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programs recorded prior to 2007 may be found in the Index
|Style and Substance
A certain madness seems to haunt the fashion trades. Francine du Plessix Gray achieved "sanity and balance" by virtue of the extended family, her tribe, which raised her. The contrast to her mother and step-father is striking.
Writer Francine du Plessix Gray has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker for decades. Ms. Gray is author of many noteworthy books. In Them: A Memoir of Parents, she recalls her parents: mother, Tatiana Iacovleff du Plessix Liberman, fashion icon in New York in the 1950s (“Tatiana of Saks”) and muse to the Russian poet, Vladimir Mayakovsky; step-father, Alexander Liberman who presided over the Condé Nast publishing empire for 4 decades and was a well-known artist; and her blood father, Bertrand du Plessix, a French diplomat who died fighting for the Free French during the Second World War. Ms. Gray’s At Home with the Marquis De Sade, was on the Pulitzer Prize short-list.
[December 22 — December 29]
|Promises of Freedom
Who owns the notion of "freedom"? In the British cultural tradition, was it John Stuart Mills or Thomas Jefferson? Simon Schama says that discovering where custody lies requires a detour from the traditional stories about the American Revolution.
Simon Schama is an historian, author, critic and broadcaster. He is the bestselling, prizewinning author of Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution, Rembrandt’s Eyes, The Embarrassment of Riches, Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution and more. Dr. Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. “A History of Britain,” his 15-part television series, was nominated for an Emmy and has two companion volumes; his BBC/PBS 8-part series, “The Power of Art,” is also accompanied by a book. Since 1994, he has provided art criticism and cultural essays for the New Yorker, and regularly contributes to New Republic, Guardian and the New York Review of Books.
[December 15 — December 22]
|The Stories of Existence
Women’s work in Africa includes preserving stories from cultures predating both Islam and Christianity. Aminatta Forna’s prize-winning books, grounded in her own European-African heritage, place her in the forefront of an ancient line of story-tellers illumining past, present and future. In the upper latitudes of the Northern hemisphere, spiritual celebrations timed to the winter solstice are prevelant. In lower latitudes, the timing and manifestations of celebrations is different.
Aminatta Forna’s The Devil That Danced on the Water focused on her African-Scottish family, including her father’s execution for defending democracy as Sierra Leone’s Finance Minister in the 1970s. Now her Ancestor Stones resurrects ancient African culture and stories. A former BBC reporter, Ms. Forna is a full time writer, sharing her time between London and her native Sierra Leone, where she and her father's family have created a school and a cashew plantation.
[December 8 — December 15]
|Corpocracy: Failures of Trust
Corporations now are so powerful they threaten democracy and capitalism itself, says Robert A.G. Monks, author of Corpocracy. A true capitalist-insider, Mr. Monks is the world’s leading “shareholder activist”. What to do? Enforce existing laws, he says. Here’s how.
[December 1— December 8]
|Happiness — a Science of Mind
It's time for a new science of the mind, says Alan Wallace. That science, he says, will allow us to explore and build on our own internal resources and to create "genuine happiness."
Alan Wallace is ascholar of science, Buddhist teacher and practitioner. With degrees in physics and the philosophy of science from Amherst College and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Stanford University, Dr. Wallace spent 14 years training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk. He was ordained by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Dr. Wallace's several influential books include Genuine Happiness: Meditation as the Path to Fulfillment. He founded and is President of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and is on the Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board of the Mind & Life Institute.
[November 26— December 1]
|Myths, Lies & 9/11
For more than 6 years, American Media and American politicians have applied a myth to the events of 9/11 and their aftermath, says Susan Faludi. The myth is one of American invincibility, macho men, damsels in distress and redemption through violence. The archetypal hero is John Wayne in John Ford's archetypal movie The Searchers. Rather than face the truth, Americans have sought comfort in a corrupted myth. By avoiding and supressing the truth, we've taken actions based on false premises and lies.
