Kentucky Author Forum http://wfpl.org en Writer Alain du Botton on News, Media Literacy, and Whether Reporters Should Adjust Facts http://wfpl.org/post/writer-alain-du-botton-news-media-literacy-and-whether-reporters-should-adjust-facts <p>In the preface to <em>The Mechanical Bride</em>, media theorist <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wWUc8BZgWE">Marshall McLuhan’s</a> first book of popular culture analysis, the author writes that "<em>A Descent Into the Maelstrom</em> by Edgar Poe kept coming to mind. Poe’s sailor saved himself by studying the action of the whirlpool and by co-operating with it. The present book likewise makes few attempts to attack the very considerable currents and pressures set up around us today by the mechanical agencies of the press, radio, movies, and advertising. It does attempt to set the reader at the center of the revolving picture created by these affairs where he may observe the action that is in progress and in which everybody is involved. From the analysis of that action, it is hoped, many individual strategies may suggest themselves.”</p><p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Gabe Bullard 8810 at http://wfpl.org Writer Alain du Botton on News, Media Literacy, and Whether Reporters Should Adjust Facts When Politics Worked: Chris Matthews Discusses Reagan and O'Neill at the Kentucky Author Forum http://wfpl.org/post/when-politics-worked-chris-matthews-discusses-reagan-and-oneill-kentucky-author-forum <p>One of the hallmarks of U.S. politics in recent years is the seeming inability of opposing sides to work together pragmatically to come up with solutions. It's not an entirely new phenomenon, but many observers say things are more contentious now than ever before.</p> Sun, 08 Dec 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Brad Yost 7819 at http://wfpl.org When Politics Worked: Chris Matthews Discusses Reagan and O'Neill at the Kentucky Author Forum The Death of Santini: Pat Conroy at Kentucky Author Forum http://wfpl.org/post/death-santini-pat-conroy-kentucky-author-forum <p><a href="http://www.patconroy.com/about.php">Pat Conroy</a>'s&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;new book delves into his past, furthering the account of family struggle, expanding on the story of his father, the inspiration for his novel,</span><a href="http://www.patconroy.com/the-great-santini.php" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em> The Great Santini</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp; In the forward, he states, “I’ve been writing the story of my own life for over forty years. My own stormy autobiography has been my theme, my dilemma, my obsession, and the fly-by-night dread I bring to the art of fiction.”&nbsp; With both his parents now deceased, Conroy is able to view them with a bit more detachment, appreciating some redeeming qualities in his father, Marine Corps Colonel Don Conroy, and mother, Peg Conroy Egan.</span></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Brad Yost 7437 at http://wfpl.org The Death of Santini: Pat Conroy at Kentucky Author Forum Listen | Coach Rick Pitino at Kentucky Author Forum http://wfpl.org/post/listen-coach-rick-pitino-kentucky-author-forum <p>Rick Pitino, coach of the University of Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team, was the featured guest at the <a href="http://www.kentuckyauthorforum.com/">Kentucky Author Forum</a> on Oct. 9, 2013.&nbsp; Author of the just-published book, <a href="http://us.macmillan.com/theonedaycontract/RickPitino"><em>The One Day Contract</em></a>, Pitino was interviewed by New York Times columnist Joe Nocera.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:45:24 +0000 Brad Yost 7295 at http://wfpl.org Listen | Coach Rick Pitino at Kentucky Author Forum Plagues, Wars, and Famines: Elaine Pagels Discusses Revelations http://wfpl.org/post/plagues-wars-and-famines-elaine-pagels-discusses-revelations <p></p><p>"The Book of Revelation&nbsp;is the strangest book in the Bible. It's the most controversial. It doesn't have any stories, moral teaching. It only has visions, dreams and nightmares. Not many people say they understand it, but for 2000 years, this book has been wildly popular."&nbsp; So says scholar <a href="http://edge.org/memberbio/elaine_pagels">Elaine Pagels</a>, who was in Louisville recently as featured guest at the <a href="http://www.kentuckyauthorforum.com/">Kentucky Author Forum</a>.</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Brad Yost 4658 at http://wfpl.org Plagues, Wars, and Famines: Elaine Pagels Discusses Revelations Learning From Past Societies to Improve the Future: Jared Diamond http://wfpl.org/post/learning-past-societies-improve-future-jared-diamond <p><a href="http://www.geog.ucla.edu/people/faculty.php?lid=3078&amp;display_one=1">Jared Diamond</a> spoke in Louisville on January 9, 2013 as featured guest at the <a href="http://www.kentuckyauthorforum.com/node/85">Kentucky Author Forum</a>, discussing in detail his latest book, <em><a href="http://www.us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780670024810,00.html">The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies</a></em>.&nbsp; Diamond is an author, physiologist, evolutionary biologist and bio-geographer, as well as a medical researcher and professor of geography at UCLA.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:05:26 +0000 Brad Yost 3585 at http://wfpl.org Learning From Past Societies to Improve the Future: Jared Diamond Predicting the Future of Artificial Intelligence: Ray Kurzweil http://wfpl.org/post/predicting-future-artificial-intelligence-ray-kurzweil <p><br></p><p><a href="http://www.kurzweilai.net/">Ray Kurzweil</a>, arguably today’s most influential—and&nbsp;often controversial—futurist<em>,</em> is one of the leading inventors of our time and a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence. Among his inventions, Kurzweil was the principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition device, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.</p><p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 12:48:44 +0000 Brad Yost 2692 at http://wfpl.org Predicting the Future of Artificial Intelligence: Ray Kurzweil Steven Pinker: World is Actually Less Violent Today; Why? http://wfpl.org/post/steven-pinker-world-actually-less-violent-today-why <p>Cognitive scientist <a href="http://stevenpinker.com/">Steven Pinker</a> was the guest at the <a href="http://www.kentuckyauthorforum.com/">Kentucky Author Forum</a> on Oct. 2, 2012, interviewed by <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/talk-of-the-nation/">NPR's Neal Conan</a>.&nbsp; Pinker is a Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Mon, 08 Oct 2012 18:21:11 +0000 Brad Yost 1931 at http://wfpl.org Steven Pinker: World is Actually Less Violent Today; Why? Pakistan, Afghanistan, Taliban: Weighing the Options With Ahmed Rashid http://wfpl.org/post/pakistan-afghanistan-taliban-weighing-options-ahmed-rashid <p>The final <a href="http://www.kentuckyauthorforum.com/">Kentucky Author Forum</a> of the 2011-12 season took place on May 15, 2012 and featured journalist <strong>Ahmed Rashid</strong>, an authority on the Taliban, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Rashid is author of <a href="http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/1,,9780670023462,00.html"><em>Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan and Afghanistan</em></a>. A leading journalist in Pakistan, Rashid draws on his keen knowledge of the region to explain what the future there may hold.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 20:40:17 +0000 Brad Yost 347 at http://wfpl.org Pakistan, Afghanistan, Taliban: Weighing the Options With Ahmed Rashid