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I’m Still Standing

I’m Still Standing
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In 2003, during the earliest days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Shoshana Johnson was captured when the 507th maintenance company was attacked. In I’m Still Standing Shoshana chronicles her capture, the 22 days she was held as a POW, her rescue and recovery. Patt sits down with the first female POW from Operation Iraqi Freedom to […]

Sonic Boom: Globalization at Mach Speed

Sonic Boom: Globalization at Mach Speed

Amid the recession’s doom and gloom, one author is trying to spread cheer. Gregg Easterbrook believes our capacity for innovation and new ideas will yield a sudden burst of growth for the global economy. Are our present woes a minor bust signaling booms to come? Or does unfettered optimism about America’s economic future prompt bad […]

How big of a problem is the national deficit?

How big of a problem is the national deficit?

Perhaps in a foreshadowing of his $3.8 trillion budget proposal coming down the pike, President Obama last week proposed—and the Congress rejected—a bill to create a special commission to address the federal deficit. Yesterday (Monday), he effectively increased that deficit to $1.6 trillion for this fiscal year, leaving our national debt hovering somewhere around $13 […]

Making the most of your money now

Making the most of your money now

Which amortization rate is right for me? How much of my income should I allocate toward retirement? Jane Bryant Quinn wrote the book on personal finance, and now she’s back to address rebuilding savings after financial disaster in a new edition of “Making the Most of Your Money Now.” From spending plans to whether gold […]

Buzzie is back

Buzzie is back

He spent his childhood at the White House while photographers flashed pictures of him playing—not the normal childhood, but then again, he didn’t have normal grandparents. Curtis Roosevelt was the grandson of President Franklin Roosevelt, which offered many positives, but also presented a slew of negatives. Patt talks to the Curtis about growing up in […]

How Harvard scholars launched the psychedelic 60’s

How Harvard scholars launched the psychedelic 60’s

In the winter of 1960, three brilliant scholars and one ambitious undergrad- Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, Huston Smith and Andrew Weil- came together around the Harvard Psilocybin Project, a series of experiments with psychedelic drugs. The group sought spiritual enlightenment but ended up transforming America. In his new book “The Harvard Psychedelic Club,” author Don […]

How Harvard scholars launched the psychedlic 60’s

How Harvard scholars launched the psychedlic 60’s

In the winter of 1960, three brilliant scholars and on ambitious undergrad- Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, Huston Smith and Andrew Weil- came together around the Harvard Psilocybin Project, a series of experiments with psychedelic drugs. The group sought spiritual enlightenment but ended up transforming America. In his new book “The Harvard Psychedelic Club,” author Don […]

Global warming heats up the SEC

Global warming heats up the SEC

This week, by a margin divided along party lines, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to encourage companies to disclose the effects of climate change on their business. Hold up—so that means global warming is real?? Some Republican commissioners equate the vote with a kind of political endorsement of an environmentalist agenda, but social […]

Irving Thalberg: Hollywood’s producer prince

Irving Thalberg: Hollywood’s producer prince

Producer Irving Thalberg was called the Boy Wonder of Hollywood. By age 20 he ran Universal Pictures, and at age 24 he co-founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. His status was so large, in fact, that F. Scott Fitzgerald used Thalberg as the inspiration for the main character in his unfinished novel "The Last Tycoon." In Mark Viera's new […]

You Are Not a Gadget

You Are Not a Gadget

Is Wikipedia smarter than you? Does Facebook promote the wisdom of mobs over the intelligence of the individual? Jaron Lanier, one of the pioneers of Silicon Valley and the father of virtual reality, argues that the Internet has fallen short of its early promise by becoming a place where those doing intellectual work are getting […]