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Paul Saffo: A Crazy, Turbulent Economy Is the New Normal

2012-10-01 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Paul Saffo, Manager Director of Foresight at Discern Analytics, declares that the U.S. economy has entered a new era of great uncertainly. In what he deems the "turbulent economy", Saffo argues that "the new normal is volatility."

Complete video available for purchase at http://fora.tv/2012/09/06/Paul_Saffo_The_Great_Turbulence_a_New_Economic_Order

Futurist Paul Saffo believes we have entered a new economic order characterized by great volatility and turbulence. The 2008 crash was more than a downturn: It marked the end of the "Great Moderation," a two-decade period of mild business cycles and growth. Now many fear we are headed toward a prolonged recession (or worse), while others predict a new boom just around the corner. Who's right? Saffo, with over two decades of experience exploring the dynamics of large-scale, long-term change, thinks that both groups miss the point. Rather, he foresees that we have entered a new era defined not by boom or bust, but by a new kind of volatility. The global economy has entered what he calls the "Great Turbulence," a decade-scale new order that will be characterized by high amplitudes, short cycles and scarce equilibrium, which may transform politics and policy globally, threaten incumbents and create both challenges and opportunities for individuals and institutions alike.…

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Reproductive Rights and the 2012 Election

2012-09-28 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

A panel of healthcare and reproductive rights experts explore how the 2012 election could affect women's right to choose. They express concern over the Republicans' hardline pro-life platform, but remain hopeful that a Democratic victory could reverse recent pro-life legislation.

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/08/27/Reality_Check_The_Politics_of_Teenage_Pregnancies

Teen pregnancies and young motherhood is an issue that spans education, politics, health, family life and more. It has received great attention recently with the federal decision to block over-the-counter sales of an after-sex contraceptive pill to girls under age 17. Given this ruling, as well as the creation of other new health-care legislation, what is the reality of teen pregnancy and teen reproductive care? How are our communities addressing this issue? Are there new barriers to birth control access and if so, what are they? To discuss this issue, we're bringing together experts from the fields of health care, psychology, politics and more.…

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New Share Economy: Airbnb & Others Reveal How It Pays

2012-09-27 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

The leaders of TaskRabbit, Airbnb, and RelayRides talk about the new share economy and the real incomes people generate by offering their time and assets for use in their community.

Complete video available for purchase at http://fora.tv/2012/08/16/Share_Economy_Its_About_Collaboration_Not_Ownership

Walk a block and borrow your neighbor’s lawn mower. Co-work in a friendly office space with other companies. The one time a month you actually need a giant SUV, just jump in the one parked down the street. Born from the woes of a struggling economy, folks everywhere are reverting to the age-old mantra – sharing is caring. The last five years have seen an upsurge in companies and groups that are pooling resources to increase savings, efficiency and green-friendly practices. Peer-to-peer marketplaces like RelayRides and TaskRabbit have the potential to revolutionize how we view both business and personal pursuits, with an emphasis on accessing rather than owning. Hear leaders from the shared economy dish on their visions for the future of collaborative consumption, and how we can all contribute and benefit.…

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Jim Lehrer: The Real Purpose of Presidential Debates

2012-09-26 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 4s

Peabody Award-winning journalist Jim Lehrer discusses the real reason people watch Presidential debates. He argues that while the debates are usually viewed as a forum to discuss ideas, they mostly serve to reinforce people's general impressions of the candidates.

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/07/04/Jim_Lehrer_on_the_2012_Presidential_Debates

Presidential debates serve a greater purpose than just helping the public decide whom they want as president. In his only solo appearance of the week, retired “PBS NewsHour” anchor Jim Lehrer shared his thoughts on presidential debates.

Jim Lehrer is an American journalist and the news anchor for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS. Lehrer is an author of non-fiction and fiction, drawing from his experiences and interests in history and politics.…

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Michael Moore: Voter Suppression Laws Show GOP Is in Trouble

2012-09-25 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 1s

Filmmaker and political activist Michael Moore points to Republican efforts to bar people from voting as the clearest sign that the GOP realizes that it's "in the crapper."

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2011/10/02/Michael_Moore_Here_Comes_Trouble

"Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life" is an unflinchingly honest, take-no-prisoners ride through the life of the Oscar-winning filmmaker and bestselling author. Moore shares far-ranging, irreverent, and stranger-than-fiction vignettes from his early life.

One moment he's an 11-year-old boy lost in the Senate and found by Bobby Kennedy; and in the next, he's inside the Bitburg cemetery with Ronald Reagan. At 17, he goes to get a snack and ends up on the news, creating a firestorm that helps eliminate racial discrimination at private establishments across America.

Funny, eye-opening, and moving, it's the book he has been writing and living his entire life.…

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Genetic Tools Will Save Us from the Next Killer Epidemic

2012-09-24 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Dr. Shannon Bennett, Assistant Curator of Microbiology at the California Academy of Sciences, uses gene sequencing tools to trace the spread of viruses from nature to the human population and help stop the next pathogen epidemic. From her research, Bennett declares that "we are really bags of different viruses."

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/09/19/The_Secrets_of_Viruses__Bacteria_Evolution_to_Epidemic

Dr. Shannon Bennett of the California Academy of Sciences discusses the secrets of viruses and bacteria, their evolution and eventual epidemic.

You could almost say that Shannon Bennett's career as a virologist found her after she became infected with parasites while on a volunteer stint in Liberia during her college years. She was fascinated by the experience to the point that she has been on a quest to understand the secrets, the life cycle and evolutionary history of viruses and bacteria ever since. Hear about her research as she discusses fascinating examples from her work such as how the dengue virus continues to evolve and plague humans since jumping over from non-human primates decades ago. Learn how this virus has adapted to humans and the mosquitoes that have in turn become so well adapted to us. With these questions, Dr. Bennett's work broadens the Academy's research scope to include a dedicated focus on viruses and bacteria. As you will discover, she is especially interested in the nature of genetic mutations that give viruses the potential to cause epidemics or switch to new hosts.…

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Offending Islam: What Are the Limits of Free Speech?

2012-09-24 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 1s

Janet Albrechtsen, opinion columnist for The Australian, discusses the most contentious free speech issue of today: the right to offend Islam.

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2009/04/03/Freedom_of_Expression_and_the_License_to_Offend

Is there a point where it's better that some things are not said? If so, who gets to choose what can and can't be expressed? Is the idea of Democracy based upon the notion of complete unhindered freedom of speech, and does this in fact favor those who have the education, ability and opportunity to voice their opinions?

These were just some of arguments bandied about in this lively, thought-provoking and sometimes laugh-out-loud IQ Squared debate. An unlikely team gathered to argue the affirmative - the Reverend Peter Jensen, Lawyer, columnist and ABC Board Member Janet Albrechtsen, and Journalist David Marr.

Opposing the motion was Director of the Australian Classification Board, Donald McDonald. Senior Lecturer of Law, Dr Fleur Johns and Barrister David Knoll.…

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Jobs and Wozniak: Why the Best Innovators Come in Pairs

2012-09-20 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Citing Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, journalist Michael S. Malone and Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard discuss why the best innovators usually come in pairs.

Complete video available for purchase at http://fora.tv/2012/09/13/Power_of_Partners_Innovations_Top_10_Leadership_Styles

Journalist Michael S. Malone and Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard discuss innovation's top 10 leadership styles.

Rich Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes, the nation's highest-circulation business publication, and editor of Forbes ASAP, a magazine covering the major developments, trends and implications of the Information Age.

Michael S. Malone is an award-winning journalist who has reported on Silicon Valley since the early 1980s. He has written 15 books, including The Microprocessor: A Biography. Currently, he is an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University, an associate fellow at Said Business School and a blogger at Forbes.com.…

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Geoffrey Nunberg: It's Not Incivility, It's A-Hole

2012-09-19 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Geoffrey Nunberg, author of "Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years", explores how words like "incivility" don't do justice to peoples' actual emotions. Nunberg argues that words like "asshole" are more accurate, authentic methods of expression.

Complete video available for purchase at http://fora.tv/2012/08/15/Nunberg_Ascent_of_the_A-word_Incivility_vs_A--hole

It went from the mouths of WWII servicemen to the typewriter of a young Norman Mailer. By the 1970s it had become a staple of Neil Simon plays and Woody Allen movies. In 2000, George W. Bush accidentally uttered it on a live mic and sparked a debate about whether that made him a man of the people, or just an a--hole. Ours is the age of a--holism. Over time, the word has become an expression of contemporary American values – about civility, about relationships, about pretension, about class. Yet the media are obliged to bleep it or disguise it with asterisks. And we use it unreflectingly and give it no attention. Geoffrey Nunberg takes us behind the slur.

Geoffrey Nunberg is an adjunct full professor at U.C. Berkeley's School of Information. He is also a researcher at the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University, and a consulting professor in the Stanford Department of Linguistics. His linguistics research includes work in semantics and pragmatics, text classification, and written-language structure, and he also works and writes on the social and cultural implications of digital technologies.…

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Slobs and Playboys: How Men Tackle Interior Design

2012-09-18 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Hanna Rosin, author of 'The End of Men', talks with fellow The Atlantic editor Kate Bolick about the differences between how men and women handle living alone.  While Bolick argues that women are conditioned to be better at homemaking, Rosin points to the influence of early issues of Playboy, which focused on style and design.

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/02/09/All_the_Single_Ladies

In her November 2011 cover story in The Atlantic “All the Single Ladies,” Kate Bolick asserts that “recent years have seen an explosion of male joblessness and a steep decline in men’s life prospects that have disrupted the “romantic market” in ways that narrow a marriage-minded woman’s options,” to deadbeats and playboys. But amid this strange state of affairs, Bolick sees an opportunity to “acknowledge the end of “traditional” marriage as society’s highest ideal.”One of The Atlantic’s most-talked-about stories in recent years, Bolick discusses her article and subsequent public reaction with Hanna Rosin, a senior editor at The Atlantic and author of the book End of Men; and Garance Franke-Ruta, a senior editor at The Atlantic."…

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Steve Blank: What's the True Purpose of a Startup?

2012-09-17 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur Steve Blank shares the secret truth about startups and how they differ from large businesses. Blank asserts that the startup is simply "a temporary organization designed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model."

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/08/14/Steve_Blank_How_to_Build_a_Great_Startup_Step_by_Step

Join Steve Blank in a lively discussion about how to build a great startup, step by step. The Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur-turned-educator is in conversation with Dan'l Lewin of Microsoft. This program will introduce best practices, lessons and tips that have swept the startup world, offering a wealth of proven advice and information for entrepreneurs of all stripes. Hear about a tested and proven Customer Development Process, helping get it right --and how to "get, keep, and grow" customers.

Steve Blank is a Silicon Valley-based retired serial entrepreneur, founding and/or part of 8 startup companies in California's Silicon Valley. A prolific educator, thought leader and writer on Customer Development for Startups, Blank teaches, refines, writes and blogs on "Customer Development," a rigorous methodology he developed to bring the "scientific method" to the typically chaotic, seemingly disorganized startup process.…

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Single at 30: The New Generation of Bachelors

2012-09-14 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Hanna Rosin, author of "The End of Men" talks with Atlantic columnist Kate Bolick and editor Garance Franke-Ruta about how changes in dating culture have affected men. While Rosin and Bolick argue that being 30 and single is a dream for men, Franke-Ruta expresses concern over the lessons they might miss by not being in a relationship.

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/02/09/All_the_Single_Ladies

In her November 2011 cover story in The Atlantic “All the Single Ladies,” Kate Bolick asserts that “recent years have seen an explosion of male joblessness anda steep decline in men’s life prospects that have disrupted the “romantic market” in ways that narrow a marriage-minded woman’s options,” to deadbeats and playboys. But amid this strange state of affairs, Bolick sees an opportunity to “acknowledge the end of “traditional” marriage as society’s highest ideal.”One of The Atlantic’s most-talked-about stories in recent years, Bolick discusses her article and subsequent public reaction with Hanna Rosin, a senior editor at The Atlantic and author of the book End of Men; and Garance Franke-Ruta, a senior editor at The Atlantic."…

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Elaine Pagels: Religion Is Deeper Than Rational Thought

2012-09-13 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Elaine Pagels, author of "Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation", discusses the influence and persistence of faith and religion in the 21st century, and how faith can be deeper than rational thought.

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Revelations about the Book of Revelation: Elaine Pagels tells the truth about one of the Bible's most controversial books.

Probably the most consequential vision of the future ever written is the Bible's "Book of Revelation". If God didn't write it (through the sainted instrument of someone named John), then who did, and why? Elaine Pagels has a persuasive answer, spectacularly illustrated. The author of "The Gnostic Gospels"; "Beyond Belief"; and"Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation", Pagels analyzes other revelations of the time (they were common) and examines how John's particular version of apocalypse made it into the world's most popular book. John had his own agenda. It wasn't Christian.…

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Why Republicans Must Break with the Tea Party to Succeed

2012-09-11 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Former Obama domestic policy adviser Melody Barnes and Connecticut governor Dan Malloy argue that the Tea Party has been holding the greater Republican Party hostage. Will that control extend beyond 2012?

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/09/04/Pelosi__Others_What_Obama_Must_Do_in_a_Second_Term

Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders discuss what Obama must do in his second term.…

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Candy Crowley: GOP Can't Survive as White Male Party

2012-09-04 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

CNN journalist and news anchor Candy Crowley discusses the future of the GOP and whether it can survive as a white male-only party. Because of Obama's dominance with non-white voters, Crowley argues that Republicans cannot afford to ignore people of color.

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/08/28/Obama_vs_Romney_Comparing_the_Candidates-2012_Election

National Journal and The Atlantic will compare the candidates Obama and Romney in the 2012 election. Their views, positions, and leadership styles will be discussed. With the two presidential nominees sharply diverging on key policy issues such as the economy, workplace policy and foreign policy, President Obama and Governor Romney will provide the American public with the starkest contrast since 1984 if not 1964. National Journal and The Atlantic will examine this clash of policy ideas, each candidate's vision for America and a broad range of public policy issues destined to define the 2012 general election cycle.…

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Election 2012: Scariest Poll Numbers for Romney & Obama

2012-08-31 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Kellyanne Conway, founder and president of the polling company™ inc./WomanTrend, shares the scariest poll numbers that Obama and Romney must overcome in the election of 2012  if they hope to win the presidency in November.

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/08/28/Ayers__Conway__Key_Pollsters_Dissect_the_2012_Election

Leading pollsters Kellyanne Conway, founder and president of the polling company, and Whit Ayres of North Star Opinion Research dissect the election of 2012. The two pollsters talk about the demographic challenges both Obama and Romney face.…

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Laurie Santos: Understanding the Origins of the Human Mind

2012-08-30 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 4s

Laurie Santos, associate professor of psychology at Yale University, argues that to understand the origins of the human mind, we can study the behavior of primate relatives as a proxy for our ancestors.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2012/03/24/Being_Human_Mental_Representations_Decision-Making

As we use the tools of science to explore the nature of humanity, we are learning more and more about how our brains function and what motivates our behavior, built-in biases and blind spots.

These fresh insights are interesting scientifically, but they also evoke significant questions about our lived experience. These perspectives challenge our basic assumptions of who we are, both as individuals and as a society.

Laurie Santos is an associate professor of psychology at Yale University and the director of Yale University's Comparative Cognition Laboratory. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Biology from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard.…

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Charles Yu: Is Life Feeling More Like Science Fiction?

2012-08-29 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Charles Yu, author of "How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe" and McSweeney's editor Eli Horowitz discuss how the speed of advancing technology is making us feel like we're living in science fiction.


Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/07/26/Charles_Yu_How_to_Live_Safely_in_the_Fictional_Universe

Charles Yu, author of "How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe" discusses his latest work "Sorry Please Thank You: Stories" with McSweeney's editor Eli Horowitz.

A big-box store employee is confronted by a zombie during the graveyard shift, a problem that pales in comparison to his inability to ask a co-worker out on a date. A fighter leads his band of virtual warriors, thieves and wizards across a deadly computer-generated landscape. A company outsources grief for profit with the tagline: "Don't feel like having a bad day? Let someone else have it for you." Named by the National Book Foundation as one of its "5 under 35" fiction writers to watch, Yu draws from both pop culture and science to transport his readers into an imaginative universe in his latest collection,"Sorry Please Thank You: Stories". Join us and hear from this major new voice in American fiction as he discusses his latest foray into the heart of the human condition.…

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The Dangers of Moon Dust

2012-08-28 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

NASA researcher Jennifer Heldmann describes the surprising dangers of moon dust. She explains that not only are the jagged particles bad for equipment, they may also pose unknown health risks to astronauts.

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2008/10/07/Jennifer_Heldmann_The_Moon

NASA scientist Jennifer Heldmann teaches us all about earth's trusty sidekick, the moon. She discusses the theories on its formation, predictions about its future, its internal structure, its geological past and present, and the many ways in which it affects the earth.…

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Chuck Palahniuk: Fight Club, Chaos, and Cacophony

2012-08-27 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Award-winning author Chuck Palahniuk weighs in on the cultural legacy of his novel "Fight Club". He discusses peoples' apparent desire for chaos in their daily lives, and attributes the origin of "Fight Club" to his involvement with a group known as the Cacophony Society.

Complete video available for purchase at http://fora.tv/2001/07/16/Chuck_Palahniuk_Fight_Club_Choke__Invisible_Monsters

Award-winning author Chuck Palahniuk discusses his new book, "Invisible Monsters Remix", and reflects on past works such as "Fight Club", "Choke" and contemplates their cultural staying power.…

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The Doping Debate: Drugs and the Significance of Sports

2012-08-24 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Dr. John Gleaves, assistant professor of kinesiology at CSU Fullerton, discusses the impact of doping and performance enhancement on sports. While some argue that doping is damaging, others assert that it simply augments our ultimate human potential.

