Thu, 28 April 2016
KGNU's Claudia Cragg speaks here with Catie Marron about her second book, 'City Squares: "City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World".
In this important collection, eighteen renowned writers, including David Remnick, Zadie Smith, Rebecca Skloot, Rory Stewart, and Adam Gopnik evoke the spirit and history of some of the world’s most recognized and significant city squares, accompanied by illustrations from equally distinguished photographers.
Over half of the world’s citizens now live in cities, and this number is rapidly growing. At the heart of these municipalities is the square—the defining urban public space since the dawn of democracy in Ancient Greece. Each square stands for a larger theme in history: cultural, geopolitical, anthropological, or architectural, and each of the eighteen luminary writers has contributed his or her own innate talent, prodigious research, and local knowledge.
Divided into three parts: Culture, Geopolitics, History, headlined by Michael Kimmelman, David Remnick, and George Packer, this significant anthology shows the city square in new light. Jehane Noujaim, award-winning filmmaker, takes the reader through her return to Tahrir Square during the 2011 protest; Rory Stewart, diplomat and author, chronicles a square in Kabul which has come and gone several times over five centuries; Ari Shavit describes the dramatic changes of central Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square; Rick Stengel, editor, author, and journalist, recounts the power of Mandela’s choice of the Grand Parade, Cape Town, a huge market square to speak to the world right after his release from twenty-seven years in prison; while award-winning journalist Gillian Tett explores the concept of the virtual square in the age of social media.
This collection is an important lesson in history, a portrait of the world we live in today, as well as an exercise in thinking about the future. Evocative and compelling, City Squares will change the way you walk through a city.
Wed, 27 April 2016
Women in the workforce have heard it all: Lean in, lean out, be bossy, be passive, separate work and home life…the conflicting guidance can be dizzying. So, Packard has simplified the rules. In NEW RULES OF THE GAME: 10 Strategies for Women in the Workplace (Prentice Hall Press/Penguin, February 2014).
In this, she uses her thirty years of experience - from 'secretary' to Executive VP - to give women an encouraging and achievable strategy for accomplishing workplace goals: gamesmanship.
Packard says that she has realized what’s really important in corporate America: to her, it is learning a man's rules for grit and gamesmanship and then outplaying them. It's not about platitudes or appearances, but rather utilizing the strategic thinking regularly found in sports and video games that men typically excel in to develop creativity, focus, optimism, teamwork and ultimately success.
However, her advice applies NOT ONLY to women. Men, millennials and even children, have a lot to learn from what she has to say.
Sun, 10 April 2016
KGNU's Claudia Cragg speaks here for the 'It's The Economy' with AOL's "Steve" Case.
Case, whose full name is Stephen McConnell Case', is an American entrepreneur, investor, and businessman. He is best known as the co-founder and former chief executive officer and chairman of America Online (AOL).
Since his retirement as chairman of AOL Time Warner in 2003, he has gone on to invest in early and growth-stage startups through his Washington, D.C. based venture capital firm Revolution LLC.
Case serves as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) and was a member of Barack Obama'sCouncil on Jobs and Competitiveness. He also serves on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). Case is also chairman of UP Global, a non-profit organization focused on fostering strong entrepreneurial communities, created in 2013 from the merger of Startup America Partnership and Startup Weekend.
Together with his wife, Joan, they run The Case Foundation.
His new book is: The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future
Fri, 8 April 2016
KGNU's Claudia Cragg speaks here with Don Tapscott, a Canadian man whose name is profoundly associated with new technologies and business practice. He is the CEO of the Tapscott Group and one of the most influential living theorists about business and society. (Twitter: @)
In November 2013, 'Thinkers 50' named him the 4th most important business thinker in the world.
A June 2013 Forbes.com analysis of social media identified him as the most influential management thinker in the world.
He is the author or co-author of 15 widely read books about new technologies and new media,
Tapscott is the author of 15 books about the digital revolution in business and society, including Wikinomics and the landmark work, The Digital Economy, which has just been published in a 20th Anniversary edition. He is also chancellor of Trent University.
Together, they are authors of the new book, The Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business and the World.
Thu, 10 March 2016
She is "Pamela, not Pam. The non-stick spray ruined the shortened version of (her) name.
This is the story of one woman's creativity from Canada, to Japan, to the US, via photography, graphic design and sheer determination.
You can for free get a PDF copy of her new coloring book, "COLOR THE CATS," simply by texting
to 44222 and entering your email for the blog subscription.
KINDLY NOTE 10 percent of all proceeds from Color The Cat are contractually donated by Pamela Hodges to the Best Friends Animal Society. The biggest US 'no-kill' rescue organization.
