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"From War is Beautiful" by David Shields, published by powerHouse Books.
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David Shields says the New York Times is complicit in romanticizing war through imagery.

Mural of ancient soldiers returning from battle
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Historian Margaret MacMillan tells Steve what war reveals about human nature.

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15:07
Mark Art, Not War
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Is war inevitable? Leymah Gbowee loudly and strongly says no. And she’s got proof.

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11:40
James Nachtwey, Collapse of the South Tower, Church of St. Peter, September 22, 2001.
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James Nachtwey is one of the world's great war photographers. For more than three decades, he's covered just about every major armed conflict around the world, and he's been wounded several times on the job. He talks about his harrowing work in Afghanistan, Iraq and where those wars began — Ground Zero in 2001.

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14:35
ruth ozeki
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For her own book, author Ruth Ozeki drew from “Kamikaze Diaries,” a collection of writings left behind by the young soldiers who died on suicide missions. They represent a generation of brilliant, highly educated young students who were conscripted into the army and ordered not just to kill but to die.

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3:38
man moving steel
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Alissa Quart spent the last few years traveling around the country, talking with all kinds of people about work. What she found is a lot of people with jobs that look good on paper but who feel — in a word — squeezed.

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12:26
punch the clock
Dangerous Ideas

When we talk about reforming work, fixing work, creating new kinds of work — author and historian James Livingston thinks perhaps we’re not going far enough. 

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4:51
Dæmon Pan and the alethiometer in HBO's adaptation of "His Dark Materials"
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Philip Pullman, the celebrated English writer has just written a 630-page sequel brimming with contentious ideas about religious tyranny, the loss of imagination and the nature of consciousness — all in a book that’s marketed to children.

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16:00