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Richard Powers

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Ratnadevi reads Richard Powers

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Name: Ratnadevi Reading: The Overstory, Richard Powers Why did you want to read this? The Overstory is the most absorbing, courageous, wise, compassionate and skilfully crafted book I have read in a long time, a gift to the beleaguered world, particularly the trees. The novel weaves people and trees from very different backgrounds and geographies together, like mycelium connects root systems and fungi. It's deep-time sweep makes the heart ache: what are we humans doing, wrecking our beautiful home? How did you record yourself? I recorded it on my phone, there was no option for quality when saving, hope it's okay.


5 Oct 2022

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Best Of: This Conversation With Richard Powers Is a Gift

The Ezra Klein Show

Today we're revisiting one of our favorite conversations from 2021 with the novelist Richard Powers. Enjoy!There are certain conversations I fear trying to fit into a description. There’s just more to them than I’m going to be able to convey. This is one of them.Richard Powers is the author of 13 novels, including the 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Overstory.” If you haven’t read it, you should. It’ll change you. It changed me. I haven’t walked through a forest the same way again. And I’m not alone in that. When I interviewed Barack Obama this year, he recommended “The Overstory,” saying, “It changed how I thought about the earth and our place in it.”Powers’s new book is “Bewilderment.” You could think of it as 'The Innerstory': It is about how and whether we see the world we inhabit. It’s about the nature and limits of our empathy. It’s about refusing to die before we’re dead and taking seriously the gifts and responsibilities of being alive. It is about how we change our minds and how we change our societies. It is about how we treat delusion as normal and clarity as lunacy. It is enchanting, and it is devastating.It is not just books through which Powers has been exploring these ideas. It is also through radical changes he’s made to how he lives his life. That’s where we start but far from where we end: This conversation touches on mortality, animism, politics, old-growth forests, extraterrestrial life, Buddhism and beyond.Mentioned:Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne SimardBook recommendations:How to Be Animal by Melanie ChallengerRooted by Lyanda Lynn HauptEver Green by John W. Reid and Thomas E. LovejoyYou can find transcripts (posted midday) and more episodes of “The Ezra Klein Show” at nytimes.com/ezra-klein-podcast, and you can find Ezra on Twitter @ezraklein. Book recommendations from our guests are listed at https://www.nytimes.com/article/ezra-klein-show-book-recs.Thoughts? Guest suggestions? Email us at ezrakleinshow@nytimes.com.This episode of “The Ezra Klein Show” was produced by Annie Galvin, Jeff Geld and Rogé Karma; fact-checking by Michelle Harris; original music by Isaac Jones; mixing by Jeff Geld, audience strategy by Shannon Busta. Special thanks to Kristin Lin.

1hr 24mins

2 Sep 2022

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Searching for Habitable Worlds: Richard Powers, Winner of The Pulitzer Prize

Into the Impossible With Brian Keating

Richard Powers is an American novelist whose works explore the effects of modern science and technology. His novel The Echo Maker won the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction. He's won many other awards over the course of his career, including a MacArthur Fellowship. As of 2021, Powers has published 14 novels and has taught at the University of Illinois and Stanford University. He won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Overstory.Powers’ latest book is Bewilderment in which, The astrobiologist Theo Byrne searches for life throughout the cosmos while single-handedly raising his unusual nine-year-old, Robin, following the death of his wife. Robin is a warm, kind boy who spends hours painting elaborate pictures of endangered animals. He’s also about to be expelled from third grade for smashing his friend in the face. As his son grows more troubled, Theo hopes to keep him off psychoactive drugs. He learns of an experimental neurofeedback treatment to bolster Robin’s emotional control, one that involves training the boy on the recorded patterns of his mother’s brain…With its soaring descriptions of the natural world, its tantalizing vision of life beyond, and its account of a father and son’s ferocious love, Bewilderment marks Richard Powers’s most intimate and moving novel. At its heart lies the question: How can we tell our children the truth about this beautiful, imperiled planet?Bewilderment on Amazonhttp://www.richardpowers.net📺 Watch my most popular videos:📺 Weinstein and Wolfram https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI0AZ4Y4Ip4?sub_confirmation=1 Sheldon Glashow: https://youtu.be/a0_iaWgxQtA?sub_confirmation=1 Neil deGrasse Tyson https://youtu.be/1kxgK6J4S5Y Michio Kaku: https://youtu.be/3to9ymn-XKI Jill Tarter https://youtu.be/O9K9OBd3vHk?sub_confirmation=1 Sara Seager Venus LIfe: https://youtu.be/QPsEDoOTU6k?sub_confirmation=1 Stephen Wolfram: https://youtu.be/nSAemRxzmXM Avi Loeb: https://youtu.be/N9lUceHsLRw Jim Simons: https://youtu.be/6fr8XOtbPqM Be my friend:🏄‍♂️ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrBrianKeating🔔 Subscribe https://www.youtube.com/DrBrianKeating?sub_confirmation=1📝 Join my mailing list; just click here http://briankeating.com/mailing_list.php✍️ Detailed Blog posts here: https://briankeating.com/blog.php🎙️ Listen on audio-only platforms: https://briankeating.com/podcast.phpA production of http://imagination.ucsd.edu/Support the podcast: https://www.patreon.com/drbriankeatingProduced by Brian Keating and Stuart Volkow P.G.A Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 26mins

