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David Remnick: Does Civil Have to Mean Bland?
In January 2011, The New Yorker editor David Remnick and staff writer Larissa MacFarquhar were the featured speakers...
Alan Rabinowitz and Tom Kaplan: Tyger, Tyger, Burning Faint
Tigers are a whisper away from becoming extinct in the wild. The biggest threat to their survival is...
Noah Feldman: Do You Have a Right Not to Have Health Care?
This week, the Supreme Court hears six hours of argument on whether President Obama’s health care bill is...
Christopher Hitchens: On the Power of the United States
With American leadership around the world recently gaining attention on the campaign trail, this clip from a 2010...
Newt Gingrich: On Citizens United Ruling
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke with journalist Jeff Greenfield at 92Y on May 27th, 2010.
Naomi Wolf: What They Didn’t Teach You in School About the Declaration of Independence
Naomi Wolf, author, activist and a former consultant to Bill Clinton and Al Gore, thinks our government is...
Paul Krugman and David Brancaccio: Toward a Great Society
Paul Krugman of the New York Times and David Brancaccio, host and senior editor of NOW on PBS,...
Cornel West: 40 Years of a Hidden State of Emergency
Occupy Wall Street recently renewed protests in New York and called for supporters to skip work today, part...
Understanding Our World: Bob Schieffer in Conversation with Leonard Lopate
CBS’s Bob Schieffer speaks with WNYC’s Leonard Lapote for a spirited discussion on a variety of topics. They...
Ed Koch on Depression and his Mother Teresa Story
Ed Koch sat down with NY1’s Budd Mishkin to discuss his recent book, The Koch Papers: My Fight...
Ted Sorensen with Ralph Buultjens on the Legacy of J.F.K.
Ted Sorensen, John F. Kennedy’s special counsel, speechwriter and close advisor, talks with foreign affairs expert Ralph Buultjens...
Chuck Hagel on Iraq: “If I Had to Vote Again On That, I’d Vote No”
Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel appeared at 92nd Street Y on March 27th, 2008. On Iraq, Hagel got...
David Rakoff: Don’t Go To College
Award-winning humorist David Rakoff passed away on August 9 at the age of 47. Rakoff was a...
Hillary Clinton with Dan Rather: Living History
Then Senator Hillary Clinton talks with Dan Rather about her best-selling memoir, Living History, and a life in...
Jimmy Carter: A Life of Politics and Philanthropy
Dorothy “Dot” Padgett, author of Jimmy Carter: Elected President with Pocket Change and Peanuts and assistant chief of...