion of control in one's environment. Mlodinow presents studies that support the idea that "the need for control is subtle and it’s much deeper than your conscious thought processes."

Eleanor Clift Remembers a Naive Hillary Clinton

Eleanor Clift, contributing editor and political analyst for Newsweek, recounts her personal relationship with Hillary Clinton.

Although many have criticized Clinton for her aggressive ambition, Clift recognized a "kindred spirit" in Clinton who chatted about the "perils of flat hair."

Although Clift found Clinton's naiveté astounding, she compliments the new tone of the presidential campaign.

Willie Brown on Race and Gender in the 2008 Election

Former Mayor of San Francisco and Speaker of the California Assembly Willie Brown compares the prominent roles that race and gender will play in the 2008 election - an election he believes is based on, and ready for change.

David Boies: Savoring Victory After the Prop 8. Trial

David Boies explains that one of his favorite moments of the recent Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial was questioning Dr. Tam, a Prop 8 supporter.

He explains that even though the arguments in favor of banning gay marriage kept shifting, its supporters failed to see the contradictions inherent in their arguments.

The New Yorker's Jane Mayer: Obama for Indefinite Gitmo?

Jane Mayer, staff writer for The New Yorker, speculates on what will happen to Guantanamo detainees. "There is a fight going on," says Mayer, for what to do with detainees that cannot be charged and put on trial. "Obama is on the verge of signing something that's going to allow for indefinite detention of terror suspects down in Guantanamo without charges or trial."

Eleanor Coppola on the Set of Marie Antoinette

Eleanor Coppola describes how her family worked together on the set of her daughter's film Marie Antoinette. Her son worked behind the camera and her husband was the Executive Producer.

Dems Failing to Sell Pros of Health Care Reform

George Lakoff explains how Democrats are failing to sell health care reform by relying on the policy issues alone.

Democrats, he says, are not framing the debate to defend against the conservative communication machine.

MythBusters: Exploding Toilets and the Power of Poop

"MythBusters" co-hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage attempt to explain the popularity of exploding toilet episodes.

Savage reluctantly tells the story of a viewer's question regarding the possibility of fecal matter traveling from his neighbor's toilet into his own.

Reefer Madness: The High Cost of Fighting Drugs

Psychiatrist Dr. Eugene Schoenfeld debates Police Chief Scott Kirkland over potential savings from legalizing marijuana. Schoenfeld argues that in addition to several other benefits, legalizing marijuana would save the legal system time and money, while Kirkland suggests that any proposed savings are likely exaggerated.

Philip Bobbitt on Terrorism as a Means to an End

Dr. Philip Bobbitt describes terrorism as a means to an end.

The Long, Winding Road of Health Reform

Author Tom Debley follows the inception of the American health care debate from 1940 onward.

With a focus on Kaiser Permanente co-founder Sidney Garfield, Debley delves into the concepts of preventative care and community-oriented facilities.

Reza Aslan: The Cross and Flag Have Become Synonymous

Religious scholar and author Reza Aslan argues many Americans who claim to be Christian are actually declaring their nationality, not spirituality.

"The cross and the flag have bled into a single icon," says Aslan.

Firoozeh Dumas Explains the Iranian Custom of Taarof

Firoozeh Dumas, author of Funny in Farsi, describes the unique Iranian practice of taarof.

"We always have to invite you in for tea or dinner or lunch...and sometimes we don't mean it," she says of the social custom.

General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner on Electric Vehicles

General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner describes electrically driven vehicles and explains what GM is currently doing with electric technology.

Chris Mooney: Bridging the Gap Between Science & Politics

Science journalist and author of Unscientific America Chris Mooney offers solutions to bridge the gap between science and politics.

Mooney suggests reforming science education, retraining scientists to be more vocal, and regaining competitive power in the fields of science.

Christie Dames on Life Lessons

Founding Partner of TechTalk/Studio Christie Dames shares lessons she has learned by studying hidden toxins and load factors, and she discusses what to do about them.

Will the Fed Regulate Companies Deemed Too Big To Fail?

Dr. Janet Yellen discusses the need for increased regulation over the "too big to fail" financial institutions.

She describes a proposal to have the Federal Reserve regulate institutions that are deemed "systemically important" to the economy.

Larry Diamond on Democracy and Oil

Larry Diamond explains why Democracy and Oil do not mix.

Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor by courtesy of political science and sociology at Stanford University.

Human Trafficking in 19th Century California

English and American Studies Professor Jean Pfaelzer discusses tales of human trafficking and liberation of Chinese women in nineteenth century California.

Will Wikipedia Replace Scientific Journals?

"Science is a conversation...about the facts of reality," says Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

In contrast to the top-down "old models of thinking," Wales believes science is a natural fit for the participatory style of conversation taking place on wikis.

Dambisa Moyo: Should the US Default on Its Debt?

Economist Dambisa Moyo examines the notion that the United States should deal with its escalating debt by simply refusing to pay it off. Although Moyo regards default as an option of last resort, she notes that it wouldn't be one without precedent. "The idea that big countries never default," she says, "is something that is not true."

Patty Duke Has a 'Ball' in Broadway Hit 'Wicked'

Patty Duke discusses her role of Madame Morrible in the Broadway hit musical Wicked.

She says, "You deserve to see and hear the talent that is on that stage, and their special effects ain't bad either!"

Paula Kerger on PBS Reaching Viewers Online

Paula Kerger, CEO and President of PBS, discusses the benefits of making PBS programs available for viewing online to reach a wider audience.

Rebounding Housing Market Signals Peak of Unemployment

Jon Fisher predicts that, since housing starts have bottomed out and begun to rebound, unemployment levels will soon peak and begin to decrease in response.

Fisher estimates unemployment to rise to 10.4% and then drop.

Public Option Necessary if Insurers Tightly Regulated?

Reporter and author T.R. Reid explains that a public option is not necessary if the government is properly regulating the insurance industry. "No other country that has health insurance has a public option," he says. "They don't need it, because they get to the same place by regulation."

The Economic Effects of Climate Change

Peter Barnes details the economic implications of climate change on the middle class in the United States.

Van Jones: Why Should Companies Get to Pollute for Free?

Environmentalist Van Jones calls for a "serious" climate and energy bill to stop companies from dumping "planet-cooking pollution" into the atmosphere. "If you take away that right to pollute for free," says Jones, "you send a signal to the only force in the world that can solve this problem -- the entrepreneur."

Micro-Credit Financing for Beggars

Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of The Grameen Bank, discusses his micro-credit financing program for beggars.

Sorensen: JFK Wouldn't Have Sent Combat Troops to Vietnam

Ted Sorensen, speech writer for President John F. Kennedy, speculates on how the late president would have handled the Vietnam War.

"I don't think he would have sent combat troop divisions to South Vietnam, or bombers to North Vietnam," says Sorensen. "I think he would have ... negotiated a way out."

Farnaz Fassihi - Fragile Stability Since Iraq Troop Surge

Farnaz Fassihi attributes the increased stability in Iraq today to a combination of factors, including the troop surge. She says current conditions are fragile and could change at any moment without a concrete political agreement.

Tom Campbell on the Economic Stimulus Plan

Tom Campbell, Dean of the Haas School of Business, explains what is wrong with the House's economic stimulus plan.

Rebecca Morgan on Women Supporting Their Gender

Former California State Senator Rebecca Morgan outlines the advantages of women representation in the legislature and the importance of their involvement and support of each other in all facets of society.

Tough Love: Tensions Inside the Obama White House

Richard Wolffe, political commentator and Obama biographer, analyzes the competition and tensions between Michelle Obama and some of President Obama's top White House advisers. The first lady, says Wolffe, has expressed concerns over the Obama administration's faltering communication strategy of creating hope and change.

Obama Advisor: Government Spending Crucial to Recovery

Dr. Laura Tyson of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board argues that despite pressures to cut spending, government investments can prove beneficial.

She contends that government can be a driving force behind innovation, citing developments in biotechnology and the Internet as past examples.

Modern Consumers and Business Transparency

John Todor describes how the Internet and social media have affected consumer behavior and why modern businesses should increase transparency and better manage their online presence.

The Hamburger That Paralyzed Stephanie Smith

Michael Moss reflects on his Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times piece on Stephanie Smith, a young woman who contracted a paralyzing food-borne illness from a hamburger.

Her tragic story, he says, served as a powerful narrative to shed light on the flawed ground beef inspection process.

Iranian Public Opinion on the Nuclear Issue

USA Today Senior Diplomatic Reporter Barbara Slavin and Stanford Iranian Studies Program Director Abbas Milani discuss civilian public opinion on the Iranian nuclear issue.

Multigenerational Impacts of Pesticide Exposure

UC Berkeley biology professor Tyrone Hayes explains that harmful effects of toxin exposure can appear in later generations of lab rats that have had no first-hand exposure to the toxins.

Hirsi Ali: Islam Needs More Competition from Christianity

Writer and cultural critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali explores modern concepts of deities. She urges progressive Christians to proselytize Muslims, claiming that followers of Islam are not presented with enough religious options.

The End of 'No Drama Obama'? David Brooks on Obama 2.0

New York Times columnist David Brooks explores how President Obama's personality has changed over his two years in office. He comments on changes in Obama's "niceness" and self-confidence, arguing that these changes have allowed Obama to become a more effective leader.

The App Store: Coming to a Refrigerator Near You?

Lisa Marino, Tim Chang, and Krishna Subramanian discuss the move toward Internet and widget store access from HDTVs.

They explore the potential of the same concept on devices as diverse as wristwatches, cars, and even refrigerators.

E.J. Dionne on the Religious Winds of Change

E.J. Dionne, author of Souled Out, offers evidence that the religious right is losing its stronghold on American politics.

Arrington vs. Kirkpatrick: Did Zuckerberg Steal Facebook?

TechCrunch's Michael Arrington accuses journalist David Kirkpatrick of one-sided journalism in his recently released book on Facebook over the legal disputes the company faced from the Winklevoss twins and Divya Narendra.

"If he stole anything," says Kirkpatrick, "there is nothing he stole that they didn't steal." Though he admits Zuckerberg "certainly sandbagged" the Harvard students.

Carr: Online Age Incompatible with Vibrant Culture?

Author Nicholas Carr responds to a question about the broader societal effects of a culture rewired with short attention spans and an inability to think deeply. "We face a culture that is flatter, and not as vibrant," says Carr.

Will the future be void of great works of art and rich culture?

Tim Ferriss: The 15-Minute Female Orgasm

Author and entrepreneur Tim Ferriss explains why he included the graphically illustrated chapter "The 15-Minute Female Orgasm" in his latest book, The 4-Hour Body.

Chinese American Attitudes Survey: Environment

Dean of Wayne State University Law School, Frank Wu discusses the Committee of 100 Chinese American Attitudes Survey on the environment.

Shultz Favors Military Action Against a Nuclear Iran

Former Secretary of State George Shultz says that he is in favor of taking military action against a nuclear-armed Iran in order to snuff out proliferation in the Middle East. Shultz says with proliferation in Iran, "You're going to wind up with a nuclear weapon going off somewhere."

Flaws In the Iraq WMD Estimate

National Intelligence Council Chairman Thomas Fingar expounds on flaws in the Iraq WMD National Intelligence Estimate.

Mexico Drug Violence Becoming a Global Concern, Says Rice

In addition to ongoing concerns over Iraq and Afghanistan, argues former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, America should be wary of instability in a closer neighbor -- Mexico. Escalating drug violence threatens to increasingly destabilize the country's government, she explains, warning that some areas of northern Mexico already resemble a failed state.

Laurene Powell Jobs on College Track

Laurene Powell Jobs explains why she started College Track, the organization that helps prepare high school students to attend four-year colleges.

Working with the Truth

Filmmaker Bill Guttentag insists that film has the ability to shape an individuals viewpoint regardless of whether the story is true or invented.

Sec. Tim Geithner: Economy Feels Weaker Than It Is

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner gives an update on the economic recovery. He cautions that apparent weakness in the economy "masks things that are encouraging about growth in the future."

Could Legalizing Marijuana Curb Mexican Drug Violence?

Beau Kilmer and Richard Lee debate the potential effects marijuana legalization in California could have on Mexican drug cartels. Kilmer cites that California only accounts for a small percentage of the cartels' revenue, while Lee counters that legalization in California could lead to legalization nationwide.

The Eating Habits of Americans

Fred Kaufman, author of A Short History of the American Stomach, explains the American obsession with improving and altering eating habits.

Clinton: US Shares Responsibility for Mexican Drug War

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claims shared responsibility, on behalf of the U.S., for Mexico's drug war. She offers complete U.S. support to the Mexican government in their efforts to build an independent judiciary, build a more effective corrections system, and to help professionalize its police force.

Toxicology: What Chemists Don't Know Might Hurt You

Elizabeth Grossman, author of Chasing Molecules, marvels at the fact that learning basic toxicology is not a requirement for a degree in chemistry.

"[Chemists] are never required to take a course," she says, "that would train you to look for these kinds of environmental and health impacts."

Hard Times for the Creative Professional

Andrew Keen and Jimmy Wales disagree on how the creative professional is faring in the Web 2.0 economy.

P.J. O'Rourke's Killer Stimulus Plan: Shoot Store Clerks

Political satirist P.J. O'Rourke makes a case for the economic benefits of gun violence, employing what he sees as the flawed political logic behind government spending.

The Struggle of Being a Woman in the Workplace

Seducing the Boys Club author Nina DiSesa discusses the difficulties of being a woman in the workplace.

Gay Iranian-American Artist Challenges Cultural Barriers

Alternative artist Najva Sol discusses the profound culture clash that she has experienced as a gay Iranian-American. Pointing out that homosexuality is punishable by death in Iran, Sol speculates on whether she can even return to her home country.

Mary Roach: NASA Research on Zero Gravity Sex?

Mary Roach, author of the acclaimed Bonk and Stiff, debunks NASA's alleged research on sex positions in a zero gravity orbital environment. "It's the greatest hoax on the Internet," she says.

Roach also recalls what cosmonaut Aleksandr Laveykin, who spent 174 days in space, had to say on sex in space.

Chef Bayless: The Obamas as Role Models of Healthy Eating

Top Chef Master Rick Bayless speculates on the Obama family's potential as role models for healthy eating, particularly if they were to post weekly recipes from the White House kitchen online.

Unfortunately, says Bayless, publishing such recipes is fraught with political barriers because of the powerful agricultural lobby.

The Hidden and Long-Term Costs of the Iraq War

Harvard Professor Linda Bilmes reveals the hidden and long-term costs of the Iraq War.

Sen. Boxer Advocates for Afghanistan Exit Strategy

California Senator Barbara Boxer reiterates the importance of having a clear exit strategy with regards to Afghanistan.

"I believe in nation-helping, not nation-building," she says. "We can't take over these countries and run them."

Kevin Kelly: The First Technology? Humanity Itself

In defining the corpus of technological invention as "the technium," Kevin Kelly defines humanity itself as the first technology, declaring that we created ourselves.

"We are the created and the creator," says Kelly. "We will always be the masters and slaves of technology."

Jonathan Safran Foer: Will Meat Go the Way of Cigarettes?

18 percent of college students today are vegetarian, and almost half want more vegetarian options at meals, cites Eating Animals author Jonathan Safran Foer.

Could this trend parallel the sharp decrease in smoking that occurred when, as Foer puts it, "the conversation tipped"? Is eating meat going out of style?

Free Housing Counsel for Homeowners

Alphonso Jackson discusses HUD approved free housing counseling agencies and the services they provide to homeowners in need.

Ethics and Cheating in Sports

Greg LeMond, the first American Tour de France Champion, reads a statement on ethics and cheating in sports.

The Yes Men: Is Obama Living Up to His Campaign Promises?

Andy Bichlbaum discusses the fake issue of The New York Times distributed by The Yes Men, and dated six months in the future.

The paper was released a week after President Obama was elected, and depicted a nation based on his campaign promises.

Prince Zeid on Israel's Defense Strategy

Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein describes the strict defense strategy of Israel and how it creates a difficult atmosphere for negotiating with neighboring countries.

Dr. Bortz: Maintenance May Add 30 Years to Your Lifespan

Dr. Walter Bortz considers the main determinants of human health to be the same as those that affect the condition of a car: design, accidents, age, and maintenance.

"It's the maintenance that is the critical one," he says. "A fit person of 70 is as an unfit person of 40."

Advice to the President on Nuclear Weapons

George Shultz and William Perry offer steps the President can take on the nuclear issue. Shultz and Perry suggest increasing the short warning times of the 2,000 missiles Russia and the U.S. have aimed at each other.

Jonathan Zittrain Predicts Web 3.0 Will Be More Human

Jonathan Zittrain, professor of Internet law at Harvard Law School, traces the evolution of the web from the "brochure" model to user-generated content to Web 3.0.

He says Web 3.0 will be "more human and more about living it, rather than thinking of it as some information medium like a big encyclopedia."

Jonah Lehrer: The Neurological Roots of Gambling

Author Jonah Lehrer offers insight into the chemical process in the brain that forms the root of gambling addiction. Lehrer explains that when a gambler wins, he receives a "surprising squirt of dopamine" that stimulates the brain more intensely than a predictable victory.

Raj Patel: How Free Is the Free Market?

Raj Patel, author of The Value of Nothing, examines the concepts of freedom and liberty in relation to the free market economy.

He suggests Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom's notion of collaborative governance known as "the commons" may be a better alternative to resource management.

Fear the Beard: SF Giants Stole Bases ... and Hearts

Giants general manager Brian Sabean praises the unorthodox management style of head coach Bruce Bochy, explaining that the Giants weren't held to strict rules and dress codes. "They wore their personalities on their sleeves," says Sabean. "They grew the beards, they were real."

Did you catch "fear the beard" fever following this band of baseball misfits during last year's World Series?

Reich Predicts Unemployment Rate Still Around 10% in 2011

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich predicts the national unemployment rate will still be around 10 percent one year from now.

He explains that the Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies the "unemployed" as those actively seeking work, a demographic he believes will increase as the state of the economy improves.

Roger Mudd on 24 Hour Cable New Networks

Roger Mudd describes the affect 24 hour cable news networks had on network television.

Roger Mudd is an Emmy Award-winning U.S. television journalist and broadcaster, most recently as the primary anchor for The History Channel.

Toyota's Jim Lentz Predicts Peak Oil by 2020

James Lentz, President and COO of Toyota Motor Sales, predicts "we will probably see peak oil sometime around the end of the next decade."

Foreseeing a steady rise in the cost of gasoline, Lentz advocates for the continued development of alternatives to oil such as battery power and fuel cells.

Kate Stohr on Architects Sharing Designs Online

Architects for Humanity co-founder Kate Stohr shares the strategy used by the Open Architecture Network to allow architects to upload their designs to the site using a Creative Commons License.

Pride and Post-Traumatic Stress for Hudson Hero Pilot

Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's says that he and his crew experienced post-traumatic stress after the January 15, 2009 incident on the Hudson River.

Despite the mental strain, he feels "gratified and very proud" of the outcome.

Rick Steves: Traveling Opens Eyes to Rich-Poor Gap

Rick Steves says traveling can shine a light on the gap between rich and poor in other countries.

While he makes no apologies for American affluence, Steves sees aid to impoverished people as an opportunity to improve America's reputation abroad.

Guy Kawasaki's Love Affair with Twitter

Author and venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki responds to criticism about his prolific Twitter account. "For me, it's not social media, it's marketing media," he says. Kawasaki compares his frequent tweets to CNN's constant coverage, and exposes that he strives to achieve what he calls the "NPR model" -- promoting such great content that he earns the right to ask for money occasionally.

CIA Director Panetta Defends Drone Attacks in Pakistan

CIA Director Leon Panetta discusses the recent controversy over the use of military drones in Pakistan.

