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"Symmetry is the idea that you have patterns that allow transformation that might have changed them but don't, so a circle has a lot of symmetry because you can rotate it around the center and it's still the same object. This can also be applied to concepts in physics." Physicist Frank Wilczek is here to discuss his new book Fundamentals: Ten Keys …
 
“We are so lucky in music that we can look back to someone like Beethoven or Monteverdi or Josquin des Prez and understand through their music many different qualities of how people imagined themselves to be, how they imagined life to be. Despite the fact that we’re having this lovely conversation, the acronym of my life has become AFWAP— 'as few w…
 
"I listen to classical music very specifically because I need to be able to feel at the end of what I'm listening to like I'm able confront the darkest sides of what I'm experiencing as well. I feel comforted by Beethoven. I feel comforted by his ability to say something to me that cannot be said any other way. A sense of hopelessness that is not w…
 
“We have the misfortune that the virus struck us at a particular moment in our history. We have the highest levels of income inequality in a century, we have extreme levels of political polarization, and we have a number of macro trends that have thinned out our intellectual discourse that have made it very difficult for us to have a reasoned conve…
 
"In order to justify themselves, when certain groups get together, they go far beyond their mandate. Once people start to censor, once you give them the right, you don't know where it ends. You can say 'OK, censor Nazis.' So then what do you do? You can say 'Censor Muslims' because of this. And then you can go a little further-- you can censor some…
 
"People recognized that what’s being depicted here is sometimes despicable or deplorable but at the same time alluring, extraordinarily artistic and extraordinarily revealing about life and human nature. A lot of art is about a lot of very unpleasant stuff and you can’t cancel it because of that. You can’t move away or avert your eyes because it’s …
 
“I was singing for the troops when I was only a kid of course during the Second World War and I just enjoyed singing right from the start— and it’s pretty well the same thing now. I sing because I like to sing. I don’t sing to make a living, although I guess I do!” Petula Clark is here, to open season two of this program. The star, who for seven de…
 
"We are connected to the universe in ways people don't realize. We're connected to stars-- we're made of stardust. Dark matter, which may sound esoteric, is responsible for galaxies and ultimately for our own existence." Lawrence Krauss is here. Explainer, thinker, physicist-- what is fascinating about him is not just his knowledge and ability to s…
 
"When I hear Beethoven, I feel like he's reading my mind, reading my soul. It's impossible to comprehend. I compare Beethoven to someone like Da Vinci. Similar level of genius. His music is one of the great treasures we have." On today's program, cellist Pablo Ferrández is here. A colleague of Daniel on stage and a friend offstage, they have a lot …
 
"De facto segregation, it turns out, is a myth. The reason we have segregation in every metropolitan area in this country is government policy. Federal, state, and local policy that was racially explicit that ensured African-Americans and whites could not live near one another." Historian, writer, and social chronicler Richard Rothstein is here to …
 
"The brain is very responsive. One of its most amazing capacities is its ability to change, and one of the most common experiences of brain plasticity is the ability to have new experiences and new sounds stick with us." Dr. Wendy Suzuki is here, to talk all things music, exercise, and yes, the brain. She is a highly distinguished neural scientist-…
 
"I try to be quick to listen, slow to speak. I try not to join the mob in whatever is going on in the social and political climate." NFL wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints is here, talking sports, talking music, talking cancel culture. Far from being just a star athlete, he is a music lover and a pianist / singer-songwriter. With a degree in …
 
"This is the wonderful thing about physics. A very simple set of equations makes predictions that are hard to wriggle out of. So if General Relativity is right, with pretty good confidence you can extrapolate back in time to what was happening not at the Big Bang itself but to the first few seconds after the Big Bang." Physicist Sean Carroll is her…
 
"We need other people to see trans people as a way that's not taboo, as a way that's not just us on Jerry Springer or in the news. We need to see us celebrated and experiencing joy." Singer, songwriter, actress Miss Peppermint is here. The first trans woman on Ru Paul's Drag Race, the wildly popular entertainer is here to talk about her new album. …
 
"I think Mitch McConnell is one of the most insidious cancerous actors in American politics and he has had a corrosive effect on the functioning of the separation of powers and the constitution itself." On today's program, we are debriefing the 2020 election. As predicted, things are getting complicated, as the country and world sort through the re…
 
"Language taught me to be a better human being. It taught me to understand what morality was." Poet Randall Horton joins the podcast. The only tenured professor in the Unites States (University of New Haven) with seven felony convictions, he and Daniel have an open and frank conversation about his unique life, his path to the written word, and his …
 
On today's program, a special 2020 pre-election roundtable discussion with a distinguished panel of guests--- Bill Kristol, Nancy Maveety, and Lawrence Douglas. With so much hanging in the balance, these three experts analyze the situation from different and valuable viewpoints. While no one can predict what will happen, our guests offer various ta…
 
