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Capital: The Eruption Of Delhi By Rana Dasgupta chats with Dr. Alvin

Click Here To Listen Live From Delhi, India In Capital, Commonwealth Prize–winning author Rana Dasgupta examines one of the great trends of our time: the expansion of the global elite. Capital is an intimate portrait of the city of Delhi which bears witness to the extraordinary transmogrification of India’s capital. But it also offers a glimpse of what capitalism will become in the coming, post-Western world. The story of Delhi is a parable for where we are all headed. The boom following the opening up of India’s economy plunged Delhi into a tumult of destruction and creation: slums and markets were ripped down, and shopping malls and apartment blocks erupted from the ruins. Many fortunes [...]

What Jackie Taught Us: Lessons From The Remarkable Life Of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis By Tina Santi Flaherty chats with Dr. Alvin

Tina Santi Flaherty Click Here To Listen She was a woman of confidence and passion who drew on a remarkable wealth of self-knowledge and a sense of purpose to cope with extraordinary public demands and overwhelming private needs. What Jackie Taught Us offers insights from the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis about how to live with poise, grace, and zest, including wisdom about image and style, courage and vision, men, marriage, and motherhood. This Commemorative Edition features contributions from notable individuals amplifying the ways in which Jackie’s life has influenced them—and society at large—over the past several decades.

The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby chats with Dr. Alvin

Nicole Mary Kelby Click Here To Listen A novel based on the true story behind Jacqueline Kennedy's iconic pink suit. On November 22, 1963, the First Lady accompanied her husband to Dallas, Texas, dressed in a pink Chanel-style suit that was his favorite. Much of her wardrobe, including the pink suit, came from the New York boutique Chez Ninon, where a young seamstress, an Irish immigrant named Kate, worked behind the scenes to meticulously craft the memorable outfits. While the two women never met, Kate knew every tuck and pleat of the First Lady's polished, perfect image. When the pink suit Kate created becomes iconic for all the wrong reasons, her already fragile world--divided between [...]

The Rule Of Nobody By Philip K. Howard chats with Dr. Alvin

Philip Howard Click Here To Listen The secret to good government is a question no one in Washington is asking: “What’s the right thing to do?” What’s wrong in Washington is deeper than you think. Yes, there’s gridlock, polarization, and self-dealing. But hidden underneath is something bigger and more destructive. It’s a broken governing system. From that comes wasteful government, rising debt, failing schools, expensive health care, and economic hardship.Rules have replaced leadership in America. Bureaucracy, regulation, and outmoded law tie our hands and confine policy choices. Nobody asks, “What’s the right thing to do here?” Instead, they wonder, “What does the rule book say?”There’s a fatal flaw in America’s governing system—trying to decree correctness [...]

American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt By John Beckman chats with Dr. Alvin

John Beckman Click Here To Listen   From the time the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Americans have defied their stodgy rules and hierarchies with pranks, dances, stunts, and wild parties, shaping the national character in profound and lasting ways. In the nation’s earlier eras, revelers flouted Puritans, Patriots pranked Redcoats, slaves lampooned masters, and forty-niners bucked the saddles of an increasingly uptight middle class. In the twentieth century, fun-loving Americans celebrated this heritage and pushed it even further: flappers “barney-mugged” in “petting pantries,” Yippies showered the New York Stock Exchange with dollar bills, and B-boys invented hip-hop in a war zone in the Bronx. This is the surprising and revelatory history that John Beckman [...]

The Fight For The Four Freedoms By Harvey J. Kaye chats with Dr. Alvin

Harvey Kaye Click Here To Listen On January 6, 1941, the Greatest Generation gave voice to its founding principles, the Four Freedoms: Freedom from want and from fear. Freedom of speech and religion. In the name of the Four Freedoms they fought the Great Depression. In the name of the Four Freedoms they defeated the Axis powers.

A Sliver Of Light by Joshua Fattal chats with Dr. Alvin

Joshua Fattal Three young Americans captured by Iranian forces and held in captivity for two years tell their story. In summer 2009, Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, and Sarah Shourd were hiking in Iraqi Kurdistan when they unknowingly crossed into Iran and were captured by a border patrol. Accused of espionage, the three Americans ultimately found themselves in Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison, where they discovered that pooling their strength of will and relying on each other were the only ways they could survive. In this poignant memoir, “the hikers” finally tell their side of the story. They recount the deception that lured them into Iran in the first place and describe the psychological torment of interrogation and solitary confinement. We [...]

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Medical Marijuana chats with Dr. Alvin

01 Sanjay Gupta Click Here To Listen Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN has spent the past two years working and researching medical marijuana. Recently he wrote an editorial changing his personal opinion on it. His documentaries and editorials have received enormous attention and praise. Even politician, including Harry Reid said the film influenced them in reexamining the issue.

Arab Winter Comes To America by Robert Spencer chats with Dr. Alvin

Robert Spencer Click Here To Listen Robert Spencer explains the driving forces behind the jihadists operating now in the US: Their beliefs, their associations, and the international jihad network that is working for the same goals around the globe -- including in the Arab spring uprisings.

Louis Armstrong: Master Of Modernism by Thomas Brothers chats with Dr. Alvin

Thomas Brothers Click Here To Listen The definitive account of Louis Armstrong—his life and legacy—during the most creative period of his career. Nearly 100 years after bursting onto Chicago’s music scene under the tutelage of Joe "King" Oliver, Louis Armstrong is recognized as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. A trumpet virtuoso, seductive crooner, and consummate entertainer, Armstrong laid the foundation for the future of jazz with his stylistic innovations, but his story would be incomplete without examining how he struggled in a society seething with brutally racist ideologies, laws, and practices. Thomas Brothers picks up where he left off with the acclaimed Louis Armstrong's New Orleans, following the story of [...]