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Jamaica Kincaid reads "Girl"
 
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Jamaica Kincaid reads her short story, "Girl." This is an excerpt from "Jamaica Kincaid on writing, her life, and The New Yorker." Watch the full program: http://youtu.be/oPgjWIYKm5w This program is generously underwritten by Lynn Hauser and Neil Ross. This program was recorded on October 25, 2014 as part of the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival, Journeys: http://chf.to/2014Journeys See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://www.amara.org/en/profiles/videos/ChicagoHumanitiesFestival Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/GLBs/
Martin Amis: How to write a great sentence
 
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Author Martin Amis describes how to construct a great sentence in the age of Twitter. This is an excerpt from "Martin Amis: "The Zone of Interest" Watch the full program: http://youtu.be/rHAqe-zLrGc This program was recorded on October 30, 2014 as part of the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival, Journeys: http://chf.to/2014Journeys See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://www.amara.org/en/profiles/videos/ChicagoHumanitiesFestival Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/GZ6d/
Patti Smith: Living at the Chelsea Hotel
 
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This year’s Chicago Tribune Literary Award pays tribute to Patti Smith, a galvanizing artistic force for four decades. At the heart of New York’s downtown scene with the likes of Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, Sam Shepard, and Allen Ginsberg, Smith—all shaggy hair and hollow cheeks—mesmerized the avant-garde. Her debut album, Horses, was electrifying. Its raw energy changed music and poetry for good. "Just Kids," her gorgeous, stirring memoir of the era and her relationship with the late Robert Mapplethorpe, made people fall in love with Smith all over again. She is joined in conversation by the Chicago Tribune's music critic, Greg Kot. This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row series. This program was recorded on November 1, 2014 as part of the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival, Journeys: http://chf.to/2014Journeys See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://www.amara.org/en/profiles/videos/ChicagoHumanitiesFestival Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FwSP/
Lin-Manuel Miranda's First Job at McDonald's
 
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When asked to contribute to a musical reimagining of Studs Terkel's "Working," Lin-Manuel Miranda's found inspiration in his first job behind the counter of McDonald's. He takes us back to those early days in this conversation with Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones This program was filmed on Sep 23, 2016, as part of Chicago Humanities Festival's Fallfest/16: Speed. To view the full video, click here: http://chf.to/2ddQBlo See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://chf.to/SubtitleCHF Subscribe for more thought-provoking videos: http://chf.to/SubscribeCHF Support CHF with a donation: http://chf.to/Support-CHF Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/WSqg/
Adrian Belew performs Drive (guitar solo) - Pt 1/3
 
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Adrian Belew performs Drive, one of his innovative guitar compositions in part 1 of this 3 part series on the history and future of guitar sound. A variety of technology and playing techniques are demonstrated here including midi instrumentation, layering and combining effects such as echo lengths with pitch shifts, loop pedals, compound rhythm structures, time signatures as well as cutting edge guitar design. Adrian's professional career as a musician spans from the 70s to present day and includes collaboration with the Talking Heads, King Crimson, David Bowie, Frank Zappa and Nine Inch Nails among a plethora of solo work. Throughout that time he has been known as an prodigious creator and imaginative innovator with a unique style. Other Parts of this Series: Part 2--Adrian Belew: History and Future of Guitar Noise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWfxQ4QFM4M Part 3--Adrian Belew performs an Untitled Song for Solo Guitar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cr_cB8-NVU
Lin-Manuel Miranda's Chicago Style Freestyle
 
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From the Cubbies to Oprah to deep dish pizza, Lin-Manuel Miranda freestyle rapped to the beatbox stylings of Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones. Watch the full conversation here: http://chf.to/2ddQBlo See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://chf.to/SubtitleCHF Subscribe for more thought-provoking videos: http://chf.to/SubscribeCHF Support CHF with a donation: http://chf.to/Support-CHF Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/WSqe/
Nick Offerman: Trying Not to Laugh on the Set of Parks and Recreation
 
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Nick Offerman discusses the challenges of working with Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Megan Mullally, and the other incredibly hilarious cast members of Parks and Recreation. This is an excerpt from "Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers." Watch the full program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L805Xlo41M8 This program was recorded on May 28, 2015 as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival's Spring 2015 season: http://chicagohumanities.org/events/2015/spring See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://chf.to/SubtitleCHF Subscribe for more thought-provoking videos: http://chf.to/SubscribeCHF Support CHF with a donation: http://chf.to/Support-CHF Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/Gnpx/
Adrian Belew performs untitled song (guitar solo) - Pt 3/3
 
