Previous Classes

Louise Aronson

Five Things I've Learned About

Elderhood

Recorded: 06/14/2022

Join doctor, educator, professor of medicine, and Pulitzer Prize Award finalist Louise Aronson in this 90-minute class and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about improving our shared healthcare system, aging, and the decades of old age now increasingly known as elderhood.

Myisha Cherry

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The Social Uses of Anger

Recorded: 06/08/2022

Join writer, author, and professor Myisha Cherry in this 90-minute class and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the essential roles that rage and anger play in public life – and in our principled responses to all forms of social injustice.

Presented in partnership with Project Word

Gordon Lithgow

Five Things I've Learned About

How to Live Better Longer

Recorded: 06/06/2022

Join distinguished scientist, researcher, and professor Gordon Lithgow in this 90-minute class and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about scientists’ remarkable recent efforts to slow aging and improve our chances of a healthy late life.

Peter Orner

Five Things I've Learned About

Writing (by Not Writing)

Recorded: 06/05/2022

Join celebrated novelist, essayist, short-story writer, and professor Peter Orner in this two-hour class and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about how worrying less, chilling out, and reveling (a little) in not writing makes all the difference and connects him to where stories really come from.

Roosevelt Montás

Five Things I've Learned About

Self-Transformation, by Reading Ancient Books

Recorded: 06/01/2022

Join writer, author, and professor Roosevelt Montás in this 90-minute class and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the transforming power of the Great Books—and why the ideas and passions within these ancient sources still possess the power to make and remake our lives today.

Presented in partnership with Project Word

David W. Blight

Five Things I've Learned About

The Challenges and Triumphs of Writing Biography

Recorded: 05/25/2022

Join acclaimed teacher, scholar and public historian David W. Blight in this 90-minute class and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the ways that biography can help us better learn about thinking, writing, and living well.

Presented in partnership with Project Word

Paul Irving

Five Things I've Learned About

The Upside of Aging

Recorded: 05/24/2022

Join author and senior fellow at the Milken Institute Paul Irving in this 90-minute class and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about how each of us can make the most of the unprecedented potential and possibility that awaits our coming years.

Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr.

Five Things I've Learned About

America’s Past, and Its Urgent Lessons for Today

Recorded: 05/18/2022

Join writer, author, and professor Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr. in this 90-minute class and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about keeping connected to the voices and visions of our country’s past – and about James Baldwin’s America and its urgent lessons for our own.

Presented in partnership with Project Word

LTC (Ret.) Alexander Vindman

Five Things I've Learned About

Responding to Russian Aggression and the War in Ukraine

Recorded: 04/21/2022

Join retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel Alexander Vindman in this live 90-minute class and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about this critical time in history from his years engaging with Russia’s military and political leadership.

presented in partnership with VoteVets.org.

James Surowiecki

Five Things I've Learned About

The Wisdom and Madness of Social Media

Recorded: 03/31/2022

Join journalist and author James Surowiecki in this live 90-minute class and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about how the Internet is reshaping the way we learn and think – and why, for all of its promise, social media seems to be creating as many problems as it solves.

Mary Gauthier

Five Things I've Learned About

The Healing Power of Songwriting – in Five Songs

Recorded: 03/20/2022

View the archive of this two-hour class from singer-songwriter, troubadour, and author Mary Gauthier, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about song’s unique power to bring hope in the face of deep trauma – inspiring lessons from her own life and from her time with wounded veterans and frontline medical workers.

Hayes Carll

Five Things I've Learned About

Songwriting – in Five Songs

Recorded: 03/13/2022

View the archive of this two-hour class and discover the Five Things singer-songwriter Hayes Carll has learned about songwriting – through five great songs that helped give voice to his heartaches, joys, and aspirations.

Brooke Warner

Five Things I've Learned About

How Women Writers Thrive

Recorded: 03/06/2022

View the archive of this two-hour class from editor and publisher Brooke Warner, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned during her nearly two decades of leading and championing women-only publishing about the ways that women writers work, collaborate, and succeed.

Recorded: 02/10/2022

View the archive of this 90-minute class from film-maker and producer James Fox, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about all that’s certain – and all that remains unknown – in light of the U.S. Defense Department’s continuing investigation into decades of unexplained UFO encounters.

Timothy Hampton

Five Things I've Learned About

Cheerfulness

Recorded: 02/03/2022

View the archive of this 90-minute class from professor Timothy Hampton, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the historic roots of cheerfulness, and about how our control this essential tool of emotional life lies not in our deepest selves but in our social relationships.

