May 13, 2016 – Listen, Liberal! with Thomas Frank

My guest on this program is Thomas Frank, author of numerous books, including The Wrecking Crew, What’s the Matter with Kansas? and Pity the Billionaire about which he appeared on this program in September of 2012. He is the founding editor of The Baffler, and has written for other publications. He joins us today to talk about his new book, Listen, Liberal – or – What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?

 

April 29, 2016 – Why Grow Up?

My guest on this program is philosopher Susan Neiman author of Why Grow Up? Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age. Drawing on thinkers such as Kant, Rousseau and Arendt, she shows that genuine adulthood, not permanent youth, is a subversive ideal worth striving for. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard, and was a professor at both Yale and Tel Aviv University. She is currently the director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, which presents innovative, international and multidisciplinary thinkers to the public in conferences, workshops, panel discussion, and presentations.

April 15, 2016 – An Expert on Expertise

My guest on this program is Anders Ericsson, a Conradi Eminent Scholar and professor of psychology at Florida State University. Considered the world’s reigning expert on expertise, inventor of the 10,000-hour rule, and an expert on the field of professional development, his recent book, Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise, provides a new look at how we can all step up our game and become experts in our fields.

March 18, 2016 – The Fight to Vote

My guest on this program is Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a nonpartisan law and policy institute that works to improve the systems of democracy and justice. He was director of speechwriting for President Bill Clinton from 1995 to 1999 and has authored several books, including The Second Amendment, My Fellow Americans, and POTUS Speaks. His most recent book is The Fight to Vote, which takes a succinct and comprehensive look at a crucial American Continue reading

February 19, 2016 – Philosophy in The New York Times

My guests on this program are Peter Catapano and Simon Critchley, editors of The Stone Reader: Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments. The book is derived from the popular New York Times philosophy series, The Stone, first launched online in 2010. It has attracted millions of readers through its accessible examination of universal topics like the nature of science, consciousness and morality, while also probing more contemporary issues such as the morality of drones, gun control and the gender divide. Peter Catapano has been an editor at The New York Times since 2005. Simon Critchley is a best-selling author and the Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research.

October 9, 2015 – Who Is In Charge of America’s Schools?

My guest on this program is journalist Dale Russakoff, author of The Prize, Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools, in which she delivers a riveting drama of our times, encompassing the rise of celebrity politics, big philanthropy, extreme economic inequality, the charter school movement, and the struggles and triumphs of schools in one of the nation’s poorest cities.

July 3, 2015 – History of Black Holes

My guest on this program is Marcia Bartusiak, Professor of the Practice, Graduate Program in Science Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the award-winning author of five previous books. We’ll be talking about her most recent, Black Hole: How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled on by Hawking Became Loved. It examines the history of an idea, and tells the story of the fierce black Continue reading

May 22, 2015 – Mind Change

The guest on this program is Susan Greenfield, neuroscientist, broadcaster, and bestselling author. Her most recent book is Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains. She is also a senior research fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford University, an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and a member of Continue reading

April 10, 2015 – Critique of Social Media

My guest on this program is Jacob Silverman. He is a freelance journalist and book critic. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, the Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, The New Republic, The Daily Beast, and many other publications. He’s also on the board of Deep Vellum, a new publisher of international literature. In April 2012, he was a three-day Jeopardy! champion, which he says means his life is likely downhill from there. We’ll be talking about his recently published book, Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection.

February 27, 2015 – The Devil Wins

My guest on this program is Dallas Denery, Associate Professor at Bowdoin College, and author most recently of The Devil Wins: A History of Lying from the Garden of Eden to the Enlightenment. The question “Is it ever acceptable to lie?” plays an important role in the story of Europe’s transition from medieval to modern society, and we are all the inheritors Continue reading