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Adrian Belew performs one of his innovative guitar compositions. A demonstration of a variety of technology and playing techniques spoken about in parts 1 & 2 of this 3 part series on the history and future of guitar sound. Adrian's professional career as a musician starts in the 70s and includes collaboration with the Talking Heads, King Crimson, David Bowie, Frank Zappa and Nine Inch Nails among a plethora of solo work. Throughout that time he has been known as an prodigious creator and imaginative innovator with a unique style. Some of the technology and techniques at play here are midi instrumentation, layering and combining effects such as echo lengths with pitch shifts, loop pedals, compound rhythm structures and time signatures and the cutting edge guitar design.
Lin-Manuel Miranda on the Tony Awards and Orlando
 
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Lin Manuel-Miranda discusses the Orlando shooting and his appearance at the Tonys the following morning. "I had a duty to meet the moment as honestly as I could with what I had in me." Watch the full conversation here: http://chf.to/2ddQBlo This program was filmed on Sep 23, 2016, as part of Chicago Humanities Festival's Fallfest/16: Speed. See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://chf.to/SubtitleCHF Subscribe for more thought-provoking videos: http://chf.to/SubscribeCHF Support CHF with a donation: http://chf.to/Support-CHF Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/WSqf/
Patti Smith: "I don't like to be pigeonholed"
 
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This year’s Chicago Tribune Literary Award pays tribute to Patti Smith, a galvanizing artistic force for four decades. At the heart of New York’s downtown scene with the likes of Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, Sam Shepard, and Allen Ginsberg, Smith—all shaggy hair and hollow cheeks—mesmerized the avant-garde. Her debut album, Horses, was electrifying. Its raw energy changed music and poetry for good. "Just Kids," her gorgeous, stirring memoir of the era and her relationship with the late Robert Mapplethorpe, made people fall in love with Smith all over again. She is joined in conversation by the Chicago Tribune's music critic, Greg Kot. This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row series. This program was recorded on November 1, 2014 as part of the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival, Journeys: http://chf.to/2014Journeys See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://www.amara.org/en/profiles/videos/ChicagoHumanitiesFestival Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FwSO/
Puerto Rico and the Making of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Writer
 
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HAMILTON and IN THE HEIGHTS creator Lin-Manuel Miranda discusses his Puerto Rican roots, how they turned him into the writer he is today, and feeling right at home in Chicago, IL. This program was filmed on Sep 23, 2016, as part of Chicago Humanities Festival's Fallfest/16: Speed. To view the full video, click here: http://chf.to/2ddQBlo See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://chf.to/SubtitleCHF Subscribe for more thought-provoking videos: http://chf.to/SubscribeCHF Support CHF with a donation: http://chf.to/Support-CHF Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/WRPX/
Nick Offerman: On Amy Poehler and the Chicago Theater Scene
 
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Nick Offerman discusses Chicago's unique theater scene and his first interactions with Amy Poehler. This is an excerpt from "Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers." Watch the full program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L805Xlo41M8 This program was recorded on May 28, 2015 as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival's Spring 2015 season: http://chicagohumanities.org/events/2015/spring See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://chf.to/SubtitleCHF Subscribe for more thought-provoking videos: http://chf.to/SubscribeCHF Support CHF with a donation: http://chf.to/Support-CHF Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/Gnls/
Dick Gregory: Race, Comedy, & Justice
 
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http://chicagohumanities.org - See more Chicago Humanities Festival events. Its hard to predict whether Dick Gregory will be most celebrated as a path-breaking comedian or a trailblazing civil rights activist. Its impossible to imagine the history of either movement without him—or without his unique blending of the two. In the early 1960s, he became one of the first black comedians to perform before integrated audiences. In 1967, he ran for mayor of Chicago against Richard J. Daley, and a year later for president as the Freedom and Peace Party candidate. The author of and contributor to many politically charged books, Gregory is still a staunch, wry political voice across a range of issues as varied as nutrition, social justice, and the environment. Chicago Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington interviews the provocative and always unpredictable Gregory.
Philip Kotler: Marketing
 
