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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


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


January 15, 2012

Great Video Explaining Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)

Watch the above video for a good summary of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act now making their way through Congress. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Amazon, Paypal, Wordpress, Wikipedia, and pretty much the entire Internet community are opposed to these two pieces of legislation which could have devastating effects on the Internet through the ability of the government to shutdown websites and allowing major media companies to sue sites linking to proposed copyrighted content.

At LearnOutLoud.com we stand in strong opposition to these bills. In our attempts to support online audio & video learning we've tried our very best to only link to websites and content that are following copyright laws and legally hosting audio & video learning content. We do support copyright and the intentions of anti-piracy laws, but these two pieces of legislation will do little to curb piracy and potentially do a lot to change the structure and freedom of the Internet.

With our site we've run into a few copyright hiccups along the way such as Apple's cease & desist from linking to any of their iTunes University content and other companies notifying us to remove links to their content. Under SOPA, companies could go right to the courts without even notifying alleged copyright infringers and the government can then shut websites down blocking access to them and preventing Google or other search engines from linking to them, creating a new Internet blacklist. Vint Cerf, one of the founders of the Internet and Google vice president says, "Requiring search engines to delete a domain name begins a worldwide arms race of unprecedented 'censorship' of the Web." Right now it's the movie and music industries that are calling for blacklisting sites, but this bill could pave the way for censorship of websites for any number of reasons. There are many more arguments against this legislation and we encourage you to educate yourself on it and take action if you care about the future of the Internet. Here are some great places to learn more and take action:

Send an Email to Your Representative

Where Do Your Members of Congress Stand on SOPA and PIPA?

And this is the site that made the above video and has a lot of great resources and ways to take action:

The White House did issue a response to the petitions on their website:

White House Response to Petitions

Once you've educated yourself then educate your Congressman. Adam Thierer, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center, gave a very telling remark about a recent hearing on the bill: "The techno-ignorance of Congress was on full display. Member after member admitted that they really didn't have any idea what impact SOPA's regulatory provisions would have on the DNS, online security, or much of anything else."

Big media companies are lobbying Congress to pass the act, and without public outcry it may very well pass. This coming Wednesday, January 18, 2012 there's going to be an internet blackout involving websites Wikipedia, Reddit, Boing Boing, and a number of other sites attempting to raise awareness about these pieces of legislation. Spread the word!


January 8, 2012

Free Lecture Samples from The Great Courses

This is a dated blog post. Check out our latest comprehensive blog post on The Great Courses:

Check Out Our Blog Post Covering Over 70 Free Great Courses Lectures

The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company) has made many upgrades in the past year including a newly designed site, user reviews for every course, and the addition of video downloads for almost all of their video courses. You can check out all these additions on their site:


And now they are starting to add some samples of their video lectures for certain courses to further aid their avid fans in deciding the next course to buy. They've launched a YouTube channel which contains all these videos samples:


On the course pages for their courses on LearnOutLoud.com we've embedded these sample video lectures for each course. The free video samples generally run 5-10 minutes long and cover a specific point from a lecture in the course. Here are the courses that have samples on them. Note: You'll need to scroll down below the course description to see the video sample.

Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning

Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft

Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear



Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution

The Everyday Guide to Wine

Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond

History of Christian Theology

How to Listen to and Understand Great Music

Joy of Mathematics

Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation

Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre

Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology

The New Testament

What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear

Enjoy these free video lecture samples. We'll keep adding more here as The Great Courses keep releasing them. Hopefully they'll help you decide which Great Course to buy next!

And if you haven't yet, be sure to check out The Great Courses Plus. You can now sign up for a free one month trial on TheGreatCoursesPlus.com. For fans of The Great Courses it's overwhelmingly awesome. You subscribe to The Great Courses Plus, and you can then watch 300 great courses and over 6,000 video lectures as much as you want, whenever you want!

