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Christopher Hitchens talks with Salman Rushdie about his memoir
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PEN America Writers Resist NYC
PEN America Writers Resist NYC
The effect of migration on the countries that have received migrants
Sir Steve Smith argues that the perceived negative consequences of migration have had an overwhelmingly negative impact on politics. Globalization has created winners and losers, and the losers blame migrants for their problems.
Sir Steve Smith is co-editor of The Globalization of World Politics. He is Vice-Chancellor and Professor of International Relations at the University of Exeter.
Cathy O'Neil: "Weapons of Math Destruction" | Talks at Google
Cathy O'Neil is a data scientist and author of the blog mathbabe.org. She earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard and taught at Barnard College before moving to the private sector and working for the hedge fund D. E. Shaw. O'Neil started the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia and is the author of "Doing Data Science." She appears weekly on the "Slate Money" podcast.
In this talk, O'Neil sounds an alarm on the mathematical models that pervade modern life and threaten to rip apart our social fabric.
Benjamin Bergen: "What the F" | Talks at Google
Please note that this talk contains language some may consider strong.
In "WHAT THE F" Bergen explains why profanity is so appealing to us. Let's face it, we all swear. Whether we're happy or mad, uttering a four-letter word seems to be a natural occurrence for most of us. But why do we swear, even when we know we're breaking cultural taboos? Why are some words off limits in certain countries or deemed offensive in past centuries but are considered perfectly tame in others? What does all this g*ddamn swearing tell us about our language and our brains? Bergen has the answers as he illuminates the controversial and complex nature of profanity and its relationship on our culture.
In this groundbreaking yet ebullient romp through the linguistic muck, Bergen answers intriguing questions: How can patients left otherwise speechless after a stroke still shout Goddamn! when they get upset? When did a cock grow to be more than merely a rooster? Why is crap vulgar when poo is just childish? Do slurs make you treat people differently? Why is the first word that Samoan children say not mommy but eat shit? And why do we extend a middle finger to flip someone the bird?
Smart as hell and funny as fuck, What the F is mandatory reading for anyone who wants to know how and why we swear.
Bergen is a professor of cognitive science at the University of California, San Diego.
After Words with Julissa Arce, "My (Underground) American Dream"
Julissa Arce discusses her life in the U. S. as an undocumented immigrant in her book, "My (Underground) American Dream." She is interviewed by Doris Meissner, former Immigration & Naturalization Service Commissioner from 1993-2000.
Zachary Roth, "The Great Suppression"
MSNBC digital reporter Zachary Roth examines what impact legal rulings on campaign finance laws and redistricting is having on voting in America. His book is "The Great Suppression: Voting Rights Corporate Cash and the Conservative Assault on Democracy."
Molly McCartney, "America's War Machine"
Molly McCartney, former reporter for the Washington Post, talks about the U.S. military-industrial complex and how it has changed since President Eisenhower warned about it in the 1950s.
Lauren Groff: 2016 National Book Festival
Lauren Groff discusses "Fates and Furies" with Ron Charles from the Washington Post at the 2016 Library of Congress Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Lauren Groff is the best-selling author of three novels and the celebrated short-story collection "Delicate Edible Birds." Her work has appeared in various publications including The New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Tin House, One Story, McSweeney's, and three editions of the Best American Short Stories. Groff has received a Medici Book Club Prize and been a finalist for several awards including the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her novels include "The Monsters of Templeton" and "Arcadia." Her latest novel, "Fates and Furies" , explores the story of a marriage over the course of twenty-four years and through two perspectives. Groff lives with her family in Florida.
Pulitzer-Prize winning author Jane Smiley has now completed her remarkable American trilogy, a sweeping treatment of one Iowa family, the Langdons, over a century, with each chapter encapsulating one year. Golden Age picks up the story in 1987 and runs forward all the way to 2020, following generations of Langdons in the worlds of finance and government and on the battlefields of Iraq, even as the land itself—the Langdon farm, but the planet, too—comes back into focus in new and urgent ways.
This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago Tribune.
This program was recorded on Nov 12, 2016, as part of Chicago Humanities Festival's Fallfest/16: Speed
Robert Pinsky at PEN America Writers Resist
Robert Pinsky reads a poem written for PEN America's Writers Resist event in NYC.
Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of Bessie Margolin
Marlene Trestman discussed her book "Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin."
Speaker Biography: Marlene Trestman is a former special assistant to the Maryland attorney general, where she started her 30-year legal career in 1982. She has taught law at Loyola University of Maryland's Sellinger School of Business & Management, where she earned her MBA. A former trustee of Goucher College, she currently serves on the board of Goucher's Prison Education Partnership.
James McBride & Philip Gourevitch - James Brown, a lonely man
Musician and author James McBride returns to LIVE to mark the paperback publication of his book, Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul, a story that speaks to the tensions and contradictions of the American experience: between North and South, black and white, rich and poor. He is joined by journalist and author Philip Gourevitch.
JAMES MCBRIDE is the author of the New York Times bestseller and National Book Award winner, The Good Lord Bird, as well as the bestselling novels Song Yet Sung, Miracle at St. Anna, and the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Color of Water. He is also a saxophonist and composer who teaches music to children in the housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn, where he was born. He is a Distinguished Writer In Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU.
PHILIP GOUREVITCH is a long-time staff writer for The New Yorker, the former editor of The Paris Review, and the author of three books: The Ballad Of Abu Ghraib / Standard Operating Procedure, A Cold Case, and We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda, which won a number of prizes including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award. He is completing a new book, in which he revisits Rwanda, called, You Hide That You Hate Me And I Hide That I Know. His profile of James Brown, "Mr. Brown" was included in the volume, Best Music Writing 2003.
Roxane Gay speaks pay disparity in publishing
Roxane Gay and Saeed Jones talk about the pay disparity in publishing between men and women, and women of color and white women. "We're so desperate for the money," she said, that people might be too willing to take scraps.
'A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order'
CFR President Richard Haass will discuss 'A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order', his new book that examines a world increasingly defined by disorder–how the rules, policies, and institutions that guided the world since World War II have run their course, and what the United States should and should not do about it.
Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations; @RichardHaass
David Remnick, Editor, New Yorker
After Words: Battling Obamacare
New York Magazine Columnist Jonathan Chait examines President Obama's legacy as president in his book, "Audacity." Here is a portion of his conversation with Jim Acosta, Senior White House Correspondent for CNN.