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America knows how to market itself, its products, and its ideas. For better or for worse, for richer or poorer, American marketing creativity, power, and prestige influence consumers the world over. Philip Kotler, best known for the marketing principle of the four Ps—product, price, promotion, and place—takes us on a guided tour of American marketing, including its origins and trends, its relationship to economics, and its criticisms. His talk will include examples of exemplary marketing. Kotler is professor of marketing at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, and his textbooks serve as the basis for graduate business programs worldwide. Help us caption & translate this video! https://amara.org/v/C9F6/
Bruce D. Perry: Social & Emotional Development in Early Childhood
 
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Each of us takes the same journey from birth to consciousness—but none of us recalls it. This early stage of life is crucial; Sigmund Freud famously obsessed over it, as do millions of parents every day. What goes on cognitively during that time, and what can parents—and other adults—do to further promote infant well-being? Join renowned psychiatrist Bruce D. Perry, recipient of the 2014 Dolores Kohl Education Prize, for this discussion of early-childhood brain development and its long-term importance. This program is presented in partnership with the Dolores Kohl Education Foundation. This program was recorded on October 25, 2014 as part of the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival, Journeys: http://chf.to/2014Journeys See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://www.amara.org/en/profiles/videos/ChicagoHumanitiesFestival Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FmcF/
Jamaica Kincaid: "If only I had become a slut"
 
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Jamaica Kincaid responds to her mother's advice about her not becoming a slut. This is an excerpt from "Jamaica Kincaid on writing, her life, and The New Yorker." Watch the full program: http://youtu.be/oPgjWIYKm5w This program is generously underwritten by Lynn Hauser and Neil Ross. This program was recorded on October 25, 2014 as part of the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival, Journeys: http://chf.to/2014Journeys See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://www.amara.org/en/profiles/videos/ChicagoHumanitiesFestival Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/GL3i/
Paul Bloom: How Pleasure Works
 
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http://chicagohumanities.org - See more Chicago Humanities Festival events. Why are original paintings more valuable than forgeries? Why do people pay millions for abstract art? How do creations such as Marcel Duchamp's urinal become prized art in the first place? Author Paul Bloom presents evidence from his recent book How Pleasure Works to assert that our understanding and appreciation of art—including contemporary art—reflects universal aspects of human nature. Bloom argues that the experience of art is not special: there are deep parallels between the pleasures we derive from artwork and the pleasures we experience from food and sex. Bloom is a professor of psychology at Yale University. His research addresses how children and adults understand the physical and social world, with special focus on morality, religion, fiction, and art. This annual lecture recognizes a generous multiyear grant from the Spencer Foundation, which seeks both to support and disseminate exemplary research about education, broadly conceived.
Sarah Jones: One Woman, Many People
 
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http://chicagohumanities.org - See more Chicago Humanities Festival events. The shape-shifting, mind-boggling Sarah Jones reprises her enormously popular one-woman performance with a program that showcases embodiment and impersonation. The New York Times heralded Jones's show Bridge & Tunnel as a "sweet-spirited valentine to New York City, its polyglot citizens and the larger notion of an all-inclusive America, that ideal place where concepts like liberty, equality, and opportunity have concrete meaning and are not just boilerplate phrases slapped around in stump speeches and news conferences." You won't quite believe you're in the room with just one performer after glimpsing the raft of characters Jones brings to life. This program is generously underwritten by Penny and Bill Obenshain.
Are We the Last Neanderthals?
 
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Neanderthals fascinate us: so much like us, yet not quite us. We have long known that they overlapped with modern humans in prehistoric Europe, but recent genetic evidence suggests widespread interbreeding of the two groups. University of Wisconsin biological anthropologist John Hawks is at the forefront of this species-shaking research. He presents the latest findings from the lab and field and discusses what may or may not make us uniquely human. This program is presented in partnership with the Center for the Humanities and the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Video produced by Pentimenti Productions. This program was recorded on November 2, 2013 as part of the 24th Chicago Humanities Festival, ANIMAL: http://chf.to/2013Animal
James Franco reads from "Directing Herbert White"
 
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This is an excerpt from "James Franco and Frank Bidart, Off the Shelf." See the full video here: http://youtu.be/31V73WJ9nWo James Franco reads six poems from his book of poetry "Directing Herbert White." This program is presented in partnership with the Poetry Foundation and The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities. This program was recorded on February 19, 2014 as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival's Winter 2014 season: http://chf.to/CHF2014Winter
William Gibson: Technology, Science Fiction & the Apocalypse
 
