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An online watering hole for ideasA podcast and public radio interview program with authors, academics and intellectuals, hosted by Jenny Attiyeh.



Last Build Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:53:06 +0000

Copyright: All content © Jenny Attiyeh & ThoughtCast ® unless otherwise noted.
 



Andres Serrano @ The New Museum of Contemporary Art

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:32:13 +0000

Andres Serrano: Works 1983-93 opened at The New Museum of Contemporary Art in Soho in early 1995. It was a mid-career retrospective, and I went there to interview the controversial artist for the PBS station WNYC TV. His infamous “Piss Christ”, among other ecclesiastical subjects, was prominently featured, as well as images of Ku Klux […]


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A Prior Republican Presidential Debate

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 21:17:26 +0000

The January 6th debate was moderated by Tim Russert, the host of NBC's Meet the Press, and featured Arizona Senator John McCain, conservative political activist Alan Keyes, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, publisher Steve Forbes, Christian pro-life spokesman Gary Bauer and George W. Bush.



A Prior Presidential Primary

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 00:24:40 +0000

New Hampshire's Presidential Primary was scheduled for February 1st, 2000, and was less than a month away when a Democratic Presidential Primary Debate took place in Durham, New Hampshire, pitting Vice President Al Gore against former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley.



Beacon Hill Seminars Writing Workshop

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:38:02 +0000

I’ve had the pleasure of leading a Beacon Hill Seminars Writing Workshop this autumn. Sadly it’s almost over, but I wanted to let you all know about this marvelous resource in the Beacon Hill area.



Arianna Huffington on Picasso and the Clinton White House

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 02:35:46 +0000

Arianna Huffington, the author, journalist and founder of The Huffington Post, spoke with Jenny Attiyeh at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.


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KCRW’s Michael Silverblatt at the LA Times Book Festival

Sat, 03 Jan 2015 03:25:42 +0000

KCRW's Michael Silverblatt, the host of the literary talk show Bookworm, speaks with Jenny Attiyeh at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Silverblatt is the real thing -- an authentic, genuinely interested interviewer who reads not only the latest book his guest has come to discuss, but the writer's entire body of work.


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Sandra Tsing Loh at the LA Times Book Festival

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:37:15 +0000

The comedian, writer and performer Sandra Tsing Loh speaks with Jenny Attiyeh at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books about If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home By Now, her first novel.


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My Ghost Town: A Vanishing Personal History

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 03:46:18 +0000

My grandfather liked to dare me to walk to the cemetery at night, up the mud road from our house, past the orchards, the looming cows, past the tumbledown barn into the open, empty fields. From there I could almost see the mounds rising against the bluff. Grampa urged me on. Early settlers were buried here in unmarked graves, and nearby lay the headstone of a young boy, killed by Indians. As I turned and headed rapidly for home, I could hear Grampa chuckling in the dark.



George W. Bush, Beforehand

Sat, 28 Jun 2014 18:34:37 +0000

I interviewed George W. Bush during the New Hampshire Presidential Primary, when he was still a newcomer to the country at large, just the free and easy (and sober) Governor of Texas, the oldest son of the former President, George Bush Senior.


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On the record: Taos Artist Agnes Martin

Thu, 01 May 2014 20:24:53 +0000

This interview with the singular artist Agnes Martin was conducted in her home in Taos, New Mexico by Jenny Attiyeh.



New Writing Group Launched on Beacon Hill

Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:49:32 +0000

Beacon Hill has it all, we like to think. Its own chiropractor, its own pharmacy, its own chocolate shop. And now, it even has its very own writers' circle. The goal of the brand new Beacon Hill Writing Group is to provide a warm, welcoming environment that will motivate its members to write each week, and to share their work in a safe, non-critical setting.



Larry DiCara on Boston’s Busing Era @ Boston Public Library

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:14:11 +0000

The Central branch of the Boston Public Library was the setting for the attorney and civic leader Larry DiCara's talk on his new book, Turmoil and Transition in Boston: A Political Memoir from the Busing Era.


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The promise of tissue engineering and wound closure technology

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 23:20:14 +0000

Note: this interview was broadcast by the WGBH affiliate WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station, and by KPIP, in Missouri. In this Faculty Insight interview, Sujata Bhatia, a lecturer on biomedical engineering at Harvard, and the assistant director for undergraduate studies in biomedical engineering at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, talks with […]


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Cosmic Evolution’s Predilection for Constant Change

Fri, 08 Nov 2013 02:22:38 +0000

Note: an audio version of this interview was broadcast by the WGBH affiliate WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station, and by KPIP in Missouri. The theory of cosmic evolution is a relatively new addition to the field of cosmology, and attempts to answer the questions of who we are, where we are, and how […]



Black Bear Orphans and the Man who Reads Their Minds

Wed, 18 Sep 2013 00:40:51 +0000

You’re about to hear a story about the bear whisperer of Lyme New Hampshire, Ben Kilham, and the abandoned black bear cubs he has rescued, rehabilitated and released back into the wild. Some of these cubs have formed such strong bonds with Ben, that even when they’re fully grown, they still treat him as a member of the family, so to speak, and allow him special access to their bear secrets and behavior.