Larissa Zimberoff

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What Will Be On Our Plate in Ten Years

Recorded: 02/01/2022

View the archive of this 90-minute class from investigative journalist Larissa Zimberoff, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about how technology is reshaping our food and reimagining our food system – and what these changes mean for people who love food.

Rick Wilson

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How We Win the Messaging Wars and Save Democracy

Recorded: 01/26/2022

View the archive of this 90-minute class from ex-Republican political strategist, co-founder of the Lincoln Project, and best-selling author Rick Wilson, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about what we can do right away to ensure that America survives – and about the perspective you need to make sure your time and your attention are focused on all we need to do together.

Jonathan Taplin

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The Future of Media and Democracy

Recorded: 01/18/2022

View the archive of this 90-minute class from acclaimed producer, executive, professor, and author Jonathan Taplin, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the tenuous link between media and democracy – and what the continuing convergence of media, technology, and politics means for artists, and for us all.

Lewis Watts

Five Things I've Learned About

Documenting Migration and Culture

Recorded: 01/13/2022

View the archive of this 90-minute class from photographer, archivist, curator, and teacher Lewis Watts, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about photography’s power to trace, preserve, and celebrate the people and communities of the African diaspora.

Nicholas Buccola

Five Things I've Learned About

Love, from James Baldwin

Recorded: 12/08/2021

View the archive of this two-hour class from award-winning author and professor Nicholas Buccola, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the meaning of love from the life and thought of James Baldwin.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Sam Wasson

Five Things I've Learned About

The Last Time I Saw Hollywood

Recorded: 12/05/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from celebrated author Sam Wasson, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about Hollywood’s second golden age, and the ways that those few gorgeous years in the late sixties and early seventies illuminate the challenges shaping the film industry today.

Presented in partnership with John Kochman

Allison Moorer

Five Things I've Learned About

What Memoir Demands. And All it Makes Possible.

Recorded: 12/04/2021

View the archive of this two-hour class from singer/songwriter, producer, and author Allison Moorer, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about sharing her family’s stories in prose and in song – and about all that taking ownership of our most personal stories makes possible.

Julie Lythcott-Haims

Five Things I've Learned About

Making Love Work

Recorded: 11/14/2021

View the archive of this two-hour class from bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about deepening her ability to love others, and the practical steps that help her build, maintain, and celebrate her most important relationships.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Anne Midgette

Five Things I've Learned About

The Women Who Shaped Classical Music

Recorded: 11/11/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from acclaimed music critic Anne Midgette, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the women whose important work provides new ways to understand and enjoy the pleasures of classical music.

Judith Curr

Five Things I've Learned About

How Publishing Works

Recorded: 11/08/2021

View the archive of this two-hour class from celebrated President and Publisher of the HarperOne Group, Judith Curr, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the power of storytelling and the joys of publishing – plus the behind-the-scenes lessons she’s collected throughout her career that will help you get your own story out into the world.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Judy Collins

Five Things I've Learned About

Leonard Cohen: The Man and His Music

Recorded: 11/07/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from legendary singer-songwriter Judy Collins, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about Leonard Cohen – from her unique position at start of his music career to her current-day view of his enduring artistic legacy.

Presented in partnership with The Contemporary Jewish Museum

Russell Shorto

Five Things I've Learned About

How Manhattan Became “The Island at the Center of the World”

Recorded: 11/06/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from New York Times bestselling writer Russell Shorto, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about how the Dutch founding of New York City shaped the world’s most dynamic metropolis – and continues to impact America.

Timothy Hampton

Five Things I've Learned

Listening to Bob Dylan

Recorded: 10/28/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from writer, scholar, and teacher Timothy Hampton, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned from a lifetime of listening to the greatest songwriter of our time: How some of Bob Dylan’s most famous songs work, and why he remains as urgent and important as ever.

Bob Thurman

Five Things I've Learned About

Wisdom, Bliss, and Openness

Recorded: 10/26/2021

View the archive of this two-hour class from scholar, writer, translator, and teacher Bob Thurman, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about achieving reliable and lasting happiness during his lifetime learning and teaching the Buddha’s curriculum.

John Lissauer

Five Things I've Learned About

Leonard Cohen: The Songwriter and the Secret Chord

Recorded: 10/21/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from acclaimed songwriter, producer, and arranger John Lissauer, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the inspiration, writing, and recording of some of Leonard Cohen’s most unforgettable songs.