Susan Faludi is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and cultural observer. In her book The Terror Dream, Ms. Faludi analyzes the roots of and antidotes for fear and fantasy in post-9/11 America. Her 1990s books Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, which won the National Book Critics circle Award for Nonfiction, and Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man were best-sellers. Formerly a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, other publications for which Ms. Faludi has written include The New Yorker and The Nation, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
[November 18 — November 26]
|Minds, Bodies and Stories
Stories are more powerful than we can possibly imagine, knitting our bodies to our cultures. We may be on the verge of a long-awaited story with which to stitch our communities back together in entirely new ways. Noted historian of science Anne Harrington…tells the story.
Historian of science Anne Harrington is author of The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine. Specializing in the history of psychiatry, neuroscience and other mind sciences, Dr. Harrington is Professor of the History of Science at Harvard, Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, co-directs Harvard's "Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative” and was a consultant for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mind-Body Interactions. She serves on the Board of the Mind & Life Institute.
[November 11 — November 17]
Each of John Eidinow's three books are about "a knock-down, drag-out struggle between men of enormous, of supreme, talent," between a genius and someone considered quite normal. And then the surprises begin along with the search for elusive truths.
John Eidinow is a journalist. He and David Edmonds have co-authored three books exploring the stories behind “celebrity dustups”: Rousseau's Dog (David Hume & Jean-Jacques Rousseau); Bobby Fischer Goes to War (chess-masters Fischer & Boris Spassky); and international best-seller Wittgenstein's Poker (Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper). Mr. Eidinow was and Mr. Edmonds is with the BBC, both have won many awards for their work.
[November 3 — November 10]
Who's Running America
America must confront the ideological hatred pouring out of the Middle East -- particularly Saudi Arabia and Wahabbism – if it is to win its war against terrorisms, says Daniel Silva. In The Messenger and this conversation, Mr. Silva makes the reality intriguingly clear, using fiction.
Daniel Silva is international intrigue novelist. With The Messenger, Mr. Silva adds another best-seller to his long list of widely admired suspense novels. In it, he exposes the powerful connections between Saudi Arabia's rulers and the U.S. government; Israel, terror and puritanical fundamentalists; oil and money. Often favorably compared with John le Carré and Graham Green, Mr. Silva's carefully researched stories have been translated into more than two dozen languages and published around the world. Mr. Silva is a former reporter trained and experienced in international relations and is strongly connected to the power elite in Washington, D.C., where he lives.
[October 27— November 3]
A Very Different Country
"They just need one more vote and then we have a very, very different country," says John Dean. He's talking about the United States Supreme Court which he views as the most endangered of the three branches of the U.S. Government. There are serious problems with the legislative and judicial branches as well. How did this come to pass? For starters, Americans don't like being taken for suckers, so they don't vote and don't participate in the electoral process; and "process," Mr. Dean says, is at the heart of the solution.
Attorney and author, John Dean was a key “Watergate” witness. He is the author of Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches. That book joins Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush, and Conservatives Without Conscience to form a trilogy based on 40 years inside his “former tribe,” the Republican Party. Once White House legal counsel to President Richard Nixon, Mr. Dean wrote Blind Ambition in 1976. He had also served as chief minority counsel for the House Judiciary Committee and an associate deputy attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice. Following a successful career as a corporate attorney, he is now a columnist for Findlaw.com and lives in California.
[October 20 — October 27]
[October 13 — October 20]
Good fiction often helps us better understand the context and complexity of history and of places. “That turbulent, bloody little patch of America“ is one way Kevin Baker characterizes New York City, one of “the most fought over place in the history of the United States.“ He brings to life The City and its history in this conversation and in his City of Fire trilogy, which concludes with Strivers Row — World War II Harlem from the perspective of a young Malcolm X.
[October 6 — October 13]
Robin Meyers is a minister and peace activist. Author of Why the Christian Right is Wrong: A Minister's Manifesto for Taking Back Your Faith, Your Flag, Your Future, Rev. Dr. Meyers is a United Church of Christ minister in Oklahoma City. He writes a regular newspaper column and for The Christian Century and is a professor of rhetoric at Oklahoma City University.
[September 29 — October 6]
Sanctuary: a Love Story
There are five great ape species: bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and humans. Excluding the latter (arguably), all are threatened with extinction in the wild. With courage, tenacity and love, Claudine André has worked since 1994 in the Congo to save bonobos. Starting with orphaned baby bonobos (frequently their parents were victims of the bush-meat trade) Mme. André has built a community of 52 bonobos.