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Online Education at Harvard – a new advance for democracy?

Sat, 10 Aug 2013 03:13:15 +0000

Distance education. Online learning. We’ve been hearing a lot these days about this new tool for teaching, this new way of leveraging technology to spread access to education as widely as possible, with as little effort – it must be said – as possible. Harvard Extension School has been one of the pioneers in using […]


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EdX President Anant Agarwal’s Plan to Change the World

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 00:51:21 +0000

Note: this interview was broadcast by the WGBH affiliate WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station and by KPIP in Missouri. You’ve heard the news. Online education is the next big, disruptive thing. It’s taking on the establishment, and the hidebound, bricks and mortar institutions of higher learning must change – or shrink. EdX, Coursera, […]


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20 Rescued Bear Cubs Nursed Back to Health

Tue, 21 May 2013 00:29:32 +0000

Note: This interview and slideshow with Phoebe Kilham is featured on New Hampshire Public Radio Online. Phoebe Kilham is the soft-spoken younger sister of Ben Kilham, the renowned black bear behavioralist and bear cub rehabilitator, based in Lyme New Hampshire. But he couldn’t do this work without her, or the support of his wife, Debbie. […]


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Islam and its Coat of Many Colors – with Ali Asani

Wed, 30 Jan 2013 06:26:38 +0000

Can a multi-faceted Islam be whatever you want it to be? All things to all people? To listen to the renowned Harvard Professor Ali Asani tell it, Islam is a religion of multiple dimensions, interpretations, and perspectives. It’s almost like an all-encompassing religion, whose core beliefs can serve to unite widely diverse cultural groups, which […]



Charles Simic’s the choice at San Francisco’s Dog Eared Books!

Mon, 17 Dec 2012 01:16:46 +0000

Note: This interview was broadcast on KUT-FM, an NPR station based in Austin, Texas. Kate Rosenberger, owner Kate Rosenberger is one of those rare people who collects independent book stores in San Francisco the way the rest of us collect antique door stops, or unusual African masks. Her most recent acquisition is Alley Cat Books, […]


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The history and future of the New England Forest

Tue, 04 Sep 2012 02:44:08 +0000

Note: an audio version of this interview was broadcast by the WGBH affiliate WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station, and by KPIP in Missouri. The forests of New England are, remarkably, a success story. They’ve recovered from attack after attack. The early settlers hacked them down, by hand, for houses, fences and firewood. Later […]


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How to minimize disasters and manage crises – if possible!

Sun, 15 Jul 2012 21:03:45 +0000

This Faculty Insight interview with Arnold Howitt, the executive director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, an adjunct lecturer in public policy at Harvard Kennedy School, and an instructor at Harvard Extension School, highlights the challenges of disaster management and emergency response. Howitt teaches Crisis Management and Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief […]



Rediscovering James Joyce in Dublin with editor Maurice Earls

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 21:07:02 +0000

Note: This interview was broadcast on KUT-FM, an NPR station based in Austin,Texas. James Joyce, 1915 James Joyce was born and raised in Dublin, and it was from Dublin he fled as a young man, to Trieste, in order to write Ulysses, perhaps the key novel of the early 20th century. But before he left, […]


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“Why Does the World Exist?” with Jim Holt

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 17:52:51 +0000

Note: this interview was broadcast on the WGBH public radio affiliate WCAI, on the Cape and Islands! Jim Holt (photo: Michael Todd) In this ThoughtCast interview, science writer Jim Holt takes us on a jaunty tour of being and nothingness, existence and emptiness, quantum tunneling and the uncertainty principle. The author of Stop Me If […]


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The Mau Mau rebellion — a revisionist history

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 23:52:58 +0000

How does history get rewritten? How do victimizers become victims, and the valiant turn into villains? As Harvard history professor Caroline Elkins has learned, this process can be a hazardous one. The Pulitzer prize-winning author of Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya devoted many years to the study of the Mau […]


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Louis Menand, John Summers and Dan Aaron take on Dwight MacDonald

Tue, 25 Oct 2011 02:42:58 +0000

Louis Menand Back in the day when Dwight MacDonald was a household name (on the Upper West Side, at least) his critique of “middlebrow” American culture, and its inflated self-regard, singed eyebrows. Today, do his arguments still sting? After listening to three academics discuss MacDonald’s Masscult and Midcult: Essays Against the American Grain, recently released […]


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Tales from Donegal, told in Kenny’s Bookshop

Fri, 09 Sep 2011 03:31:07 +0000

Note: This interview was broadcast on KUT-FM, an NPR station based in Austin, Texas. Charles McGlinchy In 1861 in Clonmany, on the Inishowen peninsula in the far north of County Donegal Ireland, Charles McGlinchy was born.  His was a windblown, rough world, wracked with beauty and hardship. A weaver by trade, and a bachelor, in […]


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Is WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange a hero, or a villain?

