Millions of people know James Lipton as the host of the popular Bravo series "Inside the Actors Studio." Millions have also enjoyed his recurring guest role on the late, great Fox sitcom "Arrested Development." But how many fans know just what a varied and colorful artistic career he's had? From acting in soap operas to performing ballet, from composing epic poetry as a youngster (it was "terrible," he now admits) to compiling the definitive study of English-language collective nouns ("An Exaltation of Larks"), Lipton has established himself as a modern Renaissance man.
In his Big Think interview, Lipton recalls his struggles as a fledgling actor and writer, a path he chose instead of a career as a "stolid, bourgeois lawyer." A former student of Stella Adler, he shares an illuminating capsule history of Method acting as well as advice on the thespian's craft from the likes of Paul Newman and Alan Alda. He also discusses the thrill of the art he's best known for: that of the interview.
Finally, Lipton offers a glimpse into his non-artistic interests, including piloting planes and show-jumping horses—each of which, like acting, requires a bone-deep love of risk.
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Can sensitive coral reefs survive another human generation?
- Coral reefs may not be able to survive another human decade because of the environmental stress we have placed on them, says author David Wallace-Wells. He posits that without meaningful changes to policies, the trend of them dying out, even in light of recent advances, will continue.
- The World Wildlife Fund says that 60 percent of all vertebrate mammals have died since just 1970. On top of this, recent studies suggest that insect populations may have fallen by as much as 75 percent over the last few decades.
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Yes, a coup d'état.
- Though we know today that his policies eventually ended the Great Depression, FDR's election was seen as disastrous by some.
- A group of wealthy bankers decided to take things into their own hands; they plotted a coup against FDR, hoping to install a fascist dictator in its stead.
- Ultimately, the coup was brought to light by General Smedley Butler and squashed before it could get off the ground.
Michael Dowling, Northwell Health's CEO, believes we're entering the age of smart medicine.
- The United States health care system has much room for improvement, and big tech may be laying the foundation for those improvements.
- Technological progress in medicine is coming from two fronts: medical technology and information technology.
- As information technology develops, patients will become active participants in their health care, and value-based care may become a reality.
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