Walter Isaacson sits at a desk in a blue, button shirt. He is the president of the Aspen Institute and a former editor at Time. His most recent book is "Leonardo Da Vinci," a biography of the famous artist.

Walter Isaacson offered insight to the mind of the iconic Apple founder with his bestselling 2011 biography “Steve Jobs.” He’s also written biographies on Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger. His new book goes back in time to look at a different kind of creative genius: Leonardo da Vinci. The longtime journalist and president of the Aspen Institute joins us to talk about the man who sketched flying machines when people still relied on horses and carts, and envisioned a different kind of future.


Walter Isaacson, author of “Leonardo da Vinci”; president and CEO, the Aspen Institute

Rebroadcast: Walter Isaacson Delves Into the Mind of Another Genius: Leonardo da Vinci 20 December,2017Michael Krasny


Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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