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Penn Jillette explains his absolute atheism and why it makes him hopeful and optimistic.
"Too Much Intro"
Investor and businessman Warren Buffett stunned the world when he announced he was giving most of his fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Charlie Rose is the only broadcast journalist with access to Buffett and Gates on their friendship which resulted in this historic announcement. In this three part series, we'll hear about Warren Buffet: the Man, the Business, and the Gift.
"Three part interview with Warren Buffett and other"
This audio is like an informal writing clinic, as you listen to these writers talk about their lives, experiences and, of course, their writing. While you are listening, Terry Gross draws out from these great writers the answers to your questions, just as the query begins to form in your own head.
Hear religion scholar Bart D. Ehrman on this edition of Fresh Air. Ehrman chairs the Department of Religious Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. His new book is God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question - Why We Suffer. He is the author of the best seller Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why.
"A great interview and a great place to start"
Emmy award-winning journalist Charlie Rose has been praised as "one of America's premier interviewers". Each night, as host of his PBS program, Charlie Rose engages America's best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders, scientists, and other newsmakers in one-on-one interviews and roundtable discussions.
This essay comes from the NPR series This I Believe, which features brief personal reflections from both famous and unknown Americans. The pieces that make up the series compel listeners to rethink not only what and how they have arrived at their beliefs, but also the extent to which they share them with others.
Based on the NPR series of the same name, This I Believe features 80 Americans, from the famous to the unknown, completing the thought that begins with the audiobook's title. The pieces that make up the program will compel listeners to rethink not only what and how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs, but also the extent to which they share them with others.
"interesting and enjoyable"
Satisfy your hunger for new ideas with this interview show that explores the cutting edge of contemporary thinking in politics, religion, economics, science, the arts, and popular culture. Get the latest episode or subscribe!
"Sometimes great, very uneven"
Hear British scientist Richard Dawkins and geneticist Francis Collins on this edition of Fresh Air. Richard Dawkins is a professor of the public understanding of science at Oxford University. The New York Times has hailed him as a writer who "understands the issues so clearly that he forces his reader to understand them too". In his latest book, he writes about what he sees as the irrationality of a belief in God and sets down his arguments for atheism.
"Dominated by Dawkins"
This special To The Best of Our Knowledge collection contains 13 interviews.
"No One Does it Better"
When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his book nearly died with him. Today The Autobiography of Malcolm X — a favorite of President Obama and Justice Clarence Thomas alike — stands as a milestone in America’s struggle with race. The Autobiography is also a Horatio Alger tale, following a man’s journey from poverty to crime to militancy to wisdom.
Rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson and actor Robert Forster on this edition of Fresh Air. Wanda Jackson had several hits in the late 50s and early 60s, including "Mean Mean Man," "Let's Have a Party" and "Fujiyama Mama."
Top Dog Radio talks with Clodagh, an Irish-born interior designer and leader of the green design movement, Karen Fisher, founder of Designer Previews and renowned “Design Matchmaker”, and Evan Galen, a leading New York-based architect and designer. The three experts in their respective fields discuss how to best meet the needs of new customers - especially those with very specific demands who “have more money than time”, and finally, the secrets of “learning what you’re looking for”.
Nobody blurred the line between his life and his literature more than the legendary science-fiction author, Philip K. Dick. And that’s only fitting since one of the major themes of his fiction is, “What is reality?” This week we take a look at the life and work of the man who’s been described as “one of the most valiant psychological explorers of the twentieth century,” as we commemorate the 30th anniversary of his death.
A conversation about the turmoil in Gaza, with Khaled Mashaal, the political leader of Hamas.
In 2011, 13 young women and one young man in the small town of LeRoy, New York experienced “conversion disorder,” a mysterious malady that results in uncontrollable tics, stutters and seizures. Novelist Katherine Howe used this real-life incident as the basis for her new book, Conversion. Then, Ernest Ranglin is a Jamaican guitarist and composer recognized as one of the pioneers of both reggae and ska. Ranglin gave Bob Marley his first hit and it’s his guitar handiwork that you hear on most reggae standards. Now 82-years-old, Ranglin is adding a new album to his discography. Bless Up is the perfect soundtrack for the summer.
An hour with artist Jeff Koons.
Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Broadway musical based on the work of Tupac Shakur, closed after just one month of performances. Reviews were lackluster and ticket sales disappointing. But the show’s star, poet and actor Saul Williams, says Broadway audiences need to get over recycled shows like Rocky and start dealing with real stories. And we take a serious look at Mad Magazine, the goofy, bawdy, sarcastic kids’ magazine that made America snarky. Also, a live performance from Lydia Loveless, the 23-year-old country belter who has to choke back tears when she sings about losing her family’s farm.
A conversation about the turmoil around the globe, with Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011. Next, a conversation with Preet Bharara, U. S. Attorney for the southern District of New York.
A conversation about the troubled Afghan elections, with Ashrah Ghani, Afghan politician and a candidate in the 2014 presidential election. Next, a conversation with Jim Chanos, president and founder of Kynikos Associates.
Journalist James Nestor was on assignment in Greece when he saw a man dive 300 feet below the ocean’s surface on a single breath of air. When the man returned four minutes later, Nestor decided to learn all he could about freedivers - extreme athletes who rely on their lungs instead of breathing equipment. Nestor’s interest in humans with amphibious abilities turned into a book, Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, And What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves. Then, over 40 years ago, readers first met the fearless adventurer, marine engineer, and government agent Dirk Pitt in author Clive Cussler’s The Mediterranean Caper. A copywriter by day, Cussler started writing at night to keep himself company while his wife worked a nightshift. His book, Zero Hour, is now available.
Science is moving out of the lab and into the pages of literary fiction. This week, we introduce the "Lab Lit" movement and talk about why fiction needs more realistic portrayals of scientists and science culture. Plus, novelists Andrea Barrett, Elizabeth Gilbert and Lucy Jane Bledsoe discuss the ways science inspires their fiction.