While denying the high death toll, Panetta says "The reality is...we have targeted those who are enemies of the United States."

Steve Coll on the Life of Salem Bin Laden

Author Steve Coll describes the jet-setting lifestyle of Salem bin Laden, Osama's oldest brother.

How Often Do MDs Really Wash Their Hands?

SuperFreakonomics authors Stephen Dubner and Steve Levitt reveal a disturbing statistic on how often hospital doctors actually wash their hands. Levitt discusses how one hospital successfully addressed the issue by growing a petri dish culture from a particularly grimy hand.

Andre Agassi Reflects on Depression, Crystal Meth Use

Tennis star Andre Agassi describes the low period of his professional career when he wrestled with depression and tested positive for crystal meth use.

Agassi credits Nelson Mandela for inspiring him to refocus his career and "take ownership" of his life.

David Cay Johnston on Pro Sports Subsidies

Former New York Times investigative journalist and current independent reporter David Cay Johnston reveals hidden subsidies that major league sport teams are extracting from taxpayers.

Consumer Choices: Investments in the Future of Our Planet

John Perkins, author of _Confessions of an Economic Hit Man_, relates the story of his daughter choosing to pay triple for a baby crib because it was made in Canada with plantation trees, rather than one made in China by sweetshop workers. "It costs a little more to make these investments," he says, "but they are investments."

Eliot Spitzer Calls for Release of AIG E-Mails

Former Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer demands AIG e-mails be released to the public.

"We own AIG," he says. "As the shareholders, we can say, 'We want to know.'"

Chad Hurley: Is YouTube Changing Politics?

YouTube co-founder and CEO Chad Hurley examines the growing use of YouTube as a platform for political discussion.

Robert Mnookin: Iran Is 'A Problem from Hell'

Harvard negotiation expert Robert Mnookin gives a grim prediction of Iran's nuclearization over the next 20 years.

He says the United States should try to engage Iran, but posits that there is "no good military option."

Virus Delays Iran's Nuclear Capability Until 2015

Middle East scholar Abbas Milani discusses a computer virus in Iran's nuclear system that was allegedly created by Israeli and American engineers. "Iran denies that it has been hit," says Milani. The virus may have set Iran's nuclear program back until 2015, creating more time for diplomacy and sanctions to influence its behavior.

Censorship of Artistic Expression

UC Santa Cruz Art Department Chair Elizabeth Stephens stresses the importance of artists continuing to express themselves in an age of increased censorship and government control.

Epigenetics: How Behavior Affects Genetics

Can the decisions you make influence your children's genetics? According to emerging research, they can.

The Genius in All of Us author David Shenk introduces the field of epigenetics, which explores how environmental factors affect genetic expression.

The Racial Profiling of Middle Eastern Americans

U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey comments on racial profiling of Middle Eastern Americans stating, "the threat is coming from Islamist extremism, it's not coming from Calvinism."

Nancy Pelosi Urges Congress To Ratify Nuclear Arms Treaty

Nancy Pelosi praises the new agreement signed by President Obama and Russian President Medvedev to reduce nuclear armaments.

She argues these weapons pose the greatest "danger and threat to the security of the world" and hopes that, with bipartisan support, the treaty will be passed through Congress.

Ben Stein: The Hidden Powers of Money and Influence

Ben Stein notes that certain individuals possess enough money and trade influence to leverage governmental change.

Goodman: Iraq War Reporting Ended Celebrity Journalism

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman argues the lust for celebrity journalism in America has died out.

After the U.S. failed to find WMDs in Iraq, Goodman believes people turned to other news sources because they were tired of being fed "fluff stories" and "lies" from the U.S. press core.

Derene Allen on Marketing to Hispanic Consumers

Derene Allen, Senior Vice President and Partner for Santiago Solutions Group, discusses marketing to Hispanic consumers and explains the importance of in-store experience and customer service.

MythBusters Stunned by Fuel Efficient 'Golf Ball' Car

MythBuster Adam Savage recalls being stunned by the results of the "Dirty vs. Clean Car" episode, which tested the fuel efficiency of a car covered in golf ball dimples. "Our thought going in was, 'This is total crap,'" says Savage. "No way."

The results of their experiment actually prompted Ford to test their own version of the "golf ball car."

Is Survival of the Fittest the Ultimate Form of Justice?

Amartya Sen addresses "survival of the fittest" as the ultimate form of justice.

He says that valuing survival of the fittest as a moral goal can lead to everything from genocide to the extinction of the entire human race. "Sometimes we want to go along with it, sometimes we don't," he says.

Serial Monogamy and AIDS Transmission

According to Dr. Marcus Conant the reason AIDS did not spread as quickly among the heterosexual community in the United States is the practice of serial monogamy.

Peggy Klaus on the Importance of Soft Skills

Author and Career Coach Peggy Klaus discusses the often forgotten soft-skills, including people relations and communication; in short, one's bedside manners.

Peter Thiel: Facebook and Google Battle for Top Talent

According to Facebook angel investor Peter Thiel, the battle for top talent is on between Google and Facebook. "I think the main way in which Facebook and Google are competitive today is not on any sort of a product level," says Thiel, "it's mainly on hiring talented people."

Free Barbie! Ensler Imagines Liberating the Iconic Doll

Author Eve Ensler discusses the origin of the "Free Barbie" story from her latest book I Am an Emotional Creature.

Ensler says the story of Barbie, from manufacturing plant to toy box, is a metaphor for everything wrong with the world today.

Barr Agrees to Disagree with Yoo on Presidential Power

Former presidential candidate Bob Barr agrees with "torture memo" author John Yoo that a wartime president can assume extraordinary powers, but argues laws must be in place to expressly limit that power.

"We should never go down...that slippery slope of a President saying he is above the law."

Dr. Richard Carmona on the Obesity Epidemic

Former Surgeon General of the U.S. Dr. Richard Carmona expounds on the obesity epidemic, citing it as the "terror within," and advises for preventative health.

Stiglitz Gives Obama's Economy an A+ (Compared to Bush)

How would you grade President Obama's work on the economy?

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says Obama deserves an A+ when compared with former President Bush, which he calls a "pretty low benchmark."

Dr. Jill Tarter: What Happens After SETI Discovers ET?

If the SETI Institute detects a signal from extraterrestrial life, what happens next? SETI director Jill Tarter explains the protocol for such a situation.

Ken Caldeira: Is Geoengineering Our Only Option?

Atmospheric scientist Ken Caldeira asserts that as long as any amount of carbon is emitted into the atmosphere, temperatures will continue to increase.

"The only plausible way in which we could start the earth cooling this century is to directly intervene in the climate system."

Chores Get Gamified: Players Compete to Clean the Toilet

Game designer and author Jane McGonigal recounts how the computer game Chore Wars pitted her and her husband against one another to see who could perform more household chores. "We wound up doing some funny things, like hiding the toilet brush so the other person couldn't do it," she says.

The Straus Family Creamery's Flavor of Sustainability

Albert Straus details why Straus Family Creamery products are both more sustainable and healthier than standard dairy products.

From using glass bottles to lower temperature pasteurization, Straus believes the Creamery upholds standards of sustainability while maintaining flavor.

Zeke Emanuel: Single Payer System is 'Impossible'

Zeke Emanuel believes the single payer health care system is the "most radical reform on the financing of health care" because it relies on an outdated fee-for-service system, and does not "encourage quality of care."

The Politics of Pet Food Contamination

Marion Nestle explains the process of manufacturing pet food in light of the recent contamination crisis.

The contaminant, a compound called melamine, also found its way into the human food supply through pork, though no substantial harm was done.

Howard Weyers' Zero Tolerance Policy

Former President of Weyco and current President of Meritain Health Howard Weyers discusses instituting his zero tolerance tobacco policy in his Michigan business.

This policy mandates random drug testing for not only workers, but also their spouses. Weyers advocates "putting their [employees] job at risk" to encourage smokers to quit.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Europa's Ocean May Support Life

Although Europa is not in the habitable zone, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson believes its billion-year-old ocean could support life.

"I want to go to Europa and go ice fishing," he says.

Jeremy Hoover Advises Recession Investments

Drawing on such mania as the tulip scare and the tech bubble, financial consultant for Charles Schwab & Co. Jeremy Hoover discusses what investments are wise during a recession: health care, small companies, technology.

Elkus on Asian Prosperity and Selling America's Strength

Richard Elkus explains how America lost long-term power by selling its industries abroad for short-term profits.

Elkus likens Asian prosperity to a "tornado" which may soon lead to American financial hardship.

Dangerous FDA Warnings About Mercury in Fish

Dr. Jane Hightower reads conflicting fish advisories from the EPA and the FDA.

She describes consumption of tuna as a "roulette game," with consumers taking serious health risks in consuming mercury.

Scott McClellan on Selling the War to the American People

Former Press Secretary Scott McClellan discusses the Bush Administration's "political marketing campaign" or "political propaganda-campaign" to sell the war to the American people, and losing public trust and approval in the process.

Arnold Schwarzenegger - CA Leads Climate Change Fight

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger explains how the state of California forged new ground in measuring total carbon emissions and setting goals for reductions ahead of the federal government.

LA Times Wikitorial Experiment 'Inundated by Pornography'

Political journalist Michael Kinsley describes a failed LA Times experiment with posting an online editorial as an editable wiki.

Nevertheless, Kinsley still believes experimentation may offer "a way out of the current mess that newspapers are in."

How Gay Marriage Changes California's Constitution

Donna Ryu, clinical professor of law, outlines the structure of the California constitution in relation to Proposition 8 which, if it passes, "will eliminate the right to marry for same-sex couples."

She compares the process of changing the state constitution to the process of altering the federal constitution.

Jerry Mander: 'The Era of Growth is Ending'

Jerry Mander talks about our current system of economic growth as related to the economic crisis. "I don't think that we're going to see much of an recovery in our lifetime," says Mander.

He continues, "I do believe that the economic model that we're currently living in is not going to be viable for much longer."

