Books and Ideas 71 is an adaption of the talk I gave in Atlanta in October 2019. I look back on my 13 years in podcasting and share a few lessons I have learned along the way. You do not have to be interested in podcasting to enjoy this episode, but if you think you might want to give podcasting a try some day, don’t miss this episode.Read More
For Books and Ideas #70 it was an honor to interview historian Liz Covart, host of the highly regard show Ben Franklin’s World, which is a podcast that explores Early American history. We talked about why this period of our history remains vitally important as well as some of the challenges that face historians.Read More
This month Books and Ideas features Dr. Pamela Gay, co-host of the long running show Astronomy Cast. In 2018 Dr. Gay was inducted into the Academy of Podcasting Hall of Fame. She is a professional astronomer with a deep commitment to public outreach and she is very involved with the citizen science project Cosmos Quest. Her passion for science is contagious.
In this interview she also reflects on life as a woman in science and also the rewards of being a podcasting pioneer. I am honored to have her as a friend and very pleased to have her back on the show.
Dr. Pamela Gay (featured on BI 14)
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This episode of Books and Ideas is an interview with psychologist Dr Pete Etchells about his new book Lost in a Good Game: Why we play video games and what they can do for us. We explore both the myths and the science behind video games and consider why the effects of video games are actually quite difficult to study. It seems strange that many people in this field don't play games themselves. Most of the bad things you have heard about video games do not stand up to the basic standards of good science. Whether or not you enjoy video games yourself this is a fascinating interview.Read More
Episode 63 of Books and Ideas an interview of Jonathan Losos, author of Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution. This fascinating book reveals the surprising world of experimental evolutionary biology. We explore how experiments both in the laboratory and in the wild are answering long-standing questions about how evolution works.
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Books and Ideas returns with an interview with Rhodes Perry, author of Belonging At Work: Everyday Actions You Can Take to Cultivate an Inclusive Organization. His book contains lessons that we can take beyond work to all aspects of our lives.Read More
Episode 59 of Books and Ideas is an interview with philosopher Anthony Chemero about his book Phenomenology: An Introduction. We put phenomenology into historical perspective and explore how it is making contributions to contemporary cognitive science. This episode doesn't require any prior knowledge.Read More
Episode 57 is the first episode of Books and Ideas that I have produced in 2015. It is a conversation with experienced podcaster Elsie Escobar. Elsie brings a unique perspective to the question Why Podcast? because she does it all: she hosts and produces 2 shows, works for Libsyn, the company that hosts my shows and many others, and she listens to more podcasts than seems humanly possible.Read More
Episode 54 of Books and Ideas is an interview with Dr. Michael Saag, one of the pioneers in the battle against HIV-AIDS and author of the provocative new book Positive: One Doctor's Personal Encounters with Death, Life, and the US Healthcare System. When I asked him why he wrote his book he said bluntly "Because I am angry!"
Saag shares the frustration of most American physicians who struggle with the current chaos that we call a healthcare "system." As he notes on page 2 of Positive, “over three decades of unparalleled advances in science and healing, so much about practicing medicine seems to have gotten worse. Medical professionals’ time with patients has decreased while the workload had increased. The cost of patient care has risen by every measure, while insurers appear to profit more and help less.”
In Positive Dr. Saag blends the inside story of how HIV-AIDS was transformed from a death sentence to a manageable chronic medical condition with a candid discussion of our sytems failings. He recognizes that those of us who want to see real change face an uphill battle against powerful, (and rich) entrenched interests who are profiting from the current chaos, but it is his hope that Positive will motivate physicians and patients to use the actvisim that helped spur success against AIDS as an inspiration to fight together for change.
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- Positive: One Doctor's Personal Encounters with Death, Life, and the US Healthcare System by Michael Saag. If you buy from the book website proceeds go to HIV-AIDS research.
- A Life Worth Living: A Doctor's Reflections on Illness in a High-Tech Era by Robert Martensen
- Interviews with Dr Robert Martensen (Episode 28 and Episode 29)
- Dr. Campbell's interview on Medical School HQ podcast: episode 64
- Facebook page for Positive
- Google+ page for Positive
- Follow Positive on Twitter
- I will be speaking at The Amazing Meeting, which will be held in Las Vegas, NV July 10-13, 2014.
- I will also be attending the Podcast Movement in Dallas TX, August 16, 17 2014.
- The most recent episosde of the Brain Science Podcast (BSP 108) is an interview with Dr. Michael Graziano author of Consciousness and the Social Brain. The next episode will come out at the end of this month.
- The next episode of Books and Ideas will be with Dr. John Ratey about his new book Go Wild.
- In July 2014 I will be starting a one year fellowship in Palliative Care Medicine at the UAB School of Medicine. I am not sure yet how this will impact my podcasting schedule.
The latest episode of Books and Ideas (BI 53) is an interview with Rebecca Hale, president of the American Humanist Association. We explore the basic tenets of humanism and also discuss the particular challenges facing humanists in the United States.
Hale describes humanism as "a life philosophy based on personal responsibility: humans made the problems in the world, and it's up to us to take responsibility to fix them, so that we leave the planet better than we found it."
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- Episode 21: Interview with Dr. Eugenie Scott about the ongoing battle between evolution and creationism.
- 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 30: Interview with Tom Clark, author of Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and Its Uses.
- Episode 50: Interview with Ted Meisner, host of The Secular Buddhist podcast.
Links and References:
- Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism by Susan Jacoby
- American Humanist Association website
- International Humanist and Ethical Union- umbrella organization for humanists around the world
- Humanist Press and The Humanist magazine
- Humanism as the Next Step by Lloyd and Mary Morain
- The Philosophy of Humanism by Corliss Lamont (revised ed 1997)
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Mur Lafferty inspired me to start podcasting back in 2006, so I am very proud that she recently won the prestigious John W. Campbell Award at this year's Hugos Celebration. Her latest novel The Shambling Guide to New York City is also garnering well-deserved praise.
Mur was my guest way back in Episode 17 of my Books and Ideas podcast so I am very pleased to have her back on for Episode 52. We talked about her writing career and what she has learned along the way. Mur continues to produce her long-running podcast I Should Be Writing, which is a must listen for all aspiring fiction writers.
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Additional Show Notes:
- Listen to Mur's first interview: Books and Ideas #17
- Mur's website is at MurVerse.com. That's where you can get a link to the Magic Spreadsheet
- Her podcast is I Should Be Writing and is available in iTunes and all the major podcasting apps.
- The Shambling Guide to New York City (The Shambling Guides) by Mur Lafferty (Audible link)
- The Takeover by Mur Lafferty. This is an hilarious take on zombies in the work place.
- Playing For Keeps (Kindle version) by Mur Lafferty
- The Takeover and many of Mur's other audio efforts are available at Podiobooks.com