DELVING IN: Giulio Boccaletti on the History and Implications of the Relationship Between Human Civilization and Water
Stuart Kelter interviews Giulio Boccaletti, one of the world’s foremost experts on the interface between geophysical and ecological science, world history, and economics as they pertain to water security. As a global consultant at McKinsey and Company, he worked on dozens of private, not-for-profit, and public sector projects across multiple industries, especially health and finance, producing several public reports on key sustainability issues. Giulio later joined the Nature Conservancy, one of the largest conservation organizations in the world, first as its Global Managing Director for Water, then as its Chief Strategy Officer. For his work on water, the World Economic Forum nominated him as a Young Global Leader in 2014. He is the author of Water: A Biography, which has been translated into 8 languages and was rated by the Economist as one of the best books of 2021. The book, which explores the 5000+ year history of the relationship between society and the management of water on five continents, is the subject of today’s interview.
Stuart Kelter interviews Jessy Randall, curator of special collections at Colorado College and the author of several poetry collections, including: Suicide Hotline Hold Music, (which includes her own accompanying comics), There Was an Old Woman, Injecting Dreams into Cows, and A Day in Boyland, which was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. She has also written a young adult novel, The Wandora Unit, about poetry nerds in high school, and a collection of collaborative poems, Interruptions, written with Daniel M. Shapiro. Randall’s poems have been hung from trees, made into rock songs by garage bands, used in library advertisements, and sold in gumball machines! Her latest collection is entitled, Mathematics for Ladies: Poems on Women in Science, which is the focus of today's interview
Stuart Kelter interviews Manil Suri, a distinguished university professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and also the author of three internationally acclaimed novels set in his native India: The Death of Vishnu, The Age of Shiva, and The City of Devi, which have been translated into twenty-seven languages and have won multiple literary awards. As a contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, he has written several widely read pieces on mathematics, India, and LGBTQ+ issues. His recently published book, which marshals his talent for storytelling in the sharing of his love of mathematics, is entitled The Big Bang of Numbers: How to Build the Universe Using Only Math.
Stuart Kelter interviews Kathryn T. Hall, a researcher at Harvard Medical School’s Program in Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Encounter. After earning her PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Harvard University, she spent 10 years in the biotech industry tackling problems in drug development, first at Wyeth and then at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, where she became an Associate Director of Drug Development. In 2014 she completed a Master’s in Public Health, also at from Harvard. In 2015 she published a landmark paper identifying a genetic marker for placebo responders. Her research has been the focus of numerous articles in Science, The Atlantic, The Economist and Discover magazines. She is the author of the book, Placebos, recently published as part of the MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series.
Stuart Kelter interviews Nina Kraus, a scientist, inventor, and amateur musician who studies the biology of auditory learning, its connection to other sense modalities, to physical and mental health, and especially to music and language. A professor and director of Brainvolts Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University, she describes her recent book, Of Sound Mind, as her love letter to sound, how sound connects us, its biological impact on making us who we are, how it affects the world in which we live, and its implications for education, health, and social policy.
Stuart Kelter interviews Jamie Raskin, who represents Maryland’s Eighth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and in 2021 was the Lead Manager in the second impeachment of Donald Trump, in response to the January 6 insurrection that aimed to block the certification of Joe Biden as president-elect.
DELVING IN: Bryn Nelson on Innovative Uses of Human Waste in the Realms of Gut Health, Tracking of Epidemics, Carbon-Neutral Energy, Water Reclamation, and Food Production
Stuart Kelter interviews Bryn Nelson, a PhD microbiologist who changed course to become an award-winning science journalist. In addition to several years as a staff writer at Newsday, focusing on genetics, stem cell research, evolution, ecology, and conservation, he has written for dozens of other news outlets as well, including the New York Times, Nature, and the BMJ, among others. His writing has garnered nearly a dozen awards for pieces on health, medicine, and ecology. His recently published book, Flush: The Remarkable Science of an Unlikely Treasure is the subject of today’s interview.
Stuart Kelter interviews David Kertzer, a professor of social science, anthropology, and Italian studies at Brown University and the author of thirteen books. The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe won the Pulitzer Prize in 2015 and the American Historical Association prize for best book in Italian history. The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara was a National Book Award finalist in 1997 and will be adapted for film by Steven Spielberg, with the screenplay by Tony Kushner. His latest book, published this year, is The Pope at War: The Secret History of Pius XII, Mussolini, and Hitler, which is the subject of today’s interview.
Stuart Kelter interviews Peter Kapenga, a retired educator and educational administrator, most of whose career took place in the Middle East. Growing up in Oman as the son of missionaries, Peter is a bilingual native speaker of English and Arabic. After teaching English in Cairo and studying advanced Arabic in Jordan, he taught and was subsequently an administrator at the Friends Schools of Ramallah/El-Bireh in the de facto capital of the Palestinian territories and then for another ten years the principal of the Al-Raja school in Bahrain. He currently lives in El Paso with his wife and nearby to his son and two of his grandchildren.
Stuart Kelter interviews Nona Willis Aronowitz, a writer and editor who has a biweekly sex and love advice column for Teen Vogue. She’s also written columns for the New York Times, The Cut, Elle, VICE, and Playboy. She co-authored the road-trip book, Girldrive: Criss-crossing America, Redefining Feminism, with Emma Bee Bernstein and is the editor of two award-winning anthologies of her mother, Ellen Willis’s work, one about rock music criticism, Out of the Vinyl Deeps, and another, The Essential Ellen Willis. Nona recently published a memoir entitled Bad Sex: Truth, Pleasure, and an Unfinished Revolution, which she has described as a memoir-social history blend that examines the enduring barriers to true sexual freedom.
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