Eric Rodenbeck: Web 2.5 Will Follow Economic Collapse

Eric Rodenbeck, Founder and Creative Director of Stamen Design, predicts the economic crisis will lead to another bout of the basement creativity and dedication that gave rise to social media websites.

"In a recession you are going to see the chaff fall away," he says.

Meg Whitman - California No Longer Leads in Innovation

Meg Whitman tracks the changes in California's business climate in terms of innovation and job creation.

She argues that in order to create healthy business opportunities, "we need to set our sights on making California's education system number one in the country."

Neil Joeck: Obama's Stance on Nukes No Matter to Pakistan

Neil Joeck outlines a possible Obama nuclear policy, which may include reducing the U.S. nuclear stockpile and acknowledging weapons only be used as a deterrence.

However, Joeck says America’s stance will have little affect on Pakistan because the country does not need to use nukes as a deterrence, but rather to prevent a conventional war with India.

He also said, "From Pakistan's point of view nuclear weapons are not ethically bad or morally bad.”

Large Scale Corporate Social Responsibility

Kellie McElhaney and Chris Guenther describe the challenge of maintaining sustainable business practices in small businesses while scaling distribution to larger corporations.

Drawing from the example of Wal-Mart's organic line, Guenther believes it is possible to scale up corporate social responsibility.

The Future of Energy: Nuclear or Efficiency Mandates

Tim Draper argues that nuclear energy is a clean and efficient energy alternative to power the grid, but Ralph Cavanagh advocates conservation over production.

"All I ask is that energy efficiency and renewables have a fair shot against the nuclear plants," says Cavanagh.

Steve Jang: The Future of IMEEM on Mobile Devices

Imeem CMO Steve Jang explains the evolution of his company's third party music application for Android and other mobile platforms.

With a goal to provide users a seamless listening experience from the web to mobile, Jang is confident imeem will radically change digital music services.

Steven Pinker Explains Why Innuendo Works

Steven Pinker explains the use of indirect speech and innuendo as a way of maintaining relationships on the concept of mutual knowledge.

Drawing from the example of When Harry Met Sally, Pinker concludes that innuendo succeeds when two people know something independently and are able to doubt whether the other knows as well.

Rick Steves: Iranian Women Respected, Not Segregated

Rick Steves explores the segregation of women in Iran and explains why many Iranians believe the laws are in place not to repress, but to respect women.

Mahvish Khan Reads a Guantanamo Detainee's Suicide Note

Lawyer and journalist Mahvish Khan reads a suicide note from one of the Guantanamo detainees, an act indicative of the desperation of the prisoners and of the post traumatic stress disorder they develop.

Van Jones: US Must Lead Green Economy Revolution

Van Jones, author of The Green Collar Economy, preaches that the United States must claim responsibility and take action in the lead to curb pollution in developing countries like China.

Naomi Tickle Analyzes Obama's Face

Naomi Tickle uses "personology" to analyze the personality of President Barack Obama.

Drawing from his square hairline and eyebrows, Tickle concludes Obama is a seed-planter who "wants to serve the people."

Moderator Gwen Ifill Bites Tongue During 'Palin Debate'

Gwen Ifill gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the 2004 and 2008 vice presidential debates and describes them as the "hardest thing" she's ever done.

She admits the best part of both debates was actually Queen Latifah's parody of her on SNL.

Thomas Henriksen on Successful US-Backed Democracy

Thomas Henriksen reminds the audience that prior to Iraq, the United States had seen success in bringing democracy to other countries and points to the example of Nicaragua.

E. Richard Brown on Barack Obama's Health Care Plan

Health Advisor of the 2008 Barack Obama Presidential campaign E. Richard Brown summarizes Barack Obama's health care plan, which entails a variety of methods including a national health insurance exchange, expanding medicare, and tax credits to help employer contributions.

Alec Baldwin - The LA Custody Sytem is Corrupt

Alec Baldwin discusses the change in feminist sponsored law and divorce hearings over time.

Baldwin argues that a double standard is created when traditionally violent male behavior is deemed socially unacceptable, while outdated traditional female behavior is acceptable.

Role of Developing Countries in Climate Change Policy

Aimee Christensen argues that it is extremely important for major emitters to involve developing countries in policy negotiations on climate change.

They provide "moral authority," she says.

Robert Reich: U.S. Unemployment Rate Closer to 12 Percent

Though it is a "hard recession," Robert Reich says the economy will start to turn around in two or three years with prudent federal investment -- though the unemployment rate may reach 15 or 16 percent without "effective government action."

Andrew von Eschenberg - The Source of Salmonella Tomatoes

Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Andrew von Eschenbach details the "CSI-like investigation" in ferreting out the source of Salmonella-tainted tomatoes.

After "identifying the culprit," the bacteria must be traced through an "enormously complex supply chain" to its source.

Considering the global complexity of the food system in which food is "mixed, mingled, shipped, sold" without regard to disease, Dr. von Eschenbach calls for a new regulatory body which prevents against further outbreaks.

This challenge, he says, calls for "new authorities, new information, and new scientific technologies."

Completing the Street: Simple Redesigns for Walkability

Dan Burden shows some concept drawings of street redesigns and explains the elements of a street that can improve walkability, business profitability, and driver behavior.

Imagining a World Without Pollinators

Claire Kremen says we wouldn't go hungry if pollinators became extinct, but cautions that our diets would become "impoverished" without fruits and nuts like apples, mangoes, and almonds.

David Boaz Calls for the Privatization of Marriage

Executive Vice President of the Cato Institute and Libertarian thinker David Boaz advocates for the privatization of marriage.

He believes that the same sex marriage debate may be resolved by keeping Federal Government out of marriage entirely.

Ralph Nader Weighs in on Wall St. Bailout

Presidential candidate Ralph Nader talks about how deregulation of the financial sector encouraged corporate greed and corruption. He argues for public hearings before passing a huge bailout that should include new regulations and specifically help prudent institutions and savers, not speculators.

No Legal System to Deal with Rogue Security Firms in Iraq

Steve Fainaru recalls the harrowing origins of the expression, "Big Boy Rules."

Private security contractors in Iraq, Fainaru says, operate "under their own system of justice" with informal, and often dangerously flawed, rules.

Laura Donohue: What Constitutes Terrorism in the U.S.?

Laura Donohue highlights cases in which American protest groups have been considered a threat to the United States.

Various government reports have found military recruitment protesters and a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender group named OUTLaw to constitute a threat to the US.

Betty Fussell on Prime Beef and Angus Cattle

Chef and author Betty Fussell discusses the USDA grading process for prime beef, a rating reserved for less than %2 of beef.

Angus cattle, often used for prime beef, became popular because the breed quickly gains fat and builds muscle while adapting to a high protein diet.

McFaul and Woolsey: Costs and Benefits of the War in Iraq

Michael McFaul and James Woolsey discuss mistakes made in the Iraq War and argue whether or not it was beneficial for either America or Iraq.

Woolsey believes a "failure" of the Bush Administration was giving Iraq a "constitution that we [the US] drafted."

Robert Baer Talks to Suicide Bombers

Former CIA agent Robert Baer discusses his experiences talking with failed suicide bombers and his findings on the differences between Sunni and Shia extremists.

Baer says, "Sunnis in general are not particularly rational."

Sam Gosling Questions a 'Fake' Personal Space

Social Psychologist Sam Gosling explains the difficulty of "faking" one's projection to the world.

Gosling believes that most people want others to see them as they perceive themselves and that it is natural for personal space to reflect one's self-perception.

Brian Jenkins: Nuclear Terrorism vs. Nuclear Terror

Brian Jenkins draws a distinction between nuclear terrorism and nuclear terror, the former being actual incidents of attacks with nuclear weapons and the latter being the cultural fear of attacks.

Nuclear Forensics Can 'Fingerprint' Terrorist Weapons

Harold Palmer Smith, Jr. defines nuclear forensics as the science of tracing the source of nuclear weapons.

Smith hypothesizes that if the U.S. and Russia joined nuclear data banks, nations like North Korea could be traced to groups of terrorists.

George Hamilton's Weekend with Hunter S. Thompson

Hollywood star George Hamilton recalls a weekend he spent with Hunter S. Thompson in Aspen.

Hamilton considers Thompson an "outrageous character" who masked his shyness with alcohol and drugs.

Naomi Klein Slams Robert Rubin's Economic Policy

Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine, says it was not only Alan Greenspan who fought economic regulation, but also Robert Rubin.

Klein says Rubin advised Clinton against regulation in 1992 and contributed greatly to the current economic crisis.

John Koza - The Electoral College is Flawed

John Koza, computer scientist and co-founder of The National Popular Vote Bill, advocates allowing the popular vote to directly elect the President of the United States.

Koza states there are two flaws associated with the Electoral College that are directly related to the "winner takes all" rule.

Katrina Alcorn: Designing a Whimsical Website

User Experience Leader for Hot Studio Katrina Alcorn highlights the methods behind Hot Studio's reworking of the California Academy of Sciences' website and how they sought to bring some of the whimsy of the museum into the online experience.

John Hofmeister on Creating a Federal Reserve for Energy

John Hofmeister argues that if left to Congress, energy reform will come at a dangerously slow pace. Citing the historical success of the Federal Reserve, he advocates for the creation of a National Energy Resources Board, a non-political organization that could create non-partisan, long-term plans for energy reform.

George Mitchell on Illegal Prisoner Detention by Bush

Former Senator George Mitchell reminds the audience that the rule of law in America applies equally to the government, and that the claim by President Bush to have authority to hold prisoners without trial sends a signal around the world about our democratic values.

Moira Gunn Remembers Sir Edmund Hillary

Moira Gunn describes her interview of Sir Edmund Hillary as an example of how technology has become such an integral part of culture and how rapidly it has advanced since his ascent of Mount Everest.

Frank Rich Predicts Repercussions of an Obama Defeat

Frank Rich, of The New York Times, predicts that no matter who wins the election, Americans will be angered and alienated.

If Obama loses, Rich believes many may think the election was "stolen." If McCain loses, the Republican Party may fracture.

