Society And Culture
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
New York was transformed by the tremendous energy of the 1920s, making Manhattan the social, cultural, and commercial capital of the country.
Monday, March 17, 2014
For the first installment of our series Strapped: A Look at Poverty in America, Sasha Abramsky, author of The American Way of Poverty, and Chris Wimer, researcher at Columbia Universty's Population Research Center, discuss how poverty is defined, and how that definition has changed—or remained stagnant—over time. They’ll also talk about what living in poverty means for individuals, families, and children, the ways of addressing poverty, and the successes and failures of the war on poverty in the 50 years since it was launched.
On the Father of the Sandy Hook Killer; Life in a Cape Town Township; Poverty in America; How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
Monday, March 17, 2014
On today’s show: New Yorker contributor Andrew Solomon talks about his conversations with Peter Lanza, father of Adam Lanza, who killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Harper’s contributor Justine van der Leun tells us about spending two years getting to know the people living in a township outside Cape Town, South Africa. For our new series Strapped: A Look at Poverty in America, Sasha Abramsky and Chris Wimer talk about about how we have defined poverty over time. And Mohsin Hamid discusses his novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Gugulethu, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town, is an apartheid-era invention, established in the early 1960s to absorb the overflow of migration to the city from other parts of the country. Now it contains almost 100,000 residents, almost all of them black. Justine van der Leun spent more than two years in Gugulethu, and she gives us a vivid portrait of daily life there, as well as a window into the politics and vulnerabilities of South Africa. Van der Leun is a Harper’s magazine contributor, and her article “A Portrait of a Township” is in the March issue.
Friday, March 14, 2014
As the cultural landscape around the world shifted during the industrial revolution, and with a growing gap between adults and youth, the concept of a new generation took shape: teenagers. Director Matt Wolf discusses his documentary “Teenage,” a rumination of the creation of youth culture from the end of the 19th century to the first half of the 20th, adapted from Jon Savage's bestselling 2007 book of the same name. “Teenage” opens March 14 at the Lanmark Sunshine Cinema.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
When Edmund White moved to Paris in 1983, leaving New York City in the midst of the AIDS crisis, he was 43 years old, couldn’t speak French, and only knew two people in the entire city. When he left 15 years later he was fluent in French, was a working journalist, and had made the acquaintance of everyone from Yves Saint Laurent to Catherine Deneuve to Michel Foucault. Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris is his memoir about his experiences.
Monday, December 23, 2013
In the age of computers and smartphones we skim and glance at whatever catches our eye and then move on. David Mikics talks about the importance and joy of really reading, of giving your full attention to writing and good books. Slow Reading in a Hurried Age is a practical guide for anyone who yearns for a more meaningful and satisfying reading experience.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Sociologist Michael Kimmel examines the demise of the white American male voter as a dominant force in the political landscape. In his book Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era, Kimmel locates this increase in anger in the economic, social and political shifts that have transformed the country.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Tim Teeman talks about Gore Vidal’s private life. He interviewed many of Vidal’s closest family and friends, including Claire Bloom and Susan Sarandon, and surveyed Vidal’s own personal archive in his book In Bed with Gore Vidal: Hustlers, Hollywood, and the Private World of an American Master.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Ben Schott explains the German language and discusses his book Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition, a dictionary of newly coined words that explore the idiosyncrasies of life as only the German language can. German allows you to construct specific words for a secret love of bad foods, the inability to remember jokes, Sunday-afternoon depression, the urge to yawn, the glee of gossip, reassuring your hairdresser, delight at the changing of the seasons, the urge to hoard, or the ineffable pleasure of a cold pillow.
Monday, September 23, 2013
In Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection, Power draws on her own personal experience as one of the youngest female professors to be tenured at Harvard Business School and as a mother of three.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Conspiracy theories don’t just exist on the fringes of society—they’ve has always been part of our national identity, argues Jesse Walker. He presents a history of conspiracy theories in American culture and politics, from the colonial era to the War on Terror.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Some of the country’s greatest thinkers had obsessive natures, and many of their greatest achievements—from the Declaration of Independence to the invention of the iPhone—have roots in the disappointments and frustrations of early childhood. Joshua Kendall looks at the arc of American history through the lens of compulsive behavior. In his book the America’s Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy that Built a Nation he presents portraits of American icons such as Charles Lindbergh, Steve Jobs, Thomas Jefferson, condiment kingpin H. J. Heinz, slugger Ted Williams, and Estee Lauder, and looks at how they shaped our culture and country.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Philip Caputo talks about his journey across America, from the nation’s southernmost point to the northernmost point reachable by road, with an Airstream in tow. Along the way he asked Americans what unites and divides a country. In The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean, he looks at how the United States, peopled by every race on earth, remain united despite all the conflicts that could cause us to pull apart.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Lauren Sandler, an only child and the mother of one, makes a humorous and honest case for being and having an only child. She talks to Leonard Lopate about her book, In One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One.