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Albeit the cover and the audio sample were intriguing, the lecture was not. There was about thirty minutes of lecture and then student questions. The topic was interesting, but the presentation was superficial and minimal.
Join leading experts as they explore the world of the esoteric. Adrian Gilbert (a best-selling author of numerous books on the subject) leads us through the mystery of the Rosicrucians, uncovering many new insights and revelations. This secretive brotherhood emerged seemingly from nowhere with a sacred message for those with the eyes to see it. Their message is just as relevant today as it was in ancient times, and Gilbert re-introduces us to their teachings.
"Not very engaging"
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.
Today Bob spends the hour with public radio host and recent National Humanities Medal recipient Diane Rehm, talking about end of life medical decisions. Rehm's husband, John, was in the final stages of Parkinson's and wanted to end his life, but his doctor refused to help. As a result, he chose to deliberately die by dehydration, the process taking nine days. Rehm says "He should have had better choices."
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"
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"
Conversations with Maxwell Maltz, M.D. - author of the best-selling Psycho Cybernetics. His book, considered a forerunner of modern self-help books, explains a system of ideas for improving one's self image.
"No One Does it Better"
Host Terry Gross interviews artist Chuck Close. He's been called the "reigning portraitist of the Information Age" and "the most methodical artist who has ever lived in America." His jumbo portraits are copied from photographs and painted in faux pointillist style. In 1989, Close suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed from the neck down, leaving him to learn how to paint all over again.
Part visionary, part mad scientist, and absolute genius, Tesla should be as famous as Edison - but he's been largely forgotten. Kurt talks with Samantha Hunt about her novel The Invention of Everything Else. Then, Tesla's biggest innovation was introducing alternating current as the standard for modern electric power, breaking Thomas Edison's monopoly on DC power.
Hear guitarist, songwriter, and actor Dave Grohl of the band Foo Fighters, and TV critic David Bianculli, on this edition of Fresh Air. The Foo Fighters' latest album, Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace, has been nominated for a Grammy as album of the year. Previously, Grohl was the drummer for the grunge band Nirvana. He formed Foo Fighters after the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994.
In this interview, Dr. Rick Hanson explains that you have enormous power, not only to change your frame of mind, but to physically alter your body, and even the structure of your brain by taking charge of your thoughts. He explains that although your brain is pre-programmed to focus on negative information, you can manage depression or improve your self-confidence in just a few minutes a day.
The Byzantine Empire spanned some 1000 years and consumed most of the countries surrounding Mediterranean. This largely Greek speaking empire was also predominately Christian, a fact that we often forget today in light of the Near East’s association with Islam and Judaism. Historian Roger Crowley is the author of 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West and talks with Bob about this often-overlooked civilization.
Humorist Fran Lebowitz and writer Anne Lamott on this archive edition of Fresh Air. The Washington Post called Fran Lebowitz "The funniest woman in America." Humorist Lebowitz has come out with her first children's book, Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet The Pandas. In 1978, she wrote the critically acclaimed book Metropolitan Life a collection of witty essays on life. Writer Anne Lamott's new book is Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.
Writer David Sedaris on this edition of Fresh Air. Sedaris is best known for his contributing work with Public Radio's This American Life. He's written three books of essays, Barrel Fever, Naked, and his latest Me Talk Pretty One Day.
The host and creator of This American Life Ira Glass on this edition of Fresh Air. His show can be heard on 350 public radio stations nationwide. Glass will talk about how he came to develop the style that defines the show and you'll hear some classic This American Life moments. There's a new double CD of the best shows called Lies, Sissies, & Fiascoes.
"Average interview, poor sound quality"
Studio 360 looks at the places "where art and real life collide," exploring the creative influence and transformative power of art in modern life through richly textured stories and insightful conversation. Hosted by Kurt Andersen. Get the latest issue or subscribe!
"Stimulating and Diverse - always interesting"
Is there such a thing as true, original creativity? Or "Are we just seeing further by standing on the shoulders of giants?" to paraphrase Sir Isaac Newton. In this hour, we'll explore the question of where good ideas come from. Steven Johnson will tell us about the natural history of innovation. And Lewis Hyde offers a way to look beyond today's narrow debates over cultural ownership.
It's been more than forty years since thousands of American troops died fighting in the jungles of Vietnam. We visit our archives to bring back our award-winning show, “Stories from Third Med: Surviving a Jungle ER.” The documentary includes stories of the Navy's Third Medical Battalion, which served alongside the Third Marine Division. They were based near the DMZ, closest to the enemy in North Vietnam. Four decades later, the doctors and corpsmen recount the horror (and humor) they can never forget, and reflect on the forces that drive men to war in the first place.
