Next Live Show: Massimo Pigliucci
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Next Live Show: Massimo Pigliucci

A professor of philosophy at City College, he is an outspoken critic of pseudoscience and creationism, and an advocate for secularism and science education. Or maybe it’s the other way around, which would be dramatic if unlikely. Music from David Gracia and his All Ethicist Orchestra. Or something. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7:00 New York Society for Ethical Culture 2 … Continue reading »

Television / Theater

Episode 269: Eric Bogosian

On a Berlin sidewalk in 1921, Soghomon Tehlirian assassinated Talaat Pasha, an architect of the Armenian genocide. Vengence or justice? Actor and writer Eric Bogosian talks about history, identity, and the cultural implications of curly hair. A conversation at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, with music from Zoë Aqua and Mattias Kaufmann. Continue reading »

Scholars

Episode 265: Russell Shorto

Holland’s seventeenth-century emphasis on trade rather than conquest helped build a culture of tolerance: everybody’s money is good. The author of The Island at the Center of the World offers a sort of moral defense of capitalism in a conversation at the Fraunces Tavern Museum: look out the window and see what he’s describing. Music from … Continue reading »

Fiction

Episode 264: Sloane Crosley

Like many funny writers, this essayist and novelist grew up around someone with a highly cultivated sense of humor, in this case her grandmother Nettie. “She was extremely funny. She was sarcastic in a very loving way, which I think is a hard note to hit.” The challenge of being simultaneously funny and sweet. Plus … Continue reading »

business & tech

Episode 263: Eben Bayer

The co-founder and CEO of Ecovative Designs, he  trained as a mechanical engineer but now devises products made from mushrooms. Mushrooms! “If the last century was about electronics,” he says, “ the next century is going to be about biology.” How inventors invent. Plus music from Bendt. How musicians musish. Continue reading »