November 18, 2021

Darwin’s Successor

The grand master of bug biology E.O. Wilson has always had a way of seeing the big picture in his microscopic science.  Looking at a wall-size projection of the astronauts’...| More
November 11, 2021

Orwell’s Roses

George Orwell rests now with the immortal English writers. But why? For impact and influence, you could argue that Orwell in his novels and essays matched Shakespeare, Milton, Dickens—John Lennon,...| More
November 4, 2021

The Nutmeg’s Curse

Glasgow on the Clyde is not the end of the story, but you can see the end from Glasgow: it’ll be more “blah, blah, blah,” says Greta Thunberg, the merciless...| More
October 28, 2021

A New Day for Boston

Boston politics has taken a turn. The Last Hurrah was 65 years ago – the classic obituary novel about those noisy Irish rascals who ran City Hall for much of...| More
October 21, 2021

The CRISPR Challenge

This show was originally broadcast on March 11, 2021. The CRISPR challenge is back—first to grasp, then how to apply the biggest scientific breakthrough of our century so far. You...| More
October 14, 2021

Prison Playwrights

Prison time can be the strangest interval in a long life: it is experienced, year by year, as a slow-burning hell on earth, often revalued later as productive, enlightening, redemptive...| More
October 7, 2021

Franzen Comes Alive

Jonathan Franzen might just be the last of the fine-grained, big-book portraitists of “the way Middle America lives”—specially the intimate deceptions that family relations are made of. Franzen is a...| More
September 30, 2021

Thoroughly Modern Mozart

Who else could be said to make you smarter, just listening to the sound of his music? Only Mozart, that we know. For 300-and-some years now, he has set the...| More
September 23, 2021

Mann the Magician

Thomas Mann was one of those cultural giants the world doesn’t seem to make anymore—artists with authority, almost as big as their countries, at the level of Mark Twain, say,...| More
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