Sun, 14 Aug 2011 22:05:39 +0000

In this sixth installment of Faculty Insight, produced in partnership with Harvard University Extension School, ThoughtCast speaks with Allan Ryan, the director of intellectual property at Harvard Business School Publishing, a member of the American Bar Association’s Committee on the First Amendment and Media Litigation, and an instructor at Harvard Extension School. The subject is […]



Talks@Harvard Book Store: Sean Dorrance Kelly

Thu, 11 Aug 2011 03:53:42 +0000

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Talks@Harvard Book StoreSean Dorrance Kelly, a voluble, high-octane philosopher and Harvard professor, spoke at the Harvard Book Store recently about his latest creation: All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age,  which he co-wrote with Hubert Dreyfus, another professor […]



Honor and Fair Play in Homer’s Iliad

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 05:27:07 +0000

Note: the audio version of this interview was broadcast on the WGBH sister stations WCAI/WNAN, and also on KUT in Austin, Texas! In this fifth installment of Faculty Insight, produced in partnership with Harvard University Extension School, ThoughtCast speaks with the esteemed Harvard classicist Gregory Nagy about one of the earliest and greatest legends of […]


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Tom Perrotta on Flannery O’Connor — a literary affinity

Mon, 11 Jul 2011 04:51:34 +0000

Note: This interview was broadcast on the WGBH sister stations WCAI/WNAN, and also on KUT, in Austin, Texas! Tom Perrotta, the author of Little Children, Election, The Abstinence Teacher and the upcoming novel The Leftovers, speaks with ThoughtCast about a writer who fascinates, irritates and inspires him: Flannery O’Connor. Flannery O'Connor in her driveway in […]


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An Afternoon at the Tufts Wildlife Clinic

Sun, 26 Jun 2011 22:27:08 +0000

Note: The interview with Maureen Murray that follows aired on WGBH, while an audio version of the slideshow, below, was broadcast on WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station! Meet the patient, stoic Blanding’s Turtle, who arrived with a huge hole in her shell, yet managed to lay her eggs! And the red-tailed hawk who’s […]


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Words @ Work: The Origins of “Rock”

Sun, 10 Apr 2011 02:13:59 +0000

Note: this piece was broadcast on NJN (New Jersey Public Radio), New Hampshire Public Radio and WMUB, an NPR station in Oxford, Ohio. It was also podcast on KXCI.org, in Tucson. Why Not? What does the word rock mean? Simple enough question. But how did the term originate? Where — and why? These questions are […]


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The North Atlantic Right Whale: Our Urban Leviathan

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 07:56:39 +0000

Note: This interview was broadcast on WGBH radio, Boston’s NPR station for news and culture, on April 17, 2011! The endangered North Atlantic Right Whale is probably our closest cetacean neighbor. There are only about 350 of them in total, and they live precariously near to shore, along the Eastern seaboard, in a horrendously busy […]


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James Carroll Takes On Jerusalem

Mon, 28 Mar 2011 04:43:06 +0000

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Talks@Harvard Book StoreIn this ThoughtCast, noted author James Carroll talks about his latest book, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem”, at the Harvard Book Store, in Cambridge Massachusetts. The city of course serves as both holy ground and flash point for Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and at times during […]



Creativity and Madness – with Shelley Carson

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 16:42:56 +0000

Faculty Insight is produced in partnership with ThoughtCast and Harvard Extension School. This fourth interview of the series is with Shelley Carson, an associate of Harvard University’s Department of Psychology, a lecturer at Harvard Extension School, and also a blogger for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post! Carson’s scholarship focuses largely on the connection between […]


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Harvard Critic Helen Vendler on Emily Dickinson

Fri, 04 Feb 2011 04:48:43 +0000

Note: This interview was broadcast on the WGBH sister stations WCAI/WNAN, Prairie Public Radio, WABE in Atlanta and on KUT in Austin, Texas. Emily Dickinson When Helen Vendler was only 13, the future poetry critic and Harvard professor memorized several of Emily Dickinson’s more famous poems. They’ve stayed with her over the years, and today, […]


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Faculty Insight: Islam in the West – a clash of civilizations?

Fri, 17 Dec 2010 06:28:15 +0000

Note: This interview was broadcast on WGBH radio, Boston’s NPR station for news and culture, on April 17, 2011! Faculty Insight is produced in partnership with ThoughtCast and Harvard University Extension School. This third interview of the series is with Jocelyne Cesari, a level-headed yet astute specialist in contemporary Islamic society. Muslims who live in […]


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Boston Book Festival – year two!

