Sep 4, 2012 — In his new book, The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture, scholar Yoram Hazony makes the case that the ancient texts are a work of philosophy in narrative form. The scriptures are a cautionary tale — an epic that advocates wariness of great imperial powers and individualism in the face of authority.
Feb 2, 2012 — The late British-American writer blends personal and political history in this brilliant final take on a century rife with ideological clashes.
Sep 8, 2011 — Over the past few weeks, Talk of the Nation has been asking for the books you think should be required reading for all college freshmen. Here are 10 of your suggestions.
Oct 8, 2008 — Much has been made of the effects the recent financial crisis will have on "Main Street." Linguist Geoff Nunberg Geoff Nunberg discusses how this term gained such popular — and presidential — usage.
Mar 27, 2008 — Machiavellian. Decades before The Prince was translated into English, the author's name entered the lexicon as a synonym for political scheming. But was Machiavelli a schemer — or a satirist?
Oct 23, 2007 — Author Christopher Hitchens discusses how philosopher Thomas Paine's writings influenced human rights and the French and American revolutions. He says Paine's accessible rhetoric was key to his widespread influence.
Aug 8, 2007 — The dialogues of Plato's The Republic are regarded as the first great texts on political and moral theory. Philosopher Simon Blackburn has written a new book about The Republic, gently reminding those of us who have forgotten why it remains so important.
Jul 6, 2006 — In his new book, Talking Right, linguist Geoff Nunberg examines the parlance of the American political right. Conservatives, Nunberg notes, have been remarkably effective at creating a language through which to convey their agenda.
Oct 25, 2004 — The so-called "politics of fear" has become a mainstay on every presidential campaign stop. NPR's Tavis Smiley talks about the use of fear in the present and past campaigns with Clarence Lusane of American University's School of International Service, and Corey Robin, author of Fear: The History of a Political Idea.
Oct 5, 2004 — We talk with editor of The Oxford Dictionary of American Political Slang about defining this year's political buzz words.