Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant. He is a fervent atheist, raised as a Christian, by a mother whose Jewish heritage was not revealed to him until her suicide.
As the times accelerate and we face ever-more kaleidoscopic careers, a crucial meta-skill is the ability to learn new skills extremely rapidly. Tim Ferriss, speaking before a live audience at the Marines Memorial Theater in San Francisco, CA, September 14, 2011.
Want to work just four hours a week? Ferriss believes he can show you how. This Jack-of-all-trades has done it all, from becoming the National Chinese Kickboxing Champion and the Guinness World Record-holder for tango dancing to working for education reform.
"Not the 4-Hour Work Week"
Ferriss embraced the principle that "fear is your friend" while overcoming his trepidation of swimming, dancing and learning new languages. Learn his methods to rethink "false constructs and untested assumptions."
Marilyn Manson, Shock Rockers, and the most controversial rock band on the planet are taking on the world. They are anti heroes and their cult status has been enhanced by the press. They are the acclaimed Kings of Goth, which has its roots in the Shock Rock peddled by bands such as Alice Cooper and Kiss.
Susan Cooper talks with Symphony Space's education director about The Dark Is Rising sequence, her series of five thrilling fantasy novels for young readers, among them The Dark Is Rising and 1976 Newbery Medal winner The Grey King.
In this program, Les Brown provides a foundational key that can propel you to your next higher level. There are times in life when it seems hard to actually affirm that you can make it; and that you can actually overcome that particular obstacle and attain that new height. You can’t always say I know I can and keep integrity with yourself and your true feelings. What you can use as a benchmark and a place to always fall back to is “It’s Possible!”
Discover the power and passion of the spoken words of Scripture, as Marquis Laughlin brings to life classic stories from his live performances of the Bible. Experience scenes from Genesis, Exodus, Ecclesiastes, Daniel, John's Gospel, Acts of the Apostles, and Revelation the way the ancients did!
Tessa Hadley published her first work of fiction, Accidents in the Home, at the age of 45, three months after her critical study Henry James and the Imagination of Pleasure came out. A second novel, Everything Will Be All Right, was published the following year, in 2003. She teaches English and creative writing at Bath Spa University College and is currently working on a third novel and on a play, The Wendy House, for BBC Radio.
It's a curious homecoming for Vince, the son nobody seems to remember. Violence is never far from the surface as his unexpected return uncovers a deep, dark secret that triggers catastrophe in Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Hale Appleman as Vince; Tom Bower as Dodge; John Getz as Father Dewis; Amy Madigan as Halie; Robert Parsons as Tilden; Jeff Perry as Bradley; and Madeline Zima as Shelly. Directed by Peter Levin.
As the CEO of Zappos.com, Tony Hsieh has achieved phenomenal company growth through revolutionary approaches to marketing, human resources, and customer service. Under his leadership, in 2009, Amazon acquired Zappos with shares valued at $1.2 billion. Tony Hsieh, speaking before a live audience at The Asia Society, on May 26, 2010.
Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. This is the audio recording of David Foster Wallace delivering that very address. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others.
Interviewed at legendary rockabilly musician Ronnie Hawkins’ ranch outside Toronto, the couple details their new campaign for peace. They discuss a week they spent earlier in the month with camera crews for two British documentaries, a newly released live album, and a benefit concert they had recently played in London. Just two days prior, posters had been put up in 12 cities around the world bearing the enduring, simple message: "WAR IS OVER! IF YOU WANT IT".
It's easy to feel insecure around art and its appreciation, as though we cannot enjoy certain artworks if we don't have a lot of academic and historical knowledge. But if there's one message that I want you to take away it's that anybody can enjoy art and anybody can have a life in the arts - even me! For even I, an Essex transvestite potter, have been let in by the artworld mafia.
With Freakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner revealed the good, bad, ugly and super freaky of the world around us. Recorded live at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, CA.
The author of the critically acclaimed Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus presents her newest novel Americanah, a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria facing challenges in the countries they come to call home.
What forces are driving the rapid technological developments that continue to shape our world? According to author Peter Nowak it is a very un-holy trinity; the war, porn and fast food industries.
It's famously called the Final Frontier, and thanks to rapidly developing technology we now know more about the outer reaches of our galaxy than ever. But that leaves unknowns. Lord Martin Rees, speaking before a live audience at Melbourne University Melbourne, Australia, on March 30, 2010.
He has received several honorary degrees, the Athena Award from the Rhode Island School of Design, the Peabody Medal, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal from the Royal Society of Arts. He received a knighthood for his services to the arts. His latest book is The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything. Sir Ken Roinson recorded live at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, CO.
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Writer, lecturer, and feminist activist Gloria Steinem and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker sit down with Wilma Mankiller to discuss gender and politics in today's world. The three consider the path each took to became icons of the feminist movement, the ways religion plays into gender and power relations, and the future of feminism.
Roz Chast brings her brilliant, hilarious artwork to No Fair! No Fair! and Other Jolly Poems of Childhood by Calvin Trillin and The African Svelte: Ingenious Misspellings That Make Surprising Sense by Daniel Menaker, as well as her own memoir Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?. Join us for a conversation moderated by Adam Gopnik (The New Yorker) between the artist and authors, plus readings by Jane Curtin and Reg Rogers (The Knick).
The Newbery Honor-winning author and illustrator of Year of the Rat and Dim Sum for Everyone presents When the Sea Turned to Silver, a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award. A companion to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, this exquisitely written and illustrated novel blends fantasy and Chinese folklore for a fast-paced adventure steeped in legend. In conversation with Kat Yeh (The Truth About Twinkie Pie). With a reading by Annie Q. (The Leftovers).
