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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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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.

    Rebecca Solnit and Britt Marling

    Rebecca Solnit and Britt Marling

    This week, we present a conversation between two of today’s most incisive thinkers and creators. Rebecca Solnit is a writer, activist and public intellectual. Her broad curiosity has fueled over twenty books on topics ranging from the environment to feminism, literary criticism to social change. Brit Marling is best known as the star and creator of the television series, “The OA”. It’s just one among many projects Marling herself created as an alternative to narratives that diminish women’s worth, all too common in Hollywood.  On May 11, 2020, Rebecca Solnit and Brit Marling spoke via video conference on the occasion of Solnit’s newly published memoir, “Recollections of My Nonexistence.” 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Jia Tolentino and Jenna Wortham

    Jia Tolentino and Jenna Wortham

    This week, two phenomenally smart observers of culture, Jia Tolentino and Jenna Wortham.  Tolentino
    is a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of the essay collection “Trick Mirror”. Wortham co-hosts the New York Times podcast “Still Processing”. On May 6, 2020, what was to be an on-stage conversation at the Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco ended up being a far more intimate exchange about the
    logistics and emotional realities of life in self-isolation.  The two spoke by videoconference, discussing
    their new relationships to productivity, an urgent desire to do good in the world, and some of the lighter aspects of their pandemic lives – such as reality television.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Your Undivided Attention: Persuasive Technology with Tristan Harris

    Your Undivided Attention: Persuasive Technology with Tristan Harris

    What are some of the insidious designs behind the technology we engage with? How are algorithms designed to convince you to keep scrolling? Tristan Harris, co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology, is devoted to thinking about the tools built into technology that persuade us to keep returning to it. Harris believes the unmitigated race for our attention has multiple and profound negative consequences --- shortened attention spans, increased mental health issues, mass narcissism and other effects are among what Harris calls “human downgrading.”

    On April 29, 2020, Tristan Harris spoke with Jacob Ward, technology correspondent for NBC News, via video conference while under orders to shelter-in-place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    FEMAIL: The Art of Sustainable Fashion

    FEMAIL: The Art of Sustainable Fashion

    Our guests are Camilla Carper and Janelle Abbott, the co-creators of FEMAIL Forever, a project dedicated to sustainability and zero waste.  The two met in design school, and after graduation, returned to their respective homes of Oakland and Seattle. To continue their collaboration, Abbott and Carper mail garments back and forth through the US Postal Service. Each time that work passes from one to the other, new scraps and remnants are added, sometimes, things are taken away.

    On April 29, 2020, befitting their long-distance process, the two spoke via videoconference with Avery Trufelman, who  produces original pieces about architecture and design for the award-winning podcast 99% Invisible by Radiotopia.  The three discussed how we can all commit to dressing more sustainably, wearing ugly clothing with confidence, and maintaining a collaborative friendship at a physical distance.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Miranda July

    Miranda July

    Miranda July is a multi-disciplinary artist with enormous output who has honed an entirely unique voice, one that provides unconventional perspectives on bizarre nuances of human connection. She is the author of "No One Belongs Here More Than You" and "The First Bad Man", and the writer-director of the movies "The Future", "Me and You and Everyone We Know", and the forthcoming "Kajillionaire". On April 20, 2020, she spoke via videoconference with Jenny Odell, a professor at Stanford and the author of "How to Do Nothing".

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Remembering Oliver Sacks

    Remembering Oliver Sacks

    The pioneering writer and neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks, who died in 2015, was beloved for his compassion and creativity. Sacks was deeply invested in the lives and well-being of his patients – people with neurological conditions that included Tourette’s, hallucinations, and autism.  He was a phenomenal storyteller, whose many case studies – he called them ‘neurological novels’ – include “The Man Who
    Mistook His Wife For A Hat” and “Awakenings”.  On April 17, 2020, author Steve Silberman hosted a conversation with Sacks’ longtime collaborator Kate Edgar, and Temple Grandin, one of the world’s
    best-known autistic adults.  Their memories of Sacks are interspersed with clips from a new documentary about his life and work, “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life”.  

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
146 Ratings

146 Ratings

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Glad to finally see this program do podcasts after years of not keeping up with the times!

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Podcast

Four star for the show in general.
Two star for Jonathan Franzen’s talk: extremely boring and stoic.

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