The Controversial Political Cartoons of Khalil Bendib

Political cartoonist Khalil Bendib presents his cartoons on controversial topics like the Iraq war, euthanasia, and abortion.

Bendib's cartoons carry titles like "axles of evil" and "SUVs of mass destruction."

Details of the Israel-Palestine Negotiations for Peace

Marwan Muasher details the framework that has already been negotiated which would divide sovereignty of Jerusalem through a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Roberts Predicts Rising Food Prices

Author of The End of Food and The End of Oil Paul Roberts presents many roadblocks to solving the global food crisis: water shortages, grain requirements, and environmental depletion.

The current factory farm/food system is designed around oil priced at $15/barrel; with oil prices rising, Roberts asks how we can solve this crisis while upholding safe, sustainable farming practices?

Lewis Schiff Detaches Education from Wealth

Lewis Schiff claims that education level has little impact on future wealth.

Although networking is crucial to wealth development, middle class millionaires agree that they "went to the school of hard knocks" and learned more on the job than in the classroom.

Subprime Crisis Was Caused by a Game of 'Telephone'

Entrepreneur Michael Shuman argues one of the many causes for the subprime lending crisis was that the risk of loans were not kept local.

By likening the crisis to a game of telephone, he calls for the "re-linking of loans to place."

Greg Mortenson: Founding Pennies for Peace

Greg Mortenson explains that after promising to build a school in rural Afghanistan, he had difficulty raising money for it until he began touring schools and looking to kids for help.

Ted Turner and Rupert Murdoch Bury the Hatchet

Ted Turner, media mogul and long-time rival of Newscorp's Rupert Murdoch, reports that he and Murdoch have "buried the hatchet."

Turner reflects on their lunch at Ted's Montana Grill, saying "the only guy I really didn't like, not that I really like him a lot."

George Lakoff Analyzes the Linguistics of Gay Marriage

Lakoff scrutinizes how gay marriage is portrayed as a "non-normal case" of "institutionalized love."

Drawing from the history of exogamy and the Terry Schiavo case, Lakoff believes that gay marriage is also characterized by a resistance towards government interference.

Eric Schmidt: Google Would Drill, for Enhanced Geothermal

Google CEO Eric Schmidt discusses Google's support for enhanced geothermal energy.

Schmidt says, "The efficiencies of that system are getting to the point where in a couple of years it will become a mainstream technology." He adds, "We don't run out of heat in the earth."

Brune on the History of Clean Car Tech

Michael Brune cites evidence from a 2001 report which supports that the clean car technology available in 2001 would have saved more oil than is now imported from the Persian Gulf.

To illustrate this, Brune quotes a famous Ghandi saying.

Richard Kovacevich on the Future of Banking

In light of the current financial environment, Wells Fargo CEO Richard Kovacevich speculates on what the future of banking might look like after the economy recovers.

Robert Reich Dismisses Trickle-Down Theory

Robert Reich advises investing in human capital to spur global competition, thereby creating bottom-up economics.

Reich that the trickle-down economic theory's problem lies in that "it's not trickle down but trickle out" of the country.

Philip Zimbardo Explains the Psychology of Time

Psychologist Philip Zimbardo describes how different time orientations affect psychological behavior.

Drawing from an analysis of "present hedonism," he explains the psychology of DARE, casinos, and drug addiction.

Daniel Zingale: Mandating Smoking Cessation Insurance

Daniel Zingale, chief of staff to California First Lady Maria Shriver, explains why Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed the smoking cessation mandate bill, which would have required insurance companies to cover smoking cessation treatment, and offers ways the governor could establish public/private partnerships to accomplish the same goal.

Guy Kawasaki on the Power of Twitter

Co-founder of Garage Technology Ventures and original Apple employee Guy Kawasaki says out of all the social networking sites, he only has time for Twitter.

Kawasaki says he has made "literally thousands of friends online" and believes social networking "broadens your mind."

Kerry Kennedy on Challenging Catholic Doctrine

Kerry Kennedy recounts a moment when her daughter questioned a Sunday school lesson about the gender of Jesus.

Kennedy believes that challenging Catholic doctrine helps children learn, and is an important part of the religion.

Michael Dobbs on JFK's Near Disastrous Invasion of Cuba

According to Michael Dobbs' research, the CIA and President John F. Kennedy were dangerously unaware of the number of ground troops and weapons staged on the island by the Soviet Union.

George Schofield Defines Social Networks in Later Life

Writer George Schofield defines social networks as being about the quality of connections between people.

He discusses the importance of quality social networks in later life and ways to strengthen different types of these communal relationships.

Steve LeVine Discusses Russia's Oil and Gas Influence

Although Russia is not a major supplier of oil and natural gas to the United States, Steve Levine believes Russia wields significant political influence world-wide in terms of oil and gas supply -- especially in Europe.

Inflation: The Next Economic Bubble

Robert Heller, former Visa CEO, discusses the threat of inflation arising from the massive amounts of stimulus money being injected into the system by the Fed.

He argues that once the stimulus money begins to take effect, the Fed will be hesitant to rein in growth. And, if left unchecked, will lead to another economic bubble.

Harry Reid Clarifies Congressional Funding for Iraq

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid explains why the Democratic majority in the Senate has been unsuccessful in stopping the Iraq war.

Reid claims that there were no terrorists in Iraq prior to U.S. intervention and Americans have built a battlefield for Al Qaeda.

How Independent Grocers Support Local Farmers

Monterey Market owner Bill Fujimoto explains the role of small, independent grocery stores in supporting middle-sized farms that grow sustainable, fresh produce for local communities.

Arianna Huffington Blames Media for Right Wing Tyranny

Arianna Huffington condemns the mass media for delineating right and left wings of American politics in a black-and-white fashion.

The media, Huffington claims, also establishes a conventional wisdom which dictates belief that disregards real world details.

Frommer’s Travel Tip: Use Flight Aggregators, Not Expedia

Arthur Frommer, of Frommer's Travel Guides, discusses flight aggregator websites; a new trend in budget traveling that sidesteps large search engines like Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz.

He suggests aggregators like Kayak, SideStep and Momondo, all of which provide comparison prices, but do not actually sell tickets.

Gov. Schwarzenegger Compares State Legislators to Dogs

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger explains how his rainy day fund would limit state spending and set aside surplus money for leaner times.

"We need this discipline," he says, illustrating his point with an example involving dog food and tax revenues.

Rising to the Challenge of Nuclear Waste Disposal

Angie Howard of the Nuclear Energy Institute weighs in on the safety and danger of nuclear waste storage in the United States.

Ralph Cavanagh from the Natural Resources Defense Council discusses the "unanswered question" of what to do with nuclear waste.

Fareed Zakaria Argues Against Prosperity

Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-America World, states that one big drawback to increased worldwide prosperity is the increased demand on resources.

Increased demand, Zakaria claims, leads to surging prices, growing shortages, and narrow-minded nationalism which, in turn, spark conflicts like that in Darfur.

Darwin Awards Nominee Lawn Chair Larry Soars 12,000 Feet

Wendy Northcutt tells the story of Lawn Chair Larry, recipient of an honorable mention in 1982's Darwin Awards for strapping himself to a lawn chair attached to 42 weather balloons.

Rather than cruising around at a mere 100 feet, Larry soon soared into the primary air traffic corridor of LAX.

Alice Feiring Describes Robert Parker's Influence on Wine

Alice Feiring describes how wine critic Robert Parker has become the only judge of wine quality in the world of standardized wine, which favors some palates over others.

Alan Boss: NASA Budget a Drop in the Federal Bucket

Astrophysicist Alan Boss discusses why, even in an economic downturn, it is important to fund NASA.

He explains that NASA's funding is a small fraction of the total federal budget and argues exploration "gives us a purpose in life."

The Conference Room Whiteboard: What Type of Pen Are You?

Dan Roam, author of The Back of the Napkin, discusses how to effectively use drawings in business discussions. He argues there is a "spectrum, along which all of us fall, that determines the type of visual thinker we are," and explains how best to involve different types of people in a visual discussion.

Nancy Pelosi Calls for Investigation of Economic Crisis

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urges for a commission to investigate the causes of the recent financial crisis.

She explains that "people are very, very unhappy with these bailouts," arguing that it is crucial we learn from these past mistakes.

Consul General Akov Objects to a Divided Jerusalem

Consul General David Akov rejects the Palestinian proposal of the "right to return" which allows displaced peoples to return to their homeland.

Akov believes this is an impractical proposal because "homelands" are diffused with Arab and Jewish peoples.

Many Jews have always lived in Arab states and if the right to return was implemented, Jews would be returning to their "homeland" of Iraq, Libya, Syria, among others.

Steve Forbes Calls for a Stronger Dollar

Steve Forbes traces current U.S. financial troubles to inflation caused by the Federal Reserve overprinting money.

Forbes demands the strengthening of the U.S. dollar to avoid repeating the "dumb mistakes" of 1970s inflation.

Futurist Paul Saffo: Think Long About Fixing Environment

Futurist Paul Saffo classifies environmentalists into two camps: pessimistic druids and optimistic engineers.

He says to "become good ancestors," we need to apply a long term view of solving the environmental crisis, and not just find a quick fix.

Paul Frankel on the Businesses of Sustainable Food

Paul Frankel explains how small, local food producers like Cowgirl Creamery who have adapted their business models to achieve more growth.

Frankel believes that these food producers generally maintain higher standards of sustainability than large scale multi-national corporations.

Jim Lehrer Fears Loss of Shared Facts in News Reporting

Jim Lehrer, author and news anchor for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, discusses the growing concern over the future of newspapers and other forms of traditional print media.

"In the beginning, there has to be a news story," says Lehrer. "If your first information about that news development comes in a joke, or in a shout, then I think we’ve got a problem."

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson: The Looming Talent Gap

The Honorable Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson discusses what she calls the quiet crisis, which is diminishing the availability of scientist, mathematicians, engineers, and technologists America needs. She cites education practices, strict immigration policy, and demographic shifts as the roots of the looming talent gap.

ACLU Director Calls for Prosecution of Top Bush Officials

Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU, calls for an investigation of Bush, Cheney, Rice and numerous federal judges over the recently release torture memos.

"No one is above the law," says Romero.

Dr. Butler Faults Industry for Poor Health Care

Robert Butler finds corporate and political interests guilty for the troubles in the American health care system.

With 325 million dollars at their disposal, the health care industry is the #1 lobbying industry in the US.

Hamid Mir Says Osama Bin Laden Still Alive

Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir says he has received confirmed reports that Osama bin Laden is alive and warns the al-Qaeda leader should not be underestimated.

Women and Sex: Empowering or Objectifying?

The panel debates whether so much sexual freedom, growing female independence, and the abundance and frequency of sex are creating female empowerment or maintaining the status quo of sexual objectification.

Harold Goldstein on Menu Labeling

Executive Director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy Harold Goldstein discusses his battle with chain restaurants to put nutrition labels on restaurant menus and the problems with the alternatives.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Explains the Danger of Farmed Fish

Jean-Michel Cousteau tackles the complex topic of commercial fish farming.

As one of the only farmed carnivores, salmon pose one of the "least sustainable approach to farming."

Dr. Mackey Explains the Disease of Pain

Dr. Sean Mackey advocates for a holistic approach for every medical diagnosis.

In the case of pain, Dr. Mackey believes that pain itself can be a disease that is diagnosable outside of any external stimuli.

Van Jones - Let's Break Up with Oil

Van Jones likens our relationship with oil to a failing romance.

By breaking up with oil, Jones says, we will move forward to alternative sources of energy.

Jones advocates using the education system as an "entry point" for this transition.

Jonah Lehrer: A Look at Your Brain When Epiphany Strikes

Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Choose, argues one of the keys to good decision-making is metacognition.

"We're naturally metacoginitive. We naturally think about thinking," he says.

Suzy Welch on 10-10-10: An Operating Principle for Life

Suzy Welch remembers the "disastrous" Hawaii trip that inspired 10-10-10, her life-transforming method to balance life and work.

Welch says to evaluate the "consequences of every decision in ten minutes...and ten years."

Fernando and Greg Remember Coming Out on the Air

Hosts of Fernando and Greg in the Morning remember their choice to be openly gay on the air. Fernando recalls basing his choice from the idea that "best personalities are themselves."

Greg concludes that honesty wasn't so much a decision but a fall-back because he wasn't "stopped" when he said "penis" he continued to "push the envelope" to say "vagina."

Matt Gonzalez on Historical Third Party Campaigns

2008 Vice-Presidential candidate Matt Gonzalez examines the revolutionary progress of historical third parties. Gonzalez explains that third parties have been responsible for some of the most significant accomplishments in this country's history, including the end of slavery and women's suffrage. He also describes his vision for a government that allows for more political parties without taking away the people's ability to vote for the president.

Bush Admin. Created Anti-Republican Sentiment in Youth

Nicholas Romero links the Bush administration's damage on Republican reputation to the current difficulty recruiting younger party members.

Lynn Rothschild: The Possibility of Extraterrestrial Life

Astrobiologist Lynn Rothschild examines potential candidates that could possibly support extraterrestrial life.

She says, "There's a limit to the fertility of the universe because we need the certain building blocks, but more than that, we need to have them within certain environmental constraints."

Daniel Ellsberg Reveals War Planning for Iraq

Daniel Ellsberg reads an excerpt from The Pentagon Papers outlining an American plan to provoke war in Vietnam.

He likens this to America's use of 9/11 to justify war with Iraq, claiming Iran is currently being strategized similarly.

Michael Depatie on Meaningful Consumption

Michael Depatie, CEO of Kimpton Hotels, attributes the high customer satisfaction ratings of his company to their focus on creating meaningful experiences for their customers. Specifically, Kimpton Hotels provides meaning for its guests by giving them an environment in which they can become more in touch with their individual identities.

Jess Ghannam: Netanyahu Will Expose the 'Real' Israel

Jess Ghannam, a Palestinian-American doctor and professor, welcomes the recent Israeli election of Prime Minister-Delegate Benjamin Netanyahu for surprising reasons, but Jamal Dajani, senior director of Middle Eastern programming at Link TV, says Netanyahu is a setback for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Alfred Regnery Likens Barack Obama to Barry Goldwater

Alfred Regnery compares Barack Obama's exciting progress to Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign.

Much like Goldwater, Obama has collected contributions from millions of supporters, changing the face of raising funds with grassroots methods.

Obama modernizes Goldwater's methods, however, by organizing this "money-machine" around an Obama brand largely marketed over the internet.

Jeff Raz Defines Clowning and its Philosophy

Clown Conservatory Director Jeff Raz names clowning "the second or third oldest profession" because it is so deeply rooted in nature and the human experience of natural forces -- cause and effect and gravity, for instance.

Raz insists that clowning is not "acting with makeup on" or "dancing with juggling clubs," but a deep natural imitative performance of the human experience.

Thomas Ricks: George Bush Far and Away Worst US President

Washing Post journalist Thomas Ricks predicts that the Bush administration will be judged harshly by history, especially for their use of torture.

"I think George Bush ultimately will go down as, by far and away, the worst president this country ever had," says Ricks.

Mary Tillman Explains Why She Wrote Her Book

Mary Tillman, author of Boots on the Ground By Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman discusses her motives for writing the book. She recalls the discovery of the cover-up of her son's death as friendly fire, the secrecy and deception in the administration, and the importance of holding the government accountable to honoring the sacrifices of the soldiers.

Leonard Susskind on Understanding Physics

Leornard Susskind discusses the tremendous difficulty of understanding physics.

Lawrence Lessig on Politicians and New Corruption

Lawrence Lessig explains that while politicians have historically taken money from special interest groups for their own personal benefit, they now cater to these groups in order to even be reelected to office.

Richard Fisher Looks to the Future of Social Security

Richard Fisher analyzes the United States debt and explains the effect of the debt on social security and its future.

Daniel Libeskind Empowers a Peaceful Architecture

Architect Daniel Libeskind believes the universal, transcendent nature of architecture empowers it to contribute to a more peaceful world.

Libeskind notes that as architecture is unmediated by language, it is able to communicate viscerally, transcending contemporary conflict to create a universal and lasting message.

Ray Lane on Carbon Policies and Business

Ray Lane explains that businesses that are wary of carbon regulating legislation, like California's AB-32, should not be, because they encourage investment and allow for the growth of new markets.

Lane contends that new technologies related to carbon emissions management could result in a boon to the state's economy, because of the tremendous potential of a new industry.

John Edward's Mistress Surfaces in Jay McInerney's Novel

Author Jay McInerney discusses his character Alison Poole, who was based on an ex-girlfriend that emerged in the tabloids after being accused of having an affair with John Edwards.

Wendy Kopp Evaluates No Child Left Behind

Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for America, reflects on the failures and successes of former President Bush's program No Child Left Behind.

She attributes some of the program's failings to a lack of commitment at the local level.

Experts Contrast Bush and Obama on Clean Energy Policy

Panelists express their optimism on the Obama administration's policies concerning coal and alternative energy sources.

Sierra Club’s Bruce Nilles says, "We now have an EPA that believes in science."

Iran’s Ahmadinejad Ran on a Campaign of 'Change'

Iranian-American journalist Azadeh Moaveni discusses Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's unlikely rise to power in Iran, running a campaign built on change. Promising a higher standard of living for the common person, Ahmadinejad appealed to younger Iranians, says Moaveni.

Paul Ehrlich Argues Pro-Life Policies 'Kill Women'

Paul Ehrlich argues that anti-abortion policies damages women's rights while family planning programs raises levels of education.

He says, "When you refuse to give women access to safe abortion, all it does is kill women."

Consul General Akov Defends Israel's Security Barrier

Consul General David Akov defends Israel's new security barrier by saying it is a practical, direct solution to the horror of suicide bombers.

In the past, terrorists were able to "walk half an hour" to commit suicide bombings; now the barrier impedes their crimes.

Mary Roach on Space Hygiene and the Official Nose of NASA

Authors Mary Roach and Jeff Greenwald dive into the dirty world of astronaut hygiene.

They talk about the glamorous job of opening the shuttle's hatch after a two-week mission, space deodorant, and the official nose of NASA, whose job consists of testing everything that goes up on the shuttle for unpleasant odor. Curiously, the Amazon Kindle recently failed to pass the sniff test.

The Iraq War's Macroeconomic Costs

Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz discusses the macroeconomic costs of the Iraq war.

Moira Gunn on Amazing Biotech Advancements

Moira Gunn lists some of the amazing scientific advances that have occurred in the two years since her book on biotech was published, including the publication of full human genomes and the development of rational drug design.

Kerry Kennedy on Religion and Deaths in Her Family

Kerry Kennedy argues that while many people view suffering as proof that God does not exist, she believes suffering is caused by man.

To show how religion can help, Kennedy cites examples of suffering and loss from her own childhood.

David Boies: How Will the Supreme Court Rule on Prop. 8?

Lawyer David Boies weighs in on how he thinks the Supreme Court will rule if the recent victory overturning California's Proposition 8 is appealed. "We are not taking any justice for granted on this issue," he says.

George Shultz Criticizes U.S. Efforts at Disarmament

Former Secretary of State George Shultz argues that nuclear disarmament should be a top priority for the president of the United States.

He believes a U.S. nuclear disarmament initiative would have a "transformative effect."

Muhammad Yunus on Social Business

Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of The Grameen Bank, explains his view of the social business model.

Naomi Klein Says Bailout Plan is Economic Patriot Act

Naomi Klein likens the current economic bailout plan to the Patriot Act.

Klein criticizes the Paulson plan because the $700 billion purchase of "toxic debts" is a "bad deal."

Can the Green Economy Reform the Prison System?

Van Jones and Darrell Steinberg discuss the overcrowding and over funding of California's prison problem.

Green development and education reform may hold the key to deflating the department of corrections, California's "largest growth industry."

