Books

Texas Matters
1:30 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

The History Of Early Texas Photography

Lent Munson Hitchcock with wife, Emily, and their two children (1855).
Jones Collection, DeGolyer Library, Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University

*This show is a rebroadcast of the April 18, 2014 episode of Texas Matters

Texas Matters: Dive into the hidden history of early Texas photographs with Lawrence T. Jones, III, whose new book, "Lens on the Texas Frontier," presents a stunning look at life in early Texas.

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The Source - June 26, 2014
1:28 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

The Source: Lies, And The Triumph Of The Journalism That Brought Truth

The history of truth in the political and corporate spheres is a sordid one. Our elected officials have gotten us into wars and our corporate leaders have driven the economy into recession --  both on the assumption that their analysis and statements were honest.

In his new book "935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America's Moral Integrity," Charles Lewis reveals the lies of our public officials and corporate titans while highlighting the journalism and journalists that revealed the lies for what they were.

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Author Interviews
4:03 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

From 'The Magic Tree House,' Kids Branch Out To Chapter Books

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 10:19 am

When Mary Pope Osborne wrote the first set of stories in the Magic Tree House series in 1992, she had a contract for four books, and she figured that would be it. But then she began getting letters from teachers, parents and kids.

"Those letters are priceless," she says. "I've memorized so many of them, like: 'Dear Mrs. Osborne, Your books almost made me smart!' or 'Dear Mrs. Osborne, I'm working on my own novel. ... It's not finished yet, it's scary, it's called The Septic System.'"

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The Source - June 9, 2014
1:46 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

The Source: Has The Roberts Court Made "Uncertain Justice"?

Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to Barack Obama on Jan. 21, 2009.
Credit White House (Pete Souza) / via Wikimedia Commons

The nearly decade-long tenure of Chief Justice John G. Roberts has seen some momentous decisions. Recent cases include the overruling of DOMA, Citizen's United and the legality of the Affordable Care Act mandate. 

The 17th head of the U.S. Supreme Court has left an indelible mark in history. Though the decisions have varied at times, privacy, corporate personhood, free speech and money in politics all have been affected, sometimes drastically, by this judge.

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Author Interviews
9:44 am
Thu June 5, 2014

John Green's 'Stars' Shines Bright On The Silver Screen

Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort play the cancer-stricken lovers in The Fault in Our Stars.
Temple Hill Entertainment

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:40 am

It's a writer's fantasy. You author a book. It hits the young adult jackpot. It sells 10 million copies. Hollywood actors fight for parts in the movie.

Welcome to John Green's reality. Not too long ago, in New York City, he introduced a screening of the film based on his novel, The Fault in Our Stars, to an audience of hundreds of teenagers ecstatically screaming his name. They cried copiously throughout the film, which follows a romance between two teenagers with cancer.

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The Source - June 2, 2014
12:38 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

The Source: Good For You, Great For Me, The Art Of Negotiation

The era of win-win negotiation have been popular since the 80s, but how to get more from a negotiation is always at the forefront of the mind from the board room; from asking your boss for a raise, to making public policy. 

We all want to "win" but how do we do it while maintaining trust and keeping relationships open. The science of influence and the power of negotiation are the topic of this segment and the new book "Good For You, Great For Me" (Public Affairs) by Lawrence Susskind.

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The Source - May 19, 2014
1:26 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

The Source: Is It Time To Change Affirmative Action?

The University of Texas has been sued for its Affirmative Action implementation in Fischer v UT.
Credit Marsha Miller / University of Texas

The government should be looking past race for its affirmative action goals, argues Sheryll Cashin in her new book, "Place Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America." 

While Cashin argues racism is a real problem in America, being too focused on race blinds university administrators as well as government officials to the fact that the goal of affirmative action should be to even the playing field for the disadvantaged.

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The Source - May 12, 2014
2:02 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

The Source: Are You Your Doctor's First Concern?

Credit EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

Doctors are facing a marketplace that demands they think about many things before the patient. That's according to a new book by Dr. Jack Cochran, executive director of the Permanente Federation and author Charles Kenney called "The Doctor Crisis: How Physicians Can and Must Lead the Way to Better Health Care."

Cochran argues it has never been less fulfilling emotionally and professionally than today to be a doctor. This assumes a doctor was inspired to join the field to help people and not just to make money. 

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The Source - May 1, 2014
12:22 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

The Source: Ralph Nader Still Trying To Shake Things Up

Credit Nick Bygon http://bit.ly/RbwyXp / CC

Aging activist and oft-candidate for president of the United States Ralph Nader is still doing what he does best: causing trouble. The octogenarian has been making new waves by calling for President Obama to be impeached and for people to support Rand Paul in the 2016 election.

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The Source - April 29, 2014
11:28 am
Tue April 29, 2014

The Source: John Wayne Biography Casts New Light On Popular Actor

John Wayne was born in the tiny farm community of Winterset, Iowa, as Marion Morrison. Little did the sleepy town know that his star would shine for 50 years and nearly 200 films.

A new biography of the actor, "John Wayne: The Life and Legend," takes us inside his life, his work, and his controversial causes.

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