Podcasts

Michael Pollan - Jan 16, 2012

One of Newsweek's Top 10 "New Thought Leaders" in 2009, sustainable food activist Michael Pollan has been exploring the places where the human and natural worlds intersect for the past 20 years. He talks with Jim Cunningham about some of his prize-winning bestsellers, which include The Omnivore's Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, and his attitudes toward a variety of foods and other food writers. He also shares his experiece of winning the Lennon Ono Award for Peace.

Ruzich Recaps the Wilsons - Nov 22, 2011

RMU history professor John McCarthy fills in for Connie Ruzich to summarize the comments of former CIA covert operative Valerie Plame Wilson and her husband Ambassador Joe Wilson. They challenged the Bush administration's claim of Iraqi attempts to buy uranium from Niger..

Valerie Plame Wilson and Ambassador Joe Wilson - Nov 16, 2011

She was a covert CIA operative working in counter-proliferation. He was an American diplomat to Africa and Iraq. His 2003 New York Times op-ed piece suggesting the Iraqi nuclear threat had been exaggerated allegedly resulted in the exposure of Valerie Plame Wilson's identity. Their story is told in the film "Fair Game," and in first-person at Heinz Hall on Nov. 21, 2011.

Michelle Rhee Q & A - Nov 4, 2011

Education reformer Michelle Rhee answers questions from the audience at Heinz Hall during her appearance as part of the Pittsburgh Speakers Series presented by Robert Morris University.

Ruzich recaps Rhee - Nov 3, 2011

Robert Morris University's Dr. Connie Ruzich recaps remarks by Michelle Rhee, the former Chancellor of Washington, D.C. schools, who as featured in the documentary "Waiting for Superman." An outspoken advocate of school reform, Rhee founded The New Teacher Project, recruiting 10,000 teachers in 20 states over 10 years. Most recently, she unveiled StudentsFirst on the Oprah Winfrey Show, with a goal to raise $1 billion to catalyze education reform in the U.S.

Ruzich recaps Chernow - Oct 13, 2011

Robert Morris University's Dr. Connie Ruzich recaps remarks by historian and biographer Ron Chernow, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for his latest book, "Washington: A Life." Chernow has profiled the lives of financial titans such as J.P. Morgan, The Warburgs, John D. Rockefeller, and Alexander Hamilton, earning him the National Book Award among other honors.

Ron Chernow - Oct 10, 2011

A trusted voice on the history of business and politics, distinguished historian Ron Chernow has profiled the lives of financial titans such as J.P. Morgan, The Warburgs, John D. Rockefeller, and Alexander Hamilton, earning him the National Book Award among other honors. His most recent work,Washington: A Life, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2011.

Carolyn Benton, Chimemaster at Chautauqua - Jul 28, 2011

Every summer since 1992, Carolyn Benton has played the carillon of Chautauqua Institution's iconic lakeside Miller Bell Tower. Modeled after the classic north-Italian campanile, the 75-foot-tall brick tower marks the hours, and will play for its own centennial on August 2, 2011. QED's Stephen Baum met Carolyn Benton before a noon performance.

Ruzich Recaps Rove & Dean - Apr 28, 2011

Robert Morris University's Connie Ruzich summarizes the personal histories recounted by Karl Rove and Howard Dean as well as their opposing responses to audience questions at the Pittsburgh Speakers Series.

Karl Rove - Apr 25, 2011

Former Bush White House Deputy Chief of Staff and Republican political advisor Karl Rove will face off with former DNC chairman Howard Dean at Heinz Hall on April 27, 2011. Rove talks about his early political career, meeting George W. Bush, the key to Bush's 2004 reelection, the outlook for the 2012 campaigns, and his own interest in art museums.

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