April 24, 2015: Mind & Media

My guest on this program is UCLA Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Children’s Digital Media Center, Patricia Greenfield. Her central theoretical and research interest is in the relationship between culture and human development and she sees media as a key component of modern culture. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recipient of an Award for Distinguished Contributions to Cultural and Contextual Factors in Child Development from the Society for Research in Child Development. We’ll be talking about her classic book, Mind and Media: The Effects of Television, Video Games, and Computers.

April 10, 2015 – Critique of Social Media

My guest on this program is Jacob Silverman. He is a freelance journalist and book critic. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, the Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, The New Republic, The Daily Beast, and many other publications. He’s also on the board of Deep Vellum, a new publisher of international literature. In April 2012, he was a three-day Jeopardy! champion, which he says means his life is likely downhill from there. We’ll be talking about his recently published book, Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection.

March 27, 2015 – The Afterlife

My guest on this program is Baylor University professor Greg Garrett. He teaches classes in fiction and screenwriting, literature, film and popular culture, and theology. He is the author or co-author of three dozen short stories, a dozen scholarly articles, and twenty books of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. Dr. Garrett is also Residential Scholar at Gladstone’s Library in Wales and a licensed lay preacher in the Episcopal Church. We’ll be talking on this show about his most recent book, Entertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in Popular Imagination, which explores answers to the question, “What lies in store for us after we die?”

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March 13, 2015 – Get What’s Yours from Social Security

We talk with the authors of Get What’s Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security. Correspondent Paul Solman hosts the online site Making Sen$e for the PBS Newshour, and is a frequent contributor to the program itself. Laurence J. Kotlikoff is a William Fairfield Warren Professor at Boston University, a Professor of Economics at Boston University, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of Continue reading

February 27, 2015 – The Devil Wins

My guest on this program is Dallas Denery, Associate Professor at Bowdoin College, and author most recently of The Devil Wins: A History of Lying from the Garden of Eden to the Enlightenment. The question “Is it ever acceptable to lie?” plays an important role in the story of Europe’s transition from medieval to modern society, and we are all the inheritors Continue reading

February 20, 2015 – Kevin Kelly

On this program we have a conversation with Kevin Kelly, co-founder, former editor, and now Senior Maverick of Wired Magazine; author of numerous books about the cultural consequences of technology; consultant on the movie Minority Report; board member of The Long Now Foundation; and former editor of The Whole Earth Review. We talk today about his most recent book, a graphic novel, The Silver Cord, which has been described Continue reading

February 13, 2015 – Trying Not to Try: The Art & Science of Spontaneity

My guest today is Edward Slingerland, professor of Asian Studies and the Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition at the University of British Columbia. He is an internationally renowned expert in Chinese thought, comparative religion, and cognitive science. He has written more than 20 academic articles, and Continue reading

January 30, 2015 – Mind Change

This program has been re-scheduled for a later date, and will be announced again for that time.

The guest on this program is Susan Greenfield, neuroscientist, broadcaster, and bestselling author. Her most recent book is Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains. She is also a senior research fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford University, an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and a member of Continue reading

January 16, 2014 – Getting Schooled

On this program, we welcome back Garret Keizer who is the author, most recently, of Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher. A contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine and a former Guggenheim Fellow, he has written for the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and is the author of eight books.

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December 19, 2014 – Spirituality Without Religion

This program features a conversation with Sam Harris, author of numerous best-selling books, cofounder and CEO of Project Reason, and author most recently of Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion. Dr. Harris received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA. He is often associated with the Continue reading