Greg Olsen – Reaching for the Stars:
Scientist, Entrepreneur, and Space Traveler

Greg Olsen

Greg Olsen

Scientist and entrepreneur Greg Olsen isn’t your average billionaire.

Convicted of juvenile delinquency for stealing hubcaps, Olsen failed trigonometry in high school. But, in 1957, he also watched Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite, orbit the Earth and the experience left its mark.

Many years later, Olsen, a research scientist with 12 patents and the CEO of GHO Ventures, was sitting in Starbucks when he read an article about a company called “Space Adventures,” which offered space flight “and the space frontier” to private citizens. Olsen was particularly intrigued that the company offered clients opportunities to take part in important research in remote sensing and astronomy projects. He started to imagine participating in a mission himself.

In 2005, Olsen became the world’s third “space tourist,” paying approximately 20 million dollars for a 10-day mission on the International Space Station (ISS), during which he orbited the earth 150 times and covered almost 4 million miles of weightless space travel.

A frequent lecturer on the career opportunities science offers (particularly to minorities and women), he keeps his message simple:

“Don’t give up.”

How did you become interested in science? 

My dad was an electrician, and from my earliest days I remember following him around with his toolbox, playing with his tools, tinkering with his things. When I grew up, you never ever called the repairman – you always fixed things yourself, so it just kind of grew naturally from there.

Did you take science classes in high school? 

I was a real screw up in high school. I had a 78 average when I finished. I failed trigonometry in my senior year. So there was nothing in my high school career that would predict big success.

However, the Russians launched Sputnik when I was in the seventh grade so that was a real boost for science.

You’ve had training in physics and material science, but you’re also an entrepreneur and a patented inventor. How do the worlds of research science (which is your original background) and entrepreneurship mesh? 

They meshed for me personally because two of my start-up companies are from the fields I trained in. For instance, my first company EPITAXX (a supplier of optical detectors and receivers for fiber optic telecommunications and cable television networks) relied on my knowledge of physics and material science.

I feel very lucky that I’ve actually done professionally what I was trained to do in graduate school. Very few people still do what they were trained in college to do. Maybe they studied law, but now they are in real estate, or something totally different. So, it’s very satisfying for me.

Do you feel that business interests can serve the necessary objectivity embraced by scientists? Or do those two worlds sometimes conflict? 

Business and science, as they say in the engineering world, are linearly independent, which means they don’t depend on each other at all. But I do what is called “angel investing,” where I put my money into high-risk start-ups. A lot of people in tech and science think this type of investing, because it often takes risks with new technology, is different than investing in a dry cleaner or in real estate.

The fact is all my investments are business investments. And the central point of business is that at the end of the day, week or month, you have to have more money than you started with.

You especially see this in medicine. I mean someone comes up with an amazing cure for a disease. But you still have to ask, who’s going to buy that cure? And what qualifies it as a successful venture? A lot of hardnosed stuff. And traders have known this since the dawn of commerce. At the end of the day, you still need to have more shekels than you started with.

So, you’re saying those two worlds can serve each other and, in fact, drive each other? 

Science is increasingly becoming part of every facet of life, including art and commerce.

But I guess what I’m saying is that you can make a great business in real estate as much as you can in technology. It’s not that technology is special and going to guarantee you success, although it did during the Internet boom. Look at IBM and Microsoft. They weren’t first or the best; they just did the business the best.

Did you have any business training? 

Zero. As I said, my dad was an electrician. My mom was a schoolteacher. And I think I had one course in economics in my undergrad years. Actually, I think an MBA can be a drawback for entrepreneurship. Business school is too systems oriented. It trains you that there is a certain methodology, and if you follow that methodology, the results will come in. I think that has more relevance in General Electric and IBM, companies that make 100 million dollars and above. Under a 100 million dollars a year and it’s more about intuition, instinct, and hard work. Not that people with MBAs don’t work hard; they do. But you can’t always depend upon methodology, and you have to be more adaptive.

I mean, when someone asks me, “What’s your value proposition?” I have to honestly tell them that I don’t know what the hell a value proposition is!

