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.
Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, speaks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 29, 2006.
CatoAudio puts you right in the middle of the important policy debates going on in Washington. This 60-minute audio magazine features inspiring discussions from well-known intellectuals, pundits, political leaders and Cato scholars. Previous recordings have included Milton Friedman, Hernando de Soto, Anne Applebaum, Alan Greenspan, P. J. O'Rourke, and Steve Forbes. From a libertarian view of limited government, free markets, and civil society, CatoAudio is your window to the ideas of freedom.
"Great If You're a Libertarian"
George Soros made billions of dollars anticipating seismic changes in the financial markets and used that money to try to change the world. He discusses what he believes were the fatal flaws of the Bush administration - his antagonism toward which is well documented - and the wider American view of the world. Soros heads Soros Fund Management and is the founder of a global network of foundations.
Father Michael Lapsley, an Anglican priest, went to South Africa in 1973 and immediately felt that he was caught in the duality of being either an "oppressor" or one of the "oppressed". He felt that he ceased being an individual, and became instead a "white man". He joined the African National Congress (ANC) in the struggle against apartheid because, he confesses, of his need to reclaim his humanity.
Legendary folk singer and political activist Joan Baez made her first New York concert appearance at the 92nd Street Y in 1960. She now returns for an in-depth interview that explores her extraordinary musical career and her longstanding commitment to nonviolence.
In October 2009, George Soros delivered a series of lectures at the Central European University in Budapest that provided a broad overview of his thoughts on economics and politics. Soros has achieved great and consistent success in the world of finance but has also contributed to the broader world of philosophy and human rights through the work of his Open Society Institute, an international network of foundations.
James Carville and Paul Begala, two of the Democratic party's top political strategists, visit with CNN senior analyst Jeff Greenfield in this edition of Live at the 92nd Street Y. Carville and Begala discuss the hottest issues of the day, providing colorful political commentary and insight "from the left".
In this visit to New York's 92nd Street Y, Irshad Manji and Ayaan Hirsi Ali discuss the trouble with Islam. Irshad Manji is the best-selling author of The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith. Manji has been called by The New York Times, "Osama bin Laden's worst nightmare." The winner of Oprah Winfrey's first annual 'Chutzpah Award,' Manji is currently a visiting fellow at Yale University and is producing a feature film about what there is to love within Islam.
"Hope for Islam"
Taking Charge brings you into the room with an American political legend, still hated and revered a quarter century after his death. We hear Lyndon Johnson as he schemes and blusters, rewards and punishes, and reveals a bedrock core of unshakable political beliefs.
"Great as an audiobook"
More than 200 peace and justice activists crowded into the Morrell Reading Room at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine, to hear veteran CIA analyst Ray McGovern address U.S. intelligence on Iraq and Iran.
We Rise: Speeches by Inspirational Black Women, is a rare compilation of memorable speeches delivered by celebrated African-American women from both the past and present. Spanning decades and elucidating the fight for equality, it not only captures important pieces of black history, but reveals the struggle from a female perspective. The live recordings in this captivating collection are preceded by a short biography to introduce each speaker.
"A disappointment and a disservice"
Not long after Hurricane Katrina, Paul Krugman sat down with Thomas Herman, senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal, at the Y on September 29, 2005 to ponder the question, "Whither the Economy?" You can listen to this amazingly insightful talk, in which Krugman discusses the American economy's day of reckoning, his criticism of the Bush administration and former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, the housing bubble, and other warning signs of the current financial crisis.
In this visit to New York's 92nd Street Y, Bernard Lewis discusses the Islamic doctrine of Holy War and its manipulation by modern extremists. Lewis turns to history to answer the most critical question we face today: is this a clash of civilization, an intractable ideological face-off like the Cold War? These are topics that came out of his work on his book Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror.
Join Professor Bernard Lewis at this visit to New York's 92nd Street Y as he shares his thoughts on Iraq and the Middle Eastern power balance.
What roles do race and religion play in the current election, and what do they say about America today? How do these roles affect the key issues concerning our country? The Class of 1943 Professor at Princeton University, Cornel West is one of America's most provocative public intellectuals and the author of Hope on a Tightrope.
Philosopher Susan Neiman is the director of the Einstein Forum in Berlin and the author of Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists.
A talk by Robert Fisk, the Middle East correspondent for the London Independent and the author of Challenging Empire and the Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East. Introduced by Noam Chomsky. Recorded live on April 9, 2006, at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
"Good lecture, reaaallly bad recording"
"Actual intelligent discussion of current events"
Lord Parkinson, Former Secretary of State for Energy; Bishop Hugh Montefiore, Former Bishop of Birmingham and former Trustee of Friends of the Earth; and Bruno Comby, Founder and President of Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy spoke for the motion.
Wangari Muta Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Green Belt movement in Kenya, speaks with Chris Johns, the editor-in-chief of National Geographic, about the critical link between the environment, democracy, the complex continent of Africa, and world peace.