PAT MITCHELL:
Becoming a Dangerous Woman
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Pat Mitchell charts her path to power, from an early childhood on a cotton farm to the front lines of social, political, and cultural change, where she navigated the halls of power in Washington DC and Hollywood, traveled to war zones with Eve Ensler and Glenn Close, pressed Fidel Castro into making historic admissions about the Cold War, and formed powerful alliances with fellow media leaders like Ted Turner and Robert Redford. … Read more »

MARYN MCKENNA:
Antibiotic Resistance – A Global Health Threat
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Award-winning investigative science journalist, Maryn McKenna, has taken a deep dive into the antibiotic crisis, and her findings are as chilling as they are illuminating. Her 2017 bestseller, Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats, traces chicken’s meteoric rise from scarce treat to ubiquitous global commodity, and reveals the astounding role antibiotics have played in industrial farming. … Read more »

PAMELA RONALD:
The Future of Food
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Pamela Ronald, distinguished professor of Plant Pathology and Genetics at the University of California at Davis, knows that meeting the challenge of producing enough food to feed our growing population will take every trick in the book. Prof. Ronald investigates how food plants respond to environmental stresses, and develops strategies employing genetic techniques to help plants thrive. … Read more »

ROB DUNN:
Unseen Life: In Us, On Us, and All Around Us
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Evolutionary biologist Rob Dunn investigates microbes and their hosts in the places where we live. Our homes may be one of the most novel habitats on the planet, with diverse ecological niches—showerheads and toilets, doormats and pillows, freezers and stovetops, cats and dogs, cleaning products and bathtub rings—plus all manner of manmade materials and imported foodstuffs. We share our homes with hundreds of thousands of species, a large proportion of which are unnamed and previously unknown to science. … Read more »

DAVID LIDA:
When “Bad Hombres” Cross the Border
Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Children separated from their parents, squalid living conditions, human rights abuses — we’ve come to think of border immigrants as victims in a social tragedy of massive proportions.
But they are not the only victims. About fifty Mexicans are on Death Row in the U.S., and another hundred are facing capital-murder charges that could lead to the death penalty. … Read more »

ERIK VANCE:
Suggestible You – A Journey into the Mind’s Mysterious Power
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Award-winning science journalist Erik Vance explores the power of the brain to heal our bodies and color our lived experience in Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal. Throughout, he sheds light on the surprising ways that our expectations and beliefs can influence our bodily responses to pain, disease, and everyday events. … Read more »

LISA COVERT:
Finding the American Dream in Mexico
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The concept of the “American Dream” has been a key part of the cultural conversation in the U.S. since at least World War II—the white collar job, the house with a picket fence, keeping up with the Joneses—all have come to signify the attainment of success in America. But what of those who leave the United States in order to attain that dream? … Read more »

JOHN “Economic Hit Man” PERKINS:
Economic Colonialism and the Redemptive Power of Indigenous Cultures
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

As a young man, Perkins developed cost justifications for huge infrastructure projects funded by the World Bank and other aid organizations. Recognizing the harm wrought by his work, Perkins suffered a crisis of conscious, leaving his lucrative position and eventually telling all in his international bestseller, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. … Read more »