Sun, 10 Oct 2010 19:00:58 +0000

The second annual Boston Book Festival will be held on Saturday October 16th, and note bene, it’s free and open to the public!  ThoughtCast’s Jenny Attiyeh will be hosting a discussion titled True Story: The Art of Nonfiction.  As soon as it’s available, we’ll post the recording, but in the meantime, here’s the blurb: “Writing […]



Faculty Insight: Nuclear strategy in the post-cold war world

Thu, 23 Sep 2010 15:11:33 +0000

Note: This interview was broadcast on WGBH radio, Boston’s NPR station for news and culture, on April 17, 2011! Faculty Insight is produced in partnership with Harvard University Extension School. This second interview of the series is with nuclear strategist Thomas Nichols, who is a professor at the US Naval War College in Rhode Island, […]



Is Addiction a Choice? Harvard’s Gene Heyman says yes!

Sun, 06 Jun 2010 03:06:09 +0000

Note: This interview was broadcast on WGBH radio, Boston’s NPR station for news and culture, on April 17, 2011! Faculty Insight is produced in partnership with ThoughtCast and Harvard University Extension School. This first interview of the series is with Gene Heyman, a faculty member at the Extension School and a lecturer on psychology at […]



Simon Johnson Takes on Banks Deemed “Too Big to Fail”

Fri, 07 May 2010 03:54:20 +0000

Note: This interview was broadcast on WGBH radio, Boston’s NPR station for news and culture, on April 17, 2011! Simon Johnson, the Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, is an outspoken critic of the US government response to the financial crisis. Now he […]



Coral reefs, hermit crabs and tube worms with Randi Rotjan

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 08:42:46 +0000

Note: This interview was broadcast on WGBH radio, Boston’s NPR station for news and culture, on April 17, 2011! The Cambridge Science Festival returns this week with Inspiring Minds: Meet Women in Science, a program at the Museum of Science that includes a talk by Randi Rotjan, a coral ecologist at the New England Aquarium […]


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New England Poetry Club Prizewinner Richard Hoffman

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 22:08:13 +0000

Richard Hoffman The New England Poetry Club is apparently the oldest poetry reading series in the country. It was founded in 1915 by Amy Lowell, Robert Frost and Conrad Aiken. This spring, it awarded its Sheila Motton Prize to Richard Hoffman for his book of poetry called Gold Star Road. Hoffman is the Chairman of […]


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Rebecca Goldstein: the atheist with a soul

Sun, 31 Jan 2010 00:33:06 +0000

Note: this interview was broadcast on WGBH, Boston’s NPR station for news and culture! Rebecca Goldstein Rebecca Goldstein’s latest work, called 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction, is perhaps best described as a hybrid. It is indeed a novel, with its share of psychology, mathematics and academic politics, but it […]


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A Conversation with Los Angeles Impresario Ernest Fleischmann

Tue, 15 Dec 2009 17:39:10 +0000

Note: this interview was broadcast on WGBH, Boston’s NPR station for news and culture, and was part of Classical KUSC ‘s  A Tribute to Ernest, broadcast live from Walt Disney Concert Hall on 3/29/11. Ernest Fleischmann Ernest Fleischmann, the former General Manager of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, can be credited with turning this once provincial […]


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The “New Biology” with Steven Pinker, Noga Arikha & Melvin Konner

Sat, 28 Nov 2009 00:17:51 +0000

Brave New World? The Center for the Humanities at Tufts University recently held a panel discussion on “The New Biology and the Self”, an apt topic for the likes of Steven Pinker, the Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University,  Noga Arikha, a historian of ideas and the author of […]


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The Journal of Henry David Thoreau

Fri, 30 Oct 2009 08:08:08 +0000

Note: an audio version of this interview aired on WGBH radio in Boston! Henry David Thoreau is justly famous for his book Walden, which tells the story of the two years he spent living by the pond, in the Concord woods. But he also wrote a journal, which he started at age 20 in 1837, […]


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Jonah Lehrer on Emotional Hijacking and “How We Decide”

Mon, 20 Jul 2009 06:05:08 +0000

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Talks@Harvard Book StoreNote: this interview was broadcast on WGBH in Boston as well as on the WGBH Cape and Islands affiliate WCAI/WNAN! Jonah Lehrer (photo credit: Lori Duff) Jonah Lehrer, the precocious author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist, has come out with a new book […]


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Lydia Ratcliff: Vermont Farmer, Stubborn Survivor

Wed, 01 Jul 2009 10:06:38 +0000

Note: this audio program and slideshow have been picked up by New Hampshire Public Radio. The audio program was also broadcast on WAMC and WGBH radio in Boston. Milking Time at Lovejoy Brook Farm About 40 years ago, farms were thick on the ground in Andover, a rural town in southern Vermont. Today, 75-year-old Lydia […]


