In episode 9, we bring back "The Professor" (our contributor Will Brian) to chat with us about physicist Michio Kaku's book "Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives in the Year 2100." Will shares his own opinions and also responds to criticisms of the book. We cover everything from Elon Musk's concerns about artificial intelligence to the exciting potential of cold fusion. You don't need to be a budding scientist to find this conversation fascinating! Let us know your thoughts via Twitter or Instagram.
In episode 8, we talk with Chandler Ryd, filmmaker and proprietor of Ryd Films, about Christopher Nolan's latest film, Dunkirk. Chandler explains the mastery of storytelling throughout the film and dismisses the suggestion that Churchill is inappropriately absent from the movie. We also talk about Nolan's tendency to employ non-linear time in his films, and Chandler identifies some other must-sees of the summer for us, including Short Term 12, Glass Castle, and A Ghost Story. Check out more of Chandler's work at chandlerryd.com!
In this season's seventh episode (and final episode before we move from St. Louis!), Zac shares some news in the world of baseball, science, tech, and whale rescue. Then we chat about what we're eating (Pi Pizzeria and spirulina), reading (The Martian, A Time to Kill, Gathering Blue, The Looming Tower, The Terror Years, and "America's Future is Texas"), watching (Sherlock), and listening to (Homecoming, Effectively Wild, Messy Parenting, and Happier). Zac also learns that "mermaid toast" is a thing and we solicit recommendations of all kinds for our move to Austin!
In episode six, we talked to our contributor (and certified Investment Adviser Representative) Elena Forsythe about millennial spending habits. We examine the claim that millennials spend too much money on avocado toast, discuss what it takes to save up enough money for a house, and talk about some other demographic trends that have the millennial generation aging in a different way than previous generations.
In episode 5, we sit down with Carly Hubbard, owner and manager of Rough Draft, a Michigan coffeehouse and cocktail bar. We talk about the stresses of owning and operating a restaurant, the importance of being brave enough to leave your comfort zone, the food culture of Michigan, and the unfortunate ubiquity of the fern in latte art. Join the conversation with us on Twitter or Instagram!
In this episode, we talk with contributor Miriel Reneau about the joys and challenges of parenting, especially when one of your children has a genetic condition with an uncertain prognosis. Miriel shares some great insights on marriage, faith, and family life as she and her husband have helped their daughter through a challenging last year. It's a great conversation and definitely worth a listen--let us know your thoughts on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook!
In the first roundtable episode of season six, we sit down with Ishan Nath and Kevin Beauchemin to discuss interesting articles we've collected from around the web. In the course of our conversation, we dissect the 2016 election (and broader voter behavior), discuss the importance of political norms in ancient Rome, and talk about the prevalence of anxiety in America and how we can calm our nerves (hint: it's not the fidget spinner).
The articles we discuss include:
- "The mystery of the 2016 election was its normalcy" by Ezra Klein
- "Liberal-Conservative Divide -- Americans Self-Segregate Culturally" by David French
- "Roman Fever" by Rob Goodman
- "Prozac Nation is Now the United States of Xanax" by Alex Williams
- "The Nature Fix: The Three-Day Effect" by Florence Williams
In episode 2 of season 6, we sit down with Brian Brown, principal and founder of Narrator, author and editor at Humane Pursuits, and founder of the Anselm Society, to discuss the importance of cultivating imagination through storytelling and the arts. Brian also shares his favorite cocktail recipe and his top three book picks. But first we have a chat about our (joint) contemporary preoccupations!