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"
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"
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.
"Always riviting as a speaker"
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.
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"
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"
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.
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"
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.
"I loved it"
Dubbed "the poet laureate of medicine" by The New York Times, Dr. Oliver Sacks is one of the great medical writers and storytellers of our time. He has transformed our understanding of the human mind and restored narrative to a central place in the practice of medicine. His best-selling books, including Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, and An Anthropologist on Mars, entertain, enlighten, and inspire his many fans around the world.
From China to Las Vegas, Bourdain has eaten at some of the world's most famous and infamous tables. Ever since he penned Kitchen Confidential, the book that blew the doors off the restaurant industry, Bourdain has been on a global pursuit of the perfect meal. Anthony Bourdain, speaking before a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of California, on November 19, 2007.
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!”
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.
Online social networking sites are now among the most popular web sites on the internet. Facebook is the seventh most trafficked site in the U.S., and millions of young trendsetters have made MySpace and Second Life the most disruptive forces to hit pop culture since MTV. LinkedIn is at the forefront of an emerging networking frontier focused on business and boasting a network of more than 7 million professionals.
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.
Steve Martin is a celebrated writer, actor, and performer. His film credits include The Jerk, Father of the Bride, and Parenthood, as well as Roxanne, L.A. Story, and Bowfinger, for which he also wrote the screenplays. He has won an Emmy for his television writing and three Grammys for his recordings.
"A Pleasant Hour"
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.
"Well Performed,Thought Provoking!"
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!"
David Brooks delivers a talk entitled Neuroscience and Sociology at the 2008 Aspen Ideas Festival.