Henry Sanderson on Volt Rush

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 20 September 2022 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Henry Sanderson about his book Volt Rush: The Winners and Losers in the Race to Go Green. Discusses why electric vehicles didn’t catch on initially in the early 1900s, Exxon’s partial credit for discovering the lithium battery, China as the world’s ‘battery superpower’, the issues obtaining lithium, cobalt, nickel and copper, and deep sea mining as the next ‘great’ frontier for EV materials.

Benjamin Abelow on How the West Brought War to Ukraine

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 28 October 2022 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Benjamin Abelow about his book How the West Brought War to Ukraine. Discusses NATO’s expansion east over the past 30 years, why NATO would’ve promised not to expand east in the early 1990s, the US withdrawing from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in late 2001, NATO’s failed attempt to add Georgia and Ukraine in 2008, the US’s role in Ukraine’s 2014 coup, Russia’s response to the coup, US actions in Romania in 2016, NATO & US diplomacy with Ukraine intensifying in 2021, the immediate future of the current conflict, the likely culprit(s) for the Nord Stream Pipeline attacks, and his concern about a nuclear weapon being used.

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.