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Change in the churches—the female head of the American Episcopal Church

Change in the churches—the female head of the American Episcopal Church

In 2006, amid much fanfare and controversy, Katharine Jefferts Schori became the first woman elected as head of the American Episcopal Church. Since her rise as the Presiding Bishop, charged with speaking God’s word to the Church and to the world, more pressing social justice issues of poverty and hunger, intensified by a ruthless recession, [...]

Seeing and believing

Seeing and believing

In his new book <i>The Mind’s Eye</i>, Dr. Oliver Sacks shares his insight as a physician and for the first time reveals his personal experience as a patient. Dr. Sacks opens up about his ongoing battle with cancer in his right eye, as well as the less grim and even funny experience of living with [...]

The World in 2050

The World in 2050

What will the planet and society be like in 40 years? According to geoscientist and Guggenheim fellow Laurence C. Smith, analysis should be based on four global forces: demography, natural resources, globalization, and climate change. The population is projected to reach 9 billion by 2050, which will require much more resources than the earth currently [...]

A psychiatrist’s most bizarre cases

A psychiatrist’s most bizarre cases

From naked headstands to fainting school girls and self-amputations, Dr. Gary Small’s psychiatry practice has generated a treasure trove of stranger-than fiction-tales. Tracking his journey to becoming a world wide expert on memory and the human brain, Dr. Small makes frequent stops along the way to highlight some of mental illnesses’ most interesting manifestations. In [...]

TitleWave: Edwidge Danticat’s "Create Dangerously"

TitleWave: Edwidge Danticat’s "Create Dangerously"

Edwidge Danticat emigrated from the impoverished country of Haiti to the United States when she was twelve-years-old. Conditions in the country have been worsened by a major earthquake that hit the country less than a year ago, and now a cholera outbreak is making its way across the island nation. In her latest book, Danticat [...]

Scariest horror movies, past & present

Scariest horror movies, past & present

Shutter Island, Daybreakers and The Wolfman are among the top scary movies of 2010, so far. But if you’re looking to set a spooky mood for Halloween, there are plenty of classics that could scare the bejeebers out of you and your friends. Think: The Exorcist, The Omen, The Blair Witch Project, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, [...]

You only think you saw what you saw – Halloween with the Skeptic Society

You only think you saw what you saw – Halloween with the Skeptic Society

It was dark and stormy night (and by night I mean afternoon, we are on weekdays from 1 – 3pm) at the Mohn Broadcast Center and even though Patt was the only one in the studio she could hear the voices of calls from beyond – no, it isn’t a ghost story it is us [...]

Hoop dreams or NBA nightmares?

Hoop dreams or NBA nightmares?

In playgrounds, school yards and driveways all across America, boys square off to work on their jump shot, dreaming of a career in pro basketball. For those few who make it, the rewards are undeniable – colleges compete for their attention, shoe companies vie for their endorsement, TV cameras turn them into celebrities and the [...]

America through Islamic eyes: how the world’s Muslims view our Muslim controversies

America through Islamic eyes: how the world’s Muslims view our Muslim controversies

The Muslim world has been inexorably intertwined with American society & politics since 9/11, and while stories of intolerance (aimed at all sides by all sides) had seemed to fade away as the country attempted to move past those momentous terror attacks, this past year has brought the theme of a Western-Muslim clash of cultures [...]

Ingrid Betancourt opens up about her time as a FARC hostage

Ingrid Betancourt opens up about her time as a FARC hostage

As a candidate for the Colombian presidency in 2002, she was brave—or foolish—enough to campaign near the jungle stronghold of rebel paramilitaries. That’s when Ingrid Betancourt was taken hostage and held captive for six years, becoming the icon of the government and civilians’ struggle against a drug-fueled armed resistance. Her memoir, <i>Even Silence Has an [...]