19 Jun 2022

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Richard Powers

City Arts & Lectures

This week, our guest is Richard Powers. He’s the author of thirteen novels on everything from neuroscience, to artificial intelligence to the environment. His book, “The Overstory” earned him a Pulitzer prize in fiction. The Financial Times called it “A Great American Eco-Novel.” His latest book is called “Bewilderment”, and it also deals with environmental catastrophe. It’s the story of a widowed father and his son, and their journey into the wilderness.  On April twenty-fifth, 2022, Richard Powers came to the Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco to talk to neuroscientist Indre Viskontas. Mutual admirers, the two had much to discuss, from the cognitive basis of creativity to our relationship with the natural and digital worlds.

1hr 14mins

22 May 2022

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Bewilderment by Richard Powers with Bootleg Long Island Iced Tea

Reading for Attention

In this week's ep of Reading For Attention, we are thouroughly bewildered by Richard Powers' latest offering - a Booker-shortlisted novel about fatherly love, science and a knock-off Greta Thunberg. There's a chance we're also bewildered from drinking bootleg Long Island Iced Tea containing five shots of random spirits we found in our cupboards.After our intellectual discussion about climate change and neurofeedback, we move onto the far more important issue of Selling Sunset. Sarah hasn't started season 5 yet so Paul gives a crucial update on our favourite fit estate agents. Sarah also tells us about an embarrassing club incident involving a bright light and her bum.We hope you enjoy this ep as much as Christine Quinn enjoys being an absolute twat x See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 8mins

29 Apr 2022

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The Overstory by Richard Powers

Two Guys, One Book

A book about trees and intersecting lives over generations.

22 Mar 2022

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Trees and Humans Sharing a Planet in “The Overstory” by Richard Powers

Left Shelf

Roots: the connections we have with the natural environment around us; Trunk: the connections we have with each other; Crown: the connections we have with the mystical; Seeds: the hope that propagates life forward. “The Overstory” is a book that, through the structure of trees, expands the size of a singular human life and re-contextualizes the scales of time and geography. In this episode, we sit down with a guest, Navel Orange, to discuss this impassioned and moving work by Richard Powers. In our conversation, we talk about the history of environmental movements, our relationship to nature, trauma and more. Read The Overstory (free): hereFollow the show on:TwitterFacebookEmail: leftshelfpodcast@gmail.com Website InstagramYoutube Become a monthly contributor on Patreon: www.patreon.com/leftshelf.Support the show

2hr 2mins

1 Feb 2022

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Richard Powers

SAL/on air

Richard Powers’ characters are often both artists and scientists—disciplines he sees as intertwined. In a delicious moment in this March 2008 reading, he describes the commonality between art and science as a state of “bewilderment,” which happens to be the title of his new book, released thirteen years later in September 2021. In this recording, Powers shares a short story called “Modulation.” A story that draws on Powers’ knowledge of music and technology, “Modulation” centers on the global dissemination of a musical computer virus. Powers’ work embodies this spirit of marveling and wondering in a most bewildering way. His writing describes in Technicolor detail our most ephemeral human experiences, yet his precision doesn’t define; instead, it expands our awe and pondering long after his tales are over.

1hr 10mins

22 Jan 2022

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Richard Powers - Why Stories Matter

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Few works of literature have the power to change who we are and how we conceive our place in the universe – but Richard Powers Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning masterpiece The Overstory is one. For Barack Obama, Powers ‘changed how I thought about the Earth and our place in it’; for Emma Thompson, The Overstory was a ‘the best book I've read in 10 years… a lodestone’; for Ann Patchett, it was simply ‘one of the best novels, period’. This year's follow-up, the Booker shortlisted Bewilderment, is no less profound; an acclaimed exploration of the fragility of life on Earth that dares to ask the question: How can we tell our children the truth about this beautiful, imperiled planet?Richard joined us on stage in London in conversation with broadcaster Razia Iqbal to explore why storytelling matters. In an age of impending ecological catastrophe, how can the novel help us to grow our empathy for one another and expand our awareness and love of the natural world?This podcast was produced in association with the Conduit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 11mins

2 Nov 2021

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Richard Powers on Bewilderment in conversation with Rosie Boycott


With its soaring descriptions of the natural world, its tantalizing vision of life beyond, and its account of a father and son’s ferocious love, Bewilderment marks Richard Powers’s most intimate and moving novel. At its heart lies the question: How can we tell our children the truth about this beautiful, imperiled planet?Richard Powers has published thirteen novels. He is a MacArthur Fellow and received the National Book Award. His most recent book, The Overstory, won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. This exclusive interview was recorded for 5x15 in October 2021.5x15 brings together outstanding individuals to tell of their lives, passions and inspirations. Learn more about 5x15 events: 5x15stories.comTwitter: www.twitter.com/5x15storiesFacebook: www.facebook.com/5x15storiesInstagram: www.instagram.com/5x15stories


2 Nov 2021