Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni reads "Poem for Lady Whose Voice I Like"

Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni reads Untitled (For Margaret Danner).

James Schamus

Do intellectuals have any place in Hollywood? James Schamus is a scholar of narrative theory who also runs a movie studio. In this NEW and UNCUT interview, Steve Paulson talks with Focus Features CEO Schamus.  

Will Allen - Will holding fish in Green house #7

In 1993, Will Allen bought a 2-acre plot of land in Milwaukee's inner city.  Today, it's the nation's pre-eminent urban farm.  Growing Power is a working farm that feeds thousands of local residents and helps develop community food systems.  Allen won a MacArthur "genius" grant for his work.  

To The Best Of Our Knowledge

How does a suburban dad with three kids find meaning in Thoreau's "Walden"?   Tom Fate says Thoreau helps us examine a basic question:  How much is enough?

Cheryl Strayed

Devastated at the unexpected death of her morther, Cheryl Strayed embarked on a three-month solo trip along the rugged Pacific Crest Trail. Those 94 days changed her life in ways she could never have imagined. She writes about that transformative time in her memoir "Wild."

tree roots

Biologist David George Haskell spent a year making weekly visits to the same one-square-meter patch of old-growth forest near his home in Tennessee.  His writes about his experiment in "contemplative science" in a series of gorgeous essays, called "The Forest Unseen".

Aimee Mullins

Aimee Mullins is an athlete, fashion model and activist who uses whichever of her 12 pair of prosthetic legs is appropriate for the task at hand.


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