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A thoughtful and penetrating interview magazine featuring nationally and internationally-known guests whose passion for new ideas challenge and engage.

The Hindus: An Alternative History

Feb 7, 2016

American Wendy Doniger holds two doctorates in Sanskrit and Indian studies from Harvard and Oxford. She’s the author of numerous books on Hinduism and has translated several Sanskrit texts. She’s widely considered one of the most important scholars on Indian religion in the world. So it might surprise you that there is one country in the world she can’t visit: India.

The Hindus: An Alternative History

Feb 7, 2016

American Wendy Doniger holds two doctorates in Sanskrit and Indian studies from Harvard and Oxford. She’s the author of numerous books on Hinduism and has translated several Sanskrit texts. She’s widely considered one of the most important scholars on Indian religion in the world. So it might surprise you that there is one country in the world she can’t visit: India.

The Canadian surrealist sketch comedy trio, The Vestibules, with their brilliant commercial parody, "Laurence Olivier for Diet Coke."

Soda Politics

Feb 5, 2016

Marion Nestle is a long-time food industry activist and the author of "Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)." She explains why sodas are about race and class in America.

Why Football Matters

Feb 5, 2016

With the Carolina Panthers facing off against the Denver Broncos in Superbowl 50, football is on our minds this week. And for many of the millions of fans who tune in every Sunday to watch their favorite teams compete, football is little more than a weekly ritual. For English professor Mark Edmundson, the football field is a staging ground for some of life's most important lessons.

The Secret History of Soft Drinks

Feb 5, 2016

Did you know that 7 Up was originally called Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda?  Good thing they changed the name.  That's one of the fascinating facts from Tristan Donovan's book, "Fizz: How Soda Shook Up the World." Donovan takes us on a guided tour of the secret history of fizzy water.

Coke and Cocaine

Feb 5, 2016

Onwe of the most enduring questions about Coke is does it contain 

Coca-Cola Capitalism

Feb 5, 2016

How did the Coca-Cola Company become such a powerhouse? Bart Elmore's the guy to ask. He's the author of an environmental history called "Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism."

Coke and Cocaine

Feb 5, 2016

Onwe of the most enduring questions about Coke is does it contain 

The Canadian surrealist sketch comedy trio, The Vestibules, with their brilliant commercial parody, "Laurence Olivier for Diet Coke."

The Secret History of Soft Drinks

Feb 5, 2016

Did you know that 7 Up was originally called Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda?  Good thing they changed the name.  That's one of the fascinating facts from Tristan Donovan's book, "Fizz: How Soda Shook Up the World." Donovan takes us on a guided tour of the secret history of fizzy water.

Coca-Cola Capitalism

Feb 5, 2016

How did the Coca-Cola Company become such a powerhouse? Bart Elmore's the guy to ask. He's the author of an environmental history called "Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism."

Reclaiming Africa

Jan 30, 2016

Africa needs to reclaim its history and its technology, says Clapperton Mavhunga, a native of Zimbabwe who's a professor in MIT's Program in Science, Technology and Society. He says the traditional hunt is a great example of how Africans have passed on generations of knowledge.

The Eternal Moment

Jan 30, 2016

Wade Davis has been called the Indiana Jones of anthropology. He's traveled deep into the Amazon rain forest to meet shamans; he's investigated Haitian zombies; he's climbed high into the Tibetan mountains to photograph snow leopards. He says indigenous people have a fundamentally different way of seeing the world than we do in modern society.

Talking to Plants

Jan 30, 2016

Botanist Robin Kimmerer describes her field experiments as like interviewing a plant. She believes nature is full of living beings - rocks and water as well as plants and animals. As both a Ph.D biologist and a member of the Potawatomi Naiton, she's trying to reconcile modern science with the wisdom of her Native elders.

Composer Philip Glass says he was transported by "The Wayfinders" - Wade Davis' celebration of indigenous cultures.

How to Chop, Stack and Burn Wood

Jan 30, 2016

You'd never think a book about chopping and burning wood would turn into a runaway bestseller, but Lars Mytting's "Norwegian Wood" is a publishing sensation in Scandinavia. Lars gathers the collected wisdom on everything from how to build a smokeless fire to the art of choosing a husband based on his wood pile.

Hmong Knives

Jan 30, 2016

Traditional knowledge can surface in the most unlikely places. Take La Crosse, Wisconsin, where many Hmong people settled after the Vietnam War. Master blacksmith Tong Khai Vang and his apprentice and translator Kong Mong Yang show us the art of turning hot metal into Hmong knives.

The Eternal Moment

Jan 30, 2016

Wade Davis has been called the Indiana Jones of anthropology. He's traveled deep into the Amazon rain forest to meet shamans; he's investigated Haitian zombies; he's climbed high into the Tibetan mountains to photograph snow leopards. He says indigenous people have a fundamentally different way of seeing the world than we do in modern society.

How to Chop, Stack and Burn Wood

Jan 30, 2016

You'd never think a book about chopping and burning wood would turn into a runaway bestseller, but Lars Mytting's "Norwegian Wood" is a publishing sensation in Scandinavia. Lars gathers the collected wisdom on everything from how to build a smokeless fire to the art of choosing a husband based on his wood pile.

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