Michelle Alexander: Roots of Today's Mass Incarceration Crisis Date to Slavery
As the Justice Department sheds new light on the racist criminal justice system in Ferguson, legal scholar Michelle Alexander looks at the historical roots of what she describes as "the new Jim Crow."
Thomas Page McBee & Stephen Elliott |
Thomas Page McBee dicusses his memoir,
, with Stephen Elliott, Founding Editor of The Rumpus.
Featured Reading: Frank Bidart
Award-winning poet Frank Bidart reads his work, including poems from his most recent collection,
, followed by a Q&A with novelist William Giraldi.
The Global Book
Bibliophiles take note: there’s a new way to obsess about books. That prized copy of "Moby-Dick" you have in your collection is more than a beloved object—it’s an agent of globalization. University of Wisconsin professor B. Venkat Mani calls this phenomenon bibliomigrancy.
Ilyasah Shabazz: 2014 National Book Festival
Ilyasah Shabazz appears at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Slavoj Zizek on Why You're Never Really Alone With Your Sexual Partner
Slavoj Zizek draws from examples in literature, film, and advertising to explain a phenomenon in which no sexual liaison is complete without a third element — an intruder, something like a fantasy. He also dishes out on topics including feminist crime fiction, 20-year-old British beer commercials, and the Taco Bell Quesarito.
Miriam Toews | Feb 2, 2015 | Appel Salon
Author Miriam Toews in conversation with Deb Dundas.
Asian-American Literature Today
MacArthur Genius Fellow Yiyun Li reads from her work and discusses the state of Asian-American literature.
Chloe Benjamin, On Patience
Debut author Chloe Benjamin talks about the patience and passion required to publish a novel.
Johann Hari & Naomi Klein: Does Capitalism Drive Drug Addiction?
British journalist Johann Hari recently sat down with Naomi Klein to discuss his new book, "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs."
Nick Hornby: in conversation | Talks At Google
Nick Hornby visited Google's office in Cambridge, MA to talk about his new novel, "Funny Girl", plus his passions for football, writing, reading, charity, and many other topics of interest.
Prof Robert D. Putnam - The Opportunity Gap Explained
My guest for tonight's Conversations with Great Minds is one of the world's leading political scientists. Currently the Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University - Robert D. Putnam, who has been called "the most influential academic in the world." He has advised three U.S. presidents - and has won a number of distinguished awards. Professor Putnam's 2000 book Bowling Alone is considered a classic of its kind - an was a national besteller. His new book - "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis" - is a fascinating and challenging look at our nation's deep crisis of opportunity.
David Mitchell and Michel Faber on Apocalypse
Two of the most acclaimed authors of our generation, David Mitchell and Michel Faber in conversation about why they both chose to write about impending apocalypse in their most recent books.
Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon in conversation with Carrie Brownstein
Sonic Youth cofounder Kim Gordon and Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein sat down for a sprawling and hilarious conversation to promote Kim's new memoir
Girl In A Band
Rain Taxi talks with Billy Collins
Rain Taxi recently sat down with poet Billy Collins for a chat about the popularity of poetry in the post-9/11 era