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.
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.
"Actual intelligent discussion of current events"
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.
Iraq War critic Cindy Sheehan and renowned playwright Eve Ensler discuss the power of protests and their impact on policies and public opinion. They explain the ways in which petitions, rallies, and marches can capture the attention of lawmakers, voters, and the news media. Ms. Sheehan recounts taking her anti-war message to the president's doorstep.
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"
Madeleine Albright was the U.S. secretary of state from 1997 to 2001 - the first woman elected to that post. Albright reinforced America's alliances, advocated democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade and business, labor, and environmental standards abroad.
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"
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.
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.
In his new book, Moyers on Democracy, veteran journalist Bill Moyers asserts America's need to reconnect with its constitutional ideals and history of reform in preparation for the 2008 presidential race. Moyers has won more than 30 Emmy awards and is the author of the best-selling books Listening to America: A Traveler Rediscovers His Country, Healing and the Mind, and Moyers on America: A Journalist and His Times.
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.
"All About Amy"
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.
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"
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"
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.
Esteemed French philosopher and writer Bernard-Henri Levy brings his signature wit and intellect to the current political state and uncertain future of Jewish communities in America, France, and the Middle East. He addresses the controversy over the Armenian genocide, international laws governing Holocaust denial, and the state of global anti-Semitism.
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.
"Startlingly Intelligent, Newly Relevant Folk Icon"