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'The Hunger Games' Meets Ancient Rome in 'An Ember in the Ashes'

Sunday, May 03, 2015

This week we're thinking about the much anticipated debut novel by Sabaa Tahir. Called "An Ember in the Ashes," it's an epic fantasy set in a world reminiscent of ancient Rome. Sabaa Tahir tells Charles Monroe-Kane how her background as a newpaper editor influenced the book.



Chuck Klosterman Reveals Which Musical Villains Wear 'The Black Hat'

Monday, November 11, 2013

In I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling With Villains (Real and Imagined), Chuck Klosterman how and why people pass judgment on musical heroes and villains.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Chuck Klosterman

Monday, July 22, 2013

Chuck Klosterman, the Ethicist for the New York Times Magazine, was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his book, I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined). He also shared some of his more unexpected interests, including wildebeests. 


The Leonard Lopate Show

Chuck Klosterman: I Wear the Black Hat

Monday, July 22, 2013

When we classify someone as a bad person, what are we really saying?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Any Good From Evil?

Monday, May 13, 2013

James Dawes, professor of English and director of the Program in Human Rights and Humanitarianism at Macalester College in St. Paul, talks about what he learned about evil in a series of interviews with men convicted of war crimes during the Sino-Japanese War and asks whether there's anything of value to find in such studies or only sensationalism.

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The Takeaway

What Is Evil?

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The sentencing judge called Bernie Madoff's crimes "extraordinarily evil." What are your examples of something truly evil? It could be an example from the news, or even from your life.

What's your take? Leave a comment or record your story at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE.

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On Being

Robert Pollack, Rami Nashashibi, Lisa Lampman, Leon Weinstein, and Natalie Gold — The Problem of Evil [remix]

Friday, February 15, 2002

Many around the world labeled the events of September 11 as "evil." President Bush in his recent State of the Union speech described "an axis of evil." But what does the word mean? It is a subject of enduring theological debate, even of scientific argumen