Claudine André is the founder/president of Les Amis des Bonobos du Congo (The Friends of Bonobos in Congo). Bonobos -- one of humanity's closest living relative, once known as pygmy chimpanzees -- are indigenous only in the Congo. In the midst of Congo's devastating civil war in the early 1990s, Mme André began rescuing orphaned Bonobos and has now created Lola Ya Bonobo ("paradise of the bonobo" in Lingala,) a sanctuary for a growing number of orphaned and adult Bonobos just outside Kinshasa.
[September 22 — September 29]
Frank Partnoy is a lawyer, former investment banker and now teaches at the University of San Diego School of Law. Mr. Partnoy was a Wall Street trader at Morgan Stanley before writing his books, F.I.A.S.C.O. and Infectious Greed. In these books, Partnoy exposes the dark side of today's financial and political world. Shedding light on secret deals your broker and pension fund manager do not want you to know about, Mr. Partnoy explains profoundly disturbing financial practices which impact everyone in today's entire global economy.
[September 15 — September 22]
Incompetents: Faith-Based Foreign Policy
Peter Galbraith is a foreign policy expert and former U.S. Ambassador. The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End is Mr. Galbraith's first-hand account of Bush Administration "arrogance and ignorance" in foreign policy, particularly in Iraq. A 23 year veteran of government service, Mr. Galbraith served as professional staff to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was the first U.S. Ambassador to Croatia and is currently the Senior Diplomatic Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. He contributes regularly to The New York Review of Books.
[September 8 — September 15]
Amory Lovins is co-founder and CEO (Research), Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI); Chairman of the Board of Hypercar, Inc., an ultra-light hybrid automobile. A pioneer known world-wide for his ideas about alternative resource production and use, Mr. Lovins' publications include Natural Capitalism, co-authored with Paul Hawken and L.Hunter Lovins. Mr. Lovins' work across public and private sectors promoting more effective uses of and innovations in resource generation and conservation has generated many major awards around the world. RMI celebrated its 25th anniversary in August.
[September 1 — September 8]
Lost and Found
[August 25 — September 1]
The Sovereign People
Doris Kearns Goodwin is a narrative historian. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time focused on Franklin Delano Roosevelt during Word War II, Ms. Goodwin adds the remarkable Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln to her bestseller Wait Till Next Year, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She has for many years brought her historical perspective and analyses to television audiences and now serves as an NBC-TV news analyst. In addition, she lectures around the world.
[August 18— August 25]
Lost and Found
[August 11 — August 18]
Torture is Bad for People and Nations
[August 4 — August 11]
[July 28 — August 4]
Christine Loh is a Hong Kong activist. After a successful career in the private sector, Ms. Loh was active in Hong Kong politics, helping shape the public debate as power was transferred from Great Britain to China, and having been appointed, was then elected to Hong Kong’s Legislative Council. An advocate for democratic reform as well as an international voice for sustainable environmental policies, Ms. Loh left electoral politics to found and direct "Civic Exchange," an independent public policy think-tank.
[July 21 — July 28]
American Trinity: Religion/Oil/Debt
Kevin Phillips is a political and economic analyst. In American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century, Mr. Phillips articulates America's current volatile circumstances with devastating comparisons to prior economic empires. A former Republican strategist, Mr. Phillips first became known for The Emerging Republican Majority in the late '60s. He has subsequently written more than a dozen highly regarded books, including bestsellers American Dynasty, The Politics of Rich and Poor and Wealth and Democracy. He writes for the Los Angeles Times, Harper's Magazine and Time.
[July 14 — July 21]
... BBC reporter & author. Author of The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and the Struggle for Black Equality, Mr. Bryant currently covers South Asia for the BBC. He holds a M.A. from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. from Oxford University. Mr. Bryant is based in New Delhi, India, and Sydney, Australia.
[July 7 — July 14]
. . . clinical professor of medicine and director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being is Dr. Weil’s 11th book. Others having addressed subjects from The Healthy Kitchen (with Rosie Daley) to natural medicine, spontaneous healing and a revolutionary approach to the drug problem. He writes “Self Healing,” a monthly newsletter, makes his ideas available at www.drweil.com and supplements his ideas about aging at www.healthyaging.com. He graduated from Harvard Medical School.