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The Promise of Open Media

Thu, 25 Jun 2009 08:17:27 +0000

(Note: This program is featured on the Socialbrite and P2P Foundation websites — thanks for that!) At the first ever Open Video Conference, held at New York University in Manhattan, participants pondered the significance of the open media movement, at a time when its tools are being put to use by protesters in Iran.  The […]



The Dopamine Economy

Tue, 07 Apr 2009 21:17:40 +0000

Note: this story was picked up by WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, and also broadcast on the WGBH affiliate WCAI/WNAN, on the Cape and Islands! dopamine brain Wall Street on Drugs: What motivated these former masters of the universe? And why did they act like kindergartners? ThoughtCast’s Jenny Attiyeh speaks with James Poterba, the Mitsui Professor […]


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Turbulent Times for Truth Tellers? Just ask the Nieman Foundation…

Fri, 03 Apr 2009 06:34:02 +0000

This year’s Narrative Journalism conference, sponsored by Harvard’s Nieman Foundation, was titled “Telling True Stories in Turbulent Times.” With magazines folding and newspapers shrinking, these are hard days for narrative journalists: they need space, time and funding to do their work, all of which are in short supply in today’s web-driven media economy.  ThoughtCast spoke […]



Architects Nader Tehrani and Robert Campbell @ CCAE

Sat, 21 Mar 2009 02:39:59 +0000

Nader Tehrani The Cambridge Center for Adult Education recently hosted a talk with the architect Nader Tehrani (an associate professor of architecture at  MIT, and the co-founder of the influential Boston-based architecture and design firm Office dA) whose work is on view, among other locations, at the Museum of Modern Art — Click here to […]


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Has the Global Economic Crisis – or GEC – got us?

Fri, 06 Mar 2009 16:52:35 +0000

Eat Lunch or Be Lunch Calling for Acronyms! Here’s mine to start off — The “GEC“ — it sounds like a mix between guck, yuck, ick and eck. Like the noise you make in the back of your throat when you’re about to regurgitate, or cough up spume. And isn’t that what we’re doing now? […]



The Economic Pits with James Poterba

Mon, 23 Feb 2009 20:45:13 +0000

Note: this interview was broadcast on the WGBH public radio affiliate WCAI, on the Cape and Islands! James Poterba What is the right expression to describe today’s economic nightmare? I’m sick of “mess” and “crisis” is too bland. What about “cesspool”? Well, I compromised with “pits” — feel free to add your own juicy descriptions […]


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Samuel Huntington — on Immigration and the American Identity

Thu, 22 Jan 2009 00:24:08 +0000

Note: Sadly, Sam Huntington died in late December of 2008, so I’ve re-posted this 2005 interview, which was broadcast twice on WGBH, in Boston. Sam Huntington The eminent and provocative political scientist and prolific author, talks with ThoughtCast about what he sees as the threat to America’s national identity (and its founding ‘Anglo-Protestant’ culture) posed […]


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The New York Review turns 45!

Tue, 09 Dec 2008 13:10:35 +0000

Note: this interview has been picked up by the public radio station WGBH, in Boston, and its sister stations WCAI and WNAN. Robert Silvers (credit Melanie Flood) The venerable New York Review of Books was launched amidst a newspaper strike in the winter of 1963, and has continued unabated ever since. Devoted to intensive and […]


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Getrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas & Janet Malcolm!

Thu, 04 Dec 2008 02:23:00 +0000

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Talks@Harvard Book Store stein-toklas They were a strange pair: Gertrude Stein, the avant-garde writer, salonniere and collector of art and artists, and her lover and companion, the querulous Alice B. Toklas, standing beakishly in the background. But together they formed a whole. Two Lives: Gertrude […]


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Reading List for Obama – your thoughts?

Fri, 07 Nov 2008 20:11:11 +0000

barackobama.com Scott McLemee, who pens the Intellectual Affairs column for Inside Higher Ed, asked a few of us for a suggested reading list for the president-elect. I discovered that one contributor, Daniel Drezner, is a fellow Williams alum, who blogged about the column here. Other contributors were James Marcus, the editor-at-large for the Columbia Journalism […]



How Fiction Works — with James Wood

Sun, 02 Nov 2008 07:06:03 +0000

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Talks@Harvard Book Store jameswood James Wood, the sincere, somewhat old-fashioned, unpretentious yet high-minded New Yorker literary critic, spoke at the Harvard Book Store recently about his new book, How Fiction Works. Click here: to listen (30 minutes). Also… ThoughtCast will be interviewing Wood shortly – […]


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Public Radio goes Hollywood!

Wed, 08 Oct 2008 18:52:40 +0000

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series The Future of Public RadioNote: This piece has been picked up by KYOU Radio, in San Francisco, and it’s also been mentioned on Current.org and the PRPD site — thanks for that! PRPD Public radio could easily be described as a smashing success story. Take […]


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Our American “Empire” with Niall Ferguson

Wed, 23 Jul 2008 21:28:08 +0000

Note: This interview has been picked up by the public radio stations WGBH, in Boston, its affiliates WCAI and WNAN, and WCVE in Richmond, VA. Niall Ferguson In some ways, the Scottish historian Niall Ferguson is the Russell Crowe of the academic world: charismatic, unconventional, and definitely controversial. He’s also a big fan of the […]


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“The Future of the Internet – And How to Stop It”!!!

