This week photographer Steve Pyke tells us about his Philosopher portrait series and your host goes to France in search of photo books. Plus a remix of the three photographers we featured last year in the “Beyond the Fruited Plain” series: Richard Misrach, Alec Soth, and Naomi Harris.
Historian Jill Lepore talks Tea Party History. Alec Soth photographs from the Middle, Andrea S discovers the Middle, and your host fears the Middle! Plus TMi’s “Chris” learns more about who is really pulling the strings.
Cédric Villani won the prestigious Fields Medal for his work in 2010. He wrote a book about his experience called Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure. It is a book about where ideas come from. There is something spider like about Villani, and I say that not just because of the pins he is famous for always wearing. He knows how to catch ideas, and he wants to teach us how as well. We also talk with Maria Popova about another great Science book: The art of Scientific Investigation. I found this book thanks to the idea catching web that Maria Popova built: brainpickings.com.
Too Much Information is the sober hangover after the digital party has run out of memes, apps and schemes. Host Benjamen Walker finds out that, in a world where everyone overshares the truth 140 characters at a time, telling tales might be the most honest thing to do.