KCRW's This...Is Interesting
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Matt Miller – author, Washington Post columnist and Left, Right & Center host – turns his curiosity and wit to deeper encounters with the world's most provocative thinkers and newsmakers. As timely as the week's headlines, yet tackling subjects destined to influence events for years to come. This...Is Interesting brings to listeners the people and ideas that are shaping our world.
||The State of the American Worker||My conversation with Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).||1/29/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Wondrous Woodrow Wilson||My conversation with A. Scott Berg, author of "Wilson,? a new biography of our 28th president.||1/15/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Our Final Invention?||My conversation with James Barrat, author of ?Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence And The End Of The Human Era?.||12/17/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Deep Roots of Our Political Divide||Special presentation on Friday, December 13 at 7:30pm: Political psychotherapy with Jonathan Haidt, author of "The Righteous Mind."||12/4/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Doubling Down on Campaign 2012||Behind the behind-the-scene stories of ?Double Down: Game Change 2012,? with authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.||11/20/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Charitable Industrial Complex||My talk with Peter Buffett (Warren Buffett's son) about what's wrong with philanthropy.||11/6/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Art as Therapy||My conversation with Alain de Botton, author of the new book, "Art as Therapy"||10/23/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Tea Party View||A conversation with Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, a leader of the Tea Party caucus.||10/8/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Singapore?s 4 Percent Health Care Solution||A conversation with William Haseltine, scientist, biotech entrepreneur, and author of ?Affordable Excellence: The Singapore Health Care System?||9/25/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Smartest Kids in the World Are Not in the U.S.||My conversation with Amanda Ripley, author of the ?The Smartest Kids in the World--and How They Got That Way?||9/11/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Quality Journalism: Dead? Or Being Painfully Reborn?||Steve Coll, author, New Yorker staff writer, and new dean of the Columbia Journalism School, on the future of journalism.||8/27/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Historical Jesus||Was Jesus a political radical? We talk to Reza Aslan about his controversial new book, ?Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth?||8/14/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Thought-Controlled Computing||A tour of the ways we will soon control computers with our minds, and how this ?brain-computer interface? will change society. My guest is Ariel Garten, CEO of the Toronto-based company Interaxon, which is developing such devices.||7/26/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Can America Deal With Dying?||Poet and essayist Meghan O?Rourke, author of the memoir "The Long Goodbye," discusses the literature of grief and the American style of mourning in the age of self-help.||7/17/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Republicans' Secret Weapon?||As the fight over the future of the GOP takes shape, I ask National Affairs? Yuval Levin where the GOP?s gone wrong and how conservative ideas can become relevant again.||7/3/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Great Unwinding||The American institutions that built the middle class seem to be -- crumbling. Author George Packer traveled the country to find out how we're coping.||6/19/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Will Google and Facebook Destroy the Middle Class?||Could the Internet defy our greatest hopes and actually be a drag on the middle class?||6/5/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||The 88 Percent||The Asian middle class will grow from roughly 500 million people today to a staggering 1.75 billion by 2020. Is the world ready?||5/22/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Arab Spring: Have We Missed the Real Story?||Matt Miller talks to economist Hernando de Soto about the causes of the Arab Spring, and how not being able to own things can lead to revolution.||5/8/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Robots Are Coming!||Matt Miller talks to two of the top thinkers in the emerging technology arena about what it really means for our economic future.||4/19/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
Huge Left Right and Cent Fan and love Matt Miller. Very excited about this podcast! Thanks!
Fascinating First Episode
If you like Matt Miller, but grow a little weary of the Left, Right, & Center tropes, certainly give This...Is Interesting a try. The first episode is deeply satisfying discussion of technology and the disproportiniate wealth of those who are able to harness it. Neither left nor right, but rather thoughtful and quantitative.
Way to go
Just the right show with just the right interviewer. For years I've followed Matt Miller's recommendations and book picks and now he has his own show devoted to them.