Power (Social sciences)
Feb 1, 2011 — Joseph Nye coined the term "soft power," but he says that strategy alone is no longer enough. In The Future of Power, Nye explains that in the global information age, superpowers need a "smart power" strategy — the hard power of coercion and payment, plus the soft power of persuasion and attraction.
Oct 6, 2008 — Author David Rothkopf explains why he believes the current financial crisis may have "greater and more lasting ramifications" than the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. His op-ed, "9/11 Was Big. This Is Bigger," appeared Sunday in The Washington Post.
Sep 11, 2008 — Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor of history and international relations at Boston University and a retired Army colonel, discusses his new book, The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism.
Jun 12, 2008 — Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama are both promising the voters change. But will the new president be able to deliver in a partisan, gridlocked Washington where the parties can regularly checkmate one another?
Feb 8, 2008 — Fred Kaplan, author of Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power, says the Bush administration's world view is based on several misconceptions. For one, he says, the administration thought of freedom as a gift from God, without understanding the practical requirements of developing democracies.
Feb 5, 2008 — Slate columnist Fred Kaplan offers a scathing critique of the Bush administration's foreign policy initiatives in his new book, Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power.
Oct 2, 2007 — As consumers, we look for great deals at Wal-Mart. As citizens, we're dismayed over Main Street's demise. In his new book, Supercapitalism, economist Robert Reich looks at the growing tension between democracy and capitalism.
Sep 11, 2007 — We love low prices, sure, but we frown at the things companies do to get us good deals — like paying low wages. In his book Supercapitalism, economist Robert Reich looks at the divided mind of the consumer and citizen.
Nov 11, 2005 — Alan Cheuse reviews George Saunders's first full-length novel, a political satire called The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil. At only 130 pages, including illustrations, the book is nonetheless a scathingly funny indictment of American politics.
Oct 20, 2005 — Thursday's topic: What it's like to be young and black in America. Guests: Nat Irvin III aka "Tre", executive producer at Wonderland Productions, a hip-hop music label; Ira Porter, correspondent at The Philadelphia Inquirer; and Kevin Powell, author of Who's Gonna Take the Weight: Manhood, Race, and Power in America.