Complete video available for free at: http://fora.tv/2012/08/20/Doping_in_Sports_Personal_Cultural_and_Athletic_Impact

The incredible feats that athletes accomplish fascinate us, but what are the personal, cultural and athletic impact of doping in sports?

After the Olympic Games and just prior to the America's Cup World Series in San Francisco, swissnex San Francisco will kick off its series Sports & Tech with the event Gaming the System: Doping in Sports, focusing on the controversial and omnipresent use of performance enhancers in sports.

Max Gassman tells us about his research on the hormone erythropoietin (EPO), which elevates red cell blood production and increases arterial oxygen, ultimately leading to improved exercise performance. Gassman will explain how EPO, normally used to treat patients who suffer from anemia, is also an effective blood-doping agent used by some athletes. He presents his data on mice and the adaptive mechanisms of humans who live at elevations above 3000 meters, where the reduced availability of oxygen induces the production of EPO.

Carsten Lundby of the University of Zurich presents his research on blood doping in the sporting world. This common practice has been around for at least half a century, and Lundby discusses its effects and attempts by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to detect and limit blood doping, as well as whether they have been successful.

Finally, John Gleaves from California State University, Fullerton, addresses how the cultural fascination with performance-enhancing technologies, manifesting itself as both fear and enthusiasm, reveals larger social concerns about what it means to be human and how to handle advances in sciences that affect sporting performance. Because sports mirror our society, our interest in doping tells us more about ourselves than we realize.

Kate Scott, sports anchor at KNBR 680 AM in San Francisco, joins us as the moderator for the panel discussion.…

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Advice to the Self-Employed: Don't Innovate, Replicate

2012-08-23 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Career coach Marty Nemko offers a word of advice to the unwillingly self-employed entrepreneur: don't innovate, replicate. "Guinea pigs often die," he warns. Instead, Nemko suggests identifying already-successful business plans and following their lead.

Complete video available for purchase at: http://fora.tv/2012/08/01/Marty_Nemkos_Career_Tips_Surviving_Todays_Job_Market

Author and radio personality Marty Nemko offers career tips, including what you can do to survive today's job market.

In today's tough job market, career and job seekers are wise to consider under-the-radar careers. Dr. Nemko will reveal some rewarding but little-known gems. He'll also share what is working best for his clients in landing a job. (Hint: networking and a good resume are far from enough.) He'll talk about the art of onramping: how to get off to a great start in your new job, so you succeed rather than finding yourself soon needing to look for a job. Finally, he'll present his favorite low-risk/high-payoff/high-ethics small businesses you can start.…

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Making on a Budget: Adam Savage Goes Dumpster Diving

2012-08-22 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Mythbuster Adam Savage discusses the challenges of making without spending a lot of money. He describes his early days of swap meets and dumpster diving, concluding "It's just about having some ingenuity about where you get your stuff."

Complete video available for free at: http://fora.tv/2012/05/20/Adam_Savage_of_MythBusters_Why_We_Make

Adam Savage is an American industrial design and special effects designer/fabricator, actor, educator, and co-host of the Discovery Channel television series MythBusters. In this talk from Maker Faire Bay Area 2012, he discusses his childhood experiences as a budding builder, and explores the impetus that lies at the heart of maker culture.…

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Kurt Andersen's "True Believers": The Real World Is Like a Bond Movie

2012-08-20 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

In Kurt Andersen's new novel "True Believers", he posits the idea that today's social and political landscape is beginning to resemble the fictional world of James Bond. He discusses a passage in which everyone from Madonna to Osama Bin-Laden is assigned a role in the Bond canon, and explores how the line between fiction and reality is blurring.

Complete video available for purchase at http://fora.tv/2012/07/25/Kurt_Andersen_True_Believers_A_Journey_into_the_1960s

Bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Heyday and Turn of the Century is back with his powerful and moving novel True Believers. Kurt Andersen's seductive storytelling alternates between the 1960s and the present, and it indelibly captures the enduring impact of that time on the ways we live now.

Andersen hosts and co-created Studio 360, the Peabody Award-winning cultural magazine show. As an editor, he co-founded the transformative, satirical monthly magazine Spy, which had memorable, humorous articles targeting American media and iconic figures such as Martha Stewart, Donald Trump and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Come hear from one of the great cultural critics of our time discuss his dazzling new novel.…

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Cory Doctorow: Rethinking Property Rights in the Digital Age

2012-08-17 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Blogger and journalist Cory Doctorow discusses the confusing state of computer and personal property rights in the 21st century. He explains that while there's a "building consensus" that people should have more ownership of their digital property, there's a surprising lack of concern at attempts to monitor online activity.

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/07/31/Cory_Doctorow_Coming_War_Against_Your_Computer_Freedom

The war against your computer freedom will just keep escalating, says blogger Cory Doctorow. The copyright wars, net neutrality, and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) were early samples of what is to come. Victories in those battles were temporary, he says. Conflict in the decades ahead will feature ever higher stakes, more convoluted issues, and far more powerful technology that has the power to curtail your freedom and invade your privacy.

Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to Wired, Popular Science, Make, the New York Times, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites…

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Martin Dempsey: Cyber Attacks are Black Swan Threat to US

2012-08-16 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discusses the challenge of balancing the magnitude of a security threat with the likelihood of it occurring, concluding that "cyber is the threat that concerns me the most."

Complete video available for purchase at http://fora.tv/2012/07/27/General_Martin_Dempsey_on_Security_and_US_Military_Future

General Martin Dempsey will discuss current American international security challenges and the future of the U.S. military. General Dempsey, the nation's highest ranking military officer, serves as the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he is the principal military adviser to the president, the secretary of defense and the National Security Council. Prior to becoming chairman, the general served as the Army's 37th chief of staff. Past assignments have taken him and his family across the globe during both peace and war, from platoon leader to combatant commander.…

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Julia Child's Legacy: Ending Food 'Repression'

2012-08-15 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Judith Jones, author, editor, and an early champion of Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking", reflects on what it was that endeared Child to the American public. She discusses Child's first television appearance, and argues that her personality and attitude towards food "lifted that puritan repression" that had surrounded cooking.

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2008/06/12/Julia_Child_Culinary_Revolutionary

Julia Child didn't start cooking until she was 39, but no other chef influenced late-20th-century American cooking more than she did.

45 years after the debut of her groundbreaking PBS show, "The French Chef," this panel will discuss the profound effects of her books, television shows, and entertaining and accessible persona on our cuisine and culture.

Panelists include Judith Jones, Julia Child's editor at Knopf and author of "The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food"; Molly O'Neill, former "New York Times Magazine" food columnist and author of "The New York Cookbook"; Joan Reardon, author of "M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table"; and Laura Shapiro, author of the Penguin Lives book, "Julia Child"

Moderated by Andrew F. Smith, editor of the "Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink".…

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Paul Ryan Argues Against Democrats' 'Mediscare' Tactics

2012-08-14 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan counters claims that his Medicare proposal will severely damage the service. He argues that rather than come up with a counter-argument, the Democrats are simply relying on scare tactics to win the debate.

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2011/09/27/Uncommon_Knowledge_Paul_Ryan

In a wide ranging interview, Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin discusses his plans for repealing ObamaCare, fixing Medicare and Medicaid, the federal budget, and why he's not running for president in 2012.…

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Can Israel Be Talked Out of Attacking Iran?

2012-08-13 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller discusses the role emotion plays in Israel’s desire to attack Iran. He describes all the logical arguments to dissuade attacking Iran, but admits that emotional reactions are “almost unreachable by those sorts of arguments.”

Complete video at http://fora.tv/2012/02/22/An_Evening_with_Bill_Keller

Bill Keller, op-ed columnist and former executive editor of The New York Times, speaks with Prof. Peter Beinart, senior political writer for the Daily Beast who teaches Political Reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Bill Keller has enjoyed a long and illustrious career at The Times, winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for his coverage of the Soviet Union, and serving as executive editor from 2003 to 2011, a time of transformation and challenge in the news media. He is currently an op-ed columnist and contributor to The New York Times Magazine. Beinart is a faculty member at CUNY’s Graduate Center and Graduate School of Journalism. He is a senior political writer for the Daily Beast, a contributor to Time, and the author of, most recently, The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris.

The Graduate Center’s Perspectives series with Peter Beinart features dynamic thinkers and practitioners examining the pressing political and public policy issues shaping our world today. Previous participants have included Christopher Hitchens, Tina Brown, Andrew Sullivan, and Paul Krugman.…

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America, You Sexy Bitch: Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black's Strip Club Stories

2012-08-10 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain visited strip clubs in Las Vegas while writing their book "America, You Sexy Bitch", and the pair share their lap dance stories.

Full video available for purchase at http://fora.tv/2012/07/17/Meghan_McCain_Michael_Ian_Black_America_You_Sexy_Bitch

Odd couple of the year, Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black have written "America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom". In a cross-country tour to probe our beautifully weird country, encountering everyone from gun lovers, flag burners, teen moms, poker players to politicians and gay parents, the liberal comedian dad and the rising pundit and media darling explored all the nooks of American life, while stopping at every Olive Garden they come across, of course. Witness the oddball odyssey and hear their story live at the Castro Theatre.

Michael Ian Black is a multi-talented actor, writer, comedian and director. Most recently, he's become a filmmaker, writing and directing "Wedding Daze" starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher.

Meghan Marguerite McCain is an American columnist, author and blogger. She is a daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain and Cindy Hensley McCain. McCain first received media attention in 2007 for her blog, McCain Blogette, on which she documented life on the campaign trail and mused about fashion, music, and pop culture. …

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Autopilot Everywhere: Automation Could Lead to Unmanned Commercial Flight

2012-08-09 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

MIT Professor Missy Cummings discusses how new developments in automated flight could change the nature of commercial shipping and passenger air travel.

Complete video available for free at: http://fora.tv/2012/05/01/WIRED_Business_Conference_Drones_Tractors__Beyond

MIT Professor Missy Cummings talks with WIRED's Chris Anderson about her experience as a fighter pilot and the future of drones and automation.…

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U.S. Security: 9/11 and Rapid Rise of Private Contractors

2012-08-08 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Washington Post journalist Dana Priest explains how, in the weeks following the 9/11 attack, Congress' security funding precipitated a massive budget for private-sector contractors.


Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/03/28/The_Security_Budget_Balancing_Cuts_and_Consequences

Who will be the reformers? Many countries view security as essentially an international issue, but a more comprehensive security needs domestic coordination—and leadership. Affordable security demands a search for cooperative strategies among foreign and domestic policymakers, between the private and public sector, and among countries that often disagree.…

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The Nation's Chris Hayes: Why Our Elites and Leaders Fail

2012-08-07 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

MSNBC Host and Editor-at-Large of The Nation Chris Hayes argues that the decline of meritocracy in U.S. leadership is resulting in elites that cannot help but fail. "We have a social model that is breaking down before our eyes," says Hayes, "a method of elite selection that is growing increasingly sclerotic, rigged, and corrupt."


Complete video available for purchase at http://fora.tv/2012/07/11/MSNBCs_Chris_Hayes_Meritocracy_and_Americas_Failing

In his new book, MSNBC's rising star Hayes offers a radically novel answer to what led America into the "Fail Decade": an era plagued with the failure of Congress, Wall Street and even Major League Baseball. An expert on political culture and political economy, Hayes mixes deft political analysis, timely social commentary, and deep historical understanding while offering a powerful argument that traces the roots of our present crisis and mistrust of authority to an unlikely source: meritocracy.…

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Curiosity and the Legacy of the Mars Rover Program

2012-08-06 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

William J. Clancey, Chief Scientist of Human-Centered Computing at the Intelligent Systems Division of the NASA Ames Center, discusses the lessons learned from the Mars Exploration Rovers "Spirit" and "Opportunity", and offers predictions for their latest rover, "Curiosity".

Complete video available for purchase at http://fora.tv/2012/02/27/William_J_Clancey_Voyages_of_Scientific_Discovery

For more than eight years, scientists have been doing fieldwork on Mars, the first overland investigation of another planet. Working through programmed robotic laboratories, called the Mars Exploration Rovers, they have a virtual experience of being on Mars. The Spirit and Opportunity teams have driven over 25 miles, taken thousands of photographs, analyzed the chemistry of the terrain, and inspected rocks by grinding them and taking microscopic images. How does working remotely through a robotic laboratory change the nature of field science? How does it change the scientists? A cognitive scientist with privileged access to mission operations, Clancey explains that the “robotic geologists” are not the rovers, but the scientists who have imaginatively projected themselves into the body of the machine.…

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Down to a Science: The Right Way to Pour and Taste a Beer

2012-08-02 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 4s

Dave McLean, owner and brewmaster of San Francisco's Magnolia Pub and Brewery, demonstrates the proper way to enjoy a beer. "We usually mindlessly open our beers and pour them, and don't think too much about it," he says.

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2009/06/15/The_Science_of_a_Good_Beer

Most of the time when we order up some beers, we're just happy to put that life-giving elixir into our bellies, especially after a rough work week. But it isn't often that we actually consider how the delicious beer is created.

Sure, we know that you need hops, whatever those are, and water, and some other stuff, and then you put it in a pot and ... then ... beer happens? Not quite.

Dave McLean details the science of brewing, from the perspective of a craft brewer.…

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The Making of a Never-Ending Water Slide Simulator

2012-08-01 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 4s

"Prototype This" hosts Joe Grand and Zoz Brooks detail the process of building a simulator that mimcs a never-ending water slide, the biggest project they built on their show.


Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/05/19/Grand_and_Brooks_Inside_Stories_from_Prototype_This

Joe Grand and Zoz Brooks were co-hosts of Prototype This, an engineering show that followed the real-life design process of a unique prototype each episode. This presentation shares stories and technical details of their favorite builds.…

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'The Obama M.O.': Assassinate with Drones and Commandos

2012-07-31 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 1s

Andrew J. Bacevich, Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University, discusses the consequences of the Obama Adminstration's "new M.O." in the war on terror: targeted military assassination.

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/03/27/World_Security_Balancing_Military_with_Key_Social_Needs

At a time of increasingly tight budgets, spending on traditional security concerns is increasingly in competition with broader domestic spending needs. Two critical questions now arise: First, what strategies and measures will assure world security in the 21st century? Second, how can we weigh the competing calls for traditional defense and efforts on emerging problems?…

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Hack the Future: Using Games to Teach Programming

2012-07-30 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Alex Peake, founder and CEO of Primer Labs, discusses his mentor program called Hack the Future along with his game Code Hero. Code Hero is a game that teaches you programming while you play.

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/05/20/Code_Hero_This_Game_Teaches_You_How_to_Make_Games

98% of kids are gamers. Can games teach 100% to code? Code Hero is a game that teaches how to make games with a code ray that shoots Javascript in Unity3D so you learn as you play to make games that make all knowledge playable.

Alex Peake is the founder and CEO of Primer Labs, a start-up that creates endless learning games to make all knowledge playable. Alex founded the alternative fashion company Tactical Corsets in 2009. Alex was the editor of Agile Journal, a web & mobile applications developer at Sling, and lead animation editor at Atomic Cartoons.…

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Frank Deford: 'The NCAA Cartel Is On Its Last Legs'

2012-07-27 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 4s

Sports Illustrated contributor Frank Deford criticizes the practices of the NCAA "cartel". Deford argues that it must change to survive, in part by paying the athletes, and sooner rather than later.


Complete video available for purchase at http://fora.tv/2012/06/13/Sports_Illustrated_Contributor_on_Life_as_a_Sportswriter

Frank Deford’s expansive career as a chronicler of American culture has included over 50 years of work as an award-winning writer for Sports Illustrated. In addition to his time spent as a sportswriter, his accomplishments have included longtime positions as a regular commentator for National Public Radio and a correspondent for HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Deford has authored 18 books spanning the genres of fiction, nonfiction and memoir, two of which have been made into screenplays. Now Deford provides a heterodox, entertaining and often poignant account of his, and ultimately America’s, experiences of sports journalism, from his post-Princeton jaunts in the 1960s, to his days at the Police Gazette and ESPN, to his work as a sportswriter today.…

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The Role of Play in Evolution and Survival

2012-07-26 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Megan Tulac, Director at the National Institute for Play, explains the important role of play in evolutionary history. Some species use play as "training for the unexpected," says Tulac.


Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/05/19/Megan_Tulac_I_Make_Therefore_I_Play

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but it annihilates the Maker! Making is playing and playing is essential to human ingenuity. Come learn about the science behind play - how it shapes the brain, encourages discovery and gets you hired at JPL!…

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Valerie Jarrett Praises Yahoo! for Hiring Pregnant CEO

2012-07-24 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser in the Obama Administration, talks about Yahoo's hiring of Marissa Mayer as CEO. Jarrett lauds Yahoo's decision to hire the pregnant former Google executive, and she advises that women should find workplaces that accommodate family planning.


Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/07/18/Valerie_Jarrett__Mika_Brzezinski_Women_in_the_World

Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She is also the Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, she was the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company. She also served as Co-Chair of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, and Senior Advisor to Obama's presidential campaign. …

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U.S. Hesitation to Invade Iran a 'Grave Mistake'

2012-07-23 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Abraham D. Sofaer, author of Taking on Iran, believes the United States should retaliate against attacks by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps even if conflict requires crossing the border into Iran. Sofaer believes that it would be "intolerable" for the U.S. not to retaliate a state killing American soldiers.


Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/06/27/Abraham_Sofaer_Why_US_Must_Get_Tough_with_Iran

A renowned expert in international law discusses legal options that the U.S. can pursue with Iran and how the U.S. can successfully use negotiation to convince Iran to give up any intention to develop nuclear weapons. It makes sense now, Sofaer posits, before Iran has shown both the abilities and the intention to develop nuclear weapons, for the U.S. to stop projecting weakness by indulging the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ illegal conduct, and to start utilizing any opportunity that greater strength provides to negotiate professionally and consistently.…

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Will the Singularity Save Us from Climate Change?

2012-07-20 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

George Polk, founder and CEO of The Catalyst Project, discusses two paths people are pursuing to mitigate the impact of climate change. He explains that many people have given up on saving the planet, and are instead attempting to advance technology to the point where we wonít need the planet at all.


Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/03/27/Fred_Guterl__Human_Safety_and_Sustainable_World_Security

Security today cannot come at the expense of security tomorrow. Long-term planning is needed to "win the future," and the earth will be a beneficiary of any effective comprehensive security program. Without the food, water and energy resources that fuel human society, traditional defense is meaningless. Sustainability is a core part of the security picture.…

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Sebastian Thrun: How Safe Does the Google Car Have to Be?

2012-07-19 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 1s

Sebastian Thrun, Professor of Computer Science and director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Stanford University, discusses the Google self-driving car, and it's higher safety standard than human-driven drivers. Despite its level of safety, it still has a tough road ahead of it in convincing people to trust it.


Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/05/01/WIRED_Business_Conference_The_Intelligence_Revolution


Sebastian Thrun talks with Jason Tanz about the self-driving car. Thrun is a Google Fellow and professor of computer science at Stanford University. Thrun is director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL). He led the development of the robotic vehicle Stanley which won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, and which is exhibited in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. His team also developed Junior, which placed second at the DARPA Urban Challenge in 2007.


Thrun is also known for his work on probabilistic programming techniques in robotics, with applications including robotic mapping. In recognition of his contributions, Thrun was elected into the National Academy of Engineering and also into the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 2007. In 2011, Thrun received the Max-Planck-Research Award.…

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Dark Energy: The Greatest Unknown Force of the Universe

2012-07-18 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Robbert Dijkgraaf, Dutch mathematical physicist and string theorist, discusses the greatest "known unknown" of the universe, dark energy. Dark matter and energy comprise approximately 96% of the universe, but know physicists know little about the physical phenomena.

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/03/20/Robbert_Dijkgraaf_The_End_of_Space_and_Time

Robbert Dijkgraaf's focus is on string theory, quantum gravity, and the interface between mathematics and particle physics, bringing them together in an accessible way, looking at sciences, the arts and other matters.…

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Chuck Close: Three Things You Should Learn in Grad School

2012-07-17 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Famed artist Chuck Close claims he rejected most of the "essential" teachings of graduate school. He outlines the three things he did learn in grad school that have helped him become a successful artist.


Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/05/08/Chuck_Close_in_Conversation_with_Bill_Kelly

Chuck Close has been a leading figure in contemporary art since the 1970s. He has developed a singular approach to painting, utilizing a rigorous system of gridding to produce images that possess both the realism of photography and the loose coloration of abstraction. In addition to painting, Close has worked in photography and printmaking. His work has been the subject of major retrospectives at such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.…

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Global Military Spending: Just Think of What Else We Could Buy

2012-07-17 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Former President of Costa Rica Óscar Arias Sànchez argues that the trillions of dollars spent in global defense spending could be better served by improving the societal welfare of developing nations.


Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/03/28/Oscar_Arias_Sanchez_Three_Ideas_Whose_Time_Has_Come

Óscar Arias Sánchez talks about the impact of military and security spending on global economic development.

Óscar Arias Sánchez (born 13 September 1940) is a Costa Rican politician who was President of Costa Rica from 2006 to 2010. He previously served as President from 1986 to 1990 and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his efforts to end civil wars then raging in several other Central American countries.…

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Joseph Stiglitz: Iraq War Caused the Great Recession

2012-07-13 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz argues that U.S. combat in Afghanistan and Iraq helped trigger 2008's economic collapse. According to Stiglitz, rises in oil prices, a culture of deregulation, and the housing bubble all stem from America's war involvement.

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/03/27/War_and_the_Economy_The_True_Cost_of_Conflict

Joseph Stiglitz discusses the hidden costs of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Joseph E. Stiglitz was born in Gary, Indiana in 1943. A graduate of Amherst College, he received his PHD from MIT in 1967, became a full professor at Yale in 1970, and in 1979 was awarded the John Bates Clark Award, given biennially by the American Economic Association to the economist under 40 who has made the most significant contribution to the field. He has taught at Princeton, Stanford, MIT and was the Drummond Professor and a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He is now University Professor at Columbia University in New York and Chair of Columbia University's Committee on Global Thought. He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia. In 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his analyses of markets with asymmetric information, and he was a lead author of the 1995 Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.…

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Michelle Obama & Walmart: Unlikely, Awkward Bedfellows

2012-07-12 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Author Raj Patel examines the conflicting messages coming from the White House surrounding First Lady Michelle Obama's commitment to health and exercise and her collaboration with Walmart. 

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/06/12/Raj_Patel_Haves_and_Have-Nots_of_the_Great_Food_Divide

Half the world is malnourished, the other half obese. Why is there such a large discrepancy between the haves and the have-nots for what we all need: food? Patel conducts a global investigation to make sense of the world food crisis and charges that “the food system is filled with choices made by a handful of powerful people, in smoke-filled rooms, over the objections of the majority.” Hear a story of nefarious false choices and of international resistance movements that takes you from seed to store to plate.…

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Will Print Survive the Next Ten Years?

2012-07-11 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Zite CEO Mark Johnson, journalist Chris Taylor, Mother Jones editor-in-chief Clara Jeffery, and Federated Media Publishing's chief community officer Laney Whitcanack discuss whether print media will still exist in 10 years.

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/05/10/Digital_Publishing_The_End_of_Print


The average San Franciscan is more likely to get their media from a screen than from a paper, so it’s no surprise that newspapers and magazines are shutting down all around us; the editorial space and the way we consume news has changed. What will editorial look like years from now? Will curated content really be king? Can non-digital publications stay afloat? Leading digital experts will share their experiences, honest thoughts and predictions for the future of publishing.…

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Willie Brown: Hillary Clinton for Vice President in 2012?

2012-07-10 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 1s

Willie Brown, political pundit and former Mayor of San Francisco, explains he wouldn't be surprised if Joe Biden doesn't have a job next year. He explains that President Obama might turn to Hillary Clinton to push him over the top in the 2012 election.

Complete video available for purchase at http://fora.tv/2012/05/15/Willie_Brown_2012_Annual_Lecture_on_Political_Trends

The inimitable former San Francisco mayor and renowned pundit gives his annual take on the political scene as we approach the presidential election.…

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Science Comedian Brian Malow: The Higgs Boson Walks Into a Church...

2012-07-09 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 1s

Enjoy this excerpt from science comedian Brian Malow's routine from Wonderfest 2009.


Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2009/11/08/Science_Laughs_Science_Comedian_Brian_Malow


Now an accomplished stand-up comic whose career has spanned more than a decade to include performances on CBS, A&E, TechTV, and the Discovery Channel, Brian Malow turns his sharp wit upon his first love: the world of science.…

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Does Natural Gas Fracking Improve America’s Security?

2012-07-06 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

In the debate whether America's natural gas boom is doing more harm than good, the panelists argue whether finding a solution at home liberates the United States from conflict for oil in the Middle East.

Complete video available for free at: http://fora.tv/2012/07/01/No_Fracking_Way_The_Natural_Gas_Boom_Is_Doing_Great_Harm

Presented in partnership with The Aspen Ideas Festival
Natural gas, touted for its environmental, economic, and national security benefits, is often thought of as the fuel that will “bridge” our transition from oil and coal to renewables. The ability to extract natural gas from shale formations through a method called hydraulic fracturing has unleashed vast, untapped sources—by some estimates, the U.S. now sits on a 100-year supply. But contamination from toxic chemicals used in the fracking process has been the source of increasing health and environmental concerns. Can natural gas be part of a clean energy solution, or is it a dangerous roadblock to a fossil-free future?…

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Colin Powell: Despite Iraq War, Bush Admin Improved World

2012-07-05 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

General Colin Powell, Secretary of State under the George W. Bush Administration, discusses the aftermath to his notorious weapons of mass destruction UN speech that helped incite war in Iraq. Despite the era of conflict, Powell argues that the Bush Administration brought some good to the world.

Complete video available for purchase at http://fora.tv/2012/06/07/General_Colin_Powell_on_Legacy_and_Leadership


Throughout his decades of service to the country, General Powell has kept his private life out of the limelight. Now, in his new book, "It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership", Powell is opening up to reveal the important principles that guided his journey from being the son of Jamaican immigrants to becoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the first African-American secretary of state. He will reveal the foundations for achievement and leadership that worked for him and can help make others' dreams come true, too.

Gen. Colin L. Powell served as the 65th US Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005. As a professional soldier for 35 years, Sec. Powell held many command and staff positions and rose to the rank of four-star general. From 1989 to 1993, he served as the 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military position in the US Department of Defense. During this time, he oversaw many crises, including Operation Desert Storm. He served previously as National Security Advisor to President Reagan. His civilian awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President's Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal, and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal.…

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How Big Tobacco Corrupts Science

2012-03-13 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 4s

Robert Proctor, Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University, explains ways in which the tobacco industry has manipulated science. Proctor argues that tobacco-friendly scientific research was "mounting a gigantic confusion campaign."

Complete video at http://fora.tv/2012/03/02/Does_Corporate_Funding_Corrupt_Science

Some 65% of all research and development in the U.S. is funded by private interests. History shows that the corporate funding of scientific research can be problematic — the tobacco industry offers a potent example. When corporations fund science, is truth the ultimate goal, or is stockholder profit?

Please join five outstanding scholars and teachers as they take part in a panel discussion that asks, “Does Corporate Funding Corrupt Science?”…

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How Americans Are Misinformed About Iran

2012-03-12 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 1s

Former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller discusses the perceived threat of Iran. He suggests that one of the main sources of alarm comes from the Republican debates, which he argues “are not enlightening, and not the place for any nuance or ambiguity.”

Complete video at http://fora.tv/2012/02/22/An_Evening_with_Bill_Keller

Bill Keller, op-ed columnist and former executive editor of The New York Times, speaks with Prof. Peter Beinart, senior political writer for the Daily Beast who teaches Political Reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Bill Keller has enjoyed a long and illustrious career at The Times, winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for his coverage of the Soviet Union, and serving as executive editor from 2003 to 2011, a time of transformation and challenge in the news media. He is currently an op-ed columnist and contributor to The New York Times Magazine. Beinart is a faculty member at CUNY’s Graduate Center and Graduate School of Journalism. He is a senior political writer for the Daily Beast, a contributor to Time, and the author of, most recently, The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris.

The Graduate Center’s Perspectives series with Peter Beinart features dynamic thinkers and practitioners examining the pressing political and public policy issues shaping our world today. Previous participants have included Christopher Hitchens, Tina Brown, Andrew Sullivan, and Paul Krugman.…

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Tom Brokaw: The Global Consequences of Greek Debt

2012-03-09 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 1s

Veteran journalist and special correspondent for NBC News Tom Brokaw believes that Greek debt might impact the U.S. economy. With fears that another global recession may be around the corner, Brokaw chides Washington for it's lack of urgency.

Complete video at http://fora.tv/2011/11/21/Tom_Brokaw_in_Silicon_Valley

With all of the current political, social and economic challenges facing our country, veteran television broadcaster Brokaw asks: What happened to the America I thought I knew?

In an effort to reconnect our families, communities and commitment to civic engagement, Brokaw looks back at his own family history and South Dakota upbringing and discusses the many changes that have transformed society. He offers inspiring stories of Americans who are leading the way for change in their own communities and shares his thoughts on how we can revitalize the promise of the American dream.…

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Can Israel Be Talked Out of Attacking Iran?

2012-03-08 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller discusses the role emotion plays in Israel’s desire to attack Iran. He describes all the logical arguments to dissuade attacking Iran, but admits that emotional reactions are “almost unreachable by those sorts of arguments.”

Complete video at http://fora.tv/2012/02/22/An_Evening_with_Bill_Keller

Bill Keller, op-ed columnist and former executive editor of The New York Times, speaks with Prof. Peter Beinart, senior political writer for the Daily Beast who teaches Political Reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Bill Keller has enjoyed a long and illustrious career at The Times, winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for his coverage of the Soviet Union, and serving as executive editor from 2003 to 2011, a time of transformation and challenge in the news media. He is currently an op-ed columnist and contributor to The New York Times Magazine. Beinart is a faculty member at CUNY’s Graduate Center and Graduate School of Journalism. He is a senior political writer for the Daily Beast, a contributor to Time, and the author of, most recently, The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris.

The Graduate Center’s Perspectives series with Peter Beinart features dynamic thinkers and practitioners examining the pressing political and public policy issues shaping our world today. Previous participants have included Christopher Hitchens, Tina Brown, Andrew Sullivan, and Paul Krugman.…

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Looking for a Job? How to Catch Google's Attention

2012-03-07 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 1s

Lazlo Bock, Vice President of People Operations at Google and George Anders, author of The Rare Find, lay out what prospective employees can do to attract Google's attention. Bock admits that Google often seeks out “people who are not looking for jobs.”

Complete video at http://fora.tv/2012/02/09/How_to_Hire_Like_Google_Bagging__Becoming_the_Rare_Find

Google’s unique hiring process and reputation for wooing potential hires has generated a lot of myths and models. What is the Google way? What is the philosophy of talent at the Bay Area’s most successful companies, and what skills can you develop to bring you to the top?

The nature of work is changing. Companies are learning to hire during a recession and hold onto increasingly smart, proficient and flexible employees. Anders and Bock are two leaders in the world of work. Come hear their perspectives on how to recruit and get recruited differently.…

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Tokyo Underworld: A Look Inside Yakuza Culture

2012-03-05 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Robert Whiting, author of "Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan", discusses the Japanese organized crime culture known as “yakuza”. He explains that yakuza try to distance themselves from the mafia by highlighting their strict code of conduct and their contributions to the public good.

Complete video at http://fora.tv/2012/02/16/Tokyo_Underworld_2012_An_Evening_with_Robert_Whiting

Robert Whiting has written a number of books on Japan, including "You Gotta Have Wa", "The Meaning of Ichiro" and "Tokyo Underworld", which is being developed as a series for HBO. In this lecture, Whiting addresses the intractable role of yakuza in virtually all areas of modern day society in Japan. He discusses the sequel to "Tokyo Underworld" that he is writing, shares insights into the genesis of the HBO project and talks about the recent National Geographic documentary "Crime Lords of Tokyo", in which he appeared.

Robert Whiting is an author and journalist who has written several successful books on contemporary Japanese culture - which include topics such as baseball and American gangsters operating in Japan. He was born in New Jersey, grew up in California and graduated from Sophia University in Tokyo. He has lived in Japan for a total of more than three decades since he first arrived there in the early 1960s. He currently divides his time between homes in Tokyo and California.…

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Richard Wolff on Greek Crisis: Harbinger of US Future?

2012-03-02 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Economics professor Richard Wolff breaks down Greece's latest round of European Union bailout loans. He deems the Greek crisis to be a “flash point” for global economics, and warns that the United States may follow a similar path.

Complete video at http://fora.tv/2012/02/14/Monthly_Update_with_Richard_D_Wolff_February_2012

Each month, Richard D. Wolff presents an an analysis of some particular economic topics and then opens the floor to questions, comments and a general discussion. This course takes place at the Brecht Forum in New York. Each month, we aim to develop participants’ understanding of and ability to explain to others the key economic developments of our time.

The updates focus on the evolving global capitalist economic crisis and its consequences. Professor Wolff examines topics such as: the social costs effects of the historic long-term US unemployment; national debt crises and “austerity programs” in Greece, Ireland, Spain, and beyond; changes in today’s Chinese economy and their global effects; tax reform and the entire tax issue in the US today; continuing crisis in the US housing and credit markets; the economics of immigration.…

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Alec Baldwin Reenacts His Favorite Skit from SNL

2012-03-01 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Alec Baldwin, funny man of “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live” fame, reenacts one of his favorite skits from his early days on “SNL.” Laughing at the show's numerous soap opera spoofs, Baldwin fondly refers to “SNL” as “the only place in the world where you can do something that stupid.”

Complete video at http://fora.tv/2009/12/03/TimesTalks_A_Conversation_with_Alec_Baldwin

Watch the sparks fly as Emmy-winning actor Alec Baldwin, co-star of TV's "30 Rock" and the 2009 film "It's Complicated," talks with New York Times book critic Janet Maslin.

TimesTalks is The New York Times's premier event program featuring intimate discussions with Times journalists and some of today's top talents and thinkers from the fields of film, theater, television, art, politics, media, food and dining, sports and more.…

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How Renoir's Mistress Launched His Career

2012-02-29 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Curator of European Painting at The Art Institute of Chicago Gloria Groom explains how Renoir's mistress, Lise Trehot, helped launch his career. Lise Trehot posed for nearly 20 of Renoir's early paintings, between 1866-1872.

