Nicklas Brendborg on Jellyfish Age Backwards

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 19 July 2022 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nicklas Brendborg about his book Jellyfish Age Backwards: Nature’s Secrets to Longevity. Discusses why we age, a jellyfish that ages backwards, large animals outliving small ones, genetics and lifespan, why eradicating major diseases doesn’t extend lifespans much, hormesis, the epigenetic clock, whether old people benefit from young blood transfusions, the microbiome and aging, fecal transplants, caloric restriction, insulin and the aging process, and exercise.

M. Chris Fabricant on Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 22 May 2022 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with M. Chris Fabricant about his book Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System. Discusses the birth of junk science as a jury-swaying courtroom tool; ‘peer reviewed’ as a misunderstood term regarding science; the challenge of swaying those whose careers have been built on a belief in junk science; the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) uncovering major flaws with the most popular forensic sciences; debunking the uniqueness and certainty of fingerprints; and more.

Scott Hershovitz on Nasty, Brutish, and Short

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 19 May 2022 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Scott Hershovitz about his book Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Adventures in Philosophy with My Kids. Uses the perspective of children to explore philosophy. Covers punishment, authority, sex, gender, race, and more.

Julie Bogart on Raising Critical Thinkers

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 1 March 2022 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Julie Bogart about her book Raising Critical Thinkers: A Parent’s Guide to Growing Wise Kids in the Digital Age. Outlines practical approaches to help children develop their critical thinking skills.

Alexander Zaitchik on Owning the Sun

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 3 March 2022 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alexander Zaitchik about his book Owning the Sun: A People’s History of Monopoly Medicine from Aspirin to COVID-19 Vaccines. Discusses the evolution of US intellectual property thinking and regulation; the emergence of monopoly medicines; examples of the US government funding the development of medicines only to grant private companies monopolies for their production; big pharma’s capture of regulators; and more.

Matt Siegel on The Secret History of Food

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 15 September 2021 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Matt Siegel about his book The Secret History of Food: Strange but True Stories About the Origins of Everything We Eat. Includes intriguing stories about the history of vanilla, ice cream, pies, cereal, corn, honey, fast food and olive oil.

See also Food Myths with Food Historian Rachel Laudan.

George Zaidan on Ingredients

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 25 May 2021 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with George Zaidan about his book Ingredients: The Strange Chemistry of What We Put in Us and on Us. Discusses what makes a food highly processed; how and why humans began to preserve food; what aphid excrement has to do with one of the first sugar-added treats humans enjoyed; how cigarettes and e-cigs are similar and different; whether there is such a thing as too much sunscreen; causes of flawed scientific research; whether coffee is good or bad for us; and the acceptable amount of processed food to consume.

Michaeleen Doucleff on Hunt, Gather, Parent

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 13 April 2021 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michaeleen Doucleff about her book Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans. Discusses the lack of science behind some popular beliefs of Western parents, why Maya children are so helpful without much coaxing, how Inuit parents and children rarely lose their cool with each other, the Hadzabe way of fostering independence, and more.