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Scholars’ Circle-Magnetic-field-affects-Animals-/-History-of-Human-bond-with-Animals-August 30th, 2015
admin - Aug - 29th

First, birds, bees, whales and turtles all use the earth s magnetic field to guide their behaviour. Now scientists have learned much more about how. Joining us is Andres Vidal Gadea. He s a professor of Molecular Neuroethology at Illinois State University who has made the fascinating discoveries. [ dur: 17mins. ] Andrew Vidal Gadea, [...]

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Scholars’ Circle-Bird-Songs-/-New-Corporate-Lawlessness-August 23rd, 2015
admin - Aug - 22nd

First, scientists have made fascinating discoveries on how animals communicate. Birdsongs are more than music; they are warnings of danger understood by many species. [ dur: 30 mins. ] Erick Greene, Professor of Biological Sciences at University of Montana. He has published numerous papers in ornithology, the latest in collaboration with the Cornell labs of [...]

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Scholars’ Circle-Dictator-and-CEO-/- War-and-Law-August 16th, 2015
admin - Aug - 15th

First, what do dictators, CEOs, and political leaders have in common? We’ll explore some of their strategies for getting and keeping power with Alastair Smith, coauthor of, “The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics.” [ dur: 28 mins. ] Alastair Smith, Professor of Politics, NYU. He has also co-authored “The Logic [...]

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Scholars’ Circle-Antonin-Scalia-/-Violence-Against-Women-August 9th, 2015
admin - Aug - 8th

First, we continue our conversation about why no one predicted that Justice Scalia would become one of the most polarizing Supreme Court justices in US history. Bruce Allen Murphy is the author of Scalia: A Court of One. [ dur: 27mins. ] Bruce Allen Murphy is a judicial biographer and Professor of law at Lafayette [...]

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Scholars’ Circle-Antonin-Scalia-/-How-Music-affects-Social-and-Political-Change-August 2nd, 2015
admin - Aug - 1st

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
admin - Jul - 25th

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
admin - Jul - 18th

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
admin - Jul - 12th

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
admin - Jul - 4th

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
admin - Jun - 28th

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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