And I hear this term all over.

Science is often perceived as boring by the public. How do you bridge that gap? 

By making it exciting. Because the facts can be very exciting. One of my pet peeves is that people try and water down science. They want to ask children rote questions. Teach them about methodology. My three-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter came back from school the other day singing five versions of a song that made her so happy that she had memorized it on her own.

You can do the same thing with the periodic chart. And the Times Tables. The Russians can quickly multiply 18 x 17 not because they are any smarter, but because they learned it in school. So teaching kids to memorize is not bad. In fact it’s good, as long as they can use it. It just doesn’t make sense to recite facts that you have no understanding of.

Why not pay attention to science? Jupiter is 100 times bigger than the earth. Why does that matter?

Do you have a different teaching model? 

One of the things I want to do is to teach physics, maybe lighten up on the mathematics. You don’t have to know integral calculus to understand why a satellite stays up. Of course, that helps if you want to predict a satellite’s orbit. But, if you ask, “Hey, why doesn’t this thing fall down to earth?” with a basic knowledge of physics, you can kind of reason it out.

I mean, why not teach by telling stories? One of my mentors, who passed away last spring at the age of 96, was a great storyteller. In fact, we used to call him preacher because his lectures were like sermons.

To this day, more than forty years later, I still remember his explanation of how electrons work in a circuit. The actual individual electron doesn’t travel that fast. But information itself travels at the speed at light. That’s because of the way electrons move, one repelling the next.

So my professor said, “You know, when Jesus Christ gave the Sermon on the Mount 2,000 years ago, if he had released only a single electron, it still wouldn’t be here.” Which isn’t quite true. But, forty-some years later, his example is still so vivid to me. And I’ve never forgotten the concept through that individual electrons don’t move that fast.

Speaking of good stories, your company, Sensors Unlimited, made a discovery about the Renoir painting, Luncheon of the Boating Party. 

Luncheon of the Boating Party

Luncheon of the Boating Party

Yes, we created a camera where we use infrared light to heat oil pigments so that they can absorb, rather than reflect, light. In a painting, pigments are created and mixed to reflect visible light in a spectrum of color – blues, yellows, reds. Everything the eye sees.

But as much as pigments are designed to reflect light, they are not designed to reflect heat. With an infrared camera, you still have enough light so that the pigments reflect it, but you also have heat, which penetrates the pigments. The same thing happens with the canvas. So, we can see things beneath the surface of the painting similar to the way an X-ray works. Only there isn’t radiation damage that occurs with X-rays.

Marshall Cohen, my co-founder at Sensors, took our camera down to the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. While looking at Luncheon of the Boating Party, he focused on a man who wears a black top hat and is facing sideways so that his profile is obscured. But the sensor showed that in an image beneath the painting, the man is actually facing the viewer. The curators just jumped up and down because Renoir knew all the people in that painting, and each one has a story. The man whose face is obscured was one of Renoir’s original investors and they had had a falling-out. So Renoir painted him out of the picture. That’s the most spectacular thing we’ve done with infrared technology.

You were the third private citizen to orbit the earth on the international space station in 2005. What was it like to train for the first 5 months (900 hours) in Moscow? 

Oh, it was great. I really enjoyed the training. Obviously the thrill of going into space was incredible, and why I did it. But the training and the relationships I built are just as valuable to me.

How does one train to go to space? 

Well, they have simulated models of the spaceship at the training station in Moscow at the Star City Complex. You go in there and you practice using the radio, using the fire extinguishers. I was not trained to operate the vehicle, though actually they did put me through just about everything. I was also trained in the emergency procedures, like how do you open a hatch. What to do. What not to do.

For six months, I was quizzed. And we’d have drills. The alarm would go off and I’d have to react accordingly. I mean it was a wonderful experience. I loved the whole thing. There was a lot of physical training, at least two hours every day.

Like what? 

