Sebastian Junger with Joe Klein

SEBASTIAN JUNGER Interviewer Joe Klein Sebastian Junger, author of War and The Perfect Storm takes readers on an investigation of how we overcome trauma and seek something bigger than ourselves. Combining history, psychology, and anthropology Tribe explores loyalty, belonging, and…

Joe Nocera in conversation with Buzz Bissinger

    Joe Nocera, long-time Business and Opinion writer for the New York Times has just added a regular Times column about the business of sports. His interest in sports, and the NCAA in particular, was sparked by a Times…

              In On My Own, a deeply personal and moving book, the beloved NPR radio host speaks out about the long drawn-out death (from Parkinson’s) of her husband of fifty-four years, and of her struggle…

EJ Dionne with James Fallows

    Author of Why The Right Went Wrong: Conservatism – from Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond American journalist and political commentator, E.J Dionne is a long-time op-ed columnist for The Washington Post. He is also a Senior Fellow in…

John Irving at the Kentucky Author Forum

JOHN IRVING November 10, 2015 at The Kentucky Center John Irving brought to us Avenue of Mysteries, the 14th novel of his prolific career. The World According to Garp, which won the National Book Award in 1980, was his first international bestseller….

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David Boies

  David Boies is a highly distinguished American trial lawyer who has litigated some of the highest profile cases in recent history. His book, Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality (Penguin),  offers a dramatic and up-close account of his…

Jessye Norman

  Jessye Norman has long been acknowledged as one of the world’s most beautiful voices and one of the most versatile concert and operatic singers of her time. Her accolades and awards include five Grammys and thirty-eight honorary doctorates from institutions around…

Timothy Geithner

Timothy Geithner served as 75th Secretary of the Treasury and, in that office, played a central role in formulating U.S. domestic and international economic policy during President Barack Obama’s first term. Between 2003 and 2009, Mr. Geithner served as President…

Philippe de Montebello

October 15, 2014- Philippe de Montebello – longest serving director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in its history…

Alain de Botton

  Alain de Botton is the author of nonfiction essays on themes ranging from love and travel to art, architecture and philosophy, including The Art of Travel and How Proust Can Change Your Life. He founded The School of Life….

Chris Matthews

In Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked (Simon & Schuster), Chris Matthews offers a magnificent personal history of a time when two great political opponents- President Ronald Reagan and Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill- served together for the…

Pat Conroy

The author of the acclaimed novel The Prince of Tides, The Water is Wide, and  South of Broad, Pat Conroy has penned a powerful new memoir, The Death of Santini (Doubleday), delivering a heart-wrenching account of personal and family struggle, and…

john lewis, rachel maddow,

Georgia’s 5th Congressional District Representative and an American icon, John Lewis  has witnessed history in the making and made history himself as one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement. Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations,…

Coach Rick Pitino

  Coach Pitino began a new era in University of Louisville men’s basketball when he was named head coach of the Cardinals in 2001. He is the only coach to take three different schools to the NCAA Final Four; the…