How does water relate to energy, and the progress of human civilization? Hosts Jason Aamodt and Rick Munoz speak with Steven Solomon about his book, Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization. As Solomon points out, water has historically been a source of energy, a means of transporting energy, and a way that energy consumed. The interview, like the book, spans the history of our world, and delves into the factors of the water-energy nexus that will shape our future.
Steven Solomon has written for The New York Times, BusinessWeek, The Economist, Forbes, and Esquire. He has been a regular commentator on NPR's Marketplace, and has appeared as a featured guest on the late the CBS Evening News, BBC-TV, Morning Joe (MSNBC), Tavis Smiley, Tim Russert's CNBC show, Al Jazeera, Fox News, The Diane Rehm Show, NPR's Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered and The World, Larry Mantle's AirTalk, The Jim Bohannon Show, Bloomberg TV, and various other news programs.
He has addressed the Carnegie Council, Wilson Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Department of Defense, World Affairs Council, Zocalo Public Square, NYU's Law and Security Institute, L.A. Times Book Festival, and has delivered keynotes at numerous water industry groups and university forums.
Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization was a Finalist for the prestigious Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and The Confidence Game, an insider account of global financial policymaking that presciently warned about building dangers of contagion in the volatile, interlinked financial system.
Steve is currently working on a new book, The Mississippi River and the Making of America: Past, Present, and Future. Helives in Washington, D.C.