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Intelligence Squared is London's leading forum for live debate, holding regular debates on the crucial issues of the day and inviting the leading intellectual and political lights on the given subject to participate in them.
"No class in England? Ha!"
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"
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, 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.
Where do "rights" come from? Professor Alan Dershowitz provides an entirely new resolution to this age-old dilemma: rights, he argues, do not come from God, nature, logic, or law alone, but from particular experiences with injustice, and from trial and error. He also touches on the rights of prisoners and the situation in the Middle East. His new book is Rights from Wrongs. Professor Dershowitz speaks with Jeffrey Toobin, CNN legal analyst and New Yorker staff writer.
Madeleine Albright, the former Secretary of State, offers a thoughtful and often surprising look at the role of religion in shaping America's approach to the world during this vist to New York's 92nd Street Y.
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"
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"
Noah Feldman discusses the the Supreme Courts record on individual rights, particularly Justice Anthony Kennedy’s, and asks: “Can the health care bill be described as a violation of individual rights?”
"I'm a Noah Feldman fan now"
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.
Legendary journalist Helen Thomas discusses political news coverage and the reasons the press must be more vigilant at this visit to New York's 92nd Street Y. During her 60 years covering the White House, Thomas has seen dramatic changes in the way the news is gathered and reported. The dean of the White House press corps, she is the author of two books plus the forthcoming Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public.
In this candid and revealing interview broadcast journalist Mike Wallace tells stories from his remarkable 60-year career. Included are audio clips of his 1957 interview of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt; a poignant interview with First Lady Nancy Reagan concerning her husband's Alzheimer's; the story of the Secret Service agent who felt responsible for not saving John F. Kennedy; and Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, speaking out on corruption in Nigeria.
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"
Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, speaks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 29, 2006.
Explore the relationship between church and state, and the role of faith in politics. Jim Wallis is an evangelical preacher and the author of God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It. Alan Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the editor of a collection of essays entitled What Israel Means to Me. Amy Sullivan, a contributing editor at The Washington Monthly, is writing a book about religion and the left.
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.
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.
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.
Deroy Murdock and Stephen Slivinski on government failure at all levels during Hurricane Katrina; Dan Griswold on the danger U.S. immigration policy poses to both immigrants and citizens; Michael Cannon on using the welfare reform model to fix Medicaid; Erik Gartzke on why economic freedom breeds peace; Dr. Richard Payne on how poor patients suffer in the war on prescription pain relievers; and Roger Pilon on the moral foundation of constitutional rights and powers.
Mario Cuomo was the longest-serving Democratic governor in the modern history of New York State. His numerous books include Why Lincoln Matters: Today More Than Ever, Reason to Believe and More Than Words. Cuomo gave a memorable keynote address at the 1984 Democratic Convention and he remains a sought-after speaker.