Summary: ThoughtCast is a podcast and public radio interview program on authors, academics and intellectuals. I’m the host, Jenny Attiyeh, and my goal is to offer something that is glaringly absent from the media today: a bridge between the publications and pursuits of the academic world and a curious, informed, mainstream audience. By providing detailed, unhurried conversation with current writers and thinkers, I aim to create a show that is both informative and entertaining – a synergy between the media and the ivory tower. Check out my interview with Samuel Huntington, the provocative political scientist and author of "The Clash of Civilizations." Or listen to my program with Ilan Stavans, the hispanic 'public intellectual', author and and Latino literary critic. He talks about his identity as a Mexican-Jewish-American, about his controversial dictionary, "Spanglish," and his new book, "Dictionary Days." And thanks!

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 The End of Our Universe among other timely topics… | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:44

The End of Our Universe with astrophysicist Alex Vilenkin. On ThoughtCast!

 The Mau Mau rebellion — a revisionist history | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 6:51

NOTE: Caroline Elkins is in the news again, with a new book called Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire. In it she continues her searing research into first world abuse and torture of numberless Africans under their colonial control. How does history get rewritten? How do victimizers become victims, and the valiant […]

 Zen and the Art of Writing – with Natalie Goldberg | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:30

Natalie Goldberg, the well-known author and writing teacher, is also a painter and a practitioner of Zen.

 Dancer, Choreographer Ron Brown | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:36

Ron Brown works with his dance company Evidence.

 The North Atlantic Right Whale: Endangered Leviathan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:12

Note: This interview was broadcast on WGBH radio, Boston’s NPR station for news and culture, on April 17, 2011! The endangered North Atlantic Right Whale is probably our closest cetacean neighbor. There are only about 350 of them in total, and they live precariously near to shore, along the Eastern seaboard, in a horrendously busy […]

 Women’s Work at the Bronx Museum of the Arts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3:29

Division of Labor: Women's Work was an exhibition at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in 1995

 Rebecca Goldstein: the atheist with a soul | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:00

ThoughtCast spoke to author and academic Rebecca Goldstein about her novel "36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction".

 The Dan Flavin Art Institute | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3:38

The Dan Flavin Art Institute, overseen by Dia Center for the Arts, is filled with the florescent tubes that made Flavin famous.

 The Peabody Sisters – with biographer Megan Marshall | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:30

The three Peabody sisters, Elizabeth, Mary and Sophia, were key players in the founding of the Transcendentalist movement in the 19th century.

 Dinosaurs on Thoughtcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:15

The dinosaurs return to the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan.

 Poet Robert Pinsky takes on King David | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:30

Note: The WGBH sister stations WCAI and WNAN broadcast this interview, and it also received a 5 star review on PRX! Former poet laureate Robert Pinsky tackles King David of the Bible – the shepherd, poet, warrior and adulterer – in his “Life of David.” Is David a legend? A real, flesh and blood warrior […]

 Words @ Work: The Origins of “Rock” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3:30

What does the word rock mean? Simple enough question. But how did the term originate? Where -- and why? Find out the answer on ThoughtCast.

 Buffalo Dance: A Poem for NPR’s Poetry Month | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29

Buffalo Dance From the secret Kiva past collapse they stomp and sing the story

 Red Hook, Brooklyn, before the Gentrification | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:37

On a beautiful spring day in the mid 1990s, I meandered the streets of Red Hook, when it was still a rundown Brooklyn neighborhood. I met its first art gallery owner, and the two longshoremen who ventured inside.

 Tom Perrotta on Flannery O’Connor — a literary affinity | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Tom Perrotta, author of the novels Mrs. Fletcher, Little Children, Election, The Abstinence Teacher and The Leftovers, speaks with ThoughtCast about a writer who fascinates, irritates and inspires him: Flannery O'Connor.


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