Sun, 20 Jul 2008 04:47:38 +0000

Note: This program was broadcast on the public radio station WCVE. bookcover Cyber law expert Jonathan Zittrain is one of the canniest thinkers out there, pondering the wide world of the web, and his new book is called The Future of the Internet – And How to Stop It. It’s a call to arms. Before […]


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Griefer, Google Cooking and other Neologisms

Sun, 20 Jul 2008 04:17:00 +0000

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series NeologismsNote: This piece was broadcast on Word of Mouth on New Hampshire Public Radio and on WCVE in Richmond VA. been there - done that Today’s online world is in overdrive. Think of it as a novelty factory – spewing out new ideas, products, and […]


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To friend or not to friend: Judith Donath on online social status

Sun, 25 May 2008 20:57:54 +0000

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Neologisms Judith Donath Have you “friended” someone recently? Have you ever? Sooner or later, we’ll all start to friend, or be friended, if we are to inhabit the jolly online world of social networking. MIT Media Lab’s Judith Donath explains…. Click here: (4:17 minutes)


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Ethan Zuckerman’s homage to homophily

Sun, 25 May 2008 20:40:57 +0000

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Neologisms Ethan Zuckerman (credit: Esther Dyson) Ethan Zuckerman of Global Voices waxes lyrical on the term homophily, which isn’t actually a web word, but it’s a phenomenon playing itself out on the Internet. Click here for clarification! (2:20 minutes) And to listen to a discussion […]


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More Neologisms with TPM’s Josh Marshall

Sun, 25 May 2008 20:34:19 +0000

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Neologisms Josh Marshall (credit: NY Times) Here are a few more thoughts on new words gleaned from life online — gathered at a Berkman Center conference on The Future of the Internet! Joshua Micah Marshall, who founded the influential site Talking Points Memo discusses the […]


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Tim Wu’s neologism: Network neutrality!

Thu, 22 May 2008 20:34:18 +0000

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series NeologismsNOTE: Tim Wu has a new book out, called The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires! The term network neutrality was the brainchild of Tim Wu of Columbia Law School. So what does this term mean, and what power does it have? […]


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Jimmy Wales on Wikipedia – the word!

Thu, 22 May 2008 20:27:05 +0000

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Neologisms Jimmy Wales Jimmy Wales, the founder of the free online encylopedia Wikipedia, shares his thoughts on the power of one incredibly successful neologism – that amazing name! Wikipedia is a name he’s “stuck with” — in a good way, of course! Click here: to […]


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In Search of Neologisms with Esther Dyson

Thu, 22 May 2008 20:22:52 +0000

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Neologisms Esther Dyson Neologisms are defined as new words or phrases (or new uses of a word or phrase). And what better place to find them than at a gathering of netizens (itself a neologism) steeped in the new world of the “net”. The Berkman […]


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Steve Reich Meets The Borromeo String Quartet!

Fri, 22 Feb 2008 02:18:06 +0000

Note: So far, this piece has been broadcast on the following public radio stations:  New Hampshire Public Radio’s Word of Mouth,  WDAV’s Artist Spotlight, Tapestry on 90.3 WBHM in Birmingham Alabama, WRVO in Upstate NY and KUAR, in Little Rock! Borromeo String Quartet (photo: Christian Steiner) Steve Reich is perhaps the preeminent composer living today. […]


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Zen and the Art of Writing – with Natalie Goldberg

Mon, 24 Sep 2007 03:10:13 +0000

Note: This program was broadcast on WCAI, KZMU and WFIU. It also received a 5-star review on PRX! Natalie Goldberg (self-portrait) Natalie Goldberg, the well-known painter, writer and writing teacher, who wrote the best-seller on how to write called Writing Down the Bones, is also a Zen practitioner, who applies the lessons of Zen Buddhism […]


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The Future of Europe – with Alberto Alesina

Sun, 02 Sep 2007 06:47:02 +0000

Note: a portion of this interview was broadcast on the WGBH public radio affiliates WCAI/WNAN! Alberto Alesina Whither the European Union? This is not a question we (in America) often ask ourselves. But perhaps we should. As we now live in an era of borderless commerce – and threats – it might be wise for […]


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Art & Science with Alan Lightman

Wed, 01 Aug 2007 22:04:27 +0000

Note: This program was broadcast on WCAI, the Cape and Islands affiliate of WGBH. Alan Lightman Alan Lightman, the MIT physicist and best-selling author of Einstein’s Dreams, is a man of unusual ability. Talented in both the sciences and the arts, he’s both left- and right-brained, a condition that confers challenges as well as benefits. […]


