You Are What You Read

October 16, 2011
(was 10.17.2010)

Concerned that your family never spends time together as a family? Sure, everyone is connected. There are computers all over the house. Everyone has a cell phone and the number of text messages on the last bill frankly blew you away. But are you connected to each other? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll meet William Powers. He thinks he's got a remedy. The Internet Sabbath. On Friday night, he unplugs his modem, and the family stays off line until Monday. Even his 12 year old son urges his friends to leave their phones in the house when they go out to play. Powers says today's digital chaos is nothing new. Every communications advance required a period of adjustment. Just ask Plato!

  1. William Powers on "Hamlet's Blackberry"

    William Powers wrote "Hamlet's Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building A Good Life in the Digital Age" because he feared people were getting lost in their electronic worlds.

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  2. Patrick Hennessey on "The Junior Officers Reading Club"

    Patrick Hennessey tells Jim Fleming about his war service in Iraq and Afghanistan and the role that books played in his life as a soldier.

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  3. Timothy Ryback on "Hitler's Private Library"

    Timothy Ryback is a Holocaust scholar and tells Steve Paulson the shocking truth that the two books that most influenced Hitler's thinking were American.

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  4. Amitav Ghosh on "Sea of Poppies"

    Amitav Ghosh tells Jim Fleming that English has been a global language for 200 years and cites some of the many Asian words that have long been in the Oxford English Dictionary.

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