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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 Salon.com 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.

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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.