After the initial free month, the price is only $19.99/month now! A bargain considering all the great courses you get access to. And if you sign up for a full year the price breaks down to only $14.99/month. We've gone through their entire catalog and there are so many courses and individual lectures we want to watch. You can browse all these courses by category on their website as well:

Browse Over 300 Courses Currently Offered Through the The Great Courses Plus
We've updated a blog post that lays out The Great Courses Plus in more detail and lists all the current courses:

Watch 300 Great Courses on the Great Courses Plus Updated Blog Post


January 5, 2012

2011 Best Videos from FORA.tv

Sorry, but the FORA.tv video library was taken down as of August 31, 2018, so these videos are no longer available, unless you can find them on YouTube.

FORA.tv now offers over 10,000 videos from 100s of partners who offer recordings of their conferences, events, and lectures. FORA.tv just put out their top 10 videos on their site from 2011 and they picked some good ones. Their criterion for selecting the videos was as follows: "The Best of FORA.tv 2011 videos were selected using measures both objective and subjective: view counts, interactions and comments, as well as feedback from out Facebook, Twitter, and blog pages". Here at LearnOutLoud.com we've checked out all of these top 10 videos and written up some reviews of them to let you know what they're all about. Note that the #10 and the #8 videos are not free, but can be purchased on FORA.tv. Enjoy this intelligent top ten list from FORA.tv!

10. Walter Isaacson: 'Nice' Not an Adjective to Describe Steve Jobs

This is a short video preview of the video of biographer Walter Isaacson's talk on Steve Jobs. For the full video you'll need to pay $4.95. Isaacson describes why in his biography Steve Jobs he didn't convey Jobs as a "nice" man.

9. Michael Moore: Here Comes Trouble

In this 2-hour video author & filmmaker Michael Moore speaks at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue about the state of contemporary politics and he reads from his new memoir Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life. Moore voices his support for the Occupy Wall Street movement and expresses his dismay with the wealthy in America, along with President Barack Obama and the Democrats in the past three years. He tells many stories from his life and then reads from his memoir providing an entertaining story about flying to Germany to protest a Nazi funeral. He answers many questions and closes with a passionate cry against the greed of the richest 400 Americans who have now accumulated more wealth than 150 million of the poorest U.S. households combined. Enjoy this talk by Michael Moore.

8. Richard Dawkins: There Never Was a First Homo Sapiens

This is a short video preview of the video of evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkin's talk with Henry Finder at the New Yorker Festival. For the full video you'll need to pay $9.95. Dawkin's briefly answers the question "Who was the first person?" which he addresses his latest book The Magic of Reality. He says that there never was a first person but if we go back 185 million generations ago there is slow, gradual continuum of evolution from fish to human. He says it's like asking when did a child become an adult and that the change is so gradual that one cannot pinpoint it.

7. Debate: The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion

In this lively debate from Intelligence Squared U.S., four speakers argue whether or not the World would be better without religion. On the faith-based side of the aisle, Dinesh D'Souza and Rabbi David Wolpe point out several strong cases for how religion has provided human beings with a framework for moral action and meaning. Countering these claims are Matthew Chapman and A.C. Grayling, both of whom enumerate on the historically negative social influence of religious belief and do not necessarily agree that faith is synonymous with ethical living.

6. Slavoj Zizek: Catastrophic But Not Serious

Slavoj Zizek is a Slovenian philosopher who works in the traditions of Hegelianism, Marxism, and Lacanian psychoanalysis. We didn't get a chance to watch this one yet, but feel free to dive in if you'd like.

5. Steven Pinker: Language as a Window into Human Nature

In this 15-minute RSA animated lecture Steven Pinker takes a look at using overt language vs. innuendo. He takes a look at a few examples from the movies Fargo and `When Harry Met Sally to illustrate his point. He uses anthropologist Alan Fiske's idea of three relationship types: dominance, communality, and reciprocity. When these relationships cross over they often lead to awkwardness. Through indirectness we can help bridge the gap between these relationships. We can also use innuendo in a relationship to avoid awkwardness. If we are overt with our language we can't take it back and there is common knowledge about what is said, but if we use innuendo then there is no mutual knowledge and we can maintain the fiction of our current relationship.

