October 17, 2012

Watch The Choice 2012 – Free PBS Frontline Documentary

Each presidential election year PBS produces the Frontline documentary “The Choice”. It premiered last week and you can now watch the 2-hour documentary “The Choice 2012” on YouTube. This documentary goes beyond the talking points of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and looks at their biographies in order to discover what drives them and informs their decisions. The documentary goes back to the upbringing of both candidates and follows them through their rise in politics and some of their more recent political struggles. It’s a good look at Obama and Romney with insightful interviews from some of the people that have been closest to them. Enjoy this free documentary and maybe it’ll inform your CHOICE!

Watch Frontline: The Choice 2012 on YouTube

Watch Frontline: The Choice 2012 on Frontline Website with Bonus Interviews and Features

September 28, 2012

Best of the LearnOutLoud Free Directory


It’s back to school time for everybody by now. Today in our annual Back to School Extravaganza we have selected the very best of our free directory of over 5000 audio & video titles. In preparation for our new site design (coming in October!) we’ve featured this extensive list of great free titles throughout our free directory.

LearnOutLoud.com Free Audio & Video Directory

But we’ll feature them all here in one place for you to browse through category by category. This time around we’re featuring the top 5-10 free resources from just about every single category on our site.

We’ll start off by featuring titles from some of our most popular categories including our subcategories of Self Development, Business, and Religion & Spirituality. Here’s the best of the best of those categories…

Self Development:

Aging Free Audio & Video:

The Aging Brain
A Course on Death Course by Prof. Shelly Kagan
Dan Buettner: How to Live to Be 100+
Generation Ageless: Longevity and the Boomers moderated by Tom Brokaw and featured John Hennessy, Laura Carstensen, Sandra Day O’Connor, Robert Sapolsky, Sheryl Sandberg, and Barry Rand
Immortality Institute: Anti-Aging by Aubrey de Grey

Creativity Free Audio & Video:

Art, Music, Emotion, Love, and Human Evolution by Antonio Damasio, Helen Fisher and Isabelle Peretz
Beyond Genre with Ken Wilber and Rick Rubin
Creative Mind: Conditions for Creative Work with psychologist Rudolf Arnheim, anthropologist Margaret Mead, and philosopher Milton Nahm
Music and the Brain Series
Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Diet & Nutrition Free Audio & Video:

A Conversation about Nutrition with Dr. Andrew Weil
Eric Schlosser on Fast Food Nation
Peter Singer: The Ethics of What We Eat
The Psychology, Biology, and Politics of Food Course by Prof. Kelly Brownell
Sugar: The Bitter Truth by Robert H. Lustig

Emotional Development Free Audio & Video:

A Conversation about the Science of Happiness with Claudia Wallis, Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and Alan Krueger
Leading at Google: Andrew Bernstein on The Myth of Stress
The New Psychology of Depression by Danny Penman & Mark Williams
Understanding and Promoting Happiness in Today’s Society by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Zaadz Notes: Authentic Happiness by Brian Johnson

Goals and Motivation Free Audio & Video:

25 Life Purpose Lessons from Sounds True
An Interview with Stephen R. Covey
Joseph Grenny on Change Anything
Zaadz Notes: Writing Your Goals
Zig: The Autobiography of Zig Ziglar

Healing Free Audio & Video:

21 Self-Healing Exercises from Sounds True
The Alexander Technique by John Baron
Dr. Dean Ornish on Healing
The Healing Power of Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Kelly McGonigal on Yoga for Pain Relief

Health & Fitness Free Audio & Video:

Christopher McDougall on Born To Run
Dr. John Ratey on Spark
Health Matters from UCTV
Nutrition and Physical Activity for a Lifetime by Christina Economos
Tim Ferriss on The 4-Hour Body

Instructional Free Audio & Video:

The Best of Steve Pavlina’s Blog
How to Sing by Lilli Lehmann
Mental Efficiency by Arnold Bennett
Richard Thaler on Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
Tim Ferriss: Accelerated Learning in Accelerated Times

Mind & Body Free Audio & Video:

The Alexander Technique
Balance, Stress, and Optimal Health by Emmett E. Miller
Dr. Mark Hyman on The UltraMind Solution
Dr. William Dement on Healthy Sleep and Optimal Performance
Mindfulness, Stress Reduction, and Healing by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Prayer & Meditation Free Audio & Video:

21 Meditation Exercises from Sounds True
Mindfulness as a Foundation for Health by Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn
Sharon Salzberg’s Dharma Talks
Shinzen Young: Deep Concentration in Formal Meditation and Daily Life

Relationships Free Audio & Video:

The Brain in Love by Helen Fisher
Communication and Conflict in Families and Couples by Prof. Benjamin Karney
Face to Face: The Science of Reading Faces by Paul Ekman
Marriage: A History by Stephanie Coontz
Understanding Conversations Between Women and Men by Deborah Tannen

Spirituality Free Audio & Video:

23 Intuitive Development Exercises from Sounds True
Contemplative Dimensions of Human Experience by Thomas Keating
Eckhart Tolle on Living with Meaning, Purpose, and Wisdom in the Digital Age
Peace Through Inner Peace by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
A Spiritually Inspired Future: Chopra, Cohen & Huffington

Now for our very best from the categories of Business:


Business Leaders Free Audio & Video:

Whole Foods Founder Sketches Future of Capitalism by John Mackey
Jack Welch on Winning
Carly Fiorina: Tough Choices
A Discussion about the Future of E-Commerce with Jeff Bezos
Leading at Google: Tony Hsieh on Delivering Happiness

Economics Free Audio & Video:

Capitalism: Success, Crisis, and Reform Course by Prof. Douglas Rae
The Coming Collapse of the Middle Class by Elizabeth Warren
Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet by Jeffrey Sachs
Financial Markets Course by Robert J. Shiller
Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson
Human Action: A Treatise on Economics by Ludwig von Mises
In Depth with Milton Friedman
SuperFreakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner
The Wealth of Nations, Book 1 by Adam Smith
The World is Flat 3.0 by Thomas L. Friedman

Investing & Finance Free Audio & Video:

Bankrupt: Maxed Out in America
Daniel Solin on The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Read
Financial Future of American Youth by Warren Buffett
Peter Schiff on Crash Proof
Suze Orman at Google

Leadership & Management Free Audio & Video:

An Hour with Management Consultant Jim Collins
Leadership Speaker Series at Harvard
Leading at Google: Jim Kouzes on The Leadership Challenge
Seth Godin on the Tribes We Lead
Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright

Sales & Marketing Free Audio & Video:

All Marketers are Liars – Seth Godin speaks at Google
Creating Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki
Marketing by Sharing by Jason Fried
MC Hammer: Role of Social Media in Marketing
Rory Sutherland: Life Lessons from an Ad Man

Strategy Free Audio & Video:

David Allen: Getting Things Done
Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Introduction to Lean Six Sigma Methods Course
Jack Welch: Create Candor in the Workplace
Leading at Google: Tony Schwartz on The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working

And now for some top selections from Religion & Spirituality categories.

Religion & Spirituality:

Buddhism Free Audio & Video:

Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior by Shantideva
Lama Surya Das on Buddha Is as Buddha Does
Asia Society President’s Forum with Thich Nhat Hanh
Rick Hanson on Buddha’s Brain
Teaching of the Dalai Lama: Introduction to Buddhism

Christian Living Free Audio & Video:

Charles Colson on How Now Shall We Live?
A Discussion with Pastor Rick Warren about Modern Religion
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A. Kempis
The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
Rediscovering Christian Faith by Brian McLaren

Christianity Free Audio & Video:

History of Christianity in America Course by Charles Edward White
Introduction to New Testament History and Literature by Dale Martin
Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
Quick History of Christianity from Jesus to the Crusades by Thomas F. Madden
Yale Divinity Bible Study Series

Comparative Religion Free Audio & Video:

Bruce Feiler – Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths
The Case for God by Karen Armstrong
The Golden Bough by Sir James George Frazer
Religion’s View of Good and Evil by Huston Smith
Religious Pluralism: Seeing Religions Again by Marcus Borg

Islam Free Audio & Video:

Irshad Manji on The Trouble with Islam Today
Militant Islam with Daniel Pipes
Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time by Karen Armstrong
Muslim Women and Other Misunderstandings
Progressive Islam in America

Other Religions Free Audio & Video:

The Bahai Revelation by Thornton Chase
Christopher Hitchens at Politics and Prose
Real Vodou
The Story of Mormonism by James E. Talmage
The Tao Teh King by Lao Tzu

Prayer & Meditation Free Audio & Video:

21 Meditation Exercises from Sounds True
Contemplative Dimensions of Human Experience by Thomas Keating
A Short and Easy Method of Prayer by Madame Guyon
Sylvia Boorstein’s Dharma Talks
With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray

Religious Figures Free Audio & Video:

Billy Graham Videos on C-SPAN
An Hour with the Honorable Dalai Lama
John P. Meier: Jesus the Jew – But What Sort of Jew?
My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda
What Paul Meant by Garry Wills

Spirituality Free Audio & Video:

Huston Smith on MeaningOfLife.tv
Karen Armstrong: 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life
Mysticism: A Study in Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness by Evelyn Underhill
Pentecostalism: A Spiritual Tidal Wave
A Talk for World Peace by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Philosophy, Social Sciences, Politics, & History

Now for selections of free audio & video titles from the categories of Philosophy, Social Sciences, Politics, & History.


