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.
"It's free on YouTube"
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.
"An interview with Tim - Not the actual audiobooks"
Named one of the 100 most influential black Americans by Ebony magazine, Dyson touches on politics, the arts and the personal, including justice, poverty, faith and spirituality.
Theologian and author Michael Novak delivers a lecture on the ethics of capitalism from the Judeo-Christian perspective.
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"
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"
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"
Author Zadie Smith discusses her much-anticipated third novel, On Beauty. Set on both sides of the Atlantic, the novel follows the chain of events when the son of a liberal British academic family falls in love with the daughter of an American right-wing icon. A brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, and the intersection of the personal and political, the book is also very funny indeed. Interviewed by Laura Miller of salon.com.
Hear Ken Robinson, innovation expert, hold forth on the potential and capacity of truly "human" resources. Ken Robinson speaks before a live audience at the Los Angeles Public Library January 29, 2009.
"Can't help it. I love this guy."
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!"
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"
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."
"better title: "the potential of doing what u fear""
David Brooks delivers a talk entitled Neuroscience and Sociology at the 2008 Aspen Ideas Festival.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.