October 17, 2014 – The Unpersuadables with Will Storr

My guest on this program is Will Storr, British novelist and long-form journalist. He has reported from refugee camps in Africa, war-torn rural Colombia, and remote Aboriginal communities in Australia. He is a contributing editor at Esquire, and his stories have appeared in many periodicals. In 2012, he was presented with the Amnesty International award for his work on sexual violence against men. He is the author most recently of The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science. Continue reading

October 10, 2014 – Psychology & Adolescence

This program features a conversation with Laurence Steinberg, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Temple University. He is a nationally recognized expert on parent-child relations and psychological development during adolescence, and the author of the leading Continue reading

September 26, 2014 – Consciousness and the Social Brain

This program features a conversation with Michael Graziano, Professor of Neuroscience at Princeton University. Author of several non-fiction books, his most recent is Consciousness and the Social Brain, in which he presents a theory for how the brain produces consciousness. He has also written novels, children’s books, and music.

Previous books:
God Soul Mind Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Reflections on the Spirit World
The Divine Farce
The Love Song of Monkey

September 12, 2014 – The Age of Atheists

On this program we’ll talk with intellectual historian, journalist, and author Peter Watson. His most recent book explores one of the modern world’s most important yet controversial intellectual achievements: atheism. The book, The Age of Atheists: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God, explores the revolutionary ideas and big questions provoked by some of the greatest philosophical, scientific, & political minds of the last Continue reading

August 29, 2014 – Pride, Vanity, Arrogance and Other Preoccupations

This program features an interview with philosopher Simon Blackburn, author most recently of Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love. The book is a philosophical commentary on our modern culture, and presents a biting critique of narcissism and other vices of the overinflated self. He taught philosophy for many years at the University of Continue reading

August 15, 2014 – Illegal Immigration

My guest on this program is journalist Peter Eichstaedt, who has reported from locations worldwide. He attended school in Mexico, and worked as a journalist in Santa Fe, New Mexico for over 20 years, and has written a number of books. His most recent is The Dangerous Divide: Peril and Promise on the US-Mexico Border.

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August 1, 2014 – Extinction Studies

My guest on this program is Thom van Dooren, environmental philosopher and anthropologist at the University of New South Wales, Australia. His research is situated in the interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities, focusing on some of the many philosophical, ethical, cultural and political issues that arise in the context of species extinctions. He is the author most recently of Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction, and his previous book is Vulture.

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July 18, 2014 – The Island of Knowledge

This program features a conversation with Marcelo Gleiser, the Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College. He is the author of four books, most recently The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning. This book addresses such questions as, “Do all questions Continue reading

June 20, 2014 – A Case of Identity

On this program, we talk with Jennifer Ouellette, science writer and author most recently of Me, Myself, and Why: Searching for the Science of Self. She draws on cutting-edge research in genetics, neuroscience, and psychology to explore the mysteries of human identity and behavior.

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June 6, 2014 – How Jesus Became God

This program features a conversation with one of the most renowned and controversial Bible scholars in the world, Bart D. Erhman, about his most recent book, How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee. He is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is the author of more than twenty books, many of which are listed below. He has Continue reading