Corey Booker, the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey

Carla Katz: Well I should disclose that Cory Booker is a very good friend of mine, and I’d say yes. I actually think Cory is one of the most inspirational people that I’ve ever met. Not just when he speaks; he absolutely and fervently believes in doing something and doing the right thing to change the way our urban centers are viewed. And taking on Newark [New Jersey] has been just an extraordinary task, and a really difficult, difficult one for him.

He has a very special voice, and he is an incredible speaker. He has got one of the best memories of anybody I’ve ever heard. He can go on for an hour and a half, and pulling quotes out of the air on everything from the Talmud to Martin Luther King, and just endlessly winding the story to a wonderful conclusion.

And I think he does represent something new and different. He is certainly not wedged into the mainstream of New Jersey politics, and he’s a little threatening to certain people because of that. But I think he’s got an incredibly bright future.

And there are some other young politicians in New Jersey that sort of seem to be following suit on the Republican side actually rather than on the Democratic side.

But I do think so. I think that Cory’s youth and ability to inspire people very much parallels Barack Obama’s ability.

When he and I met at the Democratic National Convention, back in ’04, and he had just come out of doing a speech, and all these people were around him, and they were all excited, and these women were saying, “That was the best speech I’ve ever heard. You should be President of the United States”; and then this woman turned to him and said, “Yes Mr. Obama, can we have your autograph?”

And he said, “Well there’s more than one sexy Black man in America.”

And he’s just rolling with it.

He really is sort of absolutely committed to doing what he’s doing without an eye to what’s next, which is unusual in American politics anywhere, almost at every level. The second that somebody runs for school board, they’re thinking about running for council or free holder.

And he really wants to do this, and I don’t think he’ll leave Newark until he turns it around. I hope that’s true.

 

Recorded on: February 8, 2008

 

He believes in doing the right thing, Katz says of Mayor Booker.

‘Designer baby’ book trilogy explores the moral dilemmas humans may soon create

How would the ability to genetically customize children change society? Sci-fi author Eugene Clark explores the future on our horizon in Volume I of the "Genetic Pressure" series.

Surprising Science
  • A new sci-fi book series called "Genetic Pressure" explores the scientific and moral implications of a world with a burgeoning designer baby industry.
  • It's currently illegal to implant genetically edited human embryos in most nations, but designer babies may someday become widespread.
  • While gene-editing technology could help humans eliminate genetic diseases, some in the scientific community fear it may also usher in a new era of eugenics.
Keep reading Show less

What is the ‘self’? The 3 layers of your identity.

Answering the question of who you are is not an easy task. Let's unpack what culture, philosophy, and neuroscience have to say.

Videos
  • Who am I? It's a question that humans have grappled with since the dawn of time, and most of us are no closer to an answer.
  • Trying to pin down what makes you you depends on which school of thought you prescribe to. Some argue that the self is an illusion, while others believe that finding one's "true self" is about sincerity and authenticity.
  • In this video, author Gish Jen, Harvard professor Michael Puett, psychotherapist Mark Epstein, and neuroscientist Sam Harris discuss three layers of the self, looking through the lens of culture, philosophy, and neuroscience.
Keep reading Show less

Discovery of two giant radio galaxies hints at more to come

The newly discovered galaxies are 62x bigger than the Milky Way.

I. Heywood, University of Oxford / Rhodes University / South African Radio Astronomy Observatory / CC BY 4.0.
Surprising Science
  • Two recently discovered radio galaxies are among the largest objects in the cosmos.
  • The discovery implies that radio galaxies are more common than previously thought.
  • The discovery was made while creating a radio map of the sky with a small part of a new radio array.
Keep reading Show less

Massive 'Darth Vader' isopod found lurking in the Indian Ocean

The father of all giant sea bugs was recently discovered off the coast of Java.

SJADE 2018
Surprising Science
  • A new species of isopod with a resemblance to a certain Sith lord was just discovered.
  • It is the first known giant isopod from the Indian Ocean.
  • The finding extends the list of giant isopods even further.
Keep reading Show less

The secret life of maladaptive daydreaming

Daydreaming can be a pleasant pastime, but people who suffer from maladaptive daydreamers are trapped by their fantasies.

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Mind & Brain
  • Maladaptive daydreamers can experience intricate, vivid daydreams for hours a day.
  • This addiction can result in disassociation from vital life tasks and relationships.
  • Psychologists, online communities, and social pipelines are spreading awareness and hope for many.
  • Keep reading Show less
    Quantcast