Episodes of Books and Ideas

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Click here for an alphabetical listing of the guests who have been on the podcast.

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  • Episode 60: Matthew Cobb, author of Life's Greatest Secret: The Race to Crack the Genetic Code
  • Episode 59: Anthony Chemero, co-author of Phenomenology: An Introduction
  • Episode 58: In Loving Memory of Dr. Dennis G. Smith.
  • Episode 57: Interview with Elsie Escobar, co-host of The Feed and She Podcasts.
  • Episode 56: Interview with Amos Bailey, M.D., pioneer of palliative medicine.
  • Episode 55: Interview with John Ratey, MD, co-author of Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization.
  • Episode 54:  Interview with Michael Saag, MD, author of Positive: One Doctor's Personal Encounters with Death, Life, and the US Healthcare System.
  • Episode 53:Interview with Becky Hale, President of The American Humanist Association.
  • Episode 52: Interview with award-winning science fiction writer Mur Lafferty.
  • Episode 51: Interview with Jaak Panksep, PhD, author of The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotions.
  • Episode 50: Interview with Ted Meisner, host of The Secular Buddhist podcast.
  • Episode 49: Interview with Emily Reese, host of MPR podcast Top Score.
  • Episode 48: Interview with Jonathan Gottschall, PhD, author or The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human.
  • Episode 47: Interview with Terrence Deacon, PhD, author of Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter.
  • Episode 46: Interview with Roger Reid, author of young adult novels: Longleaf, Space, and Time.
  • Episode 45: A look back at the first five years of Books and Ideas.
  • Episode 44: Interview with science fiction writer Karen Traviss (Gears of War, Halo: Glasslands).
  • Episode 43: Inteview with Carol Tavris, PhD, author of Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me)
  • Episode 42: "Why Neuroscience Matters" Talk by Dr. Campbell recorded in London, UK, May 2011.
  • Episode 41: Interview with Holly Tucker, author of Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution
  • Episode 40: Paul Offit, MD returned to talk about Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All
  • Episode 39: Interview with Eric Maisel, author of Brainstorm: Harnessing the Power of Productive Obsessions
  • Episode 38: Interview with novelists Christiana Ellis and Skyler White
  • Episode 37: Interview with Massimo Pigliucci, author of Nonsense on Stilts
  • Episode 36: Interview with Daniel George, co-author of The Myth of Alzheimer's
  • Episode 35: Interview with best-selling horror writer, Scott Sigler
  • Episode 34: Interview with Bruce Hood, author of SuperSense: Why We Believe in the Unbelievable.
  • Episode 33: Kyla Duffy from Happy Tails Books talks about dog rescue.
  • Episode 32: Interview with Sheril Kirshenbaum, co-author of Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future.
  • Episode 31: Interview with Les Johnson, author of Paradise Regained: The Regreening of Earth.
  • Episode 30: Interview with Tom Clark, author of Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and Its Uses.
  • Episode 29: In our second interview with Dr. Robert Martensen we discuss his book A Life Worth Living: A Doctor’s Reflections on Illness in a High-Tech Era.
  • Episode 28: Part one of our interview with physician and historian, Robert Martensen.
  • Episode 27: Interview with Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson.
  • Episode 26: Interview with Sue Bailey and Carmen Flowers, authors of Grave Expectations: Planning the End Like There’s No Tomorrow.
  • Episode 25:Interview with Paul Offit, MD, author of Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure.
  • Episode 24: In our second interview with Dr. Frank Wilczek we discuss the 2008 Nobel Prize for Physics, String Theory, dark matter and dark energy, and questions from listeners.
  • Episode 23: Interview with Nobel Prize winning physicist, Frank Wilzcek, author of Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces.
  • Episode 22: Highlights from Dragon*Con 2008.
  • Episode 21: Interview with Dr. Eugenie Scott about the ongoing battle between evolution and creationism.
  • Episode 20: I spoke with Delany Dean about mindfulness meditation.
  • Episode 19: Interview with Dan Ariely author of Predictably Irrational.
  • Episode 18: Interview with Tabitha Grace Smith from Buffy Between the LInes.
  • Episode 17: Interview with writer and podcasting pioneer, Mur Lafferty.
  • Episode 16: Interview with Dr Stephen Novella from the Skeptics Guide to the Universe.
  • Episode 15: Interview with Dr. Robert Schleip from Ulm University in Germany. We talked about his unique career, which combines his experience as a Rolfer with basic science research into the structure and function of fascia, an under-appreciated component of connective tissue.
  • Episode 14: Interview with Dr. Pamela Gay from the Astronomy Cast. Dr Gay shares her enthusiasm for sharing astronomy with others as well as her candid thoughts about the challenges that still face women who pursue careers in science.
  • Episode 13: Harry Potter with guest co-host, Patrick Pricken: This is a discussion of the international best-sellers by JK Rowling. The first 17 minutes are spoiler-free, but the last 15 minutes does contain discussion of what happens in the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
  • Episode 12: Does Free Will Exist? This is a response to The Myth of Free Will (2007), which was edited by Cris Evatt.
  • Episode 11: This is an interview with Harvard’s Neel Varshney. A former Rhodes Scholar, Varshney is graduating from Harvard Medical School and beginning his residency in neurology. He shares his experience of studying abroad, the challenges of going from engineering into medicine, and his experience in neuroscience research.
  • Episode 10: The is a conversation with writer Kirk Mcelhearn. He has lived in France for over 20 years. We talked about the challenges of learning a second language and about what its like to live in Europe.
  • Episode 9: Interview with Lee M Silver about the clash of Biotechnology and Faith.
  • Episode 8: Palestine- a discussion of President Jimmy Carter’s book.
  • Episode 7: Interview with author Matthew Cobb, author of Generation: The Seventeenth-Century Scientists Who Unraveled the Secrets of Sex, Life, and Growth.
  • Episode 6: Generation by Matthew Cobb-a book about the 17th century scientists who explored reproduction.
  • Episode 5: The Relationship Between Science and Philosophy.
  • I recommend skipping episodes 3 and 4. They were about my favorite audiobooks of 2006. Click here for #3 or here for #4. In episode 4 I also reveal what I thought was the worst book of 2006.
  • Episode 2: A discussion ofThe Trouble with Physics by physicist Lee Smolin. I think this is my best early episode.
  • Episode 1: The Difference Between Science and Pseudo-science.

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