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Rabih Alameddine

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Being Grumpy

Join internationally-acclaimed writer Rabih Alameddine, and discover the few things he’s learned about the elasticity of identity and imagination.

Isabel Allende

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Writing Fiction

Join 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...

Steve Almond

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Where Stories Come From

Join bestselling writer and teacher Steve Almond, and discover the Five Things he’s Learned about the powerful emotions that serve as the engines of our storytelling – and about the ways that these emotions show...

Ashton Applewhite

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Ageism

Join author and activist Ashton Applewhite and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about ageism – and about cheering up, pushing back, and living the life you want to live.

Louise Aronson

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Elderhood

Join doctor, educator, professor of medicine, and Pulitzer Prize Award finalist Louise Aronson and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about improving our shared healthcare system, aging, and the decades of old...

Steven Austad

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What Nature Can Teach Us About Living Longer, Healthier Lives

Join distinguished biologist, professor, and author, Steven Austad, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned from researching the lives of animals in the wild about human health and our own aging process.

Julianna Baggott

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Balancing Family, Writing, and the Work/Life Blur

View the archive of this 90-minute class from writer, producer, and mother Julianna Baggott, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the good, beautiful, weirdly-efficient blur that can streamline your...

Nir Barzilai 

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The New Science of Longevity

Join acclaimed scientist, professor, and author Dr. Nir Barzilai and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the scientific hacks that can improve your health, increase your life span, and make it possible for...

Jeanine Basinger and Sam Wasson

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The Two Hollywoods

Join celebrated film historians and writers Jeanine Basinger and Sam Wasson and discover the Five Things They’ve Learned about the people and values that shaped the movie business – and all they uncovered while...

Perla Batalla

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Leonard Cohen: His Women, Onstage and Backstage

Join 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.

Cara Black

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Crafting a Sense of Place

Join 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.

David W. Blight

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The Challenges and Triumphs of Writing Biography

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

Nicholas Buccola

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Freedom, from Frederick Douglass

Join award-winning author and professor Nicholas Buccola and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the meaning and value of freedom by studying the life and writing Frederick Douglass.

Nicholas Buccola

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Love, from James Baldwin

Join 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.

Hayes Carll

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Songwriting – in Five Songs

Join 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.

Myisha Cherry

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The Social Uses of Anger

Join writer, author, and professor Myisha Cherry 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...

Judy Collins

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Leonard Cohen: The Man and His Music

Join 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...

Nina Collins

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Women and Aging

Join 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.

Judith Curr

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How Publishing Works

Join 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...

Liza Donnelly

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Creativity

View the archive of this two-hour class from award-winning cartoonist Liza Donnelly and discover the Five Things She’s Learned from a lifetime of drawing and writing, and from the fulfillment that comes with looking...

Andre Dubus III

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Writing as Dreaming

Join award-winning writer and teacher Andre Dubus III in this live, two-hour class and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about why writing happens best when we summon the faith and the nerve to get out of our own...

Camille Dungy

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Tending the Gardens of Creativity and Motherhood

View the archive of this 90-minute class from celebrated poet, writer, editor, and scholar Camille Dungy, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the ways that creativity arises from the soil of our most...

Aaron Dworkin

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How Social Change Really Happens

Join 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...

Thomas Dyja

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How to Live in a City

Join acclaimed writer and historian Thomas Dyja and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about how we can use our city’s structures and energies to improve our well-being and help create a better place for all.

Elissa Epel

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Stress and Aging

Join author, professor, and Director of the Aging Metabolism Emotions Center at UCSF, Elissa Epel, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the ways that transforming stress can improve you health and add...

Joseph Fasano

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The Craft and Magic of Poetry

View the archive of this two-hour class from poet, novelist, songwriter, and teacher Joseph Fasano and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about how poetry works – and how poetry helps us all become better...

Grant Faulkner

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The Art of Brevity

View the archive of this two-hour class from writer and Executive Director of National Writing Month Grant Faulkner, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about what happens when you apply the principles and...

Grant Faulkner and Brooke Warner

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What It Takes to Finish a Book

Join 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...

James Fox

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Unidentified Aerial Phenomena: What Our Government Still Doesn’t Know – and All It Does.

Join 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...

