This week on Up Close, two perspectives on the cycles humans go through.
When it comes to recent political cycles, NBC News Political Director and moderator of “Meet The Press,” Chuck Todd, has had a front-row seat. He discussed his take on Barack Obama’s presidency thus far in The Stranger: Barack Obama in The White House.
Then, the cycles that may be less apparent to most of us are the ones the Earth goes through, cycles that can last hundreds, millions and even billions of years. Those are the cycles MacArthur Genius Grant awardee and Columbia University professor Ruth DeFries examines in The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis. She offers her take on how humans have manipulated and disrupted the Earth’s natural cycles, and what it could mean for us in the future.
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