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Monadnock Summer Lyceum
3:00 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Andrew Bacevich: Cheap Grace And The American Way Of War

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Drawing on Dietrich Bonhoeffer's concept of "cheap grace," Andrew Bacevich exposes the chronic defects in the current U. S. approach to waging war.  He explains why the world's most powerful military doesn't win and why the nation's reliance on professional soldiers has turned out to be such a bad bargain. When American soldiers deploy to places like Iraq and Afghanistan, what is the cause for which they fight?  The patriotic answer is this:  they fight for freedom.  Challenge that proposition and you’ll likely pick a quarrel.

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Monadnock Summer Lyceum
3:00 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Margot Adler: Vampires, Morality And The Fate Of The Planet

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After the illness and death of her late husband, acclaimed author and National Public Radio correspondent Margot Adler began to read vampire novels as a meditation on mortality. This meditation soon became an obsession. Adler has read over 250 such novels ranging from teen to adult, from detective to romance, from gothic to modern. "Every society creates the vampire it needs," wrote the feminist scholar Nina Auerbach.

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Monadnock Summer Lyceum
3:00 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Is There An America Beyond Capitalism?

Gar Alperovitz
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Gar Alperovitz calls for an evolution, not a revolution, into a new system that would democratize the ownership of wealth, strengthen communities in diverse ways, and be governed by policies and institutions sophisticated enough to manage a large-scale, powerful economy.

What is the next system? It is not corporate capitalism, not state socialism, but something else— something entirely American, something building on our pragmatic American “can do” spirit that is also sophisticated about what it will ultimately take to alter our corporate dominated system over time.

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Monadnock Summer Lyceum
3:00 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

The Future Of Healthcare

Dr. Martin Makary
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*Note: Due to an error on July 7th, we will air this lecture on Sunday, August 18 at 3 p.m. The audio is also available for streaming below. We apologize for any inconvenience.*

-What will healthcare look like in 10 years?

-How can I prepare for the new healthcare landscape?

-What are the best and worst aspects to the new healthcare system ahead?

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Best of Public Radio
12:00 am
Sun June 23, 2013

The Music In Between

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Have you ever heard some music on NHPR and wondered, "what was that song?" Those musical interludes set the tone and pace for the stories you hear, because great storytelling demands great music. It’s why we choose the music that surrounds our reporting so carefully. This week, we’ll hear more of that music in between. 

Playlist:

Modest Mouse; “Custom”

Beastie Boys; “Son of Neckbone:

Wilco; “Impossible Germany”

Son Volt; “Chanty”

Kaki King; “Solipsist”

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Best of Public Radio
12:00 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Playing On The Air: Out There

James Lescene
Credit via PRX

Playing on the Air is a new program featuring 10-20 minute short plays with the highest caliber talent including Oscar, Tony and Emmy award winners. Each short short play is followed by a personal interview with its artists. These bite-sized pieces are authored by America's best including Pulitzer and Tony award winners.

This week’s plays…

There You Are, with Olympia Dukakis and Maria Tucci, is about two women who meet again at an outdoor concert and pursue the relationship they didn't dare to in their youth.

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Best of Public Radio
2:00 pm
Sun June 2, 2013

Vermont: The Small Town State

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This episode of State of the Re:Union visits our neighbors across the Connecticut. Best of Public Radio airs Sundays at 3 p.m.

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Best of Public Radio
12:00 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

Monumental Disagreements: Memorials in America

Credit Library of Congress

This is a country awash in monuments. They are the centerpieces of traffic circles, street corners and, of course, the National Mall. We have erected them to Rosie the Riveter and Confederate generals. Yet our ambivalence towards these monuments is as old as our enthusiasm for them. Case in point: The Washington Monument. Ever wonder why there isn’t actually a image of Washington on it?

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Best of Public Radio
2:00 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

Gay In The Eyes Of God

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Open any Torah, Bible or Koran, and the passages about homosexuality seem clear: being gay is an abomination; a sin; something that incurs the wrath of God. But for some, these interpretations are changing. "Gay in the Eyes of God" explores the ways in which the major American religious traditions grapple with acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. We present personal stories as well as  interpretations of scripture and theology - both traditional and progressive.

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Best of Public Radio
2:00 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Vinyl Cafe: Mother's Day

Credit via PRX

The Vinyl Cafe features music - both live and recorded from new and established artists from throughout Canada. It also chronicles the misadventures of Dave, owner of a small record store and his family and neighbors. Host Stuart McLean is a best-selling author, award-winning journalist and humorist.

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Best of Public Radio
2:00 pm
Sun May 5, 2013

Walking Across America

Credit via PRX

Andrew Forsthoefel set out at age 23 to walk across America, East to West, 4000   miles, with a sign on him that said, "Walking to Listen". This hour, co-produced with    Jay Allison, tracks his epic journey. It's a coming of age story, and a portrait of this  country - big-hearted, wild, innocent, and wise.

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Best of Public Radio
12:00 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Poetry In Life

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We'll tackle couplets, stanzas, limericks, sonnets, odes, dirges; free or rhyming verse of any meter. From the epic to the cursory, from the aggressive to the  consolatory, we’re all about poetry today.

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Best of Public Radio
12:00 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Grit, Luck and Money: Preparing Kids for College and Getting Them Through

YES Prep students at an informational session at the University of Oklahoma. YES Prep is a charter school network that serves a low-income population in Houston, Tex. and focuses on getting all of its students accepted into 4-year colleges.
Credit YES Prep Public Schools, via PRX

More people are going to college than ever before, but a lot of them aren't finishing. Low-income students, in particular, struggle to get to graduation. Only 9 percent complete a bachelor's degree by age 24. Why are so many students quitting, and what leads a few to beat the odds and make it through? In this documentary, American RadioWorks correspondent Emily Hanford introduces us to young people trying to break into the middle class, teachers trying to increase their chances and researchers investigating the nature of persistence.

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Best of Public Radio
12:00 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

Humankind: The Diet-Climate Connection, Hour 2

What was the carbon footprint of your dinner last night? This Humankind documentary project, by award-winning producer David Freudberg, examines how the foods we eat affect the planet we inhabit. In a period of extreme weather associated with climate change -- 2012 was the hottest summer on record -- our food choices can make a difference. Agriculture is a heavy emitter of heat-trapping gases. And in this sound-rich production, listeners will learn that some foods (fruits and vegetables) often have a much lighter environmental footprint than others (meat and dairy).

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Best of Public Radio
12:00 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

Humankind: The Diet-Climate Connection, Hour 1

What was the carbon footprint of your dinner last night? This Humankind documentary project, by award-winning producer David Freudberg, examines how the foods we eat affect the planet we inhabit. In a period of extreme weather associated with climate change -- 2012 was the hottest summer on record -- our food choices can make a difference. Agriculture is a heavy emitter of heat-trapping gases. And in this sound-rich production, listeners will learn that some foods (fruits and vegetables) often have a much lighter environmental footprint than others (meat and dairy).

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