August 21, 2015 – Madness in Civilization

This program features a conversation with Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego Andrew Scull. He is the author most recently of Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine. Today, mental disturbance is most commonly viewed through a medical lens, but societies have also sought to make sense Continue reading

July 3, 2015 – History of Black Holes

My guest on this program is Marcia Bartusiak, Professor of the Practice, Graduate Program in Science Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the award-winning author of five previous books. We’ll be talking about her most recent, Black Hole: How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled on by Hawking Became Loved. It examines the history of an idea, and tells the story of the fierce black Continue reading

June 19, 2015 – The Search for Justice in Science

My guest, Alice Dreger, is a professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and the author of numerous books. Her work has been discussed in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Science, and on CNN, and her op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. We’ll be talking on this program about her Continue reading

June 5, 2015 – Are Human Beings Free?

My guest on this program is John Gray, author of many critically acclaimed books. He is a former professor of politics at Oxford, a visiting professor at Harvard and Yale, and a professor of European thought at the London School of Economics. We’re going to be talking about his most recent book, The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Inquiry into Human Freedom, in which he draws together the religious, philosophic, and fantastical traditions Continue reading

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.

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 May 22, 2015.

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

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

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