When Amber Portwood debuted on MTV's hit reality series 16 & Pregnant, no one could have predicted that the teenager from Anderson, Indiana, with the dry sense of humor would go on to become one of the most controversial young celebrities in reality TV history. But soon after Amber stepped into the public eye, her life spiraled into chaos.
"Really Good Book"
Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author and New Yorker staff writer, discusses making sudden, instinctive judgments, as written about in his new book, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. He is joined by Emmy-winning reporter Robert Krulwich, who covers scientific phenomena for ABC's Nightline and PBS's Nova.
Emma Donoghue discusses her extraordinary new novel with author Michael Cunningham (The Hours and By Nightfall). This wondrous book is told from the point of view of a five-year-old boy who lives with his mother in an 11-by-11 foot room.
These never-before-published interviews with Jerry Garcia reveal his thoughts on religion, politics, his personal life, and his creative process. Jerry on Jerry provides new insight into the beloved frontman of the Grateful Dead in time for the 50th anniversary of the band.
"JG dominates the rap, jack, with much new to give"
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.
"Not a reading of the book."
Acclaimed science-fiction authors Orson Scott Card and Ben Bova, along with their shared audiobook producer and occasional narrator Stefan Rudnicki, discuss audiobooks and their works in a joint interview. The authors touch on their thoughts on audiobooks vs. print editions, the effect of technology on literature, religion, science, and many other fascinating topics sure to intrigue both Card and Bova fans, as well as all audiobook enthusiasts.
Long before Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled through time in a flying DeLorean, director Robert Zemeckis and his friend and writing partner Bob Gale worked tirelessly to break into the industry with a hit. For the first time ever, the story of how these two young filmmakers struck lightning is being told by those who witnessed it. We Don't Need Roads includes original interviews with Zemeckis, Gale, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis, and over 50 others who contributed to one of the most popular and profitable film trilogies of all time.
"Great for fans - good for others."
Anthony Bourdain, Gabrielle Hamilton, and Eric Ripert are all well established, accomplished chefs; they share their early cooking experiences, what influenced their cooking styles, and what made them want to be chefs forever. Bourdain is the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles, the author of the best-selling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and the host of the popular Food Network series, A Cook's Tour.
"Great Insight and fun to listen!"
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.
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.
"Substance Behind the Shimmering Eyeshadow"
Famous for a unique blend of stand-up comedy and political speech, Gregory had recently run, unsuccessfully, for president of the United States. He had since returned to comedy, recording the album, Dick Gregory, The Light Side: The Dark Side. He contemplates his career with Smith, days before a performance at Carnegie Hall.
J.R.R. Tolkien: An Audio Portrait is a compilation of radio and TV archive material from the '60s and '70s featuring interviews with J.R.R. Tolkien, his relatives, and his colleagues in which he talks about The Lord of the Rings, his other Hobbiton books, life as an academic, correspondence received from fans, and his views on the 20th century. This audiobook is presented by Brian Sibley.
The 92nd Street Y has gathered scholars and authorities to discuss the questions and issues raised in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. What are the implications for religion and private faith when talk about God moves into pop culture, and popular entertainment becomes a mode of education?
"myopic presentation of limited facts"
The Irish writers and good friends discuss their newest novels (each of which is set in New York City and was chosen by Amazon as one of the Top 4 Books of 2009) with each other and the audience. Michael Cerveris performs excerpts from both authors. A book signing follows.
Christianity is widely thought of as providing a means of understanding the world and our place within it. In contrast, Peter makes the case for Christianity as a radical critique of all systems that would attempt to provide such explanations. He will be defending the counter-intuitive claim that an interpretation which makes sense of our existence is not a Christian interpretation. Arguing that revelation is not a language that describes the world, but rather a 'happening' that changes it.
Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Dennis Prager - described in Jewish Week as "one of the three most interesting minds in American Jewish life" - offers compelling arguments in favor of Judaism, developed over many years of speaking to people from virtually every religion and culture.
Calvin Trillin has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1963, the year the magazine published "An Education in Georgia", his account of the desegregation of the University of Georgia. He also became the "deadline poet" at The Nation in 1990. He has written verses on current events for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and National Public Radio, and has published 25 books.
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".
The recently passed award-winning author of the memoirs Angela'a Ashes and 'Tis discusses his writing, his life, and teaching as a profession. He reads from Teacher Man: A Memoir.
"God Bless Frank McCourt!"
Two-time Newbery Medal winner Gary Schmidt talks about the frequently comic mishaps and adventures of a 12-year-old Long Island boy in the Vietnam era. Actor Khris Lewin performs an excerpt from the book. Thalia Kids' Book Club events are lively talks between children's book authors and their fans (ages 9-12) plus one event for teens. Each event includes a creative writing project, a free-wheeling discussion with the audience, and a book signing. Sometimes an actor stops by to read from the book.
"entertaining to listen too. an overall great read."