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On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of his landmark novel "Neuromancer," CHF favorite William Gibson returns to the Festival. This autumn he’ll celebrate the publication of his latest work, "The Peripheral," a high-tech thriller set partly in a decadent postapocalyptic future. Gibson is joined in conversation by author Carol Anshaw. This program was recorded on November 6, 2014 as part of the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival, Journeys: http://chf.to/2014Journeys See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://www.amara.org/en/profiles/videos/ChicagoHumanitiesFestival Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FdGu/
Ta-Nehisi Coates: Between the World and Me
 
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Ta-Nehisi Coates has become one of the most powerful writers today. A staffer for "The Atlantic" and author of a memoir, "The Beautiful Struggle," he shares his stunning and evocative reflections on what it is like to inhabit a black male body in contemporary America. In "Between the World and Me" he asks how we, as a nation, can reckon with our fraught history and free ourselves from a troubling legacy. Taking us from the Civil War battlefield to Chicago's South Side, Coates attempts to answer one of the most pressing and relevant questions of our times. Chicago Public Media reporter Natalie Y. Moore joins Coates for a conversation. This program was recorded on October 24, 2015 as part of the 26th annual Chicago Humanities Festival, Citizens: http://chf.to/2015Citizens See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://chf.to/SubtitleCHF Subscribe for more thought-provoking videos: http://chf.to/SubscribeCHF Support CHF with a donation: http://chf.to/Support-CHF Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/HTB0/
Charles C. Mann: 1492 Before and After
 
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No name seems more inextricably linked to the grand hemispheric experiment of "America" than Christopher Columbus. Seen alternately as explorer and conqueror, hero and villain, Columbus endures as an essential character in America's national story: his "discovery" of America in 1492 changed the course of history. Who better to interpret this undeniable influence than author Charles C. Mann? A correspondent for The Atlantic, Science, and Wired, Mann authored 1491, an award-winning study of the pre-Columbian Americas, and 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created. Both of these books take a riveting look at the earliest days of globalization, introducing a new generation to the conundrum of the "New World." Mann shares an expansive and compelling vision of the "ecological convulsion" of European trade practices that continues to shape our world.
Nick Offerman: How Conan O'Brien and George Washington are both Great Americans
 
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Nick Offerman explains the connection between Conan O'Brien and George Washington, and discusses what makes them both great Americans. This is an excerpt from "Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers." Watch the full program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L805Xlo41M8 This program was recorded on May 28, 2015 as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival's Spring 2015 season: http://chicagohumanities.org/events/2015/spring See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://chf.to/SubtitleCHF Subscribe for more thought-provoking videos: http://chf.to/SubscribeCHF Support CHF with a donation: http://chf.to/Support-CHF Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/Gnj5/
Caitlin Doughty: From Here to Eternity
 
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Fascinated by our cultural terror of dead bodies, mortician and best-selling author of SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES Caitlin Doughty set out with her characteristic curiosity and razor sharp wit to discover how others care for their dead. In rural Indonesia, she observes a man clean and dress his grandfather’s mummified body. She meets Bolivian natitas (cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls) and Japanese mourners who use chopsticks to pluck bones from their loved ones' cremation ashes. Doughty is joined by illustrator and fellow Order of the Good Death member Landis Blair for a conversation on what it means to treat the dead with “dignity.” This program was recorded on Oct 28, 2017 as part of Fallfest/17: Belief. Learn more here: https://chicagohumanities.org/belief See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://chf.to/SubtitleCHF Subscribe for more thought-provoking videos: http://chf.to/SubscribeCHF Support CHF with a donation: http://chf.to/Support-CHF Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! https://amara.org/v/cXk3/
Adrian Belew: History & Future of Guitar Noise- Pt 2/3
 
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http://chicagohumanities.org - See more Chicago Humanities Festival events. The electric guitar and its accessories have transformed an astounding amount since their initial invention and have been played by some extreme innovative and prodigious players. From Jimi Hendrix to modern effects laden guitar tracks, some may wonder where and how there is room to explore and develop original sound. Join Adrian Belew as he discusses techniques of new innovation as well his longstanding process of discovering the undiscovered. Adrian's professional career as a musician starts in the 70s and includes collaboration with the Talking Heads, King Crimson, David Bowie, Frank Zappa and Nine Inch Nails among a plethora of solo work. Here Adrian reviews and demonstrates features that make modern guitars and auxiliary equipment optimal for exploring sound. Discussion topics include midi guitars, layering and combining effects such as echo lengths with pitch shifts, exploration of compound rhythm structures and time signatures, the cutting edge of guitar design, benefits of acoustic and electric experimentation, not to mention some fun Zappa stories.
Presto! An Evening with Penn Jillette
 
