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Green Room: Summer Reading

T’is the season for hitting the beach and pulling out some great new reads. But with so much to choose from these days, what to you pack for vacation? Clay Smith, Editor-in-Chief at Kirkus Books gives us some top tips, plus some insight on the state of the book industry in this digital age.

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Green Room: Smaller, Faster, Lighter, Denser, Cheaper

From overpopulation to global warming, ‘catastrophists’ have ignored a major trend of human history. Austin-based author Robert Bryce argues that in often unforeseeable ways, technology moves inexorably toward solutions making the world a better place. Don’t worry, be happy? Well, it’s a lot more complicated than that.

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Green Room: Moyers on Family and Addiction

When PBS journalist Bill Moyers suffered a relapse of a heart condition, everyone wished him a speedy recovery. When his son suffered an addiction relapse, people weren’t so generous–to put it mildly. In this candid conversation with the Moyers’ family, we hear a stirring account of how the disease of addiction affects loved ones, and…

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Green Room: Come and Take It!

Come and Take It!’ It’s more than just a motto on an historic Texas flag: it’s a rallying cry that resonates with the independent spirit of the Lone Star state. Little wonder, then, that politicians are invoking the phrase in a growing protest over what some ranchers see as a ‘land grab’ by the federal…

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Green Room: How to Manage Like the Spurs

They may not have superstars, or the massive resources of other teams–but what the San Antonio Spurs do have are championships. UTSA business professor Mark Lengnick-Hall argues that American businesses could learn a lot from how the Spurs get the job done.

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Green Room: Secret Arsenal of the CIA

The Midwest Depot: that’s ben the code name for the CIA’s secret arsenal, involved with some of the biggest covert operations in history, from the Bay of Pigs to Iran-Contra and the wars in Angola and Afghanistan. Now New York Times reporter Charlie Savage thinks he’s found the true location of this secret arms cache….

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Green Room: Pakistan, “The Warrior State”

Dallas and Houston are home to some of the biggest Pakistani-American communities in the U.S. They are doctors, I.T. professionals, entrepreneurs–people taking advantage of opportunities denied them in Pakistan. After more than a half-century of independence, what keeps Pakistan from moving forward? Award-winning scholar T.V. Paul offers a new explanation in his illuminating new book…

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Green Room: Texas City Disaster Revisited

We’ve all heard of the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas–a tragedy that shook a city and garnered national attention. But the worst industrial disaster in history–also in Texas–claimed untold hundreds of lives, and is almost forgotten. Veteran journalist and author Bill Minutaglio takes us on a trip back in time, to the post…

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Green Room: Future of Coal Power

Ever heard of clean coal? No such thing, says ‘National Geographic’ magazine. For a groundbreaking piece on the hidden costs of fossil-based fuel, Texan Rob Kendrick travelled the globe. What he witnessed gave him reason to reflect on our energy needs, and the tough decisions we all face, like it or not.

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