What and Why with Max Roth

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What do we do and why do we do it? To paraphrase Augustine, the questions are shallow enough for a child not to drown, but deep enough for an elephant to swim. (Augustine didn't have a podcast. He was talking about the Bible.) The idea of What and Why with Max Roth is to spend some time with peo… read more

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The skills of a spy and how they apply to the rest of us

July 1st, 2019


Jason Hanson was a CIA officer from 2003 to 2009. Now he runs a security firm and has written Agent of Influence: How to Use Spy Skills to Persuade …

Targeting Faith: Asking clergy about violence aimed at religion

June 24th, 2019


In this week's What and Why, a conversation about violence aimed at people because of their beliefs. This was a television discussion I hosted with a …

Middle Readers Special! Snared: Lair of the Beast with Adam Jay Epstein

June 10th, 2019


"Snared: Lair of the Beast" is the second book in the "Snared" series by Adam Jay Epstein. These are books for middle readers, meaning they are officially intended for readers up to age 14 or so. Unofficially it means …

A hero erased from history: Ernst Lohmeyer Between the Swastika and the Sickle, an interview with James Edwards

June 3rd, 2019


One of Germany's greatest scholars risked his life and lost his job standing up for Jews as the Nazis took power, protected minorities as a German …

The Big Activity Book for Anxious People with Jordan Reid

May 27th, 2019


This is a funny book. There are quirky pictures, goofy lists, familiar scenarios, and odd observations all about anxiety. Jordan Reid is a blogger (see ramshackleglam.com), an actress, a mom, and a good sport as I …

Grateful: The Subversive Practice of Giving Thanks with Diana Butler Bass

May 20th, 2019


Does gratitude ever feel like a burden? It does to me. I think I should just naturally feel grateful, but I don't. In this weeks episode, bestselling …

Computer stolen edition! :(

May 13th, 2019


Ugh. Computer stolen, which I realized as I prepared to upload the episode on GRATITUDE. Hey, could be worse. I'm grateful that you listen and the …

Ultra Runners: A Journey to the Edge of Human Endurance with Author Adharanand Finn

May 6th, 2019


WHY!!?? That's the question that comes to my mind when I hear about 100 mile runs. Any running race longer than a marathon (26.2 miles) is considered …

Tequila the drink, the town, the symbol, the book!

April 29th, 2019


Tequila has been through a lot of transformation...not so much the drink itself, whose distillers pride themselves on consistent quality through the …

American Sumo

April 15th, 2019


What exactly is Sumo? Why do people participate?

This week four American Sumo wrestlers sit down to talk about why they chose a sport most of us think of as a curiosity from Japan. Trent Sabo has won silver and bronze …

An Economist Walks into a Brothel, a conversation with Allison Schrager

April 8th, 2019


Brothels, paparazzi, Cinnabon big wigs and felons...What do they all have in common? They all provide excellent examples of people dealing with risk to varying degrees of success. Allison Schrager is an economist who …

Why we justify bad choices, with Elliot Aronson

April 1st, 2019


You've felt the pang...you believe strongly that recycling is important to cut down on resource extraction, but with no bin at work, it's just too …

Dying of Whiteness: A doctor's deadly diagnosis of racial resentment

March 25th, 2019


Jonathan Metzl looks at the outcomes of politics based on a backlash against perceived outsiders. The theory sounds provocative, but the book is …

Holy Envy: Finding wisdom outside our faiths with Barbara Brown Taylor

March 18th, 2019


Barbara Brown Taylor wrote Holy Envy, Finding God in the Faith of Others as a memoir of her time teaching Religion 101 to students at Piedmont …

Red Letter Christians with Tony Campolo

March 11th, 2019


Sociologist Tony Campolo has preached to tens of thousands of people, he's taught in the Ivy League, he's counseled a President of the United States …

The Human Network: Where do You Fit In? with Matthew Jackson

March 4th, 2019


How Your Social Position Determines Your Power, Beliefs and Behaviors, is the Subtitle to Matthew O. Jackson's new book, The Human Network. That's a lot to promise in a few words, but Jackson has the intellectual chops …

Opinion, Power and Perception in Social Media with Shannon McGregor

February 25th, 2019


On a regular basis, do you Tweet? Instagram? Facebook? Snapchat? If you do...your way of understanding people and politics is radically different …

The Goodness Paradox: Richard Wrangham's new theory on the evolution of human violence

February 18th, 2019


It might seem like we humans are violent, but we really aren't compared to other creatures. Really, how many times have you been in a knock-down drag …

Bonus Ep! The Goodness Paradox, The Full Interview with Richard Wrangham

February 18th, 2019


The whole interview with Richard Wrangham, biological anthropologist and author of The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Virtue and …

Eight Dates with John and Julie Schwartz Gottman

February 11th, 2019


What we do: We fall in love. We neglect the person we love. We don't really talk about what's important. Why? John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman …

What IS "What and Why?"

February 10th, 2019


Coming soon, a look at what we do and why we do it. The "we" is us. You and me. Each week we'll hear from people who have thought about some aspect …

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