Presented in partnership with The Contemporary Jewish Museum

Perla Batalla

Five Things I've Learned About

Leonard Cohen: His Women, Onstage and Backstage

Recorded: 10/14/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from singer-songwriter Perla Batalla, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the essential role women played again and again in Leonard Cohen’s life and music.

Presented in partnership with The Contemporary Jewish Museum

Steven Johnson

Five Things I've Learned About

Where Creativity Comes From

Recorded: 10/13/2021

View the archive of this two-hour class from best-selling author Steven Johnson, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the critical tools innovative thinkers use to nurture their creative practice – and the five key questions consistently innovative people ask themselves most often.

James Gray

Five Things I've Learned About

Craft, and the Movies

Recorded: 10/10/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from award-winning writer and director James Gray, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the personal and professional craft of moviemaking.

Presented in partnership with John Kochman

Sylvie Simmons

Five Things I've Learned About

The Life of Leonard Cohen

Recorded: 10/07/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from author, journalist, biographer, and singer-songwriter Sylvie Simmons, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about Leonard Cohen – and all she still learns from him five years after he passed away.

Presented in partnership with The Contemporary Jewish Museum

Molly Haskell

Five Things I've Learned About

Movie Love in the Sixties and Seventies

Recorded: 10/03/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from acclaimed author and film critic Molly Haskell, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about loving film and film criticism during the golden age of film appreciation.

Presented in partnership with John Kochman

Elizabeth George

Five Things I've Learned About

Editing My Own Work

Recorded: 10/02/2021

View the archive of this two-hour class from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George, and discover how the Five Things She’s Learned about self-editing can help you to recognize what works in your own writing – and to fix what doesn’t.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Joe Henry

Five Things I've Learned

by Song

Recorded: 06/13/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from songwriter, singer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning record producer Joe Henry, and discover the ways he’s found that the process and progress of our lives – like Song – knows more than we do.

Grant Faulkner and Brooke Warner

Five Things I've Learned About

What It Takes to Finish a Book

Recorded: 06/12/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and Brooke Warner, Publisher of She Writes Press, and discover the Five Things They’ve Learned about the essential mindsets that will help you get your book finished.

Alexander Payne

Five Things I've Learned About

Film Making and Film Watching

Recorded: 06/06/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from Academy-Award-winning writer and director Alexander Payne in conversation with Richard Peña, and discover the Five Things He Thinks He’s Learned about writing, directing, and editing films — as well as the joys that he’s certain accompany a lifetime of loving movies.

Presented in partnership with John Kochman

Russell Shorto

Five Things I've Learned About

Writing Family History

Recorded: 06/05/2021

View the archive of this two-hour class from New York Times bestselling writer Russell Shorto, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about diving into your past and bringing the story you find there to life.

Nicole Tung

Five Things I've Learned About

Documenting Stories of Conflict

Recorded: 06/03/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from multi-award-winning photojournalist Nicole Tung, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about photos’ unique power to inform, to connect, and to document people’s lives.

Phillip Lopate

Five Things I've Learned About

Reading and Writing the Essay

Recorded: 06/02/2021

View the archive of this two-hour class from acclaimed author and editor Phillip Lopate — the celebrated central figure in the revival of the American essay —, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the powerful legacy and continuing pleasure of this engaging, versatile art form.

Presented in partnership with John Kochman

Nina Collins

Five Things I've Learned About

Women and Aging

Recorded: 05/22/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from writer, speaker, and founder Nina Collins, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the richness and promise that shape the second half of women’s lives.

Rabih Alameddine

Five Things I've Learned About

Being Grumpy

Recorded: 05/19/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from internationally-acclaimed writer Rabih Alameddine, and discover the few things he’s learned about the elasticity of identity and imagination.

Aaron Dworkin

Five Things I've Learned About

How Social Change Really Happens

Recorded: 05/08/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from entrepreneur, professor, MacArthur Fellow, and President Obama’s first appointment to the National Council on the Arts, Aaron Dworkin, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the life-changing power of diversity in the arts.

Richard Peña and Phillip Lopate

Five Things I've Learned About

Cinema’s Past, Present, and Future

Recorded: 05/02/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from global-film community tastemakers Richard Peña and Phillip Lopate, and discover the Five Things They’ve Learned about cinema’s rich history — and about the many ways to love the movies.