Thu, 10 March 2016
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She recently wrote a highly respected article for TomDispatch's TomGram on 'Social Democracy for Dummies', a discussion which is particularly pertinent for #Election2016.
She is also the author of many well-known books including
Ms. Jones is an independent scholar, journalist, photographer, and the author of ten books of nonfiction.
Her work focuses on women "and other underdogs" and on the historical/social/political structures which, she considers, do so much to perpetuate injustice.
She has written extensively about violence against women, reported from Afghanistan, Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East on the impact of war upon civilians, and embedded with U.S. forces in Afghanistan to report on the damage done to America’s soldiers.
Widely published, her articles currently appear most often in The Nation and online at TomDispatch.com. She holds a PhD in English and history from the University of Wisconsin.
In recent years, her work has received generous support from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the U.S.-Norway Fulbright Foundation. She is now (2015-16) an associate of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University
Wed, 27 January 2016
@KGNUClaudia (Claudia Cragg) speaks here with Sari Wilson whose beautifully crafted, just published novel, Girl Through Glass, is causing a sensation.
Her story tells the tale of a young girl’s coming of age in the cutthroat world of New York City ballet—a story of obsession and the quest for perfection, trust and betrayal, beauty and lost innocence.
In the roiling summer of 1977, eleven-year-old Mira is an aspiring ballerina in the romantic, highly competitive world of New York City ballet.
Enduring the mess of her parent’s divorce, she finds escape in dance—the rigorous hours of practice, the exquisite beauty, the precision of movement, the obsessive perfectionism.
Ballet offers her control, power, and the promise of glory.
It also introduces her to forty-seven-year-old Maurice DuPont, a reclusive, charismatic balletomane who becomes her mentor.
Over the course of three years, Mira is accepted into the prestigious School of American Ballet run by the legendary George Balanchine, and eventually becomes one of “Mr. B’s girls”—a dancer of rare talent chosen for greatness.
As she ascends higher in the ballet world, her relationship with Maurice intensifies, touching dark places within herself and sparking unexpected desires that will upend both their lives.
In the present day, Kate, a professor of dance at a Midwestern college, embarks on a risky affair with a student that threatens to obliterate her career and capsizes the new life she has painstakingly created for her reinvented self.
When she receives a letter from a man she’s long thought dead, Kate is hurled back into the dramas of a past she thought she had left behind.
Told in interweaving narratives that move between past and present, Girl Through Glass illuminates the costs of ambition, secrets, and the desire for beauty, and reveals how the sacrifices we make for an ideal can destroy—or save—us.
Thu, 21 January 2016
Author Janice Y K Lee comes to Denver's 16th Street 'Tattered Cover' this coming Monday 25th January at 7:00 pm. For further details, please call: 1 303 436 1070
KGNU's Claudia Cragg speaks here with Janice Y.K. Lee "whose New York Times bestselling debut was The Piano Teacher (called “immensely satisfying” by People, “intensely readable” by O, The Oprah Magazine, and “a rare and exquisite story” by Elizabeth Gilbert.)"
"Now, in her long-awaited new novel, 'The Expatriates', Lee explores with devastating poignancy the emotions, identities, and relationships of three very different American women living in the same small expat community in Hong Kong."
Thu, 14 January 2016
In this KGNU interview, for 'It's The Economy, Claudia Cragg speaks with David Montgomery, a professor of earth and space sciences, and his wife, biologist and environmental planner Anne Biklé. In their recent book, 'The Hidden Half of Nature', they unravel the universe of microbes that make dirt fertile and allow us to digest food.
Both the lining of our colons and the ground beneath our feet, the authors explain, are "biological bazaars where plants and people trade nutritional wares and form alliances." Combining lucid explication of emerging science with personal anecdotes, Montgomery and Biklé, who confronted a cancer diagnosis while writing the book, reveal that our immune defenses depend on protecting and nourishing these microscopic brigades.
Thu, 14 January 2016
According to USC's 'Center for Effective Organisations' Alec R. Levenson, 'Millennials' have been burdened with a reputation as spoiled, lazy, and entitled, but the reality behind the stereotype is far richer and more complex. But who are Millennials and what do they really want?
In this interview for KGNU's 'It's The Economy' Claudia Cragg speaks with Levenson who explains who Millennials really are, and offers practical advice to help those who manage, lead, and work with them to improve teamwork, increase productivity, strengthen organizational culture, and build a robust talent pipeline.
'What Millennials Want From Work', co-written and researched with Jennifer J. Deal, is based on fieldwork and survey data from global research on more than 25,000 Millennials and 29,000 older workers in 22 countries, this book paints a comprehensive, scientifically accurate picture of what really motivates Millennials around the world.