Rank #1: How To Laugh at Reality / Russell Brand
Russell Brand thinks laughter is a door to a higher truth. In our conversation, we explore how humor changed his life and how it can help us all alter our perceptions of reality. As Russell charts his path from addiction to a more mindful approach to his life, we discuss love and acceptance, oblivion and transcendence, and how to see ourselves in this world more clearly. Join me for a fun, and serious, discussion with a particularly enlightened comedian.
For listeners who’d like more with Russell Brand, please find his latest book— MENTORS: How to Help and Be Helped.
Apr 01 2019
Rank #2: You Are Not Your Brain / Rebecca Gladding, MD
Who are you? If you've ever stopped to ask yourself this question, a myriad of adjectives have likely swirled around your...brain. But, is that really you? My guest today, psychiatrist and author Rebecca Gladding, MD, says, not necessarily. In fact, you may be working from a set of deceptive and tenacious, maybe even false, narratives in your brain. So join me to investigate how our identity is shaped and by whom —or what. And most importantly, how to reimagine the very idea of who you think you are.
May 06 2019
Rank #3: Sex is Complicated / Dan Savage
Sex is powerful, and no one knows that better than "sexpert", writer, podcast host and relationship extraordinaire, Dan Savage. In his decades of experience, Dan's seen a lot, and he's paving a unique and profound new path redefining what it means to love and to be in a relationship, or rather, to be in many relationships. Is the human species meant to love one person? Or is love provisional like our identity? Join me as we paint new colors on a very old practice.
May 13 2019
Rank #4: The Theory of Everything / Dr. Michio Kaku
Ever wondered what's beyond our universe? So did Dr. Michio Kaku, beginning at the young age of 8, and it led him to try and complete Einstein's unfinished work: a theory of everything. Dr. Kaku is a world-renowned physicist and a co-author of String Field Theory, which some claim is the closest we've come to understanding the code of the universe. In our fascinating conversation, Dr. Kaku and I explore multiverses, measure consciousness, and question the nature of reality...and cats.
Apr 15 2019
Rank #5: The Overview Effect / Anousheh Ansari
Space. The final frontier. And maybe, a place we will soon call home. Join me for a perspective shifting adventure outside our atmosphere with the first, and only Iranian Astronaut to go to space, Anousheh Ansari. What can we learn by looking at ourselves from the outside? How do we connect to a universal consciousness? And who exactly do we earthlings think we are?
The answers may be right in front of you.
Apr 08 2019
Rank #6: God versus Aliens / Leonord Mlodinow
Is there more evidence for God or for aliens? Can true reality be described by science or will it always remain a mystery? Are there limits to our imagination? These are some of the questions I debate with Leonard Mlodinow . Not only has he co-authored books with Stephen Hawking, he's also written for Star Trek, which make his perspectives among the most unique I've encountered. But we don't always agree. And over the years that has turned us into close friends, as well as collaborators. As a man with many layers, our journey today is sure to expand your mind, as it has mine.
May 20 2019
Rank #7: Part One: Conscious AI / Robert LoCascio
Artificial Intelligence, AI, is now a reality. It lives with us in our pockets, in our homes, and in our...minds? We take on this brave new world in two parts, linked by one critical question: will AI ever be truly conscious?
In Part One, we speak to founder & CEO of LivePerson, Robert LoCascio, who has had decades of pioneering experience in creating and using Artificial Intelligence to better our life here on earth. Join me today as we look behind the curtain at how AI is really made and what it can tell us about ourselves.
Apr 22 2019
Rank #8: Part Two: Minds and Machines / Christopher Wylie
In Part Two of our series on Artificial Intelligence, we unravel the inner workings of the internet brain, ever-growing in size...and in power. How do we relate to the systems being built around us? What is ethical AI? And how can our data shape and alter our reality? Join me as we peer into the future, that is also our present, with Christopher Wylie, the green-haired, nose-ringed whistle-blower on Cambridge Analytica, as well as quite the philosopher of tech. Chris sounds the alarm...and together we look for signs of how to be humanly conscious in the age of machines.
Apr 29 2019
Rank #9: Introducing: Daily Breath
Welcome to Daily Breath, where we pause the hectic world around us, refocus ourselves and expand our minds. I invite you to join me for a few short minutes each day to explore impactful ideas and themes that directly relate to all of our lives. Together we will delve into topics such as happiness, gratitude, love, sex, the true self, physical well-being, death and more. This is a space to build mindfulness into your daily routine and to end your week peacefully with a complete 10-minute meditation every Friday.
Join us and BREATHE…
Apr 26 2019
Rank #10: The Case Against Reality / Dr. Don Hoffman
As we conclude our Metahuman miniseries, we hear from Dr. Don Hoffman, writer and professor of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, as he shares his latest book The Case of Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes and asks us to challenge what we call reality.
This conversation took place at The Rubin Museum of Art and was recorded in front of a live audience.
Dec 02 2019