From Discourse, Sunday April 5 at 12:30 pm EST, an interview with physicist and author Tony Rothman about his latest book, Sacred Mathematics. Rothman reads from his book and examines how Japanese mathematics flourished, along with other strains of national culture, during Japan’s pre-19th century period of isolation from the west. Produced by Nikki Leon.
This Sunday, April 5, at 12:00 pm EST, tune in for the first part of a new interview series on Discourse: Marriage, Law, and American Society. In Part I: the Mormons and Marriage, producer Sophie Jin sits down with Slate contributor and Princeton History Department Lecturer Neil J. Young to discuss Proposition 8 and the American legacy of Mormon political involvement.
After the broadcast, check back here to download the program and listen to web extras not included in the episode.
Then, at 12:30 pm EST catch a second episode of Discourse: a conversation with physicist and writer Tony Rothman on what Japanese traditions of geometry and spirituality can tell us about the relationship between East and West. Rothman reads from his latest book on the subject, Sacred Mathematics.
WPRB News returns today, Sunday, March 29th, with a double edition of Discourse:
At 12:00 pm, WPRB correspondent Yihe Dong speaks with philosopher Daniel Cloud about the links between human evolution and everything from crisis in Russia to America’s economic crisis. Cloud is the Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University.
Then, at 12:30 pm, News Director Nikki Leon sits down with Civil War historian James M. McPherson to discuss the life of Abraham Lincoln, McPherson’s latest biography of the late President, and the frenzy that has surrounded the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth. McPherson is George Henry Davis ’86 Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton University, and has received the Pulitzer Prize for his Civil War history, Battle Cry of Freedom. (Originally aired Febrary 22, 2009)
Next week, from 12-12:30, WPRB News will debut the first in a two-part series on American Law, Marriage, and Proposition 8. Then, at 12:30, Tony Rothman will speak about his latest book, Sacred Mathematics, a history of Japanese mathematicians and Buddhist temples.
The regular News slot (Sundays 12:00-1:00pm) will be filled this coming Sunday, March 22nd by an extended broadcast of Sunday Jazz with Marvin Bradshaw & Jeannie Becker. Listen for News again on Sunday, March 29th, when regular programming resumes.
Guests to look forward to in the coming weeks:
-Science writer Tony Rothman speaks about his latest book Sacred Mathematics, Buddhist temples, and traveling Japanese mathematicians.
-Philosopher Daniel Cloud examines the links between Darwin and economic downfall.
-Biologist Hilary Coller watches cells divide.