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"Last Ape Standing" from science writer Chip Walter

May 24, 2013

Scientists have determined that at least 27 different species of humans have evolved on planet Earth, yet only one still survives. Why are we still here and our 26 predecessors aren’t? In his fascinating new book, Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived, acclaimed science writer Chip Walter attempts to answer that question as he discusses with Thane Maynard in this week’s Field Notes.

Just off I-40, west of Knoxville, Tennessee, drivers note the exit signs for Oak Ridge and, probably, think very little of it. But this one-time secret city, a Manhattan Project site, employed thousands of small-town southern women during World War II to work on the atomic bomb. A new book, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, shares interviews and personal stories of some of these women in a fascinating tale of secrecy, first-time independence, even romance. Author Denise Kiernan joins Mark Perzel to talk about these extraordinary women from an extraordinary time.

Geoffrey Rossano is the award-winning editor of the acclaimed book Hero of the Angry Sky: The World War I Diary and Letters of David S. Ingalls, America's First Naval Ace. As Brian O’Donnell learns, David Ingalls had Cincinnati roots: his mother’s side of the family were Taft’s. Ingalls died in 1985, but this book traces his incredible naval career in his own words.

Sally Jenkins is a veteran sports journalist, previously writing for Sports Illustrated and now as a columnist for The Washington Post. Her newest book is called Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, A Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective and it’s all about the life and current health battle of former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach, Pat Summitt. On this week’s The Front Row with Betsy Ross, Sally Jenkins talks about writing the book with Coach Summitt and how she is courageously facing the early-onset Alzheimer’s that forced her off the bench.

A look at the failed energy policies of the U.S.

May 10, 2013

For more than 40 years, the United States has tried to develop comprehensive policies on energy, yet each of these efforts has failed. Peter Z. Grossman has written an extensive book about these failed policies called, U.S. Energy Policy and the Pursuit of Failure he is this week’s guest On the Money with Chris DeSimio.

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