Podcast

Einstein’s Dreams: Alan Lightman on the Life and Work of Albert Einstein

  Generally considered one of the most influential physicists in history, Albert Einstein’s (1879–1955) groundbreaking theories reshaped the scientific community’s view and…

1 week ago

John Heiss Sounds Out Igor Stravinsky’s Birds, Puppets and Other Musical Tales

  The Russian composer Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971) was one of the most influential composers of the twentieth century. His career spanned…

4 weeks ago

The Evolution of Charles Darwin: John Darnton on the Life and Work of the Father of Evolution

  Charles Darwin (1809–1882) laid the foundations of evolutionary biology through the process of natural selection, which he outlined in…

2 months ago

Freud’s Faults: Frank Sulloway on the Father of Psychoanalysis’s Dubious Methods and Practices

  Although some of his theories are still hotly debated, Sigmund Freud, (May 6, 1856–September 23, 1939) is widely regarded as…

2 months ago

Incompleteness: Rebecca Goldstein on the Life and Work of Kurt Gödel

  Best known for his Incompleteness Theorem, Kurt Gödel (1906–1978) is considered one of the most important mathematicians and logicians of the…

2 months ago

A Life by Design: Kenneth Frampton on the Life and Work of Le Corbusier

  Arguably the most influential architect, designer, and urban planner of the 20th century, Swiss-born Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, 1887–1965), played…

3 months ago

James Flannery: W. B. Yeats’ Poetry Is A “Dialogue Of Self And Soul”

  Irish poet, dramatist, and prose writer, William Butler (W. B.) Yeats (1865–1939), is considered to this day as one of the…

3 months ago

Jaakko Hintikka: Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Groundbreaking “Language Games” are Not Child’s Play

  Thanks to his groundbreaking work in logic, the philosophy of mind, mathematics, and language, as well as two published…

3 months ago

Looking For Hemingway: Gay Talese Talks of Men and Books

  Pulitzer and Nobel-winning writer, Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961) was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, whose simple,…

4 months ago

“Revealing Intimacy”: Michael Patrick Gillespie on James Joyce’s “Profound Sense of the Human Condition”

  The author of such literary classics as Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, James Joyce (1882 – 1941) was one of Ireland's most celebrated novelists…

4 months ago