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Billy Collins, former United States poet laureate, and Garrison Keillor, host of A Prairie Home Companion, return to the Y to read favorite poems from their new anthologies 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (Mr. Collins) and Good Poems for Hard Times (Mr. Keillor).
"a fresh look at poetry"
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.
Richard Dawkins holds the Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford. His books include the best-selling The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, The Ancestor's Tale, and A Devil's Chaplain, a collection of essays. He has received the International Cosmos Prize and the Kistler Prize.
Ken Follett uses his gift for storytelling to present a detailed account of the thriller's place in history and literature. Follett is the author of more than a dozen best-selling novels, including Eye of the Needle, The Pillars of the Earth, and Whiteout. He is also president of the Dyslexia Institute, a member of the National Literacy Trust, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
"Use as a preamble to Pillars of the Earth"
The New York Times best-selling author, Neil Gaiman, discusses Sandman, the acclaimed comic book series widely considered to be one of the most original and artistically ambitious series of the modern age. Sandman is a rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven.
Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. He is the author of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference and Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, which was published this year. Both books grew out of articles that first appeared in the magazine. Mr. Gladwell will discuss other works in progress as well.
"Entertaining and Insightful"
Recently passed, George Carlin was a comedian famous for his "Seven Dirty Words" routine. To his credit are nearly 20 albums, five Grammy awards, and two Cable Ace Awards, and more HBO specials than anyone. He authored several books, including The New York Times best seller Brain Droppings and Napalm & Silly Putty. In this interview, he speaks with Judy Gold about his life and his comedy, and answers questions from the audience.
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.
Over the course of Kurt Vonnegut's career as a writer, he has sat down many times with radio host and interviewer Walter James Miller to conduct in-depth discussions of his work and the world. Now the best of these interviews have been collected in an audiobook for the first time. This is the perfect audio collection for the Vonnegut fan who wants to understand the writer as he was, is, and will be.
Brad Bird is a director at Pixar Animation Studios and the writer and director of the Academy Award-winning animated feature The Incredibles. He also wrote and directed The Iron Giant and served as executive consultant on the TV series The Simpsons and King of the Hill. He completed his first animated film at the age of 14.
"This was a good listen!"
It's great to get to know your author, you should any time you can.
No. It's pretty run of the mill. I liked hearing how he really thinks like a teacher instead of an author.
Anyone who reads this book or even enjoys Ken Follett or John Lee should listen to this delightful interview!
Ken Follett and John Lee, the author and narrator of Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, are back together again for Fall of Giants, the first in The Century Trilogy. They recently chatted with Audible editor Diana Dapito about the new epic book, and what it was like to write and record it.
The Bob Edwards Show is a one-hour daily radio program based on a simple idea: interesting people talking about interesting things. It's a radio program that talks with listeners, not at them. Radio that encourages people to think, not just regurgitate what talking heads think. Well-researched and highly-produced interviews form the core of the program. It introduces you to people and ideas that you will not see on morning TV or hear on your local morning zoo.
Adam Carolla’s signature “rage” bits have become an integral part of his act, most recently as a recurring segment (“This Week in Rage”) on CBS Radio’s morning talk program The Adam Carolla Show. He is known as the co-host of the radio television show Loveline, co-creator and co-host of Comedy Central’s The Man Show, co-creator and the performer on Comedy Central and MTV’s Crank Yankers and former contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
"NOT A BOOK"
New Yorker essayist Adam Gopnik and sociologist Malcolm Gladwell revisit their debates about healthcare, education, media, and a variety of other subjects. The event, introduced by Daniel Sullivan, general consul of Canada, and Simon Center director Henry Timms is followed by an extensive Q&A.
The nimble and funny novelist discusses his unputdownable book with Sree Sreenivasan (Dean of Students at Columbia Journalism School). Performance playlist: Reading by David Furr, conversation between Tom Rachman and Sree Sreenivasan, and a discussion with the audience.
Tim Gunn, co-host of the Emmy-nominated reality show Project Runway, talks to NY1 correspondent Budd Mishkin about fashion, design, and lifestyle. Gunn has covered the red carpet at the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, and the Golden Globes, and is honorary chair of Fashion Design at Parsons, The New School for Design. He is the author of Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste, and Style and stars in his own show, Tim Gunn's Guide to Style.
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!"
Lorrie Moore has been a contributor to The New Yorker since 1989. Her books include the novels Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? and Anagrams; the story collections Self-Help, Like Life, and Birds of America, which won the Irish Times International Fiction Prize; and a children's book, The Forgotten Helper. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin at Madison since 1984.
Hear from Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, a man Time calls a "once-in-a-millennium scholar". Explore challenging questions, such as, "Are Jews a nation, a religion, an ethnic group, or a race?", "Do Jews have unique character traits?", "What does it mean to be the 'chosen' people?", "What will become of the Jewish people?" Rabbi Steinsaltz has written 58 books on the Talmud, Jewish mysticism, religious thought, sociology, historical biography, and philosophy.
"Wisdom from a humble master"
"No One Does it Better"
In this 30-minute interview, Dr. Rick Sheridan, a longtime university professor and author of the book Social Media in the Classroom, helps teachers understand why using social media in the classroom is so important, and the effective ways to use it. Topics include: Why is social media use in the classroom so valuable for both teachers and students. Ways to promote cultural understanding. Developing an online portfolio. What can students and teachers do to protect their privacy online.
Thomas Steinbeck, son of famed writer and Pulitzer Prize recipient John Steinbeck, sits down with Patricia Lawrence for a casual conversation about his life; his published short stories, Down to a Soundless Sea; fictional accounts of life around Monterey Bay California...and his father!
In the fourth interview in Audible and The Telegraph's '30 Minutes With...' series, Emilia Fox talks to Matthew Stadlen about being part of an acting dynasty, how she started out and how she handles being ever in the media spotlight. In this entrancing interview, Fox reflects on a decade as the star of Silent Witness and what it's like to first experience a real-life autopsy. Emilia Fox is a renowned star of stage and screen and has acted in film, television and theatre.
In the third revealing interview in the series 30 Minutes with..., Matthew Stadlen talks to Sir Richard Eyre, the British theatre, opera, film, and television director about life at the helm, the skills of his trade and his time running the National Theatre. Sir Richard also speaks candidly about his relationship with his father, his mother's Alzheimer's, and his own experience of depression. Sir Richard is one of the leading directors of his generation and has worked with Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, and Liam Neeson among many others.