Adin Steinsaltz is a great genius with a warm heart and in impish sense of humor that made me smile through this charming talk. He has an interesting quality of appearing to meander, until you realize that he is going right to the point.
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.
"Steinsaltz makes me smile"
A sunny day, a quaint antique store, browsing through the artifacts of the past. To some, these are the ingredients for a pleasantly spent afternoon. To Frank, it is the beginning of a journey that will tear his world inside out. Is his amusing and puzzling journey down memory lane an actual journey, or is it a careening descent into madness?
Recorded live with many of the authors present, these nine beautifully crafted stories will take you on a ride through the sublime to the ridiculous as WordTheatre celebrates Christmas! Seven stories by some of our most gifted writers working today are joined with classics penned by O'Henry and Saki. This volume promises to fill you with all the joy and laughter, tears and compassion that this season is famous for.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin makes a surprise appearance at the Web 2.0 summit to talk with John Battelle about the future of the company. They discuss Google's current projects like Android and Chrome, as well as the competition they face from sites like Facebook and Bing.
After building two Fortune 500 companies from the ground up Eli Broad has turned his attention to philanthropy that uses entrepreneurship to improve the public good in education, science and the arts. Eli Broad speaking before a live audience at the Los Angeles Public Library November 20, 2008.
Steven Anthony Ballmer needs no introduction. He has been the chief executive officer of Microsoft Corporation since January 2000. Ballmer joined Microsoft on June 11, 1980, and became Microsoft's 24th employee, the first business manager hired by Gates. As a visionary and leader, Steve Ballmer has led Microsoft to the top of the computer software world.
Wikipedia founder Jimbo Wales in conversation with Chris Shipley.Recorded live at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, CA.
Steve Wozniak, the mastermind behind Apple, casts off his low profile and steps forward to tell his story for the first time. His new book, iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way, provides a firsthand account of the humanist inventor who ignited the computer revolution with the invention of the first true personal computer, the Apple I.
The Cato Institute hosts a discussion on increasing the public transparency of the Federal Reserve featuring Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX); with comments by Gilbert Schwartz, Partner, Schwartz & Ballen LLP, Former Associate General Counsel, Federal Reserve; and Bert Ely, President, Ely & Company, Inc. Moderated by Mark Calabria Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute.
With private-sector jobs declining, would-be entrepreneurs may grow in number. But what are the secrets to success for startups and business builders in today's world? Jon Fisher will explain the benefits of an approach that emphasizes potential acquirers and a powerful economic predictor. He offers fresh thinking about designing and guiding ventures on a path of least resistance, maximum payoff and lowest risk.
Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban and television personality-turned-entrepreneur Brooke Burke talk with Carson Daly about business and social media. They discuss how to survive and thrive in the world of new media, as well as how traditional forms of media are adapting to the new playing field.
Twitter co-founder Evan Williams talks with Federated Media's John Battelle at the Web 2.0 Summit about current trends on the Internet and the future of one of the most popular social web services online.
Named one of 100 worldwide media leaders, Jeff Jarvis discusses his book, What Would Google Do? Recorded live at Books Inc Mountain View, CA.
Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation, talks with John Battelle about TV, internet, and the future of communication.
Would "Drill, Baby, Drill" be part of Google's vision for green energy? Yes, but not drilling for oil. CEO Schmidt says punching down into the Earth to capture natural and clean geothermal energy could help move the United States away from its dependence on petroleum. Google's new energy plan also calls for a bold move into solar and wind power.
The Internet is revolutionizing the marketing of products, services, ideas and causes. Swingley provides an overview of major trends in the fast-changing world of online marketing, including search, web analytics, affiliate relationships and consumer-generated content. She offers a user-friendly framework for planning and optimizing Internet marketing as well as enjoying and better understanding our personal online experiences.
From allowing people to opt out of invasive internet tracking on Twitter and refusing to shut the site down during the SOPA conundrum to his former days as a Chicago stand-up comedian and his passion for improv, Twitter CEO Costolo is known for bold and sometimes surprising decision making.
"Asia is re-taking its place on the world stage" in this century, which will require fundamental changes in the global macro-economy and global political relationships, according to HSBC Bank Chairman Stephen Green. Recorded live February 17, 2010 at The Asia Society New York, NY.