[June 30 — July 7]
... pioneering environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist and author, Mr. Hawken is one of the world’s foremost environmental leaders, having spent his life putting his commitment to justice into action. Starting his activism in Selma, AL, when he was 19 years old, he has founded multiple businesses including Smith&Hawken and now heads the Natural Capital Institute . He is an widely sought speaker internationally, has contributed to and appeared in countless media outlets, has written international classics include The Ecology of Commerce, Natural Capitalism (with Amory Lovins and Hunter Lovins), and Growing a Business, which Mr. Hawken also took to television. He calls California home.
[June 23 — June 30]
. . . physicist. In The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design, Dr. Susskind offers non-specialists access to ideas he (and, independently, two others) discovered in 1969. Dr. Susskind's further contributions to theoretical physics span over 40 years, from quantum optics, elementary-particle physics, condensed-matter physics and cosmology to gravitation, from quark confinement to baryogenesis, and from the Principle of Black Hole Complementarity to the Holographic Principle. Before studying engineering at City College of New York and earning his PhD at Cornell, he was a plumber and steam fitter in his native South Bronx. Since 1978, he has been Professor of Physics at Stanford.
[June 16 — June 23]
... naturalist, explorer and writer. The Good, Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood, a best-seller, focuses on the importance of family and home as Ms. Montgomery continues in her quest to give humans a better understanding of our deep connections to all life. Her books for adults include Journey of the Pink Dolphins, Spell of the Tiger and Search for the Golden Moon Bear; for children the award-winning The Snake Scientist, The Man-Eating Tigers of Sundarbans, The Tarantula Scientist and Encantado: Pink Dolphin of the Amazon. Also a newspaper columnist, documentary scriptwriter and radio commentator, she and her husband, writer Howard Mansfield, make their home in New Hampshire.
[June 9 — June 16]
. . . political scientist. As acts of terror grab headlines and influence domestic and foreign policy, worldwide, Dr. Bloom analyzes the current international environment, what can be learned from the past and actions that might have positive influence on the future in Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror. She is assistant professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati, a consultant to the New Jersey Office of Counter-Terrorism, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has appeared on PBS, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Fox News.
[June 2 — June 9]
... distinguished historian. Among the United States' preeminent historians, Dr. Franklin is an American historian and scholar. Also a life-long activist, Dr. Franklin was awarded America's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his enduring commitment to civil rights. His autobiography, Mirror to America, written at age 90 combines his experience as an African-American with his professional assessment of America's 20th century fight for civil rights. Earning his PhD at Harvard in 1941, Dr. Franklin is now Duke University's James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History. He served his profession as President of all three of its major historical associations, has countless awards from around the world and chaired the advisory board to President Clinton's Initiative on Race.
[May 26 — June 2]
. . . scholar of comparative religions and writer. Author of No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam, Reza Aslan has studied religions at Santa Clara and Harvard Universities and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Born in Iran and a thorough-going Californian, in addition to earning an MFA in fiction from the Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa, he was visiting assistant professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies there. "USA Today," "U.S. News & World Report" and "The Chronicle of Higher Education" have all published profiles of him.
[May 19 — May 26]
... journalist. The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama is the result of 60 hours of intense conversation between this veteran journalist and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet. The remarkable Mr. Laird was based in Katmandu for thirty years, was Nepal correspondent for Asiaweek for a decade and a regular contributor to Time and Newsweek. The author of three additional books, Mr. Laird's photography has appeared in two books and more than fifty magazines. He now divides his time between Kathmandu and New Orleans.
[May 12 — May 19]
. . . Middle East observer, author, commentator. This widely respected journalist has covered the Middle East since the oil boom of the 1970s. Her books focus on the Arab world, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq (The Reckoning) and Saudi Arabia (The Saudis.) Ms. Mackey has written hundreds of articles for the "New York Times," "Los Angeles Times," "Wall Street Journal," "Chicago Tribune," "Christian Science Monitor," and "Washington Post," and she is a frequent commentator on the Middle East for CNN, "Nightline," "ABC Evening News with Peter Jennings," the BBC, CBS, NPR and Monitor Radio.
[May 5 — May 12]