"Baldwin to me is the inheritor of Emerson. He takes Ralph Waldo Emerson across the tracks. Baldwin is the most insightful writer about race and democracy we've ever had." Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. returns to the podcast. Last time he was here was in June 2020. Some things have changed and some haven't. With the country at the footstep of an election, …
 
"After 9/11, there was no right answer. As we captured terrorists, when we captured them overseas, the place where we captured them said 'We don't want them, you have to get them out of here.' CIA was stuck." John Sipher is here. He spent more than 28 years in clandestine service in the CIA and joins Daniel for a discussion about the role of the CI…
 
“The Chinese model is we will advance your economy, we will make you rich, and we’re not going to talk about human rights, we’re not going to talk about democratization, we’re going to talk about changing the role of women. We will just do business with you. It will be win-win, and let’s let the Americans do what they want, let the Americans annoy …
 
“Tone is important. Moderation is important. But I can assure you there were times when I left moderation to the side.” Beloved public radio host Diane Rehm is here. Usually she is on the other side of the microphone, asking the questions and bringing the guest to life in ways the audience has never heard. But this time she is on the receiving end,…
 
"Many of the founders and the next generation after them advocated: we have to educate the citizenry how to best handle the rights and responsibilities we gave them, we promised them in the Declaration of Independence, and we gave unto them in the Constitution.” On today’s program, a special panel discussion about civic education as viewed as a nat…
 
“I just believe if you’re elected and they imbue you with trust and faith then you represent them as well as you can…we did that over four terms in the US Congress, went on to become a cabinet secretary, and it’s my goal now to become the next United States Senator for the same reasons.” On today’s special mid-week episode, Secretary Mike Espy is h…
 
“It’s not just violence but the threat of violence that breathes life into terrorism, that gives it its power. For terrorism to have its power, it's not just the victim or the target— it’s the target audience, or the wider vicarious number of victims that terrorists hope to intimidate, coerce, and get them to behave in a different manner than they …
 
“Music is not made to be forced. It’s gotta come through you. It’s easy to play a whole bunch of notes, and play fast, and be impressive. But it’s all about emotion. You gotta tap into the emotion of music.” Legendary guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel is here, talking all things guitar and all things music. This is a tough, unusual time for musicians …
 
“All culture is appropriation. No culture invents their culture and says ‘this is ours’ and silos it off from everybody else. Everybody borrows everything." Science historian and best-selling writer Michael Shermer is here. Free speech and free expression have been on his mind lately, and that’s what occupies a lot of the conversation. What’s happe…
 
"A lot of the bigger problems that we have to solve, that computers can't solve at this time, are problems that aren't just black and white that numbers can solve. It takes leaders and staff that are diverse in experience, in educational background-- and art helps with that." On today's program, we are joined by a rising star of the Democratic Part…
 
"Racism or deep-seated feelings of supremacy come from a gaping hole, a deep feeling of insecurity for which one overcompensates." Writer and activist Chloé Valdary joins the podcast for a discussion of her "Theory of Enchantment" program and her feelings on race in America today. She and Daniel discuss how conversations about race have shifted in …
 
“I know a lot of professional chefs who are very good technicians, can work very fast, and are relatively lousy cooks.” On today’s program, beloved chef Jacques Pépin returns to the program. A Talking Beats favorite, he is out with a new cookbook, “Quick and Simple.” Chef Pépin is here to discuss the book and other ideas for Fall cooking. We are al…
 
"On the one hand I hate to see our whole public life taken over by this person, but on the other hand, we asked for it. We made him president." On a special episode devoted to current political analysis, influential commentator Bill Kristol joins the podcast for a look at where we are and where we are going-- or could be going. He makes some fascin…
 
“The democratic party has lost the ability to communicate in rural America. We’re trying to figure out how we can better explain policies to rural America, but also how we can better explain rural America to urban America.” Former Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) joins the podcast to discuss where American politics are right now. She and Daniel talk a…
 
“Filipino food is at the center of the social calendar. It’s at the center of how we live our lives. It’s a way of expressing love and it’s a way of expressing community.” Chef Alvin Cailan, one of the country’s most celebrated Filipino chefs, and award-winning director Alexandra Cuerdo are out with a new cookbook all about Filipino food. The book,…
 
"I try to think that anything I do--it could be a house, it could be a small kindergarten--must reach for the kind of spiritual in the sense of the uplifting and make you feel better as a human being." To mark the 50th episode of Talking Beats with Daniel Lelchuk, legendary architect Moshe Safdie joins the program for a wide-ranging discussion and …
 
