On Our Minds

Richard Powers is among the 10 authors on the long list for this year’s National Book Award for Fiction. The author of 11 novels, Powers previously won the award in 2006 for...
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Doug here: The inner narcissist in me wants to say that this show is the best radio program about narcissism, probably THE BEST radio show  about anything, that you’ll ever...
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Neuroscientist Sam Harris is on our minds this week.  Harris is best known as one of the guys who helpd lauch the New Atheist movement. So it comes as a surprise to see the...
Cartoonist Alison Bechdel has also been named a MacArthur fellow for 2014. Here's our extended interview with her...
The director of "The Act of Killing," has been named one of the 2014 MacArthur fellows. Here's our interview with Joshua Oppenheimer about his incredible film about political...

What's on This Week

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Nobody wants to be a narcissist -- a relentless, self-loving, self--promoter.  But look at Facebook and Twitter.  We talk about ourselves all the time on social media.  Which...
09.21.2014
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Are you living the American Dream? Or just struggling to get by? Changing the minimum wage, cuts to food stamps, and health care coverage have been all over the news.  What does...

Why Atheists Need Spirituality

 

How do you get an atheist neuroscientist interested in spirituality? For Sam Harris, it started with LSD and other psychedelic drugs. They got him interested in mindfulness, meditation and consciousness. With a new book out called Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, he talked with TTBOOK about atheism and mystery. Click here to read highlights from the interview and hear the audio of the complete conversation.