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Kentucky Author Forum

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The University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum is a non-profit, nationally-recognized literary event. Author Forum programs carefully match an author and interviewer; their hour-long candid conversation takes place before a live audience at The Kentucky Center in Louisville.

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Admiral James Stavridis - Sailing True North

January 28th, 2020

1:09:05

Today's guest is Admiral James Stavridis, a retired four-star officer in the U.S. Navy. His book, Sailing True North, explores ten famous admirals and the profound influence on history through their leadership and …

Dani Shapiro - Inheritance

October 4th, 2019

1:02:10

Dani Shapiro, author of "Inheritance," at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum on Sept 25, 2019; interviewed by NPR's Robert Siegel.

Doris Kearns Goodwin - Leadership in Turbulent Times

September 20th, 2019

1:04:48

Pulitzer-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses her book, "Leadership in Turbulent Times," at the University of …

Thomas Friedman - Thank You For Being Late: Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

September 20th, 2019

57:50

Thomas Friedman, Pulitzer Prize winning author and columnist, interviewed by U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author …

Robert Wright - Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

September 20th, 2019

1:05:37

Robert Wright, author of "Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment," at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum on Nov. 27, 2017; interviewed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. (Photo …

Charles Graeber - The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer

September 20th, 2019

58:25

Charles Graeber discusses his book, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer," at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum on Nov. 15, 2018. Interviewed by Thomas Gajewski, MD, PhD.

Malcolm Nance - The Plot to Hack America

September 20th, 2019

59:22

Counter-terrorism expert Malcolm Nance, author of "The Plot to Hack America," at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum on April 5, 2018. …

John Feinstein - The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup

September 20th, 2019

1:01:27

Sports writer John Feinstein discusses his book, "The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup" at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum on Sept. 20, 2018. Interviewed by Mike Tirico of NBC …

Casey Gerald - There Will Be No Miracles Here

September 20th, 2019

1:04:25

Casey Gerald discusses his memoir, "There Will Be No Miracles Here," at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum on Oct. 25, 2018. Interviewed by CNN contributor Van Jones.

David Frum - Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic

September 20th, 2019

1:01:52

David Frum discusses his book, "Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic," at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum on Jan. …

Alain De Botton: How Does News Shape our Thoughts and Lives?

September 20th, 2019

59:14

Alain De Botton: How Does News Shape our Thoughts and Lives? by Kentucky Author Forum

David McCraw—Truth In Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts

September 20th, 2019

1:00:23

David McCraw, the deputy general counsel at the New York Times, talks about his book "Truth In Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts" where he recounts his experiences as a top …

Masha Gessen - The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

December 21st, 2017

58:54

Masha Gessen discusses her latest book, "The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia," at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum on 12/19/17. Interviewed by Clarissa Ward.

Joseph Stiglitz: The Euro, The Great Divide, The Price of Inequality

April 18th, 2017

58:38

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winner in Economics, interviewed by Rana Foroohar at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum on April 13, 2017.

P.J. O'Rourke - How the Hell Did This Happen?

March 28th, 2017

58:14

P.J. O'Rourke discusses his book, "How the Hell Did This Happen? The 2016 Presidential Election," at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum on March 20, 2017. Interviewed by Robert Siegel of National Public …

Colson Whitehead - The Underground Railroad

December 13th, 2016

57:09

Hour-long interview of Colson Whitehead at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum on Dec. 5, 2016. Interviewed by Buzzfeed's Isaac …

Sebastian Junger - Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

September 28th, 2016

57:20

Sebastian Junger, author of War and The Perfect Storm, discusses his latest book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, with journalist Joe Klein at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum on Sept 21, 2016.

Joe Nocera - Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA

April 27th, 2016

57:46

Joe Nocera at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum on April 18, 2016. Interviewed by Buzz Bissinger.

Diane Rehm: On My Own

April 27th, 2016

1:03:45

Diane Rehm interviewed by Ann Patchett at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum on March 23, 2016.

Why the Right Went Wrong: E.J. Dionne at the Kentucky Author Forum

March 2nd, 2016

1:02:30

For decades, E.J. Dionne has been one of the most prominent journalists and left-leaning political commentators in the U.S. The Washington Post …

The Avenue of Mysteries: John Irving at Kentucky Author Forum 11/10/15

November 17th, 2015

1:07:16

The Avenue of Mysteries: John Irving at Kentucky Author Forum 11/10/15 by Kentucky Author Forum

David Boies: Proposition 8 and the Legal Battle for Marriage Equality

April 3rd, 2015

58:58

David Boies is a distinguished American trial lawyer who has litigated some of the highest profile cases in recent history. His recent book, "Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality," offers a dramatic and …

Jessye Norman: Stand Up Straight and Sing!

November 21st, 2014

54:30

Operatic singer Jessye Norman interviewed at the Kentucky Author Forum on Nov. 17, 2014, following publication of her memoir, "Stand Up Straight and …

Timothy Geithner on Stopping the Panic in a Financial Crisis

November 7th, 2014

1:03:10

Timothy Geithner discusses his book "Stress Test" at the Kentucky Author Forum on 11/3/14.

Philippe de Montebello: Rendez-vous with Art

October 24th, 2014

56:27

Philippe de Montebello: Rendez-vous with Art by Kentucky Author Forum

Sister Helen Prejean with Jonathan Bastian on Here and Now

December 5th, 2013

13:34

In 1982, Sister Helen Prejean became the spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier, a convicted killer of two teenagers, who was sentenced to die in the …

Chris Matthews at Kentucky Author Forum 12/3/13

December 4th, 2013

1:01:25

In "Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked," Chris Matthews offers a personal history of a time when two great political opponents - President …

Congressman John Lewis: "March" at Kentucky Author Forum 10/15/13

November 19th, 2013

54:39

John Lewis is Georgia’s 5th Congressional District Representative and an American icon who has witnessed history in the making and made history himself as one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement. To share …

Pat Conroy at Kentucky Author Forum 10/30/13 - The Death of Santini

November 4th, 2013

1:00:35

Pat Conroy was the featured guest at the Kentucky Author Forum on Oct. 30, 2013, concurrent with the release of his new memoir, The Death of Santini. He was interviewed by Maureen Corrigan, critic-in-residence and …

Coach Rick Pitino at the Kentucky Author Forum

October 22nd, 2013

54:56

Rick Pitino, coach of the 2013 NCAA men's basketball champs, author of "The One Day Contract," interviewed by Joe Nocera, opinion and business …

Learning From Past Societies to Improve the Future: Jared Diamond

September 9th, 2013

56:16

Jared Diamond spoke in Louisville on January 9, 2013 as featured guest at the Kentucky Author Forum, discussing in detail his latest book, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies. Diamond …

Plagues, Wars, and Famines: Elaine Pagels Discusses Revelations

September 6th, 2013

58:11

"The Book of Revelation is the strangest book in the Bible. It's the most controversial. It doesn't have any stories, moral teaching. It only has visions, dreams and nightmares. Not many people say they understand it, …

Predicting the Future of Artificial Intelligence: Ray Kurzweil

September 6th, 2013

59:19

Ray Kurzweil, arguably today’s most influential—and often controversial—futurist, is one of the leading inventors of our time and a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence. Among his inventions, Kurzweil was the …

Steven Pinker: World is Actually Less Violent Today; Why?

September 6th, 2013

59:24

Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker was the guest at the Kentucky Author Forum on Oct. 2, 2012, interviewed by NPR's Neal Conan. Pinker is a Harvard …

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