Presented in partnership with John Kochman

Janine di Giovanni

Five Things I've Learned About

Writing Narrative Non-Fiction

Recorded: 04/19/2021

View the archive of this two-hour class from multi-award winning journalist and author Janine di Giovanni, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about writing — and appreciating — narrative non-fiction and memoir.

Simon Winchester

Five Things I've Learned About

The Joy of Dictionaries

Recorded: 04/17/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from celebrated writer and raconteur Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman and The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the history, art, and heart of dictionary-making.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Cara Black

Five Things I've Learned About

Crafting a Sense of Place

Recorded: 04/11/2021

View the archive of this two-hour class from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cara Black, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the ways that a strong sense of place anchors readers and draws them into the story.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Jerry Saltz

Five Things I've Learned About

How to Look at Art

Recorded: 04/03/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from Pulitzer-Prize winning art critic and New York magazine columnist Jerry Saltz, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about how artists and art lovers become really good at art.

Isabel Allende

Five Things I've Learned About

Writing Fiction

Recorded: 03/28/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from Isabel Allende, one of the most widely read and acclaimed authors in the world, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about writing fiction, discovering your voice, and writing the work you were born to create.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Pico Iyer

Five Things I've Learned About

The Art of Stillness

Recorded: 03/27/2021

View the archive of this two-hour class from internationally-acclaimed writer Pico Iyer and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about opening up space in our heads, and in our days.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

BJ Miller

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Living and Dying During the Pandemic

Recorded: 03/20/2021

View the archive of this two-hour class from hospice and palliative care specialist Dr. BJ Miller, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned anew about living and preparing for death after this year of shared loss, challenge, and renewal.

Elizabeth Lesser

Five Things I've Learned About

How the Hero’s Journey Changes When Women are the Storytellers

Recorded: 03/13/2021

View the archive of this two-hour class from New York Times bestselling author and Omega Institute co-founder Elizabeth Lesser, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about what happens when women trust their instincts, dignify their values, and speak their truths — and redefine what it means to be a hero.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Pico Iyer and Michael Shapiro

Five Things I've Learned About

Deepening the Creative Flow

Recorded: 03/06/2021

View the archive of this two-hour class from acclaimed writers and interviewers Pico Iyer and Michael Shapiro, and discover the Five Things They’ve Learned from their own experience — and from the experience of the many creative figures they’ve met — about cultivating and deepening the creative flow.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Catherine Grace Katz

Five Things I've Learned About

Writing the History We Think We Know

Recorded: 02/28/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from acclaimed historian and writer Catherine Grace Katz, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about how to uncover and share the stories that challenge our ideas of history.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Lisa Immordino Vreeland

Five Things I've Learned About

Documenting the Lives I Admire Most

Recorded: 02/21/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from award-winning documentary filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland — and her special guest Penelope Tree—, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about documenting and sharing the lives of some of the transforming figures in art, culture, and fashion.

Featuring special guest Penelope Tree

Anne Midgette

Five Things I've Learned About

How to Love Opera Like an Insider

Recorded: 02/20/2021

View the archive of this two-hour class from acclaimed music critic and opera insider Anne Midgette, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned that make it easy to appreciate and enjoy this essential art form.

Don George

Five Things I've Learned About

How to be a Travel Writer

Recorded: 02/20/2021

View the archive of this two-hour class from the author of How to Be a Travel Writer, Lonely Planet’s best-selling guide to travel writing, Don George, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about what makes a great travel story — and how to maximize your chances for publishing success.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Janine di Giovanni

Five Things I've Learned About

Moral Injury and its Personal Consequence

Recorded: 02/07/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from multi-award winning journalist and author Janine di Giovanni, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about understanding and surviving the moral injury individuals suffer when forced to witness an event that goes against their moral core.

Laurie R. King

Five Things I've Learned About

How Characters Come to Life

Recorded: 01/30/2021

View the archive of this two-hour class from New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about creating memorable characters who come to life for her readers.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Brooke Warner

Five Things I've Learned About

Giving Voice to What Matters in the New Year

Recorded: 01/16/2021

View the archive of this 90-minute class from writer and publisher Brooke Warner, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about putting out the message you most want to share in the new year.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Pico Iyer and Michael Shapiro

Five Things I've Learned About

The Art of the Interview

Recorded: 11/14/2020

View the archive of this 90-minute class from acclaimed writers and interviewers Pico Iyer and Michael Shapiro, and discover the Five Things They’ve Learned from experience about the Art of the Interview.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

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