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Healthcare: in the post-game booth with James Morone

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

"Show him a poltical near-death experience, and this guy rallies!" James Morone has been telling us all along that healthcare politics was peculiarly...

Keeping Up With the Kierkegaardians

Tom Morris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

Feel free to become a bit more philosophical about the shows you watch on TV, the movies you see, the music you listen to, the things you read, and what you see in the world around you as you move through the day.

A Boston Public HS for Artists, Scholars & Citizens

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Lydon

For 20-plus years Linda Nathan has been showing me the peaks of effort, originality, achievement and humanity! that are possible in big-city public sc...

Small Talk Is for Small Minds. Think About It.

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
John Shore

"Do you know why you're not happier?" I recently said to my mailman. It was the first time we'd ever spoken. "Because you don't ask people questions like the one I just asked you."

Arundhati Roy's Version of Disaster in "This Year of India"

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

Arundhati Roy is giving us "the other side of the story" in this "Year of India" at Brown University and elsewhere. Media consumers in the US don't g...

Kai Bird on Israel-Palestine: Cancel the Apocalypse (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

Kai Bird, as a Pulitzer-grade biographer and historian, is drawn to the apocalyptic. He's been "obsessed with things atomic," as he says -- with bomb...

A Talking Cure

Jane Isay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jane Isay

Whether they take place in the ladies' room, or on a walk together, breaking bread, or chatting in the phone, meaningful conversations -- not small talk -- make us happier.

Pakistan's Chronic Crisis with Itself

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

In this "Year of India" at Brown, we are talking again about the Pakistan question next door -- about India's nuclear-armed neighbor and sibling, on the verge, some say, of meltdown.

Amartya Sen: The Open India (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

Amartya Sen, when I ask about this "Year of India," quips that the biggest change in the "new" India is in our non-Indian heads. Meaning: that common...

An Open Letter To Glenn Beck: Social Justice And The Gospel

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Glenn, could you please dispense with the personal attacks and get to the substance of what you and I are saying about social justice? Let's have a conversation about whether social justice "is a perversion of the Gospel," as you say, or at the heart of the Gospel, as I say.

Question Everything

Bettina Korek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bettina Korek

As the invisible structures which produce mass reality are beginning to shift, artists like Mark Bradford and Rick Lowe provide important reminders that "seeing is not understanding."

Bridging the Partisan Divide Through 'Intentional' Conversation

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

It may not be possible to wave a magic wand to dissolve all the substantive differences between the parties, but it is possible to restore some civil discourse to Congress -- and hopefully to the country.

Yehudi Wyner's life in music: composer with piano hands

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Christopher Lydon

Yehudi Wyner is an approachable guy in a forbidding field: contemporary "serious" music. He gives us an opening here to ask where new sounds come fr...

Ghana Speaks (V): The Radio Voices of Cape Coast

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

An underlying question through this experimental week in Ghana is: what more would it take to podcast conversations as direct as these from India, or ...

Ghana Speaks (IV): ... and Koo Nimo plays guitar and sings

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

It is 7:30 a.m. on the last Saturday in January, a warm winter morning in Ghana, and we are privileged to be hanging out for an hour of music and a fe...

Ghana Speaking (III): Kofi Sam's Model of African Self-Sufficiency

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

West Africa can provide the essentials for itself (food, clothing, shelter and healthcare) if only it first licks a second AIDS crisis -- the Acquired Import Dependency Syndrome.

SOLDIER TO POET: An Exchange

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Muske-Dukes

We cannot get away from the romanticism of war -- indeed, we romanticize it every day, even as we curse the notion. And this war is epic, to be sure. Think back to the first act in this play.

This Valentine's Day, Give the Gift of Conversation

Joan Malin | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joan Malin

Open conversations about sex are some of the most important aspects of a relationship. So this Valentine's Day, how can you make these conversations easier on yourself and your partner?

7 Reasons Why Sex Is Better After 60

Jim Selman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

But I think it's more than just the pills and the lubricants that make sex in our second half such a wonderful activity. Our Elders have finally figured it out--and they're having the best sex of their lives.

WATCH : Linchpin Author Seth Godin "We All Live In Detroit"

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lee Stranahan

Politicians of both parties use the issue of unemployment as a political football and set the terms of most of our media discussion of the issue of jo...

Balanced Life -- Eight Tips To Know If You're Being Boring

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

Once you're talking, how do you know if the other person is interested in your conversation - or not? One challenge is that the more socially adept a person is, the better he or she is at hiding boredom.

What Do You Really Want to Ask Oliver Stone?

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Robert Greenwald

Film, politics, controversy... you name it, he's been there. So what do you want to ask Oliver Stone? Tell us your questions in the comments, and we'll post and pick the most popular ones.

Civil Discourse And The Intentional Conversation

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Hoyt Hilsman

What is an Intentional Conversation? Stated simply: It is a structured conversation with no purpose other than the conversation itself.

It Can't Hurt to Ask: 15 Conversations to Have with Your Parents

Leslie Gilbert-Lurie | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Leslie Gilbert-Lurie

Even a couple hours spent exploring the past with a parent could provide new and deeper appreciation and understanding.

A Psychiatrist, Executive Coach And FBI Hostage Negotiation Trainer Provides The Secret To Getting Through To Anyone

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

Have you noticed that the pace of our society seems to get faster all the time? People report having less in-depth, meaningful conversations, yet have more breadth of connection.