Category: Ideas

Janet Reitman (BSS #399)

Janet Reitman is most recently the author of Inside Scientology. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Always on the run. Author: Janet Reitman Subjects Discussed: Scientology and cults, the way Scientology works, Orthodox Judaism, Michael Sklar, tax-exempt religions, the religious elements used to form Scientology, esoteric religious movements in early 20th century Los Angeles, L. Ron Hubbard’s Read More

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Mara Hvistendahl (BSS #398)

Mara Hvistendahl is most recently the author of Unnatural Selection. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Considering cold water solutions if he attempts to sire sons. Author: Mara Hvistendahl Subjects Discussed: Lyndon Johnson’s 1965 address on the occasion of the UN’s 20th anniversary, the relationship between birth rate, sex selection, and development, the history of amniocentesis in Read More

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James Gleick (BSS #397)

James Gleick is most recently the author of The Information. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Giving little bits of your entropy. Author: James Gleick Subjects Discussed: Claude Shannon, the origin of the byte, Charles Babbage and relay switches, measuring information beyond the telegraph, bit storage capacity, being right about data measurement, “A Mathematical Theory of Communication,” Read More

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Adam Hochschild (BSS #396)

Adam Hochschild is most recently the author of To End All Wars. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Conscientiously objecting and objectifying consciousness. Author: Adam Hochschild Subjects Discussed: What is considered morally permissible in war, mustard gas, deadly military technology, Ray Bradbury’s “The Flying Machine,” the women’s suffrage movement and World War I, Emmeline Pankhurst and the Read More

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Ross Perlin (BSS #393)

Ross Perlin is most recently the author of Intern Nation. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering if he somebody signed him up for an unpaid internship. Author: Ross Perlin Subjects Discussed: Economic origins of the intern, Gary Becker and human capital theory, how economics contribute to intern culture, humane paid internships and varying definitions of “investment,” Read More

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Carol Emshwiller & Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts (BSS #389)

Today is Carol Emshwiller’s 90th birthday. She is the author of Carmen Dog, The Mount, and numerous stories. Nonstop Press has recently issued The Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller. Her work can be thoroughly investigated through The Carol Emshwiller Project. (Many thanks to Gavin Grant for his assistance in setting up this conversation.) Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts Read More

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Holly Tucker (BSS #388)

Holly Tucker is most recently the author of Blood Work. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering why his bank statements come back bloody. Author: Holly Tucker Subjects Discussed: Early philosophical notions of blood, ill humors, whether science without the scientific method can be adequately called science, the Royal Society, William Harvey and the discovery of circulation, Read More

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Insulted by Authors (BSS #384)

Bill Ryan is the proprietor of the website Insulted by Authors. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Insulted by humorless people. Guest: Bill Ryan Subjects Discussed: Taking unexpected tumbles in life, why insults are the best way to pop the cherry of the author-reader relationship, being the son of a scientist, dodging dodgy publicists, being identified as Read More

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Eduardo Porter (BSS #381)

Eduardo Porter is most recently the author of The Price of Everything. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Shopping for a new religion. Author: Eduardo Porter Subjects Discussed: Faith and the Pascalian wager, whether or not Americans perceive faith in fair prices, the idea of a price embodying the making of a thing, Marx and labor, how Read More

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Misha Angrist (BSS #376)

Misha Angrist is the tenth person to participate in the Personal Genome Project and is most recently the author of Here is a Human Being. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering how sequencing relates to funking people up. Author: Misha Angrist Subjects Discussed: Mapping your own neuroses vs. mapping your own genomes, attempts to interview James Read More

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Isabel Wilkerson (BSS #366)

Isabel Wilkerson is most recently the author of The Warmth of Other Suns. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Warming up to fascinating history. Author: Isabel Wilkerson Subjects Discussed: [List forthcoming] EXCERPT FROM SHOW: Correspondent: I wanted to ask about one of the key pieces of conflict relating to the Great Migration that fascinated me. You pointed Read More

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Dan Ariely (BSS #344)

Dan Ariely is most recently the author of The Upside of Irrationality. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Looking about for Dichter’s egg. Author: Dan Ariely Subjects Discussed: [List forthcoming] EXCERPT FROM SHOW: Correspondent: The question is whether or not there is some kind of maximum threshold. An escalation of that one item that makes something unique Read More

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