Category: Podcasts

Dropping Science with Neil deGrasse Tyson

In this episode I had the pleasure to meet with Neil Degrasse Tyson, who gives me the lowdown his life as a science communicator, the incredible explosion of technology that we’re all living through, and the little inspirations that guided his career along the way. It’s a fascinating look at what drives one of the most famous science communicators in the world.

You can find Neil’s book, A Brief Welcome to the Universe: A Pocket-Sized Tour here:

https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9780691219943/a-brief-welcome-to-the-universe

Enjoy!

 

The New Era Of Cults with Dr. Janja Lalich

On today’s podcast, I’m talking to Dr. Janja Lalich, a cult expert and sociologist who has not only been studying cults and extremist groups for over 30 years, but is herself a cult survivor. In our conversation, she shares her personal story, including how she got involved with a cult, the conditions that kept her trapped in the cult, and what finally got her out.
We also talk about the red flags to look for when you think you may be dealing with a cult and what to do if a loved one falls into a cult’s clutches. And finally, we examine the rise of a new era of cults that we seem to be entering. One fueled by societal upheaval and instability, and accelerated by the social media landscape we now live in.
It’s an enlightening and – at times – disturbing look at how our psychology is being manipulated and weaponized against us on a global scale. A new era of cults is here, and it’s one we’ve never encountered before.

Conversations With Joe – Andy Weir on Project Hail Mary

Today I catch up with friend of the channel, Andy Weir. We talk in depth about his latest novel, Project Hail Mary. MASSIVE SPOILER WARNING – If you haven’t read the book and want to go in blind, you might not want to listen to this. But if you have, and you want some serious behind the scenes on the science behind the story, we get into it here.

My Interview With Lance Geiger, The History Guy

Lance Geiger is the man behind the channel The History Guy, who, with his bow ties and knack for storytelling, reveals unknown, “forgotten” history 3 times a week.

I recently got a chance to chat with him and we discuss the YouTuber life, stories that changed our way of thinking, and get into this crazy year we’ve been experiencing from a historical perspective.

Enjoy the full podcast below:

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Pamela Newenham Of GirlCrew On Actual Social Networking

Pamela Newenham is the co-founder of GirlCrew, a social media app designed to help women connect in the real world. Here we talk about how GirlCrew came to be (through Tinder of all places), the importance of connecting with people face-to-face, and the power and perils of being an entrepreneur.

Find more about GirlCrew here: https://www.girlcrew.com/

Talking Model 3 With Ben Sullins of Teslanomics

I recently traveled to Palm Springs and got a chance to hang out with Ben Sullins, who brought his Model 3 with him – and I got a chance to drive it!

Ben’s channel, Teslanomics, talks about Tesla from a data science standpoint. It’s a great source of Tesla news that cuts through all the hype. Find his channel here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbEbf0-PoSuHD0TgMbxomDg

And see the video on my YouTube channel:

Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck on His Mission To Transform Space As We Know It

On the YouTube channel today, I am releasing an often-requested video on Rocket Lab, the New Zealand private launch company that’s focusing on small, disposable rockets to serve the growing cubsat and micro satellite industry. And for the video, CEO Peter Beck was kind enough to spend some time talking with me about his company, his philosophy, and some of the engineering challenges to reaching space.

Find the YouTube video here:

https://youtu.be/zjg5CGylUkM

If you want to learn more about Rocket Lab, visit their website:

http://www.rocketlabusa.com

 

The Science of Climate Change Denial with John Cook of Skeptical Science

John Cook founded the website skepticalscience.com, where he has compiled a list of the most repeated climate change denial arguments and shows the science behind the myths. Along the way, he gained a PhD in Psychology and studies why people refuse to believe scientific truths.

Here, we talk about the science of climate change denial and I let him respond to some of the most common comments I’ve received about climate change.

Why We Should Try To Contact Aliens – My Interview With Doug Vakoch

In today’s podcast, I sit down with Doug Vakoch, the founder of METI, or Messaging Extra Terrestrial Intelligence. We talk about why METI was founded, what their goals are, why we should try to contact aliens, and respond to some of the criticisms of the organization.

If you’re interested in learning more about what they do or want to get involved, you can check them out at www.meti.org.

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