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Romance in the Information Age

New Atlantis editor Christine Rosen, actor Johnny Lee  Davenport, and art historian Curt DeCamillo tackle the issue of how our social media and personal technologies influence our emotions. Friendships and love affairs were once the glorious domain of pen and  paper, where lovers poured out their souls. Now they have become mere  electronic transactions executed and […]

Race Still Matters

Political activist, author and Harvard University professor Cornel West speaks on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his national best-seller Race Matters. First published in 1993 following the L.A. riots, the book has since become a groundbreaking classic on race in America. Race Matters speaks to despair, black conservatism, myths about black sexuality, the crisis in leadership […]

The War Against Science

A conversation with environmental scientists Joel Clement, H. Curtis Spalding, Brown University and Andrew Rosenberg, Director for Science and Democracy at Union of Concerned Scientists  on the War Against Science. Recorded November 15, 2017 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Joel Clement recently resigned his post as a senior Department of Interior official over the suppression of […]

Ways of Being in the World

Krista Tippett in conversation with David Whyte Wednesday March 1 at 7 PM at First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge Cambridge Forum is delighted to present Krista Tippett, host of NPR’s award-winning radio show “On Being” in conversation with poet and author, David Whyte on Wednesday March 1, at the First Parish Church in […]

A Manifesto Against Parenting

ALISON GOPNIK discusses her book The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children. Recorded October 12, 2016 Listen to A Manifesto Against Parenting [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Gopnik is a professor of psychology and philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. An […]


Climate change has forced us to rethink our options about many things, including how and where we grow our food. James Miner, Principal of urban design and planning at Sasaki Associates in Watertown, has focused much of his practice on creating more sustainable communities for future generations.  Miner lectures and writes extensively on the various […]

ROTTEN REPORTAGE – Do We Have the Media We Deserve?

The bulk of mainstream media in the U.S. is now owned by a handful of corporations that continue to gobble up smaller outlets and independent presses. Some say that we have created a perfect echo chamber and that the plurality of a free press is just a sad joke. Turning on the TV or scrolling […]


Most conversations today involve distracted people looking at their phones and not their partners. This, according to Sherry Turkle, is leading to a “crisis of empathy” at work, at home and in our public life. Turkle is Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT, and spent four decades studying the relationship […]

Infiltrating the Terrorist Network

PRIVACY VERSUS SECURITY After the Paris terrorist attacks, many feel that the world has entered a new and terrible “reign of terror”. We start our new Deep Globalization series by considering the challenge of balancing security concerns with protecting our privacy. Can we track down terrorists who use encryption to communicate & coordinate attacks, while […]

The Cuban Connection

Richard Blanco is the first immigrant, the first Latino, the first openly gay person and the youngest person to be the U.S. inaugural poet. He was selected as the 2013 inaugural poet by President Barack Obama.  His poems explore themes of Latino identity and place. In his latest memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, Blanco reflects on his  childhood […]


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