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Transhumanism is a global intellectual movement supporting the use of science and technology in order to improve human health, well-being, and mental capacities. Many in the Transhumanism movement believe that disability, disease, and even aging are all aspects of the human condition that we shall be able to overcome in the future. Using the very latest technologies, including biotechnology, advocates claim that every ailment and frailty will one day be a thing of the past.
"the worst crap ever"
Ron Barr interviews 12-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres about her proudest accomplishments throughout her career, and remaining a competitive swimmer at an older age. This interview took place on September 15th,
Ron Barr interviews swimmer out of Stanford University Janet Evans about the joy of winning the Sullivan award in 1989, and the toughness of waiting four years to compete. This interview took place on June 5th, 2013.
Ron Barr interviews four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin about her training regimen after the Olympics, becoming a professional at such a young age, and balancing a normal teenage life with being a famous swimmer. This interview took place on August 14th, 2013.
Ron Barr interviews 12-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin about how long it took her to sit back and enjoy her success, and the nervousness she felt in the 2004 Olympics compared to the 2008 games. This interview took place on December 15th, 2008.
Ron Barr interviews world record holder Ryan Lochte about the adjustments a swimmer makes when traveling as far as China to compete, and the advantages of swimming in a familiar place. This interview took place on August 8th. 2011.
The actor Lucy Liu talks about her decision to reveal her secret second career as a painter – and her struggles with being typecast. Also, Charles Schulz's biographer on how one of the most beloved comic strips of all time made us more open about depression. And the radio play "Sorry, Wrong Number" puts us inside the frantic mind of the victim of a murder plot.
Experts agree, gratitude is good for you. It lowers stress, increases happiness, improves physical health, decreases depression and even helps you sleep better. So while it's great to celebrate a day of Thanksgiving, you'll feel even better if you cultivate an attitude of gratitude all year long.
Charlie Rose interviews well-known thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, businessmen, leaders, scientists, and other newsmakers.
Both practically and symbolically, our voices are one of the primary ways that we interact with the world around us. Since ancient Greece, the voice has represented participatory democracy, and today we still argue about whose voices to include in our national conversations. But even though we might think of our voices as our own—and ourselves as free to use them—it turns out that the voice is one of the most disciplined, trained, standardized, regulated dimensions of human life and expression.
Ongoing coverage of the attacks in Paris and the fight against ISIS. Charlie is joined by Mike Morell, former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Ongoing coverage of ISIL and the aftermath of the attacks in Paris. Charlie is joined by General David Petraeus, former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ron Barr interviews former University of Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer about having success both in the NFL and the NCAA, the key to his success in recruiting, and his reputation as a “player’s coach.” This interview took place on August 24th, 2007.
Ron Barr interviews former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden about walking away from the game in 2009, reflecting on his long, successful career, and maintaining the fire for football for such a long time. This interview took place on July 18th, 2012.
Ron Barr interviews Clemson’s head football coach Dabo Swinney about his evaluation process after each season, and the changes in the environment of college football, and the question he gets asked the most when recruiting. This interview took place on April 1st, 2014.
Ron Barr interviews Stanford’s head football coach David Shaw about first realizing that his father was a coach, the adaptability he gained from having his father as a head coach, and the way money changes the approach to an athlete’s game. This interview took place on April 10th, 2014.
Ron Barr interviews former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressle about the experience of having a father as a football coach, and playing quarterback under his father, who was the coach. This interview took place on January 21st, 2011.
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.
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!
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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.
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"
David Foster Wallace may have understood the modern American better than any writer of our time. His suicide in September of 2008 stunned his friends and fans. Wallace was a master at capturing the way we think, feel and live, and his books and essays conveyed an intimacy that made a lot of people feel like Wallace was a friend they'd never met. In this hour, we celebrate the life and work of the late David Foster Wallace.
Writer David Sedaris and actor Alan Cumming, 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 newest Me Talk Pretty One Day which was just released in paperback. Scottish actor Alan Cumming co-wrote, co-directed, and is co-starring in the new film The Anniversary Party, along with Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Hear neurologist Oliver Sacks and rock critic Ken Tucker on this edition of Fresh Air. Oliver Sacks' new book is Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain. It's a series of case histories that examine the relationship of music and the mind. Sacks has written eleven books; the most famous are Awakenings, which was made into a film starring Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams, and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
The famous activist and feminist on living an authentic life through recognizing both the importance of the self and the community.
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.
This week, Kurt Andersen calls a listener named Ken in New Hampshire who turns out to be Ken Burns, the filmmaker. Burns has a few good words for our latest listener challenge, like "a reel of documentary filmmakers" and "a scratch of DJs." We ask what a rebranding of marijuana for the age of legalization might look like, and compare the effects of pot and alcohol on the creative process. Plus a performance from MacArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer, a jazz musician who always colors outside the lines.
What is possible now that leisure and entertainment aren’t goods we sit back and consume but tools that we use to create, collaborate and explore? Bob talks with consultant, teacher and writer Clay Shirky about the social and economic effects of our new era of creativity and generosity laid out in his new book, Cognitive Surplus.
Lawyer, former federal prosecutor and best-selling novelist Scott Turow and Lake County State's attorney Mike Waller talks about evaluating capital punishment on this edition of Fresh Air. Last month, before leaving office, Illinois Governor George Ryan commuted the sentences of all inmates on Illinois Death Row. Turow served on the Governor's commission to evaluate capital punishment. Turow's latest book is Reversible Errors.
In this hour we'll hear the latest science on brain plasticity. First, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and researcher Norman Doidge (The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science). Next, author Daniel Pinchbeck (2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl), and more.
Ahead of the Mad Men finale this weekend, we decode the social mores of the 1960s through the wardrobes of Joan, Peggy, and Don. And as the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy pushes our social mores now, publishers and readers explain what all the fuss is about. Plus, Kurt Andersen talks with the writer Paul Theroux. His new novel, The Lower River, follows a former Peace Corps volunteer back to Malawi.
In this interview, Richard Moss says that there are two basic mistakes we make in this stage of the evolution of consciousness: we identify with our thoughts, and we flee from our feelings. He describes the four ways your thinking can affect you, how the body is literally the center of the experience of being in the now, and how the negative stories we tell ourselves are a form of physical poison and self abuse.
Emmy-and Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian actor William Shatner, who gained fame for his starring role as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise reveals how he survived when he was broke and unwanted, how he copes when destiny strikes and more private details of his life.
Audible was not granted digital rights to today's program. We bring you actor Gene Wilder on this edition of Fresh Air. Gene Wilder's birth name was Jerome Silberman. He made his film debut as a kidnap victim in Bonnie and Clyde (1967), but he's best known for his work with Mel Brooks in the films Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and The Producers.
When you read a piece of nonfiction, you naturally expect that you’re reading the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Right? So how would you feel if you found out that the author of an essay you’re reading was taking certain liberties with the facts to make the piece more captivating? Would you feel betrayed? Or wouldn’t you care? In this hour, we’ll examine the question of creativity in creative nonfiction. How much is too much?
A century after his death, Mark Twain has finally published his autobiography. It's not a cradle-to-grave memoir, but a kind of window into Twain's mind, full of memories and thoughts randomly strung together. Kurt talks with Robert Hirst, an editor of the volume, who explains why Twain went about writing what he called a "love letter from the grave."