James Gleick - Time Travel / Everything All at Once
Spontaneous, deep talk on surprise topics. On this week's episode of Think Again - a Big Think podcast, James Gleick, author of Time Travel - a History, talks with host Jason Gots about why we're so obsessed with something that's evidently impossible.
2016 National Book Festival: Sarah Vowell
Sarah Vowell looks at the American Revolution through the eyes of the French-born Marquis de Lafayette, who served as a general in the Continental Army and as personal confidante to George Washington. She speaks at the 16th annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Henry Petroski, The History and Future of America's Infrastructure
Henry Petroski, history and civil engineering professor at Duke University, provides a history of America's infrastructure.
Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning on American Pastoral
Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning on American Pastoral—Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf
American Pastoral follows a New Jersey family over an era marked by race riots, protests against the Vietnam War and Watergate. McGregor plays Seymour Levov, a star athlete, husband of a beauty queen (Jennifer Connelly) and father of Merry (Dakota Fanning), who engages in revolutionary violence. Adapted by John Romano from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Philip Roth, it boasts a supporting cast that includes Peter Riegert, Rupert Evans, Uzo Aduba, Molly Parker and David Strathairn.
Oprah's wisdom - A reading by Alan Cumming | LIVE from the NYPL
He enthralls audiences with his colorful roles, but Alan Cumming’s real-life adventures pack just as much punch. LIVE kicks off its season with Paul Holdengräber and the award-winning actor in a conversation as whimsical and mischievous as Cumming’s new book of photographs and essays, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: My Life in Stories and Pictures.
ALAN CUMMING is an award-winning actor, artist, writer, activist, photographer, and raconteur. He has won an Olivier award for his work on the London stage, and a Tony for his work on Broadway; he appeared in all seven seasons of CBS’ The Good Wife for which he received multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. He is currently touring a cabaret show Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs and recently released an album of the same name. He is the author of novel Tommy’s Tale and the #1 New York Times best-selling memoir Not My Father’s Son.
Garry Trudeau, "Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump"
Political cartoonist Garry Trudeau discusses his use of Donald Trump as a character in his comic strip, "Doonesbury," from 1987 to today.
Ben Rawlence, "City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp"
Ben Rawlence, former researcher for Human Rights Watch, talks about life in Dadaab Refugee Camp in northern Kenya. The camp, the largest in the world, houses 350,000 refugees from Somalia.
2016 PEN World Voices Festival: Mexico in Two Acts
ACT 1: Sabina Berman
ACT 2: Jennifer Clement, Claudio Lomnitz, Pedro Angel Palou, Marcela Turati
Mexico steps into the spotlight for this two-part event, designed to expose hidden cultural and political realities. Act I: One speaker delivers their personal views on today’s prevailing sociopolitical and cultural phenomena. Act II: A panel of authors responds to and debates the opening lectures.
Michael Eric Dyson on the Black Presidency
Michael Eric Dyson is one of our nation's premier intellectuals and a staunch defender of civil discourse. Nowhere is this more evident than in his keen-eyed view of the Obama presidency. By turns heralding and lambasting, Dyson follows the President's navigation of race and racism in America—including the national crisis spawned by the traumatic killings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, and others. Now with his long-awaited book, "The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America," Dyson returns to Chicago to discuss the meaning of America's first black presidency. Dyson will be joined in conversation by Laura Washington, columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and political analyst for ABC-7 Chicago.
Prof Sheila Jasanoff: "The Ethics of Invention"
Prof. Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her work explores the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies, with particular attention to the nature of public reason.
We live in a world increasingly governed by technology—but to what end?
Technology shapes the legal, social, and ethical environments in which we act. Yet, much of the time, the influence of technology on our lives goes unchallenged by citizens and our elected representatives. In The Ethics of Invention, renowned scholar Sheila Jasanoff dissects the ways in which we delegate power to technological systems and asks how we might regain control.
Elaine Kamarck, "Why Presidents Fail And How They Can Succeed Again"
Brookings Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck discusses her book, "Why Presidents Fail" in which she examines the failings of three presidents and provides analysis of how and why the missteps occurred and how future presidents can succeed in leadership.
Zadie Smith and Jeffrey Eugenides on Writing | The New Yorker Festival
The authors Zadie Smith and Jeffrey Eugenides discuss their personal approaches to writing novels.
Billy Collins and Barbara Hamby read from their new works
Billy Collins and Barbara Hamby read from their work, introduced by Daniel Menaker and Erica Wright, respectively.
Billy Collins's new book of poems is The Rain in Portugal. "He is an American original — a metaphysical poet with a funny bone and a sly questioning intelligence," wrote Edward Hirsch.
Collins is joined by Barbara Hamby, whose latest collection is On the Street of Divine Love: New and Selected Poems. "Her poems are wild, outspoken, seriously funny, motor-mouth rambles that take us through hoops of association to places both unexpected and unimpeachable," wrote Collins.
Melissa Deckman, "Tea Party Women"
Washington College Professor Melissa Deckman discusses the women behind the Tea Party movement in her book, "Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Leaders, and the Changing Face of the American Right." Professor Deckman explores the role of women in creating and leading the movement & examines the future of conservative women.
Rob Spillman, Susan Shapiro & more | The Secrets of Publishing Panel
In celebration of Tin House editor Rob Spillman's new memoir All Tomorrow's Parties, it’s a night full of literary stars, from editors to agents, talking about how to make it in the publishing world.
Panelists are, from left to right.:
Moderator, New School professor Susan Shapiro (author What’s Never Said)
Tin House editor Rob Spillman (author of All Tomorrow's Parties)
Berkeley/Penguin Executive Editor Danielle Perez
Literary agent Ayesha PandeDebut memoirist Aspen Matis (author of Girl in the Woods)
Salon editor-in-chief David Daley (author of Ratfked)
Norton editor Jill Bialosky (author of The Prize)
Grove editor Corrina Barsan