Ideas

August 12, 2007
(was 02.26.2006)

What's the big idea? Well, it turns out there are three of them...the soul, Europe and the experiment. Those are the three big ideas that Peter Watson uses to focus his history of ideas. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll talk about the history of ideas...from fire to Freud.

  1. Peter Watson on "Ideas"

    Peter Watson tells Steve Paulson that the history of ideas can be organized according to three really big ideas – the soul, Europe and the experiment.

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  2. Nicholas Ostler on "Empires of the World"

    Nicholas Ostler talks to Jim Fleming about how languages spread and the similarities and differences between Chinese and English.

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  3. Joe Bob Briggs on "Profoundly Disturbing"

    Drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs is the author of "Profoundly Disturbing: Shocking Movies That Changed History."

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  4. Jonathan Coe on "Like a Fiery Elephant"

    Novelist Jonathan Coe tells Anne Strainchamps about the careeer of experimental novelist B.S. Johnson who tried to reinvent the novel with every book he wrote.

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