Producer Picks

Remembering E.L. Doctorow
E.L. Doctorow, celebrated author of inventive, historical fiction, passed away yesterday in Manhattan from complications from lung cancer. He was 84.
Keija Parssinen on her novel "The Unraveling of Mercy Louis"
“The Unraveling of Mercy Louis" tells the fascinating story of a community that’s nearly torn apart following the discovery of an abandoned baby in a dumpster. A witch hunt ensures and the girls at a...
The Private Life and Lost Manuscript of Harper Lee
Some 58 years after it was initially submitted to her literary agent, Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman was released today amidst some controversy. As you prepare to read Watchman, or don’t, have a...
Healing the Mind Through the Body - Rethinking How We Treat PTSD
Bessel Van Der Kolk is an internationally recognized leader in the field of trauma research. For more than a decade he's been championing a technique know as "eye movement desensitization...
Fighting Fat Shaming — One Blog Post at a Time
Brittany Gibbons has been called fat for most of her life, but now she's a leading advocate for the body acceptance movement. She has denounced body shaming on news shows and podcasts. She...
The Declaration of Independence: The Ultimate Self-Help Guide
Danielle Allen is a political philosopher who has taught the Declaration of Independence in some of our nation’s most elite private universities. But when teaching the Declaration in a night school...
The Happy Buddhist: Why the Dalai Lama Matters
The Dalai Lama turns 80 today. He’s a unique global leader - not only the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, but also the de facto ambassador for Buddhism around the world. But what’s the Dalai...
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.

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