Terrence McNally podcast
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Free Forum Q&A - (1) THOMAS HOMER DIXON, THE UPSIDE OF DOWN: Catastrophe, Creativity, and Renewal (originally aired March 2009) (2) JOE STIGLITZ, $3 TRILLION WAR (originally aired April 2008)
January 29, 2016 04:16 PM PST
This week as the stock market falls and we're sending more troops to Iraq, you'll hear two previously recorded interviews. First, my March 2009 interview with THOMAS HOMER DIXON, author of THE UPSIDE OF DOWN: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization about how it may take hitting bottom for societies to change. And, in the second half of the show you'll hear my April 2008 conversation with Nobel prize winning economist JOE STIGLITZ about his book, THE $3 TRILLION WAR, on the enormous costs of our tragic adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Free Forum Q&A - RICK HANSON - best-selling author of BUDDHA'S BRAIN - HARDWIRING HAPPINESS: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence
January 22, 2016 05:50 PM PST
Originally Aired: December 2013
In HARDWIRING HAPPINESS, Hanson brings mindfulness and neuroscience together and offers pro-active practices to actually shift the brain's neural structure. I'll talk with him about how you can use science's newest lessons to overcome the brain's negativity bias - it's tendency to hardwire negative and threatening experiences more easily and more quickly than positive ones.
RICK HANSON, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist, a founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, and on the Advisory Board of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. he's been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. His books include Buddha's Brain, Just One Thing, and his latest, HARDWIRING HAPPINESS: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence.
Free Forum Q&A - STEWART BRAND editor, 1968, WHOLE EARTH CATALOG author, 2009, WHOLE EARTH DISCIPLINE An EcoPragmatist Manifesto
January 22, 2016 04:03 PM PST
Originally Aired November 2009
STEWART BRAND's Whole Earth Catalog introduced millions to new ways of thinking and doing and probably contributed to the birth of environmentalism in the US. Confronting today's challenges to global civilization, Brand questions conventional environmental positions against GMO foods, Geo-engineering, and nuclear power.
In 1968 a totally original cultural item appeared. It owed something to old time catalogs perhaps akin to the Farmers almanac. Its style was funkily low fi while its content had one foot in a simpler past and the other in a high tech sci fi future. It was called the Whole Earth Catalog and subtitled "Access to Tools."
STEWART BRAND was its founder, editor and publisher, and Brand has been at the founding of several other cultural entities, events, and movements. Today, in his '70s, Brand is no less curious, no less purposeful, and no less forward looking. His new book, WHOLE EARTH DISCIPLINE: An EcoPragmatist Manifesto, confronts the challenges we face as a global civilization - population, urbanization, resource depletion, peak oil, and most profoundly climate change, by issuing challenges of his own to what has passed for years as environmental orthodoxy. Brand characterizes many in a movement he helped to create and inspire as being anti-science, and anti-intellectual in their opposition to GMO foods, Geo-engineering, and nuclear power.Free Forum Q&A - ED HUMES, author, FORCE OF NATURE: The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart's Green Revolution
January 16, 2016 10:02 PM PST
Originally aired: June 2011
Pulitzer-prize winning author Ed Humes starts with skepticism, asks tough questions, and ends up delivering good news. Wal-Mart embraced an unprecedented green makeover, leveraging the power of 200 million weekly customers to reduce waste, toxics, and carbon emissions. Neither an act of charity nor an empty greenwash, Wal-Mart's move reflects a simple philosophy: that the most sustainable, clean, energy-efficient, and waste-free company will beat its competitors every time.
January 16, 2016 09:56 PM PST
Originally Aired: November 2013
After 3.8 billion years of R&D on this planet, failures are fossils. What surrounds us in the natural world has succeeded and survived. So why not learn as much as we can from what works? JAY HARMON translates nature's lessons into technologies that solve problems and perform tasks more elegantly, efficiently, and economically.
JAY HARMAN has founded and grown multi-million-dollar research and manufacturing companies that develop, patent, and license innovative products, ranging from prize-winning watercraft to interlocking building bricks, afterburners for aircraft engines, and non-invasive technology for measuring blood glucose and other electrolytes. His latest ventures - PAX Scientific, PAX Water Technologies, PAX Mixer, and PAX Streamline - design more efficient industrial equipment including turbines, fans, and pumps. He's the author of THE SHARK'S PAINTBRUSH: Biomimicry and How Nature is Inspiring Innovation.Disruptive: Cancer Vaccine & Hydrogel Drug Delivery
December 04, 2015 07:23 PM PST
Welcome to DISRUPTIVE the podcast from Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.
