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Walter Isaacson

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Episode 73: Walter Isaacson

Straight Talk with Hank Paulson

Hank welcomes Walter Isaacson (Former Chair and CEO, CNN and Editor, Time Magazine) to Straight Talk to discuss lessons from his books, innovation and climate change, and bipartisanship and increased ideological polarization. He shares insights into creativity, his writing process, and the gift of storytelling.Walter Isaacson: https://liberalarts.tulane.edu/departments/history/people/walter-isaacson


18 Oct 2022

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#66 – Darren discusses Code Breaker (Jennifer Doudna, CRISPR)–What Walter Isaacson gets right/wrong on scientific research

Molecular Podcasting with Darren Lipomi

This is a bit of an unusual book review for the book The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race. I'm going to focus on Walter Isaacson's portrayal of how scientific research happens in academic settings and provide some context for the comments he makes on scientists, the scientific method, the role of competition, fundamental science vs. technology, and the philosophy of science.   My brief bio: I did my PhD at Harvard in chemistry and postdoc in chemical engineering at Stanford. I have been in the same room with many of the individuals written about in this book, though none of them know who I am (unless they subscribe to this channel ;). I am now a professor of nanoengineering and chemical engineering, and Associate Dean for Students, in the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego.


5 Jul 2022

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Walter Isaacson: The Future of the Human Race

On Brand with Donny Deutsch

On this episode, Donny talks with bestselling author and former editor of Time Magazine, Walter Isaacson. Walter and Donny dive right in, discussing Elon Musk’s unprecedented purchase of Twitter and Walter's prediction for the future of the platform. They then dive into Walter's new book, The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race, and why we need people like Steve Jobs and Jennifer Doudna to stand at the intersection of humanity and science. But first Donny takes us through his "Brands of the Week,” naming Nancy Pelosi, Asa Hutchinson, Amazon, Samsung, and many more as either "up" or "down." THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:Freshly - Go to http://www.freshly.com/DONNY for $125 offChime - Go to http://www.chime.com/DONNY to get startedDon't forget to rate, review, and follow to get the latest episodes as soon as they drop. Follow: @donnyjaydeutsch @walterisaacsonSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


5 May 2022

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Einstein by Walter Isaacson

The Book Pile

Here at The Book Pile, we connect deeply with Einstein, since all 3 of us are creative and none of us graduated from an American high school. Today we cover Isaacson’s excellent biography of Einstein — a man we would go so far as to call a genius! Plus, Kellen uses relativity to win at laser tag, and Dave once again brings Al-Qaeda into this.*TheBookPilePodcast@gmail.com*Kellen Erskine has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC's America's Got Talent, and the Amazon Original Series Inside Jokes. He has garnered over 50 million views with his clips on Dry Bar Comedy. In 2018 he was selected to perform on the “New Faces” showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Quebec. Kellen was named one of TBS's Top Ten Comics to Watch in 2017. He currently tours the country www.KellenErskine.com*David Vance's videos have garnered over 1 billion views. He has written viral ads for companies like Squatty Potty, Chatbooks, and Lumē, and sketches for the comedy show Studio C. His work has received two Webby Awards, and appeared on Conan. He currently works as a writer on the sitcom Freelancers.


24 Jan 2022

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A Conversation with Walter Isaacson

For the Ages: A History Podcast

Walter Isaacson discusses his career as a preeminent historian and biographer, how he chooses the people he writes about, and why he is fascinated by them. This includes his books Steve Jobs, the authorized biography of the Apple Inc. co-founder written by Isaacson at the subject’s request, and Leonardo da Vinci. Recorded on December 18, 2018


20 Dec 2021

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#121 Walter Isaacson: Curiosity Fuels Creativity

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish

What do Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin and Jennifer Doudna all have in common? Celebrated journalist and author Walter Isaacson calls upon his years of research to explain how curiosity has always fueled creativity among history’s greatest innovators, and how each of those individuals shaped the world around them. On this episode Issacson dives deep into the curious obsessions of Jobs, da Vinci’s ability to develop a brilliant mind, Ada Lovelace and how she developed the algorithm, and how Doudna’s work with gene editing could shape the future to come. A journalist by trade, Issacson served as the editor of Time and then chairman and CEO of CNN before eventually spending 15 years as president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, the international research institute and think tank. Isaacson has also written bestselling biographies on Jobs, da Vinci, Franklin and Albert Einstein, and in 2021 released his latest biography, The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race. -- Go Premium: Members receive early access to episodes, hand-edited transcripts, searchable transcripts, member-only episodes, and more. Sign up at: https://fs.blog/membership/ Every Sunday our newsletter shares timeless insights and ideas that you can use at work and home. Add it to your inbox: https://fs.blog/newsletter/ Follow Shane on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/ShaneAParrish

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5 Oct 2021

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The Economist Asks: Walter Isaacson

The Economist Asks

Can biography tell the whole truth? Anne McElvoy asks the writer how he balances the friendliness with his subjects and over-familiarity. The author of “The Code Breaker" and “Steve Jobs” reveals whether he regrets anything he has written and if he’s more critical of politicians than scientists. And, of all the historical figures he’s profiled, who would he most like to go for dinner with?Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/podcastoffer Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


12 Aug 2021

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Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

The Book Pile

Leonardo da Vinci is best known for saving Drew Barrymore in Ever After, leaving clues for Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code, and painting The Last Supper. Today’s episode follows the life of this true Renaissance man. But really, we think we've narrowed this fantastic 700 page book down to its best (and funniest) moments. Plus, Dave wants to shame you for not being as accomplished as Leonardo, and Kellen proposes a new system of measurement...


12 Jul 2021

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Ep150 - Walter Isaacson | The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

Talks at Google

Author Walter Isaacson discusses his recent book "The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race", a gripping account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies. Bestselling author of "Steve Jobs" (2011), "Einstein: His Life and Universe" (2007) and more, Walter Isaacson has established himself as the biographer of creativity, innovation, and genius. Einstein was the genius of the revolution in physics, and Steve Jobs was the genius of the revolution in digital technology. We are now on the cusp of a third revolution in science, a revolution in biochemistry that is capable of curing diseases, fending off viruses, and improving the Human species itself. The genius at the center of his newest book "The Code Breaker" is American biochemist Jennifer Doudna, who is considered one of the prime inventors of CRISPR, a system that can edit DNA. Moderated by Leigh Gallagher. Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/CodeBreaker to watch the video.


24 May 2021

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Walter Isaacson: “The Code Breaker” | SALT Talks #212

SALT Talks

Walter Isaacson is the Author of “The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race”. Isaacson is famous for writing Steve Jobs and Leonardo da Vinci, so a title like The Code Breaker might imply a lesser book about a lesser character. But 2020 Nobel winner Jennifer Doudna, who developed the gene editing technology CRISPR, is a giant in her own right. CRISPR could open some of the greatest opportunities, and most troubling quandaries, of this century—and this book delivers. Isaacson is a Professor of History at Tulane and an advisory partner at Perella Weinberg, a financial services firm based in New York City. He is the past CEO of the Aspen Institute, where he is now a Distinguished Fellow, and has been the chairman of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine.————————————————————————— For podcast transcripts and show notes, visit salt.org/talksWatch this video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/1gfTyPcIH7YDeveloped, created and produced by SALT Venture Group, LLC. Moderated by Anthony Scaramucci.


11 May 2021