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

May 23, 2014 – On Plato

My guest on this program is Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author most recently of Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away. She received her doctorate in philosophy from Princeton University, and has written many award-winning books. She has received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, has been designated a Humanist of the Continue reading

May 9, 2014 – Jesus of Nazareth

My guest on this program is Reza Aslan, the author of the bestselling books No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam and most recently Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. He is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California and a research associate at the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy. He holds a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in the history of religion from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

April 25, 2014 – A Natural History of Thinking

This program features a conversation with Michael Tomasello, author of Origins of Human Communication, and most recently, A Natural History of Human Thinking. He is Co-Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

April 11, 2014 – The Science of the Alimentary Canal

Mary Roach is the author of five books, and has written for Wired, National Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. Her most recent book is Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, which like all her books is as much about human beings as it is human bodies.

Previous books
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex