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This edition: What's Islam got to do with it?

Episode Details

Original tape date: September 8, 2014.

First aired: September 10, 2014.

This week: the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or Levant) AKA ISIS militants, have declared a caliphate from outside Baghdad, Iraq to Aleppo, Syria. There's no doubt this organization is ruthless in its militancy. But what's Islam got to do with it? We ask scholar and author, Reza Aslan. He's written about Jihad and religious violence in Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization. His latest book is Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.

Then, in the future of journalism, 3-D journalism brings the news - really close. Scenes are recreated and experienced as if first hand through virtual reality headsets. Nonny de la Pena, a former print journalist and a documentary filmmaker, is a pioneer in this new field and shares her thoughts on this.

Next, Brooklyn circa 1946. Surfaced recently on the blog "Brooklynology," issues of the Brooklyn Digest Magazine from the postwar era. Archivist and educator Brendan Murphy of the Brooklyn Library's school outreach program, "Brooklyn Connections" takes us on a trip through time.

In our Public Intellectual segment, which looks at new research with the power to change minds and public policy: the impact of climate change on economic growth. Amir Jina joins us via Skype from uptown at Columbia University. He and Solomon King published "The Causal Effect of Environmental Catastrophe on Long-Run Economic Growth."

Guest List

Reza Aslan Author, “Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth”

Nonny de la Peña Annenberg Fellow, USC School of Cinematic Arts

Amir Jina Candidate in Sustainable Development , Columbia University

Brendan Murphy Archivist/educator, Brooklyn Library - Brookyn Connections

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