Eric Weiner

  • ITALY - JANUARY 20:  Ancient painting of Florence. The burial place of Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa located in the Florence's former Convent of Saint Orsola now abandoned and derelict. An Italian art historian Giuseppe Pallanti found a death notice in the archives of a church in Florence that referred to "the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, deceased July 15, 1542, and buried at Sant'Orsola, where she spent her final days, at age 63." Lisa Gherardini, as Leonardo's model was called in real life, was the wife of Florentine tradesman Francesco del Giocondo. Sant'Orsola, now disused and in ruins, is near the San Lorenzo basilica at the heart of the Tuscan metropolis. Another researcher urged a search at the site for Lisa Gherardini's remains. "Thanks to modern techniques, scientists can determine her physical aspect, maybe even her face and thereby make an important contribution" to establishing her identity.  (Photo by Eric VANDEVILLE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
    January 21, 2016  

    What kind of environment spawns genius? That’s the question Eric Weiner tackles in his latest book, “The Geography of Genius,” in which Weiner journeys around the world and through time, from Plato’s Athens to Leonardo da Vinci’s Florence, to find the secret ingredients behind some of the greatest minds in history, and what it means for America today. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports. Continue reading

  • December 26, 2011  

    Former NPR reporter Eric Weiner’s new book, “Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine,” recounts his voyage around the world to discover more about his own beliefs. During a season that, for many, centers on religion and spirituality, Ray Suarez and Weiner discuss the quest for God and personal faith. Continue reading