Past Events

May 2

Sally Kohn with Reza Aslan

At a moment when we are facing an epidemic of incivility and hate—with divisive political speech, online trolling, and hate crimes escalating—popular CNN commentator Sally Kohn sets out to discover why we hate and how can stop it.   Sally Kohn is one of the leading progressive voices in America. She is currently a CNN political commentator and a columnist for The Daily Beast. Kohn was previously a Fox News contributor, and she has been a frequent guest on MSNBC. She writes regularly for media outlets including the Washington Post, the New York Times, New York Magazine, Refinery29, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Yahoo, Salon, Time and many more.

May 1

An Evening with

Chris Hughes

He makes the case that one percenters like him should pay their fortune forward in a radically simple way: a guaranteed income for working people. Chris Hughes is the co-founder of the Economic Security Project, a network of policymakers, academics, and technologists working to end poverty and rebuild the middle class through a guaranteed income. He co-founded Facebook as a student at Harvard and later led Barack Obama’s digital organizing campaign for President. Hughes was the owner and publisher of The New Republic magazine from 2012 to 2016.  He makes the case that one percenters like him should pay their fortune forward Continue reading…

April 30

Mike Epps with John Salley

Mike Epps is a stand-up comedian playing clubs, theaters, and arenas worldwide.  He is also an actor, film producer, writer, and rapper. He has appeared in the cult hits Next Friday, Friday After Next and All About the Benjamins.  He has also starred as the title character in the ABC series Uncle Buck and appeared on the Starz series Survivors Remorse.  Before starring in Def Comedy Jam and Showtime at the Apollo—before the sold-out comedy shows, Uncle Buck, and becoming his hero Richard Pryor in a biopic—there was Indianapolis. And not the good part. Mike Epps is one of America’s favorite and funniest people, but the path to fame was paved with Continue reading…

April 23

Richard Powers with Scott Timberg

Richard Powers is the author of twelve novels, most recently Orfeo. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” grant and the National Book Award, and he has been a Pulitzer Prize and four-time National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. The Overstory is a book for all readers who despair of humanity’s self-imposed separation from the rest of creation and who hope for the transformative, regenerating possibility of a homecoming. If the trees of this earth could speak, what would they tell us? “Listen. There’s something you need to hear.”

April 22

Questlove with Fred Armisen and Joel Stein

Questlove is a drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, designer, New York Times bestselling and James Beard Award–nominated author, and cofounder of Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group, the Roots. He is the musical director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where the Roots serve as the house band, and a four-time Grammy Award–winning musician. In Creative Quest, Questlove synthesizes all the creative philosophies, lessons, and stories he’s heard from the many creators and collaborators in his life, and reflects on his own experience, to advise readers and fans on how to consider creativity and where to find it.

April 18

Nigella Lawson with Russ Parsons

Nigella Lawson returns to our stage with her new cookbook, At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking, which includes over a hundred new recipes that she has shared with friends and family. She is a food enthusiast, television personality, and journalist, and has written ten bestselling cook books including the classics How to Eat, Feast, and How To Be A Domestic Goddess—the book that inspired a whole new generation of bakers. These books, her host role on ABC-TV’s The Taste, along with her Quick Collection apps, and her successful television series on Food Network, E! Entertainment Television, Style, and the BBC, have Continue reading…

April 10

Daniel Pink with Daniel Levitin

Daniel H. Pink is the author of six provocative books — including his newest, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. His other books include the New York Times bestsellers A Whole New Mind, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, To Sell is Human and Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself.  In When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Pink shows that timing is really a science. Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Pink reveals how best to live, work, and succeed.

April 4

Louie Anderson with Lori Greiner

Louie Anderson is an actor and stand-up comedian, named by Comedy Central as “One of the 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time.” From 1994 to 2001, he created and produced the animated Emmy Award–winning Fox series Life with Louie, based on his own childhood. He won his most recent Emmy for his costarring role on Zach Galifianakis’ Baskets. When not in production, Anderson continues to tour, traveling the States doing what he loves to do: stand-up comedy.  Hey Mom is his fourth book. Louie has been channeling his own beloved mom in his work for decades, but she passed away before seeing him reach new Continue reading…

April 2

Sean Penn with Jane Smiley

Sean Penn has been nominated five times for an Academy Award® as Best Actor for Dead Man Walking, Sweet and Lowdown, I Am Sam and won his first Oscar® in 2003 for his searing performance in Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River and his second in 2009 for Gus Van Sant’s Milk. He has worked as an actor, writer, producer and director on over one hundred theater and film productions. His debut novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff , is darkly humorous and tells the picaresque story of Bob Honey, a middle-aged, divorced, disillusioned man living in a nondescript house on a nondescript street in Woodview, California. Bob Honey is a man Continue reading…

March 28

Geneen Roth with Krista Suh

Inspiring, personal, and often spiritual reflections on how women can find peace, make wise choices, practice everyday joy, and step into their power from Geneen Roth. She is the author of ten books, including the New York Times bestsellers When Food Is Love, Lost and Found, and Women Food and God, as well as The Craggy Hole in My Heart and the Cat Who Fixed It. She has been teaching groundbreaking workshops and retreats for over thirty years and has appeared on numerous national shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, the Today show, Good Morning America, and The View.