Marc Freedman 

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The Power that Comes from Connecting Generations

Join social entrepreneur and author Marc Freedman and discover Five Things He’s Learned about the great things that happen when generations come together.

Pauline Frommer

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The Power of a Life-Changing Vacation

Join writer, editor, speaker, and broadcaster Pauline Frommer, and discover Five Things She’s Learned about the ways in which new places and experiences teach us that the person we are at home isn’t the only being...

Robbie Fulks

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The Nature of Songs

Join singer, recording artist, instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter Robbie Fulks and discover Five Things He’s Learned about some of the essential elements that enable music to communicate, cohere, and endure.

Mary Gauthier

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The Healing Power of Songwriting – in Five Songs

Join 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...

Elizabeth George

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Editing My Own Work

Join 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.

Don George

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How to be a Travel Writer

Join 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...

Janine di Giovanni

Five Things I've Learned About

Writing Narrative Non-Fiction

Join 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.

Janine di Giovanni

Five Things I've Learned About

Moral Injury and its Personal Consequence

Join 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...

Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr.

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America’s Past, and Its Urgent Lessons for Today

Join writer, author, and professor Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr. 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...

James Gray

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Craft, and the Movies

Join award-winning writer and director James Gray, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the personal and professional craft of moviemaking.

Timothy Hampton

Five Things I've Learned About

Cheerfulness

Join 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...

Timothy Hampton

Five Things I've Learned About

Listening to Bob Dylan

Join 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,...

Molly Haskell

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Movie Love in the Sixties and Seventies

Join 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.

Joe Henry

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by Song

Join 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.

Paul Irving

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The Upside of Aging

Join author and senior fellow at the Milken Institute Paul Irving 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...

Pico Iyer and Michael Shapiro

Five Things I've Learned About

The Art of the Interview

Join 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.

Pico Iyer

Five Things I've Learned About

The Art of Stillness

Join internationally-acclaimed writer Pico Iyer and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about opening up space in our heads, and in our days.

Pico Iyer and Michael Shapiro

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Deepening the Creative Flow

Join 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...

Steven Johnson

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Where Creativity Comes From

Join 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...

Catherine Grace Katz

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Writing the History We Think We Know

Join 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.

Laurie R. King

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What Makes Mysteries Great

Join best-selling writer Laurie R. King, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the essential elements of a great mystery, and the rewards they make possible for readers and writers.

Laurie R. King

Five Things I've Learned About

How Characters Come to Life

Join 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.

Phil Klay

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Thinking and Writing about Citizenship

Join U.S. Marine Corps veteran, writer, and teacher Phil Klay and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about American citizenship – what it means, the obligations it places upon us, and the uglier way our shared...

Elizabeth Lesser

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

Join 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...

John Lissauer

Five Things I've Learned About

Leonard Cohen: The Songwriter and the Secret Chord

Join 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.

Gordon Lithgow

Five Things I've Learned About

How to Live Better Longer

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

Phillip Lopate

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Reading and Writing the Essay

Join 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...

Julie Lythcott-Haims

Five Things I've Learned About

Making Love Work

Join 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...

Rebecca Makkai

Five Things I've Learned About

Getting Unstuck

Join best-selling novelist and teacher Rebecca Makkai, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about breaking free of the ideas, fears, and ambitions that can block creativity – and about how artists of all...

Anne Midgette

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The Women Who Shaped Classical Music

Join 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.

Anne Midgette

Five Things I've Learned About

How to Love Opera Like an Insider

Join 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.

BJ Miller

Five Things I've Learned About

Living and Dying During the Pandemic

Join 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.

Roosevelt Montás

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Self-Transformation, by Reading Ancient Books

Join writer, author, and professor Roosevelt Montás 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...

Allison Moorer

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What Memoir Demands. And All it Makes Possible.

Join 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...

Peter Orner

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Prose Momentum – in Five Great Paragraphs

Join celebrated novelist, essayist, short-story writer, and professor Peter Orner, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about how great writers create remarkable movement and energy within a single paragraph –...

Peter Orner

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Writing (by Not Writing)

Join celebrated novelist, essayist, short-story writer, and professor Peter Orner and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about how worrying less, chilling out, and reveling (a little) in not writing makes all...