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Jack Beatty, Public Intellectual

Wed, 25 Jul 2007 06:30:12 +0000

Note: this interview was reviewed on PRX and earned 4 stars! And it was broadcast on WRNC-LP, and the public radio stations WCAI/WNAN, the Cape and Islands affiliates of WGBH. Public -- Or Private? Who are our public intellectuals today? What purpose are they meant to serve, and are they in fact serving it — […]


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Kwame Anthony Appiah: the Cosmopolitan Philosopher

Tue, 10 Jul 2007 07:50:07 +0000

Note: This program was broadcast on WCAI, an affiliate of WGBH, Boston. Kwame Anthony Appiah (Photo: Greg Martin) Princeton Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah discusses cosmopolitanism on ThoughtCast! Born in England and raised in Ghana, Appiah is half English and half African. And perhaps because of this, he’s fascinated with the concept of identity, and the […]


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The End of Our Universe among other timely topics…

Sun, 01 Jul 2007 08:49:25 +0000

Note: this program was broadcast on WGBH‘s sister stations WCAI & WNAN, on Sept. 9, 2007, and picked up by KPVL, a Pacifica station, on July 2, 2013! Alex Vilenkin Want to know how the world is going to end? Just ask Russian cosmologist Alex Vilenkin. If it’s our own universe you’re talking about, well, […]


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Faith and Philosophy with Harvey Cox and Simon Blackburn

Fri, 08 Jun 2007 18:27:29 +0000

Note: this program was broadcast on the WGBH public radio sister stations WCAI/WNAN, on the Cape and Islands, and on WRNC-LP! Harvey Cox Simon Blackburn In this half-hour, ThoughtCast talks with two very different men, with one thing in common — a belief in humanism. Harvey Cox, the renowned Harvard Divinity School Professor and author […]


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Public Media Maverick Jay Allison

Sat, 28 Apr 2007 22:13:39 +0000

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Talks@Harvard Book StoreNote: this program was broadcast on WGBH‘s sister stations WCAI & WNAN, and on KUT News, in Austin, Texas! Jay Allison Jay Allison has egalitarian instincts. He’s a maverick, who’s made it his mission to put the “public” back into public media. As […]


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Astrophysics in Cambridge — at the Planetarium!

Thu, 26 Apr 2007 06:18:22 +0000

Noreen Grice As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, Noreen Grice, the operations coordinator of the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science in Boston, hosted a series of presentations that feature new research in astrophysics taking place in Cambridge. Specifically, she highlighted the work of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, in Kendall Square, as […]


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Marc Hauser on “Moral Minds”

Fri, 20 Apr 2007 12:05:55 +0000

Marc Hauser Note: This interview was broadcast on WCAI/WNAN, and is also featured on WGBH’s Science Luminaries series, as part of WGBH Science City. The provocative Harvard psychologist Marc Hauser recently spoke about “The Evolution of Our Moral Intuitions” at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. This ThoughtCast […]


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Doc Searls!

Fri, 09 Mar 2007 04:16:02 +0000

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Integrated Media Doc Searls Say the word “Doc” and the technorati cognoscenti know exactly who you’re talking about. Doc Searls is the well-known blogger and co-author of the prescient “Cluetrain Manifesto,” which explains how the Internet has transformed corporate marketing. He’s also the senior editor […]


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Henry Jenkins@Beyond Broadcast 2007

Wed, 07 Mar 2007 05:41:29 +0000

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Beyond Broadcast Henry Jenkins Henry Jenkins, director of MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program, talks with ThoughtCast about the path from “participatory culture” to “participatory democracy.” He was the keynote speaker for this year’s Beyond Broadcast conference, held at MIT. He’s also an author, blogger and […]


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The BBC and CBC weigh in…

Wed, 07 Mar 2007 04:21:57 +0000

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Integrated Media Paul Brannan Paul Brannan, the Deputy Editor of BBC News Interactive, offers a candid assessment of the state of public broadcasting here in the US – and back home in London. It seems the BBC’s way ahead of us, as Paul, who spoke […]


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Doug Kaye at the IMA

Tue, 27 Feb 2007 04:26:50 +0000

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Integrated Media Doug Kaye Doug Kaye, who spoke at the 2007 Integrated Media Association conference, is the co-founder of the pioneering podcast on information technology called IT Conversations, the CTO of GigaVox Media, and the CEO of the Conversations Network. But Doug is hardly resting […]


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WNYC’s Bill Swersey on “Open Source”

Mon, 26 Feb 2007 04:38:49 +0000

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Beyond Broadcast Listen Up! WNYC Radio‘s Bill Swersey led a working group at the conference called “Public Radio and Open Source,” which came up with the idea for a watering hole (pubforge.org) where open source developers for public media can discuss problems and share solutions. […]


