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  • Bodies on the Line: Shirin Neshat and Carol Becker

    20/12/2010 Duración: 59min

    Columbia School of Arts Dean Carol Becker speaking with visual artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat about her work, specifically her recent film "Women Without Men."

  • 9/11 and the Spirit of Volunteerism

    17/12/2010 Duración: 50min

    A three-person panel discusses how 9/11 sparked a greater movement of volunteerism across the United States and led to President Obama's declaration of Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service.

  • Bodies on the Line: Michael Fitzpatrick and Rabbi Irwin Kula

    15/12/2010 Duración: 01h24min

    Musician Michael Fitzpatrick calls out for compassion and world peace with his cello. He shares his music and discusses the power of good vibrations with Rabbi Irwin Kula.

  • Bodies on the Line: Claudia Bernardi and Mark Danner

    06/12/2010 Duración: 01h39min

    Claudia Bernardi, artist, printmaker and human rights activist presents samples of her work and has a conversation with award winning journalist and author, Mark Danner as part of Anna Deavere Smith's colloquium on borders, Bodies on the Line.

  • Realizing the 9/11 Memorial

    15/11/2010 Duración: 34min

    9/11 Memorial architect Michael Arad details what inspired him to design a national tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the World Trade Center terror attacks.

  • Jewish as a Second Language, The Frozen Rabbi

    28/07/2010 Duración: 01h46min

    with Molly Katz and Steve Stern

  • Pop-Up Particle Physics from the Large Hadron Collider

    07/07/2010 Duración: 01h38min

    Alan Alda moderates as leading physicists Lisa Randall (Harvard) and Michael Tuts (Columbia), join CERN's Emma Sanders to explain new science coming from the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. In particular, they share details of the ATLAS Experiment.

  • Escaping the Taliban

    30/06/2010 Duración: 50min

    David Rohde, a two-time Pulitzer prize winning reporter for The New York Times, has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, and other countries. For seven months he was held captive by the Taliban before escaping.

  • Globish: How the English Language Became the World's Language

    16/06/2010 Duración: 58min

    Vice Present of Content for Stephen Segaller speaks with author and associate editor of Britain's Observor, Robert McCrum. McCrum's new book traces the spread of English as the language of global capitalism.

  • Where Does Life Begin?

    10/06/2010 Duración: 01h02min

    Together artist Michael Joaquin Grey and astrobiologist Chris Impey construct an organism and a conversation using ZOOB, a building toy designed by Grey and inspired by biological and social networks.

  • Understanding the Enemy: Counterterrorism and al Qaeda

    26/05/2010 Duración: 01h56s

    As the FBI program manager and instructor at West Point's Combating Terrorism Center, Bill Braniff conducts cutting-edge research in counterterrorism and trains law enforcement on how to "understand the enemy." Braniff's expertise helps officials to battle terrorism with a fresh perspective and greater understanding of Islamic ideology.

  • Paul and Me: 53 Years of Adventures and Misadventures with My Pal, Paul Newman

    19/05/2010 Duración: 54min

    Paul and Me is an intimate account by the bestselling author A. E. Hotchner of his remarkable, enduring, fifty-three year friendship with Hollywood legend Paul Newman. Hotchner shares their adventures: From travels across the globe to jointly owning fishing boats to coping with the loss of Newman's son, Scott, to starting their food company, Newman's Own, as a prank which has given all of its $300 million of profits to charities.

  • Mind Over Money

    12/05/2010 Duración: 53min

    In the aftermath of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, NOVA presents "Mind Over Money," an entertaining and penetrating exploration of why mainstream economists failed to predict the Crash of 2008 and why we so often make irrational financial decisions. It's a show that reveals hidden money drives in us all and explores controversial new arguments about the world of finance.

  • 9/11 and Trials of Terror

    05/05/2010 Duración: 01h01min

    A panel offers a dialogue with multiple perspectives on a complex subject - trying terror suspects in civilian courts and military tribunals, with a discussion regarding the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed trial. Panelists include Karen Greenberg, the executive director New York University's Center on Law and Security, and Dennis Farrell, a nationally recognized security expert with more than three decades in law enforcement, and New York State Supreme Court Judge Edward McCarty, an expert in military tribunals.

  • What Makes the Mindset of a Radical?

    21/04/2010 Duración: 01h22min

    Writer Stephen Batchelor + neurophilosopher Owen Flanagan: The author of Confession of a Buddhist Atheist argues that the Buddha was a radical innovator. What is it in our brains that makes some of us upend tradition and most of us follow the herd?

  • Sharing Our Humanity through 9/11 Remembrances

    07/04/2010 Duración: 44min

    StoryCorps founder Dave Isay shares remembrances by family members of 9/11 victims at The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum preview site.

  • Worse than War

    31/03/2010 Duración: 43min

    Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, author of "Worse than War" and writer of the upcoming PBS series of the same name, presents to members of the U.N. his controversial call for a fast-acting, military-empowered response to threats of genocide and other forms of "eliminationism."

  • Frances Perkins: The Woman Behind the New Deal

    24/03/2010 Duración: 01h06min

    Journalist and business writer Kirstin Downey celebrates her latest book, a portrait of this devoted public servant, a woman who changed the landscape of American business and society. Frances Perkins was this country's first female cabinet secretary, and her work and actions greatly affected the New Deal and the whole of American politics at the time.

  • How Do Our Brains Cope with Long-term Stress?

    17/03/2010 Duración: 01h22min

    Arjia Rinpoche + Bruce S. McEwen. A survivor of the Chinese Cultural Revolution talks to the Rockefeller University neuroendocrinologist about how stress hormones act on the brain and if Buddhist practice has anything to teach us about how we can control stress levels.

  • The Story of India

    10/03/2010 Duración: 34min

    For "The Story of India," Worldfocus news anchor Daljit Dhaliwal interviews three prominent South Asians from the New York community. Issues range from the birth of feminism in India to the importance of the arts during Akbar's rule to the country's growth as a technological and economic power. Here are the three interviews, in their entirety, with educator and activist Shamita Das Dasgupta; the Executive Director of EnGendered Myna Mukherjee, and Dean of Student Affairs at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Sree Sreenivasan.

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