Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Harvard psychology professor Stephen Pinker about his book, "The Stuff of Thought." Pinker analyzes how our words relate to thoughts and to the world around us and reveals what this tells us about ourselves.
Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Samantha Hunt author of "The Invention of Everything Else" a novel about Nikola Tesla, the ecentric Serbian inventor known for his revolutionary work with electricity and radio.
Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Anne Elizabeth Moore, author of Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity, a look at the corrosive effects of corporate infiltration of the underground.
Religion scholar Karen Armstrong talks about her book The Bible: A Biography. Armstrong not only describes how, when and by whom the Bible was written, she also examines some 2,000 years of biblical interpretation by bishops and rabbis, scholars and mystics, pietists and critics. The book dispells the fundamentalist notion that only one view of the Bible can be correct.
Today, Kathleen Stephenson talks with Dr. Helen Caldicott, who has devoted the last 35 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop environmental destruction. She'll discuss her current work and her new book, Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer.
The guest is Garth Clark, esteemed critic, dealer and historian. Clark will give a free lecture tonight at 6:30 at PNCA on "How Envy Killed the Crafts Movement: An Autopsy in Two Parts." One of craft’s most influential thinkers, Clark has edited and contributed to over 50 books and is author of over 200 essays and articles. Curator Namita Gupta Wiggers of the Museum of Contemporary Craft will also be part of the interview.
Kathleen Stephenson speaks with artist, author, feminist, educator and intellectual Judy Chicago about overcoming the erasure of women's history and women's achievements, the struggles of women artists today and about her support for bitch Magazine. Chicago will be in Portland on Saturday night for an art auction benefiting bitch magazine.
On the Oct 23 Art Focus the guest is Julie Bernard, out-going host of Art Focus. She talks about her life, her hosting of Art Focus and her vast knowledge of Portland cultural history. Hosted by Tammy Dean and Kathleen Stephenson.
Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with poet, essayist, playwright and screen writer Susan Griffin about her new book Wrestling with Angel of Democracy, the Autobiography of an American Citizen. Griffin is known for her innovative style. Her groundbreaking book Woman and Nature is an extended prose-poem. A Chorus of Stones, the Private Life of War, blends history and memoir as does Wrestling with Angel of Democracy, the Autobiography of an American Citizen her most recent book.
Host Kathleen Stephenson invites guests Karyn Jones of G.A.S.P. and Richard Condit, Senior Counsel for the Government Accountability Project (GAP) to talk about burning American Chemical Weapons of Mass Destruction stockpiled in Umatilla, Washington.
Jacques Boyreau, curator of the Eco-Sicko Series at the Northwest Film Center, talks about the series that features four dark, poetic and prophetic movies in sync with the escalating breakdown of our world. The films are Paris, Texas; Videodrome; Zabriskie Point; and Ace in the Hole. The series starts with a free Eco-Sicko Party at the Mission Theater Pub on Thursday, December 4th, at 7PM and continues at the Film Center through Sunday, the 7th.
Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Heidi Boisvert, media manager at Breakthrough, a group which promotes human rights by developing new media including downloadable games. Boisvert helped to create the game ICED or I Can End Deportation to spark dialogue and create awareness of unfair U.S. immigration policies.
Lew Daly, co-author with Gar Alperovitz of "Unjust Deserts: How the Rich Are Taking Our Common Inheritance and Why We Should Take It Back," discusses wealth creation, income redistribution and moral philosophy.
Lew Daly is a Senior Fellow at Demos and the author of "God and the Welfare State."
Michelle and Kathleen host a quick look at recent really good non-fiction books, many political. The show includes short samples of interviews with authors on a variety of topics including the redistribution of wealth, voluntary simplicity, surviving a right-wing fundamentalist reform school and facts and fictions of the human species.
The topic is "The Future." The guest is Catlin Gable teacher Mark Lawton, who presented the findings of his year-long foray into the field of future studies and its implications for education on Tuesday, February 24, at 7 p.m. in the Cabell Center on the school campus, 8825 SW Barnes Rd.
Lawton believes that in today's fast-paced world, students must learn critical thinking skills, and that they must apply those skills in forecasting and preparing for the dramatic changes that are coming. "If you create plausible scenarios for the future, your organization will be ready to adapt, no matter what happens." says Lawton. "And if you are forward thinking, you can shape the future you want instead of just responding to what happens."
Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with writer Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson about his latest book, "The Face on Your Plate: The Truth about Food."
Masson is a writer who lives with his family in New Zealand. He has been a professor at several universities in Canada and America. After serving as Projects Director of the Sigmund Freud Archives, he wrote a series of books critical of psychiatry and therapy.
Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews best-selling author Meg Wollitzer about her recent novel,The Ten Year Nap. It's about the lives of women who opt out of the professional world to have kids and never go back. Meg Wollitzer's novels include: Sleepwalking; This Is Your Life; Surrender, Dorothy; and The Wife. She lives in New York City.
Jeff Goodell, author of "Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future" and contributing editor at "Rolling Stone" discusses the importance of ending America's overreliance on coal-fired power.
John Maher, an organizer with the 3rd Annual Gorge Artists Open Studios, talks about their event on Saturday and Sunday May 2nd and 3rd. The tour is an opportunity to meet artists and learn how and why the make their art. The tour includes photographers, painters, sculptors, fabric artists, woodworkers, guitar guilders and jewelers from Stevenson to Goldendale.
Kathleen Stephenson interviews long time peace activist Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence who discusses her reactions to President Obama's December 1st speech on the future of the war in Afghanistan. Kelly is an author, a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and one one of the founding members of
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Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Susan Douglas about her new book, Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism's Work Is Done. Douglas exposes popular images of women in the media as mere fantasies of female power, assuring women and girls that the battle for equality has been won, so there’s nothing wrong with resurrecting sexist stereotypes—all in good fun, of course.
Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Tim Wise about his recent article "Imagine: Protest, Insurgency and the Workings of White Privilege" on redroom.com. (The article was incorrectly titled "Imagine if the Tea Party Was Black” on Alternet.) Tim Wise is one of the most prominent anti-racist writers and activists in the U.S. He has spoken on hundreds of college campuses around the nation. He has provided anti-racism trainings to many, many groups throughout the country.
Kathleen Stephenson speaks with guest Bill Morgan, author of The Typewriter is Holy: The Complete Uncensored History of the Beat Generation, which explores the enduring revolutionary appeal of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and WilliamS. Burroughs and brings to light lesser known Beat artists like Alan Ansen and Joanne Kyger. Morgan is the author and editor of more than a dozen books about the Beat writers.
Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Robert Michael Pyle, the author of fourteen books, including Chasing Monarchs, Where Bigfoot Walks, and Wintergreen, which won the John Burroughs Medal. A Yale-trained ecologist and a Guggenheim fellow, he is a full-time writer living in southwestern Washington. He'll talk about his new book, Mariposa Road, which tracks his search for as many of the 800 American butterflies as he can find. Like Pyle’s classic Chasing Monarchs, Mariposa Road recounts his adventures, high and low, in tracking down butterflies in his own low-tech, individual way.
Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Leslie Marmon Silko, a former professor of English and fiction writing and the author of novels, short stories, essays, poetry, articles, and filmscripts. She has won prizes, fellowships, and grants from such sources as the National Endowment for the Arts and The Boston Globe.
Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Kenneth Sharpe, co-author with Barry Schwartz of Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing. In the book, Schwartz and Sharpe make a reasoned appeal for wisdom in a world gone mad with ineffectual rules and rampant bureaucracy: from doctors too bogged down with insurance paperwork and quotas to give patients the time they deserve, to teachers too focused on standardized tests to ensure that their students are really learning.
Local attorney Steven Goldberg talks about being part of a recent delegation of lawyers and academics to Tunisia. The members of the group from the US, UK and Turkey have been investigating US and European complicity in human rights abuses committed by the Ben Ali regime and will be making strong recommendations to their respective governments to allow the Tunisian revolution to develop into a genuine democracy. The group wanted to show support for the revolution in Tunisia, explore the involvement of Western governments with the prior Ben-Ali regime and try to understand the changes which are happening in the Middle East.
The guest is Wayne Pacelle, President of the Humane Society of the United States, and author of the new book, The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them. Pacelle will discuss the deep links of the human-animal bond as wll as the conflicting implulses that have led us to betray this bond through widespread and systemic cruelty to animals.
Ann Crittenden talks about the 10th anniversary of her bestselling book The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued. Ann shows how mothers are systematically disadvantaged and made dependent by a society that exploits those who perform its most critical work. Although women have been liberated, mothers have not.
Ann's Portland Event: What is the Price of Motherhood?
Steve Berry, best-selling author, professor and author of historical thrillers, talks about his work, his teaching andHistory Matters, a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding the preservation of our heritage that he and his wife founded.
Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with conservation biologist Thor Hanson about his book "Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle." Hanson says, "Their sheer diversity of form and function make feathers unique from waterproofing to flight, insulation and colorful display." He'll talk about the debate about how feathers evolved and how scientists are studying feathers to gain insights into their many valuable qualities and functions.
The guests are members of the Chiapas Photography Project (CPP) which currently hosts 2 Maya women photographers and the director of the project in the Portland area for lectures and workshops. Their photos offer a privileged look at family, home and village life today. Their lectures and workshops build cross cultural understanding while encouraging pride in ethnic identity.