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Madeleine Albright's Jewish Roots, Longing for Immortality, and More
January 03, 2013
Summary: Family secrets in 'Prague Winter,' and the human obsession with living forever.
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Madeleine Albright's Hidden Jewish Heritage January 03, 2013
In January of 1997, the Washington Post published a story that stunned even its subject. They discovered that soon-to-be Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's Czech family was Jewish, and that over twenty of her relatives had died in the Holocaust.

She joins us to talk about her reaction to the news, the moral lessons she learned from her parents, and why religion looms large in international diplomacy. From May 2012.

Madame Secretary Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State and author of Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948.

Historical photos from Madeleine Albright's childhood growing up in the former Czechoslovakia.
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Outrunning the Reaper January 03, 2013
Seeking everlasting life is about more than just leaving a mark - since the beginning of recorded history, humans have striven to keep the soul and body perpetually alive. Philosopher Stephen Cave calls this urge a universal obsession, the driving force behind our greatest monuments, scientific advancements, and world religions. From June 2012.

Pictured: "Mortality and Immortality" by Williams Michael Harnett, 1876

Stephen Cave, author of Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How it Drives Civilization