Posted on January 8, 2018
Kurt Andersen is a best-selling author and co-creator of the Peabody Award winning weekly radio show, Studio 360, which is also available in podcast form. He co-wrote a parody book on Donald Trump with Alec Baldwin, You Can’t Spell America Without Me. He’s been a columnist for the New Yorker, New York, NY Times, and Time. He is also known as the co-founder of Spy magazine. In this episode I chat with Kurt about his latest book, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire (A 500 Year History). Stay in touch at http://www.derekberes.com.
Dax returns to catch up on what’s happening in 2018. We start with the state of politics, move into technology, AI, social relationships, social media, and the art of being a human being. Stay in touch at http://www.derekberes.com.
Posted on December 12, 2017
Sameer Gadhia is the singer of California-based band Young the Giant. In this episode we discuss growing up Indian in America, what it was like watching Michigan go “red” in the 2016 election, Kafka, yoga, and, of course, music. Stay in touch at www.derekberes.com.
Posted on November 30, 2017
Natalia Petrzela is a scholar, writer, teacher, and activist. An Associate Professor of History at The New School, her first book, Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture (Oxford, 2015), explores the roots of the culture wars in American public schools, specifically amid heated battles over sexuality and bilingual education. Natalia’s latest research traces the rise of “wellness culture” since the 1950s, asking how and why Americans have increasingly linked food and fitness regimes to the pursuit of self-fulfillment. Check out her work at http://www.nataliapetrzela.com. Stay in touch at http://www.derekberes.com.
Paul Shapiro is the VP of Policy Engagement for the Humane Society of the United States and the author of Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World. We discuss the fascinating new technologies that will reduce animal suffering while offering us optimal nutritional options in the very near future. Stay in touch: http://www.derekberes.com.
We talk about fitness often, yet the most important aspect is often left undiscussed. Attention matters in physical, cognitive, and emotional health. This is the first half of my keynote lecture at Shape Michigan 2017. Thanks to Brian Tass for inviting me to speak and teach a movement class. Stay in touch: http://www.derekberes.com.
Robert Lustig is an American pediatric endocrinologist and author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease. A professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he specializes in neuroendocrinology and childhood obesity, his 2009 lecture, “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” has been viewed over 7.3 million times on Youtube. His new book is The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains.
Will Lopez is a 20-year-old Political Science major at UCLA who was born in Mexico. He is also a DACA recipient. We talk about what it’s like hearing the president call Mexicans drug dealers and rapists, what being a Dreamer entails, and his own political ambitions in California. Stay in touch at www.derekberes.com.