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Jan 19, 2014


A disgruntled government scientist and demolition expert, Robert Meyer steals the Liberty Bell just before its bicentennial tour.  Steve tracks it down to an open field where the bell has been rigged to explode if an attempt is made to move it.  The government concedes to Meyer's demands, but he dies before telling them the secret to disarming the bombs about it.  Steve must work with a protégé of Meyer's in disarming the device before time runs out.  The problem is the man has a huge chip on his shoulder Is this really worth, "The Price of Liberty"?

Joining John and Paul to discuss this episode is science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer.

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Robert J. Sawyer has won the Hugo, Nebula, John W. Campbell Memorial, Aurora, Hal Clement, and Audie Awards, all for best novel of the year, as well as the top SF awards in Japan, China, France, and Spain. According to the Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards, he is the #1 all-time worldwide leader in number of award wins as a science fiction or fantasy novelist. His 21st novel,Triggers, a 2012 title from Penguin Canada, was a Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, and Locus bestseller, and he’s hit #1 on the Technothrillers bestsellers list. Rob’s previous novels are all in print, including The Terminal Experiment; Calculating God; Hominids; Mindscan; Rollback; FlashForward (basis for the ABC TV series); and the WWW trilogy of Wake, Watch, and Wonder(each of which separately won the Aurora Award for Best Novel of the Year). His website is at