Lakshmi Singh – Flu Pandemic

From pig to farm worker and back to pig thats the path of the perfect swine flu virus. Likewise, chickens, turkeys, geese and birds are hot zones for pandemic flu viruses. In the past, when governments grew concerned about a particular flu, they would quarantine or even kill animals that carry a suspect virus. Now animal health and public health authorities are collaborating on more extensive bio-security. Veteran producer Lakshmi Singh visits farms, fairs and clinics, to find out how surveillance is preparing for the next pandemic. She talks with infectious disease experts Dr. Ruben Donis of the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Paul Offit of Childrens Hospital in Philadelphia, and the University of Hong Kong’s Dr. Malik Peiris, who’s been on the frontlines of viral outbreaks and helped to identify SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome. These experts agree that animal surveillance is key to prevent pandemics. But they also point to a need to change the way humans interact with swine and poultry. And that may prove to be a harder challenge.
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Dan Abrams – Man Down

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, everyone is familiar with the tired cliches: women are bad drivers and are not good with money; only guys play video games, and they give bad directions. Dan Abrams tackles the toughest case of his career in Man Down. Drawing on years of legal experience and research studies, Abrams explains step-by-step why women are better than men in just about every way imaginable, from managing money to flying planes to living longer. Abrams uses his trademark charm to get his point across without opining on the issue himself. Chock-full of fun facts and conversation starters, this book may not end the debate of men versus women, but it will definitely make it more interesting.
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Hank Stuever – Tinsel

When Stuever’s narrative begins, he’s standing in line with the people waiting to purchase flat-screen TVs at Best Buy on Black Friday, the opening of the Christmas shopping season. From there he follows a number of key residents of Frisco, Texas, as they navigate through the nativity and all its attendant crises: Tammy Parnell, an eternally optimistic suburban mother and proprietor of “Two Elves with a Twist,” a company that decorates other people’s houses for Christmas; Jeff and Bridgett Trykoski, owners of that one house every town has, the house visible from space with the brightest and most awe-inspiring Christmas decorations; and single mother and Bank of America employee Caroll Cavazos, who hopes that the life-affirming moments of Christmas might overcome the struggles of the rest of the year.
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Nancy Friday – Women on Top

Nancy Friday’s groundbreaking books My Secret Garden and Forbidden Flowers offered an unprecedentedly detailed and honest look at the inner fantasy lives of ordinary women. In Women on Top, Friday returns to this topic, collecting detailed sexual fantasies from over 150 contemporary women from diverse backgrounds. Based on intimate personal interviews and letters, this book updates the conversation opened in her earlier works on women’s sexual fantasies, detailing how women’s erotic lives have changed over the past few decades – and remained the same.
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Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant – How to Love a Black Man: The Series

Dr. Jamal Bryant takes a step into a controversial and exploratory zone of relationships and sexuality in this hard-hitting three-part series featuring “Vitamin C”, “Ride With Me”, “Take One For The Team”, and Conversation with Zane!”. The latter is a special encounter with the world-renowned author and publisher Zane in a exclusive conversation on black sexuality.
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Eve Ensler – The Vagina Monologues

A poignant and hilarious tour of the last frontier, the ultimate forbidden zone, The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. Hailed as the bible for a new generation of women, it has been performed in cities and colleges throughout the world, and has inspired a dynamic grassroots movement, V-Day, to stop violence against women.
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