Ancient & Medieval Philosophy Free Audio & Video:

A Brief Biography of Thomas Aquinas by Peter Kreeft
The Heroic and the Anti-Heroic in Classical Greek Civilization Course by Gregory Nagy
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Plato’s Republic
Topics in Medieval Philosophy Course by Calvin Normore

Ethics Free Audio & Video:

Christianity and Ethics Course
Ethics for the New Millennium by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Paul Root Wolpe: It’s Time to Question Bio-Engineering
Peter Singer: The Ethics of What We Eat
Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

Modern Philosophy Free Audio & Video:

Alain de Botton on the Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Answering the Question: What is Enlightenment? by Immanuel Kant
A Course on Death by Shelly Kagan
Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Philosophy and the Habits of Critical Thinking by John Searle
Robert Kane: Are All Values Relative?
Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and None by Friedrich Nietzsche
Walden, or Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau
What Was the Enlightenment? by Prof. James Schmidt
William James: What Makes a Life Significant? with Louis Menand, Cornel West, & Sissela Bok

Philosophers Free Audio & Video:

The Ayn Rand Multimedia Library
Dante in Translation by Prof. Giuseppe Mazzotta
Emerson: The Mind on Fire by Robert D. Richardson
William James: What Makes a Life Significant?
Zaadz Notes: Socrates by Brian Johnson

Political Philosophy Free Audio & Video:

Introduction to Political Philosophy by Steven B. Smith
Moral Foundations of Politics by Ian Shapiro
The Origins of Political Order with Francis Fukuyama
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Tocqueville Series on C-SPAN

And if you’re interested in the Social Sciences here are some top titles on psychology, sociology, and more.

Social Sciences:

Cultural Criticism Free Audio & Video

A Dissenting Voice with Christopher Hitchens
Eric Schlosser on Fast Food Nation
Matt Ridley on The Rational Optimist
The Millennials with Mark Bauerlein and Neil Howe
The Myth of the Rational Voter by Bryan Caplan
Neil Postman Videos on C-SPAN
Robert Reich: How Unequal Can America Get Before We Snap?
Slowing Down in a World Built for Speed by Carl Honore
The Ugly Americans: How Not to Lose the Global Culture War
What Prohibition Has Done to America

Current Events Free Audio & Video

Green Rush: Eco-Business
Gun Violence
Islam and the West, with John L. Esposito
Israel and Palestine After Disengagement Noam Chomsky vs. Alan Dershowitz
Totally Wired: What Teens and Tweens are Really Doing Online

Gender Studies Free Audio & Video

Andrew Sullivan on Same Sex Marriage
Psychology of Gender Course by Herb Agan
Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders
Tony Porter: A Call to Men
Women’s Health Today on UCTV

Multicultural Studies Free Audio & Video

Angela Davis & Toni Morrison on the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Chinese in America: A Narrative History by Iris Chang
A Discussion about Race by Cornel West
East vs. West: The Myths that Mystify by Devdutt Pattanaik
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

Psychology Free Audio & Video

The Anxious Brain
Daniel Kahneman: The Riddle of Experience vs. Memory
A Discussion about the Legacy of Sigmund Freud
Dr. Aaron Beck on Cognitive Behavior Therapy
In Depth with Steven Pinker
Introduction to Psychology Course by Prof. Richard Kasschau
Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel Siegel
Robert Whitaker: Rise of Mental Illness in America
Stanford’s Sapolsky On Depression in U.S.
Understanding Happiness by Martin Seligman

Sociology Free Audio & Video

Global Problems of Population Growth by Prof. Robert Wyman
Global Sociology Course by Prof. Michael Burawoy
History of U.S. Urban Communities Course by Prof. Ryan M. Reft
Introduction to Sociology by Prof. Harvey Molotch
Nonviolence and Social Movements Course by Rev. James Lawson

And for the politically-oriented we’ve compiled this list top free audio & video learning titles in the categories of politics.


Conservative Politics Free Audio & Video:

Bill O’Reilly Videos on C-SPAN
The Conservative Movement by William A. Rusher
In Depth with William F. Buckley Jr.
The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History: Lecture Series by Thomas E. Woods
Q&A with Mark Levin

Contemporary Issues Free Audio & Video:

America’s Drug War
Combating Global Poverty by Paul Farmer
Death Penalty Reflections
The Future of Nuclear Energy
Hans Rosling on Global Population Growth
Israel and Palestine After Disengagement Noam Chomsky vs. Alan Dershowitz
Robert B. Reich: The Next Economy and America’s Future
Shadow of the Iranian Bomb by Dan Schueftan
Terrorism, Immigration and Security Since 9/11
The Ugly Americans: How Not to Lose the Global Culture War

Global Politics Free Audio & Video:

Debating the Israel Lobby Bruce Feiler vs. John J. Mearsheimer
Ending Global Poverty by Muhammad Yunus
An Hour with Fareed Zakaria on Post-American World 2.0
An Interview with Benazir Bhutto
Latin American Briefing Series
Nelson Mandela Videos on C-SPAN
Nuclear Weapons: The Greatest Peril to Civilization by Ted Turner
A Talk for World Peace by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Thomas Friedman: The Global Marketplace and the Common Good
The War of the World with Niall Ferguson

Liberal Politics Free Audio & Video:

Arianna Huffington on Right Is Wrong
Bill Maher on When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden
Eric Alterman on Why We’re Liberals
An Hour with the Host of “The Daily Show” Jon Stewart
Howard Zinn on A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present
In Depth with Cornel West
Michael Moore Videos on C-SPAN
Obama, the Middle East, and the Prospects for Peace by Noam Chomsky
Policy Talks at Google: Ralph Nader
Rabbi Michael Lerner: Taking Back Our Country From the Religious Right

Political Figures Free Audio & Video:

Andrew Jackson by H.W. Brands
Henry Kissinger at Google
An Hour with Former President Jimmy Carter
John F. Kennedy Videos on C-SPAN
Lives of Our Presidents by W.A. Peters
Nelson Mandela Videos on C-SPAN
The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Q&A with Ron Chernow on Washington: A Life
Teddy Roosevelt by Robert Dallek
Thomas Jefferson by David Saville Muzzey

Political Philosophy Free Audio & Video:

Common Sense by Thomas Paine
Francis Fukuyama on The End of History and the Last Man
The History of Political Philosophy: From Plato to Rothbard by David Gordon
Introduction to Political Philosophy by Steven B. Smith
Moral Foundations of Politics by Ian Shapiro

U.S. Government Free Audio & Video:

The Case Against the Fed by Murray N. Rothbard
Common Sense by Thomas Paine
The Constitution of the United States
Franklin D. Roosevelt Speeches
Geography of United States Elections Course by Martin W. Lewis
History of the CIA by Tim Weiner
Jeffrey Toobin on The Nine
JFK Reads the Declaration of Independence
Understanding America’s Terrorist Crisis by Gore Vidal
The White House Series on C-SPAN

American History Free Audio & Video

African-American History: Modern Freedom Struggle Course by Clayborne Carson
The American Revolution Course by Joanne Freeman
The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877 Course by David Blight
An Hour with Author David McCullough on 1776
Howard Zinn on A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present
In Depth with Shelby Foote
Martin Luther King Speeches and Sermons from the King Institute
New York City: A Social History Course by Daniel J. Walkowitz
The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History: Lecture Series by Thomas E. Woods
A Short History of the United States by Edward Channing

Ancient & Medieval History Free Audio & Video:

Evaluating Alexander the Great by Robin Lane Fox
Herodotus’ Histories, Volume 1
History of the World to 1500 CE Course by Prof. Richard Bulliet
Introduction to Ancient Greek History Course by Prof. Donald Kagan
The Vikings Course by Prof. Sally Vaughn

European History Free Audio & Video:

European Civilization, 1648-1945 by Prof. John Merriman
France Since 1871 by Prof. John Merriman
Holocaust Lecture Series
A Short History of England by G.K. Chesterton
Understanding the French Revolution by Donald M.G. Sutherland

Military History Free Audio & Video

Hiroshima and the Origins of the Cold War by Prof. David Painter
In Depth with Stephen Ambrose
Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series
War, Globalization, and Terror Course by Robert Buzzanco
World War and Society in the Twentieth Century: World War II by Charles S. Maier

Speeches Free Audio & Video

August 15, 2012

Book TV’s In Depth Author Interviews

In Depth Author Interviews

One of the best ways to learn about some of the greatest authors of our time is with Book TV’s In Depth Author Interview Series. These comprehensive, live three-hour interviews cover an author’s work throughout their career. It’s a great way to hear from your favorite authors and to discover the ideas of authors you might not know much about. The show starts out as an interview from one of C-SPAN’s hosts. One of the best aspects of the show is that after the first half hour it becomes a live call-in program so the authors get asked all sorts of questions from different viewpoints of people across the United States. All the programs are available to watch for free from the C-SPAN video library and for the modest price of $0.99 you can purchase each program on MP3 audio download from C-SPAN. This may be the best series Book TV offers and it gives invaluable insights into the greatest authors of our time.

Here are some of the In Depth interviews we’ve featured over the years with write ups of what these interviews cover:

In Depth with Gore Vidal

In this In Depth interview Gore Vidal talks about his upbringing with books reading to his his grandfather who was the U.S. Senator Thomas Gore of Oklahoma. He also discusses his 7-part historical novel series “Narratives of Empire” which chronicles the American Empire from dawn to decay starting with the novel Burr about Aaron Burr and other founding fathers and going up to The Golden Age which he published in 2000 and goes into World War II and the start of the Cold War. Through this interview Gore Vidal offers his critique of American Empire and his “populist” viewpoint which speaks against America’s expansive foreign policy, militarism, and corporate rule. It’s an entertaining 3-hour interview with the irascible and irreverent Gore Vidal.

In Depth with Tom Wolfe

In this streaming video from C-SPAN’s BookTV, Tom Wolfe talks about his career as writer from The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby which he wrote back in the 1960s all the way up to his latest novel I Am Charlotte Simmons which explores the college campus life in the present day. He fields call-in questions from people across the United States and tells us the secrets of his craft. Indeed, no writer today is as fun to listen to as Tom Wolfe.

In Depth with Francis Fukuyama

In this interview with political philosopher and author Francis Fukuyama, he discusses many of his books including America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy. Much of the discussion is over Iraq which Fukuyama opposed, and he has since openly criticized Neoconservatives even though Fukuyama is a conservative himself. He fields many questions from callers across the political spectrum. This free interview is available on streaming video from BookTV.

In Depth with Thomas Friedman

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is full of ideas on globalization, foreign affairs, economics, education, fuel efficiency, and much more and he gets a chance to express a lot of them in this 3 hour interview from C-SPAN’s BookTV. He fields questions from callers all over the world, discussing this new “flat” world we’re living in and what that means for all of us. This title is available as a streaming video.

In Depth with John Updike

In this generous 3-hour interview provided on streaming video by BookTV, John Updike talks about his life as a writer and observer of the human condition. Last week the literary world mourned the death of Updike who’s literary reputation places him among the likes of Mailer, Vonnegut and Roth as one of the great contemporary American novelists. Here you can watch him as he examines his childhood, discusses his early start with the New Yorker Magazine, and answers questions about his prolific career as an author and literary critic. This streaming video is available through the BookTV website.

In Depth with Temple Grandin

In this three-hour interview from BookTV’s In-Depth series, author Temple Grandin discusses her autism and the wide spectrum of autism, and how she has used her insights into autism to help her relate to the inner worlds of animal. Her autism leads to hypersensitivity to noise and other sensory stimuli and she correlates it to how animals perceive the world through their senses. She talks about how she has used this correlation to improve animal welfare in the agricultural industry. In the interview Grandin also provides a host of insights into what it is like to live as an autistic person. This talk is available on streaming video from C-SPAN’s BookTV.

In Depth with Susan Sontag

One of our favorite free video resources is the C- SPAN BookTV series In Depth. This series features 3-hour long interviews with America’s greatest and most prolific authors towards the latter part of their careers. Included in the interviews are questions from callers across the United States, that always make for interesting discussion. This free video includes the three hour video interview with the late author & activist Susan Sontag. She answers questions about politics, movies, and the many nonfiction & fiction books she has written throughout her career. Watch this free streaming video from BookTV.

And here are all 80+ of the In Depth interviews we feature! This is all of the In Depth programs featured in the C-SPAN video library through the summer of 2011:

In Depth with Alice Walker

In Depth with Angela Davis

In Depth with Ann Coulter

In Depth with Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

In Depth with Barbara Ehrenreich

In Depth with Bernard Lewis

In Depth with Bill Ayers

In Depth with Bill Bennett

In Depth with Bob Woodward

In Depth with Charles Murray

In Depth with Christopher Buckley

In Depth with Christopher Hitchens

In Depth with Cornel West

In Depth with David Halberstam

In Depth with David Herbert Donald

In Depth with David Horowitz

In Depth with David McCullough

In Depth with Dinesh D’Souza

In Depth with Doris Kearns Goodwin

In Depth with Edmund Morris

In Depth with Edward O. Wilson

In Depth with Francis Fukuyama

In Depth with Garry Wills

In Depth with Gary Gallagher

In Depth with George Will

In Depth with Gordon Wood

In Depth with Gore Vidal

In Depth with H.W. Brands

In Depth with Harold Bloom

In Depth with Harvey Mansfield

In Depth with Helen Caldicott

In Depth with Howard Zinn

In Depth with Hugh Hewitt

In Depth with Jacques Barzun

In Depth with James McPherson

In Depth with Jimmy Carter

In Depth with Joan Didion

In Depth with John Dean

In Depth with John Hope Franklin

In Depth with John Keegan

In Depth with John Lukacs

In Depth with John Updike

In Depth with Jonah Goldberg

In Depth with Jonathan Kozol

In Depth with Ken Auletta

In Depth with Kevin Phillips

In Depth with Lewis Lapham

In Depth with Margaret MacMillan

In Depth with Mark Bowden

In Depth with Martha Nussbaum

In Depth with Martin Gilbert

In Depth with Michael Eric Dyson

In Depth with Michelle Malkin

In Depth with Michio Kaku

In Depth with Milton Friedman

In Depth with Newt Gingrich

In Depth with Niall Ferguson

In Depth with Noam Chomsky

In Depth with Norman Podhoretz

In Depth with P.J. O’Rourke

In Depth with Pat Buchanan

In Depth with Peggy Noonan

In Depth with R. Emmett Tyrrell

In Depth with Ralph Nader

In Depth with Ray Kurzweil

In Depth with Richard Rhodes

In Depth with Robert Caro

In Depth with Robert Kaplan

In Depth with Robert Remini

In Depth with Ron Powers

In Depth with Salman Rushdie

In Depth with Shelby Foote

In Depth with Shelby Steele

In Depth with Sherwin Nuland

In Depth with Simon Winchester

In Depth with Stephen Ambrose

In Depth with Steven Pinker

In Depth with Studs Terkel

In Depth with Susan Sontag

In Depth with T.R. Reid

In Depth with Tammy Bruce

In Depth with Taylor Branch

In Depth with Temple Grandin

In Depth with Thomas Friedman

In Depth with Tom Clancy

In Depth with Tom Wolfe

In Depth with Toni Morrison

In Depth with Victor Davis Hanson

In Depth with Vincent Bugliosi

In Depth with William F. Buckley Jr.

Go In Depth with C-SPAN’s Book TV!

July 31, 2012

Charlie Rose Brain Series


One of the best free resources for learning about the brain on the internet is the Charlie Rose Brain Series available on streaming video through CharlieRose.com. For the past two years Charlie has been sitting down with Nobel Prize-winning psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Eric Kandel as they have explored pioneering discoveries of neuroscience. In each episode Charlie and Dr. Kandel sit down with a roundtable of leading brain scientists and researchers to explore an aspect of neuroscience. In the first year of the series they examine the major functions of the brain with special episodes on the emotional brain, the developing brain, the aging brain, the mentally ill brain, and other major areas of study in neuroscience. The 12-episode series works as an introductory course to learning about our brain complete with the latest discoveries and new areas of neuroscience research. In the second year of the series, Charlie and Dr. Kandel are examining neurological, psychiatric, and addictive brain disorders, as they sit down with experts and discuss disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other major brain disorders. Learn about your brain and the exciting field of neuroscience with this outstanding series of Charlie Rose special episodes.

Charlie Rose Brain Series – Year One:

Episode 1 – The Great Mysteries of the Human Brain – In this first episode of the Charlie Rose Brain Series, Charlie sits down with some of the top brain researchers and looks at big questions that brain science is currently addressing. This episode posits a lot of questions that will be addressed in depth throughout the series. Topics discussed include the relationship of genes vs. experience (nature vs. nuture) and how this interplay contributes to the brain in both its proper functions and malfunctions. American philosopher John Searle addresses his interest into how the brain produces consciousness. During this episode you also get a few visual explanations of the brain including a look at the cerebral cortex and the functions of its four lobes, and also a visual description of how neurons work. A lot of information is enthusiastically tossed around in this first episode and hopefully it will get you excited for the rest of the series.

Episode 2 – The Perceiving Brain – In this episode of the Charlie Rose Brain Series, the brain expert roundtable looks at the sense of sight and visual perception. They show how the brain processes visual information and how it is different than a camera. Brain scientists have determined precise locations where the brain processes facial recognition, landscapes & places, and other objects, and we are shown how brain damage can impair certain types of vision. The panel also looks at the plasticity of sight and how blind people who’ve been given treatments to restore their vision can learn to see in the same way the developing brain does. It’s a good introduction to the key human sensation of sight.

Episode 3 – The Acting Brain – In this episode of the Charlie Rose Brain Series, the group looks at the motor system which connects to the brain to produce the action of coordinate movement in the physical world. They discuss how movement is conducted in the nervous system in both conscious actions and reflexes. They also ponder the complexity of human movement and how robotics is far behind the human brain in this arena. Finally they discuss a few of the cases where this system of movement is damaged such as in stroke or in Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), and what are some of the latest findings for repairing or overcoming these types of damage to the brain’s motor system.

Episode 4 – The Social Brain – In this episode of the Charlie Rose Brain Series, the group looks at the importance of social behavior in the human brain. The panel features one of the discoverers of mirror neurons, Giacomo Rizzolatti, and he discusses their importance in social learning and behavior. The panel also looks at autism and how this disorder affects social interaction. They also briefly discuss aggression and what factors contribute to anti-social behavior.

Episode 5 – The Developing Brain – In this episode of the Charlie Rose Brain Series, Eric Kandel and company discuss the developing brain focusing on infancy and childhood. They look at the remarkable capacity that children have for learning language and how it differs from the adult brain. They also take a look at numerous learning abilities that come at specific times in development and at some of the developmental disabilities that come along the way. Throughout the discussion they attempt to explain what development in innate and genetic versus what is learned and socialized in infants and children.

Episode 6 – The Aging Brain – In the Aging episode the panel discusses memory and Alzheimer’s disease. 91-year-old neuropsychologist Brenda Milner talks about her work with the famous patient known as H.M. who had surgery on specific brain areas to cure his epilepsy, but then lost his ability to turn short term memory into long term memory. This discovery and other related discoveries helped neuroscientists to learn that there are different types of memory in different areas of the brain such as motor memory, recognition of people and places, and memories involved in phobias. The group then looks at Alzheimer’s disease and its effects on memory, and how it can be prevented through exercise, socializing, and intellectual activity.

Episode 7 – The Emotional and Vulnerable Brain – In this episode the roundtable examines the emotional brain and focuses on the pleasure and reward system that involves the neurotransmitter dopamine. They discuss addiction and how it hijacks the dopaminergic system in the way that the addict needs more and more dopamine to feel normal as addiction progresses. Addiction is now viewed in the brain sciences as a chronic disease requiring ongoing treatment because of the risk of relapse, yet the health care system is reluctant to treat it as such. The panel finishes with pointing out that addictions involving dopaminergic activity aren’t limited to drugs & alcohol, but can also be involved in addictions to gambling, food, sex, and other risky behaviors.

Episode 8 – The Anxious Brain – In this episode of the Charlie Rose Brain Series, the roundtable discusses fear, anxiety, and aggression and the brain mechanisms behind these phenomena. They look at the fight or flight response which humans share with the animal kingdom, and the unique ways in which human beings have adapted this response to the modern world. Neuropsychiatrist Eric Kandel points out initial insights coming from philosopher William James, in that the sequence of fear comes first with the bodily response and then the conscious feeling of fear. They examine the main brain structures involved in the fear response with emphasis placed on the amygdala. And they discuss anxiety and fear disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and methods for treating anxiety disorders. They close the talk with a look at aggression and the nature vs. nurture questions when it comes to aggression.

Episode 9 – The Mentally Ill Brain – In this special episode of the Charlie Rose Brain Series, Charlie invites to the table two experts on mental illness that are also sufferers themselves. Elyn Saks is a professor and expert in mental health law, and she suffers from schizophrenia. Kay Redfield Jamison is a clinical psychologist and author who has suffered from bipolar disorder since her early adulthood. These two tell their personal stories of coping with their disease. The rest of the panel joins in to look at the brain science involved in depression, manic depression, and schizophrenia. They discuss the best available treatments including medication and psychotherapy, and ways that the stigma of mental illness can be confronted so that people will seek help more quickly and health care can be provided more adequately for sufferers.

Episode 10 – The Disordered Brain – This episode focuses on neurological disorders which neuroscientists have tremendous insight into including Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, stroke, and spinal cord injuries. The group discusses the localization of neurological diseases and how lesions in the brain can affect human behavior. They examine Parkinson’s disease which involves a dopamine deficiency in the basil ganglia of the brain, and how it has now been discovered that deep brain stimulation can be effective as a treatment.

Episode 11 – The Deciding Brain – This episode focuses on decision making. They look at the famous example of Phineas Gage who lost much of his frontal lobe in a construction accident in the 19th century. After this accident Gage lost much of ability involving practical decision-making which is a primary function of the prefrontal cortex of the brain. The group takes a look at a variety of decisions such as economic decision-making and moral dilemmas. They discuss the famous “trolley problem” and how emotions play a major role in our decisions. It’s another fascinating episode on the role that the brain plays in our everyday decision making.

Episode 12 – The Creative Brain – This episode is probably the least interesting of the series as it has little to say about the brain science involved in creativity. Modern artists Richard Serra and Chuck Close talk about their own artistic careers and creative processes, and museum curator Ann Temkin further elaborates on the works of these two artists. Neurologist Oliver Sacks offers the most interesting insights into creativity and the brain, but the panel concludes that little is known about the neuroscience of creativity.

Charlie Rose Brain Series – Year Two:

We’ll do write-ups on these once Charlie & Co. complete the series. But for now here are links directly to the shows on CharlieRose.com.

Episode 1: Neurological, Psychiatric and Addictive Disorders

Episode 2: Consciousness & Its Disorders

Episode 3: Agnosias

Episode 4: Alzheimer’s Disease

Episode 5: Schizophrenia

Episode 6: Autism

Episode 7: Depression

Episode 8: Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease

Episode 9: Multiple Sclerosis

Episode 10: Disorders of Motor Neurons – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Episode 11: Pain

Episode 12: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Charlie Rose Brain Series – Ongoing Episodes:

Episode 1: Obama’s BRAIN Initiative

Episode 2: Hearing Loss

Episode 3: Blindness

Episode 4: Aggression

Episode 5: Gender Identity

Episode 6: Sports-Induced Brain Trauma

May 30, 2012

TED Talks Top 10 Business & Economics Talks

For your viewing pleasure TED Talks Top 10 Business & Economics Talks. The first two here are great to watch together:

1. Malcolm Gladwell: What We Can Learn From Spaghetti Sauce

In this interesting talk delivered by bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, he explores how the food industry went from looking for the perfect single spaghetti sauce recipe to a more diverse approach of creating a variety of spaghetti sauces to suit the desires of shoppers. He examines this trend through one of its main proponents Howard Moskowitz who used the field of psychophysics to create a variety of original sauces for Prego in the 1980s. Once this variability was proven to be successful it spread to the rest of the food industry, and Gladwell feels we are all happier for this increase in choices.

2. Barry Schwartz: The Paradox of Choice

Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, discusses some of the observations he makes in his book in this talk from the TED conference. He argues that the vast explosion of choices in advanced capitalist societies has led to increased paralysis in terms of decision making and ultimately decreased satisfaction. He provides a number of examples to back up his thesis that more choice and individual freedom is not always best.

3. Jason Fried: Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work

37signals co-founder and Rework author Jason Fried makes some provocative suggestions regarding why work doesn’t get done in the workplace. He suggests that interruptions are the key component contributing to the lack work accomplished in the workplace and that managers and meetings are to blame. He relates the stage of work to the stages of sleep and in order to get the best work done one needs to go through these stages without interruption. This talk was delivered at the TEDxMidwest Conference.

4. Seth Godin on Standing Out

Seth Godin feels that days of status quo marketing through the television industrial complex are coming to an end. People are too busy to pay attention to the nonstop advertising of average products for average people. What grabs people’s attention is something remarkable, or rather something worth making a remark about. And their remarks spread the ideas or products to the world and make it a success. Learn about the cutting edge of spreading ideas with this talk by Seth Godin.

5. Rory Sutherland: Life Lessons from an Ad Man

Ad man Rory Sutherland takes a look at his profession and shows how advertising makes regular things valuable and that this perceived value is often just as satisfying as what we consider “real” value. He makes many telling jokes about this matter such as why don’t we sell placebos as medication if they’re actually shown to work in the perception of the ailing person. Throughout the talk he makes his point that advertising can often do a better job at spreading an idea or a product than rational problem solving.

6. Johanna Blakley: Lessons from Fashion’s Free Culture

Johanna Blakley delivers an eye-opening talk on copyrights in the world of fashion. Because the courts have deemed garments as too utilitarian to be copyrighted, the fashion industry has a complete lack of copyrights when it comes to their designs. They do have trademarks over their brands, but when it comes to the design anyone can copy it. This has led to the fashion imitations we are familiar with, but Blakley points out this hasn’t really hurt the industry because the customers who are buying the fakes are not the same as the customers who buy the real thing. If anything Blakley feels this has spawned creativity in fashion as designers are able to mix and match with any designs throughout history and they increasingly try to make designs that can’t easily be copied. Blakley points to other industries where items can’t be copyrighted and she feels that the struggling industries of movies, books, and music might need to update their ideas on copyright in this new digital age.

7. Steven Levitt Analyzes Crack Economics

In this humorous sketch provided by TED Talks, Steven Levitt analyzes what it takes to make a living selling drugs. Taking America’s crack epidemic as a template, Levitt discusses how inner city gangs developed a corporate structure that consolidated power, left little room for promotion, and was incredibly dangerous to boot. In the end Levitt argues that selling drugs on the street is about as lucrative as working at McDonald’s, but that this fact hasn’t diluted its mystique.

8. Chip Conley: Measuring What Makes Life Worthwhile

While businesses are obsessed with measuring the tangible elements for their business, hotelier and author of Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow Chip Conley makes a strong case for businesses to measure the intangibles of business such as the feelings of customers or the whether the employees find their work meaningful. After studying the “hierarchy of needs” developed by psychologist Abraham Maslow, Conley realized that there was a lot more to his business than making sure his customer’s basic needs were met. He set out to measure and improve the metrics of intangible benefits to his customers and employees and his hotel business boomed to become the second largest boutique hotelier in the world.

9. William Ury: The Walk from “No” to “Yes”

Master negotiator and Getting to YES author William Ury tells stories of successful negotiations he has conducted throughout his life often in heated political arenas. He talks about the Abraham Path Initiative which he conducted as a way of getting to the root of the conflicts in the Middle East by having people walk the path Abraham walked and practice Abrahamic hospitality along the way. This talk was delivered at the TEDxMidwest Conference.

10. Richard Branson’s Life at 30,000 Feet

TED’s Chris Anderson sits down with multibillionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson to discuss his some of the over 400 companies he’s started in his Virgin Group. Branson gives some advice and tells of his adventures along the way. He talks about his Virgin Galactic which is now booking sub-orbital spaceflights to the paying public. And he tells of his philanthropic efforts around the world.

April 11, 2012

15 Best Psychology TED Talks on Happiness, Motivation, & More

Today we present our picks for the 15 best TED talks covering the topics of psychology and neuroscience. With talks on positive psychology, autism, behavioral economics, electroshock therapy, and more you’ll hear some very interesting insights from thinkers on the cutting edge of ideas about the mind and brain.

1. Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Insight

In this moving talk delivered at the TED conference, brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor provides a first-person account of her own stroke and the experience of losing control of her bodily functions as well the functions of the left side of her brain. Instead of it being a painful or frightening experience, she said the stroke put her in a intense state of bliss and nirvana. Sharing this experience became her motivation for recovery.

2. Martin Seligman on Positive Psychology

In this TED talk Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology and the author Authentic Happiness and Learned Optimism, looks at ways healthy people can lead happier, more engaged, and more meaningful lives. While Seligman acknowledges that psychology has done a pretty good job over the past 50 years of making miserable people feel less miserable, he shows that there is a whole other realm of positive psychology which he and a group of other psychologists are only beginning to study. Seligman tells some of his findings on what contributes to healthy states of mind and what fosters genius. Going beyond the conventional pleasure seeking form of happiness, Seligman points to practices that truly give life meaning.

3. The Surprising Science of Motivation

Learn how to better motivate yourself and others in this recent popular TED Talk. In this talk writer Daniel H. Pink lays out the facts about what drives the best results in business. In study after study any work that requires creative problem solving does not benefit from external rewards such as money. Only mechanical tasks benefit when there is reward and punishment, but when creative solutions are required, workers are more motivated when they feel there is intrinsic value to what they are doing. Pink lays out some of the ways businesses have benefited by implementing policies to encourage the best in right brained, creative thinking.

4. Helen Fisher: The Science of Love, and the Future of Women

In this TED talk, anthropologist Helen Fisher discusses a study she was involved in which examined the brains and biochemistry of people in love. She points out the ways in which we have evolved in order to trigger love, lust, and attachment to a mate. She also examines the changes of women’s roles in society and how she feels this will ultimately lead to the happiest marriages.

5. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on Flow

Check out this TED talk from psychology professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who authored the book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Csikszentmihalyi talks about how he became interested in psychology after World War II when he heard a lecture by Carl Jung. Csikszentmihalyi eventually began his psychological study of how average people become extraordinary which he attributes to the idea of “flow” when one become completely involved in an activity for its own sake. Csikszentmihalyi provides many examples of individuals who have tapped into this “flow” state.

6. Matthieu Ricard: Habits of Happiness

Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard examines happiness and well-being in this TED talk. He differentiates between pleasure and happiness as pleasure if fleeting and reliant upon circumstance. He feels that true happiness is found by training the mind to be happy regardless of the situation we find ourselves in and to tap into the deeper happiness of the awareness that we are more than our fleeting emotional states.

7. Vilayanur Ramachandran: A Journey to the Center of Your Mind

In this TED talk, neurologist Vilayanur Ramachandran provides some neuroscientific explanations for puzzling psychological and physiological phenomena. He covers why after certain brain injuries patients cannot visually recognize their mother, how to amputated patients can overcome the pain of phantom limbs for only $3, and why certain people see colors when they look at numbers and letters.

8. Temple Grandin: The World Needs All Kinds of Minds

In this TED Talk, Animals in Translation author Temple Grandin discusses her autism and the wide spectrum of autism, and how she has used her insights into autism to help her relate to the inner worlds of animal. Her autism leads to hypersensitivity to noise and other sensory stimuli and she correlates it to how animals perceive the world through their senses.

9. Dan Gilbert: Why Are We Happy? Why Aren’t We Happy?

Check out this TED talk from Harvard psychologist and the author of Stumbling on Happiness, Dan Gilbert. Gilbert provides info from studies that reveal that what we often think will make us happy is the opposite of the case. He shows that because we have the ability to consider the future, we are much better prepared for the results and can usually be happy regardless.

10. How Ordinary People Become Monsters… or Heroes

Renowned social psychologist Philip Zimbardo talks about the ideas in his book The Lucifer Effect which explores how good people turn evil. He looks at Abu Ghraib prison scandal which he was called as a witness to, and he compares it to the influential Stanford prison study which he conducted in the early 1970s. In both these circumstances normal individuals were given power without oversight over the prisoners. Zimbardo emphasizes the importance of circumstance when it comes to the potential evil, indifference, or heroism in all of us. Note: Zimbardo shows some graphic imagery of Abu Ghraib in this video.

11. Why We Think It’s OK to Cheat and Steal (Sometimes)

In this TED talk Dan Ariely, author of the bestselling book Predictably Irrational, talks about his experiments in cheating in an attempt to understand the economic cheating that happened during the Enron scandal and later the Wall Street financial crisis. At MIT Ariely tested students at various activities and he details the many findings him and his colleagues discovered such as that most people like to cheat a little bit but not so much that it gives them negative impression of themselves as a “cheater”.

12. Nancy Etcoff on the Surprising Science of Happiness

In this fast-paced talk from cognitive researcher Nancy Etcoff she looks the science of happiness and the many ways in which it is achieved along with the ways that it eludes us. She describes in basic terms the neuroscience of happiness including the importance of neurotransmitter dopamine and the hormone oxytocin. She also talks about the rise of stress, depression, and anxiety in the modern world. It’s an interesting overall view of some of the recent findings in the science of happiness.

13. Daniel Goleman: Why Aren’t We All Good Samaritans?

In this brief TED talk, psychologist and author of Emotional Intelligence Daniel Goleman discusses his research into the psychology of compassion and being a “good Samaritan”. He suggests that our emotional response to be compassionate towards others is an automatic response when we see people suffering, and it is only by turning this emotion off through the busyness of our daily lives that we suppress this desire to help others. He then provides some inspirational stories for how we might all work towards being good Samaritans.

14. Sherwin B. Nuland on Electroshock Therapy

In this TED talk American surgeon, author, and Yale professor Sherwin B. Nuland talks about the history of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for treatment of severe major depression and other mental illnesses. He then proceeds to tell about his own recovery from major depression through electroshock therapy back in the 1970s. After his first marriage failed he fell into a deep depression until he could no longer function. When no other treatments worked the doctors attempted electroshock therapy which led to a remarkable recovery.

15. Oliver Sacks: What Hallucination Reveals About our Minds

Neurologist Oliver Sacks talks about Charles Bonnet syndrome where visually impaired people experience lucid hallucinations. Sacks points out that about 10% of visually impaired people experience these hallucinations, but few mention it because they are often frightened that they are losing their minds. Sacks gives examples of many of his patients who have had these hallucinations and what they often consist of. Through brain scans scientists have actually been able to identify which parts of the brain are activated when such hallucinations occur.

April 1, 2012

Laugh Out Loud – Funniest Videos on the Internet

April Fools! We present to you “Laugh Out Loud: The Funniest Videos on the Internet”. At LearnOutLoud.com we’ve tried in vain to change the meaning of the acronym “LOL” and we even considered buying the LOL.com domain at one point, but we have realized that “LOL” will forever be regarded as the Internet slang for “Laugh Out Loud”. So lets laugh out loud together with this list of the funniest videos on the Internet. Compiled from 100s of hours of watching humorous viral videos, these are truly some of the funniest videos on the Internet. We’ll keep adding to this list when we find videos worthy of being called “the Funniest Videos on the Internet”. In no particular order of hilarity:

1. DUANE!!! – The all-time classic video from the website www.everythingisterrible.com. For hours of hilarity check out Everything is Terrible on YouTube and Everything is Terrible on Vimeo.

2. Dramatic Prairie Dog – This dramatic prairie has caused a day’s worth of laughing out loud to many who have seen it. And if you’d like to see how this star was born see this funny video as well: How the Dramatic Prairie Dog was Born.

3. Amazing Skateboarding Jack Russell Named Pete – There are a lot of funny dog videos out there but none may be as stunning as this skateboarding Jack Russell Terrier named Pete. He often skateboards near our offices in Santa Monica and never fails to entertain. Pete’s trainer also trained the amazing Jack Russell Terrier named Uggie who was featured in this year’s Academy Award Best Picture The Artist. And Uggie can skateboard too!

4. Tampa Bay Rays: DJ Kitty – And there are plenty of funny cat videos but does any cat stand a chance against DJ Kitty!

5. “Love Story” One Man. One Dream. One Chance. – For the lovers out there and the fans of Bad English. This video is both inspirational and funny.

6. America We Stand As One – This video is both patriotic and funny. We stand as one laughing out loud.

7. Auto-Tune the News: Bed Intruder Song – From the Auto-Tune the News gang comes their undisputed masterpiece starring Antoine Dodson. And watch the original bed intruder newscast to see the raw material that was auto-tuned. For more amazing auto-tuned videos check out their channel: The Gregory Brothers Channel.

8. Michel & Sven – Der Tischdeckentrick – Teil 4 – To preface this video, nobody was harmed in the making of this video! So it is okay to laugh. But then keep watching the video and try to figure out how nobody was harmed. It’s a mystery. We think the explanation might be in this video but it’s in German and we don’t have a translator.

9. Rebecca Black – Friday – Official Music Video – It’s only been a little over year since RB made her debut and the music video still stands as the funniest music video on YouTube. For anyone wondering why Rebecca Black was contemplating sitting in the front seat or back seat of a convertible, watch this music video called “Say What You Want” by Ark Music Factory producer Patrice “Pato” Wilson who raps and explains RB’s dilemma.

10. SUV Stunt – A Guy Sits on the Roof – What was he thinking??!!

11. Shining – Classic fake trailer of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

12. Falling for Fall Hidden Camera Prank – This one is juvenile but the laughs keep on coming.

13. I Want My Mama – No dog talks quite like this dog.

14. Little Kid Does Parallel Parking – Thumbs up for parallel parking! This kid will make you smile.

15. DEA Agent Shows Guns in School – This DEA Agent does some show and tell in class and things get a little out of hand.
We hope you’ve had some good, clean “LOL” laughs and we’ll bring you more laughs in the future.

March 29, 2012

Best Charlie Rose Guests

Charlie Rose Guests

Charlie Rose has conducted over 4000 hours of interviews of guests to his Charlie Rose show which has aired on PBS stations since 1991. Charlie has interviewed many other great authors, entertainers, political figures, business leaders, and more. We’ve gone through Charlie Rose’s entire video archive on CharlieRose.com and picked out what we thought were the best guests and the best interviews. There are so many great ones to that we encourage you to go through all of the 350 interviews we’ve added:

350 of the Best Charlie Rose Guests on LearnOutLoud.com

He has interviewed many great film directors and actors which we featured in a previous blog post:

Top 10 Charlie Rose Interviews of Film Directors and Actors

We’ll now feature some of the best of the best guests that Charlie has interviewed over the years. We’ve separated these by Personal Growth Experts, Business Leaders, Political Figures, Writers, and Entertainers:

Personal Growth Experts:

A Conversation about Nutrition with Dr. Andrew Weil

A Conversation about the Science of Happiness with Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and others

A Conversation with Anthony Robbins

An Interview with Steven R. Covey

A Conversation about Health and Disease Prevention with Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen

Business Leaders:

An Hour with Jack and Suzy Welch

An Hour with Management Consultant Jim Collins

A Conversation with Business Guru Tom Peters

A Conversation with Lee Iacocca

A Conversation with Michael Milken & Muhammad Yunus

A Conversation with Jeff Bezos on Amazon.com

The Future with Eric Schmidt, Marc Andreessen, and Bill Gates

An Exclusive Conversation with Warren Buffett (at the start of the 2008 financial crisis)

Political Figures:

An Hour with Illinois Senator Barack Obama on Nov. 23, 2004

A Conversation with Guest Host Judy Woodruff and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney

A Conversation with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

An Hour with Mikhail Gorbachev

A Talk with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

A Discussion on Abortion with Arianna Huffington and Laura Ingraham

A Conversation with Noam Chomsky

An Appreciation of William F. Buckley

Two Conversations with Filmmaker Michael Moore

A Conversation with Bill O’Reilly


A Conversation with Author David McCullough

A Conversation with Author Tom Wolfe

A Conversation with Carl Sagan on Pale Blue Dot

Gore Vidal Discusses His Life

An Interview with David Foster Wallace

A Conversation with Author John Updike on The Greatest American Short Stories of This Century

Author Christopher Hitchens on Hitch-22

A Remembrance of Hunter S. Thompson

A Remembrance of Intellectual Susan Sontag


A Conversation with Opera Singer Luciano Pavarotti

A Conversation with Radio Personality Garrison Keillor

A Conversation with Basketball Legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Erving, and Bill Russell

A Conversation with Musician David Bowie

A Conversation with Comedian George Carlin

A Conversation with Rapper Kanye West

A Conversation with Julia Child

A Discussion of the Music Wars on the Internet with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy

An Interview with Conan O’Brien on October 20, 1993

A Conversation with Mick Jagger

An Interview with Fred Rogers

An Interview with Terry Gross

Also at the turn of the century Charlie Rose conducted a series of interviews about some of the most important things in the 20th century with all-star guest panels discussing the most formative events, the most important person, the greatest minds, the most influential artists, and the greatest athletes of the 20th century. Here are those specials:

A Discussion about Formative Events of the 20th Century

A Panel Discussion about the Idea of the Most Important Person of the 20th Century

An Hour Panel Discussion about the Greatest Minds and Breakthroughs of the 20th Century

An Hour Panel Discussion about the Most Influential Artist of the 20th Century

A Discussion about the Greatest Athletes of the 20th Century

Enjoy these and many, many more great shows from the modern master of interviews, Mr. Charlie Rose:

350 of the Best Charlie Rose Guests on LearnOutLoud.com

February 23, 2012

Top 10 Charlie Rose Interviews of Film Directors and Actors

We have a confession to make that at LearnOutLoud.com we are huge movie buffs! And with the Oscars coming up on Sunday we had to feature some free videos on the movies. Recently we added over 350 of the best interviews from Charlie Rose show:

350 of the Best Charlie Rose Interviews on LearnOutLoud.com

Lucky for us Charlie Rose is a huge movie buff and he conducts the best interviews with film actors and directors. Charlie’s interviews go beyond the generic interviews that actors and directors usually do to promote their movies, and he asks the great questions that film aficionados want to hear. We’ve picked out 10 interviews of the most popular movie actors along with 10 interviews of the most popular film directors and have watched these interviews and given you the inside scoop on what they’re all about. Enjoy these interviews and Hooray for Hollywood! Here are the ten actor interviews we picked:

1. An Interview with Sylvester Stallone

In this interview with actor, writer, and director Sylvester Stallone, Charlie Rose traces the action icon’s career; from humble origins making Rocky to his peak as one of the highest paid actors of all time. This discussion catches Stallone at a point when he was seeking out work that went against the macho typecasting that came to dominate his screen persona for over 30 years. We also get insight on what attracted him to the arts at an early age, how luck played an instrumental role in his success, and why he can’t help controlling a set.

2. An Hour Remembrance of Actor Jack Lemmon

In this hour-long remembrance of Jack Lemmon, Charlie Rose shares two interviews he conducted with the beloved actor of stage and screen. Here Lemmon shares memories of films such as Some Like it Hot, The Apartment, and Days of Wine and Roses, and he reflects on his onscreen chemistry with real-life friend Walter Matthau. He also talks candidly about his acting method, the turbulent relationship he had with his father, his love of the piano, and what he learned from failure.

3. A Conversation with Meryl Streep

In this Charlie Rose special featuring Meryl Streep, she talks about her entire acting career. This special presentation features clips from many of the movies she has been in along with comments from interviews with director Mike Nichols and prominent film critics praising her roles. Streep discusses the many roles she has inhabited along with her thoughts on drama vs. comedy. It’s a very enjoyable interview with one of cinema’s most beloved and honored film actresses.

4. An Interview with Harrison Ford

Actor Harrison Ford talks for an hour about a lucrative screen career that blew up with Star Wars in the late 70s and made him one of the biggest box-office draws in film history. Hailing originally from Chicago, Ford flunked out of college and moved out West, where he meandered for a few years taking bit TV roles while moonlighting as a carpenter. After early key roles for George Lucas, he was catapulted to fame on the strength of a heroic mold that he later found hard to shake as he took on more complex pet projects.

5. A Conversation with Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington talks with Charlie Rose about his prolific movie acting career in this interview, from his winding path to become an actor all the way up to his 2000 Golden Globe win for the film The Hurricane. Washington talks about The Hurricane and what he put into the role. He also discusses the variety of roles he has picked and the many great directors he has worked with. His films have opened doors for him to become good friends with Nelson Mandela and many other prominent figures.

6. An Hour with Actor Sean Penn

Charlie Rose flies out to California to sit down with actor Sean Penn for an hour. Penn talks about his love/hate relationship with acting and why he prefers writing. He reveals some of the film artists he admires such as John Cassavetes, Marlon Brando, and Jack Nicholson. Penn expresses what he feels cinema should do as an art form and why he is frustrated with the state of commercial movies in America. He also talks about his disdain for paparazzi and the invasion of privacy they present for people in the public eye. Throughout the interview Charlie and Sean have some good laughs.

7. An Hour with Filmmaker Robert Redford

Actor, director, and activist Robert Redford rose to prominence in the 1970s as both a leading man and progressive advocate. Here he talks about his early origins in theatre, the key movies that led to his success, and how his acting career opened up other paths for him as a director and founder of the Sundance Film Festival. Throughout his career, Redford has been notable for leveraging his star-power to help raise visibility on a wide range of concerns, such as environmentalism, Native American rights, and political corruption.

8. A Conversation with Actor Bill Murray

Actor Bill Murray sits down with Charlie Rose and talks about his career in comedy films including the one he had just made Rushmore. Murray talks about his selection process for picking his next role and how certain scripts including Groundhog’s Day and Rushmore were so good that he had to do them. Bill Murray discusses how the great directors are usually soft spoken on set and the bad ones are loud and obnoxious yelling out things like, “Do it again and don’t scratch your noise this time!”

9. An Hour with Actor Michael Douglas

As part of an acting legacy, Michael Douglas found it hard at times to define himself outside of the long shadow cast by his father, screen legend Kirk Douglas. After achieving early Oscar recognition at age 30 for producing with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, it wasn’t until a later, career-defining turn in Fatal Attraction that Douglas gained momentum as an actor. Here he talks about the different hats he’s worn on both sides of the camera, reflects on his changing relationship with his father, and digs into a hard period where he was admitted into rehab.

10. An Hour with Actor Michael J. Fox

This one isn’t much about acting but it’s a great interview. In 2002 Michael J. Fox sat down with Charlie Rose for an hour. Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 and went public with his condition in 1998. In this interview Fox talks about the whole process of accepting his disease to his eventual creation of the Michael J. Fox Foundation which is seeking a cure for Parkinson’s disease. He relays many stories that he wrote in his 2002 memoir Lucky Man including his acting attempts to cover up Parkinson’s which eventually he could no longer hide. He provides words of wisdom for people diagnosed with any disease and tells a truly inspirational story.

Next up we’re featuring 10 great interviews that Charlie Rose has conducted with film directors. A few interviews are conducted with people who knew the filmmaker closely for the great directors Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick. Enjoy these interviews with some of cinema’s great artists.

1. An Hour with Filmmaker George Lucas

George Lucas sits down for an hour long conversation with Charlie Rose in this interview and chronologically goes through his moviemaking career from his days at USC film school up to creating the Star Wars prequels. He talks about his financial and technological struggles to get his visions on the big screen and how he has finally attained financial independence as an artist to create the movies he wants to make without having to answer to anyone. George also passes on his wisdom about storytelling, education, artistry, and parenting.

2. A Conversation about Alfred Hitchcock

As the undisputed “Master of Suspense”, Alfred Hitchcock left behind a large body of work that continually explored the darker depths of the human heart. Here, Charlie Rose talks with the director’s daughter Patricia along with noted film director/historian Peter Bogdanovich on the centennial of his Hitchcock’s birth. Topics include Hitchcock’s dogged attention to detail, his writing methods, which films of his own he preferred best, and where he ranks with the great masters of cinema history.

3. An Hour with Filmmaker James Cameron

Known as “Iron Jim” to friends and critics alike, James Cameron rose from humble beginnings as a truck driver to become the “King of the World” with his mega-blockbuster Titanic. Here Charlie Rose talks with the director at length about what went into making the most expensive film ever made, and how he managed to balance historical fact with romantic fiction. Cameron’s talent for managing complex productions that still strike a chord with a broad audience has made him one of the most successful filmmakers in the modern era; a feat no less incredible when you consider how much his ambition grows from picture to picture.

4. A Discussion with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter

Capturing a key moment in history, this interview with Steve Jobs and John Lassetter catches both visionaries at the birth of what would become the most successful animation studio in recent history. After purchasing Pixar in 1986, shortly after his initial ouster from Apple, Jobs helped shepherd Lassetter and his team towards the first digitally animated movie, Toy Story, a box-office success that was followed by a string of hits that has not let up to date. Watch for an interesting moment near the end where Jobs tactfully dodges Charlie Rose’s question about a possible return to Apple; and even that actually did come to pass later that same year!

5. An Interview with Quentin Tarantino

Coming off the wild success of his independent film breakout hit Pulp Fiction, super cool film director Quentin Tarantino sits down with Charlie Rose and talks about his craft and where his career is going to go from here. Tarantino talks about his childhood watching movies and his days as a video store clerk. He discusses his unorthodox way of storytelling, his method of writing, and his love of following the careers of film directors of which he mentions his favorites. Finally he talks about his first two films Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Watch film geek Tarantino enthusiastically riff on his love of movies.

6. An Hour about the Life and Work of Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick

With a photographer’s eye, a philosopher’s curiosity, and a searing intellect, Stanley Kubrick’s films have cut a distinctive path through cinematic history with a scope that is still hard to estimate. Here Charlie Rose talks with the late director’s widow Christiane, his lifelong friend Jan Harland, and adds modern master Martin Scorsese into the mix to round out the table. Christiane Kubrick provides heartwarming insight on their marriage, while Harland and Scorsese weigh in on why Kubrick’s films such as 2001, The Shining, and Dr. Strangelove continue to provoke, compel, and stimulate new generations of filmgoers.