Weights. Swimming. Running. I used to run two miles in the morning. And then lift weights. We’d also go into the sauna. It was about 210 degrees Fahrenheit – dry heat – so you can’t stay in there for much more than 10 minutes. A lot of the cosmonauts were there. I think I won them over because they saw that I was working hard. You know I was there every day doing everything they told me to do.

Were you scared at all? 

I thought about fear each time we trained for the zero gravity flights, which is a misnomer. You actually go up in a plane and free fall. I thought maybe I’d get motion sickness when I was in space. And I didn’t. But, you never know until you’re there.

I was, however, scared of the doctors more than anything because they do have a medical disqualification.

I was training in the year 2004 when I had a lung x-ray and they saw a little black spot. And just like that I was disqualified.

What was the black spot? 

We don’t know. But it went away and the doctor here signed me off, and said you’re healthy and ready to go. But the Russians resisted for nine months. So, yeah, I was scared of anyone with a white coat and stethoscope.

What did it feel like to be in space? 

Wonderful. I mean, just imagine if you could float in the middle of the sky.

Did it really feel like we might imagine it in our dreams – peaceful, calm? 

Yes, that is pretty much how it was for me. I mean again, I didn’t get any of the motion sickness. About 40 percent of all people who go into space experience different forms of motion sickness, sometimes just a headache, sometimes vomiting, but it’s like seasickness. They cannot predict who will get it.

How do you eat with no gravity? 

Well it’s the peristalsis, muscular action. Human beings can eat upside down. It’s not easy, but you can do it.

What does the earth look like? 

Earth is a big luminous, blue sphere. Now remember, we were only 220 miles above the earth. But we orbited the earth every 90 minutes so we were going faster than a bullet: 17,000 miles an hour; five miles every second.

The whole time you’re up there – why are you traveling so fast? 

Because, really, you’re falling. Being only 200 miles above the earth, gravity exerts its effect. So, you’re falling just as if you jumped out a window. But while you’re falling you’re also going forward at 17,000 miles per hour. Which is why you need that rocket velocity, because all the time you’re falling, you’re also reaching an edge. That’s what defines being in orbit. That rocket has to have enough velocity so that by the time you fall far you don’t crash into earth.

So you’re not using fuel once you’re in space. 

No, you’re in inertia of orbit. (See Wild River Review’s interview with mathematician, Ed Belbruno) A spaceship orbits the earth like the moon and planets. There is a small bit of friction and you have to boost the orbit occasionally.

How did the moon look? 

A bit brighter because you don’t have the earth’s atmosphere absorbing the light from it.

You speak frequently to encourage women and minorities in the sciences.

First of all, I want to get more American kids to go into science and math. But, I also want to reach out to women and minorities in order to say, “This is the easy way up.”

Science was the quick way up for me. I mean, my dad was working class and I wind up with a Ph.D. I can tell you this: Any women with a bachelor’s degree in any science can name her price because the workplace is still very polarized, I believe only 10 percent of scientists are women.

It’s not like in Russia where the ratio is more like 50 percent, which was a surprise to me. I mean I would go to engineering meetings in Russia and it was boy/girl. But, women in Russia are still expected to take care of domestic chores after a full day of work so that balance isn’t quite right either.

If the workplace is still so polarized, are there enough role models for girls thinking about entering science in the United States? 

Anusha Ansari, the women who went to space like I did, is a wonderful role model for girls. She was born in Iran and came over here at age 11, and she has a very similar background to mine. She got a degree in electrical engineering, started a telecom company, and sold it.

But my presentation is this. I always start out by telling my own story – how I failed trigonometry in high school and how I was a screw up. Because kids walk into a class and think, oh here’s this big rich white guy who probably went to Princeton. You know, there are a lot of assumptions that aren’t true. The message I try and give is this: Whether it’s kids, adults, no matter who you are, it doesn’t matter. Don’t give up is the secret.

Is that your advice for aspiring entrepreneurs as well? 

Yes, in a nutshell. Survive your mistakes. Don’t be afraid of mistakes. Just deal with them. I mean I made more mistakes with my second company than with my first, but I dealt with them more effectively the second time around, and more quickly. I say it over and over again because I believe it: Don’t give up.

