Featured This Month
Known as "the man who would cure the world," Paul Farmer works to provide first world health care for third world peoples and co-founded the worldwide organization Partners in Health. Author of "To Repair the World" and "Pathologies of Power Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor," Farmer was also the subject of Tracy Kidder's "Mountains Beyond Mountains." Dr. Farmer talks here with Dean Nelson, founder of the Writer's Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University. Recorded on 04/09/2014.
Believe it or not, violence has been in decline for long stretches of time, and we may be living in the most peaceful era in our species existence. Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker presents the data supporting this surprising conclusion, and explains the trends by showing how changing historical circumstances have engaged different components of human nature. Recorded on 02/04/2014.
Are all religions simply different ways up the same mountain? Or is the key to religious tolerance found in better understanding differences? In "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World," New York Times best-selling author and religion scholar Stephen Prothero argues that persistent attempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlook the distinct problem that each tradition seeks to solve. Delving into the different problems and solutions that Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Confucianism, Yoruba Religion, Daoism and Atheism strive to combat, provides a guide to the questions human beings have asked for millennia-and to the disparate paths we are taking to answer them today.
Director Ivan Reitman and producers Tom Pollock and Joe Medjuck discuss their new film "Draft Day" starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner. On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he's willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL.
How are obscenity and indecency officially defined and what does it mean the current digital age? How are policies different for adult films and why is the first amendment applied differently? Panelists: Peter Alilunas, University of Michigan; Cynthia Chris, College of Staten Island, CUNY; Jeffrey J. Douglas, Board Chairman, Free Speech Coalition; Diane Duke, Executive Director, Free Speech Coalition Mark Kernes, Adult Video News; Daniel Linz, University of California, Santa Barbara. Moderated by Constance Penley, UC Santa Barbara.
Sharing Julia Child’s Appetite for Life with Noël Riley Fitch -- Dinner in the Library -- The Library Channel
Internationally recognized biographer Noel Riley Fitch offers some food for thought in "Sharing Julia Child's Appetite for Life," the title of her keynote address to the annual Dinner at the Library at UC San Diego. Fitch gives a revealing look into how Child's passion for French cuisine made her a culinary icon to generations of Americans. Fitch is the only biographer exclusively authorized by Julia Child; her other subjects include fellow expatriates to Paris Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Beach and Anais Nin.