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.

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

January 16, 2015 – 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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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

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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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.

March 28, 2014 – Teenage Psychology

On this program I have a conversation with Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., internationally acclaimed author, award-winning educator, and child psychiatrist. We’ll be talking primarily about his recent book, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he also serves as a co-investigator at the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is also the Executive Director Continue reading

January 3, 2014 – Science & Pseudoscience & Philosophy

Massimo Pigliucci has a Doctorate in Genetics from the University of Ferrara (Italy), a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He has done post-doctoral research in evolutionary ecology at Brown University and is currently Chair of the Philosophy Department at Lehman College and Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research interests include the philosophy of biology, in particular the Continue reading

December 6, 2013 – Environmental Activism

Bill McKibben is Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, and the author of more than a dozen books, including The End of Nature, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet and most recently Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist.. He is also the founder of 350.org, the global climate campaign that has been actively involved in the fight against climate change, including taking action against the oil companies, the Keystone XL pipeline, and hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking. He is also a fellow of the Continue reading

November 22, 2013 – Paleontology

I apologize to my listeners for getting this posted so late.

Richard Fortey was senior paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London. His previous books include The Hidden Landscape: A Journey into the Geological Past, which won the Natural World Book Prize in 1993, Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and was a New York Times Best Book of the Year, and most recently Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind.