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Since 1980, City Arts & Lectures has presented onstage conversations with outstanding figures in literature, politics, criticism, science, and the performing arts, offering the most diverse perspectives about ideas and values. City Arts & Lectures programs can be heard on more than 130 public radio stations across the country and wherever you get your podcasts. The broadcasts are co-produced with KQED 88.5 FM in San Francisco. Visit CITYARTS.NET for more info.
 
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Brian Greene is one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists, widely recognized for his groundbreaking discoveries in the field of superstring theory. His ability to clearly communicate cutting-edge science - even bringing humor to abstruse mathematical concepts -- has made Greene a sort of rock star physicist. On February 25, 2020, Brian Gree…
 
This week, we’ll hear how distance has played a key role in psychotherapy – even before the pandemic. Starting with Freud’s treatments by mail, to crisis hotlines, and now mobile phones and Zoom sessions, therapy has long existed outside the doctor’s office. Hannah Zeavin calls it teletherapy, and she explores its history in a new book “The Distanc…
 
Michelle Zauner is a musician who plays indie pop under the name “Japanese Breakfast”. Zauner grew up in the Pacific Northwest, raised by her mother, a Korean immigrant. As an adult, she moved back to become a caregiver at the end of her mother’s life. Her memoir “Crying in H-Mart” grapples with grief and trauma - but also provides delicious detail…
 
Lucy Corin is the author of the novel “Everyday Psycho Killers: A History for Girls”, and two short story collections, the most recent being “100 Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses”. On June 23, 2021, Corin talked with Daniel Handler just before the publication of her second novel, “The Swank Hotel”. The book explores mental illness, familial grief,…
 
Dr. Jen Gunter is an ob-gyn and a pain medicine physician who writes on topics of sex, science, and social media. A fierce advocate for women’s health, Gunter is devoted to correcting the misinformation perpetuated by the internet around women’s well-being and reproductive health. She is the author of The Preemie Primer and The Vagina Bible. Her ne…
 
Twenty years ago, Jhumpa Lahiri received the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for Interpreter of Maladies, her debut story collection that explores issues of love and identity among immigrants and cultural transplants. She went on to write more short stories, poems, essays, and novels, such as The Namesake. Since moving to Italy in 2011, Lahiri has worked as…
 
Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, people have faced unprecedented emotional challenges. Our guests this week are both experts in the relationship between physical and emotional well-being. Dr. Elissa Epel’s research includes the ways that chronic stress affects the process of aging. She’s a professor of psychology at UC San Francisco. Dr. Dac…
 
Dr. Jessica B. Harris is the preeminent authority on the culinary culture of the African Diaspora. Harris has spent over three decades studying African food and its migration. To understand the rich and complex flavors of African American cuisine requires looking at the culinary cultures of the African continent and the slave trade that brought Afr…
 
In 2018, Stacey Abrams lost her bid to be governor of Georgia. It was a huge disappointment – she was the first Black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee of a major party in the US. It was also unexpected – Abrams won more votes than any Democrat in Georgia’s history. The surprise outcome had much to do with the state’s mismanagement of the e…
 
Bryan Stevenson is a lawyer who’s brought national attention to the failures of America’s criminal justice system. He’s the founding director of the Equal Justice Institute in Montgomery, Alabama. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and of the mentally ill, and exonerating innocent Death R…
 
As an activist fighting for racial and social equality, Tamika Mallory has inspired countless others to get involved with these issues – and never more so than when the speech she made during the protests following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis went viral. Mallory grew up in an activist family; her parents were founding members of the c…
 
This week, we’ll listen to a conversation with David Mitchell and Pico Iyer, recorded on May 8, 2021. David Mitchell’s many novels include Cloud Atlas, The Bone Clocks, and Ghostwritten. . His most recent novel, Utopia Avenue, follows the strangest British band you’ve never heard of. Mitchell’s stories often weave together the supernatural and the …
 
Rachel Kushner is the author of several novels including The Mars Room and The Flamethrowers. Her work has been compared to Joan Didion’s, and that of Don DeLillo, a literary mentor to Kushner. Kushner’s newest book, The Hard Crowd, is a collection of essays from the past 20 years that showcase her intellect and diverse interests, from muscle cars …
 
This week, our guests are Astra Taylor and Robert Reich. Taylor is an activist, author, and documentary filmmaker whose films include What is Democracy? (2018) and An Examined Life (2008). Last year, at the onset of the pandemic, Taylor joined economist Robert Reich to discuss his just-published book, The System. It was the very beginning of COVID-…
 
This week, we present a conversation with choreographer Alonzo King. He’s the artistic director of LINES Ballet, a contemporary dance company in San Francisco. He founded it in 1982, and has revolutionized the way we view dance. King’s choreography includes a blend of powerful and tender emotion, and unbelievable feats of athleticism. LINES Ballet …
 
Playwright Lauren Gunderson’s work is often based on the lives of historical figures – scientists like Marie Curie and Isaac Newton, and political figures such as the first woman elected to Congress. Gunderson didn’t have to travel far to research her newest play, The Catastrophist – the one-man play centers on her husband, virologist Nathan Wolf. …
 
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