How to be happy
Happiness is a choice you make. So writes author John Leland who reflects on the timeless subject in his new book Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons From a Year Among the Oldest Old, (based on his New York Times series. The question to ponder is: Can we really just choose to be happy? 😊
Good and Mad: How Women’s Anger is Reshaping America
Rebecca Traister, author and NY magazine journalist, examines the history of feminism and the #Metoo movement in the light of recent political events in Washington and beyond. Recorded October 1, 2018 POSTER Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger is an exploration into the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political … Continue reading Good and Mad: How Women’s Anger is Reshaping America →
Learning to Look
Boston Globe art critic Sebastian Smee and Paul Tucker, curator of the Monet exhibitions at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts discuss the ways that looking at a work of art can open it up to reveal a rich web of information about the work itself, its maker and the society in which it was created. How does a work of art become meaningful for the beholder? Where can that appreciation lead the ordinary person?
Resilience: From PTSD to Hurricane Sandy
Psychiatrists Steven Southwick of Yale and Dennis Charney of Mount Sinai tell the stories of POWs, 9/11 survivors, and ordinary people with debilitating diseases or grievous personal losses. Weaving together the results of modern neurobiological research and the insights of two decades of clinical work with trauma survivors, Southwick and Charney identify ways to help individuals become more resilient.
The late essayist-physician Oliver Sacks memorably reflected at Cambridge Forum on music and its mysterious relationship to the brain In his book, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Sacks argued that music is essential to being human in ways that have only begun to be understood.
Is Capitalism Devouring Democracy?
The provocative and controversial ex-Greek finance minister of Greece and Professor of Economics at the University of Athens, Yanis Varoufakis, considers the need for a radically new way of thinking about the economy, and capitalism.
Columbus: The Four Voyages
Biographer Laurence Bergreen retraces the voyages of Christopher Columbus, placing the 15th century explorer into the context of the Age of Discovery. What were the political, moral, and economic costs of his four voyages? How significant was his achievement in his own time? What accounts for his lasting fame? Recorded November 2, 2011 Download audio file (CF-COLUMBUS-FOUR-VOYAGES.mp3)
Deadly Double Helix
Danielle Allen, Director of the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, discusses her new memoir “CUZ”. The book documents the events which conspired to cause the untimely death of her young cousin, Michael, on the streets of Los Angeles in 2009. A “deadly double helix” of narcotics and street gangs ultimately entrapped her cousin, as … Continue reading Deadly Double Helix →