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Outspoken, frank, and bitingly clever, Penn Jillette is a cultural phenomenon as a solo personality and as half of the world-famous, Emmy Award-winning magic duo Penn & Teller. In his new book, Presto! he describes his determination to transform himself—body and mind—and gives his views on sex, religion, and pop culture. CHF associate artistic director Alison Cuddy joins this master provocateur for a rollicking evening of mayhem and magic against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential campaign. This program was recorded on Nov 4, 2016, as part of Chicago Humanities Festival's Fallfest/16: Speed See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://chf.to/SubtitleCHF Subscribe for more thought-provoking videos: http://chf.to/SubscribeCHF Support CHF with a donation: http://chf.to/Support-CHF Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/0Saq/
Frank Bidart reads "Herbert White"
 
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This is an excerpt from "James Franco and Frank Bidart, Off the Shelf." See the full video here: http://youtu.be/31V73WJ9nWo Frank Bidart reads his 1973 "Herbert White," which is written from the point of view of a psychopath. It is not auto-biographical. This program is presented in partnership with the Poetry Foundation and The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities. This program was recorded on February 19, 2014 as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival's Winter 2014 season: http://chf.to/CHF2014Winter
Garry Wills and the Q'uran
 
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Garry Wills has been a leading commentator on political and religious life in America for decades, winner of a Pulitzer for "Lincoln at Gettysburg", and two National Book Critics Circle Awards for Criticism. In his new book, "What the Qur’an Meant", he offers a timely reconsideration of the sacred text. Reading with sympathy and rigor, Wills takes us back to the words themselves to discover how they have guided people down through the centuries and what other non–Muslims—such as Pope Francis—have found so inspiring. This program is presented in partnership with the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities. This program was recorded on Oct 28, 2017 as part of Fallfest/17: Belief. Learn more here: https://chicagohumanities.org/belief See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://chf.to/SubtitleCHF Subscribe for more thought-provoking videos: http://chf.to/SubscribeCHF Support CHF with a donation: http://chf.to/Support-CHF Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991
Marshall Sahlins: Anthropology
 
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Marshall Sahlins embodies the modern history of anthropology. From early work on “stone age economics” to a brilliant theory on who killed Captain Cook to a recent, revolutionary approach to kinship, he has repeatedly reset the agenda for the discipline. A one-time colleague of Claude Lévi-Strauss, Sahlins looks back on decades of studies of Oceanic societies and shares insights into his unparalleled career. The University of Chicago scholar, rabble-rouser, campus activist, and inventor of the teach-in holds forth on his home turf. He will be joined in conversation by CHF's Marilynn Thoma Endowed Chair for Artistic Leadership and UChicago anthropology PhD Matti Bunzl. This program was recorded on October 26, 2014 as part of the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival, Journeys: http://chf.to/2014Journeys See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://www.amara.org/en/profiles/videos/ChicagoHumanitiesFestival Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FcCU/
Lin-Manuel Miranda in Conversation with Chris Jones
 
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In advance of HAMILTON opening in Chicago, Pulitzer, Emmy, Tony, Grammy, Olivier and MacArthur "Genius" Grant award-winning actor and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda joined Chicago Tribune Theater Critic Chris Jones to discuss his life, inspiration, and past creative works including IN THE HEIGHTS and the cultural sensation, HAMILTON. This program is generously underwritten by Laurie and James Bay and is presented in partnership with the Chicago Tribune. This program was recorded on Sep 23, 2016, as part of Chicago Humanities Festival's Fallfest/16: Speed. See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://chf.to/SubtitleCHF Subscribe for more thought-provoking videos: http://chf.to/SubscribeCHF Support CHF with a donation: http://chf.to/Support-CHF Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/WSqd/
David Brooks: A Moral Journey
 
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Perennial CHF favorite David Brooks returns to Chicago to kick off our 25th anniversary celebration. He discusses his life story and what it takes to live a moral life. This program is presented as part of the annual Karla Scherer Endowed Lecture Series for the University of Chicago. This program was recorded on October 21, 2014 as part of the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival, Journeys: http://chf.to/2014Journeys See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org/ Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://www.amara.org/en/profiles/videos/ChicagoHumanitiesFestival/ Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/F1Iz/
Jessye Norman: "Stand Up Straight and Sing!"
 