Joy E. Stocke


Joy E. Stocke

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In 2006, Joy E. Stocke founded Wild River Review with Kimberly Nagy, an outgrowth of the literary magazine, The Bucks County Writer, of which Stocke was Editor in Chief. In 2009, as their editorial practice grew, Stocke and Nagy founded Wild River Consulting & Publishing, LLC.

With more than twenty-five years experience as a writer and journalist, Stocke works with many of the writers who appear in the pages of Wild River Review, as well as clients from around the world.

In addition, Stocke has shepherded numerous writers into print. She has interviewed Nobel Prize winners Orhan Pamuk and Muhammud Yunus, Pulitzer Prizewinner Paul Muldoon, Paul Holdengraber, host of LIVE from the NYPL; Roshi Joan Halifax, founder of Upaya Zen Center; anthropologist and expert on end of life care, Mary Catherine Bateson; Ivonne Baki, President of the Andean Parliament; and Templeton Prizewinner Freeman Dyson among others.

In 2006, along with Nagy, Stocke interviewed scientists and artists including former Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman and Dean of Faculty, David P. Dobkin for the documentary Quark Park, chronicling the creation of an award-winning park built on a vacant lot in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey; a park that united art, science and community.

She is president of the Board of Directors at the Cabo Pulmo Learning Center, Cabo Pulmo, Baja Sur, Mexico; and is a member of the Turkish Women’s International Network.

In addition, Stocke has written extensively about her travels in Greece and Turkey.  Her memoir, Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses & Saints, based on more than ten years of travel through Turkey, co-written with Angie Brenner was published in March 2012. Her cookbook, Tree of Life: Turkish Home Cooking will be published in March, 2017 by Quarto Books under the Burgess Lea Press imprint . Stocke and Brenner are currently testing recipes for a companion book, which will feature Anatolian-inspired mezes from around the world.

Stocke’s essay “Turkish American Food” appears in the 2nd edition of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (OUP, 2013).  The volume won both International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) for Beverage/Reference/Technical category, 2014; and the Gourmand Award for the Best Food Book of the Year, 2014.

She is the author of a bi-lingual book of poems, Cave of the Bear, translated into Greek by Lili Bita based on her travels in Western Crete, and is currently researching a book about the only hard-finger coral reef in Mexico on the Baja Sur Peninsula. She has been writing about environmental issues there since 2011.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism from the Agriculture Journalism School where she also received a minor of Food Science, she participated in the Lindisfarne Symposium on The Evolution of Consciousness with cultural philosopher, poet and historian, William Irwin Thompson. In 2009, she became a Lindisfarne Fellow.



Works by Joy E. Stocke in this Edition


The Eagle of Ararat
The Eagle of Ararat-Part II: The Meaning of Freedom


Where Were the Shells Fired From?


Suzanne Opton and Michael Fay – The Human Face of War


Katherine Schimmel: A Meeting in a Garden and a Mystic Pen


Anatolian Kitchen: Cuisine at the Crossroads – For the Love of Beets


ABULHAB – Arabic from Left to Right: An Interview with Type Designer, Saad Abulhab

BELBRUNO- Ed Belbruno – The Colors of the Universe: Microwaves and Art

CLARKE – Rock & Roll, Cybernetics, and Literature: Bruno Clarke’s Intersecting, Interconnecting World

COMBS – Hazard: A Sister’s Flight From Family and a Broken Boy

FREYMAN & PETERSON- Your Life is a Book: How to Craft and Publish Your Memoir

EARLE – An Extraordinary Hope Spot: Sylvia Earle on the 20th Anniversary of Cabo Pulmo Marine Park and the Future of the World’s Oceans

FULBRIGHT –  Harriet Mayor Fulbright- World Peace through Education

JOSEPH GLANTZ –  Inner Lights, Electric Kites – The Sparks of Philadelphia’s Creativity

HALIFAX – Joan Halifax, Roshi – Letting Go, Letting in Light: Halifax Talks about Her Life & Groundbreaking Book, Being with Dying

