The Great Stone Face and Other Tales presents four haunting, unforgettable pieces, all set in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. One of the giants of American literature, Hawthorne lived in Salem, Massachusetts, and spent his spare time roaming the crooked streets, immersing himself in the legends and superstitions that he learned from other people. Weaving these tales into his own literary style, Hawthorne wrote many remarkable short stories and essays that focused on his favorite themes of spiritual insight, guilt, and the consequences of sin.
A toy soldier. A butter dish. A compass. Mundane objects, perhaps, but to the remarkable authors in this collection, artifacts such as these have inspired stories that go to the heart of the human experience of World War I. Each author was invited to choose an object that had a connection to the war - a writing kit for David Almond, a helmet for Michael Morpurgo - and use it as the inspiration for an original short story.
"Definitely thought provoking stories about events that should not be forgotten."
Some worry the nation’s high court has shifted too far to the right and see the recent nomination of Elena Kagan as perpetuating that trend. Bob hosts a roundtable discussion to talk not only about the Kagan nomination, but also more generally about how the court is shaping up ideologically, recent rulings of the Roberts court, and a bit about the lower Federal courts.
Vacationing in places like Myrtle Beach and Miami Beach can be exciting, but when you consider the costs of lodging and food in such high-profile areas, it isn't usually affordable to budget travelers. onsider searching for lesser-known beaches. Are the Outer Banks too expensive? Take a look at southern North Carolina beaches instead. They're less crowded, and they offer much lower prices.
Ron Barr interviews 19-time national champion Dwight Stones about being more interested in the effort than the final result, his ability to stay healthy throughout his career, and the reasons he was physically incapable of excelling at basketball. This interview took place on February 16th, 1994.
Even when we ask a work colleague or a close friend for an honest opinion, we often aren’t ready to hear what they have to say. To teach us all to become better listeners, Bob talks with Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen, the authors of Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well.
Robert Stone won the National Book Award for Dog Soldiers, and he’s just published his first novel in ten years. In Death of the Black-Haired Girl, Stone creates a drama of passionate characters, acting out American cultural battles. Religion, class and abortion drive a story of death and revenge.
Many of us stop believing in magic around the same time the Tooth Fairy pulls her last bait-and-switch. But author, physicist, and magic-aficionado Alex Stone believes that adults should rethink this disbelief, using the power of … physics. Stone has written for Harper’s, Discover, Science, and The Wall Street Journal. He talks with Bob about magic, the mind, and his book Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks & the Hidden Powers of the Mind.
Our welcome to new Sirius XM subscribers continues with Bob’s comprehensive discussion with top legal minds about the US Supreme Court. Our guests are Dahlia Lithwick, a contributing editor at Newsweek and senior editor at Slate where she covers the Supreme Court; Georgetown University Law Center professor Randy Barnett, author of Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty.
40 years ago the first Earth Day celebration brought nearly 10% of the American population out into the streets and parks across the country and launched a global phenomenon. Bob speaks with Director Robert Stone, producer and director of the new documentary film Earth Days, airing on PBS nationally, and one of the people featured in the film Denis Hayes, the organizer who pulled off that first Earth Day.
A conversation about City of Hope and their work treating cancer with Robert W. Stone, Steven T. Rosen, and Stephen J. Forman. Next, Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs, and Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, on the shrinking middle class and economic policy in America. Interviewed by Al Hunt.
A look at the move The Savages with John Travolta, Salma Hayek, Blake Lively, and Oliver Stone.
Google's reorganization with Kara Swisher, co-CEO and executive editor of Re/Code, Brad Stone of Bloomberg Businessweek, Farhad Manjoo of The New York Times, and Henry Blodget, cofounder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Business Insider. Next, a conversation with John Sununu, former governor of New Hampshire and George H.W. Bush's chief of staff.
A conversation about the escalating conflict in the Middle East, with American-Israeli political consultant, Ron Dermer. Next, continued conversation about the escalating conflict in the Middle East, with Riyad Mansour, permanent observer of Palestine to the United Nations. And finally, a conversation about Woody Allen’s latest film, with Colin Firth and Emma Stone.
A look back at the Boston Marathon bombings with journalist Mike Barnicle and Joel Steinhouse of Citigroup. Next, a conversation about digital journalism, with Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com, Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg of Re / code, and Bill Keller from The Marshall Project. And Biz Stone, one of the co-founders of Twitter, about his new book Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind.
A conversation with former Vice President Dick Cheney, about this new book Heart. Later, they are joined by Dick Cheney’s cardiologist, Jonathan Reiner.
A conversation with Evan Williams, an American Entrepreneur who has founded several Internet companies, and Biz Stone, co-founder and Creative Director of Twitter. Next, a conversation with television writer, director, and producer, David Chase.
A discussion about the Supreme Court decision to uphold the healthcare law, with Laurence Tribe and Mark Halperin. Next, a look at The Amazing Spider-Man with Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, and Marc Webb.
A conversation with Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google. Next, a conversation about the film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps with Josh Brolin, Oliver Stone, and Shia LaBeouf.