Richard Panek

Five Things I've Learned About

Writing What You Don’t Know

View the archive of this two-hour class from best-selling writer and teacher Richard Panek, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the spirit of discovery and exploration – and the process by which great...

Holly Lynn Payne

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The Power of Page One

View the archive of this two-hour class from novelist and host of “The Page One Podcast” Holly Payne, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about a book’s critical first page – and about how you can ensure...

Alexander Payne

Five Things I've Learned About

Film Making and Film Watching

Join 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...

Richard Peña and Phillip Lopate

Five Things I've Learned About

Cinema’s Past, Present, and Future

Join 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.

Andrew Penn

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Psychedelic Science and Psychedelic Assisted Therapy

View the archive of this 90-minute class from speaker, researcher, and UCSF Clinical Professor Andrew Penn, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the ways that psychedelic-assisted therapy is...

Maya C. Popa

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Poetic Form

View the archive of this two-hour class from writer, editor, and teacher Maya C. Popa and discover the Five Things I’ve Learned about the ways that poetic form both organizes and conveys our essential emotions and...

Jerry Saltz

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Where Art and the Art World are Right Now

Join Pulitzer Prize winning critic and author Jerry Saltz, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the remarkable advances that have refashioned art and the art world – and why today we’re living in one of...

Jerry Saltz

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How to Look at Art

Join 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.

Greg Sandow

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The Death of Classical Music

View the archive of this 90-minute class from classical music composer, critic, teacher, and thought leader Greg Sandow, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the contemporary cultural shifts reshaping...

Russell Shorto

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

Join 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...

Russell Shorto

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Writing Family History

Join 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.

Sylvie Simmons

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The Life of Leonard Cohen

Join 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.

Matt Strain

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The Ways A.I. is Revolutionizing the Writing Process

View the archive of this two-hour class from Adobe Research Lab veteran Matt Strain, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the ways artificial intelligence is helping writers find new ways to develop...

Cheryl Strayed

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Nurturing Your Artistic Life (While Keeping the Almighty List)

View the archive of this two-hour class from New York Times best-selling author Cheryl Strayed, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about how to honor your desire to create and see your projects through –...

James Surowiecki

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How to Write about Ideas

Join journalist and author James Surowiecki and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about how to write about ideas – how to take complicated concepts and make them accessible; and how, in the process, to...

James Surowiecki

Five Things I've Learned About

The Wisdom and Madness of Social Media

Join journalist and author James Surowiecki 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...

Jonathan Taplin

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The Future of Media and Democracy

Join 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...

Bob Thurman

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Wisdom, Bliss, and Openness

Join 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.

Nicole Tung

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Documenting Stories of Conflict

Join 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.

Dr. Eric Verdin

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Covid-19, Aging, and the Immune System

Join President and Chief Executive Officer of the Buck Institute Dr. Eric Verdin, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about aging and immunity by studying Covid-19 – and all we can do to continue thriving in...

LTC (Ret.) Alexander Vindman

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Responding to Russian Aggression and the War in Ukraine

Join retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel Alexander Vindman 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.

Lisa Immordino Vreeland

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Documenting the Lives I Admire Most

Join 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...

Brooke Warner

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What It Takes to Get Published

Join editor and publisher Brooke Warner, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about what agents, editors, and publishers look at when considering a new manuscript – and all they’re really looking for.

Brooke Warner

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How Women Writers Thrive

Join 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,...

Brooke Warner

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Giving Voice to What Matters in the New Year

Join 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.

Sam Wasson

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The Last Time I Saw Hollywood

Join 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...

Lewis Watts

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Documenting Migration and Culture

Join 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...

Rick Wilson

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How We Win the Messaging Wars and Save Democracy

Join 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...

Simon Winchester

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The Joy of Dictionaries

Join 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...

Meg Wolitzer

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Writing about Family

Join New York Times–bestselling author Meg Wolitzer, and discover Five Things She’s Learned about the differences between real life families and the ones we invent – and how a writer might take experiences from...

Matthew Zapruder

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Honoring Family as a Source of Creativity

View the archive of this 90-minute class from celebrated poet, writer, and professor Matthew Zapruder, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about honoring family as a source of creative inspiration – about...

Larissa Zimberoff

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What Will Be On Our Plate in Ten Years

Join 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...

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