HONEY – The New York Hall of Science Hosts 1001 Inventions – Muslim Heritage in Our World: A Conversation with Dr. Margaret Honey

KUPCU – How to Weave a Culture: The Art of the Double-Knot with Murat Küpçü

Jonathan Maberry’s Ghost Road Blues

MAJOR – A Landscape Critic in the Gilded Age: Judith Major and Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer

MAURO – New World Monkeys: Primates, Boars, and a Conversation with Author, Nancy Mauro

MEHTA – Talking about Global Healing with Political Scientist Vipin Mehta

OLSEN – Greg Olsen – Reaching for the Stars: Scientist, Entrepreneur, and Space Traveler

SHOR – Music in Stone: Jonathan Shor Constructs a Lithophone for Quark Park

SMITH – ROLEX ARTS INITIATIVE-Poet Tracy K. Smith: Memory, Creation, Mentoring, and Mastery

SODERMAN – The Solace of Vacant Spaces: An Interview with Visionary Peter Soderman

EVAN THOMPSON – Waking, Dreaming, Being: Philosopher Evan Thompson Explores Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience and Meditation

TIMPANE – This Has Never Felt Like A Job
Poetry, Science and the Big Bang: John Timpane Goes to Cambridge

YUNUS – Opening the Gates of Capitalism: In Ecuador with Economist Muhammad Yunus, “Banker to the Poor”

ZALLER – Robert Zaller – Cliffs of Solitude – A World of Activism: Talking of Troubadours and Poetry with the Historian

Every River Tells A Story: Founders Kim Nagy and Joy Stocke

Dorion Sagan and Tyler Volk – Death and Sex: Dorion Sagan and Tyler Volk Get Intimate about Their New Book

Orhan Pamuk – The Melancholy Life

Per Petterson: Language Within Silence


Istanbul, Memories and the City: by Orhan Pamuk, Translated by Maureen Freely
The Road to Home: Rachel Simon’s The Story of Beautiful Girl


Anatolia – Istanbul’s Flaming Horn
End Times Down at the Kingdom Hall
Reclaiming Friday the 13th


Love Affair with Turkey

Anatolian Days and Nights – The Steamy Side of Istanbul


The Bath: Athens, Greece


The Euphoria of Ignorance: Being Jewish, Becoming Jewish, The Paradox of Being Carlo Ginzburg
Fountain of Curiosity: Paul Holdengraber on Attention, Tension and Stretching the Limits of Conversation at the New York Public Library
Paul Holdengraber – The Afterlife of Conversation


 2013 – Three Questions: Festival Director Jakab Orsos talks about Art, Bravery, and Sonia Sotomayor
Critical Minds, Social Revolution: Egyptian Activist Nawal El Saadawi
INTERVIEW – Laszlo Jakab Orsos: Written on Water
Tonight We Rest Here: An Interview with Poet Saadi Youssef
Georgian Writer David Dephy’s Second Skin
On the High Line: Diamonds on the Soles of Our Shoes
Car Bombs on the West Side, Journalists Uptown
New York City – Parade of Illuminations: Behind the Scenes with Festival Director Jakab Orsos
The Pen Cabaret 2008: Bowery Ballroom — Featuring..


Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses and Saints
Daring Collaborations: Rolex and LIVE from the NYPL at the New York Public Library Composing a Further Life: with Mary Catherine Bateson

Quark Park

Algorithms, Google & Snow Globes: David Dobkin

WRR@LARGE: From the Editors – UP THE CREEK

Up the Creek: Volume 1, Number 1
Up the Creek: Volume 1, Number 2.5
Up the Creek: Volume 1, Number 3.3
Up the Creek: Number 4.4
Up the Creek: Beautiful Solutions
Up the Creek: Blind Faith, July 2009
Up the Creek: Create Dangerously
Up the Creek: What Price Choice?
Up the Creek: Before and After: September 11, 2001
Up the Creek: Candle in a Long Street
Up the Creek: Crossing Cultures: Transcending History
Up the Creek: Man in the Mirror; A Map of the World
Up the Creek: Stories and the Shape of Time
Up the Creek: The Divine Road To Istanbul
Up the Creek: What It Means to Yearn


UNESCO World Heritage Site Under Threat of Mega-Devlopment Sparks International Protests
The Other Side Of Abu Ghraib — Part One: The Detainees’ Quest For Justice
The Other Side of Abu Ghraib – Part Two: The Yoga Teacher Goes to Istanbul


Conservation – East of an Aquatic Eden and into the Desert
Controversial Marcellus Shale Gas Pipeline Threatens Delaware River Basin and Rural Communities in the Northeast


Migration, Remittances and Latin America


The Slow Web Movement: Wild River Review’s Philosophy on the Media


Rumi and Coke


Post-Thanksgiving Plane Ride with a Soldier on His Way to Iraq
Turkey – Of Protests and Fruit: A Report & Updates from Istanbul

Kimberly Nagy

Kimberly Nagy, Contributor

Kimberly Nagy

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In 2006, Kimberly Nagy founded Wild River Review with Joy E. Stocke; and in 2009, they founded Wild River Consulting & Publishing, LLC.  With more than twenty years in the field of publishing, Nagy specializes in market outreach and digital media strategies as well as crafting timeless articles and interviews. She edits many of the writers who appear in the pages of Wild River Review, as well as clients from around the world.

Kimberly Nagy is a poet, professional writer, and dedicated reader who has interviewed a number of leading thinkers, including Academy-Award winning filmmaker, Pamela Tanner Boll, MacArthur Genius Award-winning Edwidge Danticat, historian James McPherson, playwright Emily Mann, biologist and novelist, Sunetra Gupta and philosopher Alain de Botton.

Nagy is an author, editor and professional storyteller. She received her BA in history at Rider University where she was influenced by professors who stressed works of literature alongside dates and historical facts–as well as the importance of including the perspectives of women and minorities in the historical record. During a period in which she fell in love with writing and research, Nagy wrote an award-winning paper about the suppression of free speech during World War I, and which featured early 20th century feminist and civil rights leader, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn.

Nagy continued her graduate studies at University of Connecticut, Storrs, where she studied with Dr. Karen Kupperman, an expert in early contact between Native Americans and the first European settlers. Nagy wrote her Masters thesis, focusing on the work of the first woman to be accepted into the Connecticut Historical Society as well as literary descriptions of Native Americans in Connecticut during the 19th century. Nagy has extensive background and interest in anthropological, oral history and cultural research.

After graduate school, Nagy applied her academic expertise to a career in publishing, in which she worked for two of the world’s foremost publishers—Princeton University Press and W.W. Norton—as well as at Thomson, Institutional Investor MagazineRoutledge UK, and Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.

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Kimberly Nagy in this Edition


Postcard from Haiti


Lady of the Largest Heart: Remembering Muna Imady


Pamela Tanner Boll – Dangerous Women: Creativity, Motherhood, and the World of Art
Suzanne Opton and Michael Fay – The Human Face of War


Slim Hopes
Who Does She Think She Is?


Beata Palya – The Secret World of Songs


Christine Matthäi – The Light of Innocence: On Playfulness, Trees and Growing up in the former East Germany
Every Face Tells a Story: A Conversation with Photographer, Beowulf Sheehan


The Triple Goddess Trials: Fire in the Head: Brigit’s Mysterious Spark
The Triple Goddess Trials: Introduction
The Triple Goddess Trials – Meeting Virginia Woolf at the Strand
The Triple Goddess Trials: Me and Medusa
The Triple Goddess Trials: Aphrodite and the Lightbulb Factory
The Triple Goddess Trials: Goddess of Milk and Honey
The Triple Goddess Trials: Kali’s Ancient Love Song


