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Pencil This In: What is 'Conscious Capitalism'? ALOUD Looks at NPR at 40 and The Moth on Romance

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Heather Havrilesky, former TV critic, has written a memoir Disaster Preparedness. The LA resident chronicles growing up in Durham, North Carolina in the 70s with a pensive and independent mother and an adventurer father with touches of both humor and bitterness. Havrilesky is doing a reading and signing of the book tonight at 7 pm at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena.


Doug Campbell of Mindshare presents his Projectfresh series tonight at the Downtown Independent. Topic of discussion is Conscious Capitalism and the Brain, with speakers Dr. G., Paul J. Zak and Nick Kislinger, discussing how capitalism can be coupled with noble purpose and how the human brain can make sense of the desire to pursue wealth and self-interest. Talks at 8 pm. Rooftop drinks and discussion after the program. Tickets: $10 and includes one beer, wine or soda.

Got a five-minute story to tell on "romance"—good or bad? Then head to Busby’s East tonight for The Moth’s storytelling night with host Brian Finkelstein. Remember, no notes or stand up allowed. 7 pm doors and stories begin at 7:30. Tickets: $8 at the door.

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LA is full of NPR junkies so it’s no wonder the RSVPs are already full for the ALOUD series at the Central Library with Susan Stamberg and Geneva Overholser on NPR at 40: What is the Future of Public Radio. Stamberg, a special correspondent with NPR, has been with the radio giant since 1971; Overholser (no slouch either) is director of the School of Journalism at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The two will be in conversation with NPR/KPCC reporter Leslie Berestein Rojas. This one might be worth taking a chance for standby tickets.

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