15,438Sep 2, 2007
In Depth with Christopher Hitchens
Christopher Hitchens was interviewed about his life, his career, and his body of writing. Topics included his religious and political opinions. He responded to viewer telephone calls and ...
8,053Mar 12, 2012
After Words with Alain de Botton
Mr. de Botton, an atheist, argues that rather than mocking religion, atheists and agnostics should steal the best ideas from world religions, such asthe methods for building strong communities, ...
6,594Feb 16, 2010
Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations
Samuel Fleischacker and Russell Roberts talked about The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith. Topics included his historic importance in the social sciences and impact of his ...
6,008Mar 15, 2011
Book Discussion on The Social Animal
David Brooks looks at how the unconscious mind shapes our character, intelligence, and biases. He spoke about the topic, the subject of his latest book, at the Free Library of Philadelphia on ...
4,237May 2, 2004
Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar, Part 1
Mr. Montefiore talked about his book, Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar, published by Knopf. In the book, the author examines the life and dictatorship of Joseph Stalin, from his ...
3,950Sep 11, 2002
Book Discussion on King of the Mountain
Mr. Ludwig talked about his book, King of the Mountain: The Nature of Political Leadership, published by the University Press of Kentucky. The book presents the findings of his ...
3,788Sep 22, 2000
Book Discussion on Islam: A Short History
Ms. Armstrong talked about her book Islam: A Short History, published by Modern Library. The book traces the origins and growth of the Islamic faith from the revelations Muhammad ...
3,704May 18, 2000
Book Discussion on Karl Marx: A Life
Mr. Wheen talked about his book Karl Marx: A Life, published by Norton and Company.
“Imagine Rousseau, Voltaire, and Hegel fused into one person,” said a ...
3,416Jan 25, 2007
Religion and Reason Debate
Reza Aslan and Sam Harris debated the future of religion and its role in society, moderated by Jonathan Kirsch. Topics included whether the Bible provides timeless prescriptions for daily life ...
3,251Jun 6, 2010
In Depth with Martha Nussbaum
Martha Nussbaum talked about her life, work, and career. She responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
Martha Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor ...
2,857Nov 5, 2006
In Depth with Ray Kurzweil
Author, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil was interviewed about his life and work. Topics included expanding human intelligence with machines, human pattern recognition, inventing machines to ...
2,720Nov 8, 1996
Book Discussion on Great Books
Mr. Denby discussed his book, Great Books: My Adventures with Homer, Rousseau, Woolf and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World, published by Simon and ...
2,702Oct 9, 1998
Book Discussion on The Story of American Freedom
Mr. Foner discussed his book, The Story of American Freedom,
published by W.W. Norton and Company. He talked about the ideological conflicts of the American Revolution and the ...
2,679Jan 6, 2002
In Depth with Cornel West
Professor West talked about his career and his entire body of work and responded to audience telephone calls, faxes and electronic mail. Professor West has written or edited more than twenty ...
2,431Oct 6, 2011
Book Discussion on War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality
Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow debated whether science or religion (spirituality) forms the best foundation for understanding the world. Tim Shriver moderated. They also responded to ...
2,341Jan 17, 1992
Book Discussion on The End of History and the Last Man
Mr. Fukuyama discussed his book, The End of History and the Last Man, in which he contends that the shaping forces of history tend toward liberal democracy, a system in which both free ...
2,235Feb 9, 2012
Book Discussion on American Nietzsche
Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen talked about the history of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s impact on both the right and left in the United States and on multitudinous aspects of American ...
2,195May 12, 2002
Writings of Ayn Rand
From Sunset Boulevard and the Harmony Gold Theater, the guests talked about the political history of America and the world from the mid-1930s to post-World War II through the life and writings of ...
2,185Feb 8, 2002
Book Discussion on Them: Adventures with Extremists
Mr. Ronson talked about his book Them: Adventures with Extremists, published by Simon and Schuster. The book examines the beliefs of several groups of political, cultural and ...
2,130Jan 2, 2013
Q&A with Jason Brennan
Jason Brennan talked about his book, Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know. He suggested that his goal for the book was to make libertarianism seem reasonable to people who were not ...
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