Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Listening ideas for 25 May 2011

New Books In History
Jonathan Steinberg, “Bismarck: A Life”
What is the role of personality in shaping history? Shortly before the beginning of the First World War, the German sociologist Max Weber puzzled over this question. He was sure that there was a kind of authority that drew strength from character itself.
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Oxford Biographies
Olaudah Equiano, author and slavery abolitionist
Olaudah Equiano (c. 1745 – 31 March 1797), also known as Gustavus Vassa, was one of the most prominent Africans involved in the British movement towards the abolition of the slave trade.
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TED Talks
How we'll stop polio for good - Bruce Aylward
Polio is almost completely eradicated. But as Bruce Aylward says: Almost isn't good enough with a disease this terrifying. Aylward lays out the plan to continue the scientific miracle that ended polio in most of the world -- and to snuff it out everywhere, forever.
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