1. Mary Oliver with Coleman Barks, Conversation, 4 August 2001

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    Mary Oliver's poetry, with her lyrical connection to the natural world, has firmly established her in the highest realm of American poets. She is renowned for her evocative and precise imagery, which brings nature into clear focus, transforming the everyday world into a place of magic and discovery. Her recent books include Owls and Other Fantasies, Why I Wake Early, and New and Selected Poems, Volume Two. As poet Stanley Kunitz has said, "Mary Oliver's poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing." Oliver lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Coleman Barks Coleman Barks published his first book of poetry, The Juice, in 1972. From the late 1970's to the present he has been primarily known for his translations of the 13th century mystic, Jelaluddin Rumi. Distributed by Tubemogul.

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    • John Berger with Michael Ondaatje, Conversation 4, Episode 7

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      John Berger is a storyteller, essayist, novelist, screenwriter, dramatist and critic, whose body of work embodies his concern for, in Geoff Dyer's words, "the enduring mystery of great art and the lived experience of the oppressed." He is one of the most internationally influential writers of the last fifty years, who has explored the relationships between the individual and society, culture and politics and experience and expression in a series of novels, book works, essays, plays, films, photographic collaborations and performances, unmatched in their diversity, ambition and reach. His television series and book Ways of Seeing revolutionized the way that Fine Art is read and understood, while his engagement with European peasantry and migration in the fiction trilogy Into Their Labours and A Seventh Man stand as models of empathy and insight. John Berger in conversation with Michael Ondaatje at Berger’s home, a working farm, in Quincy, Mieussy, France, October 2002. Michael Ondaatje is a poet and novelist, and editor of the literary journal Brick. Distributed by Tubemogul.

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      • Mary Oliver, Reading, 4 August 2001

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        Mary Oliver's poetry, with her lyrical connection to the natural world, has firmly established her in the highest realm of American poets. She is renowned for her evocative and precise imagery, which brings nature into clear focus, transforming the everyday world into a place of magic and discovery. Her recent books include Owls and Other Fantasies, Why I Wake Early, and New and Selected Poems, Volume Two. As poet Stanley Kunitz has said, "Mary Oliver's poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing." Oliver lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Distributed by Tubemogul.

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        • Chris Hedges on the work of Sheldon Wolin, 17 May 2011

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          Chris Hedges, who has written, "The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug," is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute and publishes a regular column on truthdig.com. Hedges spoke about Sheldon S. Wolin and his latest work, Democracy Incorporated. Sheldon S. Wolin, born in 1922, is Emeritus Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He taught political theory for 40 years at Oberlin College, the Universities of California, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and Los Angeles, Princeton University, Cornell University, and Oxford University. He was the founding editor of the Journal of Democracy and a former regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. His books include Politics and Vision: Continuity and Innovation in Western Thought [1960] and Tocqueville between Two Worlds [2001]. Wolin's propheticism about U.S. political life seeks to recognize the fugitive character of democracy in order to retain its reformative power, encouraging local and particular modes of political participation which can resist the totalizing tendencies of statist power. His newest book, Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism, is a devastating critique of the contemporary government of the United States--including what has happened to it in recent years and what must be done if it is not to disappear into history along with its classic totalitarian predecessors: Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany and Bolshevik Russia. "With his fundamental grasp of political theory and restless spirit to get at the essence of what threatens modern democracy," Rakesh Khurana writes, "Wolin demonstrates that the threats to our democratic traditions and institutions are not always from outside, but may come from within."

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          • Eduardo Galeano, Talk, 15 May 2013

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            Eduardo Galeano was in the U.S. in May 2013 to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and to promote his new book, Los híjos de los días. The English edition, Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History, was published this spring by Nation Books. Mr. Galeano spoke about and read from the book, followed by a conversation with Marie Arana. This event was part of the Lannan In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom series.Distributed by OneLoad.com

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            • W. S. Merwin, Reading, 18 October 2000

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              W.S. Merwin poet, translator, and environmental activist, has become one of the most widely read poets in America, with a career spanning five decades. The son of a Presbyterian minister, for whom he began writing hymns at the age of five, Merwin went to Europe as a young man and developed a love of languages that led to work as a literary translator. Over the years, his poetic voice has moved from the more formal and medieval to a more distinctly American voice. W.S. Merwin's recent poetry is perhaps his most personal, arising from his deeply held anti-imperialist, pacifist, and environmentalist beliefs. In 2005 he will have three new books: Migration: Selected Poems 1951-2001; a book of poems called Present Company; and the memoir Summer Doorways which chronicles his days as a student in seminary school and at Princeton, through the next years spent as a tutor for children of privilege living abroad. William Merwin was the recipient of the 2004 Lannan Literary Lifetime Achievement Award. This event was recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, NM. You may learn more about this and other events on the Lannan website, lannan.org.

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              • Billy Collins with Henry Taylor, Conversation, 26 September 2001

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                Billy Collins's poetry books are Picnic, Lightning; The Art of Drowning; Questions about Angels, which was a National Poetry Series winner; and The Apple that Astonished Paris. He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Mr. Collins, who lives in New York and teaches at Lehman College, has been the United States Poet Laureate. Distributed by Tubemogul.

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                • Arthur Sze, Reading, 1 April 1997

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                  Arthur Sze, who received a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, has published six books, including The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-1998, Archipelago, River River, and Dazzled. Mr. Sze’s work is informed by his interest in Native American culture, Eastern philosophies, and the nature of scientific inquiry. A second generation Chinese American, Mr. Sze was born in New York City in 1950. Mr. Sze read from The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-1998 on April 1, 1997 and talked with Frank Stewart, poet and editor of the literary journal Manoa. Distributed by Tubemogul.

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                  • August Kleinzahler with Kate Moses, Conversation, March 2010

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                    August Kleinzahler's poetry is described by the New York Times as "a modernist swirl of sex, surrealism, urban life and melancholy with a jazzy backbeat." Join him in conversation about his work with Kate Moses at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, NM on March 10, 2010. Distributed by Tubemogul.

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                    • Charles Bowden with Avi Lewis, Conversation, 15 December 2010

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                      Charles Bowden is the author of eleven books including A Shadow in the City: Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior; Down By the River: Drugs, Money, Murder and Family; Juárez: The Laboratory of our Future; and Blood Orchid: An Unnatural History of America. His most recent book is Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields. In this book, he presents a devastating chronicle of a city in collapse where not just the police and drug cartel members die as violence infects every level of society. Luís Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil’s Highway, says “...in Murder City Bowden plunges in head-first, without a parachute. There are moments when the book threatens to burst into flames and burn your hands.” Bowden is a contributing editor for GQ and Mother Jones, and also writes for Harper’s, The New York Times Book Review, and Aperture. Winner of a 1996 Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction, he lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Distributed by Tubemogul.

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