"In a given year, only about 20% of the respiratory illnesses that we see are actually caused by influenza. 80% are caused largely by other viral pathogens." Infectious disease expert Dr. Michael Osterholm joins Daniel for a frank assessment of where we are, at the beginning of October, as we as a country and world continue to navigate the torrid w…
 
“Putin wants you to believe that he is a return to Russian traditions and to the glory days when Russia was a revered, respected power in the international system.” Former United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation Michael McFaul comes on Talking Beats to talk all things Russia and all things Putin. One of the biggest issues that he and Dan…
 
“From the moment I started with plants, I felt it had something deeper than what you saw. It was not just about the flower. It had a special appeal--that there’s something we love about plants because we are part of nature.” On this episode, Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf joins the podcast. He and Daniel talk about the fundamentals of gardening …
 
“You’ve got a president who is so wrapped up in his own flawed masculinity that he won’t say that for him to acknowledge this disease is equivalent to him admitting his own weakness, his own powerlessness, his own vulnerability. He won’t wear a mask because he thinks it makes him look weak.” On today’s program, comedian, actor, and writer Michael I…
 
“China is pushing a set of norms and trying to undermine democracies and rule of law around the world and interfering in their societies in ways that is causing a lot of worry.” On this episode, China policy expert Bonnie Glaser joins Daniel to discuss what is happening currently with US-China relations. Where is China building military bases aroun…
 
“The reason great works of art sustain themselves for over 400 years whether it’s a Mozart horn concerto or the Tempest is because when that work was created it spoke with great immediacy to its audiences.” James Shapiro, specialist of the works and life of William Shakespeare, joins Talking Beats for a look into the origins of Shakespeare’s popula…
 
“I’m always curious. I always want to try something new. I’m always delving into the ‘what if.’” On this special episode to coincide with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, Melissa Clark returns to the podcast. She and Daniel talk about why Jewish food is so diverse around the world, how there is so much more to Rosh Hashanah than matzo balls and …
 
"The American unwillingness to think about foreign policy leaves decision makers with a lot of latitude to go on military adventures." Tom Nichols joins the podcast for a discussion about authoritarian regimes around the world and waves of nationalist, populist leaders coming to power in countries the world over. What do Bolsonaro, Duterte, Orban, …
 
"Everything is connected ... classical music and the performing arts don't exist in a vacuum. It's imperative that classical musicians know about the world. They have to know how to adapt to the current environment." On this episode, violist David, violinist sister Lauren, and violinist brother Sean join the podcast for a wide-ranging conversation.…
 
"Terrorism has now become much more than religious Jihadist groups. We now see far right, far left, we certainly see ethno-nationalists...it's a broad concept now." On this special episode on the 19th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, 2001, counter-terrorism expert Seth Jones joins the podcast for a look at the time leading up to 9/11 a…
 
"Even when it was 'normal,' it was really far from normal. It was the illusion of things being static when in fact they were incredibly dynamic. The normal we're looking to go back to is hardly desirable." Where have physical examinations gone? Will house calls ever come back? How has COVID-19 and its hyper-reliance on the internet and computers od…
 
"If people with real scientific credentials are feeling pressure to deny reality on ideological grounds, that, to me is an even more serious problem than our journalistic community being corrupted by these ideological cults." On this episode, find out what's making journalist and free-thought advocate Jonathan Kay optimistic--and maybe not so optim…
 
"When people feel safe enough to come back to the concert hall I do think we will see a resurgence in classical music." On this episode, noted concert violinist Ray Chen discusses the fascinating, wild times of being a musician during the COVID-19 pandemic. He and Daniel address questions large and small, comfortable and less so. What IS the place …
 
"Those who have made peace with Israel have also exposed themselves to increased threats from rejectionists in the region." On this episode, Ambassador Dennis Ross talks about what makes a skilled diplomat, the new treaty between the UAE and Israel, and his hopes for future leadership in the Middle East. He also contrasts the 1994 treaty between Is…
 
"We go about our days thinking more about the safety side of the equation and not necessarily thinking about how every time we give up a little bit of civil liberties we are making ourselves less safe in a different way." Former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Barbara McQuade was appointed by President Obama in 2010 and was the …
 
Architect Daniel Libeskind has designed some of the most important cultural structures in the world, including the Jewish Museum Berlin and One World Trade Center. On this episode, he talks about his early life in Poland as a virtuoso accordion player, his entry into the world of drawing and architecture, and how he approaches a new project, from t…
 
"What happens to US society when public trust in our institutions, such as the just department or the intelligence community, is eroded by malevolent foreign players?" On this episode, Suzanne Spaulding takes listeners on a guided tour of some of the most dire national security threats, with a special emphasis on this fundamental question. National…
 
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