Jared Diamond: Learning From The Past

Monday, January 07, 2013

This interview originally aired live on January 7, 2013. An edited version was re-aired on August 9, 2013 as part of a special episode of The Brian Lehrer Show. 

Jared Diamond, professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, discusses his latest book, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?, and talks about how we can learn from the differences between modern life and traditional societies that still exist today.

→ EVENT: An Evening with Jared Diamond. Monday, January 07, 2013 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the New School Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street. (Sold Out, but information about no-show seating here.)


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Comments [9]

NYPL Junkie from NYC

Messrs Diamond and Gladwell keep producing some of the most thoughtful, most readable books today.

Jan. 12 2013 11:09 AM
Laura from UWS

Can we have another segment with Jared Diamond? Maybe even bring him back on a regular basis, whenever he's available. Great segment. The Brian Lehrer Show must be one of the very best shows in the world.

Jan. 07 2013 05:13 PM
MG from Manhattan

The word for caste in Sanskrit "Varma" means colour

racism and sexism always hand in hand

Jan. 07 2013 11:27 AM
MG from Manhattan

Southern India Dravidian (described by Aryan invaders as black skinned and noseless)
Northern India Aryan ( yes ... THOSE Aryans )

Jan. 07 2013 11:25 AM
John A

No mention at all of religion?

Jan. 07 2013 11:20 AM
Daniel Dobkin

For a fascinating, if gut-wrenching, story about Restorative Justice, I commend this article in yesterday's edition of The New York Times Magazine: <>. "Heavy but great" is how one friend of mine described it. I say, required reading.

Jan. 07 2013 11:19 AM
Lisa from Forest Hills, NY 11375

I wonder does Dr. Diamond have an opinion on the fact that our current way of living in "stable" locations, largely revolves around climate changing to sustain agriculture. Maybe the latest climate change, should lead to a return to a more nomadic lifestyle for humanity?

Jan. 07 2013 11:18 AM
Susan from Upper West Side

I'm wondering if the violent deaths is true of ALL "traditional" cultures. Papua New Guinea tends to be high on the violence spectrum. Are there other cultures that are not that high on the violent spectrum? I have to admit, most of the cultures I've been to were often those that were recovering from famine or war.

Jan. 07 2013 11:12 AM
Susan from Upper West Side

Great opening question Brian!

Jan. 07 2013 11:08 AM

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