Philosophy Talk: Live Public Radio Tapings Explore Philosophical Topics at the Marsh
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This one-man show from Don Reed is a prequel to the actor-playwright-comedian's hilarious coming-of-age story East 14th, one of the longest-running solo shows in the Bay Area. In Can You Dig It? The '60s Back Down East 14th, Reed recounts his humble beginnings on East 14th Street just before his father headed off for the hustler's life in Oakland. From the Beatles to the Black Panthers, MLK to JFK to the KKK, Reed explores the 1960s through the eyes of an awkward kid who's just trying to fit in. A San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Nominee and NAACP double nominee for Best Actor and Best Playwright, Don Reed has performed, written and directed for film, television and theater, and is currently the warm-up comic for The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Learn More
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Featured review from Bobbie Steinhart
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I'm a frequent KALW listener and familiar with the program. This was my first time at a recording session. It's fascinating to see the show live. The topic was of personal interest, as was the conversation between Ken Taylor and John Perry. They work well together, demonstrating how to remain civil while articulating divergent opinions. I agree with my companion who felt the guest's contribution was minimal. The hosts could have easily carried the discussion without him, utilizing audience questions to stimulate and illuminate issues relevant to the topic.
Quotes & Highlights
- “Philosophy Talk is as accessible as it is thoughtful.” --Los Angeles Times
- “Philosophy Talk could teach British broadcasting a thing or two about quality intellectual debate… one of the great joys of American radio. It’s radio that knows how to talk.” --The Guardian (London)
January 27, 2013 at Noon: Bioethics: Myths and Realities
Recent advances in mapping the human genome suggest a vision of the future that might fill us with equal parts hope and dread. On the one hand, the possibility of identifying disease-causing genes may enable us to eradicate cancer, obesity, or depression before they ever develop. On the other hand, the idea that soon we could be “designing” our progeny, choosing physical and psychological traits we deem desirable, is fraught with deep moral complexities. But are these ideas realistic or just the stuff of science fiction? What real ethical problems does the current state of human genomics present? John and Ken map out the terrain with David Magnus, Director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and co-editor of Who Owns Life?
January 27, 2013 at 3:00pm: Dance as a Way of Knowing
Whether it be rhythmic or shuffling, athletic or pedestrian, erotic or just social, dance is an art form that utilizes movement of the body through space. Could the aesthetic experience of being physically present and embodied in the world be considered a way of knowing? Is there something in particular we can come to know by watching or performing dance? And are there broader lessons that dance can teach us about human perception and action? John and Ken hit the floor with Alva Noe from UC Berkeley, author of Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain and Other Lessons From the Biology of Consciousness.