4. Robert Sapolsky: Are Humans Just Another Primate?

Primatologist and neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky speaks at the California Academy of Sciences on the differences between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom. He dispels many myths about the uniqueness of humans such as we are the only violent species, we are the only species capable of altruism, and we are the only species that uses tools. And while our DNA and genes are 98.6% similar to chimpanzees, we do have bigger brains with many more neurons than they have. And with these bigger brains we have developed the capacity for symbolic culture and language, the ability to take pleasure in delayed gratification, the capacity for morality that goes far beyond the basic reciprocity of primates, and many more interesting unique qualities which Sapolsky addresses in this hour-long talk. At the end he answers some great questions from the audience.

3. Roger McNamee Says Google Is Done

Roger McNamee is the founding partner of the venture capital firm Elevation Partners which has $1.9 billion of assets under management. In this talk delivered at the Churchill Club McNamee makes some bold predictions about the future of business on the Internet. Most notably he feels that Google and their domination of the web through Internet search is on its way out as new players in search have entered the space (Wikipedia, Facebook, Yelp, etc.) and Apple has revolutionized the web with the iPhone and the iPad and their new model of apps. McNamee also feels that the new web language of HTML 5 is going to dramatically change the web by making the creative tools of generating great web apps much easier and more affordable. And as a member of the band the Flying Other Brothers, he gives his thoughts on the future of the music industry during the Q&A period.

2. WikiLeaks: Why It Matters. Why It Doesn't?

With this roundtable hosted by the Churchill Club, the Wikileaks scandal serves as a jumping off point for a discussion on how we access government secrets. Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, internet law commentator Jonathan Zittrain, and other notable pundits within the tech sector survey how Julian Assange's work to make classified documents available on a broader scale has redefined journalism and put pressure on 4th amendment rights. They also explore new tools governments are utilizing to supress information, keep tabs on citizenry, and control behavior in a rapidly changing global exchange of information.

1. Christopher Hitchens: Some Confessions and Contradictions

Author and journalist Christopher Hitchens passed away a few weeks ago on December 15, 2011 at the age of 62. In this most watched video from FORA.tv in the year 2011, Christopher Hitchens sits down with Paul Holdengraber, Director of Public Programs at the New York Public Library, and Hitchens discusses his life with stories from his memoir Hitch-22. Hitchens covers a great deal in this 90 minute interview from his parents to his heroes to his political beliefs over the years. It's an excellent look into the life of this popular writer and public intellectual whose work spanned the last four decades.

Watch the most popular intelligent videos from FORA.tv!


September 20, 2011

LearnOutLoud.com on YouTube

We recently launched our LearnOutLoud.com YouTube channel!


On the channel we'll be posting videos you can learn from along with recommending other great learning videos and educational channels on YouTube. Please watch some videos, rate and comment on them, and subscribe!

To kick off our YouTube channel we've taken the audio from our audio book Art Masterpieces and combined it with HD videos of the artworks themselves so you can learn about some of the greatest paintings of all time! We feature over 20 videos of different paintings and all the videos can be played in high definition so you can blow them up full screen and look at a high quality image of the painting while you listen and learn about the painting (select 720p in the bottom right of the video in order to view it in HD).

We plan to do a lot more with our YouTube video in the near future so please subscribe if you have a YouTube account or bookmark the channel and stay tuned!


October 17, 2008

John McCain on Charlie Rose: 1997-2007


NOTE: Google Video is no longer and neither are these interviews. Oh well.

Senator John McCain has been interviewed over a dozen times by Charlie Rose since 1997. We've select the 10 most significant interviews and featured them here. This set of videos provides an excellent portrait of McCain over the past 10 years. Here are some of the key interviews:

-In the 06/03/1997 interview, McCain told a riveting story of his experiences as a soldier and POW in Vietnam.

-In the 07/28/1999 interview, McCain laid forth his 2000 presidential campaign platform addressing political cynicism and corruption, and how to rid Washington of the special interests that contribute to both Democratic & Republican parties and control the American political process.

-In the 09/17/2001 interview, McCain discussed preparations for a war with Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks.

-In the 09/24/2002 interview, McCain gave his reasons for supporting the upcoming war with Iraq.

-In the 04/19/2004 interview, McCain spoke with Charlie Rose about the difficulties of the Iraq War.

-In the 08/20/2007 interview, McCain laid forth his platform for his 2008 presidential campaign, focusing on fighting Islamic terrorism, winning the war in Iraq, cutting government spending, and dealing with climate change.