Complete video at http://fora.tv/2012/02/22/Fashioning_the_Mistress_Gloria_Groom

Between 1866 and 1872 Renoir featured his mistress Lise Tréhot in more than thirty paintings, ranging from small and intimate genre scenes to the full-length canvases that he exhibited. Tréhot, wearing the most up-to-the-minute fashions, served as Renoir’s calling card by advertising the artist as a painter of modern life, and especially of the fashionable Parisienne. This lecture will explore Renoir’s access and relationship to the burgeoning fashion industry and Tréhot’s collaborative role in helping to launch his artistic career.…

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Fred Wilson: "Everybody Is a Pirate, So Fix the System"

2012-02-27 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Fred Wilson, managing partner at Union Square Ventures, passionately argues that “everybody is a pirate” of copyrighted digital content because internet content isn't convenient for consumption. The content delivery system is flawed, he believes, and “in a world where everybody is breaking the law, you got to look at the law: is it the right law?”

Complete video at http://fora.tv/2012/02/14/Paley_Center_Protecting_Content__Promoting_Innovation

In the wake of the uproar among the technology and entertainment industries over the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA), the search for common ground and a way forward is more urgent than ever. Join NBCUniversal's Richard Cotton and Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson for an open conversation on imagining a digital world in which content creators and tech innovators can thrive and flourish.

Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. He currently is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures and also founded Flatiron Partners. Wilson has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He blogs at avc.com.…

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Richard Wolff: 'Capitalism Is Not Working'

2012-02-24 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Economics professor Richard Wolff attributes the global economic crisis to the failure of the capitalist system. He argues that the root cause of the problem is over-borrowing, and that capitalism runs on an unsustainable cycle.

Complete video at http://fora.tv/2012/02/14/Monthly_Update_with_Richard_D_Wolff_February_2012

Each month, Richard D. Wolff presents an an analysis of some particular economic topics and then opens the floor to questions, comments and a general discussion. This course takes place at the Brecht Forum in New York. Each month, we aim to develop participants’ understanding of and ability to explain to others the key economic developments of our time.

The updates focus on the evolving global capitalist economic crisis and its consequences. Professor Wolff examines topics such as: the social costs effects of the historic long-term US unemployment; national debt crises and “austerity programs” in Greece, Ireland, Spain, and beyond; changes in today’s Chinese economy and their global effects; tax reform and the entire tax issue in the US today; continuing crisis in the US housing and credit markets; the economics of immigration.

Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University in New York. Wolff has also taught economics at Yale University, City University of New York, University of Paris I (Sorbonne), and The Brecht Forum in New York City. In 2010, Wolff published Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It, also released as a DVD. He will release three new books in 2012: Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism, with David Barsamian (San Francisco: City Lights Books), Contending Economic Theories: Neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian, with Stephen Resnick (Cambridge, MA, and London: MIT University Press), and Democracy at Work (Chicago: Haymarket Books).…

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Stem Cells and Medicine: Be Your Own Guinea Pig

2012-02-23 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 4s

Complete video at http://fora.tv/2012/02/15/Stem_Cells_Not_What_They_Used_to_Be

Dr. Bruce Conklin, Senior Investigator at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, discusses the potential applications of stem cells in personalized medicine. By introducing a set of genes called the "Yamanaka factors," a simple skin sample can be transformed into something as complex as functioning heart tissue -- which could potentially be used to completely personalize medical testing.

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Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth. In many tissues, they serve as a sort of internal repair system, dividing essentially without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive. San Francisco’s Gladstone Institutes is a leading force in stem cell research. In this presentation, Gladstone Investigator Dr. Bruce Conklin explains the surprising past, present, and future of stem cells.…

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SNL Writer Zweibel Learned to Improvise from Mr. Ed Skit

2012-02-22 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 4s

Comic writer Alan Zweibel, co-author of Lunatics with Dave Barry, recalls how writing for Saturday Night Live in the 1970s taught him to be flexible and improvise, particularly in a skit that involved an uncooperative horse.

Complete video at http://fora.tv/2012/01/19/Dave_Barry_and_Alan_Zweibel_-_Authors_of_Lunatics

Beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Barry and quirky Thurber Prize-winning writer and "SNL" alum Zweibel take you on a literary journey of inspiration and mayhem. In a world filled with unbelievable jerks and morons, the two main characters of their new book "Lunatics" are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese. Experience the world through the eyes and words of bestselling humorist Barry and five-time Emmy Award winner, renowned "SNL" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" writer Zweibel – a sure way to tickle your funny bone!

Dave Barry is a humor columnist. For 25 years he was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.

An original Saturday Night Live writer who the New York Times says has â"earned a place in the pantheon of American pop culture," Alan Zweibel has won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild of America, and TV Critics awards for his work in television which also includes It's Garry Shandling's Show, Monk, PBS's Great Performances, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.…

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Jimmy Fallon: SNL, Late Night and First Impressions

2012-02-21 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

"I think Saturday Night Live was my ultimate goal," says Jimmy Fallon, host of "Late Night". Fallon recounts his early knack for impressions and the satisfaction of winning $700 during his early days of comedy.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/01/08/A_Conversation_with_Jimmy_Fallon

The host of NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on the first year of his show, what it's been like to follow Conan, his six years creating characters on Saturday Night Live and more. Interviewed by Bill Carter.

TimesTalks is The New York Times's premier event program featuring intimate discussions with Times journalists and some of today's top talents and thinkers from the fields of film, theater, television, art, politics, media, food and dining, sports and more.…

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Quentin Tarantino: Keeping Morality Out of the Question

2012-02-17 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Director Quentin Tarantino explains the philosophy behind the anti-heroes that so frequently fill the role of the protagonist in his films. "I try to have morality not even be an issue at all when it comes to my characters," he says.

Complete video at http://fora.tv/2010/08/14/A_Conversation_with_Quentin_Tarantino

Hear Oscar-winning screenwriter, director and actor Quentin Tarantino ("Reservoir Dogs," "Pulp Fiction," "Kill Bill," "Grind House") discuss filmmaking, his work and his latest movie, "Inglourious Basterds." Interviewed by New York Times Magazine editor at large Lynn Hirschberg.

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Natalie Portman's First Review: 'She Poses Better Than She Acts'

2012-02-16 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Natalie Portman jokes about her first bad review, which she received when she was just twelve years old, for her work in the 1994 cult classic "Leon: The Professional."

Complete video available at http://fora.tv/2010/01/08/A_Conversation_with_Natalie_Portman

The Gotham 2009 Tribute Award winner talks about acting, writing and directing, and producing for three different films back-to-back, including her critically acclaimed performance in Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers.” Interviewed by Patrick Healy.

TimesTalks is The New York Times's premier event program featuring intimate discussions with Times journalists and some of today's top talents and thinkers from the fields of film, theater, television, art, politics, media, food and dining, sports and more.…

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A Robot Teaches Itself How to Walk

2012-02-15 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 5s

Cornell University professor Hod Lipson demonstrates how a robot can teach itself to walk without any knowledge of its form and function. "Within a relatively small number of these babbling actions, it will figure out what it looks like," Lipson says. He adds that eventually "it can figure out how to move."

Complete video available at http://fora.tv/2012/01/19/Cognitive_Robotics_and_Artificial_Intelligence

Join an audience at swissnex San Francisco as scientists from Switzerland and the US discuss their research on humanoid robots, cognitive robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI). Hear how some robots self-reflect, self-improve, and adapt to new circumstances, and whether it’s possible for robots of the future to possess the same cognitive characteristics as humans.

Cornell University’s Hod Lipson is seeking to understand if machines can learn analytical laws automatically. For centuries, scientists have attempted to identify and document analytical laws underlying physical phenomena in nature. Despite the prevalence of computing power, the process of finding natural laws and their corresponding equations has resisted automation. Lipson has developed machines that take in information about their environment and discover natural laws all on their own, even learning to walk.

Rolf Pfeifer directs the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Zurich. Together with his scientific assistant Pascal Kaufmann, Pfeifer presents current AI research and a humanoid robot in the Ecce family referred to as Cronos. Instead of copying only the outward form of a human, Cronos mimics the inner structures as well—bones, joints, muscles, and tendons—and thus has more human-like actions and interactions in the world.…

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Food Network's Alton Brown: Learn to Cook Good Eats

2012-02-13 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 5s

Alton Brown, host of the Food Network's "Good Eats," discusses the role of TV chefs and written recipes in learning how to cook, emphasizing the importance of one-on-one instruction. "I can quantify every little thing, but in the end, there is just the manual activity of cooking," he says. "And it is amazing how many ways there are to foul it up."

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/10/09/Alton_Brown_Mixing_It_Up

The creator/producer/host of the hit Food Network show "Good Eats," best-selling cookbook author and source of culinary wit and wisdom on "Iron Chef America," sits down to talk. Interviewed by Julia Moskin, New York Times food writer.

TimesTalks is The New York Times's premier event program featuring intimate discussions with Times journalists and some of today's top talents and thinkers from the fields of film, theater, television, art, politics, media, food and dining, sports and more.…

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Lawrence Lessig: 'Money Buys Results in Congress'

2012-02-06 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Lawrence Lessig, professor of law at Stanford University, points out a fact that we all know: Congress has been corrupted by money. Government distrust has led to abysmal Congressional approval ratings, and he asserts, "there was more support for the British Crown in our government at the time of the Revolution than there is support for our Congress today."

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2012/01/17/How_Money_Corrupts_Congress_and_a_Plan_to_Stop_It

A dazzlingly incisive presenter, Lawrence Lessig specializes in identifying deep systemic problems in public process (such as copyright malfunction and Congressional dysfunction) and then showing how they can be cured. Currently he is bearing down on the corruption of Congress by the practice of private funding for public elections through campaign contributions. He writes: "The dependency of modern campaign finance is the single most important cause of the bankruptcy of Congress. Fixing this bankruptcy is the single most important reform effort that Americans face just now." As he did with helping fix copyright problems via Creative Commons, he has a plan for reforming elections to reestablish Congressional trust and effectiveness. (Public trust in Congress is currently at 12%.)

Lessig is director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University and author of Republic, Lost (2011) and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace (2000 and 2006). - The Long Now Foundation…

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Big Ideas and Smart Technology: Solving Society’s Problems

2012-02-03 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Peter Biddle, Intel’s General Manager of Services Platform, and Brian David Johnson, Intel’s Futurist, talk about how technology can help solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges including global warming.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/11/30/The_Next_50_Years__Will_Tech_Solve_Humanitys_Problems

Experts from Intel Corporation discuss major problems facing humanity, including global warming, an aging world population and the relentless pace of technology. Will better technology solve these problems or are humans hitting a fundamental physical barrier to progress?

At FORA.tv we are devoted to fostering the next generation of Big Ideas. This video is brought to you in partnership with Intel, the company dedicated to unleashing innovation, creativity and Big Ideas with next-generation technology.…

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Coral Reef Surgeon Fish: Evolving to Compete Through Mimicry

2012-02-01 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Luiz Rocha, Assistant Curator and Follett Chair of Ichthyology at the California Academy of Sciences, highlights the evolutionary advantage of the surgeon fish. The surgeon's genes allow them to mimic angelfish, entitling them to greater resources in the coral reef.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2012/01/24/Diversity_and_Evolution_of_Coral_Reef_Fishes

Dr. Luiz Rocha, Assistant Curator, Ichthyology, California Academy of Sciences. Join us to welcome new curator on the ichthyology team, Dr. Luiz Rocha. Dr. Rocha's research interests center on the evolution, biogeography, and ecology of coral reef fishes. His overarching goal is to understand what drives the extremely high biodiversity found in tropical reefs. He has embarked on numerous expeditions around the world, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Polynesia, Micronesia, the Caribbean, South America, and Africa. His field work in Sao Tome was covered by National Geographic in 2008, and he appeared in a Science Channel documentary in 2009 discussing the effects of radiation at Bikini Atoll. - The California Academy of Sciences…

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Why Aren't More Consumers Buying Online?

2012-01-31 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Ken and Ben Lerer, father and son partners of Lerer Media Ventures, argue that future commerce will be transacted almost exclusively online. Today, eCommerce accounts for less than five percent of all commerce, and Ben Lerer believes “people are super stupid” for not capitalizing on a quickly growing market.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2012/01/24/MC_Breakfast_with_Ken_and_Ben_Lerer

The Paley Center for Media presents a Media Council Breakfast with Ken and Ben Lerer. This program was recorded on January 24, 2012.

Kenneth Lerer is a Manager of Lerer Ventures. He was the chairman and cofounder of The Huffington Post and is chairman of Betaworks, Bedrocket and Buzzfeed. He is a member of Pilot Group LLC, a private investment firm. Lerer is chairman emeritus of the Public Theater in New York City and serves on the boards of directors of several nonprofit organizations, including Association to Benefit Children (ABC), the Bank Street College of Education and HealthRight International. In 2008-09, Lerer served as the Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence at Columbia Journalism School.

Ben Lerer is a Manager of Lerer Ventures and the cofounder and CEO of Thrillist.com, a leading men’s multi-platform lifestyle publication with over 3 million daily subscriptions in 19 localized markets in the U.S. and the U.K. Since its launch in 2005, Lerer has overseen the growth of Thrillist's marketing, sales and business development efforts, as well as its recent expansion into e-commerce with the acquisition of members only online retailer JackThreads.com and the launch of localized commerce platform Thrillist Rewards. Thrillist has been placed on Inc Magazine's list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. for two years running. Lerer serves on the Board of Directors for the East River Development Alliance, a New York non-profit organization and is an Associate Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS).…

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The Future of Technology in 90 Seconds

2012-01-27 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 1s

Phil McKinney, recently retired vice president and chief technology officer of the $40 billion Personal Systems Group at HP, and Brad Peters, CEO of Burst Inc., a leader in cloud-based business intelligence and analytics, talk about the value of great ideas and the emergent behavior of social media.

Watch the full 52-minute program here: http://fora.tv/2011/11/30/Future_Shock_Technology_in_the_Next_10_Years

Some of the best minds in Silicon Valley discuss the future of technology, from cool flat-surface displays to self-organizing social media and proliferation of billions of mobile devices.

At FORA.tv we are devoted to fostering the next generation of Big Ideas. This video is brought to you in partnership with Intel, the company dedicated to unleashing innovation, creativity and Big Ideas with next-generation technology.…

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Carl Levin on Romney's Taxes: There's Nothing 'Ordinary' About a Swiss Bank Account

2012-01-26 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 1s

Speaking to reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) called on GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to release his tax returns from before 2010, and chided the former governor of Massachusetts for dismissing a now-closed Swiss bank account as "ordinary."

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/series/monitor_breakfast

On Thursday, January 26, Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined the Monitor Breakfast for a conversation with reporters.

Carl Milton Levin is the senior United States Senator from Michigan, serving since 1979. He is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He has been Michigan's senior senator since 1995.…

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Online Marketing: Google's Zero Moment of Truth

2012-01-25 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Jeremy Arnon, Strategic Partner Development of Mobile Commerce for Google, examines a new trend in how consumers make purchase decisions. He argues that there's a new paradigm: ZMOT, or zero moment of truth.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/conference/l2_mobile_2012

In Q4 2010, smartphone shipments overtook those of PCs for the first time.Throughout 2011, we saw traffic from non-PC devices in the U.S. grow to seven percent of all digital traffic, fueled by the adoption of tablets. And last month, PayPal data revealed a four-fold (371 percent) increase in the number of customers shopping through mobile devices on Black Friday.

Accordingly, the conversation among marketers has shifted from anticipating the impact of mobile technology to reacting to the ways by which the mobile population is challenging traditional norms governing consumer behavior.

In January, L2 will release its first Prestige 100: Mobile IQ Index, profiling the mobile efforts of 100 leading brands across five distinct industries: Beauty and Cosmetics, Fashion, Hospitality, Luxury Retail, and Watches and Jewelry.

In this Clinic, we will explore the most critical trends in the mobile space. Topics will include implementation of mobile payment systems, augmented consumerism, mobile advertising, the impact of HTML5, and associated case studies.…

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Christina Romer: Two Hundred Thousand Jobs is Not Enough

2012-01-24 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Christina Romer, Former Obama administration Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers calls the recent report on job growth “not good enough” to signal a strong recovery.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2012/01/20/Christina_Romer__Michael_Boskin_Economic_Forecast

Christina Romer and Michael Boskin: 2012 Economic Forecast

As our struggling economy and nation limp into a critical election year, don’t miss this chance to hear a lively discussion with two former top presidential economic advisors on where the U.S. and global economies are headed in 2012 and what should be done to put them on track. - The Commonwealth Club of California

Christina Romer is former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers for the Obama Administration. Romer now serves as the Class of 1957-Garff B. Wilson Professor of Economics at the University of California Berkeley. Before teaching at Berkeley, she taught economics and public affairs at Princeton University from 1985-1988. Until her nomination, she was co-director of the Program in Monetary Economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research and served as Vice President of the American Economic Association, where she was also a member of the executive committee. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.…

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Art in Science: How Innovative Images Led to a 'Miraculous' Revolution in Neurology

2012-01-23 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 4s

Carl Schoonover, author of Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century , describes the “miraculous” revolution that occurred in neural imaging during the late 19th century. Because of the work of two men, he explains, our image of the brain went from “the gross outer contour” to “a representation of objects residing inside of brain matter.”

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/03/14/Carl_E_Schoonover_Portraits_of_the_Mind

To open the exhibition, Neural Architectures, we celebrate the beauty of brain imagery with presentations from curator Benjamin Bollmann and Carl E. Schoonover, author of The New York Times bestseller, Portraits of the Mind.

Portraits collects images of the brain from medieval sketches to scans captured in today’s labs for an amazing tour of the mind, with descriptions of each technique from leading neuroscientists. Book signing during the reception in collaboration with Book Passage.

Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century (Abrams, November 2010) follows the fascinating exploration of the brain through images. These beautiful black-and-white and vibrantly colored images, many resembling abstract art, are employed daily by scientists around the world, but most have never before been seen by the general public. From medieval sketches and 19th-century drawings by the founder of modern neuroscience to images produced using state-of-the-art techniques, readers are invited to witness the fantastic networks in the brain.

Each chapter in Portraits of the Mind addresses a different set of techniques for studying the brain, and each is introduced with an essay by a leading scientist in that field. Extended captions provide detailed explanations of each image as well as the major insights gained by scientists over the course of the past twenty years. The result is a peek at the mind's innermost workings, helping readers to understand, and offering clues about what may lie ahead.…

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News Corp's Jon Miller: Is Google 'On the Wrong Side' of SOPA?

2012-01-19 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Jon Miller, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Digital Media Group at News Corp, frames the argument for and against SOPA, and explains why News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch tweeted his opinion that Google's stance against SOPA is "on the wrong side" of the issue.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2012/01/18/Exploring_Entertainment_Content_in_the_Cloud

Exploring Entertainment Content in the Cloud Will viewers embrace digital lockers and store their favorite content in the cloud? Join PricewaterhouseCoopers and The Paley Center for Media to explore current trends related to consumer perceptions and potential business models related to digital lockers. Given the release of multiple new cloud-based lockers, industry executives are watching consumers closely to see if these lockers can be attractive and encourage purchase behavior. PwC will share results of its latest consumer survey on consumer interest, perceived benefits, and willingness to adopt digital lockers. - Paley Center for Media

Mr. Jonathan F. Miller, Jon serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Digital Media Group at News Corp. and has been its Chief Digital Officer since April 2009. Mr. Miller has been the Chief Digital Officer since March 2009. He serves as an Advisor of LaunchBox Digital and Mochila, Inc. Mr. Miller served as an Advisor of General Atlantic LLC. He advised General Atlantic LLC on media and consumer related sectors. Mr. Miller has extensive management experience in interactive services, media, entertainment, and associated enabling technologies. He is a digital media veteran known for his strategic and operational expertise.…

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LA Mayor Villaraigosa: 'Bad News' Coming In Obama Budget

2012-01-18 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Speaking to reporters at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor, Antonio Villaraigosa, Conference of Mayors President and Mayor of Los Angeles, warned that fiscal and political realities could mean President Obama's coming budget will have "draconian" cuts to programs held dear by progressives.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/series/monitor_breakfast

On Wednesday, January 18, Antonio Villaraigosa, Conference of Mayors President and Mayor of Los Angeles, joined the Monitor Breakfast for a conversation with reporters.

Antonio R. Villaraigosa is the 41st mayor of Los Angeles and has held the office since 2005. During his first term, Villaraigosa built the police force to its largest size in history, oversaw the steepest reduction in crime since the 1950s, and developed LA's first comprehensive anti-gang strategy. Having dedicated much of his first term to reforming LA's public schools, he now oversees the Partnership for LA Schools, which runs ten of the lowest-performing schools.…

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Passions Run High at UN Palestine Debate

2012-01-17 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Passions ran high as Dore Gold, Aaron David Miller, Mustafa Barghouti, and Daniel Levy argued about whether Palestine should be accepted as a U.N. Member state. Moderator John Donvan stepped in to cool the fervor that threatened to derail the order of the debate.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2012/01/10/The_UN_Should_Admit_Palestine_as_a_Full_Member_State

The U.N. Should Admit Palestine as a Full Member State: An Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate. This program was recorded on January 10, 2012.

FOR THE MOTION:
Dr. Mustafa Barghouti
Daniel Levy

AGAINST THE MOTION:
Dore Gold
Aaron David Miller

MODERATOR:
John Donvan

On September 23, 2011, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to request full membership for the State of Palestine. America’s veto power renders their bid largely symbolic, but there could be leverage gained– like indirect recognition of statehood– in the process. After 20 years of failed talks with Israel, can this plea to the international community be the only path left to a two-state solution, or have the Palestinians set the peace process back by bypassing negotiations?…

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Interstellar Travel: Will We Ever Get Out of the Solar System?

2012-01-12 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Astronomer Royal Martin Rees discusses the various options for colonizing worlds beyond our own solar system, and expresses skepticism that humanity will ever achieve faster-than-light travel. "There are hypothetical time machines, but the only one that's been worked out involves creating a black hole weighing as much as 10,000 suns," says Rees. "That seems a pretty tall technological order."

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/08/02/Martin_Rees_Lifes_Future_in_the_Cosmos

Former President of the Royal Society, England's Astronomer Royal, Lord Martin Rees brings a lifetime of cosmological inquiry to a crucial question: What if human success on Earth determines life's success in the universe?

He thinks that civilization's chances of getting out of this century intact are about 50-50. He is hopeful that extraterrestrial life already exists, but there's no sign of it yet. But even if we are now alone, he notes that we may not even be the halfway stage of evolution.

There is huge scope for post-human evolution, so that "it will not be humans who watch the sun's demise, 6 billion years from now. Any creatures that then exist will be as different from us as we are from bacteria or amoebae."

Appropriately, Rees's Long Now talk was at the Chabot Space and Science Center in the hills above Oakland, in the planetarium. - The Long Now Foundation

Martin John Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow, OM, FRS is a British cosmologist and astrophysicist. He has been Astronomer Royal since 1995 and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge since 2004. He was President of the Royal Society between 2005 and 2010.…

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The Era of Entanglement: Humanity Is 'Back to the Jungle'

2012-01-10 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Danny Hillis, co-chairman of the technology and design firm Applied Minds, characterizes the present day as a "post-Enlightenment" point in time in which people no longer understand the technology that surrounds them. Branding it the "Entanglement Era," Hillis compares humanity's current relationship to the technological environment to its relationship to the natural environment, such as a jungle.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/10/24/World_Changing_Ideas

SETTING THE CONTEXT: WHAT'S POSSIBLE, WHAT MATTERS, WHAT'S AHEAD

World Changing Ideas

A conversation between:
Danny Hillis, Co-Chairman, Applied Minds
Mariette DiChristina, Editor in Chief, Scientific American

Compass Summit, a forum for true interaction and exchange, examines some of today's most pressing problems through the lens of global citizenship, recognizing that human ingenuity is an unlimited resource. Guided by NPR's Ira Flatow, an intimate group of some of the world's best thinkers and doers convened along the rugged Palos Verdes coastline on Oct 23-26, 2011 at Terranea Resort to engage in meaningful conversation, ask questions, and challenge ideas -- we invite you to join in the conversation.

Danny Hillis is an inventor, scientist, author and engineer. While completing his doctorate at MIT, he pioneered the concept of parallel computers that is now the basis for most supercomputers, as well as the RAID disk array technology used to store large databases. He holds over 150 U.S. patents, covering parallel computers, disk arrays, forgery prevention methods, and various electronic and mechanical devices. Danny is also the designer of a 10,000-year mechanical clock.…

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Will the Pursuit of Happiness Make You Happy?

2012-01-06 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Does the pursuit of happiness actually lead to happiness? Stanford business professor Jennifer Aaker reveals surprising data from two studies that may suggest otherwise.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/conference/l2_innovation_forum_2011

A social psychologist and marketer, Jennifer is the General Atlantic Professor of Marketing at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Her research spans time, money, and happiness. She focuses on questions such as: What actually makes people happy, as opposed to what they think makes them happy? How can small acts create infectious action, and how can such effects be fueled by social media? Jennifer's work is widely published in the leading scholarly journals in psychology and marketing, and her work has been featured in a variety of media including The Economist, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Most recently she has co-authored The Dragonfly Effect: Quick Effective Powerful Ways to Harness Social Media for Impact.…

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Peter Diamandis on Tapping 'Cognitive Surplus' to Solve Global Problems

2012-01-05 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Calling on Clay Shirky's “cognitive surplus” theory, Peter Diamandis, chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, argues that the best way to solve the world's problems and encourage social innovation is to engage the passionate mind.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/11/30/Driving_Effective_Social_Innovation

Driving Effective Social Innovation. This program was recorded on November 30, 2011.

Dan'l Lewin
Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business Development
Microsoft

Peter Diamandis
Chairman and CEO
X PRIZE Foundation

Richard Hall
Director, Global Strategic Alliances
Intel Corporation

Moderator:
Jean-Louis Robadey
SVP Social Innovation
Waggener Edstrom

The Social Innovation Summit brings together top executives and thought leaders from around the globe to discuss opportunities for leveraging technology and innovation to affect social change. Attendees will discuss philanthropic trends, analyze innovative approaches for problem solving and build lasting partnerships that enable them and their organizations to discover new means of engaging with social challenges.…

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Michael Moore: America Is a Liberal Nation

2012-01-04 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Filmmaker Michael Moore cites Americans' positions on several issues to support his claim that America is a predominantly liberal nation.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/10/02/Michael_Moore_Here_Comes_Trouble

Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life is an unflinchingly honest, take-no-prisoners ride through the life of Oscar-winning filmmaker and bestselling author Michael Moore. Moore shares far-ranging, irreverent, and stranger-than-fiction vignettes from his early life. One moment he's an 11-year-old boy lost in the Senate and found by Bobby Kennedy; and in the next, he's inside the Bitburg cemetery with Ronald Reagan. At 17, he goes to get a snack and ends up on the news, creating a firestorm that helps eliminate racial discrimination at private establishments across America. Funny, eye-opening, and moving, it's the book he has been writing and living his entire life. - Sixth and I Historic Synagogue

Michael Moore is an Academy Award-winning American filmmaker, author and liberal political commentator. He is the director and producer of Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Sicko, three of the top five highest-grossing documentaries of all time. In September 2008, he released his first free movie on the Internet, Slacker Uprising, documenting his personal crusade to encourage more Americans to vote in presidential elections. He has also written and starred in the TV shows "TV Nation" and "The Awful Truth." Moore is a self-described liberal who has criticized globalization, large corporations, assault weapon ownership, the Iraq War, U.S. President George W. Bush and the American health care system in his written and cinematic works. In 2005, Time magazine named him one of the world's 100 most influential people.…

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Why Is Science Great? It Illuminates God, Says Deepak Chopra

2012-01-03 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Author and spiritual leader Deepak Chopra discusses the role of science in his system of beliefs. While scientific advances in areas like medicine are important, he explains, “God is much more awesome … thanks to science.”

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/10/06/Deepak_Chopra_and_Leonard_Mlodinow_War_of_the_Worldviews

Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow: War of the Worldviews. Presented in collaboration with Sixth and I Historic Synagogue.

In War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality, the two bestselling authors debate the most fundamental questions of human existence.

How did the universe begin? Where did life come from? Is there design in nature?

Without defending organized religion, Chopra asserts that there is design in the universe and a deep intelligence behind the rise of life. Mlodinow, CalTech physicist and the writing collaborator of Stephen Hawking, argues for the viewpoint of science, specifically of modern quantum physics.

War of the Worldviews opens the public's eyes to the fascinating frontier where knowledge and mystery converge and every assumption about life, God, and the universe are open to debate. Program moderated by Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of the Special Olympics.

Deepak Chopra is the author of more than fifty books translated into more than thirty-five languages. Dr. Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management, and a senior scientist with the Gallup Organization. He is founder and president of the Alliance for a New Humanity.…

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Science, Religion, and the Natural World

2011-12-30 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Physicist Leonard Mlodinow distinguishes between what he sees as the roles of science and religion in understanding the world. While some find spirituality useful for explaining some of the things science can't, he explains, problems arise when spiritual answers are given to material questions.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/10/06/Deepak_Chopra_and_Leonard_Mlodinow_War_of_the_Worldviews

Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow: War of the Worldviews. Presented in collaboration with Sixth and I Historic Synagogue.

In War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality, the two bestselling authors debate the most fundamental questions of human existence.

How did the universe begin? Where did life come from? Is there design in nature?

Without defending organized religion, Chopra asserts that there is design in the universe and a deep intelligence behind the rise of life. Mlodinow, CalTech physicist and the writing collaborator of Stephen Hawking, argues for the viewpoint of science, specifically of modern quantum physics.

War of the Worldviews opens the public's eyes to the fascinating frontier where knowledge and mystery converge and every assumption about life, God, and the universe are open to debate. Program moderated by Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of the Special Olympics.

Physicist and author Leonard Mlodinow explores the extraordinary extent to which randomness, chance and probability influence and shape our work and everyday lives. Mlodinow was a writer for the television series MacGyver and Star Trek: The Next Generation and co-author with Stephen Hawking of the recent best-seller The Grand Design.…

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Using Video Games as Therapy

2011-12-29 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 4s

Chris Bertram, network investigator for NeuroDevNet, explains his organization's innovative work, which aims to leverage the interest and skill associated with gaming by turning video games into therapy.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/10/13/Next_Level_How_Games_Improve_Health_and_Healthcare

Next Level Health: How Games Improve Health and Healthcare

Sure, computer games are fun, but that does not mean they can’t also have important health benefits. In fact, hospitals, doctors, and researchers today are collaborating with creative game developers worldwide. And games can now be used to train our brains, assist doctors and nurses, motivate rehabilitation, and help keep us fit.

The evening’s program will showcase some of the most innovative applied games currently being used for health and healthcare purposes.

Designing health games that are appealing, engaging, and impactful is both an art and a science. Hear from representatives of the Applied Game Design research program in the Netherlands and meet the researchers and developers behind the YouGrabber glove and Gabarello, a therapeutic game developed for a physiotherapy robot. Learn how a neurofeedback game helps children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and how another helps to improve memory. Get a peek at what a surgery training game
 soon to be released on Nintendo looks like, and learn how health gaming is now a burgeoning field in Canada, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. After the presentations, try out some of the games yourself, explore the exhibition, and exchange ideas with the speakers and each other.

This event is organized by swissnex San Francisco, the Netherlands Consulate General in San Francisco, and the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco.…

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The Mystery of Paleontology's 'Hobbit'

2011-12-28 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 4s

Ian Tattersall, paleoanthropologist and curator at the American Museum of Natural History, describes the discovery of fossil LB1 (nicknamed the “hobbit”), and the mystery surrounding the nearly complete skeleton.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/12/06/A_Debate_Who_Was_the_Hobbit

Leakey Lecture - A Debate: Who was the Hobbit?

Dr. Robert Martin
Field Museum of Natural History

Dr. Ian Tattersall
American Museum of Natural History

Found on an obscure island, the tiny, small-brained, big-footed, "Homo florensiencsis," or "the hobbit," is unlike any other discovery. Where did this being come from, and who are its ancestors? In this light-hearted debate, two eminent biological anthropologists, attempt to lift a corner of the veil obscuring one of paleoanthropology's most intriguing mysteries. This program is jointly sponsored by the Leakey Foundation and the California Academy of Sciences.

Ian Tattersall is currently Curator in the Department of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Born in England and raised in East Africa, he has carried out fieldwork in countries as diverse as Madagascar, Vietnam, Surinam, Yemen, and Mauritius.…

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Jesse LaGreca: Occupy Wall Street Movement Is Driven By Anger

2011-12-27 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Prominent Occupy Wall Street activist Jesse LaGreca argues that in a stale economy, working-class Americans are being forced to make big sacrifices while major Wall Street players have still not been held accountable for the economic downturn they helped trigger. This injustice, says LaGreca, is the driving force behind the OWS movement.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/12/07/Blueprint_for_Accountability_Truth_and_Consequences

Culture Project and JANERA.com present Blueprint for Accountability: Truth and Consequences.

Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author, Paul O’Neill, the famously candid Treasury Secretary under George W. Bush and a 2008 adviser to Barack Obama, and Jesse LaGreca (blogger and writer for Daily Kos and Occupy Wall Street activist) meet for a high-voltage conversation about the rise, fall and bailout of Wall Street, the perils of speaking truth to power, and the tough choices ahead for America.…

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The Wayback Machine: Preserving the History of Web Pages

2011-12-23 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Founder Brewster Kahle discusses the inner workings of the Internet Archive's most famous service, the Wayback Machine. He explains that in addition to providing users a dose of nostalgia, it can also be used to prevent people from rewriting history.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/11/30/Brewster_Kahle_Universal_Access_to_All_Knowledge

As founder and librarian of the storied Internet Archive (deemed impossible by all when he started it in 1996), Brewster Kahle has practical experience behind his universalist vision of access to every bit of knowledge ever created, for all time, ever improving.

He will speak to questions such as these:

Can we make a distributed web of books that supports vending and lending? How can our machines learn by reading these materials? Can we reconfigure the information to make interactive question answering machines? Can we learn from past human translations of documents to seed an automatic version? And, can we learn how to do optical character recognition by having billions of correct examples? What compensation systems will best serve creators and networked users? How do we preserve petabytes of changing data?

Brewster Kahle, a computer engineer, internet entrepreneur, and digital librarian, founded the Internet Archive in 1996. He is focused on providing universal access to all knowledge, and developing technologies for information discovery and digital libraries. He was co-founder of Alexa Internet, which helped catalog the Web, which was later sold to Amazon.com.…

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The Rise of eBooks: Are Physical Books Becoming Obsolete?

2011-12-22 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 1s

With the universal rise of eBooks, independent book sellers and authors are worried that changes in consumption patterns will render the physical book obsolete. Author Jonathan Ames voices this concern, noting his discomfort with how difficult it is to even find a hard copy of the newspaper today.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/12/05/What_Is_the_Future_of_the_Independent_Bookstore

With the rise of the e-book, the collapse of Borders, and the changing nature of bookselling, what is the future of that neighborhood fixture, the great independent bookstore? Literary agent Eric Simonoff, co-head of the book department at WME Entertainment, will host a freewheeling conversation with two successful and beloved booksellers in New York City, each of whom will bring along an author closely associated with their store.