Schmidt: Impact of the Bailout on the Green Tech Sector

Google CEO Eric Schmidt hypothesizes the effect the financial crisis and bailout will have on green technology investment. Schmidt sees an economic stimulus package directed toward the green sector in the near future.

John Hofmeister - Feasibility First in Energy Reform

While lauding energy reform laws like California's AB32, John Hofmeister cautions against creating unrealistic goals. He argues local economies could be seriously damaged if people are forced to buy clean energy before it becomes economically feasible.

Chomsky: US Supported Indian, Pakistani Nuclear Programs

Noam Chomsky divulges the issues of nuclear proliferation which are overlooked or ignored in the mainstream media.

Covering the nuclear weapons programs of Iran, India, Israel, and Pakistan, Chomsky says "it can't be that the news bureaus don't know it; there's more that isn't discussed."

George Schofield: Absolutes Disappear with Aging

Writer George Schofield explains how with aging come fewer absolutes, so decision-making and selection become more complex and require more self-awareness.

Choosing User Participation Features for a Website

Katrina Alcorn and Renee Anderson of Hot Studio discuss the unforeseen, hidden costs of web 2.0 user participation features on a website, including costs of design, installation, and maintenance of those features.

Brian Jenkins: The Case of the Missing Suitcase Bombs

Brian Jenkins tells how a dubious story about missing suitcase bombs from Russia morphed and grew into an urban legend, placing the fear of a domestic nuclear attack into the consciousness of America.

Laura Donohue: DOD Spyware, Surveillance & Data Mining

Laura Donohue presents the Department of Defense's now disbanded CIFA program, which collected consumer data from commercial sites.

Donohue also discusses Magic Lantern, a key-stroke logging program, which sends personal e-mails to the FBI.

Rajendra Pachauri: Humans Cause Climate Change

Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri explains that dating back to Newton's apple, "new knowledge is always opposed." Despite a wealth of published research demonstrating humans' responsibility for climate change, skeptics will continue to deny any link.

Pachauri points to the example of those who continue to assert that the world is flat.

Anya Fernald on Slow Food and Elitism

Executive director of Slow Food Nation Anya Fernald dispels the sentiment that slow food is characterized by elitism. Fernald states people need to face the fact that more money and time should be spent on food.

Chinese American Attitudes: Hot Topic Issues

Dean of Wayne State University Law School, Frank Wu covers hot topic issues such as immigration, adoption of Chinese children, and outsourcing in the Committee of 100 Chinese American Attitudes Survey.

James Woolsey: Oil Addiction and Islamic Fundamentalism

James Woolsey tempers his argument for the importance of democracy in the Middle East.

As long as the United States sends billions of dollars a year to OPEC nations who support fundamentalist madrasas, Woolsey believes the U.S. undermines any efforts at democratization.

Repairing the Republican Party's Damaged Reputation

Nicholas Romero and Meredith Turney offer advice for regaining Republican majority by improving the party's reputation.

By reducing rampant pork barrel spending and "kicking out the bums" who have drifted from Republican principles, they believe the party's image will improve.

Shirley Ann Jackson on Nuclear Waste Disposal Solutions

The Honorable Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, discusses nuclear energy waste management and various disposal and storage solutions, including the solution offered by fission.

Leonard Susskind on the Nature of Black Holes

Leonard Susskind uses an extended metaphor to describe the nature of space and black holes.

Abbas Milani on the Persian-Arab Ethnic Conflict

Stanford Iranian Studies Program Director Abbas Milani comments on his view of the Persian-Arab ethnic conflict within Iran and surrounding regions.

Marwan Muasher: The Urgency of Peace in the Middle East

Marwan Muasher stresses the urgency with which the next U.S. president must tackle the issue of Israeli-Palestinian peace if he wants to make any progress towards a solution.

The Mortgage Crisis and Hope Now Alliance

Alphonso Jackson discusses the mortgage industry, the Hope Now Alliance and Project Lifeline.

David Brooks: What Comes After the Tea Party?

New York Times columnist David Brooks comments on the role that voter anger played in the past two elections. He suggests that America is suffering through an extended period of national pessimism, and the desire for change that fueled both the Obama campaign and the Tea Party may give way to yet another powerful political movement: one focused on preventing the U.S. from "marching off a cliff fiscally."

Alec Baldwin Defends the Phone Message Scandal

Alec Baldwin discusses the infamous phone message to his daughter that resulted in scandal.

Baldwin defends himself by saying it was private material and property of his child's guardian. The release of the message demonstrated the "democratization of scandal" that celebrities now face in their personal lives.

Tim Ferriss Links Cell Phones to Male Infertility

Gentlemen, you may want to think twice about carrying that iPhone around in your front pocket. Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Body, claims he has gathered empirical evidence linking cell phones to a lowered sperm count in men who carry around a mobile device in their front pocket.

How to Reduce Pain by Controlling Brain Functioning

Dr. Mackey discusses his study which trained patients to examine a real time MRI of their brain and then and cognitively alter the brain's functioning to reduce pain.

This study contributed to "tremendous self-empowerment" for all those suffering from brain disorders and may come to include depressives and addicts.

Raphael Bemporad on Branding for Social Good

Raphael Bemporad outlines the opportunities for nonprofits to be strategic and "brand for social good."

He believes the divisions between for profit and nonprofit businesses are "exploding" as motivations change.

Marion Nestle on the Pet Food Industry

Marion Nestle explains the advantages of feeding pet food -- instead of human food -- to pets.

As the byproducts of the food production industry, pet food serves a vital role in using unwanted parts of animals and plants.

Brad Stroh: Dealing with Debt in a Recession

Brad Stroh, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Freedom Financial Network, LLC, discusses how to plan for debt during a recession.

He answers if, under the new laws, bankruptcy could be the answer to debt.

Sam Mogannam: Connecting Consumers with Farmers

After studying the evolution of grocery stores, Bi-Rite owner Sam Mogannam made it his mission to bring back the personal connection between customers and the sources of their food.

Lawrence Lessig: Corruption Is Only the First Problem

While Lawrence Lessig admits that corruption is not the biggest problem facing our country, he suggests it is the one society needs to deal with first because of the difficulty involved with making changes while politicians are dependent on contributions from special interest groups.

How Walkable Communities Relate to Quality of Life

Dan Burden explains what makes the walkability of a community so valuable. He ties walkability - and cities that are built for people rather than cars - to quality of life, which has dropped in America over the past several decades.

The Straus Creamery on the Scale of Sustainability

Albert Straus shares his commitment to keep Straus Family Creamery a small, family-owned business.

He argues that a key component to the Creamery's sustainability is that they are both the farmer and the processor of the dairy.

Wajahat Ali: In Hollywood, 'Green' Still Means White

Writer Wajahat Ali discusses the uphill battle minority filmmakers often face when funding projects through Hollywood studios. As an example, Ali relates one producer's unintentionally funny casting suggestion for the role of a Pakistani father.

Steven Pinker on the Psychology of Swear Words

Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker explains the emotional weight and societal meaning of taboo or curse words.

Pinker names the primary sources of these words to stem from excretion, sex, religion, and minority groups.

Farnaz Fassihi - Lack of a Post-Invasion Plan in Iraq

Journalist Farnaz Fassihi expresses the surprise she and her colleagues had at the lack of a post-invasion plan by the U.S. military and how that contributed to feelings of uncertainty and instability in Iraq.

The Debt Crisis: Is Democracy the Problem?

As voters continue to demand short-term solutions to the long-term problem of government debt (and as politicians continue to oblige them), international economist Dambisa Moyo ponders the question: Is democracy itself part of the problem?

Mahvish Khan - Humanizing Guantanamo Detainees

American Lawyer and author of My Guantanamo Diary Mahvish Khan describes why she wrote the book, humanizing the Guantanamo detainees by putting faces and names to the numbers that identify them collectively.

Steve LeVine Implicates FSB in Moscow Apartment Bombings

Steve Levine recalls the bombings of apartment buildings just after Putin took office as prime minister.

He questions the possible role of the FSB (formerly KGB) in these apartment blasts.

Richard Wolffe: MSNBC vs Fox News

Veteran reporter Richard Wolffe gives his candid take on the MSNBC/Fox, left/right split among cable news channels, and what the runaway success of Fox News may mean for the state of American journalism.

Richard Elkus on the Power of Manufacturing

Richard Elkus argues that although America leads in innovation, economic strength depends on manufacturing power.

Although exporting capital intensive work to Asia may work in the short-term, Elkus argues that the process may lead to "disaster."

Steven Levy: What Is Google's Greatest Weakness?

Despite Google's massive size and seemingly unassailable position, author Steven Levy suggests there are several issues that could prove to be weak spots for the Internet giant. In addition to growing concerns over information gathering, he argues, Google should be concerned about its reputation for secrecy.

Genetically Modified Foods and the Future

Fred Kaufman asserts that genetically modified food is not only here to stay, but also the greenest way to handle food production in the future.

Why America Doesn't Have a Single Payer Health System

Health advisors from the Obama and McCain campaigns give their perspectives on why the candidates haven't opted for a single payer health system.

E. Richard Brown states Obama's health plan is taking the first step in that direction, while Daniel Kessler believes the majority of Americans don't want it.

Ralph Nader Hopes for Third Party Shakeup

Presidential candidate Ralph Nader says third party candidates face an uphill battle because, according to a conversation with Mike Bloomberg, 30% of voters will support their party’s nominee no matter who it is. He believes voters would serve themselves well to vote for people they believe in instead of categories.

Lessons from Foreign Nuclear Industries

Geoffrey Rothwell, Angie Howard, and Ralph Cavanagh compare and contrast the American nuclear energy industry to foreign industries, primarily in France and China.

Centralized government control poses some interesting challenges and benefits in these countries, and may have led to the exchange of new technologies.

Greg Mortenson: The Importance of Educating Afghani Women

Greg Mortenson discusses the importance of educating women in Afghanistan. He argues that not only does education improve the quality of life of everyone in the village, but that it also helps fight terrorism, as evinced by the Taliban's staunch opposition on schooling for women.

