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When Civilization Collapsed

Feb 20, 2016

A sophisticated global world of trade and diplomacy flourished 3,000 years ago - stretching from Egypt to Babylon- and then came crashing down. Archeologist Eric Cline says a "perfect storm" of calamaties led to the collapse of the Late Bronze Age. He points out that we face many of the same challenges today.

"Every Empire Eventually Falls"

Feb 20, 2016

National security, civil liberties, terrorism...those issues obsessed Romans 2,000 years ago just as they obsess us today. Renowned classicist Mary Beard says we have lots to learn from Ancient Rome, including insights into how empires rise and fall.

Reclaiming Ancient Virtues

Feb 20, 2016

Have we lost sight of ancient virtues like courage, compassion and truth?  Mark Edmundson thinks we have, and he says we'd do well to read Homer, Plato and the ancient sages.

When Civilization Collapsed

Feb 20, 2016

A sophisticated global world of trade and diplomacy flourished 3,000 years ago - stretching from Egypt to Babylon- and then came crashing down. Archeologist Eric Cline says a "perfect storm" of calamaties led to the collapse of the Late Bronze Age. He points out that we face many of the same challenges today.

Reclaiming Ancient Virtues

Feb 20, 2016

Have we lost sight of ancient virtues like courage, compassion and truth?  Mark Edmundson thinks we have, and he says we'd do well to read Homer, Plato and the ancient sages.

"Every Empire Eventually Falls"

Feb 20, 2016

National security, civil liberties, terrorism...those issues obsessed Romans 2,000 years ago just as they obsess us today. Renowned classicist Mary Beard says we have lots to learn from Ancient Rome, including insights into how empires rise and fall.

Plato in Palestine

Feb 20, 2016

Carlos Fraenkel wanted to take philosophy out into the streets, so he met with students at Palestinian and Egyptian universities, and found that Plato, Maimonides and other great philosophers can open up a culture of conversation and debate.

Public Shaming on the Internet

Feb 19, 2016

Jon Ronson talks about the renaissance of public shaming that's happening online.

Public Shaming on the Internet

Feb 19, 2016

Jon Ronson talks about the renaissance of public shaming that's happening online.

Battling Loneliness In The Big City

Feb 13, 2016

After writer Olivia Laing relocated to New York from England, she quickly discovered how lonely you can feel in crowd. Still reeling after a breakup and struggling to adapt to a new country, she turned to artists like Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, and David Wojnarowicz to better understand how you can still feel isolated in a city teeming with millions of people.

Calculus of Love - John and Julie Gottman

Feb 13, 2016

Psychologists John and Julie Gottman are famous for being able to predict with 94% accuracy whether a couple will break up, stay together unhappily, or stay together happily. In their Love Lab, they've identified hidden patterns of behavior that can strengthen or weaken relationships. If we'd known the secret to a good marriage was non-linear differential equations, we might have paid more attention in math class.

A Solo Walk Halfway Across the Globe

Feb 13, 2016

In 2010, explorer Sarah Marquis set out on a solo walk from Siberia to Australia. Over the course of three years and 10,000 miles, she braved subzero temperatures and sandstorms, and was harassed by drunk nomads and drug dealers. She writes about the adventure in a new book called "Wild By Nature."

A Loners' Manifesto

Feb 13, 2016

While some people hate spending time alone, for others it's a desired state of being. Writer Anneli Rufus considers herself among these happy loners.

Why is it that certain people bounce back after a relationship ends, whereas for others it takes years to recover? Graduate researcher Lauren Howe says it has to do with the stories we tell ourselves.

The Value Of Solitude

Feb 13, 2016

For writer and educator Parker Palmer, solitude is essential to recharging and gaining new perspective on life. He's just returned from a week-long retreat in the winter woods of Wisconsin, and stopped by our studio to talk about what what he gains from being alone.

Getting Wild In the Suburbs

Feb 13, 2016

Kirk Lynn's debut novel "Rules for Werewolves" is the story of a group of young, homeless, angry kids running from their families and roaming the suburbs of Los Angeles like a pack of wolves. He says the story was partially inspired by his own experience breaking into homes during his wild teenage years.

Battling Loneliness In The Big City

Feb 13, 2016

After writer Olivia Laing relocated to New York from England, she quickly discovered how lonely you can feel in crowd. Still reeling after a breakup and struggling to adapt to a new country, she turned to artists like Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, and David Wojnarowicz to better understand how you can still feel isolated in a city teeming with millions of people.

The Value Of Solitude

Feb 13, 2016

For writer and educator Parker Palmer, solitude is essential to recharging and gaining new perspective on life. He's just returned from a week-long retreat in the winter woods of Wisconsin, and stopped by our studio to talk about what what he gains from being alone.

Getting Wild In the Suburbs

Feb 13, 2016

Kirk Lynn's debut novel "Rules for Werewolves" is the story of a group of young, homeless, angry kids running from their families and roaming the suburbs of Los Angeles like a pack of wolves. He says the story was partially inspired by his own experience breaking into homes during his wild teenage years.

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.

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