Mooney says the human immune system is the most efficient weapon on the planet to fight disease. Cancer, however, resists treatment and cure by evading the immune system. Unlike bacterial cells or viruses, cancer cells belong in the body, but are simply mutated and misplaced.
Scientists have been trying to develop vaccines that provoke the immune system to recognize cancer cells as foreign and attack them. The approach developed by Mooney’s group, in which they reprogram immune cells from inside the body using implantable biomaterials, appears simpler and more effective than other cancer vaccines currently in clinical trials. In one study, 50% of mice treated with two doses of the vaccine -- mice that would have otherwise died from melanoma within about 25 days -- showed complete tumor regression.
On a second front, when it comes to delivering drugs or protein-based therapeutics, doctors often give patients pills or inject the drug into their bloodstream. Both are inefficient methods for delivering effective doses to targeted tissues.
Mooney and his team at Wyss are taking a new approach using biocompatible and biodegradable hydrogels. They’ve developed a gel-based sponge that can be molded to any shape, loaded with drugs or stem cells, compressed to a fraction of its size, and delivered via injection. Once inside the body, it pops back to its original shape, gradually releases its payload, and safely degrades.
After we explore both of these exciting projects with Mooney, we take a closer look at the process of translation of hydrogel technology into products and therapies with Chris Gemmiti, a business development lead at Wyss.Free Forum Q&A - (1) ROB MANNING, Chief-engineer, Mars Rover Curiosity (2) DREW WESTEN, THE POLITICAL BRAIN
October 30, 2015 08:25 PM PDT
With the US recently bombing a hospital in Afghanistan and Russia intervening in Syria, you'll hear two relevant previously recorded interviews. First, with MATTHEW HOH, a former Marine who resigned from the foreign service over the war in Afghanistan. We spoke in November 2009. In the second half of the show, you'll hear my September 2008 conversation with retired Army colonel, Andrew Bacevich, about his wise and unsettling book, THE LIMITS OF POWER: The End of American Exceptionalism.
MATTHEW HOH, former Marine captain with combat experience in Iraq, also served in uniform at the Pentagon, and as a civilian in Iraq and at the State Department. He was the senior US civilian in Zabul province, a Taliban hotbed. In September 2009 Hoh became the first US official known to resign in protest over the Afghan war.
ANDREW BACEVICH, professor of history and international relations at Boston University, served twenty-three years in the U.S. Army, retiring with the rank of colonel. He also lost his son in Iraq. A graduate of the U. S. Military Academy, he received his Ph. D. in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University. He is the author of several books, including The New American Militarism; The Limits Of Power; Washington Rules: America's Path To Permanent War; and Breach Of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers And Their Country.Free Forum Q&A - JACK KORNFIELD & TRUDY GOODMAN A CELEBRATION of MINDFULNESS
October 30, 2015 08:08 PM PDT
On November 15, InsightLA, the leading Los Angeles-based Mindfulness Meditation organization, will host LIVING WITH A JOYFUL SPIRIT AND A WISE HEART, a day of deep teachings and timeless wisdom that will feature Trudy Goodman and Jack Cornfield in dialogue via video with a "who's who" of the pioneers of mindfulness meditation in the West - Jon Kabat-Zinn (Wherever You Go, There You Are), Ram Dass (Be Here Now), Tara Brach (Radical Acceptance), Joseph Goldstein (Insight Meditatino), and Congressman Tim Ryan (A Mindful Nation). Both Trudy and Jack turn 70 this year. In the course of the conversation, we talk about their personal paths, what each of their guests means to them, and we tell the story of mindfulness in America over the last forty-five years.
Trudy Goodman has trained and practiced in two fields for over 25 years: meditation and psychotherapy. She studied developmental psychology with Jean Piaget, Lawrence Kohlberg, and Carol Gilligan, and for 20 years worked in a full psychotherapy practice. Since 1974, Trudy has devoted much of her life to practicing Buddhist meditation and teaching mindfulness. In 2002, Trudy founded InsightLA.
October 13, 2015 08:44 PM PDT
Hello, I’m Terrence McNally and you’re listening to DISRUPTIVE the podcast from Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.
The mission of the Wyss is to: Transform healthcare, industry, and the environment by emulating the way nature builds.
