Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What is hot on 4 January 2011

KQED Forum
'All Things Shining': Finding Meaning in a Secular Age
Philosophy professor Hubert Dreyfus's classes on existentialism and phenomenology were long among the most popular classes at UC Berkeley. One of those classes formed the basis of Dreyfus's new book "All Things Shining," co-authored with Harvard philosophy professor Sean Kelly. The authors join us to discuss the book, which deals with moments of meaning and transcendence in great works of Western literature.
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Lyrics Undercover
I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye (and more!)
This week on Lyrics Undercover, we’ll look at a Motown breakup song that is a classic. “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” is sung by a narrator who has no clue that his relationship is ending. Only from gossip, ‘through the grapevine,’ does he discover that his partner is cheating.
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Science Times
NYT: Science Times for 01/04/2011
This week: The top science, health and environmental stories of 2010 and research indicating that gay teens are no less likely to be unhappy than straight teens.
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TED Talks
On reading the Koran - Lesley Hazelton (2010)
Lesley Hazelton sat down one day to read the Koran. And what she found -- as a non-Muslim, a self-identified "tourist" in the Islamic holy book -- wasn't what she expected. With serious scholarship and warm humor, Hazelton shares the grace, flexibility and mystery she found, in this myth-debunking talk from TEDxRainier.
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