These interviews provide an interesting history of the changes in American politics over the past 10 years and how Senator John McCain has confronted these changes. These streaming videos are made available through CharlieRose.com and Google Video.

A discussion with John McCain

Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, speaks to Charlie about his experiences as a soldier in Vietnam and his support for the Head Start program, a federally funded program focusing on providing early stage education for children from low-income families.

A conversation with Senator John McCain

Senator John McCain of Arizona discusses his run for the Republican nomination for president in the 2000 elections, his main Republican opposition, George W. Bush, and outlines his policy platform. McCain addresses political cynicism and corruption, and curbing the special interests that contribute to both Democratic & Republican parties.

An interview with John McCain

Senator of Arizona and Presidential candidate John McCain talks about his new book "Faith of My Fathers", about the significance of his time spent in the military and as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

An interview with John McCain

An hour with Republican senator from Arizona and presidential candidate, John McCain. McCain responds to the feedback about the recent debates among Republican candidates, discusses formative life experiences that have contributed to his desire to run for the presidency, and shares his policy platform.

A conversation about the preparation for war with Senator John McCain

A conversation with Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona about preparations for war after the 9/11 attacks and President Bush's plan of action.

An interview with John McCain

Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona and author of the book "Worth Fighting For", discusses America's failure to keep the peace and rebuild in Afghanistan following the 2001 invasion. He also talks about mounting tensions with Iraq.

A conversation with Senator John McCain

A conversation with Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona about his book "Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life". McCain also discusses the war in Iraq.

An hour with Republican Senator John McCain

An hour conversation with Senator John McCain about his views regarding President Bush, the platform and future of the Republican Party and his own possible run for the presidency in 2008.

A conversation with Sen. John McCain

A conversation with Senator John McCain about his Presidential campaign. McCain talks about combatting Islamic extremism, the rise of China, and other foreign policy issues.

Charlie Rose Special Edition: The Candidate - John McCain

Charlie Rose Special Edition: The Candidates featuring an hour with John McCain. McCain covers most of the platform upon which he is running in 2008 as he talks about Iraq, health care, education, immigration, and other issues.


May 22, 2008

Best of FORA.tv


Sorry, but the FORA.tv video library was taken down as of August 31, 2018, so these videos are no longer available, unless you can find them on YouTube.

FORA.tv offers over 2000 free videos from over 115 different partners covering the world's most interesting political, social and cultural issues. Their partners include bookstores, think tanks, colleges, institutes, and many other public forums (the word fora is simply the plural of "forum"). At LearnOutLoud we combed through these free resources and picked out 500 of the top titles that FORA.tv offers.

We've added these 500 free titles to our site and have embedded the videos onto our pages so you can watch them directly on LearnOutLoud.com. FORA.tv has also provided the ability to download the audio of their videos on MP3 for almost all of their titles, making it easy to take FORA.tv programs with you. On our product pages we've provided links to the FORA.tv pages where you can download the MP3 files.

We've divided the FORA.tv titles up according to their providers. Here are the top providers you can browse with some highlights of the titles they offer:

Asia Society:

Henry Kissinger

Joseph Stiglitz: The Economics of Information

President's Forum with Thich Nhat Hanh

Aspen Institute:

The Clash Between Faith and Reason by Sam Harris

A Conversation with Lance Armstrong

A Conversation with Richard Branson

Karl Rove in Conversation with Walter Isaacson

Book Passage:

Death Experiences: Stan Grof and Scott Eberle

John Gray: Why Mars and Venus Collide

Joyce Carol Oates: The Gravedigger's Daughter

Madeleine Albright: The Mighty and The Almighty

Books Inc.:

The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions by Karen Armstrong

Calvin Trillin

Made to Stick by Chip Heath

A Portrait of Harper Lee

Brookings Institution:

Immigration Reform: Prospects and Possibilities

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace:

A World Free of Nuclear Weapons?

