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Journalist Amy Wilentz has written about Haiti for 25 years -- but when she visited just weeks after the 2010 earthquake, she hardly recognized the country. Yet amid the devastation and signs of corruption, she says she also felt Haiti's determined resilience and vibrant culture shine through. Her latest book, "Farewell, Fred Voodoo," is a love letter to Haiti and its people, who she says are still undiminished by Haiti's many challenges.
City College of San Francisco could be forced to close later this year unless it can correct problems threatening its accreditation. We'll get an update on the school's progress as it works towards addressing deficiencies and operating problems. We'll also discuss a recently released draft "closure report" outlining a contingency plan in case the worst happens, and the school must close.
Former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George Shultz called for an end to nuclear weapons a few years ago, but the movement failed to gain a foothold. So why do countries continue to spend billions of dollars to modernize and expand their nuclear arsenals? What would make nuclear disarmament possible? Ward Wilson joins us to talk about his book, "Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons."
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder has long been acknowledged as a master of literary journalism. In previous books, he's written about the development of an early microcomputer, profiled a doctor on a mission to cure disease in developing nations and depicted the day-to-day drama of a family building its first new house. Now, with longtime editor Richard Todd, Kidder reveals the secrets of great storytelling in his new book, "Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction."
The Oakland City Council voted early Wednesday morning to hire William Bratton as a crime consultant. Bratton used to head the Los Angeles and New York police departments, where he saw double-digit reductions in crime during his tenure. While his "stop-and-frisk" and "zero tolerance" polices have been controversial, some officials hope his expertise could reverse Oakland's rise in violence. Are consultants the solution to Oakland's problems? How should the Oakland Police Department move forward?
In his new book, "Conscious Capitalism," Whole Foods co-founder and co-CEO John Mackey says that a responsible business can benefit both society and the bottom line. We talk to Mackey about ethical capitalism and the recent controversy surrounding his comparison of President Obama's health care reform to fascism.
Despite a rough first quarter in Sunday's NFC championship game, the San Francisco 49ers are headed for the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years. They'll face off against the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans early next month in a Super Bowl game that will be significant for another reason. It will be the first time two brothers -- Jim and John Harbaugh -- will lead opposing teams in football's biggest game. Commentators are calling it the "Har-bowl." We preview Superbowl XLVII.
Are you using your brain to maximum advantage? In his new book "Super Brain," physician and prolific author Deepak Chopra posits that we are living in a golden age for brain research, which provides a roadmap for boosting productivity and happiness. Chopra joins us to discuss "Super Brain," co-authored with Harvard neurologist Rudolph Taniz. Chopra has written more than 65 books.