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    Judging W.T. Cosgrave

    Author and historian Michael Laffan joined Sean to discuss W.T. Cosgrave and new book, Judging W.T. Cosgrave.

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    The Test - Brian O'Driscoll

    Brian O'Driscoll joined Sean in studio to discuss his new autobiography with Alan English, published by Penguin Ireland.

    Brian discusses family, meeting his wife Amy, getting arrested in New York and the death of his close friend Barry and much more.

    Brian will be signing copies of 'The Test' this Saturday from 12 Midday in Eason's on O'Connell St, Dublin.

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    Anger is an Energy

    Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten spoke with Sean about family, the Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd, education and his new autobiography.

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    Mind Change

    Neuroscientist and author Susan Greenfield spoke to Sean her new book and how digital technologies are leaving their mark on our brains.

    Published by Faber.

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    Valerie Cox meets with Padraig Nally

    Farmer Padraig Nally told the Central Criminal Court sitting in Castlebar that he didn't deny that he shot traveller John Ward, he was afraid Ward was going to kill him. Valerie Cox, has been to Mayo to meet with Padraig Nally and Crona Esler, whose book about Padraig Nally 'Unless By Invitation' was published this week, join Sean in studio.

     

     

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    This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate

    Naomi Klein made headlines fourteen years ago with the publication of her first book No Logo, which as it subtitle declared took ‘aim at the brand bullies’ of our globalised world. In 2007 she followed this with The Shock Doctrine which had in its crosshairs the neoliberal free market proselytisers who were remaking the world in their own image. And now she’s back with This Changes Everything: Capitalism versus The Climate, a book which was described as a book about climate change for people who don’t read books about climate change.

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    Talking to Terrorists: How to End Armed Conflicts

    Between 1997 and 2007 Jonathan Powell was the chief British negotiator on Northern Ireland. Rather controversially he has gone public with the idea that Britain and her allies should talk to the Taliban, to Hamas and even to al-Qaeda… For while it may be distasteful, when it comes to terrorists and the chance to save lives, he maintains - like JFK - that ‘it’s never too early to try and never too late to talk’

    Jonathan Powell's latest book sets out his thesis on talking to terrorists. And appropriately enough it’s full title is Talking to Terrorists: How to End Armed Conflicts.

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    Book Selections

    For our monthly round-up of what’s new in the world of books Sean was joined by Edel Coffey and Bert Wright, Events Curator of the Mountains To Sea festival were here with their recommendations for this month.

    Don’t Mention the Wars – A Journey Through European Stereotypes

    By Tony Connolly (New Island) 

    In the last five years the eurozone has undergone profound change and Europeans, increasingly in defence mode, have re-discovered the knack of insulting each other. So do any of the old stereotypes still ring true or has the euro crisis taken the fun out of them?

    Sean spoke with Tony Connolly, Europe Editor for RTE News and Current Affairs and author of Don’t Mention the Wars – A Journey Through European Stereotypes.

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