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Topical Currents

A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places, from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley

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02/08/16 - What makes a genius? It shares a prefix with genetics.  Is it the manner of upbringing?  Some stroke of luck, or mentoring? Monday’s Topical Currents explores the question with travel writer and former NPR Correspondent Eric Weiner.  He suggests that geography—or place—is most important. We’ll discuss his latest book, THE GEOGRAPHY OF GENIUS:  A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places, from Ancient Athens to Silicon ValleyThat’s Topical Currents Monday at 1pm.

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