BBC World Service provides international news, analysis and information.
What can citizens of our modern world learn from traditional societies? Author Jared Diamond discusses that question, which he explores in his latest book. Plus: City Comptroller John Liu on his State of the City address; a preview of the 113th Congress and Washington's Sandy aid package; sexual assault protests in New Delhi; and a new book explains how to think like Sherlock Holmes.
On today’s show, we’ll compare the amount of money both sides of the gun control debate spend on elections and lobbying efforts. Then, guest host Julie Burstein talks with Joyce Carol Oates about her novel, The Gravedigger’s Daughter, for this month’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club. Ayana Mathis discusses her acclaimed debut novel The 12 Tribes of Hattie. Plus, a look at new research which indicates that being more emotionally vulnerable could actually make us stronger.
Fresh Air is one of the most popular programs on public radio, breaking the "talk show" mold, and Gross is known for her fearless and insightful interviews with prominent figures in American arts, politics, and popular culture.
Syria Death Toll Climbs to a Conservative 60,000 | More Journalists Are Being Killed in Action | An Ad Agency Rethinks Publishing | A Teachable Moment in Steubenville, Ohio | "Reportero" Tells the Story of Journalists Who Risk Their Lives in Mexico
Kurt Andersen talks with Lois Lowry, author of the dystopian children’s book The Giver, which has been widely celebrated and widely banned. Her new book Son is the final chapter in The Giver series. The celebrated collage artist Romare Bearden is remembered by two friends who were with him in ...
Singing "Happy Birthday To Yo" is the traditional way to mark the passage of another year, but the song is protected by copyright. Hear about the quest to create a new, royalty-free birthday song. And Missy Higgins performs live in the studio.
Q is an energetic daily arts, culture and entertainment magazine that takes you on a smart and surprising ride, interviewing personalities and tackling the cultural issues that matter. Hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, with his trademark wit and spontaneity, Q covers pop culture and high arts alike with forays into the most provocative and compelling cultural trends.
For this New Sounds, composer and founder of the new music group Newspeak, David T. Little, joins John Schaefer to present selections from his hour-long multimedia one-man opera, “Soldier Songs.” The work is in three acts, which explore the perceptions of war throughout the character’s life; Youth – where war is a game, Warrior - where war is reality, and Elder - which is more of a philosophical approach to war. Games are at the heart of the work, as evidenced by the accompanying visuals - realistic-looking video game imagery by an animator.