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Cambridge Forum is one of public radio’s longest running public affairs programs. Recorded live every week in Harvard Square, Cambridge Forum focuses on the news behind the news and regularly examines the issues and ideas that shape our lives. Our programs explore topics related to civic democracy, science and technology, history and the global environment, and include as well discussions about computers, education, art, and more.




Columbus: The Four Voyages

Biographer Laurence Bergreen retraces the voyages of Christopher Columbus, placing the 15th century explorer into the context of the Age of Discovery. What were the political, moral, and economic costs of his four voyages? How significant was his achievement in his own time? What accounts for his lasting fame? Recorded November 2, 2011 Download audio file (CF-COLUMBUS-FOUR-VOYAGES.mp3)

Duration: 00:38:01

Rwandan Women Rising

Swanee Hunt speaks about her experiences in Rwanda from her new book Rwandan Women Rising which follows the story of the women who worked for peace after the genocide in 1994. Today 64% of the seats in the Rwandan parliament are held by elected women, a number unrivaled by any other nation. Swanee Hunt chairs the […]

Duration: 00:48:39

Forever Young

FOREVER YOUNG Cambridge Forum celebrates the legacy and future of folk music as it marks its 50th anniversary. Recorded NOVEMBER 16, 2016 -Watch video- Music and memories from the early days of the Harvard Square folk scene to the current state of the Americana genre. Betsy Siggins, raconteur extraordinaire, recalls her early days at the legendary Club 47 […]

Duration: 00:28:55


What is killing our honey bees? Can we save them? Cambridge Forum examines the plight of honey bees with the help of Noah Wilson-Rich from Best Bees and apiarist David Hackenberg of Buffy Bees from Lewisburg, PA. If you care about the future of food and want to learn more about how to ensure the survival of […]

Duration: 00:28:54

Witness to History: Remembering Freedom Summer

Recorded on November 19, 2014 Fifty years ago the Civil Rights Movement, which was culminating nationally with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, was far from declaring victory. The experiences of the 1964 Freedom Summer demonstrated that a legal foundation for African American civil rights may have been a necessary condition but […]

Duration: 00:28:50

Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era

Joseph Nye of the Harvard Kennedy School discusses the foreign policies of 20th century American presidents and assesses the effectiveness and ethics of their choices with David Gergen, Director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School . He identifies two main types of presidential temperaments – transformational and transactional– and argues that […]

Duration: 00:28:58

The Ecological Imagination

In this Cambridge Forum Classic, best-selling writer David Abram, author of The Spell of the Sensuous, tells a story that reveals the subtle dependence of human cognition on the natural environment. What lessons can we learn from our relationship with the natural world?

Duration: 00:28:58

Descent Into Limbo

DESCENT INTO LIMBO: Maurice Sendak’s Life in Children’s Art For over five decades beloved children’s author Maurice Sendak has taken children and parents on amazing literary adventures, from the night kitchen to where the wild things are. He traces his lifelong journey in children’s literature and art. Follow Cambridge Forum on Twitter: Tweet

Duration: 00:28:59