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Opera legend Jessye Norman comes to Chicago to share her extraordinary journey from a childhood in segregated Augusta, Georgia, to star of the world's grandest stages. Her memoir "Stand Up Straight and Sing!" deepens our appreciation for her stunning musical gifts. Get up close and personal with one of history's greatest singers. Opera dramaturg Colin Ure joins Ms. Norman in conversation. This program is presented in partnership with Lyric Unlimited—an initiative of Lyric Opera of Chicago—and the School of the Art Institute. This program was recorded on May 19, 2014 as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival's Spring 2014 season: http://chf.to/CHF2014Spring
Camille Paglia: Cultural Critic, Provocateur
 
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Since her bestselling debut Sexual Personae, Camille Paglia has been one of our most audacious cultural critics, probing sex and beauty in art, literature, and media. In her first book in seven years, Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars, Paglia takes on the visual arts. Acting as art historian and provocateur, Paglia threads together historical context with some of Western art's most important works, focusing on such vastly disparate mediums as an Egyptian tomb, French rococo interiors, and performance art. In classic Paglia fashion, her conclusions—that the avant-garde tradition is dead and that director George Lucas is the world's greatest living artist—astonish and challenge her audience.
Jamaica Kincaid on writing, her life, and The New Yorker
 
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Born in Antigua, Jamaica Kincaid arrived in the United States as a seventeen-year-old au pair. Working her way through college, she eventually became a staff writer at the New Yorker and one of our most renowned novelists. Her Caribbean birthplace continues to inspire her fiction, from "Annie John" and "Lucy" to "Mr. Potter" and "See Now Then." Join her for a wide-ranging conversation with CHF Emeritus Artistic Director Lawrence Weschler. This program is generously underwritten by Lynn Hauser and Neil Ross. This program was recorded on October 25, 2014 as part of the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival, Journeys: http://chf.to/2014Journeys See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org/ Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://www.amara.org/en/profiles/videos/ChicagoHumanitiesFestival/ Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/F3mr/
Junot Díaz: Immigrants, Masculinity, Nerds, & Art
 
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Is there anything that plagues the human animal more than love? In Pulitzer Prize--winning writer Junot Díaz's work the answer is no. Platonic love, romantic love, familial love. Its charms and chaos give Diaz's fiction—"The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" and "This Is How You Lose Her"—a verve, vitality, and readability that have galvanized audiences and critics for more than a decade. His characters are loud and rambunctious, brave, lovable, and always in-your-face. For Díaz, born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey, his cultural backgrounds are a calling and an inspiration. Join him for a far-reaching conversation about his remarkable work and career. Díaz is joined in conversation by Peter Sagal, host of the NPR game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! This program is presented in partnership with Time Out Chicago.
Temple Grandin: "The Autistic Brain"
 
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Temple Grandin is one of the world's most iconic scientists. A leading expert on animal behavior, she has even been the subject of a movie, in which Claire Danes played her in an award-winning performance. Her accomplishments are legion, including her creation of livestock-handling facilities based on animals' natural behavior. But her greatest impact might be as one of the most prominent adults with autism. The condition has given Grandin unique insights, orienting her work on animals and allowing her to rethink human nature. The result is a series of best-selling books—"Animals Make Us Human," "Animals in Translation," and "Thinking in Pictures," among many others—as well as the hug (or "squeeze") machine, used for calming hypersensitive patients. More recently, autism itself has become the subject of her research. Her most recent book, "The Autistic Brain," presents the latest physiological research and charts the shift from neurological to genetic approaches to the condition. Grandin shares this new work with her trademark intelligence and accessibility. This program is generously underwritten by Rose L. Shure.
Anne Rice: Vampire Chronicler
 
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A stunning departure—and compelling return. From Anne Rice, perennial best-selling author and inventor of the modern vampire genre, comes a chilling, hypnotic new novel. Be among the first to hear the author of "Interview with the Vampire" on her next classic, "Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles." Victoria Wilson, Rice’s longtime editor, joins her for a conversation. This program was recorded on November 8, 2014 as part of the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival, Journeys: http://chf.to/2014Journeys See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://www.amara.org/en/profiles/videos/ChicagoHumanitiesFestival Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/Fe88/
Peter Hill: Messiaen's La Colombe & a Sightreading Exercise
 
