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gender & sexuality | Jun 13th, 2017

In Her Hit Podcast on iTunes, Psychoanalyst Esther Perel Investigates the Secret Lives of Strangers, Reminding Us “How good it is to listen” (The New Yorker)

Psychoanalyst, bestselling author, and now host of the exciting new podcast Where Should We Begin?, Esther Perel invites people to understand their own private issues through the lives of others. Every Friday, WSWB? offers conversations that enlighten, touch, and inform—whatever your relationship... Continue Reading →
technology | Jun 9th, 2017

New Lavin Speaker Laura Galante: Defending Cyberspace As We Would Our Land, Sea, and Air

To Laura Galante, cyber security—and cyber literacy—are indispensable tools for any government or corporation. From The New York Times and CNN to the TED2017 mainstage, Galante makes sense of a subject notorious for spin—and links the need for digital literacy to a defense of both corporate... Continue Reading →
arts & pop culture | Jun 5th, 2017

Re-imagine the Past Decade of Pop Culture with Chuck Klosterman X: A New Selection of the Author’s Best Essays and Interviews

Klosterman’s 10th book takes us on a hilarious and intellectually thrilling tour of his favorite works from the past decade. No matter his subject—from Taylor Swift to Tim Tebow, Kobe Bryant to KISS—Klosterman helps us see the present moment, and our place in it, like few other cultural critics.... Continue Reading →
behavioural economics | Jun 1st, 2017

VIDEO: How Does Flirting Make a Happier City? Urban Design Consultant Charles Montgomery Explains

“Every city’s doing a little bit right,” said author and urban design consultant Charles Montgomery during his recent Lavin HQ visit. “And a lot wrong, unfortunately,” he adds with a smile. He’s worked on enough cities to know.  Charles Montgomery speaks from the intersection of theory and... Continue Reading →
social change | May 31st, 2017

How a Stranger’s Compassion on Twitter Helped Megan Phelps-Roper Escape the Westboro Baptist Church

Can you track the precise moment change is cued? With Megan Phelps-Roper, former member of the famously inflammatory Westboro Baptist Church, it started with a man named David, whom she met while managing the Church’s Twitter account with her trademark blend of bible verses, pop culture references,... Continue Reading →
leadership | May 30th, 2017

Fort McMurray’s Former Fire Chief Darby Allen Reflects on the People Who Stood by Him During the Historic Blaze

One year after the fire that nearly consumed the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta—and certainly gripped the nation—former Fire Chief Darby Allen speaks poignantly on the people who worked with him to save lives and provide aid in the midst of crisis. In light of his accomplishments, on May 29, Allen... Continue Reading →
psychology | May 25th, 2017

“This is the most inspiring book I’ve ever read.” Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature Gets a Boost from Bill Gates

When Bill Gates drops a book tip, people listen—and there are the sales to prove it. Veteran Lavin speaker Steven Pinker’s 2011 book The Better Angels of Our Nature is currently enjoying a surge of fresh interest, including a #1 spot on Amazon, thanks to Gates’s glowing recommendation. As... Continue Reading →
the lavin interview | May 23rd, 2017

“The Blunt Words of Writers Can Expose Truth.” The Lavin Interview with Rich Benjamin, Author of Whitopia

Even under the Trump presidency, America is more diverse than ever. And yet our neighborhoods don’t reflect this fact, as author and journalist Rich Benjamin reported upon in his hilarious and incisive two-year voyage through America’s whitest communities. The capstone of this quest is his... Continue Reading →
technology | May 10th, 2017

The Lavin Interview with Nicholas Thompson: New Editor-in-Chief of Wired on the Future of Tech, A.I., and Humanity

Newly minted Wired EIC Nicholas Thompson is ready to revitalize the iconic tech monthly. As the former digital editor of The New Yorker, Thompson introduced an uncompromising level of quality to the online platform, increasing readership exponentially. With two issues of Wired under his belt,... Continue Reading →
innovation & creativity | May 9th, 2017

Captivating Audiences: Magician David Kwong Shows Us How to Sell Ideas, Products, & Skills Using the Power of Illusion

  Illusionist and writer David Kwong has held corporate CEOs, TED audiences, and thousands of other notoriously rational animals rapt—controlling their perception of truth to the smallest degree. How? In his new book Spellbound, he spills the secrets that will help anyone grow their business in... Continue Reading →
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