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.

David Herzberg on White Market Drugs

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 2 December 2020 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Herzberg about his book White Market Drugs: Big Pharma and the Hidden History of Addiction in America. Details the three different “pharmaceutical” drug crises in America since the 1870s, the main drug(s) of choice in each era, big pharma’s role in fueling each, the successes and failures of various reform efforts, and more.

Jacob Goldstein on Money

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 22 September 2020 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jacob Goldstein about his book Money: The True Story of a Made Up Thing. Discusses why money is fiction and fundamentally social, the origins of coins and paper money, Genghis Khan’s grandson inventing inflation, Blaise Pascal’s role in the formulation of insurance, how artificial light explains monetary progress, the gold standard’s undoing, the rise of digital money, and more.

Kevin Davies on Editing Humanity

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 29 September 2020 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Kevin Davies about his book Editing Humanity: The CRISPR Revolution and the New Era of Genome Editing. Discusses the difference between CRISPR and CRISPR genome editing, the evolution of CRISPR editing, the wild story behind (and fallout from) the 2018 CRISPR babies, whether CRISPR-edited babies are truly on the horizon, George Church’s attempt to resurrect the woolly mammoth, and more.