Can we innovate infinitely?

Susanna Sutherland, of Sutherland & Associates, offers a critique of The infinite resource: the power of ideas on a finite planet by Ramez Naam. Naam contends that with innovation and expanding human knowledge, humanity will meet the very real and enormous environmental challenges we face. Ms. Sutherland summarizes, "Though dealing with global issues, this book notes that individual choices drive big picture outcomes. It contends that what you and I chose to think, say, do, not do, support, or oppose—here in Knoxville—impacts more than just Knoxville. It reminds us that the incredible quality of life we enjoy comes with a caretaker’s responsibility." (Recorded November 19, 2014)

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Melissa Brenneman

Melissa listens to hours of podcasts on most days. She started the habit with the intention of taking long walks, but podcasts proved to be more addicting than exercise. She records, edits and mixes podcasts for the library.
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Alan May

Alan May works as a reference librarian at Lawson McGhee Library. In his spare time, he reads and writes poetry. May's most recent books are Dead Letters (2008) and More Unknowns (2014). His poems have appeared in The New York Quarterly, The Hollins Critic, The New Orleans Review, Plume, and others.