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.

Paul Nurse on What Is Life?

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 9 February 2021 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sir Paul Nurse about his book What Is Life?. Discusses five key ideas of biology along with details about each: the cell, the gene, evolution by natural selection, life as chemistry, and life as information. Also considers some current challenges and whether mankind is up to the task.

Zadra & Stickgold on When Brains Dream

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 2 February 2021 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Antonio Zadra and Robert Stickgold about their book When Brains Dream: Exploring the Science and Mystery of Sleep. Discusses why Freud receives too much credit regarding dreams; how the discovery of REM sleep in the 1950s was a game-changer; how sleep uses dreams to process memories and emotions; whether dogs dream; their NEXTUP model of dream function; how REM sleep and taking LSD illicit a similar chemical reaction in the brain; dream incubation; lucid dreams; PTSD-induced dreams; and more.

Ina Park on Strange Bedfellows

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 4 February 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ina Park about her book Strange Bedfellows: Adventures in the Science, History, and Surprising Secrets of STDS. Discusses the science and history of sexually transmitted diseases, including the role of a sex detective, the false stigma around herpes, Ina’s hope that all children contract oral herpes, merkins and other pubic grooming habits, how gonorrhea earned the nickname “the clap”, the miracle of modern medicine via the HPV vaccine, the importance of discussing topics like these with humour and honesty rather than condemnation, and more.

Lisa Feldman Barrett on Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 26 January 2021 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Lisa Feldman Barrett about her book Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain. Discusses why thinking isn’t the primary reason the human brain evolved differently from other animals, the importance of caregivers on young children’s minds, how we influence each other’s mental makeup, why compression is a component of our brains creating our reality, and more.

Daniel E. Lieberman on Exercised

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 29 December 2020 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dan Lieberman about his book Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do is Healthy and Rewarding. Discusses how our activity levels compare with primates and modern hunter-gatherers; whether sitting is the new smoking; the legitimacy of ten-thousand steps and eight hours of sleep; the benefits of walking, running, and resistance training; how exercise can help with cancer and mental health issues; and more.