Join this eminent investment manager as he navigates the sea-change in the international economy. Mohamed El-Erian speaking before a live audience at theALOUD Business Forum - Los Angeles February 24, 2009.
WordTheatre, the short story experts, casts the perfect actors to bring great contemporary writing to life. The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America. Recorded live at benefit performances for their Fellowships endowment, Volume 1 of this stunning collection contains nine outstanding examples of the short story. Though varying in theme and tone, they share a brilliant pedigree.
WordTheatre, the short story experts, casts the perfect actors to bring great contemporary writing to life. Recorded live with many of the writers present, these nine exquisitely crafted stories navigate fragile yet defining moments of transformation that inform us at every age. Perhaps a time or a place, a friend or relative, those memories that leaves an indelible mark, spark the imaginations of these wonderful authors.
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.
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!”
"I have a dream today." On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King spoke these words as he addressed a crowd of more than 200,000 civil rights protesters gathered at The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Two months earlier, President John Kennedy had sent a civil rights bill to Congress, but it was struck down. Although Kennedy was concerned about the possibility of widespread violence during this protest, he realized he was powerless to stop it and embraced the movement instead.
"Fills My Heart"
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.
"Love this guy!"
Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion created a storm of controversy over the question of God's existence. Now, in The Greatest Show on Earth, Dawkins presents a stunning counterattack against advocates of "Intelligent Design" that explains the evidence for evolution while keeping an eye trained on the absurdities of the creationist argument.
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.
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.
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!"
Noted cultural historian and music critic Greil Marcus talks with composers John Corigliano and Howard Fishman about their respective projects based around the works of Bob Dylan.
J. R. R. Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor best known as the author of fantasy works like "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings." Listen as Tolkien reads "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil," "The Hoard," "Perry-The-Winkle," and "The Man in the Moon Came Down Too Soon." Also included is a reading of "A Elbereth Gilthoniel" in Elvish and "The Road Goes Ever on," sung by William Elvin with music by Donald Swann.
"A very rare treat"
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.
"The MVP of my book/audio library"
Susanna Clarke discusses her remarkable debut novel, the BookSense Book of the Year, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell with her friend, novelist Neil Gaiman. Set in an alternate version of England in the early 1800s, an England in which the people yearn to recapture the practical magic of an earlier era, this fantasy novel combines the wit of Jane Austen with rollicking adventure and hilarious scholarly footnotes.
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.
"This is not the full 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.
Two funny and smart women explore the myriad challenges women face today — at work, in parenting, in love, and in aging — and share lessons from their experiences. Arianna Huffington is a syndicated columnist and the author of 10 books, the most recent of which is On Becoming Fearless: Advice for Women. Nora Ephron's books include Heartburn. Her most recent book is I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman.
"What a Treat..."
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.
How different would the world have looked had the Nazis been the first to build an atomic bomb? Werner Heisenberg, one of Hitler's lead nuclear scientists, famously and mysteriously met in Copenhagen with his colleague and mentor, Niels Bohr, one of the founders of the Manhattan Project. Michael Frayn's Tony Award-winning drama imagines their reunion. Joined by Niels' wife, Margrethe, these three brilliant minds converge for an encounter of atomic proportions.
"A fascinating may have been"
Authors and actors including Stephen Colbert, Libba Bray (award winning young-adult novelist Going Bovine, winner of 2010 Printz Award), Oskar Eustis (Artistic Director at The Public Theater), Kurt Andersen (novelist and Studio 360 Host), Jayne Anne Phillips (novelist and National Book Award finalist Lark & Termite), filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy (author of the upcoming book Scout, Atticus, and Boo), and others pay tribute to the Pulitzer prize-winning classic novel about racial injustice and loss of innocence in a small Southern town.
"This is not the full story."
Martin Short, one of today's most inventive and popular comic actors, is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, SCTV, and in the films The Three Amigos and The Father of the Bride. The creator of such memorable characters as Jiminy Glick, Ed Grimley, and Irving Cohen, Short returned to Broadway in the "alternate autobiography" Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Here he talks with Dick Cavett.
"I Want My 99 Cents Back!"
The author talks with Symphony Space Education Director Madeline Cohen about the next much-anticipated entry in his New York Times best-selling adventure series for middle-graders ages 9 and up. The event features a discussion with the audience.