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  • The Road to Character | David Brooks

    The Road to Character

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey, David Brooks
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    With the wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his New York Times column and his previous best sellers, David Brooks has consistently illuminated our daily lives in surprising and original ways. In The Social Animal, he explored the neuroscience of human connection and how we can flourish together. Now, in The Road to Character, he focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives.

  • The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement | David Brooks

    The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    This is the story of how success happens. It is told through the lives of one composite American couple, Harold and Erica - how they grow, push forward, are pulled back, fail, and succeed. Distilling a vast array of information into these two vividly realized characters, Brooks illustrates a fundamental new understanding of human nature.

  • The Road to Character | David Brooks

    The Road to Character

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey, David Brooks
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    In The Road to Character, David Brooks, best-selling author of The Social Animal and New York Times columnist, explains why selflessness leads to greater success. We all possess two natures. One focuses on external success: wealth, fame, status and a great career. The other aims for internal goodness, driven by a spiritual urge not only to do good but to be good - honest, loving and steadfast. The inner self doesn't seek happiness superficially defined; it seeks emotional commitments without counting the cost and a deeper moral joy.

  • David Brooks: Neuroscience and Sociology | David Brooks

    David Brooks: Neuroscience and Sociology

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    • By David Brooks
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    David Brooks delivers a talk entitled Neuroscience and Sociology at the 2008 Aspen Ideas Festival.

  • Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There | David Brooks

    Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There

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    • By David Brooks
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    It used to be pretty easy to distinguish between the bourgeois world of capitalism and the bohemian counterculture. The bourgeois worked for corporations, wore gray, and went to church. The bohemians were artists and intellectuals. Bohemians championed the values of the liberated 1960s; the bourgeois were the enterprising yuppies of the 1980s.

  • Jeff Flake Plants a Flag | David Brooks

    Jeff Flake Plants a Flag

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Barbara Benjamin-Creel
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    Do you ever get the feeling we’re all going to be judged for this moment? Historians, our grandkids and we ourselves will look and ask: What did you do as the Trump/Scaramucci/Bannon administration dropped a nuclear bomb on the basic standards of decency in public life? What did you do as the U.S. Congress ceased to function? What positions did you take as America teetered toward national decline?

    "Jeff Flake Plants a Flag" is from the July 27, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Brooks and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.

  • How Cool Works in America Today | David Brooks

    How Cool Works in America Today

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Kristi Burns
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    If you grew up in the 20th century, there’s a decent chance you wanted to be like Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Humphrey Bogart, Albert Camus, Audrey Hepburn, James Dean or Jimi Hendrix. In their own ways, these people defined cool.

    "How Cool Works in America Today" is from the July 24, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Brooks and narrated by Kristi Burns.

  • Getting Trump out of My Brain | David Brooks

    Getting Trump out of My Brain

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    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Kristi Burns
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    Last week The Washington Post published transcripts of Donald Trump’s conversations with foreign leaders. A dear friend sent me an email suggesting I read them because they reveal how Trump’s mind works. But as I tried to click the link a Bartleby-like voice in my head said, “I would prefer not to.” I tried to click again and the voice said: “No thanks. I’m full.”

    "Getting Trump out of My Brain" is from the August 07, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Brooks and narrated by Kristi Burns.

  • Before Manliness Lost Its Virtue | David Brooks

    Before Manliness Lost Its Virtue

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Keith Sellon-Wright
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    The Trump administration is certainly giving us an education in the varieties of wannabe manliness.

    "Before Manliness Lost Its Virtue" is from the July 31, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Brooks and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.

  • The Axis of Selfishness | David Brooks

    The Axis of Selfishness

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Kristi Burns
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    This week, two of Donald Trump’s top advisers, H.R. McMaster and Gary Cohn, wrote the following passage in The Wall Street Journal: “The president embarked on his first foreign trip with a cleareyed outlook that the world is not a ‘global community’ but an arena where nations, nongovernmental actors and businesses engage and compete for advantage.”

