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Mon 3.03.14 | Waging War on Civilians

Fred Branfman, ed., Voices from the Plain of Jars: Life Under an Air War U. of Wisconsin Press, 2013 (2d ed.)

Nick Turse, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam Picador, 2013


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The bombing of Laos was, and still is, the most protracted bombing of civilian targets in world history. So asserts Fred Branfman about the secret, automated war waged by the US executive branch from 1964 to 1973. Branfman describes what happened in the first of a two-part interview. Also, Nick Turse discusses the targeting of civilians by US troops in neighboring Vietnam.

Wed 2.26.14 | Mammograms, Risk Calculations, and Medical Radiation

Robert A. Aronowitz, Unnatural History: Breast Cancer and American Society Cambridge U. Press, 2007

Ellen Leopold, Under the Radar: Cancer and the Cold War Rutgers U. Press, 2009


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Do mammograms save lives? Not according to an extensive study of 90,000 women over a quarter century. In this encore presentation, historian of science Robert Aronowitz discusses the history of mammograms and the problematic notion of risk. And Ellen Leopold explores the Cold War medical use of the byproducts of the nuclear industry, as well as our exposure to radiation today.

Tues 2.25.14 | Climate Change's “Evil Twin”

Washington Sea Grant's ocean acidification page

"Sea Change," a six-part series in The Seattle Times




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Carbon dioxide generated by the burning of fossil fuels is being absorbed into the oceans with already serious -- and potentially catastrophic -- consequences for marine life and human life. Meg Chadsey describes the phenomenon of ocean acidification and the myriad physical and social threats it poses.

Mon 2.24.14 | Exit Right

Raymond Craib







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It's a vision for a gated community of the rich, where everything is private and no taxes are paid, far outside of the sovereign territory of the nation-state. Historian Raymond Craib talks about visions for right-wing libertarian enclaves, from the failed attempt to build the Republic of Minerva on a coral reef in the South Pacific, to the Seasteading Institute plan to construct a floating city off of San Francisco.

Tues 2.04.14 through Wed 2.19.14

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Mon 2.03.14 | Technology and the West

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The photographer Eadweard Muybridge met Leland Stanford at a time when technological breakthroughs were beginning to alter myriad aspects of everyday life. Muybridge's innovations paved the way for cinema; Stanford's obsessions fueled the beginnings of Silicon Valley; and Rebecca Solnit has written a book about the consciousness-changing advent of modern technology.

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