Producer Picks

The Religion of No Religion
In 1962, Michael Murphy and Richard Price started the Esalen Institute on the cliffs of Big Sur in northern California. Since then, it's been a retreat for spiritual and intellectual...
Nic Pizzolatto on the Inspiration and Origins of True Detective
This weekend, HBO’s gritty and poetic True Detective embarked on its second season. We're revisiting an interview with creator, writer and executive producer Nic Pizzolatto, who talked with us...
Learn to Be Lazy - You Might Feel Better
According to philosopher Lars Svensen, the reason you feel so burnt out isn't your job—it's your free time. He advocates learning how to be lazy again.
Running (and Crawling) Through a Job in a Retail Warehouse
Every day, millions of us shop online, adding items to our virtual shopping carts and then hitting send. It's easy. But as journalist Mac McClelland found out, getting those orders from the...
Christie Watson on her novel 'Where Women Are Kings'
Christie Watson's latest novel, "Where Women Are Kings," tells the story of a couple who adopt a seven-year old Nigerian boy named Elijah. The young child has a history of child abuse and violent...
On Our Minds: Dean Bakopoulos' New Novel
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One of this summer's hot new reads is Dean Bakopoulos' new novel, "Summerlong."  It's the story of Claire and Don Lowry.  They've been married for a long time.  And they're now back in the college...
The Fanciful and True Story of an Elephant Crossing a Mountain
It was 1551, and Archduke Maximilian got a wonderous wedding gift from King João III of Portugal: an elephant named Solomon. "Dear Committe Members" author Julie Schumacher recommends...
Remembering Ornette Coleman, the Philosopher-Saxophonist who Changed Jazz Forever
Ornette Coleman, legendary jazz saxophonist, died Thursday morning. He was 85. Coleman rose to prominence in 1959 with his unique ear for melody and an extraordinary degree of freedom he gave his...
Annie Duke on the Life Lessons of Poker
Annie Duke won the 2006 World Series of Poker, and knows a thing or two about luck vs. skill. In this interview, she talks about how her poker knowledge can translate to other aspects of life.
On Our Minds: The Eurozone Crisis
European leaders are once again trying to hash out an agreement with Greece to resolve its debt crisis. If a deal isn’t reached, Greece could leave, or be removed from, the Eurozone. That could ...

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