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Features conversations with people who offer pieces of the puzzle of “a world that just might work” -- provocative approaches to business, environment, health, science, politics, media and culture. Guests have included Michael Lewis, Ken Burns, Arianna Huffington, Paul Krugman, Temple Grandin, Bill Maher, Cornel West, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Norman Lear. [http://terrencemcnally.net]

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Features conversations with people who offer pieces of the puzzle of “a world that just might work” -- provocative approaches to business, environment, health, science, politics, media and culture. Guests have included Michael Lewis, Ken Burns, Arianna Huffington, Paul Krugman, Temple Grandin, Bill Maher, Cornel West, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Norman Lear. [http://terrencemcnally.net]

    ASTRA TAYLOR, What is Democracy? Is it alive and well?

    ASTRA TAYLOR, What is Democracy? Is it alive and well?

    ASTRA TAYLOR takes democracy seriously. In her documentary WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? and the companion book, Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone, she explores its early roots as well as its current embattled state. She reminds us that real democracy—fully inclusive and egalitarian—has never existed. Both ancient Athens and the original US were slave states. Can we restore rule of the people to the current American rule of the wealthy? Can democracy handle big challenges like the Coronovirus pandemic and climate change?

    • 59 min
    Inspiring ideas for troubling times-1) Fritjof Capra on Systems Thinking, 2) Stuart Kauffman, Reinventing the Sacred

    Inspiring ideas for troubling times-1) Fritjof Capra on Systems Thinking, 2) Stuart Kauffman, Reinventing the Sacred

    In these unsettling times, I turned to the archives for inspiring ideas about the meaning of life. First, my 2009 conversation with physicist FRITJOF CAPRA about one of my favorite books, The Turning Point. Written in 1981, it looks at many domains of human activity, and makes clear that we need to move toward a systems view of reality that sees everything as dynamic and interdependent. True to those themes, in the second half you’ll hear my 2008 conversation with MacArthur award-winning biologist STUART KAUFFMAN about his provocative book, Reinventing the Sacred, in which he offers an inspiring image of God as the ceaseless creativity of the universe and of life itself.

    • 1 hr
    CHARLOTTE ALTER - THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR - Millennials in office. Will a new generation change America?

    CHARLOTTE ALTER - THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR - Millennials in office. Will a new generation change America?

    Millennials have already revolutionized technology, commerce and media. They’re responsible for our major social movements. And there are now 26 Millennials in Congress - five times as many as before the 2018 midterms. TIME magazine national correspondent CHARLOTTE ALTER (cover stories on Mayor Pete, AOC, and Person of the Year Greta Thunberg) examines how millennials have gained power so far — from City Hall to Congress. In her first book, THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR, she asks - How are we going to get to the political future? - and - What’s it going to look like when we do?

    • 59 min
    What stories got us here? Conversation w/ JEREMY LENT, THE PATTERNING INSTINCT (2018)

    What stories got us here? Conversation w/ JEREMY LENT, THE PATTERNING INSTINCT (2018)

    In The Patterning Instinct, JEREMY LENT brings together cultural history and neuroscience - a new discipline he calls cognitive history. Lent reminds us we see the world through stories. The right has dominated politics with a story of America that is false on many counts and based on a set of values that brings us to this moment when we cannot work together to save our lives. Can we come out the other side with a story of shared vulnerability, shared fate, and shared purpose? I think this conversation recorded in 2018 lays a good foundation for considering that challenge.

    • 1 hr
    ROBERT WRIGHT-Why are Americans divided as they confront a pandemic?

    ROBERT WRIGHT-Why are Americans divided as they confront a pandemic?

    The American people usually come together when confronting huge challenges – think of WWII and the attacks of 9/11. But today, facing the global pandemic, we are divided – on nearly every aspect of the crisis. In NONZERO, ROBERT WRIGHT contends that evolution and history move us toward greater cooperation, collaboration, and win-win outcomes. We talk about why - though individuals act heroically - the nation remains tribalized.

    • 59 min
    ROBERT WRIGHT-Evolution of God-How God’s personality changed with ancient politics

    ROBERT WRIGHT-Evolution of God-How God’s personality changed with ancient politics

    ROBERT WRIGHT takes on big questions, and in 2009’s THE EVOLUTION OF GOD, he shows how the concept of God in Judaism, Christianity and Islam has varied over time depending on the politics at play when their stories were told. When people see their interests threatened, this perception brings out the most belligerent parts of their religion. We explore how this might apply to Islamic terrorists and Evangelical Christians.

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

cshearer ,

Great guests, let them talk

I give five stars for the interesting guests from a variety of backgrounds - many of whom I have only heard on this show, despite all their achievements and insights. But I minus one star for McNally's obnoxious way of constantly and unnecessarily interrupting them, which often disrupts the guest's train of thought and the flow of the discussion.

Bookgov ,

Great interviews

Keep up the great stuff

Vinodole ,

Great show

Terrence gets awesome guests to come speak on the podcast, and the interviews are always engaging and inspiring.

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