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Delving In with Stuart Kelter

Knowledge-seeker and psychologist Stuart Kelter shares his joy of learning and “delving in.” Ready? Let’s delve... Join Chris Churchill on the possible reasons why the search for intelligent life in the universe is coming up empty. Let’s hear from Israeli psychiatrist Pesach Lichtenberg about a promising approach to schizophrenia—going mainstream in Israel—that uses minimal drugs and maximal support through the crisis, rejecting the presumption of life-long disability. Find out what Pulitzer Prize winning historian, David Kertzer learned from recently opened Vatican records about Pius XII, the Pope During WWII. We explore the fascinating and intriguing... What did journali...

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#105. How Mandela Averted Civil War in South Africa

#105. How Mandela Averted Civil War in South Africa

Justice Malala is one of South Africa’s foremost political commentators, both in print and on television. A longtime weekly columnist for The Times of South Africa, he has also written for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Financial Times, among other major publications. He is the author of the #1 bestseller, We Have Now Begun Our Descent: How to Stop South Africa Losing its Way. His most recent book, entitled The Plot to Save South Africa: The Week Mandela Averted Civil War and Forged a New Nation, is the subject of today’s interview.

Recorded 5/2...

Episode 105 12 June 2024 53m and 28s


#104. The Promise and Shortcomings of Massive Open Online Courses

#104. The Promise and Shortcomings of Massive Open Online Courses

Justin Reich is a professor in Comparative Media Studies and director of the Teaching Systems Lab, both at MIT. He is the host of a podcast called TeachLab; one of the earliest researchers in the development of Harvard X, which was one of the first initiatives in massive scale online course offerings; and developer and host of five open online courses on MIT and Harvard’s EdX, including “Sorting Truth from Fiction: Civic Online Reasoning” and another entitled, “Becoming a More Equitable Educator: Mindsets and Practices.” He is the author of the 2020 book, Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Trans...

Episode 104 2 June 2024 56m and 32s


#103. Cognitive Biases that are Amplified by Social Media

#103. Cognitive Biases that are Amplified by Social Media

Amanda Montell is a linguist, cultural commentator, and host of the weekly podcast Sounds Like a Cult. In addition to essays published in Time, Cosmopolitan, and other magazines, she has published three books. Her first, Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language, released in 2019, established her as a writer who deconstructs biases in our culture, using humor, anecdotes, and discussions of research to enlighten us about our own linguistic and cognitive tendencies. Her second book, Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism, published in 2021, was partially inspired by the experiences experiences of Montell's father, who spent his teen year...

Episode 103 2 June 2024 56m and 9s


#102. How Bayesian Statistics Underpins Both Scientific Prediction and Everyday Functioning

#102. How Bayesian Statistics Underpins Both Scientific Prediction and Everyday Functioning

Tom Chivers is a science writer who has won several awards, including the Royal Statistical Society’s award for statistical excellence in journalism, the Association of British Science Writers’ science journalist of the year, and the Times’s science books of the year. He has written three books. His first, The Rationalist’s Guide to the Galaxy: Superintelligent AI and the Geeks Who Are Trying to Save Humanity’s Future, was published in 2019. His second book, How to Read Numbers: A Guide to Statistics in the News (and Knowing When to Trust Them) was published in 2021. His just-released third book, entitled Ev...

Episode 102 27 May 2024 55m and 28s


#101. Schadenfreude (Pleasure From Someone Else's Misfortune)

#101. Schadenfreude (Pleasure From Someone Else's Misfortune)

Colin Wayne Leach is a social and personality psychologist at Columbia University, who researches Schadenfreude -- i.e., deriving pleasure from witnessing someone else's misfortune -- and related emotions, such as Genugtuung, which means deriving pleasure from seeing justice done.

Recorded 4/12/21.

Episode 101 22 May 2024 57m and 21s


#100. What Life Was Like in the Prehistoric Past

#100. What Life Was Like in the Prehistoric Past

Ran Barkai is the co-author, with Eyal Halfon, of the recently published book, They Were Here Before Us: Stories from the First Million Years. Dr. Barkai is a professor of archaeology at Tel Aviv University, who for 20 years has co-directed the excavations and research at Qesem Cave in northern Israel. His wide-ranging research interests encompass stone tool technology, human-elephant interactions, and altered states of consciousness.

Recorded 5/14/24.

Episode 100 19 May 2024 56m and 7s


#99. Ethical Dilemmas of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing

#99. Ethical Dilemmas of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing

Vardit Ravitsky is a Professor of Bioethics at the University of Montreal and President of the International Association of Bioethics. Her research focuses on the ethical, legal and social implications of genetics/genomics and assisted reproductive technologies and their implications for women’s autonomy and for disability rights. She is President of the International Association of Bioethics; Director of Ethics and Health at the Center for Research on Ethics; member of the National Human Genome Research Institute’s (NHGRI) Genomics & Society Working Group; a 2020 Trudeau Foundation Fellow and Chair of the Foundation’s COVID-19 Impact Committee, as well as Fellow...

Episode 99 3 May 2024 55m and 33s


#98. Re-examining the Evidence for the Genetic Basis of Mental Illness

#98. Re-examining the Evidence for the Genetic Basis of Mental Illness

Jay Joseph is a clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Joseph challenges the empirical evidence behind the mainstream view that mental illness is genetically based, and argues instead that the real causes include oppression, trauma, abuse, and psychologically unhealthy aspects of the social and political environment. He is the author of four books, most recently The Trouble with Twin Studies: A Reassessment of Twin Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2015), and Schizophrenia and Genetics: The End of an Illusion (2017). He is a contributor to the Mad in America website, and the creator of https://thegeneillusion.blogspot.com...

Episode 98 3 May 2024 56m and 45s


#97. How to Best Help the Most Vulnerable Children? Start Before They're Even Born!

#97. How to Best Help the Most Vulnerable Children? Start Before They're Even Born!

David Olds is a professor at the Pediatrics-Prevention Research Center at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He has devoted his long and distinguished career to the developing and testing of very early interventions in family and child functioning, starting prenatally and continuing through toddler age. After devoting decades to high quality, random assignment, longitudinal, comparison studies – showing the approach yielded dramatic benefits – Dr. Olds went on to win grant after grant, to implement what came to be called the Nurse-Family-Partnership program, now in 40 states and 8 foreign countries, today serving close to 40,000 families in the U.S. and 18,000 familie...

Episode 97 25 April 2024 55m and 3s


#96. Compassionate Care for a Devastating Disease

#96. Compassionate Care for a Devastating Disease

In 2003, Ron Hoffman became the founder of an organization in Falmouth, Massachusetts called Compassionate Care ALS (CCALS.org), which has helped well over 1000 families with Lou Gehrig’s disease on both practical and spiritual levels, above all by being deeply present. His memoir, Sacred Bullet, published in 2014, reveals in powerful and personal terms, how his own healing is woven into his work. Ron has worked with individuals, families and healthcare professionals across the United States, inviting conversations around the choices and possibilities that arise for those living with a terminal illness. He has been relentless in his determination to change...

Episode 96 24 April 2024 56m and 22s

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