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Bishop John Shelby Spong -- His last public lecture
Jun 28, 2018 Interfaith Lecture Series
Probably America’s best-known spokesperson for an open, scholarly, and inclusive Christianity, Bishop John Shelby Spong has achieved an almost legendary reputation. A deeply committed Christian, he insists that he must also speak as an informed citizen of 2...
The Tehran Children -- Primer Content: Sara J. Bloomfield
Originally recorded at 10:45 a.m. EDT Monday, August 13, 2018, Sara J. Bloomfield's talk at the Chautauqua Amphitheater is released from our archives as we prepare to premiere "The Tehran Children: Iran's Unexpected & Suppressed Connection to the Holocaust" - a program curated for CHQ Assembly in...
Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 19, 2018.
A transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel, A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov.
William J. Burns recounts world-historic diplomatic events that helped shape where we are today. He discusses the Cold War being a “plastic moment,” the eventual fall of the Soviet Union and current relations with Russia.
Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Friday, June 6, 2018.
Amy Chua dissects tribalism and identity politics within the American political spectrum. The John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School further discusses demagogic politicians, political tribes and threatened demographics.
Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Thursday, July 5, 2018.
David Brooks speaks about politics, tribal mentality and community. Describing himself as “bookish,” he tells stories about his infatuation with writing, consciousness and the “tribal mentality” of politics.
Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Monday, July 16, 2018.
On the day the presidents of the United States and Russia held a historic summit in Helsinki, Sen. Chris Coons breaks down the state of relations between the west and Russia, discuss Donald Trump’s presidency, current relations with R...