Robert Wright talks about THE EVOLUTION OF GOD

July 29th, 2009

Acclaimed author Robert Wright talks to me about his new book The Evolution of God.

Immigration, Islam & The West

July 28th, 2009

Christopher Caldwell talks with Jeff Schechtman about the impact of Islamic immigration in Europe.

Voices from the Moon

July 21st, 2009

Andrew Chaikin tells of mans exploration of the moon as told by the words of 23 of the Apollo Astronauts.

Dangerous & Necessary

July 20th, 2009

He was a violin prodigy as a child and then a successful stand up comic

Paul Krassner calls himself an investigative satirist. People magazine called him the Father of the underground press. He founded the Realist magazine in 1958 and published it through 2001. For years his style of personal journalism blurred the line between observer and participant, even while he helped define the modern modality for free speech. He covered the antiwar movement, then co-founded the Yippies with Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin. He published material on the psychedelic revolution then took LSD with Timothy Leary Ram Dass and Ken Kesey As a stand up comic he was mentored by Lenny Bruce, then edited Lenny Bruce’s autobiography.

His articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, Spin, Playboy, Penthouse, Mother Jones, the Nation, New York, N.Y. Press, National Lampoon, Utne Reader, the Village Voice, the San Francisco Examiner, the Los Angeles Times and the L.A. Weekly. He writes a monthly column for High Times, “Brain Damage Control,” and he contributes to The Huffington Post.

His autobiography, Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Misadventures in the Counter-Culture, was published by Simon & Schuster. His newest book is Who's to Say What's Obscene?: Politics, Culture, and Comedy in America Today

In the end, George Carlin was right when he said of Paul Krassner, “This man is dangerous--and funny; and necessary.”  My conversation with Paul Krassner. Bookmark and Share

Blog this.

July 17th, 2009

What started as an internal means of communication, not unlike "Watson, come here I need you," has become a cultural, political and economic phenomenon.  The Blog has become the visual soundtrack of the 21st Century.  It is a new kind of public square in which millions participate and millions more observe.  How did it start?  Who are its stars and what is its future?  This is the subject Scott Rosenberg tackles in Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters. My conversation with Scott Rosenberg.

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The begining of history

July 16th, 2009

Twenty Years ago, this November, the Berlin Wall came down and with it the end of the Cold War.  For the next twelve years, we entered what some called "the end of history."  Then on September 11th, 2001 all of that changed. How did the events of those twelve years lead to 9/11 and how did it shape the world we live in today?  James Goldgeier, professor at The George Washington University and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations explains, in his new book America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11, what happened and why.  My conversation with James Goldgeier:

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The business of FREE

July 13th, 2009

We get much of our music on line, for free; but it has devastated the music business.  We've seen classified ads on Craigslist undermine the economics of newspapers and journalism.  With You Tube, free is jeopardizing the very fabric of the movie and television business.  How can the free business model of the Internet coexist with our desire for new, better and quality content? This discussion is at the center of a new book by Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired Magazine and the author of the international bestseller The Long Tail.  Now in his new book Free: The Future of a Radical Price he compels to think in new ways, as Internet users and consumers.  My conversation with Chris Anderson.

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Failures of the FBI and CIA on the road to 9/11

July 10th, 2009

Investigative journalist Peter Lance, in his new book Triple Cross once again reveals the failures of the FBI, Federal Prosecutors, and the CIA  on the road to 9/11.  He uncovers the story of how Ali Mohamed, a master spy for Osama bin Laden manged to infiltrate the deepest levels of the U.S. intelligence community and how the FBI's elite bin Laden squad failed to stop him. Check out his web site at and my conversation with Peter.

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MS-13 - America’s most violent Gang

July 9th, 2009

It is the fastest growing and most violent gang in the country.  Formed by Salvadorian immigrants on the streets of Los Angeles in the l980's, the Mara Salvatrucha has now grown to more than 60,000 members worldwide.  It combines the best organizational elements of La Cosa Nostra and Al-Qaeda.  The FBI has created a special task force to curb its expansion.  None the less, it continues to grow, seeping deeper into the neighborhoods of America and bringing with it extreme violence, extortion, fear and crime. Investigative journalist Samuel Logan has spent the past five years, reporting on gang activity across the US, Mexico and Central America.  His book  This Is for the Mara Salvatrucha: Inside the MS-13, America's Most Violent Gang tells the brutal tale.  My conversation with Sam Logan.

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Cheap, cheap……

July 8th, 2009

What is the economic, political, environmental and psychic cost of our penchant for demanding goods as cheap as possible? Low price is so alluring, we forget that we were once suspicious of them. Now we have elevated convenience over service and discounts over quality and craftsmanship. Atlantic Magazine correspondent Ellen Shell details the high cost of discount culture in her new book CHEAP. My conversation with Ellen Ruppel Shell.

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California Nightmare

July 8th, 2009

Previously we talked to California's preeminent historian, Kevin Starr about the '50s and the golden age of abundance in California.  Today we have a state whose economy is in shambles, and still people want to be the Governor of California.  It's a little like asking to captain of the Titanic?  New York Times Washington Correspondent Mark Leibovich, in his NY Times Magazine cover story last week, looks at Newsom, Brown, Campbell, Whitman and Poizner and their quest to replace Arnold.   Here is my conversation with Mark Leibovich:

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California Deraming

July 7th, 2009

Joan Didion wrote of California, that "the dream was always teaching the dreamers how to live."  Never was that California Dream more evolved than during the '50's.  It was a time when the Golden State's population doubled.  It was a time when California's Freeways, Disneyland, Water Projects and Universities were the envy of the world.  It was a time of unfettered abundance. But was it sustainable?  Arguably from what we are seeing today, maybe not.   The distinguished California historian Dr. Kevin Starr, in his eighth volume of California history,  Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950-1963, looks at this dynamic period from 1950 to 1963.  My conversation with Kevin Starr.

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Death Watch

July 6th, 2009

Dr. Michael Baden is one of the worlds leading forensic pathologists. He  has been there to examine the forensic evidence for some of the most sensational cases of our time, including JFK,  O.J., Van Bulow, John Belushi, and Phil Spector.  He is the host of HBO's AUTOPSY and a best selling author.  Recently we talked about the science of forensics and the publics overwhelming fascination with crime & death and his new book Skeleton Justice.

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