There was much more to celebrated gonzo writer Hunter S. Thompson than the drug- and booze-addled caricature he fostered in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and other works. In a discussion of his book Freak Kingdom, George Mason University’s Timothy Denevi takes stock of a forceful literary and political journalist who was in his prime from 1963 through Nixon’s resignation in 1974.
Michael Kranish, an investigative political reporter for The Washington Post and co-author of the 2016 best-seller Trump Revealed, examines a once-celebrated, now-overlooked sports and civil rights trailblazer in a discussion of his book The World's Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America's First Black Sports Hero.
What do we make – what does their home state of Kansas make – of Charles and David Koch? Business reporter Christopher Leonard examines their shrewdly and stealthily run empire in a discussion of his new book Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America.
We’re all writers now through email, texts, Facebook posts, and countless other avenues. Drawing from her new book Writing to Persuade: How to Bring People Over to Your Side, former New York Times Op-Ed editor Trish Hall offers guidance on how to communicate more effectively and persuade (almost) anyone on (nearly) anything.
Irish-born comedian David Nihill looks at how stand-up comedy principles can be applied to public speaking, drawing from his book Do You Talk Funny? 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (And Funnier) Public Speaker. Learn to deliver a speech with perfect timing, just the right touch of humor, and no flop sweat.
This animated arachnopalooza spins a web of multidimensional adventure. Young Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) gets the radioactive spider bite that renders him Spider-Man in his world. He joins Spider-folk from alternate realities (including Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, John Mulaney, and Nicolas Cage) to stop the villainous Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) from destroying the fabric of the entire universe.