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

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

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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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

January 31, 2014 – A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It

Jennifer Michael Hecht is the author of the bestseller Doubt: A History, a history of religious and philosophical doubt all over the world, throughout history. Her new book is Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It. Hecht’s The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism, and Anthropology won Phi Beta Kappa’s 2004 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award “For scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.”  Her The Happiness Myth brings a historical eye to modern wisdom about how to lead a good life.