Ideas Stream

Music of the People: Artists Talk About Music Inspiring Change

Siddharta Mitter, noted cultural critic, is joined by artists from the bands Noori, Red Baraat, and Asphalt Orchestra for a conversation about music as a tool for radical transformation in today's...

Tamar Gendler: Five Ancient Secrets to Modern Happiness

TAMAR GENDLER is professor of philosophy at Yale University and chair of the university’s philosophy department. From 2006 to 2010, she served as chair of Yale’s cognitive science program. During the...

2012/2013 Visionary Leadership Award honoring Charlayne Hunter-Gault

The Visionary Leadership Award honors a leader whose trailblazing work is impacting the world. Occurring outside of the annual Festival, the award connects the Festival’s Ideas programs to every day...

Brenda Dixon Gottschild: African-American Dance and the Measure of Culture

Guided by the premise that dance is a barometer of society, Brenda Dixon Gottschild gauges the pulse of contemporary American performance: using dance as the focus and race as the parameter, she...

Dr. Daphne Miller: The Wisdom & Science of Traditional Foods

Daphne Miller, MD is the author of The Jungle Effect, a unique travelogue of healthy eating. Her understanding of the interconnectedness of food, the environment and health reveal essential clues to...

Ha Jin & David Henry Hwang: The U.S.-China Literary Landscape

Two icons of literature and theater read from their current work and talk about the intersection of contemporary writing and cultural perspectives on China.

Graham Sheffield, C.B.E.: From Soft Power to Global Connectivity-The International Birds-Eye View of Arts & Culture

A major part of the cultural conversation today is about local culture in the global community: culture is part of the toolkit for global understanding, diplomacy, and more. Particularly in light of...

Slate Political Gabfest: The Emily Bazelon Hometown Gabfest

The Slate Political Gabfest was recorded live in New Haven, Conn. on June 27, as part of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. On the show, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson...

Enlivening Global Traditions: What Happens when Peking Opera meets Shakespeare in Wu Hsing-Kuo's Contemporary Legend Theater

Ken Smith, noted critic, journalist and partner in Museworks LTd., a Hong-Kong cultural consulting firm speaks with Mary Lou Aleskie, Executive Director of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas...

Mark Morris in Conversation with Joan Acocella

Choreographer and conductor Mark Morris discusses his work with a special focus on his company's 20th anniversary performances of Dido and Aeneas. He is joined by Joan Acocella, dance writer for The...

How Pleasure Works

Why do we like what we like? This wide-ranging and humorous discussion explores the idea that there are deep and surprising commonalities in the pleasures that we get from art, food, sex, stories,...

The Irish Literary Landscape

Three generations of Irish writers share their stories and discuss writing for the 21st Century. Featuring Colm Toibin, an award-wining novelist, short-story writer and critic whose bittersweet novel...

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