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Tord Gustavsen's Sacred Music

Jun 4, 2016

Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen is a leading figure in Scandinavian jazz, famous for his meditative, almost prayful music. In his latest recording, he's collaborated with singer Simin Tander to reinterpret Norwegian church hymns and the poems of the Sufi mystic Rumi.

Tord Gustavsen's Sacred Music

Jun 4, 2016

Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen is a leading figure in Scandinavian jazz, famous for his meditative, almost prayful music. In his latest recording, he's collaborated with singer Simin Tander to reinterpret Norwegian church hymns and the poems of the Sufi mystic Rumi.

The Woman Who Never Forgets

May 29, 2016

Suppose you could remember every day of your life. Would that be a blessing or a curse? For Jill Price it's been a burden. She has a very rare form of memory that gives her nearly total recall.

The Science of Remembering

May 29, 2016

Memory is a hot topic in neuroscience, and it turns out the context of our memories is as important as the event itself. Dartmouth neuroscientist Jeremy Manning has found that people can intentionally forget past experiences by changing how they think about the context of their memories.

War, Peace and Historical Memory

May 29, 2016

You've heard the saying, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Journalist David Rieff thinks that's rubbish, and he says if you want peace, it's sometimes better to forget historical crimes than try to get justice.

Simon Critchley on Memory Palaces

May 29, 2016

Before the Internet, a good memory wasn't just useful; it was prized as a sign of intelligence. And there were memory geniuses who developed mental tricks for storing information. Philosopher and novelist Simon Critchley delves into the fascinating history of the memory palace, which once promised almost God-like wisdom.

How Embarrassing!

May 29, 2016

Have you ever had something happen to you that's SO embarrassing.... you wish could forget it? Well, listen to these truly humiliating stories.

Meg Leta Jones on the Right to be Forgotten

May 29, 2016

Suppose you drank too much at that party last night and some embarrassing pictures of you got posted on Facebook. Do you have a right to delete them? In Europe, you now have that legal right. But Georgetown University's Meg Jones says Americans are still sorting out conflicting demands for privacy and free speech in the digital age.

Whit Stillman on Jane Austen

May 29, 2016

Jane Austen abandoned her novel "Lady Susan," but filmmaker Whit Stillman has revivied it - in a new film and novel, both called "Love and Friendship." He talks about why he loves Austen and the 18th century.

How Embarrassing!

May 28, 2016

Have you ever had something happen to you that's SO embarrassing.... you wish could forget it? Well, listen to these truly humiliating stories.

Simon Critchley on Memory Palaces

May 28, 2016

Before the Internet, a good memory wasn't just useful; it was prized as a sign of intelligence. And there were memory geniuses who developed mental tricks for storing information. Philosopher and novelist Simon Critchley delves into the fascinating history of the memory palace, which once promised almost God-like wisdom.

Philosopher David Benatar argues that its time we paid more attention to gender discrimination against men.  He's the author of "The Second Sexism."

It was a snowy day. Susan B. Anthony invited Frederick Douglass to tea.  Author Dean Robbins reads from "Two Friends," his new picture for kids.

The Rediscovery of Nina Simone

Mar 13, 2016

Nina Simone's powerful voice and turbulent life are the subjects of an Oscar-nominated documentary, a new biography and a forthcoming Hollywood biopic.  But it's her politics that speaks most forcefully to a new generation of African American activists.  Biographer Alan Light talks about the incandescent soul singer and Black Power icon.

The Real Louisa May Alcott

Mar 13, 2016

Louisa May Alcott was no "little woman".  Biographer Harriet Reisen uncovers the fierce feminist behind "Little Women".

Single women are the most potent political force in America today. Rebecca Traister explains why young millenial women are delaying marriage -- just as Susan B. Anthony predicted.

As Planned Parenthood looks ahead to its centennial in October 2016, Ellen Feldman's "Terrible Virtue" gives us a captivating portrait of the organization's resolute founder, Margaret Sanger. 

As Planned Parenthood looks ahead to its centennial in October 2016, Ellen Feldman's "Terrible Virtue" gives us a captivating portrait of the organization's resolute founder, Margaret Sanger. 

The Rediscovery of Nina Simone

Mar 12, 2016

Nina Simone's powerful voice and turbulent life are the subjects of an Oscar-nominated documentary, a new biography and a forthcoming Hollywood biopic.  But it's her politics that speaks most forcefully to a new generation of African American activists.  Biographer Alan Light talks about the incandescent soul singer and Black Power icon.

Philosopher David Benatar argues that its time we paid more attention to gender discrimination against men.  He's the author of "The Second Sexism."

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