Possibilities in the New Year

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2007. A brand new year. And maybe time — high time — for some brand new thinking. It's easy to get stuck in a rut, in ways of thinking that lag the world and its changes. A new year is a good time to look at new possibilities, maybe a whole new mindset.

Americans have spent much of this decade in a post-9/11 box of fear and apprehension. Maybe it's time to move on — alert, but re-imagining what's possible, rethinking our reflexes.

In this hour we talk with historian Eric Foner and political scientist David Laitin about possibilities, opportunities — looking afresh at the world and America's place in it.


Eric Foner, professor of history, Columbia University. The Washington Post described him as "one of the most prolific, creative and influential historians of the past 20 years.";
David Laitin, professor of political science, Stanford University. He has written extensively on terrorism and civil war.

This program aired on January 2, 2007.


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