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http://chicagohumanities.org - See more Chicago Humanities Festival events. How can a piano be made to sound like a bird? Here you will hear Peter Hill, former student of composer Olivier Messiaen, describe and demonstrate his expertise on his mentor's work in his performance of these haunting pieces. The two pieces Hill performs, "The Dove" and one of Messiaen's all-but-lost sight reading exercises, provide a lofty height from which to spread your wings and take a first leap into this composers's (and this performer's) virtuosic portfolio. This performance is brought to you by a partnership between the 2008 Chicago Humanities Festival: Thinking Big! and the 2008 Messiaen Music Festival presented by the University of Chicago.
John Hodgman: More Information Than You Require
 
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http://chicagohumanities.org - See more Chicago Humanities Festival events. John Hodgman, The Daily Shows famous minor television personality and resident expert, and the hapless PC in Apple's PC vs. Mac commercials, reads from his most recent book, More Information Than You Require. The book follows the bestselling all-you-need compendium of facts, The Areas of My Expertise. Hodgman holds forth on subjects as diverse as: The Past (as There Is Always More of It), The Future (as There Is Still Some Left), All of the Presidents of the United States, The Secrets of Hollywood, Gambling, The Sport of the Asthmatic Man (Including: Hermit-Crab Racing), Strange Encounters with Aliens, How to Buy a Computer, How to Cook an Owl, and Most Other Subjects. Festival artistic director Lawrence Weschler joins him in conversation to test the depths of his knowledge.
Tracing Our Ancestors: Using Genetics to Investigate Genealogy
 
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Rick Kittles is a pioneer in the practice of tracing ancestry through DNA. A professor in the Department of Medicine and the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Kittles uses specific genetic markers to decipher our individual and collective genealogies. He did so as one of the researchers in the celebrated PBS series Finding Your Roots. At the Festival, Kittles discusses how human genetic research is increasingly challenging notions of race and biology, and why an accurate understanding of genetic history resides at the intersection of health, race, and society. This program is presented in partnership with the UIC Institute for the Humanities.
Martin Amis: "The Zone of Interest"
 
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The “zone of interest” refers to the outer perimeter of the Auschwitz concentration camp. But in the hands of Martin Amis, one of the greatest authors in the English language, it becomes the terrain for a love story—though one with a violently unromantic setting. In a novel powered by both wit and pathos, Amis excavates the depths and contradictions of the human soul. He is joined in conversation by Donna Seaman, senior editor for Booklist. This program was recorded on October 30, 2014 as part of the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival, Journeys: http://chf.to/2014Journeys See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://www.amara.org/en/profiles/videos/ChicagoHumanitiesFestival Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FmcE/
Advice for Emerging Writers from Dorothy Allison
 
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Watch Dorothy Allison's full talk here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OwgNBdz_mA Dorothy Allison has left her mark on generations of readers and helped redefine Southern storytelling in the 20th century. With tough heroines (Bone in Bastard Out of Carolina and Cavedweller's Delia Byrd among them) and the vivid worlds they inhabit—visceral, violent, challenging, but marked by poignancy and love—she has established herself as a force in literature. Allison's frank examinations of class, gender, and sexuality have earned her critical praise as well as popularity. Bastard Out of Carolina received an ALA Award for Lesbian and Gay Writing and was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Cavedweller became a New York Times bestseller and then a film. Join her and Booklist senior editor Donna Seaman for a conversation about the power and influence of the writer's voice in current American culture. Dorothy Allison was born in Greenville, South Carolina but now makes her home in Northern California, with her partner, Alix, and her son, Wolf Michael. She is the author of the prize-winning novels, Bastard out of Carolina and Cavedweller, as well as Two or Three Things I Know for Sure, Trash, Skin, and a book of poetry, The Women Who Hate Me. Her new novel, She Who, is forthcoming from Penguin. This program is generously underwritten in part by Esther S. Saks.
Umberto Eco: The Prague Cemetery
 
