Archive | August, 2010

Previous Engagements

  Selected Previous Engagements    Television appearances Oprah Winfrey Show Bill Moyers, In Conversation with KTLA, Los Angeles KRON, San Francisco Al Jazeera, The Riz Kjhan Show The News Hour with Jim Lehrer Ariana TV Noor TV Radio Shows The Michael Krasny show, KQED The Ronn Owens Show, KGO The Gene Burns Show, KGO World […]

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Lecture Topics

Selected Lecture Topics   World History: an Alternative Story World history as commonly taught in Western schools traces a development from Mesopotamia and Egypt, through Greece and Rome, and then to the Dark Ages, which is followed by the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution and the rise of modern democratic nations. I offer an […]

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Ask Tamim

  Betty H. asks: Why is New York City called The Big Apple?    New York City is called The Big Apple because it sounds so much cooler than Fun City, the dorky nickname used in all the promotional literature put out by the city’s convention and visitor’s bureau prior to the 1970s. In that decade […]

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Nine Underrated Inventions

The Nine Most Underrated Inventions   “Great inventions.” Typically that phrase refers to big ticket items. One thinks of dazzling intellectual breakthroughs:  the telescope, the steam engine, the airplane, the wheel… And those were all tremendous, of course. But often, it’s some mundane little device that changes history. It might be no more than a […]

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