Featuring Jonathan Ames, author of The Extra Man and Wake Up, Sir and creator of the hit HBO series Bored to Death; Simon Van Booy, author of The Secret Lives of People in Love and Love Begins in Winter, winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award; Sarah McNally, owner of McNally Jackson Books; and Zack Zook, general manager of BookCourt.

Jonathan Ames is the author of I Pass Like Night; The Extra Man; What's Not to Love?; My Less Than Secret Life; Wake Up, Sir!; I Love You More Than You Know; and The Alcoholic. He is the creator of the HBO Original Series Bored to Death. The film adaptation of Ames's novel The Extra Man was released in 2010.…

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Gabriel Byrne Praises Irish PM for Speaking Against the Vatican

2011-12-21 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 5s

Gabriel Byrne, director of “James X,” a play about sexual abuse in the Irish Catholic church, commends Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny for speaking out against the Vatican, an act that resulted in the replacement of the papel nuncio of Ireland.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/12/11/James_X_Talkback_with_Mannix_Flynn_and_Gabriel_Byrne

An Irish government tribunal of inquiry into institutions responsible for cruel and inhumane treatment of children is in session. In the foyer, James X, one of those children, now a man anxiously prepares to offer the testimony which he hopes will unshackle him from the past. As he waits, James is confronted with the fact that the tribunal he is about to go before is part of the very same system that made prisoners of children like him and sighting this truth prompts him to tell the story that will really, finally set him free.

In the last decade, the Catholic Church and State institutions in Ireland and throughout the world have been the center of an emerging secret history. That history involves the sexual abuse and torment of tens of thousands of vulnerable children. This is the human story of one of those children who is trying to emerge from a place of darkness into the light -- a light in which the human spirit is allowed to triumph into its full magnificence.

Gabriel James Byrne is an Irish actor, film director, film producer, writer, cultural ambassador and audiobook narrator. His acting career began in the Focus Theatre before he joined Londo's Royal Court Theatre in 1979. Byrne's screen debut came in the Irish soap opera The Riordans and the spin-off show Bracken. He has now starred in over 35 feature films, such as The Usual Suspects, Miller's Crossing and Stigmata, in addition to writing two. Byrne's producing credits include the Academy Award-nominated In the Name of the Father. More recently, he has received much critical acclaim for his role as Dr. Paul Weston in the HBO drama In Treatment.…

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Oliver Stone: The Untold History of JFK's Assassination

2011-12-20 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 1s

Oliver Stone, filmmaker and author of Oliver Stone's Untold History of America, talks with Salon founder David Talbot about alternate theories of the Kennedy assassination. Stone argues the assassination “has all the classic machinations of a black ops.”

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/12/15/Exploring_Untold_History_Oliver_Stone_and_David_Talbot

Join filmmaker Oliver Stone –- director of films and documentaries including Platoon, Wall Street and South of the Border –- in conversation with Salon founder and CEO David Talbot. They will be discussing Stone’s upcoming Showtime series, The Untold History of the United States and his latest book On History: Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone in Conversation. They will be exploring how these hidden chapters of American history provide context for the rapid emergence of the Occupy Movement and the prospects for this populist upheaval leading to an American Spring.

Additionally, Stone – who directed JFK –- and Talbot -– who wrote the best-seller Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years -– will discuss their investigations into the infamous assassinations of the Kennedy brothers and their impact on American history. Expect a fearless dialogue between one of Hollywood’s most controversial figures and the author and entrepreneur hailed by Newsweek as “one of 50 people who matter most in the new media world.”…

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Tim Ferriss Scoffs at Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 Hours Theory

2011-12-19 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Bestselling author Tim Ferriss scoffs at Malcolm Gladwell's theory that most people need 10,000 hours to master a skill. “For most people, they do things the wrong way.”

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/09/14/Tim_Ferriss_Accelerated_Learning_in_Accelerated_Times

As the times accelerate and we face ever more kaleidoscopic careers, a crucial meta-skill is the ability to learn new skills extremely rapidly, extremely well. That practice has no better exemplar and proponent than Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid-Fat Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman. Not surprisingly, he has made himself adept at compelling presentations, this one prepared especially for the Long Now audience. - The Long Now Foundation

Timothy Ferriss (b. 1977) is an American author, public speaker, and productivity guru. Tim received his BA from Princeton University in 2000, where he studied in the Neuroscience and East Asian Studies departments. In 2007, he published The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich which was a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller. His latest book is The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman.…

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Archive.org: Every Book in the World at Your Fingertips

2011-12-16 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, discusses their mission to digitize all the world’s books. He explains that in addition to making the books available online, they’ve also built bookmobiles that can provide print copies of these books on-demand in impoverished communities.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/11/30/Brewster_Kahle_Universal_Access_to_All_Knowledge

As founder and librarian of the storied Internet Archive (deemed impossible by all when he started it in 1996), Brewster Kahle has practical experience behind his universalist vision of access to every bit of knowledge ever created, for all time, ever improving.

He will speak to questions such as these:

Can we make a distributed web of books that supports vending and lending? How can our machines learn by reading these materials? Can we reconfigure the information to make interactive question answering machines? Can we learn from past human translations of documents to seed an automatic version? And, can we learn how to do optical character recognition by having billions of correct examples? What compensation systems will best serve creators and networked users? How do we preserve petabytes of changing data?

Brewster Kahle, a computer engineer, internet entrepreneur, and digital librarian, founded the Internet Archive in 1996. He is focused on providing universal access to all knowledge, and developing technologies for information discovery and digital libraries. He was co-founder of Alexa Internet, which helped catalog the Web, which was later sold to Amazon.com.…

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Brian Eno: Music Apps Are the Beginning of a New Art Form

2011-12-14 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Renowned music producer Brian Eno advises people not to dismiss music apps and new media, which he calls the first beginings of a new art form. To make his point, Eno compares living today to living in 1911 and trying to imagine the future of film.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/11/13/Brian_Eno_Anish_Kapoor_Peter_Sellars_in_Conversation

LIVE from the NYPL presents ROLEX ARTS WEEKEND

In a rare event featuring three of today’s most significant artists, Paul Holdengräber convenes composer Brian Eno, visual artist Anish Kapoor and theatre/opera director Peter Sellars-mentors to Ben Frost in Music, Nicholas Hlobo in Visual Arts, and Maya Zbib in Theatre, respectively—for a wide-ranging discussion.

Brian Eno is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer and visual artist, known as one of the principal innovators of ambient music.…

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Senator Joe Lieberman Rebuts Newt Gingrich: 'Palestinians Are a People'

2011-12-13 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 1s

Responding to comments made by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich that there is no such thing as a Palestinian people, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor that the important point is that "Palestinians are a people today" and are a necessary part of the peace process.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/series/monitor_breakfast

On Tuesday, December 12, 2011, Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman joined the Monitor Breakfast for a conversation with reporters.

Joseph Isadore "Joe" Lieberman is the senior United States Senator from Connecticut. A former member of the Democratic Party, he was the party's nominee for Vice President in the 2000 election. Currently an independent, he remains closely affiliated with the party.…

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Leon Cooper: Creating Emotions from Atoms

2011-12-09 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 4s

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Cooper discusses his recent work in the understanding of consciousness from a material point of view. Although there is concern that this might take away from the mystery of life, he quips, "If you tell me what the chemistry is of the digestion of a great wine… it's not going to stop me from enjoying the wine."

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/11/14/Leon_Cooper_Superconductivity__Other_Insoluble_Problems

Superconductivity and Other Insoluble Problems: Are There Limits to Scientific Understanding?

A talk by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon N. Cooper

When an ordinary metal is cooled to very low temperatures -- near absolute zero -- its electrical resistance vanishes. Once a current starts to flow in a loop of such "superconducting" wire, it flows forever. Discovered in 1911, this remarkable phenomenon defied explanation for nearly fifty years, until the work of John Bardeen, Leon Cooper and J. Robert Schrieffer. Today, superconductivity is still a central topic in scientific research and in the search for new technologies, while the "BCS" theory has had implications for our understanding of systems ranging from the atomic nucleus to the behavior of massive stars. To celebrate the centennial of the original discovery, we are delighted to welcome Professor Cooper, who will reflect on the history of superconductivity and on the nature of scientific explanation.

Leon Cooper is the Thomas J. Watson, Sr., Professor of Science at Brown University, where he also directs the Center for Neural Science. A graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, he shared the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to the theory of superconductivity.…

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Biden to Turkey: US to Maintain 'Continuing Presence' In Iraq Beyond 2011

2011-12-08 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Namik Tan, Turkey's Ambassador to the United States, told reporters at a breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor that while Turkey has "concerns" about Iraq's trajectory, he trusts Vice President Biden's promises that the US will help assure a stable Iraq with a presence in Baghdad beyond the end of this year.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/series/monitor_breakfast

On Thursday, December 8, 2011, Turkish Ambassador to the United States Namik Tan joined the Monitor Breakfast for a conversation with reporters.

Ambassador Namik Tan was appointed Ambassador of Turkey to the United States in February 2010. Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Tan was Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for bilateral political affairs and public diplomacy. He was previously Ambassador of Turkey to Israel from 2007 to 2009.…

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The Adam and Eve Story: Comparing Pop Culture to Scripture

2011-12-06 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/11/17/Sexuality_and_the_Bible_What_the_Texts_Really_Say

Theology professor Thomas Romer analyzes Genesis 2-3, and discusses popular elements of the Adam and Eve story that don't actually appear in the original text.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/11/17/Sexuality_and_the_Bible_What_the_Texts_Really_Say

Sexuality and the Bible: What the Texts Really Say

Three biblical scholars discuss the role of sexuality in the Bible and answer questions about men and women and their places in ancient society according to the texts.

What does the Bible tell us of the roles of men and women in ancient society and about the importance of gender? From a literary standpoint, do the texts necessarily condemn or condone certain behaviors and lifestyles? In conjunction with the Annual Conference of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, swissnex San Francisco invites top scholars to discuss the role of sexuality in the Bible and answer some of these questions.

Thomas Römer was born in Mannheim, Germany and completed his studies in theology and religious science at the University of Heidelberg, Tübingen and in Paris. He is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Faculty of Theology and History of Religions of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Since 2007, he is also Professor of Biblical Studies at the College de France, Paris, where he acts as chair of the “milieux bibliques.”…

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Breaking the 'Bamboo Ceiling': Foreign Brands Meet China's Shanzhai Copy Cats

2011-12-05 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

"Even Chinese consumers will not buy domestic brands when they have the opportunity to buy the foreign luxury brands," explains author Greg Lindsay. What happens when homegrown Chinese brands can't compete with demand for Western products? Meet the copy cat "Shanzhai." "DIKE" shoes, anyone? Fake Apple stores? How about "Obama Fried Chicken"?

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/conference/l2_innovation_forum_2011

L2 Innovation Forum 2011 (Module 1)

Puncturing the Myth that Chinese Brands Don't innovate
Greg Lindsay, Author

Greg Lindsay is a contributing writer for Fast Company and the author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next. He is a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management and also a fellow of the Hybrid Reality Institute, exploring the co-evolution of humans and technology. Greg speaks frequently about innovation and globalization, most recently at MoMA PS1, the University of California, New York University, Shanghai Expo 2010, and the Chicago Council of Global Affairs.…

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Darrell Issa: Racial Profiling of Muslims Can't Become the New "Driving While Black"

2011-12-02 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 1s

Asked about debate by GOP presidential hopefuls suggesting more stringent screening and security checks on Muslim Americans, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee who has roots in the Middle East, told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor that "assuming you can pick out a Muslim is pretty far-fetched."

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/series/monitor_breakfast

On Friday, December 2, 2011, U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa joined the Monitor Breakfast for a conversation with reporters.

Darrell Edward Issa is the U.S. Representative for California's 49th congressional district, and previously the 48th, serving since 2001. He is a member of the Republican Party. He was formerly a CEO of Directed Electronics, the Vista, California-based manufacturer of automobile security and convenience products. His district consists of portions of southern Riverside County and northern San Diego County. The district was numbered as the 48th District during his first term and was renumbered the 49th after the 2000 Census. Since January 2011, he has served as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.…

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Drawing Inspiration from Facing Mortality

2011-12-01 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Fear inhibits innovation, preaches Michael Lazerow, CEO of Buddy Media, causing us to make foolish decisions and avoid taking risks. Recalling success stories such as Jen Linn, Rick Elias, and Steve Jobs, Lazerow sings the praises of facing mortality: "When there is nothing to lose, we do the unimaginable. Why don't we do that when we don't see our death?"

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/conference/l2_innovation_forum_2011

L2 Innovation Forum 2011 (Module 2)

Michael Lazerow is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded four successful internet-based media companies. He has a passion for creating, managing, and growing companies from the ground up. Michael's first foray into entrepreneurship came with the founding of University Wire, an Associated Press-like network of more than 700 student-run newspapers that is now owned by CBS Corp. Building on his growing experience in the online space, Michael next founded GOLF.com, which was purchased by Time Warner's Time Inc. division in January 2006.

Michael is currently the chairman and CEO of Buddy Media, Inc., a New York-based company whose Facebook management system is used by global brands and agencies. Michael graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. with a B.S. and M.S. in Journalism in 1996. He is a regular contributor to Advertising Age, MediaPost, Fortune, and iMedia Connection, among other publications, and frequently is called upon to speak at industry events including the Monaco Media Forum, the Consumer Electronics Show, OMMA Global, Web 2.0 Expo and iMedia Brand Summit.…

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Take Out the Earbuds: Have We Lost Our Ability to Listen?

2011-11-30 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Between the proliferation of earbuds, the culture of personal broadcasting, and the increasing pace of life across much of the globe, are we losing our ability to listen? Julian Treasure, author of Sound Business, laments what he sees as an undeniable trend toward fragmented listening and the muffling of the "quiet, small voice."

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/conference/l2_innovation_forum_2011

L2 Innovation Forum 2011
Module 1

5 ways to listen better
Julian Treasure, The Sound Agency

Julian Treasure is author of the book Sound Business, the first map of the exciting new territory of applied sound for business, and he has been widely featured in the world's media, including The Economist and The Times. He is an international speaker on sound and listening, and is one of very few people with three talks on TED.com.

Julian is chairman of The Sound Agency, a UK-based consultancy that helps companies achieve better results by optimizing the sound they make in every aspect of business for example, bringing sound in branding and marketing communication into congruence with visuals, or designing and installing effective soundscapes for branded spaces such as shops, offices, and corporate receptions.

Julian's vision is to make the world sound beautiful, by helping individuals to listen consciously and companies to discover that good sound is good business. Julian was educated at St Paul's School, London and at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.…

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GOP Fundraiser Norm Coleman: 'Tone' of Immigration Debate Hurts Republicans

2011-11-29 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 1s

The tone of the GOP's debate on immigration is harming the party with Latino voters, said Republican Super PAC Congressional Leadership Fund Chairman Norm Coleman at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/series/monitor_breakfast

On Tuesday, November 29, 2011, Congressional Leadership Fund Chairman Norm Coleman and President Brian Walsh joined the Monitor Breakfast for a conversation with reporters.

Norman Bertram Coleman, Jr. is an American attorney and politician. He was a United States senator from Minnesota from 2003 to 2009. Coleman was elected in 2002 and served in the 108th, 109th, and 110th Congresses. Before becoming a senator, he was mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota, from 1994 to 2002. Previously a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), Coleman became a Republican in 1996.

Coleman's 2008 US Senate re-election bid, in which he was challenged by Democrat Al Franken and former senator Dean Barkley, was long unresolved. His term ended on January 3, 2009, and after a six-month legal battle in which he lost each of his contests, the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously declared Franken the election winner by 312 votes (out of over 3 million cast) on June 30, 2009, prompting Coleman to concede.

As of 2011, Coleman works as an adviser and board director with the Republican Jewish Coalition.…

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Dinesh D'Souza Argues In Support of Religion

2011-11-28 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

New York Times bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza argues that religious people aren't hypocrites simply because they aspire for higher morals and ideals. "Holding up to a standard and falling short of it, now that is not hypocrisy," he says.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/11/15/Debate_The_World_Would_Be_Better_Off_Without_Religion

In the words of Blaise Pascal, mathematician and Catholic, "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction." Does religion breed intolerance, violence, and the promotion of medieval ideas? Or should we concede that overall, it has been a source for good, giving followers purpose, while encouraging morality and ethical behavior?

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Think2Twice
Twitter: @IQ2US and #IQ2US for the debate

FOR THE MOTION

Matthew Chapman
Author, Filmmaker and Co-Founder of Science Debate

A.C. Grayling
Renowned Atheist and Professor of Philosophy

AGAINST THE MOTION

Dinesh D'Souza
President of The King’s College and author of What’s So Great About Christianity

Rabbi David Wolpe
Named the #1 Pulpit Rabbi in America by Newsweek

A New York Times bestselling author, Dinesh D'Souza, the President of The King's College in NYC, has had a distinguished 25 year career as a writer, scholar and intellectual. A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House, D'Souza also served as an Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute as well as a Rishwain Scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. Called one of the "top young public-policy makers in the country" by Investor's Business Daily, he quickly became a major influence on public policy through his writings. In 2008 D'Souza released the book, What's So Great About Christianity, the comprehensive answer to a spate of atheist books denouncing theism in general and Christianity in particular. Consequently he has gone on to debate atheists such as Christopher Hitchens, Peter Singer, Daniel Dennett, and Michael Shermer.…

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A.C. Grayling Argues Against Religion

2011-11-22 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

A.C. Grayling, author of The Good Book: A Humanist Bible, argues that morality is possible without religion, and implies that those who "cherry-pick" religious beliefs are hypocrites.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/11/15/Debate_The_World_Would_Be_Better_Off_Without_Religion

In the words of Blaise Pascal, mathematician and Catholic, "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction." Does religion breed intolerance, violence, and the promotion of medieval ideas? Or should we concede that overall, it has been a source for good, giving followers purpose, while encouraging morality and ethical behavior?

