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KET’s Great Conversations features Thomas Friedman and Rep. John Yarmuth


KET’s Great Conversations features Thomas Friedman and Rep. John Yarmuth

For Release: 05/23/17 1:56 PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Friedman discusses his new book, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, on KET’s next Great Conversations, airing Monday, June 12 at 9/8 pm on KET. Friedman is interviewed by U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville.

The recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and author of six bestselling books, including From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, Friedman is one of America’s most revered journalists and authors. As a weekly columnist for The New York Times, he writes frequently on foreign affairs, the Middle East, global trade, globalization and environmental issues.

In his latest book, published last fall, Friedman offers his blueprint for how to think about – and cope with – the dizzying social and technological changes of our times. Talking with Yarmuth, Friedman explains why rapid globalization, climate change and technology are reshaping our world and its institutions and offers an optimistic view that local community-building, lifelong education and “applied hope” are the keys to America’s future in the 21st century.

“I think it’s a really important book,” Yarmuth told the Courier-Journal in advance of his interview with Friedman. “It deals with the accelerating pace of change in the world and how to cope with it – and how people are coping and not coping.”

The conversation was filmed at Friedman and Yarmuth’s May 8 appearance at the Kentucky Author Forum in Louisville.

Great Conversations “Thomas Friedman and Congressman John Yarmuth” is a KET production. Producer-director is Tom Bickel, and executive producer is Teresa Day. Kentucky Author Forum is produced by Mary Moss Greenebaum and is sponsored by the University of Louisville, in partnership with Brown-Forman and The Humana Foundation.

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