An epidemiologist explains how life is like World of Warcraft when a deadly plague breaks out online. Rabies experts connect the dots between The Iliad, Twilight, and Louis Pasteur. Plus, an apocalyptic world where children should be seen and not heard — the sound they make can be deadly.
An hour with Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc.
Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news. Then, we hear a new commentary from children’s book writer and illustrator Daniel Pinkwater. And finally, we remember American jazz icon Gerald Wilson. He started his professional music career in 1939, playing trumpet for the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra. Over the course of his seven-decade career, Wilson had great success as a composer, arranger, bandleader, and jazz educator, writing music for and playing with jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughn, Bobby Darin, and Ray Charles, to name a few. Gerald Wilson died Monday at the age of 96.
A conversation about President Obama's plan to broaden a U. S. led offensive against the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria, with Jeffrey Goldberg of Bloomberg View and The Atlantic Magazine. Next, a conversation about the film This Is Where I Leave You, with director Shawn Levy, author Jonathan Tropper, and stars Jason Bateman, and Tina Fey. And finally, a conversation with James Galbraith, an economist and author who teaches at the University of Texas.
Popular myths, urban legends and just plain lies. Why do we persist in believing things that just aren't true?
A conversation with diplomat and political scientist, Henry Kissinger.
Academy Award-nominated actress Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear) plays Kelly, a new mother stuck in suburbia, who befriends 17 year old Cal (Jonny Weston) in director Jen McGowan’s new film Kelly & Cal. Bob talks with Lewis and McGowan about Kelly & Cal, which is in theaters now.
It's hard to wrap your head around the future of the human brain. Augmented intelligence, memory playback, downloadable skills - it's all coming. We explore the future of the mind, and hear how a brain injury can transform your life.
A conversation with U. S. Open champion, Marin Cilic. Next, a continued conversation about ISIS, with journalist Clarissa Ward, and Tim Arango, The New York Times Baghdad correspondent. And finally, a conversation with Bill Maher, comedian and host of Real Time with Bill Maher.
Over the last few years, Nev Schulman has investigated dozens of online relationships to determine whether they're based on truth or fiction. Now, he takes his knowledge to the page in his new book In Real Life. Bob talks to Schulman about his book, the TV show, and the complexities of identity in the digital age. Then, Bob talks to public radio treasure and host of "A Prairie Home Companion" Garrison Keillor.
A conversation with Chuck Todd, the 12th moderator of Meet the Press. Next, a conversation with Mike and Bob Bryan, identical twin brothers and professional doubles tennis players. And finally, a conversation about the film, The Skeleton Twins with director Craig Johnson, and stars Kristin Wiig, and Bill Hader.
He's one of the most prolific art forgers ever — but Mark Landis won't be prosecuted, because he never made a dime off his copies. What motivated him? We’ll also hear from Tavi Gevinson, who rose to fame as a preteen blogger; now a high school graduate, she's making her Broadway debut. Plus, Kurt gives some tips to Alan Cumming, who will guest host Studio 360 later this month. (Hint: bring your own Campari.)
Today we replay Bob’s award-winning documentary, "Exploding Heritage," which addressed the controversial issue of mountaintop removal in the south-central Appalachian Mountains. The method of extracting coal by blowing the tops off of mountains is devastating plant and animal life, and causing trouble for the people who live nearby. Bob explored how mountaintop removal is leveling the oldest mountain range in America — leaving the landscape, the local economy, and the local culture ravaged.
A conversation about the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq, with Robert Ford, former U.S. ambassador to Syria. Next, a conversation with General Tony Zinni. And finally, we remember Joan Rivers.
Where do you find crazy ideas and some of the world's smartest people? In theoretical physics - the world of parallel universes, super strings and black holes. We go on a whirlwind tour of the universe - from the multiverse to an imaginary walk on Mars.
A conversation about the NATO summit, with David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times. Next, a conversation with Maggie Gyllenhaal, she is starring in a new television series, The Honourable Woman. And finally, a conversation with award-winning documentary filmmaker, Rory Kennedy. Her new film is Last Days in Vietnam.
Bob talks anew with country music legend and five time GRAMMY-winner Marty Stuart on the eve of the release of his new double album Saturday Night & Sunday Morning (out 9.30). Marty started his career as a teenager backing Lester Flatt and played in Johnny Cash’s band for six years before launching his solo career. It was during his time with Flatt that Stuart began photographing country musicians. An exhibit of his photographs, including the last known photograph of Johnny Cash, is currently on display at Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
A conversation about President Obama in Europe, trying to deal with two crises, the threat of Russia in Ukraine and the threat of ISIS in Iraq, with former ambassador to Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, and Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist for The New York Times Tom Friedman. Next, a conversation with writer and director Whit Stillman, about his new series, The Cosmopolitans.