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Week of September 21, 2014

Segment 1: Yes, We Totally Messed Up the Planet, but ...

The human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet. Humans have “subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness.” We now collect the DNA of vanishing species in a “frozen ark,” equip orangutans with iPads, create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us. In "The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us," bestselling author Diane Ackerman takes us on an exciting journey to understand this bewildering new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating — perhaps saving — our future.

"It is technologically possible to curb [climate change]. The question is: is it politically feasible? That is the big issue. And I think that means the ball is in our court - or rather, the planet is in our court."

-Diane Ackerman

Segment 2: Turkey - Ally or Enemy?

If Turkey is one of our NATO allies, why aren't they helping us defeat the Islamic State? We'll discuss what they're doing, what they want and what motivates them with Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Aaron Stein, Associate Fellow at the United Services Institute who studies Turkey.

"If the Turks begin to attack ISIS, you could see ISIS train its fire on Turkey itself, and so I think they'd like to leave well enough alone as it were."

-Jonathan Schanzer

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Week of September 14, 2014

Segment 1: Bedroom Jihadist // Where is Muslim Rage Against IS?

What's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this? Muslim women who grew up in well-adjusted, middle-class homes in the West are joining ISIS with the goal of becoming martyrs. For now, their role is confined to the home, marrying jihadists and raising their children. In their free time, they're active on social media recruiting other women to join them. Jamie Dettmer wrote about one of these women for The Daily Beast

Then ... When there's an offensive cartoon or a movie, or when Israel goes to war with Gaza, Muslims around the world are out demonstrating in full force expressing their anger. So, where are all the demonstrations against the atrocities of the Islamic State committed in the name of Islam? Yasmine Bahrani, a Muslim, asked that question in an op-ed for The Washington Post

"I wish they would say, this is nothing we support, this is something that disgusts us, and we reject it. Because when you're quite, it signals agreement."

-Yasmine Bahrani

Segment 2: The Other Islam

Stephen Schwartz, The Other Islam: Sufism and the Road to Global Harmony is a Sufi Muslim who believes that Sufism is the West's natural ally against radical Islam. He describes their history and beliefs.

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