7. A Conversation with Roman Polanski

In this interview, filmmaker Roman Polanski speaks about filmmaking, personal tragedy, and the legal trouble that has kept him from returning to the United States. Charlie Rose does not shy away from confronting the director of such classics as Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown on why he hasn’t faced the legal ramifications of a rape charge that made him flee for Europe in 1977. Polanski also reflects on the loss of his mother at Auschwitz, his lonely childhood in war-torn Poland, losing his wife in the Manson family murders, and his current life as a French citizen.

8. An Interview with Oliver Stone

Director Oliver Stone is known for his political and historical films and in this interview with Charlie Rose, Stone talks about his film Nixon. Stone gives us his interpretation of the man Nixon and covers some of the more controversial aspects of his film. He also gives us his philosophy on drama and its ability to convey the shadow side of history which is often not the version put into the history books. Get a history lesson from Oliver Stone with this hour long talk about Nixon.

9. A Talk with Director Tim Burton

Director Tim Burton talks with Charlie Rose about his recent film and art exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. In the first 10 minutes MOMA’s exhibit curators talk about putting on the exhibition. Then Burton discusses some of his sketches and talks about how he went from being a weird and quiet teenager to a filmmaker extraordinaire. Burton talks about his love of masks and how they bring out new aspects in his performers such as with Jack Nicholson made up as the Joker in his film Batman or Johnny Depp in the wide variety of outfits he has suited up for in many Burton films. Burton feels that all kids are artists and doodlers up to about age 12, but then for various reason these creative instincts are suppressed as people get older, and both Tim and Charlie find this unfortunate.

10. A Conversation with German Film Director Werner Herzog

German film director Werner Herzog sits down with Charlie Rose in this 23 minute interview and discusses his prolific filmmaking career. Herzog gives some insight into the making of his film Fitzcarraldo about which he recently published his personal diaries in a book called Conquest of the Useless. He talks about his philosophy of filmmaking and his search for the “ecstatic truth” when it comes to the many documentaries that he has shot over the years. Herzog also addresses his talent for bringing out the best in actors such as his unique gift for harnessing the talent of German actor Klaus Kinski.

Enjoy these and many, many more great shows from the modern master of interviews, Mr. Charlie Rose:

350 of the Best Charlie Rose Interviews on LearnOutLoud.com

January 30, 2012

Best Commencement Speeches on Audio & Video

Get inspired with this list of the 10 best commencement speeches available on audio & video. While college commencement addresses are aimed at graduates, the wisdom they contain can be inspirational for everyone, no matter what stage of life you’re at. Since colleges have been putting out more videos in recent years there are now many commencement addresses available on YouTube. And we’ve also discovered that the C-SPAN video library also features many great commencement addresses from the past twenty years or so.

We’ve selected these top 10 best commencement speeches mixing some historic commencement speeches with some great modern commencement addresses as well:

1. 2005 Commencement Address at Stanford University by Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs delivered this commencement address at Stanford University and it’s one of the more inspiring commencement addresses we’ve ever had a chance to hear. Jobs tells three stories of endurance through his education, his career, and his diagnosis with cancer, and through it all his advice is: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” This title is available on streaming video.

2. 1963 American University Commencement Address by John F. Kennedy

In this famous address delivered a few months before his assassination, President John F. Kennedy spoke of peace. Delivered at the height of the Cold War, Kennedy expressed his goal for peace that wasn’t a “Pax Americana” based on American weapons of war. He spoke of the U.S. intentions around the World and against many of the policies of the Soviet Union. Many of Kennedy’s words on peace still ring true today such as his statement: “For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

3. J.K. Rowling Speaks at the 2008 Harvard Commencement

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling delivers some wise words of wisdom during her Harvard Commencement address in 2008 which she entitled “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination”. She talks about how failure in her life after a divorce and when she was living in poverty helped her to eliminate everything that wasn’t most important to her. And she talks about what she learned of human good and evil in her work for Amnesty International. She points out how fortunate the graduates of Harvard are and encourages them to succeed and fail and live rich lives.

4. 2001 Harvard Commencement Address by Bono

Rock star Bono addresses Harvard graduates in this 2001 Commencement Address. He talked about his journey with economist Jeffrey Sachs to encourage debt cancellation in Africa in the Jubilee 2000 campaign. He encouraged graduates to rebel against indifference and create an America where anything is possible. The address is full of inspiring words from the U2 frontman and activist.

5. Oprah Winfrey’s 2008 Stanford Commencement Address

Oprah Winfrey packs as much advice as she can into this 30 minute Commencement Address which she gave to the Stanford graduating class of 2008. Through stories in her own life, she relays life lessons like: “Grow into being more of yourself”, “Listen to your gut”, “If it doesn’t feel right don’t do it”, “If you’re not sure what to do, get still”, “If you struggling, then help others who are struggling”. And there are many more lessons relayed here in Oprah’s wonderful speech.

6. 1978 Harvard University Commencement Address: A World Split Apart by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

In one of the most ambitious commencement speeches ever delivered, the Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn accessed the Western political and cultural situation in the year 1978 and many of his criticisms still hold true today. While in exile from the Soviet Union, he spent a number of years in the United States and this address is his analysis of the Western predicament. In this comprehensive one hour speech he discusses Western politics, the media, our role in Vietnam, the lack of courage in our leadership, Soviet communism, commercialism and materialism, and the spiritual state of Western man. He delivers the speech in Russian and it is simultaneously translated into English. This speech is offered on streaming audio through Google Video.

7. 1990 Commencement Address at Wellesley College by Barbara Bush

First Lady Barbara Bush imparted some words of wisdom in her well received Commencement Address at Wellesley College back in 1990. She emphasizes what’s most important in life, provides some humorous anecdotes, and even quotes Ferris Bueller. In this brief 10 minute speech she receives thunderous applause.

8. Randy Pausch Inspires Graduates at the 2008 Carnegie Mellon Commencement

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch is famous for his “Last Lecture” which he delivered shortly after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. A few months before his death he delivered this brief and inspiring speech at the Carnegie Mellon commencement on what’s really important when you look back at your life.

9. 2000 Boston University Commencement by Tom Wolfe

Watch this turn of the century commencement address from the great American author Tom Wolfe. While most commencement address speakers urge students to go out and change the world and fight the system, Tom Wolfe reminds graduates to keep up the current greatness of America and of our tremendous wealth and openness as a country. He praises our middle class virtues and laughs at movie actors and rock stars and other “intellectuals” who tear down the ordinary virtues of America with satire and cries of indignation. Throughout the talk Wolfe gives some of his own hilarious observations on America at the turn of the 21st century. It’s a unique commencement address from one of America’s most keen observers and most entertaining writers.

10. Conan O’Brien’s 2011 Dartmouth College Commencement Address

And for some comic relief in a commencement address, Conan O’Brien delivered a rapid fire comic routine at Dartmouth College last year. After many jokes to warm the crowd up he gets a little serious about his failure at hosting the Tonight Show and the importance of having your greatest fear realized. Through it all he learned that dreams do change and that can lead to a much more exciting life than was previously imagined.

In addition to this top ten you might also want to check out NPR’s list of “The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever” with videos available for many of the speeches:

The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever

And here are some other good commencement addresses we listened to that have proven to be popular. Here are over dozen other commencement addresses in historical order. We’re linking directly to these ones for the most part:

1941 Winston Churchill Address To Harrow School

Delivered in the midst of World War II, Churchill’s speech to the Harrow School contains the lines: “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense.”

George C. Marshall Introduces The Marshall Plan at the 1947 Harvard University Commencement

George C. Marshall introduces the Marshall Plan to rescue Europe after World War II.

1999 George Washington Commencement Address by Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu preaches for a new world and asks graduates to work for it.

1999 Agnes Scott College Commencement Address by Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut gives a freewheeling and funny commencement address with some gems of wisdom for the graduates to remember.

2000 Antioch College Commencement by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal gives a politically charged taped audio address from death row for the Antioch College commencement.

2001 California State University at Fullerton Commencement by Nicholas Cage

Actor Nicholas Cage spreads his passion for movies and acting and art and life.

2001 Vassar College Commencement Address by Stephen King

America’s Boogie Man Stephen King says life is short and then you die so give away what you have to the poor.

2004 Commencement Address at The College of William & Mary by Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart praises the youth generation and encourages them to fix what the previous generation has broken.

Ellen at Tulane Commencement 2009

Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres talks about how she overcame some of the tougher setbacks in her life.

2011 Commencement Address by Denzel Washington

Actor Denzel Washington tells graduates to not have something to fall back on, but instead fall forward and keep getting back up.

Dr. E.O. Wilson at the 2011 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Commencement

Biologist E.O. Wilson encourages us to rescue the biodiversity of the plant.

Tom Hanks Addresses the Yale Class of 2011

Actor Tom Hanks talks about the “ying yang thang” of life and how our faith can grow bigger than our fears.