Lewis Schiff Explains 'Trickle Down' Wealth

Lewis Schiff asserts that although the choices the wealthy make to accumulate wealth may be morally or socially questionable, we all benefit from their progress.

"The rich work for the poor" in America, Schiff says, by our collective benefit from their innovation and efficiency.

Robert Butler Links Diseases of Old Age to Childhood

Robert Butler traces many diseases traditionally associated with old age to childhood behaviors and environment.

Even diseases like osteoporosis and coronary heart disease can be linked to childhood "toxic food environment" and behavior.

Robert Reich Advises Regulation of CEO Salaries

Robert Reich argues that while the Bailout does attempt to control executive's "golden parachutes," the concentration of wealth still presents a "huge problem."

Reich warns that the last time we had a similar concentration of wealth was in 1928.

Frank Wilczek - Debunking the Danger of the LHC

Frank Wilczek debunks the myth that colliding particles in the Large Hadron Collider will create a black hole.

Steve Forbes Slams Federal Income Tax, Advocates Flat Tax

Steve Forbes criticizes U.S. federal income tax, calling it an "abomination" and a "huge dead weight on the American economy."

Forbes advises that the federal income tax should be replaced with a simple flat tax.

Arnold Schwarzenegger to Detroit: Get Off Your Butt

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about the zero emission Tesla electric car which will be built in California. He applauds Tesla's innovation and tells Detroit to "get off your butt."

A Woman’s Instinctual Ability to Read a Room

Seducing the Boys Club author Nina DiSesa discusses a woman's ability to use their instinctual skills to better read a room during a meeting.

Alice Feiring Discusses the Globalization of Wine

Wine writer Alice Feiring discusses the many affects of the global marketplace on the wine industry.

Although Feiring believes everyone has the right to good wine, "standardization makes wine an endangered species."

Using Agitprop in Filmmaking

Filmmaker Bill Guttentag discusses Michael Moore's misrepresentation of the truth - or Agitprop - in his films.

Paul Thorndale: The Emotional Meaning of Gay Marriage

Paul W. Thorndale talks about how important same-sex marriage rights are for recognizing the emotional and legal issues of long-term relationships.

He says, "It's very alarming to think that the public could take away these rights that the court recognized are so fundamental to our families."

David Boaz on Gun Rights in Washington, DC

Cato Institute Vice President David Boaz gives his opinion about colleague Robert Levy and the Supreme Court decision of Heller v. District of Columbia.

Through an analysis of the second amendment, Boaz expands the right to bear arms to all people -- not just those in the military.

Don Shaffer Backs Local, Slow Growth Food Investment

Don Shaffer advocates local, committed investments into privately owned food companies.

This type of investment would be less typical of the business model's "rampant short-termism" which Shaffer finds incompatible with food businesses which are "long-term enterprises."

Meg Whitman on California's Business Tax Burden

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman is optimistic that California can once again become an incubator for entrepreneurship and innovation if the business tax burden is lifted.

Whitman says the taxes "are drawing the life out of California’s ability to attract, retain, and inspire, the next eBay, the next Google..."

Daniel Ellsberg - Election 2008, Choosing a U.S. King

Daniel Ellsberg argues that by allowing U.S. presidents to circumvent the Constitution, American democracy is turning into a monarchy.

Ellsberg adds that regardless of who is elected president, reform is the citizen's responsibility.

Selling Out Religion for Politics

Author E.J. Dionne explains one inference behind the title of his most recent book Souled Out is that the religious right have traded their Christian values for political gain.

Prince Zeid on Middle East Peace Going Forward

Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein explains how the Middle East should move forward in dealing with its many problems.

Fred Krupp on Making Green Innovation Lucrative

President of the Environmental Defense Fund Fred Krupp describes the challenge of creating incentives for green technology innovation.

Alfred Regnery Parallels Abortion & Desegregation

Alfred Regnery rethinks conservative opposition to Roe v. Wade in light of Brown v. Board of Education.

Regnary proposes that it is not the issue itself (abortion, desegregation) that outrages conservatives, but the meddling, unconstitutional role of federal government at the expense of state's rights.

Jack Welch Says US 'Cooked' if Deficits Continue to Mount

"I think we've bottomed out in the economy," says former GE CEO Jack Welch. But adds, "I'm not concerned about the short term...but I'm concerned as can be about two, three, four years out with these mounting deficits."

Jane Smiley on Writing Plays

Jane Smiley explains why she would probably never write a play since her writing style revolves around novels.

Rick Steves: Martyrdom and the American Empire

Travel guru Rick Steves discusses the seemingly contradictory juxtaposition of suicide bombing and family values, arguing that what is considered martyrdom in Iran is called heroism in the US.

He says a majority of the world views the US as an empire, and feels the only way to fight back is by waging acts of terrorism.

Will Mobile Music Apps Save the Industry?

Pandora founder and CSO Tim Westergren believes geolocation features found on mobile apps like Pandora, imeem, and iLike will provide the music industry a boost by notifying users of nearby concerts.

He says the "lifeblood" of musician's will increasingly come from the revenue of live performances.

Michael Moore Told to 'Cool It' on Senator Chris Dodd

Filmmaker Michael Moore calls out Senator Chris Dodd in his latest documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story, for receiving corrupt sweetheart loans from Countrywide Financial. Moore discloses a recent phone call he received from a "well known, well connected" person around the Democratic Party to "cool it" on the senator from Connecticut.

Jeff Raz - How a Clown Makes a Living

Jeff Raz answers the most common question he gets from his students at the Clown Conservatory -- "How do clowns survive financially?"

Clown salaries range from $200/week up to $750,000 a year, Raz says, and can often supplement their clowning with acrobatics or acting.

Howard Fineman on the Infallibility of Politicians

Newsweek Senior Editor Howard Fineman discusses the expectation for politicians to be infallible and also comments on Barack Obama's primary election learning curve.

T.R. Reid: Universal Healthcare Will Begin at State Level

Reporter and author T.R. Reid examines the success of Canada's universal health insurance system, which won over Canadians one province at a time. "I'll bet you next January, there will be bills in 25 state legislators looking for a way to do this," he says of healthcare reform in the United States.

Fernando and Greg Discuss Publicizing the Personal

Hosts of America's first openly gay morning radio show -- "Fernando and Greg in the Morning" -- share the troubling and hilarious consequences of having their personal life made public on the air.

From the heartbreak of break-ups to mother-son relationships, hosts Fernando and Greg say that everything is "fair game" for broadcast.

General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner on State Fuel Standards

General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner discusses the rights of a state and how California's strict fuel economy standards are actually slowing down GM's process of moving towards green technologies.

Dr. Julio Frenk Foresees Second Wave of Swine Flu

Dr. Julio Frenk, Dean of Harvard School of Public Health, summarizes the lessons from the first wave of H1N1 pandemic virus.

Dr. Frenk assuages many people's anxieties with the fact that most patients only suffer a moderate form of H1N1.

Thomas Henriksen Favors Indirect Support of Democracy

Thomas Henriksen recalls the most successful American interventions in support of democracy in other countries and notes that indirect action without the commitment of ground troops has worked best. He also explains why President Bush insisted on using ground troops in Iraq.

Walmart’s Interest in Greening the GDP

Aimee Christensen explains that many large companies like Walmart are starting to realize the monetary benefits of regulating carbon and valuing their environmental assets.

Sally Pipes Outlines the Steps to Universal Coverage

Sally Pipes outlines her healthcare plan which achieves universal coverage by using patient-centered reform.

By empowering doctors and patients and changing the federal tax code, Pipes is confident universal coverage is possible.

Patrick Reynolds Struggled to Quit Smoking

Grandson of the Reynolds tobacco company and founder of Foundation for a Smoke Free America, Patrick Reynolds remembers his struggle to quit smoking -- after 11 tries, his 12th attempt was successful.

Reynolds offers advice for those looking to quit: use a program, exercise, and try deep breathing.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Attack of the Killer Asteroid

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson predicts that 99942 Apophis, a near-Earth asteroid and the namesake of an evil demon in Egyptian mythology, may collide with Earth in April 2029.

After a plunge into the Pacific, he says Apophis would create a tsunami "that ablates the entire coastline, wiping it clean of all traces of civilization."

Deepak Chopra: Where Is Michael Jackson’s Soul?

Life After Death author Deepak Chopra shares his beliefs on the nature of the soul.

Chopra, who was a friend of Michael Jackson’s, speculates on what Jackson's soul has experienced since death.

Stephen Murdoch on IQ Tests on Ellis Island

Stephen Murdoch, author of IQ: A Smart History of a Failed Idea, describes how doctors on Ellis Island used IQ tests to screen non-English speaking immigrants based on their IQ scores.

Zeke Emanuel: Phase Out Medicare and Medicaid

Zeke Emanuel says Medicare is a "very good program," but continues, "it is unsustainable from a fiscal standpoint."

He argues the program offers little to insurance companies because it segregates those who are 65 and older.

Gene Healy on the President and National Soul

Gene Healy analyzes the language the candidates use to describe the role of the President and he criticizes the messianic responsibility, which was not intended by the founding fathers.

Claire Kremen on the Role of Bees in the Ecosystem

Claire Kremen explains many groups of pollinators, but explains why bees are "chief among them."

By both collecting nectar and pollen, she says bees are crucial to wild plant populations and crops.

Jonah Lehrer: Overcoming a Fear of Uncertainty

Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Choose, explains that whether buying cereal or investing in stocks, people can become paralyzed when faced with too much information.

He explains that indecision often leads to "catastrophic consequences," and sometimes it is simply best to act.

Andrew von Eschenbach on the FDA Drug Approval Process

Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Andrew von Eschenbach is challenged to outline the FDA drug approval process in one minute.

He begins by describing the application process from lab to clinical trials.

The overarching questions, Dr. von Eschenbach asks of his drugs is "Is this safe? Is this effective? Do the benefits outweigh the risks?"