- The pros and cons of consumerism
One of the lessons many have taken from our recent economic woes is that Americans need to spend less and save more. Midmorning speaks with the authors of two new books with very different takes on that theory.9:06 a.m.
James Livingston: Professor of history at Rutgers University and author of "Against Thrift."
James Roberts: Professor of marketing at Baylor University and author of "Shiny Objects."
- The year in astronomy
In a breakthrough discovery, astronomers from NASA's Kepler spacecraft recently announced that they had found a pair of planets the size of Earth orbiting a distant star. Astronomers Ken Croswell and Craig Wheeler join us to discuss this discovery and the year in astronomy.10:06 a.m.
Ken Croswell: astronomer and author of several books, including "Planet Quest" and "Ten Worlds." His most recent book is "The Lives of Stars." He joins us by phone from Berkeley, Calif.
Craig Wheeler: professor of astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin and current president of the American Astronomical Society. He joins us by phone from Austin, Texas.
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