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World Leaders & Thinkers “In Their Own Words

Here is where you can experience the vast wisdom and knowledge of geniuses as interviewed by Dr. Alvin Augustus Jones. Listen to them in their own words as they share their expertise. This experience will give you strength for your journey and food for thought. Please feel free to browse the interviews listing by clicking it. Some audio and video is in Windows Media Format. To download a free Windows Media Player, click the link below. Thanks for stopping by.

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Featured Interviews

 

Real Talk With Dr. Valencia Campbell: Promoting Academic Excellence; How You Can Help chats with Dr. Alvin

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A Perfect Life By Eileen Pollack chats with Dr. Alvin

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A luminous and insightful novel that considers the moral complexities of scientific discovery and the sustaining nature of love. A young researcher at MIT, Jane Weiss is obsessed with finding the genetic marker for Valentine’s Disease, a neurodegenerative disorder. Her pursuit is deeply personal—Valentine’s killed her mother, and she and her freewheeling sister, Laurel, could be genetic carriers; each has a fifty percent chance of developing the disease. Having seen firsthand the devastating effect Valentine’s had on her parents’ marriage, Jane is terrified she might become a burden on whomever she falls in love with and so steers […]

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The Arm: Inside The Billion-Dollar Mystery Of the Most Valuable Commodity In Sports By Jeff Passan chats with Dr. Alvin

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Every year, Major League Baseball spends more than $1.5 billion on pitchers—five times the salary of all NFL quarterbacks combined. Pitchers are the lifeblood of the sport, the ones who win championships, but today they face an epidemic unlike any baseball has ever seen.

One tiny ligament in the elbow keeps snapping and sending teenagers and major leaguers alike to undergo surgery, an issue the baseball establishment ignored for decades. For three years, Jeff Passan, the lead baseball columnist for Yahoo Sports, has traveled the world to better understand the mechanics of the arm and its place in […]

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Tied Up In Knots: How Getting What We Wanted Made Women Miserable By Andrea Tantaros chats with Dr. Alvin

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Fifty years after Betty Friedan unveiled The Feminine Mystique, relations between men and women in America have never been more dysfunctional. If women are more liberated than ever before, why aren’t they happier? In this shocking, funny, and bluntly honest tour of today’s gender discontents, Andrea Tantaros, one of Fox News’ most popular and outspoken stars, exposes how the rightful feminist pursuit of equality went too far, and how the unintended pitfalls of that power trade have made women (and men!) miserable.

In a covetous quest to attain the power that men had, women were advised to work like […]

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Good For The Money: My Fight To Pay Back America By Ari Benmosche chats with Dr. Alvin

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In 2009, at the peak of the financial crisis, AIG – the American insurance behemoth – was sinking fast. It was the peg upon which the nation hung its ire and resentment during the financial crisis: the pinnacle of Wall Street arrogance and greed. When Bob Benmosche climbed aboard as CEO, it was widely assumed that he would go down with his ship. In mere months, he turned things around, pulling AIG from the brink of financial collapse and restoring its profitability. Before three years were up, AIG had fully repaid its staggering debt to the U.S. government […]

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Fluke: The Math And Myth Of Coincidence By Joseph Mazur Chats With Dr. Alvin

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What are the chances? This is the question we ask ourselves when we encounter the strangest and most seemingly impossible coincidences, like the woman who won the lottery four times or the fact that Lincoln’s dreams foreshadowed his own assassination. But, when we look at coincidences mathematically, the odds are a lot better than any of us would have thought.

In Fluke, mathematician Joseph Mazur takes a second look at the seemingly improbable, sharing with us an entertaining guide to the most surprising moments in our lives. He takes us on a tour of the mathematical concepts of probability, […]

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God Almighty Hisself: The Life and Legacy of Dick Allen chats Dr. Alvin

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When the Philadelphia Phillies signed Dick Allen in 1960, fans of the franchise envisioned bearing witness to feats never before accomplished by a Phillies player. A half-century later, they’re still trying to make sense of what they saw.

Carrying to the plate baseball’s heaviest and loudest bat as well as the burden of being the club’s first African American superstar, Allen found both hits and controversy with ease and regularity as he established himself as the premier individualist in a game that prided itself on conformity. As one of his managers observed, “I believe God Almighty hisself […]