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.

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