Producer Picks

Satire and Freedom of Speech
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The tragic attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo has once again raised questions about freedom of expression and religious tolerance in a democracy. It's an unfortunately familiar...
"The Woods" on the Big Screen
Did you catch "Into the Woods" over the holidays? The movie version isn't quite the same as the stage production, but here's our interview with Stephen Sondheim about the show...
On Our Minds: Nick Bostrom on Computer Superintelligence
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Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom offers a cautionary take on artificial intelligence in his new book, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies. In it, he imagines what could happen if...
The Christmas Truce
Christmas Truce
This Christmas is the 100th anniversary of World War One's Christmas Truce. Here's historian Stanley Weintraub on why opposing soldiers put their guns aside, and sang carols together.
Dear Mr. Cleese
John Cleese
On our minds this week, Doug's interview with comedy - and Monty Python - legend, John Cleese. Here are Doug's thoughts on their conversation...
Producer's Note on "Fearing the Other"
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This week's hour on "Fearing the Other" was an uncomfortable and potentially politically precarious topic to tackle. Here's a note from producers Rehman Tungekar and Charles...
Villain or Victim?
December 22nd is the 30th anniversary of the Bernhard Goetz NYC subway shooting. On Dec. 22nd, 1984, Goetz, a 45-year-old white male, shot four young black men after they surrounded him on the subway...
"Walking Saved My Life" - Cheryl Strayed
Girl loses self, solo hikes 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, and finds herself.  Cheryl Strayed's best-selling memoir "Wild" is now a movie, starring Reese Witherspoon.  Cheryl makes the case...
On Our Minds: Hip Hop Prophets
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Alex Gee is the Pastor of Fountain of Life Church in Madison, Wisconsin and co-author (with John Teter) of Jesus and the Hip Hop Prophets: Spiritual Insights from Lauryn Hill and 2PAC. Reverend Gee...
Cuba, Then
With a change in US relations with Cuba in the news, we're thinking back to the revolution...