This series features distinguished authors, each recognized in an area of prominence and each uniquely paired with an interviewer.
Great Conversations Previous Broadcasts
Rick Pitino and Joe Nocera (Episode #506)
KQED World: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
Rick Pitino is the only coach to take 3 different schools to the NCAA Final Four; the University of Louisville Cardinals captured that national basketball championship in 2013. Considered one of the most dynamic and successful basketball coaches of our time, he is also the author of four business and leadership books, including his newest book, The One-Day Contract. He is interviewed by Joe Nocera, opinion and business columnist for The New York Times.
Ray Kurzweil and Jim Fleming (Episode #502)
KQED World: Mon, Sep 8, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
Ray Kurzweil's inventions have revolutionized society. The first CCD flatbed scanner, the first print to speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer... these and other innovative contributions make Kurzweil one of the leading inventors of the past two centuries. He is also a revolutionary thinker on the topic of artificial intelligence, contending that humans will eventually become hybrids of biological and non-biological intelligence. Talking with NPR's Jim Fleming, Kurzweil discusses his book "How to Create a Mind: the Secret of Human Thought Revealed," sharing insight into how the human brain evolved and some fascinating predictions about its future.
Steven Pinker (Episode #412)
KQED World: Mon, Sep 1, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
Harvard University professor Steven Pinker talks about his controversial history of violence The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.