Our bodies — and all living systems — accomplish tasks far more sophisticated and dynamic than any entity yet designed by humans. By emulating nature's principles for self-organizing and self-regulating, Wyss researchers develop innovative engineering solutions for healthcare, energy, architecture, robotics, and manufacturing.
They focus on technology development and its translation into products and therapies that will have an impact on the world in which we live. So the Wyss is not interested in making incremental improvements to existing materials and devices, but in shifting paradigms. In this episode of DISRUPTIVE, we will focus on: CONFRONTING SEPSIS.
Sepsis is a bloodstream infection in which the body's organs become inflamed and susceptible to failure. The leading cause of hospital deaths, sepsis kills at least eight million people worldwide each year.
It can be caused by 6 species of fungi and 1400 species of bacteria. Diagnosis takes two to five days, and every hour you wait can increase the risk of death by 5-9%. The treatment challenge grows more complex as the prevalence of drug-resistant bacteria increases while the development of new antibiotics lags.
“Even with the best current treatments, sepsis patients are dying in intensive care units at least 30% of the time,” says one of today’s guests, Wyss Senior Staff Scientist Mike Super.
A new device developed by a team at Wyss and inspired by the human spleen may radically transform the way we treat sepsis. Their blood-cleansing approach can be administered quickly, even without identifying the infectious agent. In animal studies, treatment with this device reduced the number of targeted pathogens and toxins circulating in the bloodstream by more than 99%.
October 07, 2015 11:31 PM PDT
Originally aired March 2013
In his new book, LAND OF PROMISE, MICHAEL LIND lays out a pattern in which the US has reinvented itself economically and politically a number of times based on the emergence of new technologies. From wind and water, to steam, to electricity and internal combustion, and finally the computer.
Features conversations with people who offer pieces of the puzzle of “a world that just might work” -- provocative approaches to business, environment, health, science, politics, media and culture. Guests have included Ken Burns, Deborah Tannen, Andrew Weil, Jeremy Rifkin, Arianna Huffington, Roger Ebert, Bill Joy, Alvin Toffler, Paul Krugman, Bill Maher, and Norman Lear.
TERRENCE McNALLY, journalist and radio host, is also a consultant, speaker, writer, and coach to public agencies, foundations, non-profits, and responsible corporations. Terrenceâ€™s radio show Free Forum (KPFK 90.7fm, Los Angeles, streaming and podcasting at kpfk.org, in print at AlterNet.org) features conversations with people who offer pieces of the puzzle of â€œa world that just might workâ€ -- provocative approaches to business, environment, health, science, politics, media and culture. Guests have included Ken Burns, Deborah Tannen, Andrew Weil, Jeremy Rifkin, Arianna Huffington, Roger Ebert, Bill Joy, Alvin Toffler, Paul Krugman, Bill Maher, and Norman Lear. McNally speaks on strategic communications and the power of storytelling, as well as on issues of social responsibility and sustainable development. Speaking and training clients include American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, CERES, Friends Of The Earth, Glaxo Smith Kline (Patient Advocates), Greenpeace USA, Intel, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Herman Miller, NASA, NASD Investor Education Foundation, Nemours Foundation, US Climate Action Network, US Department of Agriculture, and Volunteers Of America. His organizational work encourages and focuses communication, creativity, and cooperation; resolves conflicts; clarifies and aligns vision, mission and objectives; and develops plans for effective action. Consulting clients include the Environmental Protection Agency, Union of Concerned Scientists, Natural Resources Defense Council, Redefining Progress, Business for Social Responsibility, Global Green USA, Rhino Records, and Interface Flooring. A graduate of Harvard, where he won its highest academic award, he has also worked as a writer, producer, and director of documentaries ("Buckminster Fuller - World Man, World Game", BBCâ€™s 1992 Earth Summit special "Greenbucksâ€.) He co-wrote and produced Julie Brown's "Goddess In Progress", voted #4 mini-album of 1985 in the Village Voice National Music Critics Poll. Having acted in over a hundred films and television shows, McNally co-wrote and co-produced the musical comedy feature "Earth Girls Are Easy". Called by Time Magazine "the freshest thing to come out of the space program since Tangâ€, it is now being developed as a Broadway musical. Co-author with Hyla Cass MD of Kava: Nature's Answer to Stress, Anxiety, and Insomnia, Terrence is an annual participant at the Conference on World Affairs, a member of the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences, and has served on the boards of Earth Communications Office, Show Coalition, and Education 1st.
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