Stuart Kelter interviews Dr. Jay Joseph, a clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Joseph challenges the empirical evidence behind the mainstream view that mental illness is genetically based, and argues instead that the real causes include oppression, trauma, abuse, and psychologically unhealthy aspects of the social and political environment. He is the author of four books, most recently The Trouble with Twin Studies: A Reassessment of Twin Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2015), and Schizophrenia and Genetics: The End of an Illusion (2017). He is a contributor to the Mad in America website, and the creator of https://thegeneillusion.blogspot.com/.
Stuart Kelter interviews Vardit Ravitsky -- Professor of Bioethics at the University of Montreal and President of the International Association of Bioethics -- about the challenging ethical issues arising from a new biotechnology called "Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing" (NIPT).
Stuart Kelter interviews Colin Wayne Leach, a social and personality psychologist at Columbia University, about Schadenfreude -- or deriving pleasure from witnessing someone else's misfortune -- and related emotions, such as Genugtuung, which means deriving pleasure from seeing justice done.
Stuart Kelter interviews Justin Reich, professor in Comparative Media Studies and director of the Teaching Systems Lab, both at MIT. He is the host of a podcast called TeachLab; one of the earliest researchers in the development of Harvard X, which was one of the first initiatives in massive scale online course offering; and developer and host of five open online courses on MIT and Harvard’s EdX, including “Sorting Truth from Fiction: Civic Online Reasoning” and another entitled, “Becoming a More Equitable Educator: Mindsets and Practices.” He is the author of the 2020 book, Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education.
Stuart Kelter interviews Sheldon Krimsky, professor of humanities and social sciences at Tufts University and a fellow of the Hastings Center, an independent bioethics research institution. His long and distinguished career has focused on the links between public policy and science and technology, environment and health, and ethics and values. His work stresses the importance of public understanding of science-related issues, and his many books for the nonspecialist attest to his commitment to providing the public with the best information available about such issues, often well ahead of the general media. Today’s interview will focus on his 2015 book, Stem Cell Dialogues: a philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers.
DELVING IN: David Nurenberg on Teaching Social Justice Issues to White Students in a Wealthy Suburb of Boston
Stuart Kelter interviews David Nurenberg, a professor of education at Lesley University in the Boston area and for 17 years a high school humanities teacher in suburban, urban, and international teaching and learning environments. He shares his insights on all things educational in his podcast, Ed Infinitum, and recently published a book entitiled, What Does Injustice Have to Do With Me? Covering both theory and practice, the book provides detailed descriptions of how to both raise awareness and develop critical thinking in the teaching of social justice issues to privileged white students in a wealthy suburban school.
Stuart Kelter interviews Dr. Keith Rafal, medical director of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island and creator of the non-profit organization and website, Our Heart Speaks, through which people from around the world share inspirational stories and artistic expressions about their rehabilitation, healing, connection, and meaning.
DELVING IN: Joel Schwartz and Ronnie Levin on Lead Pollution in the Air and Water from almost every angle: Epidemiology, Statistics and Research Design, Engineering and Physics, Biology and Toxicology, Economics and Politics.
Stuart Kelter interviews Joel Schwartz, who won a MacArthur Award for work that made a major contribution to the phase-out of lead in gasoline and Ronnie Levin, whose work at the Environmental Protection Agency helped to establish federal standards and the need for more robust testing to protect consumers from lead in drinking water.
Stuart Kelter interviews John Fitzgerald, the founder and director of the NM 5 Actions Program, an extensive, online, self-guided road map for overcoming addictions that includes over a hundred videos, provides referrals, and prepares and/or augments readiness for therapeutic and community-based help. The program is funded by the State of New Mexico and is cross-linked to the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line.
Stuart Kelter interviews Las Cruces’s very own renaissance man, Bob Diven -- an accomplished painter, sculptor, set designer, actor, playwright, composer, actor, satirist, cartoonist, singer-songwriter, folk guitarist; columnist, and more -- about his reflections on the creative process and the development of artistic skills.
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