Pulitzer Prize-winning author Kai Bird chronicles the story of legendary CIA officer and Middle East specialist Robert Ames in, "The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames." Original air date 7/25/14
Since its formation more than 4.5 billion years ago, Earth has gone through five waves of extinction, the latest being the extinction of the dinosaurs, which scientists believe was caused by an asteroid. In "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History," the New Yorker's Elizabeth Kolbert warns of what some scientists are defining as the "Sixth Extinction," which she says is happening now at the hands of mankind. Original air date 4/17/14
Personalized guns, or smart guns, are firearms designed to operate only for their authorized users. Gun control activists argue that these types of weapons could save thousands of lives a year. We'll look at smart gun technology and their policy implications with Stephen Teret, co-author of a new Abell Report on smart guns, and the founding director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research; and the director of the Hopkins Center for Law and the Public's Health.
A conversation about economic inequality and the concentration of wealth prompted by the publication in English earlier this year of French economist Thomas Piketty's much-debated "Capital In the Twenty-First Century." Our guests: Michael Reisch, the Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice at the University of Maryland School of Social Work; Ken Solow, founding partner of Pinnacle Advisory Group, Inc. in Columbia; and Barbara Morgan, senior lecturer and undergraduate economics advisor at The Johns Hopkins University.