ASHLEY – Renee Ashley: A Voice Answering a Voice
BELLI – Giocanda Belli – The Page is My Home
BOLL – Pamela Tanner Boll: Dangerous Women: An Interview with Academy Award Winner Pamela Tanner Boll
DANTICAT – Create Dangerously- A Conversation with Edwidge Danticat
CHARBONNEAU – A Cruise Along the Inside Track: With Le Mobile’s Sound Recording Legend Guy Charbonneau
de BOTTON – The Art of Connection: A Conversation with Alain de Botton
GUPTA – Suneptra Gupta – The Elements of Style: The Novelist and Biologist Discusses Metaphor and Science
HANDAL – Nathalie Handal – Love and Strange Horses
KHWAJA – Waqas Khwaja: What a Difference a Word Makes
MAURO: New World Monkeys: An Interview with Nancy Mauro
MORGANSing, Live, & Love Like You Mean It: An Interview with Bertha Morgan
MOSS – Practical Mystic–Robert Moss: On Book Families, Jung and How Dreams Can Save Your Soul
OGLINE – BEN FRANKLIN.COM: Author & Illustrator Tim Ogline explains why Ben Franklin would be a technology evangelist today
OLSEN – Greg Olsen – Reaching for the Stars: Scientist, Entrepreneur and Space Traveler
PALYA – Beata Palya – The Secret World of Songs
SCHIMMEL – Moonlight Science: A Conversation with Molecular Biologist and Entrepreneur, Paul Schimmel
SHORS – Journey into the Male & Female Brain: An Interview with Tracey Shors
von MOLTKE and SIMMS – Dorothy von Moltke and Cliff Simms: Why Independent Bookstores Matter, Part I
WARD – On the Rocks: Global Warming and the Rock and Fossil Record – An Interview with Peter Ward, Part One, and
On the Rocks: Global Warming and the Rock and Fossil Record – An Interview with Peter Ward, Part Two
WILKES – Labor of Love: An Interview With Architect Kevin Wilkes


Truth Hunger – A Meditation on Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir


PEN WORLD VOICES – The Chador and the Walled Homestead: Modern Poetry of Pakistan
PEN WORLD VOICES – Found Poetry: A Wishing Poem


Fountain of Curiosity: Paul Holdengraber on Attention, Tension and Stretching the Limits of Conversation at the New York Public Library
The New York Public Library at 100: From the Stacks to the Streets
Paul Holdengraber: The Afterlife of Conversation
That Email Changed My Life: Rolex Arts Initiative. Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Tracy K. Smith Celebrates Rolex Arts Initiative


First Editions / Second Thoughts — Defending Writers: PEN and Christie’s Raise One Million Dollars to Support Freedom of Expression
ON AFRICA: May 4 to May 10 — Behind the Scenes with Director Jakab Orsos: Co-curated by Award-Winning Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Page is My Home: Giaconda Belli – Nicaraguan Poet, Writer and Public Intellectual
Georgian Writer David Dephy’s Second Skin
The Power of Conversation: David Grossman and Nadine Gordimer – The Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture


NEW FROM WILD RIVER BOOKS – Brief Eulogies at Roadside Shrines
Daring Collaborations: Rolex and LIVE from the NYPL at the New York Public Library
Wild River Books Announces the Stoutsburg Cemetery Project: The Untold Stories of an African American Burial Ground in New Jersey
Wild River Books: Surprise Encounters by Scott McVay
Wild River Review and Minerva’s Bed & Breakfast Presents – “BITTER” Writing in a Weekend: How to Write About the Things We Can’t Change


ALLEN – Quarks, Parks, and Science in Everyday Life: Filmmaker Chris Allen’s Documentary Where Art Meets Science in a Vacant Lot
HOLT – Rush Holt: An Interview with Rush Holt
MANN – Boundless Theater: An Interview with Emily Mann
Keeping Time: A Conversation with Historian James McPherson


Lady of the Largest Heart: Remembering Muna Imady


Living the Dada Life: Andrei Codrescu Style
The Other Side Of Abu Ghraib — Part One: The Detainees’ Quest For Justice
The Other Side of Abu Ghraib – Part Two: The Yoga Teacher Goes to Istanbul


Controversial Marcellus Shale Gas Pipeline Threatens Delaware River Basin and Rural Communities in the Northeast
Down on Honey Brook Farm