Alok Jha speaks to Professor Robert Park—author of Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science—about religion, the Templeton Foundation, and Barack Obama.
Take the creators of South Park and the composer of Avenue Q. Add solid musical storytelling, Mormons, Uganda, AIDS, a chorus line and a healthy amount of smut — and you have The Book of Mormon, Broadway’s blasphemous, hilarious and oddly endearing new hit.
July 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM - 46 min
Thinking About Central Park 19 writers on the magic of Central Park.
New York City’s Central Park is a place and a state of mind. The oasis in the midst of frenetic life. The dream of ordered nature – just a little wild – within reach of urban life. From the sky, it’s that striking, great green rectangle laid out in the heart of an island metropolis. On the ground, it’s 843 acres of memories and legend and lore. Favorite haunt of movie makers. Summer concerts. Strolling lovers. Stolen moments. A new anthology captures nineteen writers on the mystique of Central Park. This hour, On Point: it’s summertime, and we’re going to the park. -Tom Ashbrook
What will it mean to be human in the future? Uploading consciousness into virtual worlds and prolonging life through biotechnology are already being contemplated. Canada’s leading science fiction writer, Robert J. Sawyer, offers his insights in a lecture entitled Humanity 2.0, produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada.