Month: June 2011

Janet Reitman (BSS #399)

Janet Reitman is most recently the author of Inside Scientology. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Always on the run. Author: Janet Reitman Subjects Discussed: Scientology and cults, the way Scientology works, Orthodox Judaism, Michael Sklar, tax-exempt religions, the religious elements used to form Scientology, esoteric religious movements in early 20th century Los Angeles, L. Ron Hubbard’s Read More

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Mara Hvistendahl (BSS #398)

Mara Hvistendahl is most recently the author of Unnatural Selection. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Considering cold water solutions if he attempts to sire sons. Author: Mara Hvistendahl Subjects Discussed: Lyndon Johnson’s 1965 address on the occasion of the UN’s 20th anniversary, the relationship between birth rate, sex selection, and development, the history of amniocentesis in Read More

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James Gleick (BSS #397)

James Gleick is most recently the author of The Information. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Giving little bits of your entropy. Author: James Gleick Subjects Discussed: Claude Shannon, the origin of the byte, Charles Babbage and relay switches, measuring information beyond the telegraph, bit storage capacity, being right about data measurement, “A Mathematical Theory of Communication,” Read More

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Adam Hochschild (BSS #396)

Adam Hochschild is most recently the author of To End All Wars. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Conscientiously objecting and objectifying consciousness. Author: Adam Hochschild Subjects Discussed: What is considered morally permissible in war, mustard gas, deadly military technology, Ray Bradbury’s “The Flying Machine,” the women’s suffrage movement and World War I, Emmeline Pankhurst and the Read More

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