November 9, 2023

Chas Freeman on a Kaleidoscopic Turn

Just a month into the ferociously brutal and reckless war in Israel-Palestine, on what feels like a hinge of history—outcomes wildly uncertain—our refuge is Chas...| More
November 2, 2023

Upended Assumptions

In this podcast, two old friends in and out of journalism talk about the Middle East war, which comes to feel more like a contest...| More
October 19, 2023

War and Dread

We are listening in the dark, after a catastrophe yet to be contained: more than 1,000 Israeli civilians killed in a terrorist invasion from Gaza...| More
October 5, 2023

George Eliot’s Marriage Story

The question is marriage. The answer in this podcast is Clare Carlisle’s sparkling book, The Marriage Question: George Eliot’s Double Life. George Eliot, born Marian...| More
September 21, 2023

Zadie Smith on The Fraud

Zadie Smith is a writer who matters, twenty years now after White Teeth, her breakthrough novel when she was just out of college. Her new...| More
September 7, 2023

Henry at Work

It’s Labor Day week, 2023, and Henry David Thoreau is the heart of our conversation. It’s not with him, but it’s driven by his example:...| More
August 24, 2023

The Cosmic Scholar

Harry Smith was the oddest duck you never heard of in the art underground: an unsightly, often obnoxious genius. Only the artists knew him, but...| More
August 10, 2023

Noam Chomsky: American Socrates

It is said about Noam Chomsky that he has been to the study of language what Isaac Newton was to the study of gravity after...| More
July 27, 2023

The Country of the Blind

In The Country of the Blind, where the writer Andrew Leland is guiding our tour, they do things differently. They have their own identity riddles,...| More
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