The lecture is cool but the audio quality is so low that you need to like the content a lot just to get through it
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"
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.
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"
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.
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"
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"
Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, speaks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 29, 2006.
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.
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"
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.
This event from New York's 92nd Street Y offers a behind the scenes look at the West Wing and an insider's account of how the White House press corps gathers and reports the news.
The editor of Newsweek International since 2001, Fareed Zakaria oversees the magazine's eight editions in Asia, Latin America, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. His column, on subjects ranging from terrorism, national security and America's role in the world to the global economy and the rise of China and India, appears in Newsweek, Newsweek International and The Washington Post.
Expanded from the original, Yes We Can! offers highlights from speeches by Barack Obama and includes his entire inaugural address as an added bonus. For this collection, speeches were chosen to showcase President Obama's powerful, inspiring rhetoric of hope and change and to represent his stands on issues such as climate, energy, service, and the Iraq war.
Ted Sorensen was John F. Kennedy's special counsel, speechwriter and close adviser. In his intimate and revealing memoir, Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, Sorensen recalls some of the most dramatic moments of Kennedy's presidency, including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil rights movement and the decision to go to the moon. He discusses current events and Kennedy's legacy with noted professor Ralph Buultjens.
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.
Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo discusses his hopes and dreams for this country on the eve of a presidential election year. Cuomo was the longest-serving Democratic governor of New York in modern history. He twice set records for the highest popular vote total in a New York State election. Since leaving office, he remains in the public sphere, speaking to audiences about their legacy as Americans and discussing his commitment to social responsibility.
"Actual intelligent discussion of current events"
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.
Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss has spent nearly five decades on the stage and silver screen. However, through his longtime interest in political and social activism, Dreyfuss has emerged as a leading voice in the area of civic engagement and active citizenship, earning posts at St. Antony's College, the University of Oxford, and the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles ACLU Foundation.
ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts describes remarkable women who helped build our nation by facing challenges and becoming reformers and advocates for education, orphans, and abolition. Roberts and her husband, Steve, write a weekly column syndicated in newspapers across the country. Her books - From This Day Forward, which she co-wrote with her husband, and We Are Our Mothers' Daughters - have been best sellers.