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Are We What We Eat?  (aired 4/3/2008)
In the last 25 years Americans have eaten less fat and exercised more. Yet, the incidents of obesity and type two diabetes have increased. What happened? For an examination we are joined by Gary Taubs, science journalist and author of the new book GOOD CALORIES/BAD CALORIES. The topic before the house: Are we what we eat? This week on THINK TANK.

James Q Wilson pt. 2  (aired 1/24/2008)
When President Bush awarded James Q. Wilson the Presidential Medal of Freedom he noted that Wilson writes with intellectual rigor and moral clarity. Jim Wilson’s insights have placed him amongst the great social thinkers of our time. The topic before the house: Thinking Things through with James Q. Wilson. This week on Think Tank.

The American Musical, Part 1  (aired 5/17/2007)
From Showboat to The Lion King, from Oklahoma to Chorus Line, the lights of Broadway burn brightly in the imaginations of millions of people around the world. The Broadway Musical is a unique 20th century art form, combining comedy and romance, music and dance. With mega-hits like Phantom of the Opera passing 8,000 performances, are we seeing a new golden age of the musical? Or are the corporate backed blockbusters squeezing out new creative voices? Who will join the ranks of Rodgers, Hart, Hammerstein and Sondheim? What do the themes of musicals tell us about the story of America?

The American Musical, Part 1  (aired 5/17/2007)
From Showboat to The Lion King, from Oklahoma to Chorus Line, the lights of Broadway burn brightly in the imaginations of millions of people around the world. The Broadway Musical is a unique 20th century art form, combining comedy and romance, music and dance. With mega-hits like Phantom of the Opera passing 8,000 performances, are we seeing a new golden age of the musical? Or are the corporate backed blockbusters squeezing out new creative voices? Who will join the ranks of Rodgers, Hart, Hammerstein and Sondheim? What do the themes of musicals tell us about the story of America?

One Nation, One Standard  (aired 5/10/2007)
“The Hispanic community doesn’t care about education as much as other minority groups.” This is the controversial claim of Herman Badillo’s immigrant education reform manifesto, One Nation One Standard. Badillo himself embodies the idea of immigrant ascension. Orphaned as a young boy in Puerto Rico, he surmounted the hurdles of the New York public education system to become the first ever Puerto Rican member of the House of Representatives. Originally a champion of bilingual education, Badillo now believes it prevents immigrant children from engaging in American society. Today Think Tank sits down with Herman Badillo to discuss his journey, how to fix public education and what the Hispanic community can do to succeed in America.


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