Fritjof Capra, Ph.D., physicist and systems theorist, is a founding director of theCenter for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California. The Center advances schooling for sustainability; its most recent book on this growing movement in K-12 schools isSmart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability (2009). Dr. Capra is on the faculty of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program of the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Capra is the author of five international bestsellers, The Tao of Physics (1975),The Turning Point (1982), Uncommon Wisdom (1988), The Web of Life (1996), andThe Hidden Connections (2002). He coauthored Green Politics (1984), Belonging to the Universe (1991), and EcoManagement (1993), and coedited Steering Business Toward Sustainability (1995). His most recent book, The Science of Leonardo, was published in hardcover in 2007 and in paperback in 2008. Please see the bibliographyfor full details about publications.
In Part 1 of a two-part series, listen as Frances Allen, Charles Bachman, Vint Cerf, Dame Wendy Hall, William Newman, Christos Papadimitriou and Judea Pearl celebrate the mind of Alan Turing, the father of computer science. Click the link above to learn more.
On July 6, 1935, a child named Lhamo Thondup was born into a peasant
family in a small hamlet in the mountains of Tibet. In 1933, after the
13th Dalai Lama died, a search party of Buddhist monks embarked on an
intensive search for his successor. Four years later, in 1937, the monks
formally identified the two-year-old child as the 14th reincarnation of a
long line of Tibetan spiritual leaders who are believed to embody the
compassion and wisdom of Buddha. His name was soon changed to Tenzin Gyatso and he began a lengthy and intensive process of being groomed to become the future spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists.
On June 24, 1916, John Ciardi was born to Italian immigrants who had
settled in the "North End" section of Boston, Massachusetts. After losing
his father in an automobile accident at age three, he was raised by his
barely literate mother and three older sisters. He became interested in
poetry as a young child, and that early interest deepened when his family
moved to suburban Boston (Medford). He first began to show signs of
poetic genius while studying at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He
transferred to Tufts University, graduating in 1938, and did graduate
study at the University of Michigan (he published his first volume of
poetry in 1940, a year after getting his M.A. degree).
From The Washington Post
By Becky Krystal,
Sci-fi master Ray Bradbury, author of ‘Fahrenheit 451’ ‘Martian Chronicles,’ dead at 91: The imaginative and prolific author wrote some of the most popular science-fiction books of all time, including "The Martian Chronicles" and "Fahrenheit 451."
Ray Bradbury, a boundlessly imaginative novelist who wrote some of the most popular science fiction books of all time, including “Fahrenheit 451” and “The Martian Chronicles,” and who transformed the genre of flying saucers and little green men into a medium exploring childhood terrors, colonialism and the erosion of individual thought, died June 5. He was 91.
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Date: Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 3:35 AM
In today's encore excerpt - in the late 1970s, comedian Steve Martin, who had labored for years in obscurity, reached a level of success with
his stand-up act that was unprecedented in comedy. But he was unprepared for the crush of this success, and left stand-up at the peak of his popularity:
William Rainey Harper brought the University of Chicago into being, giving it form and life and mission. But it is the legacy of Robert Maynard Hutchins (January 17, 1899 – May 17, 1977 which is still avidly discussed and debated. Although Hutchins brought his own ideas and innovations with him, he came to embody the spirit of the University in a way no one else has since Harper. Hutchins was immediately compared with Harper — young, energetic, brilliant, charismatic. Unlike Harper, though, he was an iconoclast who ridiculed empty rhetoric, shabby reasoning, and institutions which did not fulfill their promise. He could say, with a straight face:
Woody Guthrie, more relevant than ever
When conservative Oklahoma finally accepts its lefty prodigal son, it bodes well for a nation steeped in inequality
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship
Friday,Jan 13, 2012 10:53 am est
In today's excerpt - in the wake of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, folk singer Woody Guthrie wrote the song "This Land is Your Land," a satire and protest against what he saw as the unrealistic vision of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America." It was originally titled "God Bless America for Me," and the original chorus used that line instead of "this land was made for you and me." Guthrie eventually deleted two verses, perhaps because he knew he couldn't get the song published otherwise - one that lamented the lack of help provided by America's churches for the poor, and the other his protest against the idea of private property (read those verses after the author credit below):
In today's excerpt -H.L. Mencken comments on the impact of crowd psychology. Mencken, known as "The Sage of Baltimore," was a popular journalist, essayist and satirist, and is regarded as one of the most influential American writers of the first half of the 20th century. A caustic critic of American life and culture, Mencken was one of the first in the U.S. to popularize such writers as Friedrich Nietzsche and Joseph Conrad.
An excerpt from
Title: A World Undone
Author: G.J. Meyer
Date: Copyright 2006 by G.J. Meyer
...the marriage of the hapless Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose famous assassination on a trip to Bosnia with his wife Sophie led directly to World War I. Franz married for love, against the preference of his uncle the Emperor, and his wife had to live in humiliation as a consequence: ....