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Two Questions: Redux

Sun, 25 Feb 2007 02:56:17 +0000

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Integrated Media There's more... Click here: for CPB’s Sondra Russell, WGBH’s Ron Bachman and Chad Davis of KNME. (1:53 minutes). Click here: for Adam Rubin of Public Interactive, NHPR’s Jon Greenberg and Patrick Foster with Public Broadcasting Atlanta. (1:27 minutes). Click here: for Adrianne Mathiowetz […]


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Two Questions

Fri, 23 Feb 2007 05:39:38 +0000

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Integrated Media Hmmm… Number 1: How integrated is your media? Number 2: Is there anything about the way media is being integrated today that concerns you? The answers? Here are the first 8 of 17, all recorded at the 2007 IMA conference in Boston. Click […]


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Integrated Media — are we there yet?

Thu, 22 Feb 2007 09:31:28 +0000

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Integrated Media Henry Becton (courtesy WGBH) WGBH President Henry Becton inaugurated the 2007 Integrated Media Association conference with a talk on the strengths and weaknesses of public broadcasting today. He speaks with ThoughtCast about the definition – and purpose – of public broadcasting, and how […]


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Economist Amartya Sen on “Identity and Violence”

Sun, 19 Nov 2006 09:41:52 +0000

Note: this interview was broadcast on WGBH Radio.  And here’s a PRX review of the program! Amartya Sen Amartya Sen, the distinguished economist, philosopher, Nobel laureate and Harvard professor, talks with ThoughtCast about “Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny.” This new book examines the unfortunate connection between violence and our tendency to identify with […]


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The Future of Public Radio: Part 5

Tue, 26 Sep 2006 08:52:21 +0000

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series The Future of Public RadioThis is the final series of ThoughtCast interviews conducted at the Public Radio Program Directors conference in Philadelphia. Maria Thomas is the VP and general manager of NPR digital media. As such, she oversees the development and distribution of NPR content […]


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The Future of Public Radio: Part 4

Tue, 26 Sep 2006 04:09:43 +0000

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series The Future of Public RadioThis is a continuing series of ThoughtCast interviews conducted at the Public Radio Program Directors conference in Philadelphia.Todd Mundt is one of the Young Turks in public media — he even has an influential blog. Todd recently left Michigan Public Media […]


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The Future of Public Radio: Part 3

Mon, 25 Sep 2006 03:33:44 +0000

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series The Future of Public RadioThis is a continuing series of ThoughtCast interviews conducted at the Public Radio Program Directors conference in Philadelphia. Liliane Landor is the commanding editor of news and current affairs at the BBC World Service. And as a member of the BBC’s […]


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The Future of Public Radio: Part 2

Sat, 23 Sep 2006 07:42:39 +0000

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series The Future of Public RadioThis is a continuing series of ThoughtCast interviews conducted at the Public Radio Program Directors conference in Philadelphia. George Boosey, the program director for North Carolina Public Radio, is a bigwig in public broadcasting. Might he also be a contrarian? Certainly […]


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The Future of Public Radio: Part 1

Wed, 20 Sep 2006 13:26:44 +0000

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series The Future of Public Radio PRPD Annually, public radio programmers from across the nation (and overseas) gather to talk shop. This year, the mood at the Public Radio Program Directors Association conference in Philadelphia was one of concern. With many listeners newly entranced by the […]


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Alan Dershowitz on Preemption and the Hezbollah

Thu, 10 Aug 2006 09:19:12 +0000

Note: this interview was rebroadcast Jan. 21 at 10 pm on WGBH. It has also aired on WCAI/WNAN, WNED, KXOT and KYOU. And here are 2 reviews of this interview on PRX. Alan Dershowitz The controversial Harvard Law professor, author and celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz talks with ThoughtCast about his latest book, “Preemption: A Knife […]


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Beyond Broadcast: more state of mind…

Fri, 26 May 2006 06:44:55 +0000

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Beyond BroadcastA key panelist was Terry Heaton, the president of Donata Communications. He’s part rebel, part businessman, part visionary: (5:30 minutes) Here’s my interview with Jamie Biggar, the young but wise senior developer at WGBH Interactive: (4:30 minutes) Dan Fellini, managing producer, Public Interactive Now […]


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Beyond Broadcast: the state of mind

Wed, 17 May 2006 22:15:37 +0000

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Beyond Broadcast Branching Out I attended the Beyond Broadcast conference at Harvard Law School in in the spring of 2006, and here are some of the participants I grabbed for a quick ThoughtCast interview: For starters, there’s Pat Aufderheide, the director of the Center for […]


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Dan Gillmor on ThoughtCast

Tue, 16 May 2006 19:11:36 +0000

IS THIS US? Dan Gillmor, the influential technology writer and blogger, has recently founded a new initiative called The Center for Citizen Media. Its purpose: to assist in the formation of citizen journalism and other forms of grassroots media. Gillmor, who is now a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard […]


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