#8 - Lou Harrison, composer, artist, author and musical innovator, and perhaps the most renowned contemporary American classical composer, talks about his life, his music, and his involvement in the early gay rights movement in the U.S.
#22 - Dr. Leonard Shlain, Chief of Laparoscopic Surgery at California Pacific Medical Center, Associate Professor of Surgery at UC San Francisco Medical Center, author of Art and Physics and The Alphabet vs. the Goddess, talks about the historical effect of literacy on societies through the ages.
#42 - Geoff Nunberg, Senior Research at Stanford's Center for Language and Information, Chair of the Usage Panel at the American Heritage Dictionary, National Public Radio commentator, and author of The Way We Talk Now, describes various humorous idiosyncracies of the American English language.
#56 - Dane Archer, PhD, Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz, author of many published works, and recipient of Harvard, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, uses segments from 2 of his 11 educational video productions to describe the differing communication habits of males and females, and some of the prominent differences among a variety of cultures.
#81 - John David Ebert, philosopher and author of “Celluloid Heroes and Mechanical Dragons,” and former editor at the Joseph Campbell Foundation, explains how modern American myths (such as “the soul against the machine”) are embodied in certain iconic films, such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars, Schindler’s List, etc.