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The Brian Lehrer Show

Finding Space for Dialogue in the Quran

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Carla Power, author of If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran (Holt Paperbacks, 2015) recounts the year she spend study the Quran. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Jonathan Chait On The P.C.-Outrage Machine

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

He writes: "the p.c. movement has assumed a towering presence in the psychic space of politically active people in general and the left in particular."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Do Colleges Hinder Critical Thinking?

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

As a professor at Yale, William Deresiewicz noticed that his students seemed to be adrift when it came to knowing how to think critically and creatively. And isn't that the whole point?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Do the Best Colleges Produce the Worst Students?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

As a professor at Yale, William Deresiewicz noticed that his students seemed to be adrift when it came to knowing how to think critically and creatively. And isn't that the whole point?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Getting a PhD in the Humanities Could Wreck Your Life

Monday, August 04, 2014

Grade inflation, weird professor-student relationships, the battle for tenure, and the use and abuse of adjunct professors. Is all this worth it to be a doctor of letters?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sixty Years at Columbia University

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

According to the New York Times, "If any one person is responsible for Columbia's recovery, it is surely Michael Sovern." In his memoir, An Improbable Life: My Sixty Years at Columbia and Other Adventures, Sovern, who served as the university's president from 1980 to 1993, talks about growing and improving the university, addresses key issues in academia, and tells of his own life adventures.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Nothing Doing

Monday, October 18, 2010

Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God, previews her talk about "nothing" at the Rubin Museum of Art tonight, and other spiritual matters.

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