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Scholars’ Circle-Antonin-Scalia-/-How-Music-affects-Social-and-Political-Change-August 2nd, 2015
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In this hour, the man some call the most polarizing and controversial supreme court justice in American history — The story of Antonin Scalia and why no one predicted who he would become. We speak with Prof. Bruce Allen Murphy author of Scalia: A Court of One. This is part one of a two part [...]

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Scholars’ Circle-Empathy-in-powerful-is-missing-/-Nuroscience-review-July 26th, 2015
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A new study suggests that the powerful feel less empathy. Does it have implications for society? [ dur: 18 mins. ] Michael Inzlicht is Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. He is co-author of Stereotype Threat: Theory, Process, and Application and co-author of the article Power Changes How the Brain Responds to Others [...]

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Scholars’ Circle-Antibiotics-Side-Effects-/-South-China-Seas-Tension-July 19th, 2015
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First, sanitation and antibiotics have saved the lives of many, but are they also the culprits behind some of modern diseases? We might have gone overboard in killing our microbes. And that may be causing some of today’s epidemics. [ dur: 21 mins. ] Martin I. Blaser is Professor of Translational Medicine and Director of [...]

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Scholars’ Circle- Middle East Politics-July 12th, 2015
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We spend the hour trying to untangle the politics of the Middle East. What does the rise of extreme violence with shifting and sometimes conflicting loyalties mean to the region and the world? What has happened to all the gains through democratization and human rights? Fred H. Lawson is a Professor and Department Head of [...]

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Scholars’ Circle-Secret-Heroes-/-Loyalist-of-American-Revolution-/-Amending-US-Constitution-July 5th, 2015
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First, Secret heroes. We look at lesser known people who have shaped the world. [ dur: 14 mins. ] Paul Martin, author and jouranlist; Author of Secret Heroes: Everyday Americans Who Shaped Our World Then, we revisit the American Revolution through the stories of the loyalist, those who fought on the side of Great Britain. [...]

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Scholars’ Circle-Review-of-Green-Economy-/-Police-Culture-June 28th, 2015
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First, are some green solutions unhelpful for the environment or worse, do they actually harm it? Over the last few years more green solutions have emerged to address environmental crises. But our guest says some of these amount to lazy environmentalism and may have a dark side effect of camouflaging a larger problem. Heather Rogers [...]

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Scholars’ Circle-Resistance-to-Evil-/-Forgotten-Genocides-June 21st, 2015
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First, we continue our conversation with preeminent psychology scholar Ervin Staub. Last week we discussed how to build peaceful societies, particularly when some groups have been traumatized by violence, war or genocide. Erwin Staub’s latest book is The Roots of Goodness and Resistance to Evil. This is part two of our discussion. You can hear part one, [...]

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Scholars’ Circle-Resistance-to-Evil-/-The-Systems-View-of-Life-June 14th, 2015
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First, we speak with Erwin Staub about his latest book, The ​R​oots of ​G​ood​nes​s​ and ​R​e​s​ist​ance to ​Evil: Inclusive ​C​aring, ​M​oral ​C​ou​r​age, ​Altruism ​B​o​r​n of ​S​uffering, ​A​c​t​I’ve ​B​ystandership and ​H​e​r​oism. [ dur: 25 mins. ] Ervin Staub is a Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Founding Director of its ​Ph.D. concentration in [...]

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Scholars’ Circle-Rafe Sagrin-/-The-Systems-View-of-Life-June 7th, 2015
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Last month scientist and environmentalist Rafe Sagarin was killed by a drunk driver while riding his bycicle. He was 43. In honor of his great work, we revisit a 2012 conversation we had with him about his book, Learning from the Octopus: How Secrets From Nature Can Help Us Fight Terrorism Attacks, Natural Disasters and [...]

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Scholars’ Circle-Society’s-Powerful-/-History-of-Labor-Unions-in-America-May 31st, 2015
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First, does power lead people to act in an unethical or immoral way? Does power breed hypocrisy and what are the social and political implications? Adam Galinsky joins us, he is the Chair of the Management Department and a Professor of Business at the Columbia Business School at Columbia University. [ dur: 10mins. ] Adam [...]

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