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Think2Twice
Twitter: @IQ2US and #IQ2US for the debate

FOR THE MOTION

Matthew Chapman
Author, Filmmaker and Co-Founder of Science Debate

A.C. Grayling
Renowned Atheist and Professor of Philosophy

AGAINST THE MOTION

Dinesh D'Souza
President of The King’s College and author of What’s So Great About Christianity

Rabbi David Wolpe
Named the #1 Pulpit Rabbi in America by Newsweek

A.C. Grayling, a British philosopher and professor, has written over 20 books on philosophy, religion and reason including Against all Gods and The Good Book: A Secular Bible. Previously a professor of philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, Grayling is now Master of the New College of the Humanities, an independent university college in London. For nearly 10 years, he was the Honorary Secretary of the principal British philosophical association, the Aristotelian Society, and a Trustee of the London Library. A former fellow of the World Economic Forum, Grayling was a Booker Prize judge in 2003.…

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Geoffrey West on the City as a Scalable Network

2011-11-21 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 5s

New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Santa Fe differ historically, geographically, and culturally, but are there qualities that are universal to cities across the globe? Theoretical physicist Geoffrey West shows how certain mathematical equations can represent cities as similar organic "networks" across a range of scales.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/10/25/Growth_Innovation_and_the_Accelerating_Pace_of_Life

THE CHALLENGE OF GLOBAL URBANIZATION

Growth, Innovation, and the Accelerating Pace of Life from Cells to Cities and Corporations: Are They Sustainable?

Geoffrey West: Distinguished Professor and former President, Santa Fe Institute. Senior Fellow, former leader of high energy physics, Los Alamos National Laboratory. BA, Cambridge University (1961); PhD (physics,1966), faculty (1970), Stanford University.

Theoretical physicist with primary interests in fundamental problems: elementary particles, cosmological implications, origins of universal scaling laws, unifying quantitative framework of biology, including metabolic rate, growth, aging, death, sleep, cancer, and ecosystems.

Presently developing unified theory of cities, companies and sustainability, including growth, innovation and the accelerating pace of life. Many awards including Harvard Business Review breakthrough idea (2007) and Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" (2006).…

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David Eagleman: The Secret Lives of the Brain

2011-11-18 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

David Eagleman, neuroscientist and author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, discusses the relatively minor role that the conscious mind plays in comparison to the rest of the brain. "The conscious part is like a stowaway on a transatlantic steamship that's taking credit for the whole journey without acknowledging the engineering underfoot," he says.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/11/02/David_Eagleman_Will_We_Ever_Understand_the_Brain

As neuroscientists are learning more and more about our body's hidden frontier, we have gained fleeting insights into our own intuition, habits and seemingly unexplainable preferences. Can we solve those mysteries by creating a complete computer model of our brain? Or, is the brain an unsolvable puzzle? Two leading neuroscientists discuss these question and more as we look into the neurology of the brain. - swissnex San Francisco and the California Academy of Sciences

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and a fiction writer. During the day, he directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action and the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law at Baylor College of Medicine. He is best known for his work on time perception, synesthesia, and neurolaw.

He is a fiction writer. His debut work of fiction, Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, became an international bestseller and is published in 22 languages.…

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The Myth of the City in Global Slums

2011-11-17 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 4s

People originally moved to cities "to live longer, to live healthier," explains Carolyn Stephens, professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. But the result, she says, is often a risk trade-off between putting food on the table and a shortened life span.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/10/25/Cities_as_Solutions

THE CHALLENGE OF GLOBAL URBANIZATION

Cities as Solutions

A conversation between:
Janice Perlman, Founder and President, The Mega Cities Project
Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair of the Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University
Gordon Feller, Director, Internet Business Solutions Group, CISCO Systems
Moderator: Fred Guterl, Executive Editor, Scientific American

Compass Summit, a forum for true interaction and exchange, examines some of today's most pressing problems through the lens of global citizenship, recognizing that human ingenuity is an unlimited resource. Guided by NPR's Ira Flatow, an intimate group of some of the of the world's best thinkers and doers convened along the rugged Palos Verdes coastline on Oct 23-26, 2011 at Terranea Resort to engage in meaningful conversation, ask questions, and challenge ideas -- we invite you to join in the conversation.…

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Twitter Diplomacy? How Social Media Helps Pakistan's Ambassador Do His Job

2011-11-16 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani explains how social media sites like Twitter help his job encouraging a productive relationship between the citizens of Pakistan and the United States.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/series/monitor_breakfast

On Wednesday, November 16, 2011, Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani joined the Monitor Breakfast for a conversation with reporters.

Husain Haqqani is Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States in Washington, DC. A trusted advisor of late Pakistani Prime Minister, Ms. Benazir Bhutto, Ambassador Haqqani is known as a Professor at Boston University and Co-Chair of the Hudson Institute's Project on the Future of the Muslim World as well as editor of the journal ‘Current Trends in Islamist Thought' published from Washington DC.

Haqqani came to the U.S. in 2002 as a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC and an adjunct Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. He is a leading journalist, diplomat, and former advisor to Pakistani Prime ministers. His syndicated column is published in several newspapers in South Asia and the Middle East, including Oman Tribune, Jang, The Indian Express, Gulf News and The Nation (Pakistan).…

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Steve Cousins on Robots for Humanity

2011-11-15 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Steve Cousins, president and CEO of Willow Garage, expands on how robotics can benefit the disabled. Cousins explains how robots can assist with everyday tasks such as shaving and itching, as well as autonomous tasks. "This sets a course for the direction of robotics," he says.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/10/25/The_Promise_of_Robotics

THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF JOBS AND THE WORKFORCE

The Promise of Robotics

Steve Cousins, President and Chief Executive Officer, Willow Garage

Compass Summit, a forum for true interaction and exchange, examines some of today's most pressing problems through the lens of global citizenship, recognizing that human ingenuity is an unlimited resource. Guided by NPR's Ira Flatow, an intimate group of some of the world's best thinkers and doers convened along the rugged Palos Verdes coastline on Oct 23-26, 2011 at Terranea Resort to engage in meaningful conversation, ask questions, and challenge ideas -- we invite you to join in the conversation.…

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Waste Hierarchy: How an iPad Gets Recycled

2011-11-14 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 1s

Tom Szaky, CEO and founder of Terracycle, describes the recycling process for electronic devices. "Each type of waste stream has what we call a waste hierarchy," says Szaky. He explains that while many electronics are refurbished, broken products must be shredded and separated in order to recycle parts.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/10/26/Taking_Out_GEs_Trash

RETHINKING SUSTAINABILITY

Taking out GE's Trash

Film and conversation between:
Tom Szaky, Chief Executive Officer, TerraCycle, Inc

Jeff Fulgham, Chief Sales, Service, Strategy and Sustainability Officer, Banyan Water

Compass Summit, a forum for true interaction and exchange, examines some of today's most pressing problems through the lens of global citizenship, recognizing that human ingenuity is an unlimited resource. Guided by NPR's Ira Flatow, an intimate group of some of the world's best thinkers and doers convened along the rugged Palos Verdes coastline on Oct 23-26, 2011 at Terranea Resort to engage in meaningful conversation, ask questions, and challenge ideas -- we invite you to join in the conversation.…

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Microbiome: The Ecosystems Living on Your Body

2011-11-11 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 5s

As Dr. Seuss once said, "A creature's a creature, no matter how small" - and, according to UC Davis biologist Jonathan Eisin, this applies to the ecosystems of microbes that live on the human body.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/10/25/The_Dark_Matter_of_Biology

IDEAS THAT ACCELERATE: SCIENCE MULTIPLIERS

The Dark Matter of Biology

Jonathan Eisen, Professor, University of California Davis

Compass Summit, a forum for true interaction and exchange, examines some of today's most pressing problems through the lens of global citizenship, recognizing that human ingenuity is an unlimited resource. Guided by NPR's Ira Flatow, an intimate group of some of the world's best thinkers and doers convened along the rugged Palos Verdes coastline on Oct 23-26, 2011 at Terranea Resort to engage in meaningful conversation, ask questions, and challenge ideas -- we invite you to join in the conversation.

Jonathan Eisen is a Professor at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on the evolution of new functions and the genomic diversity of microbes and microbial communities. Eisen is also a vocal advocate for “open science”, the Academic Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Biology, an active and award-winning blogger (e.g., http://phylogenomics.blogspot.com), and a scientific prankster. …

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Stewart Brand: Progress with Nuclear Fusion?

2011-11-10 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Stewart Brand, president and co-founder of the Long Now Foundation, describes how the National Ignition Facility has almost created a nuclear fusion reaction with net energy output that will drastically alter the energy game.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/10/26/Energy_Finding_the_Right_Mix

RETHINKING SUSTAINABILITY

Energy: Finding the Right Mix

Serial Conversation:
Bill Joy
Senior Partner
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Issam Dairanieh
US Director Alternative Energy Ventures BP

Monty Cleeves
Founder, President, and Chief Technology Officer
Pinnacle Engines

Jigar Shah Chief Executive Officer
Carbon War Room

Richard E. Riman
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Stewart Brand
President, The Long Now Foundation
Co-Founder, Global Business Network

Daniel Shugar
Chief Executive Officer, Solaria Corporation

Jay F. Whitacre
Professor, Carnegie Mellon University Chief Technology Officer, Aquion Energy

Compass Summit, a forum for true interaction and exchange, examines some of today’s most pressing problems through the lens of global citizenship, recognizing that human ingenuity is an unlimited resource. Guided by NPR’s Ira Flatow, an intimate group of some of the of the world's best thinkers and doers convened along the rugged Palos Verdes coastline on Oct 23-26, 2011 at Terranea Resort to engage in meaningful conversation, ask questions, and challenge ideas -- we invite you to join in the conversation.…

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Glenn Greenwald: Elite Media Biased Against Occupy Wall Street

2011-11-09 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 6s

Journalist and author Glenn Greenwald argues that media coverage of Occupy Wall Street has ranged mostly from critical to non-existent, thanks to mainstream media journalists who are now part of the elite class the movement is protesting. Speaking of former New York Times editor Bill Keller and CNN journalist Erin Burnett, Greenwald asks, "Why is the son of the CEO of Chevron and the fiancé of the second highest ranking executive at Citigroup scornful of Wall Street protesters? It's because this is who our media class is, they are integrated fully into the political class."

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/conference/salon_presents_glenn_greenwald

Join Glenn Greenwald -- former constitutional rights attorney, best-selling author (How Would a Patriot Act? and A Tragic Legacy), and one of today’s most incisive and probing political journalists -- in conversation with Salon founder David Talbot.

Glenn will be discussing his newest book, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR SOME: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful, a ferociously argued indictment of the state of the American legal system. Greenwald charges both parties, the courts, and the media with creating an oligarchy for political and financial elites. These groups, Greenwald shows, are now afforded not merely strategic advantages within the legal system, but actual immunity in the face of the most egregious criminality.…

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Investing: Is Apple More Valuable than Gold?

2011-11-08 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Doug Kass, CNBC contributor and founder of Seabreeze Partners Management, argues that the value of gold is entirely "sentimental," and that he'd prefer to invest in a company that has a known value, like Apple.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/conference/big_picture_conference_2011

Drawing upon the ideas and popular talent featured in his well-regarded blog, The Big Picture (www.ritholtz.com), Barry Ritholtz presents The Big Picture Conference, a one-day, on-demand event that offers sharp insight into the financial markets, the economy and the dangerous intersection between government and Wall Street.

Douglas Kass is the founder and President of Seabreeze Partners Management, Inc., which is also the General Partner of Seabreeze Partners Long/Short, L.P.

Kass has been frequently interviewed in and has written numerous articles for Barrons including several cover stories and editorials. He has also been quoted in the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post and in many other newspapers around the world.

Kass, a CNBC contributor, is a frequent guest on the network’s The Kudlow Report, Street Signs, and Fast Money. He serves as a guest host on CNBC’s Squawk Box and has been seen on ABC’s Good Morning America and on NBC’s The Today Show.…

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Financial Blogging: Attack an Issue and Create a Brand

2011-11-07 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Henry Blodget, editor and CEO of The Business Insider, and Howard Lindzon, co-founder and CEO of StockTwits, share advice about how to stand out in the sea of social media. "Speaking from the heart, attacking an issue," advises Blodget, who describes a recent post by a former broker against Bank of America that garnered over 100,000 views in the twittersphere.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/conference/big_picture_conference_2011

The Big Picture Conference presents: Cult of Personality: How the New Breed of Entrepreneurs Build Their Brand. Moderated by Josh Brown with panelists Howard Lindzon, James Altucher and Henry Blodget. This program was recorded on October 11, 2011.

Josh Brown
The Reformed Broker

Howard Lindzon
Stock Twits

James Altucher
JamesAltucher.com

Henry Blodget
Business Insider

Drawing upon the ideas and popular talent featured in his well-regarded blog, The Big Picture (www.ritholtz.com), Barry Ritholtz presents The Big Picture Conference, a one-day, on-demand event that offers sharp insight into the financial markets, the economy and the dangerous intersection between government and Wall Street.…

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Michael Moore to Democrats: Forget the Crazy White Guy

2011-11-04 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore slams the Democratic Party for focusing too much attention on the demands of older, white male voters and too little attention on 18-to-29-year-olds, a critical demographic for Obama in the 2008 election. "Young people didn't come out in 2010," says Moore, "because they don't take bulls**t. You promise them something, you'd better do it."

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/10/02/Michael_Moore_Here_Comes_Trouble

Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life is an unflinchingly honest, take-no-prisoners ride through the life of Oscar-winning filmmaker and bestselling author Michael Moore. Moore shares far-ranging, irreverent, and stranger-than-fiction vignettes from his early life. One moment he's an 11-year-old boy lost in the Senate and found by Bobby Kennedy; and in the next, he's inside the Bitburg cemetery with Ronald Reagan. At 17, he goes to get a snack and ends up on the news, creating a firestorm that helps eliminate racial discrimination at private establishments across America. Funny, eye-opening, and moving, it's the book he has been writing and living his entire life. - Sixth and I Historic Synagogue

Michael Moore is an Academy Award-winning American filmmaker, author and liberal political commentator. He is the director and producer of Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Sicko, three of the top five highest-grossing documentaries of all time. In September 2008, he released his first free movie on the Internet, Slacker Uprising, documenting his personal crusade to encourage more Americans to vote in presidential elections. He has also written and starred in the TV shows "TV Nation" and "The Awful Truth." Moore is a self-described liberal who has criticized globalization, large corporations, assault weapon ownership, the Iraq War, U.S. President George W. Bush and the American health care system in his written and cinematic works. In 2005, Time magazine named him one of the world's 100 most influential people.…

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What Are Your Chances of Winning the New Yorker Caption Contest?

2011-11-03 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Robert Mankoff, cartoon editor for The New Yorker, discusses The Cartoon Caption Contest and it's lasting impression on popular culture. Mankoff compares the number of entrants vs. the number of winners and highlights the charm of the incredibly competitive contest.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/conference/new_yorker_festival_2011

The New Yorker Festival presents: The Cartoon Caption Game. This program was recorded on October 2, 2011.

Turn on the funny at a live version of The New Yorker's Cartoon Caption Contest, hosted by Robert Mankoff. Emily Flake, Zachary Kanin, and Paul Noth will judge the results. Cocktails will be served.

Robert Mankoff is the cartoon editor of The New Yorker and the author of The Naked Cartoonist: A New Way to Enhance Your Creativity.…

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Could Voters Split Against Both Obama and the GOP Congress In 2012?

2011-11-02 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Voters unhappy with President Obama and congressional Republicans are unlikely to vote out both, pollsters Neil Newhouse and Margie Omero said at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/series/monitor_breakfast

On Tuesday, November 2, 2011, Romney campaign pollster Neil Newhouse and Democratic pollster Margie Omerto joined the Monitor Breakfast for a conversation with reporters.

Neil Newhouse is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs research firm which has been described by the New York Times as the leading Republican polling company in the country, and was named Pollster of the Year by the trade publication Campaigns and Elections for its work in the 2002 election cycle. He is currently serving as head pollster for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.

Margie Omero is President and founder of Momentum Analysis, LLC, a Democratic public opinion research firm based in Washington, DC. The firm founded in 2001, counts among its clients the DNC, the DCCC, EMILY's List, Members of Congress, non-profits and labor unions, and campaigns around the country from City Council to US Senate. She is an award-winning pollster, recently named one of "50 Politicos To Watch" by Politico, and a "Mover and Shaker" by Politics Magazine. …

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How to Run a Winning Political Campaign: Fight Back Fast

2011-11-01 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Sam Graham-Felsen, Barack Obama's chief blogger during his 2008 transformational presidential campaign, discusses how the Obama campaign team fought prominent political smears throughout the election season.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/conference/idea_festival_2011

Sam Graham-Felsen is a global new media strategist who was Barack Obama’s chief blogger for his 2008 transformational presidential campaign. His work centers on how the Internet and social media are fundamentally altering business, human relations and global politics. He has been featured in the Washington Post, Newsweek, WIRED Italy, O Globo (Brazil), and Strategies (France). A recent article of his for The Nation was entitled “How Cyber-Pragmatism Brought Down Mubarak.”