Cato Institute:

Andrew Sullivan: The Conservative Soul

The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War without End

John McCain: The Myth of a Maverick

Chatham House:

Ban Ki-moon: Why the UN Matters Today

Chautauqua Institution:

Boosting the Brain's Power Into Old Age by Dharma Singh Khalsa

Music: Heart, Soul and Dollar - Robert Greenberg

Nutrition and Physical Activity for a Lifetime by Christina Economos

City Arts & Lectures:

Chris Elliott in Conversation with Dave Eggers

Eric Schlosser, Author of Fast Food Nation

Jared and Susan Diamond in Conversation

Cody's Books:

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood

Ralph Nader: The Good Fight

Shelby Steele on Why Barack Obama Cannot Win

Council on Foreign Relations:

A Conversation with Benazir Bhutto

Hillary Rodham Clinton at Council on Foreign Relations


The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

Gay Marriage Debate with David Blankenhorn & Evan Wolfson

The Joke's Over: Ralph Steadman on Hunter S. Thompson

Noam Chomsky: Hegemony or Survival

President George W. Bush at the NAACP

Richard Dawkins: The God Delusion

Tom Wolfe: What's Southern Today?

Heritage Foundation:

The President, The Pope and The Prime Minister by John O'Sullivan

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: U.S. Policy in Northeast Asia

Hoover Institution:

Harvey Mansfield: Anger and Self-Importance

Norman Podhoretz: World War IV

Steps Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

Institute of Ideas:

Battle of Ideas: Debating Darwin

Debating Matters: Human Genetic Engineering


$100 Laptop - NetSquared 2006

Sen. Barbara Boxer

Long Now Foundation:

Bruce Sterling on The Singularity

Francis Fukuyama: The End Of History Revisited

Will Wright and Brian Eno

New School:

An Evening with John Pilger and Amy Goodman

Film Historian David Thomson on Hollywood

Politics and Prose:

Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far)

Tom Brokaw: Boom! Voices of the Sixties

Transatlantic Institute:

Hamas and the National Unity Government

World Affairs Council:

A Conversation with Ted Turner

George Lucas

Histories of Burma by Thant Myint-U

Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem

Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes

And about 120 titles from their other providers we've consolidated under the publisher FORA.tv:


The 20th Century on Trial: Norman Mailer

Al Gore: The Global Environmental Crisis

Al Sharpton and Christopher Hitchens Debate

Bill Clinton: A Call to Action

Dan Gediman: This I Believe

Free to Choose by Milton Friedman

Fritjof Capra: The Science of Leonardo

Garrison Keillor on Life, Cheerfulness and Aging

Khaled Hosseini: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Malcolm X: Address to the Ford Hall Forum

Mind Set! Reset Your Thinking and See the Future by John Naisbitt

Oliver Sacks: Musicophilia

Salman Rushdie

Vietnam and the Rise of the New Left by Michael Medved

Enjoy the offerings from this brilliant ideas network for discourse and debate.


October 12, 2007

10Things.tv is Live

A while back I blogged about micro-learning which I think is going to be an increasingly strong trend in the world of education. In short, micro-learning is breaking up learning modules into bite-sized chunks that can consumed in isolation or in series. It's respecting the fact that people are busier than ever and that the population is becoming more ADD-ish in its media consumption habits.

To that extent, we've recently launched a side project called 10Things.tv. It's a series of short instructional videos for learning languages. The initial videos teach Spanish but eventually we'll be adding other languages. It's a great way to pick up a bit of Spanish before you head off on a trip or to whet your appetite to learn more. Take a look at videos below and if you like them visit 10Things.tv for more.


April 13, 2007

Infinite Mind's Last Interview w/ Kurt Vonnegut

This Wednesday, April 11th American author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. passed away at the age of 84. Watch one of his last interviews which was conducted by John Hockenberry of the The Infinite Mind series, and recorded live in the virtual on-line community Second Life. It's an entertaining interview with questions from the Second Life audience and Vonnegut's thoughts on America towards the end of his life. He also discusses his final work which is a collection of essays entitled A Man Without a Country.

The Infinite Mind is produced by Lichtenstein Creative Media which focuses on mental health, human rights and other social issues. LearnOutLoud features over 40 audio downloads from The Infinite Mind.

For audio books from Vonnegut check out:


Breakfast of Champions

Essential Vonnegut Interviews

A Man Without a Country