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http://chicagohumanities.org - See more Chicago Humanities Festival events. Umberto Eco is a literary master. The bestselling author of The Name of the Rose spins prose at once compelling and complex, full of facts, twists, and details born of scholarship in philosophy, medievalism, and semiotics. His latest novel, The Prague Cemetery, summons a world of assassination and intrigue and serves up a conspiracy theory rooted in 19th-century history, inspired by an era Eco calls "full of monstrous and mysterious events." All of the characters, except its main one, really existed. It poses the question, what if every conspiracy, in a world full of conspiracies, were connected by a single, evil genius, who turned modern history into a massive diatribe that still governs how we think? Eco reads from his new book and discusses his work with Chicago Tribune cultural critic Julia Keller. This program is generously underwritten by Lois and Harrison Steans and is presented in partnership with the Chicago Tribune. Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/C9Fy/
Alice Waters & Ruth Reichl: The Art of Simple Food
 
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Legendary Chez Panisse restaurateur and Slow Food icon Alice Waters and Ruth Reichl, one of our greatest living food writers, come together for a rare and intimate conversation about culinary culture. The two will dish on Waters' latest cookbook, "The Art of Simple Food II," and discuss the Edible Schoolyard Project, which has revolutionized school lunch programs, cultivating the next generation of thoughtful eaters. This program is presented in partnership with Green City Market, the Edible Schoolyard Project, and the Art Institute of Chicago. This program was recorded on April 10, 2014 as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival's Spring 2014 season: http://chf.to/CHF2014Spring
Harry Lennix: "Do it your own black self "
 
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Harry Lennix gives some inspirational words to an aspiring young actress. This is an excerpt from "Black Theater is Black Life." Watch the full program: http://youtu.be/BxfE9ojpWMQ This program is presented in partnership with the School of Communication at Northwestern University. This program was recorded on October 25, 2014 as part of the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival, Journeys: http://chf.to/2014Journeys See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://www.amara.org/en/profiles/videos/ChicagoHumanitiesFestival Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/G6gF/
Leslie Jamison: The purpose of pain
 
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Leslie Jamison explains why pain exists and its biological and interpersonal functions. This is an excerpt from "Leslie Jamison: 'The Empathy Exams.'" Watch the full program: http://youtu.be/rIusYFil2tw This program was recorded on October 26, 2014 as part of the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival, Journeys: http://chf.to/2014Journeys See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://www.amara.org/en/profiles/videos/ChicagoHumanitiesFestival Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/GHCl/
Marina Abramović on Performance (1 of 3)
 
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Marina Abramović has changed art. The preeminent performance artist of our time, her pioneering exploration of the genre began in the mid-1970s and continues to this day. Last year, the Serbian-born artist's work was celebrated in a retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art. In the title piece, The Artist Is Present, Abramović sat motionless in the museum's atrium every day for three months; the simple act of confronting her public for the exhibition's duration, without uttering a word, captivated viewers and brought many of them to tears. CHF is pleased to partner with the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art in bringing one of the 21st century's most widely-recognized culture makers to Chicago. In this CHF event, Abramović gives a lecture on performance and its future, reflecting on this provocative and enduring art form.
Yaa Gyasi: Homegoing
 
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Born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Yaa Gyasi has written a debut work that embraces her extended world in all its complexity. Tracing the descendants of two sisters torn apart in eighteenth-century Africa, Homegoing is a riveting, kaleidoscopic novel about race, history, ancestry, love, and time. Stretching from the wars of Ghana to the coal mines of the American South to twentieth-century Harlem, Gyasi’s tale captures the troubled spirit of our nation. This program was recorded on Saturday, Oct 29, as part of Chicago Humanities Festival's Fallfest/16: Speed. See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://chf.to/SubtitleCHF Subscribe for more thought-provoking videos: http://chf.to/SubscribeCHF Support CHF with a donation: http://chf.to/Support-CHF Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/Z2aT/ Help us caption & translate this video! https://amara.org/v/b3Fz/
John Hodgman and Peter Sagal
 
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Is fact stranger than fiction? Certainly John Hodgman's "truth telling" passes that test. The Daily Show's "Resident Expert," minor television celebrity, and deranged millionaire, Hodgman returns to CHF with the latest and final volume of his Complete World Knowledge trilogy, That is All. Beginning on page 596 (where the second book, More Information Than You Require, left off), Hodgman instructs us on how to make wine in a toilet, recounts the infamous unicorn incident of 1978, and gives a day-by-day report of American life in 2012 (let's just say that President Morgan Freeman plays a role). From a guy who has been the humor editor for the New York Times Magazine, advice columnist for McSweeney's, and rubbed elbows with Ira Glass on This American Life, it's hard to believe that is even close to all.

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