Margot Livesey, one-third of the popular team that leads the annual Thalia Book Club discussions with Jennifer Egan and Siri Hustvedt, returns to discuss her first novel since 2012. Mercury is a beautifully crafted emotional thriller, which explores the ways in which relationships can be disrupted and ultimately destroyed by obsession, secrets, and ever-escalating lies. In conversation with author Meg Wolizter (The Interestings). With a reading by Michael Cerveris (Fun Home).
H.P. Lovecraft (1890 - 1937) was an American horror fiction writer. Though he died in poverty and was only published in pulp magazines before his death, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th century authors in the genre. Lovecraft's most popular book is, perhaps, At the Mountains of Madness. He also wrote The Call of Cthulhu, along with many short stories and literary correspondences. In this rare recording, he is interviewed as part of a WPA project during the New Deal.
Whose Life Is It Anyway? An examination of legal and ethical issues surrounding the questions of suicide and assisted suicide. November 1997. Issues in Health Care: Rights of the Unborn This lecture is based on the prize-winning essay "The Rights of Unborn Children", in which the legal protection offered to the unborn in Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States are compared. The ethical implications of the law are examined.
This debate took place oi October 2008, sponsored by the Literary and Historical Society of University College Dublin. The proposition being debated was "that this house finds it irrational to believe in God". Dr. Montgomery and colleagues argued in support of the opposition. The audience of approximately 400 voted to defeat the proposition.
Reveille Scholar Lectures: In 1970 Dr. Montgomery was the visiting Reveille Scholar at the University of California - San Diego. This set is comprised of the series of lectures in which he developed a Christian approach to the study of the philosophy of history. Where is History Going?: A critique of secular philosophers of history such as Marx, Spengler, and Toynbee, and presentation of a Christian philosophy of history.
In the fall of 1993, Whittier College - located in Whittier, California - hosted a lively debate. The topic: "Does God Exist?" And if so, does it matter? Each debater made a formal presentation, and then gave a brief critique of his opponent's presentation. Then members of the audience had an opportunity to ask questions of the two debaters.
On February 14, 1986, in Sydney, Australia, Dr. Montgomery debated Mark Plummer, president of the Atheists and Skeptics Society of Australia. An overflow audience attended, and the debate received full-page coverage in The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia's equivalent of The New York Times). Hear Dr. Montgomery defend historic Christianity in this live unedited recording.
This course aims to help the student examine fundamental questions on the nature of the universe and human participation in it. Particular stress is placed on the answers offered by great thinkers through the ages. These answers are evaluated rationally, and in the light of Biblical revelation, in order to understand the principles of a Biblical worldview in comparison and contrast with other world views. This course will help you learn to articulate a reasoned defense of the philosophical foundations of a Biblical worldview.
Dr. Montgomery's historic decimation of death-of-god theology in debate with Thomas J.J. Altizer at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago, February 24, 1967.
On February 5, 1969, Drs. Montgomery and Steen were invited to the campus of DePaul University to debate the question "is there a supreme being - someone above me - who knows me, who watches out for me, who can help me, who is my guarantee of eternal life; or is man on his own in this universe?" Julian J. Steen was dean of the Chicago School for Adults and a well-known American humanist.
How does the Christian faith relate to other faiths? In what sense is Christianity unique? How might a Christian approach the study of comparative religions? These and other questions are addressed in Dr. Montgomery's lecture at the University of Illinois - Urbana in the spring of 1966, and is followed by a "spirited dialogue" between Dr. Montgomery and Dr. Tiebout, Professor of Comparative Religion at the University of Illinois - Urbana.
In 1967, John Warwick Montgomery and Madalyn Murray O'Hare appeared as co-guests on a Chicago radio show. This is a live recording of their riotous and tempestuous clash. Madalyn Murray O'Hare founded American Atheists Inc., and was an active lobbyist for removing prayers and Bible readings from public schools.
A live recording of the historic debate between the late Joseph Fletcher, father of "situation ethics", and John Warwick Montgomery at San Diego State University. A devastating critique of all attempts to base morality on contexts, situations, or relativism.
The Inns of Court School of Law in London, England, was the scene of a lively debate on the truthfulness of the claims of two of the world's most prominent religions on October 17, 2003. The debaters were Shabir Ally, a graduate of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, with a BA in religious studies, and president and founder of the Islamic Information and Da'Wah Center in Toronto, Canada; and John Warwick Montgomery.
Centuries ago St. Paul stated the issue succinctly: "If Christ was not raised from the dead, then neither our preaching nor your faith has any meaning at all" (1 Cor. 15:14, Phillips). Dr. Montgomery presents the case for the historicity of the resurrection and the reliability of the New Testament accounts of the resurrection. Dr. Grabbe, dean of the Theology Department at the University of Hull, argues that very little is known or knowable about what may have happened.
The number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of Smile, Drama, and Sisters comes to Symphony Space with her latest graphic novel, Ghosts. Two sisters move to a new town only to learn that it's haunted - and the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones is fast approaching! Fans of Raina Telgemeier will love this stunning and supernatural story!
The author of Bel Canto and Truth & Beauty talks with Jane Hamilton (A Map of the World; The Short History of a Prince) and delves deeply into the backstory of her latest creation, a thought-provoking literary thriller, set deep in the Amazon jungle, with fascinating characters that defy our expectations, and chockful of suspense, romance, and betrayal.
The creator of the best-selling graphic novels American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints, and now the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, discusses the latest installment of Secret Coders with writer and illustrator Christopher Myers (Fly!). Secret Coders: Paths & Portals is the second book in the wildly entertaining new series about a school whose mysteries are unraveled by a band of top-rate computer coding students.