Discussions with the New York Institute for the Humanities' distinguished scholars and writers about their work.
info_outline Patrick Radden Keefe 11/27/2019
Patrick Radden Keefe New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe is the author of Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, a New York Times Bestseller, winner of the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Writing, and one of the 10 Best Books of 2019” according to both The New York Times and The Washington Post. In this episode, he talks with Melanie Rehak about Belfast of the past, the present, and the mind.
info_outline Lawrence Weschler 11/12/2019
Lawrence Weschler Lawrence "Ren" Weschler is the former director of the New York Institute for the Humanities and a two-time winner of the George Polk Award and won the 2007 National Book Critics Circle award for criticism. In this episode, Weschler describes the extraordinary and taxing story behind the writing of his most recent book, a biographical memoir of his late friend Oliver Sacks--a story that took almost three decades before culminating in the now published And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?
info_outline Jad Abumrad 01/29/2019
Jad Abumrad Jad Abumrad is the co-host and creator of Radiolab. He studied creative writing and music composition at Oberlin and, in 2011, was awarded a MacArthur Grant. In 2016 he launched More Perfect, a show about the US Supreme Court. In the fall of 2018, Abumrad produced The Most Perfect Album, a musical reimagining of the Constitution's 27 Amendments.
info_outline Damion Searls: Translating Uwe Johnson's Anniversaries 01/10/2019
Damion Searls: Translating Uwe Johnson's Anniversaries Institute fellow Damion Searls discusses his new translation of German writer Uwe Johnson's 1700-page novel of New York, Jahrestage--published by New York Review Classics under the title Anniversaries.
info_outline Ben Ratliff: What Is Virtuosity? 11/19/2018
Ben Ratliff: What Is Virtuosity? What is virtuosity—and what does a music critic make of it? Worship it? Reject it? Ben Ratliff joins us to talk about the good and bad of virtuoso performance and how it has helped him think about the role of the critic in the age of Spotify.
info_outline Philip Dray: The Fair Chase 10/22/2018
Philip Dray: The Fair Chase From Daniel Boone to "DIY" hipster hunting, The Fair Chase shows that hunting in America is a story as vast as the country itself, touching on everything from conservation to the history of guns to the emergence of modern sports. NYIH Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist Philip Dray spoke to us about his new book, which chronicles the surprising and sometimes fraught ways that hunting has touched so many aspects of the American experience.
info_outline Ian Buruma: A Tokyo Romance 10/09/2018
Ian Buruma: A Tokyo Romance In the nineteen-seventies, New York Review of Books editor Ian Buruma lived in Japan, where he explored its film, literature, and theater. In this interview with Robert Boynton, Ian discusses his memoir, A Tokyo Romance, in which he reflects on these formative years.
info_outline Rhonda Garelick: Trump's Women 10/02/2018
Rhonda Garelick: Trump's Women The Trump White House is a place where powder-keg masculinity is on dangerous display, ready to explode at any moment. Rhonda Garelick’s cultural criticism has brilliantly argued that to understand the man and his administration, you have to pay attention to the women. Garelick, a professor at the University of Nebraska and an institute fellow, combines her celebrated scholarly work on the history of design, fashion, literature, and performance with an eye for power, gender, and high-stakes theatricality.
info_outline Kwame Anthony Appiah on The Lies That Bind 09/21/2018
Kwame Anthony Appiah on The Lies That Bind NYU philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah talks with Robert Boynton about his book The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity. In it, Appiah explores how racial essentialism and our inadequate understanding of history distorts our conception of culture and identity.