Comedian and best-selling author Tony Hawks is embarking on his greatest adventure yet - moving from city life in London to deepest Devon in the West Country. You can take the man out of the city, but is the countryside ready for him? Comedian and born-and-bred townie Tony Hawks is not afraid of a challenge - or indeed a good bet. He's hitchhiked round Ireland with a fridge and taken on the Moldovan football team at tennis one by one.
The aim of this audiobook is entertainment - and surprise - but there will be a fair bit of erudition and incidental education along the way. We discover the oldest words, the newest, the longest, the shortest, the most frequently used, the costliest (yes, words can come with prices attached), the funniest, the most fatal, the most unusual...From the words Shakespeare gave us to the latest in sexting, the best and the worst, the most amusing and amazing words are here.
There are reasons other than his longevity why so many world leaders - among them the Chinese President Xi Jinping - continue to seek the counsel of Henry Kissinger, who stepped down as U.S. secretary of state close to four decades ago.
You think you know about Islam. But, did you know that Islam teaches that Muslims must wage war to impose Islamic law on non-Muslim states, or that American Muslim groups are engaged in a huge cover-up of Islamic doctrine? These and other "politically incorrect" facts are revealed by Robert Spencer in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).
"An eight hour rant"
Richard Dawkins holds the Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford. His books include the best-selling The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, The Ancestor's Tale, and A Devil's Chaplain, a collection of essays. He has received the International Cosmos Prize and the Kistler Prize.
"The Black Hole at the Beginning of Time": The big bang - and all that came from it - may just be a holographic mirage from another dimension. "A New Kind of Inheritance": Changes caused by harmful chemicals, stress, and other influences can be passed down to - and may cause disease in - future generations. "Accidental Genius": A blow to the head can sometimes unmask hidden artistic or intellectual gifts. "The Science of Learning": Science students learn less when they are expected to listen passively.
On March 17, 2011, the un Security Council passed Resolution 1973, spearheaded by the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, authorizing military intervention in Libya.
"How Poverty Affects Children's Brains" is from the October 04, 2015 Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by Kimberly G. Noble and narrated by Jill Melancon.
This month's issue features: Rosamund Pike: From Bond Girl to Gone Girl to 2015's It Girl; Special Investigation: How Dallas conquered Ebola; Hollywood: Inside the filming of Fifty Shades of Grey; The Met vs. MoMA: New York's big-money museum war; Scandal: Why did a YouTube video bring Bill Cosby down?; Plus:Larry David's Broadway debut.
The September/October 2015 issue of Foreign Affairs.
Winston Churchill steered Britain through its darkest hours during World War II. He was one of the 20th century's greatest orators, and the speeches that he painstakingly composed, rehearsed, and delivered inspired courage in an entire nation. Churchill's output was prolific; his complete speeches alone contain over 5 million words.
"Uplifting and motivating"
Peter Jukes, an award-winning TV crime writer, starts at the beginning: October 2013 and the Old Bailey is gearing up for an eight-month courtroom clash. It's a showdown that will pit tabloid newspaper executives in Rupert Murdoch's News International against the British state. The journalists are accused of phone hacking, corrupting public officials, and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. After years of cover up involving News International, the Metropolitan Police, and the government, the judge tells the jury, "British justice is on trial."
Parts of the brain that respond to music seem to withstand the ravages of Alzheimer's disease.
The editorial staff of The New York Times creates a digest for fax, email, and electronic delivery to destinations all over the world.
Scholars have long known that Martin Heidegger was a Nazi, but many doubted that his philosophy had anything to do with Hitler's ideology. Now Peter Trawny, drawing on Heidegger's hidden notebooks, argues that the philosopher's anti-Semitism was deeply entwined with his ideas.
Conventional wisdom in the West blames the Ukraine crisis on Russian aggression. But this account is wrong: Washington and its European allies actually share most of the responsibility, having spent decades pushing east into Russia's natural sphere of interest.
"Excellent analysis by Mearsheimer"
World politics is entering a new phase, in which the great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of international conflict will be cultural.
According to Adam Tilton, when you get down to it, there really isn't that much of a difference between estimating the path and speed of a missile and figuring out what kind of exercise you're doing at the gym: it's all about using a sensor to measure a signal, and extracting that signal from the surrounding noise.
Instead of trying to predict "Black Swan" events such as coups or crises, forecasters should look at how political systems handle disorder. The best indicator of a country's future trajectory is not a lengthy past stability, but recent moderate volatility.
"Good short story"
"Black Women Face Prejudice Every Day. I Don't Need It in Online Dating, Too." is from the October 13, 2015 Top Stories section of The Washington Post. It was written by Emi Kolawole and narrated by Sam Scholl.
The chaotic wisdom of Wikipedia paragraphs.
Some of food's joys can't fit in a box.
"Did U.S. Weapons Supplied to Syrian Rebels Draw Russia into the Conflict?" is from the October 13, 2015 Top Stories section of The Washington Post. It was written by Liz Sly and narrated by Sam Scholl.
Kurt Vonnegut among the scientists.
A radical experiment at Zappos to end the office workplace as we know it.
"For Martin O'Malley, First Democratic Debate Means Time to Put up or Shut Up" is from the October 13, 2015 Politics and Power section of The Washington Post. It was written by John Wagner and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"How Hillary Clinton Panders" is from the October 13, 2015 Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by Stephen Stromberg and narrated by Sam Scholl.
Outside of Washington, the push for gun control is making progress.
"Marco Rubio May Be on the Rise, but Can He Go the Distance?" is from the October 13, 2015 Politics and Power section of The Washington Post. It was written by Philip Rucker and narrated by Sam Scholl.
The paradoxical, pressure-filled quest to build a "personal brand."
A dispatch from the front lines of Europe's immigration crisis.
The medical marijuana industry's latest trend.
How a flash flood that killed hundreds of animals at the Tbilisi Zoo explains the failure of post-Soviet Georgia.
The November 2015 edition of The New Republic.
"Obama Tells '60 Minutes' He's Going to Stay the Course on Syria" is from the October 13, 2015 Politics and Power section of The Washington Post. It was written by Greg Jaffe and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"Princeton Professor Angus Deaton Wins Nobel Prize in Economics" is from the October 13, 2015 Top Stories section of The Washington Post. It was written by Jeff Guo and narrated by Sam Scholl.
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"We're Closer to a 'Day after Tomorrow' Ice Age than We Thought" is from the October 13, 2015 Wild Card section of The Washington Post. It was written by Yanan Wang and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"What Happens to Men Who Are Abstinent until Marriage?" is from the October 13, 2015 Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Diefendorf and narrated by Sam Scholl.