    "The Axis of Selfishness" is from the June 01, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Brooks and narrated by Kristi Burns.

  • Getting Radical About Inequality | David Brooks

    Getting Radical About Inequality

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Keith Sellon-Wright
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    I’m not in the habit of recommending left-wing French intellectuals, but I’m beginning to think that Pierre Bourdieu is helpful reading in the age of Donald Trump. He was born in 1930, the son of a small-town postal worker. By the time he died in 2002, he had become perhaps the world’s most influential sociologist within the academy, and largely unknown outside of it.

    "Getting Radical About Inequality" is from the July 17, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Brooks and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.

  • Intimacy for the Avoidant | David Brooks

    Intimacy for the Avoidant

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Caroline Miller
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    "Intimacy for the Avoidant" is from the October 6, 2016 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Brooks and narrated by Caroline Miller.

  • How We Are Ruining America | David Brooks

    How We Are Ruining America

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    • By David Brooks
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    Over the past generation, members of the college-educated class have become amazingly good at making sure their children retain their privileged status. They have also become devastatingly good at making sure the children of other classes have limited chances to join their ranks.

    "How We Are Ruining America" is from the July 10, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Brooks and narrated by Kristi Burns.

  • Interview with David Brooks

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    Bobos, bourgeois bohemians, define our age. Their hybrid culture is the atmosphere we breathe. Their status codes govern social life, and their moral codes govern ethics and influence our politics. Bobos in Paradise is a witty and serious look at the cultural consequences of the information age and a penetrating description of how we live now.

  • Why Fathers Leave Their Children | David Brooks

    Why Fathers Leave Their Children

    • UNABRIDGED (4 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Mike DelGaudio
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    Millions of poor children and teenagers grow up without their biological father, and often when you ask them about it, you hear a litany of male barbarism. You hear teens describe how their dad used to beat up their mom, how an absent father had five kids with different women and abandoned them all.

    "Why Fathers Leave Their Children" is from the June 15, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Brooks and narrated by Mike DelGaudio.

  • David Brooks on Anti-Semitism and Power: Hating America and Hating the Jews, at the 92nd Street Y | David Brooks

    David Brooks on Anti-Semitism and Power: Hating America and Hating the Jews, at the 92nd Street Y

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    David Brooks shares his views and raises awareness on new forms of anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism, while addressing issues of bigotry and contemporary discrimination. Presented in cooperation with the Simon Wiesenthal Center in memory of Dorothy Gardner Adler.

  • I Miss Barack Obama | David Brooks

    I Miss Barack Obama

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By David Brooks
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    "I Miss Barack Obama" is from the Column section of The New York Times. It was written by David Brooks and narrated by Fleet Cooper.

  • The Anxieties of Impotence | David Brooks

    The Anxieties of Impotence

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Kristi Burns
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    "The Anxieties of Impotence" is from the Columns section of The New York Times. It was written by David Brooks and narrated by Kristi Burns.

  • What’s the Matter With Republicans? | David Brooks

    What’s the Matter With Republicans?

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By David Brooks
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    Over the past two months the Trump administration and the Republicans in Congress have proposed a budget and two health care plans that would take benefits away from core Republican constituencies, especially working-class voters. And yet over this time Donald Trump’s approval rating has remained unchanged, at 40 percent. During this period the Republicans have successfully defended a series of congressional seats.

    "What’s the Matter With Republicans?" is from the July 04, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Brooks and narrated by Kristi Burns.

  • The Trump Administration Talent Vacuum | David Brooks

    The Trump Administration Talent Vacuum

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    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Barbara Benjamin-Creel
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    We have seen White Houses engulfed by scandal before. But we have never seen a White House implode before it had the time to staff up. The Nixon, Reagan and Clinton White Houses had hired quality teams by the time their scandals came. They could continue to function, sort of, even when engulfed.

    "The Trump Administration Talent Vacuum" is from the May 18, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Brooks and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.

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