Is there an ethics that we can all agree on without stifling pluralism and freedom? What would such an ethics look like? Most important, how should you, as a thoughtful person, find your way among the moral puzzles of the modern world and its cacophony of voices and opinions? These are just some of the engaging and perplexing questions you'll tackle as you join Professor Kane for this thought-provoking, 24-lecture examination of the problems surrounding ethics in the modern world.
"Yes, Virginia, there is an objective truth."
Jonathan Weiner, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Beak of the Finch, brings his brilliant reporting skills to the story of Seymour Benzer, the Brooklyn-born maverick scientist whose study of genetics and experiments with fruit fly genes has helped revolutionize or knowledge of the connections between DNA and behavior both animal and human.
"This is a profound science book"
In The China Dream, acclaimed business journalist Joe Studwell takes to task the predictions that China will become an economic juggernaut on the world stage in the 21st century - and instead foresees an economic crisis. He argues that since the days of Marco Polo, Western nations have seen the vast population of the Middle Kingdom as a fantastic opportunity for expanding trade, investing time and resources again and again in the hope to develop it, only to see, century after century, its economy crash.
Deep in the jungles of India, nature lived as the Creator intended. Yes, there were those who were predator and those who were prey. But balance was maintained, and the symmetry of Life's plan would take your breath away. Then Man came to the jungle. Tiggra, a white Royal Bengal Tiger, and his family must find a way to survive in a world where human and animal fight over dwindling natural resources. But this is a world where Man is King of the Beasts and the gun of the Killer rules over all.
Hank couldn't be more thrilled when Beulah the Collie comes to the ranch looking for help. It turns out her beau, Plato the Bird Dog, has wandered off in search of the elusive Great White Quail. With Plato out of the picture, Hank is convinced that he'll finally be able to win Beulah's affections. So he takes up the mission, hoping to score some points with his beloved.
In this hour, James William Gibson teaches sociology and is the author of A Re-enchanted World: The Quest for a New Kinship with Nature. He talks with Anne Strainchamps about ways in which people are seeking to reconnect with the natural world and to protect it, rather than simply exploit it as a resource.
Four years ago, three American hikers in Iraqi Kurdistan accidentally crossed the border into Iran. Captured by border patrol, they were accused of espionage and sent to Evin prison in Tehran. Bob talks to Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal and Sarah Shourd about their experience and book, A Sliver Of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran. Then, linguist and senior writer for the New York Times, Margalit Fox’s book The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code tells the fascinating tale of Linear B, a previously-unknown script discovered at the turn-of-the 19th century in the ruins of Knossos.
Michael Krasny’s latest book is Spiritual Envy: an Agnostic’s Quest. In trying to answer some of life’s most difficult questions, Krasny, a public radio host and an English Professor at San Francisco State University, pulls from science, religion, and literatary writers, along with his own beliefs and observations. Then, Todd Hoffman is the unlikely star of Gold Rush, a new series by the Discovery Channel.