Presented by ATT The Real Yellow Pages.

Much more than a conference, the IdeaFestival is a catalyst for high-speed innovation, product development, and creative endeavors. This series of events attracts leading thinkers and curious minds from across the nation and around the globe.…

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What If Your Data Could Excuse You from Airport Security?

2011-10-31 :: podcasts@fora.tv
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Tired of waiting in line at the airport? Arup's Gareth Ashley discusses plans to use smart phones to speed up airport security. He explains that by tying personal information to your phone's RFID chip, security can perform an immediate background check, circumventing the need for traditional security measures.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/10/20/Think_Art_-_Act_Science_Global_Mobility

swissnex San Francisco and the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) continue their joint program of events around Think Art – Act Science with an interdisciplinary look at contemporary global mobility through one of its main veins -- airports.

The theme is explored through psychology, sociology, architecture, and design by artist Monika Codourey, whose work is featured in the Think Art - Act Science exhibition, SFAI’s Hou Hanru, and IDEO’s Gretchen Wustrack, who presents the Palo Alto-based design firm’s "TSA Checkpoint Evolution" project.

Gareth Ashley has worked at the intersection of design and technology for two decades. He specializes in the integration of technology into the built environment with particular focus on supporting passenger processes in air, rail and multimodal terminals. Gareth has provided consultation and design services on major airport projects around the globe, including JFK, LAS, SFO, YYZ, and DXB and provided technology and security services for rail terminals in London, New York and the Bay Area. He joined Arup in 2001.…

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Malcolm Gladwell: Creative Solutions to Prevent Crime

2011-10-28 :: podcasts@fora.tv
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Author Malcolm Gladwell discusses the importance of creativity in addressing crime prevention. America focuses mainly on the severity of a punishment, he notes, while neglecting that deterrence is also affected by the certainty of getting caught and how quickly punishment takes place.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/conference/new_yorker_festival_2011

The New Yorker Festival presents: Malcolm Gladwell: The Virtues of Obnoxiousness. This program was recorded on October 2, 2011.

Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. He is the author of the Times best-sellers The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Outliers: The Story of Success, and What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures.…

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War Journalism: Meeting a Warlord on the Pakistani Border

2011-10-27 :: podcasts@fora.tv
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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dexter Filkins recalls his meeting with a tribal warlord on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/conference/new_yorker_festival_2011

The New Yorker Festival presents: Reporting from the Edge: Covering Conflict. This program was recorded on October 1, 2011.

With Lynsey Addario, Jon Lee Anderson, Dexter Filkins, and Wendell Steavenson. Moderated by Dorothy Wickenden.

Dexter Filkins joined The New Yorker in January and has reported from Yemen and Afghanistan. Previously, he was at the Times, where he won a Pulitzer Prize as part of a team covering Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has received two George Polk Awards and three Overseas Press Club Awards. His book, The Forever War, won a National Book Critics Circle Award.…

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Why Our Chimp-Like Brains Lose Money on the Stock Market

2011-10-26 :: podcasts@fora.tv
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Barry Ritholtz, author of Bailout Nation, describes one human tendency that can hinder successful stock trading: our preference for stories over data. When an analyst or CEO tells a convincing anecdote, he explains, stockholders are more likely to trust the narrative over objective research.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/conference/big_picture_conference_2011

Drawing upon the ideas and popular talent featured in his well-regarded blog, The Big Picture (www.ritholtz.com), Barry Ritholtz presents The Big Picture Conference, a one-day, on-demand event that offers sharp insight into the financial markets, the economy and the dangerous intersection between government and Wall Street.

In 2010, Barry L. Ritholtz was named one of the "15 Most Important Economic Journalists" in the United States. Ritholtz writes a column on Investing for the Washington Post; he also contributes occasional column to Barron's and Bloomberg (See The Myth of Uncertainty). Previously, he authored the popular "An Apprenticed Investor" columns at TheStreet.com, a series geared towards educating novice and intermediate investors. Mr. Ritholtz has published more formal market analyses at the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, The Economist, and RealMoney.com. Mr. Ritholtz is a frequent commentator on economic data and financial markets. He is a regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, MSNBC, and C/SPAN. He has appeared on numerous shows, including Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Fast Money, Kudlow and Co, and Power Lunch, and has guest-hosted Squawk Box on numerous occasions. He appears regularly on radio for Bloomberg, NPR, CBS, and other broadcasters.…

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Ambassador Oren: Arab Spring an Opportunity for Israel

2011-10-25 :: podcasts@fora.tv
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Regarding the Arab Spring, Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren said Israel, long proud of its democratic tradition, will be "prouder still" to be counted among a number of Middle Eastern democracies.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/series/monitor_breakfast

On Tuesday, October 25, 2011, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren joined the Monitor Breakfast for a conversation with reporters.

Michael B. Oren is an American-born Israeli historian and author and the Israeli ambassador to the United States. He has written books, articles, and essays on Middle Eastern history, and is the author of the best-selling Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East, which won the Los Angeles Times History Book of the Year Award. He was a Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem and a contributing editor to The New Republic and the Shalem Center's quarterly journal, Azure.

A graduate of Princeton and Columbia, Dr. Oren has received fellowships from the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, and from the British and Canadian governments. Formerly, he was the Lady Davis Fellow of Hebrew University, a Moshe Dayan Fellow at Tel-Aviv University, and the Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown.…

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John Hodgman on Your Chances of Surviving the Apocalypse

2011-10-21 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

John Hodgman, comedian and author of That Is All, discusses the imminent end of the world and the likelihood you'll live through it.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/09/17/John_Hodgman_Are_Magic_Tricks_Really_Magic

JOHN HODGMAN shall present information on THE SECRETS OF FAMOUS MAGIC TRICKS from his forthcoming book of FINAL WORLD KNOWLEDGE entitled THAT IS ALL.

Presented by Maker Faire NYC. This program was recorded on September 17, 2011.

John Hodgman is an American author, actor, and humorist. In addition to his published written works, such as The Areas of My Expertise and More Information Than You Require, he is known for his personification of a PC in contrast to Justin Long's personification of a Mac in Apple's "Get a Mac" advertising campaign, and for his correspondent work on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

His writings have been published in One Story (to which he contributed the debut story), The Paris Review, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Wired and The New York Times Magazine, for which he is editor of the humor section. He contributes to Public Radio International’s This American Life, and CBC Radio One’s Wiretap. His first book and accompanying audio narration, The Areas of My Expertise, a satirical tongue-in-cheek almanac which actually contains almost no factual information, was published in 2005. His second book, More Information Than You Require, went on sale October 21, 2008.

His latest book, That Is All, will be released in November 2011.…

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The One Percent: Breaking Down US Wealth Distribution

2011-10-20 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

Catherine Mulbrandon, creator of the blog Visualizing Economics, illustrates the distribution of income in the U.S, comparing the earnings of the top one percent to those of the bottom 99.

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The Big Picture Conference presents Catherine Mulbrandon: Visualizing Economics. This program was recorded on October 11, 2011.

Drawing upon the ideas and popular talent featured in his well-regarded blog, The Big Picture (www.ritholtz.com), Barry Ritholtz presents The Big Picture Conference, a one-day, on-demand event that offers sharp insight into the financial markets, the economy and the dangerous intersection between government and Wall Street.

Catherine Mulbrandon launched VisualizingEconomics.com in 2006, a website dedicated to publishing infographics about economic data. She received an AB in economics from The University of Chicago and a Masters in Design from Carnegie Mellon and has worked 10 years in the finance industry. A native of Washington, DC she currently lives and works in Jersey City, NJ where she is creating "An Illustrated Guide to Income in the United States."…

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Human Cyborgs: The Thin Line Between Man and Machine

2011-10-19 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

As technology advances, is the line between man and machine becoming blurred? Nicola Rohrseitz, founder and CEO of ViSSee, discusses two recently developed devices that augment human body systems.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/09/30/Robot_Revolution_From_the_Lab_to_the_World

Robot Revolution: From the Lab to the World Swiss university spin-offs flex their robotic muscle in honor of the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). Hear from the hottest companies and researchers and interact with a robot that balances on a ball, a service bot that acts as a guide, and a pair of tiny fliers.

The future in which robots are a normal part of everyday life, present in your car, your home, your office, is here. Technologies that were once only the subject of university research are now making their way to market. And a number of Swiss companies that began in academia are leading the pack.

In conjunction with the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), swissnex San Francisco brings you an evening of some of the hottest robotic spin-offs and inventions bubbling up from university labs. - swissnex San Francisco

Nicola Rohrseitz is the founder and CEO of the Swiss start-up ViSSee. He studied Microengineering at the EPFL, conducting his M.Sc. thesis in Underwater Robotics at the University of Tokyo in 2005. By applying control theory techniques to free flying fruit flies during his Ph.D. in Physics and Neuroscience at the ETH Zurich, he discovered disruptive computational principles that in 2009 became the foundations of ViSSee. In 2010, ViSSee was listed among Switzerland's 10 best business ideas and, among other awards, Rohrseitz recently won the DeVigier prize, which recognizes the top five young entrepreneurs of the nation.…

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A Diet of Masterpieces Makes You Fat: The Virtues of Bad Art

2011-10-18 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 2s

New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl sits down with actor Steve Martin to discuss the merits of bad art. "You learn from good art that you can't do it," Schjeldahl says, "and from bad art you see where it breaks."

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/conference/new_yorker_festival_2011

The New Yorker Festival presents: All About Art: Peter Schjeldahl talks with Steve Martin. This program was recorded on September 30, 2011.

Peter Schjeldahl is The New Yorker's art critic and the author of several books of criticism, including The Hydrogen Jukebox: Selected Writings and Let's See: Writings on Art from The New Yorker. He has received the Frank Jewett Mather Award from the College Art Association, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing.

Steve Martin has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1996. His books include Pure Drivel, which collects many of his humor pieces from the magazine; the memoir Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life; and the novels The Pleasure of My Company, Shopgirl, and, most recently, An Object of Beauty.…

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Is Capital Punishment Color Blind?

2011-10-17 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 3s

Danalynn Recer, founder and executive director of the Gulf Region Advocacy Center, discusses accusations that race affects sentencing in death penalty cases. She suggests that while the prosecutors may not intentionally take race into account, death penalty cases are both symbolic and subjective, and issues of race inevitably factor in.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/conference/new_yorker_festival_2011

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: Is the death penalty dying? Presented by the New Yorker Festival, on October 1, 2011. With Marc Klaas, Joshua Marquis, Danalynn Recer, and Barry Scheck. Moderated by Jeffrey Toobin.

Danalynn Recer is the founder and executive director of the Gulf Region Advocacy Center, a Houston-based organization that represents defendants in death-penalty cases. Previously, she worked as an attorney with the Texas Resource Center and with the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center. She has represented more than a hundred capital clients over the past two decades.…

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Richard Dawkins: Who Was the First Human?

2011-10-14 :: podcasts@fora.tv
Length: 4s

Biologist and author Richard Dawkins presents a thought experiment to explain human origins. Following each generation backwards across millions of years of evolution, Dawkins shows why no species -- including homo sapiens -- can truly have a "first" ancestor.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/conference/new_yorker_festival_2011

What Is Reality? Richard Dawkins talks with Henry Finder. Presented in collaboration with the New Yorker Festival, on October 1, 2011.

Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist and the author of the Times best-selling books The Selfish Gene, The God Delusion, and The Greatest Show on Earth. His new book, The Magic of Reality, an illustrated science guide for adults and young people, comes out in October. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Society of Literature.

Henry Finder is the editorial director of The New Yorker.…

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International Espionage: Do the Ends Justify the Means?

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Robert Baer shares his experience as an undercover CIA operative, and discusses whether covert actions taken in the name of security justify the personal sacrifice for agents and political risk for the nation.

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Nancy Pelosi: 'Workers Are People, Too'

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discusses "class warfare" at The New Yorker Festival 2011. In response to a recent quip from a Republican Presidential candidate that "corporations are people," Pelosi counters, "Workers are people, too!"

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Aubrey de Grey: For a Long Life, Listen to Your Body

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Biomedical gerontologist Aubrey de Grey shares insight on how to prolong one's life. "Do not generalize, do not just buy a book and believe what it says," says de Grey. "Pay attention to your own body, listen to what works for you."

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Your Boy Peeing on the Seat? Gamify the Toilet

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Kevin Richardson, senior producer at MTV Network's Nickelodeon Kids and Family Games Group, shows how "fun theories" can dramatically alter unpleasant behaviors with positive reinforcement trough simple games. Want to get your boy to stop peeing all over …

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The Future of Making Out? Virtual Kisses and Sex Robots

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Research scientist Sheril Kirshenbaum discusses the future of kissing, from sending a virtual kiss to making out with Roxxxy, a full-size interactive sex doll.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/conference/idea_festival_2011

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Multiverse Doppelgangers: Do Many Versions of You Exist?

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Theoretical astrophysicist Suketu Bhavsar examines the probability that many versions of you exist in a universe that expands infinitely.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/partner/IdeaFestival

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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar: Conflict Between Economy, Conservation a 'False Choice'

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Speaking to reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, US Secretary of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said conservation activities and economic development goals can and should work hand in hand.

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Is US Assassination of Enemy Leaders Justified? Yes, Says Parag Khanna

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When asked about the United States knocking off its enemies, author and international relations expert Parag Khanna says he supports assassination under certain circumstances. "Yes we can kill our enemies, and sometimes we should," says Khanna.

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Gulf Pollution: It's Not Just the Oil Spill

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Jeremy Jackson, Professor of Oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, explains that the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is just one of many environmental degradations already affecting the region. "The mouth of the Mississippi is the bo…

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Is Rwandan President Kagame on a Path to Another Crisis?

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Former Rwandan Ambassador to the United States Theogene Rudasingwa observes that the ruling party of President Kagame, the Rwandan Patriotic Front, is exhibiting behaviors characteristic of previous regimes that led to the genocide 17 years ago. "You can …

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SuperBetter: Game Your Way to a Healthier Lifestyle

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Sean Baenan of Social Chocolate shows screen shots of Jane McGonigal's new game SuperBetter (still in closed beta). The objective of the game is to set and achieve health goals through an immersive game environment.

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Child Brides: Why Does It Still Happen?

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Anju Malhotra, vice president of research, innovation and impact at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), explains why the practice of child marriage persists in many societies around the world.

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Can You Juggle Your Way to a Smarter Brain?

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Gabe Zichermann, author of Gamification by Design, shares a recent scientific study suggesting that the challenge of mastering a game (in this case, juggling) may lead to an increase of gray matter in the brain. Zichermann identifies dopamine as the chemi…

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Nt Etuk Makes the Case for a Gamified Classroom

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Nt Etuk of DimensionU argues that students might be motivated to perform better in the classroom if schools took a few cues from the world of video games.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/conference/gamificationsummit_nyc_2011

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Is Obama Toast In 2012? Democratic Governors Chair O'Malley Weighs In

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Although Obama's poll numbers may be down, November 2012 is a long way off; Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland and chair of the Democratic Governors Association, warns prognosticators not to count the President out just yet. O'Malley also slams Republi…

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Microsoft: A Case Study in Corporate Success (And Failure)

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Dev Patnaik, CEO of Jump Associates and author of Wired to Care, examines how a company like Microsoft can be highly successful with one business venture (i.e., the Xbox) and a complete failure with another (i.e., the Zune).

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Ron Paul: GOP Action on Fed Is 'Too Little, Too Late'

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Speaking to reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, Texas Congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul criticized a letter from top Congressional Republicans to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke about avoidin…

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How China's Digital Infrastructure Creates Hurdles for E-Commerce

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Valerie Hoecke, digital experience VP at Benefit Cosmetics, details the challenges of providing a good internet experience for users in China, from outdated browsers to inconsistent network speeds. "The internet is really just heavily overloaded by the am…

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Documenting Voices of the Disabled and Disenfranchised

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Shantha Rau Barriga, disability rights researcher at Human Rights Watch, shares stories from handicapped and disabled persons that have been discriminated against in a civil context. "By documenting these stories and actually raising awareness about the d…

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Is Decentralization China's Secret Sauce?

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Doug Guthrie, dean of The George Washington University School of Business, argues that decentralization is key to China's economic reform. "The core feature of capitalism is not private property, the core feature of capitalism is competition," says Guthri…

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Forget the Golden Rule, Says Philosopher A.C. Grayling

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Philosopher A. C. Grayling, author of The Good Book: A Humanist Bible, discusses why the biblical Golden Rule isn't necessarily the best model for morality. "Doing unto others" isn't always the best policy, he explains, because people's desires vary and o…

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PLO Representative Areikat: UN Move Helps 'Keep Hope Alive' for Palestinians

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Speaking to reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, Palestinian Representative to the US Maen Areikat explained Palestine's recent move for improved status at the United Nations as one designed to "keep hope alive" for the Pal…

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US Ambassador Rice: No Change for Palestinians In Wake of UN Move

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Following a United Nations measure to elevate the status of Palestinian representatives at the United Nations, US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor that the impact on common Palestinia…

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Anthony Bourdain and A. A. Gill: The Organic Debate

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Chef Anthony Bourdain and food critic A. A. Gill debate the varied benefits and detriments of organic farming. While Bourdain argues that organic products inflate prices, Gill expresses his belief that organic is just a marketing ploy. "What it does have …

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