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Dan Rather

Dan Rather is one of the world’s best-known journalists. He’s interviewed every president since Eisenhower over his six-decade career, and covered almost every important dateline in the United States and around the world. His work has earned him Emmy and Peabody Awards. At a moment of crisis over our national identity, Dan Rather has been reflecting—and writing passionately almost every day on social media—about the world we live in, what our core ideals have been and should be, and what it means to be an American. Now, in a collection of original essays, the venerated television journalist celebrates our shared values Continue reading…

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John Mauceri

Over five decades, John Mauceri’s extraordinary career has brought him not only to the world’s greatest opera companies and symphony orchestras, but also to the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, as well as the most prestigious halls of academia. Regarded as the world’s leading performer of the music of Hollywood’s émigré composers, he has taken the lead in the preservation and performance of many kinds of music and has supervised/conducted premieres by composers as diverse as Debussy, Stockhausen, Korngold, Bernstein, Hindemith, Elfman, Ives, and Shore. Mauceri has over 70 albums to his name, and is the recipient of Grammy, Continue reading…

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Matthew Weiner with Susan Orlean

Matthew Weiner has been entertaining audiences for two decades, most recently as writer, creator, executive producer, and director of Mad Men, one of television’s most honored series. He also worked as a writer and executive producer on The Sopranos, along with several comedy series. Critics have described Matthew Weiner’s writing as compelling, seductive, smart, insightful, and original.  Now comes this master storyteller’s brilliant, unnerving debut novel, Heather, The Totality. He will be interviewed by Susan Orlean.  

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Nikki Giovanni

Poet, activist, mother, and professor, Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. She has received nineteen honorary degrees from colleges and universities; numerous achievement, humanitarian, and recognition awards from government, private, and public organizations, including Woman of the Year for Ebony, Mademoiselle, Essence, and Ladies Home Journal magazines and seven NAACP Image Awards. She was also the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award.

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Eric Ries

Entrepreneur and bestselling author of The Lean Startup Eric Ries reveals how entrepreneurial principles can be used by businesses ranging from established companies to early-stage startups to grow revenues, drive innovation, and emerge as truly modern organizations poised to take advantage of the enormous opportunities of the 21st century.  

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Walter Isaacson with Michael Lewis

Walter Isaacson has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine and is a professor of history at Tulane. He is the author of The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men:Six Friends and the World They Made. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo da Vinci’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, he weaves a narrative that connects the art produced by history’s most creative genius to his science. Michael Lewis returns to our Continue reading…

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