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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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 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.

 Alan Dershowitz on Preemption and the Hezbollah | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:00

Dershowitz is back in the spotlight, but he's been here before, on ThoughtCast!

 “Why Does the World Exist?” with Jim Holt | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

In his book "Why Does the World Exist?" science writer Jim Holt takes us on a jaunty tour of being and nothingness, existence and emptiness, quantum tunneling and the uncertainty principle - on ThoughtCast!

 Lisa Randall, Harvard physicist | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

WGBH broadcast this ThoughtCast interview, and also featured it on their “Science Luminaries” series, as part of “WGBH Science City.”  It was also broadcast on WCAI/WNAN, public radio stations for the Cape and Islands. Professor Randall is a theoretical particle physicist who sees past the rest of us to a world of extra dimensions and […]

 KCRW’s Michael Silverblatt at the LA Times Book Festival | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

KCRW's Michael Silverblatt, the host of the literary talk show Bookworm, speaks with Jenny Attiyeh at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Silverblatt is the real thing -- an authentic, genuinely interested interviewer who reads not only the latest book his guest has come to discuss, but the writer's entire body of work.

 Chanticleer Backstage on ThoughtCast! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Watch Chanticleer, the celebrated all male vocal ensemble, backstage, on ThoughtCast!

 ThoughtCast Reflects on the Legacy of John McCain | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

ThoughtCast Reflects on the Legacy of John McCain. His performance in the January 2000 New Hampshire Presidential Primary Debate, just weeks before he defeated George W. Bush in that state’s primary – the first in the nation – is worth reviewing.

 John McCain’s Last Stand – on ThoughtCast! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

John McCain, the maverick Republican Senator from Arizona, was diagnosed with brain cancer a year ago now, so there’s not much time left for this remarkably resilient politician to take a final stand. Will McCain live long enough to vote for — or against — Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee? He did vote […]

 Philip Glass creates an opera – on ThoughtCast! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

This documentary, broadcast on WNYC TV, charts the creation of "Les Enfants Terribles", a dance opera by the composer Philip Glass and the choreographer Susan Marshall.

 Lydia Ratcliff: Vermont Farmer, Stubborn Survivor | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Lydia Ratcliff: Vermont Farmer, Stubborn Survivor, on ThoughtCast

 Samuel Huntington — on Immigration and the American Identity | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:08

The remarkable rise of Donald Trump, fueled in large part by his determination to keep immigrants out of his Greatening America, has caused many to re-examine the key concerns of the controversial political scientist Samuel Huntington.


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