"The narcotic of intelligent conversation"
With its high-powered, long-form conversations, Entitled Opinions has fans around the globe, from Australia to China, Mexico to Russia. Its host, Robert Pogue Harrison, has interviewed some of our era's leading figures in literature, philosophy, science, and cultural history for over a decade. One blogger called these intellectually expansive exchanges “the most fascinating, engaging podcasts in any possible universe.”
In an era that favors the tweet, Harrison refuses to dumb it down: “This show offers the narcotic of intelligent conversation. ... There's plenty of room at the table, and everyone is welcome, but be warned: the bread of angels is not your ordinary snack. It may set your head spinning and give you a high.” Past guests have included Richard Rorty, René Girard, Peter Sloterdijk, Shirley Hazzard, Orhan Pamuk, Colm Tóibin, Marilynne Robinson, Paul Ehrlich, Michel Serres, Hayden White, and Abraham Verghese.
Harrison contributes regularly to the New York Review of Books, and is the author of "Juvenescence: A Cultural History of Our Age," "Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition," "The Dominion of the Dead," "Forests: The Shadow of Civilization," and "The Body of Beatrice." He is the Stanford Rosina Pierotti Professor of French and Italian literature.
Entitled Opinions airs on Stanford University’s KZSU (90.1 FM) and is available on iTunes and on this website.
Recent Interview with Robert Harrison on KQED's Forum!
On his recent book Juvenescence: A Cultural History of Our Age,
in conversation with KQED's Michael Krasny
Interview with Robert Harrison on the Lunch Special Show
On seminal British 1970s prog rock band Gentle Giant
Interview with Robert Harrison on CBC Radio One's "Ideas"
On Dante, Entitled Opinions, and Gardens
Interview with Robert Harrison at Image & Narrative
Echoes of the Phenomenon