Civilized to Death

Christopher Ryan, PhD, is the author of the new book, Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress. A featured speaker from TED to The Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House to the Einstein Forum in Pottsdam, Germany, Ryan has consulted at various hospitals in Spain, provided expert testimony in a Canadian constitutional hearing, and appeared in well over a dozen documentary films. The coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Sex at Dawn, Ryan puts out a weekly podcast, called Tangentially Speaking, featuring conversations with interesting people, ranging from famous comics to bank robbers to drug smugglers to porn stars to authors to plasma physicists.

Sex, Time and Power

Leonard Shlain discusses his book, Sex, Time and Power: How Women’s Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution. Dr. Shlain is the author of several books including, The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image and Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time & Light. He is the chief of laparoscopic surgery at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and lives in the Bay Area.

Our Evolving Species

Sang-Hee Lee is the author of the new book, Close Encounters with Humankind: A Paleoanthropologist Investigates Our Evolving Species. She is a professor of anthropology and associate dean of the college of humanities, arts, and social sciences at UC Riverside, and lives in Riverside, California. She earned her MA and PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan.

I Am Not I

Jacob Needleman is the author of I Am Not I. A philosopher, author, and religious scholar, Jacob teaches philosophy at San Francisco State University. He is also the author of The New Religions, a pioneering study of the new American spirituality, Money and the Meaning of Life, A Sense of the Cosmos, The Heart of Philosophy, Time and the Soul, Why Can’t We Be Good? , and other books.

Legacy of the Kings Highway

Everybody loves the island of Maui. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and the sheer fanaticism about the island is well documented. Daniel Sullivan is a photographer and author of the new book, The Maui Coast – Legacy of the Kings Highway. Daniel has spent the last twenty years photographing vanishing cultures around the planet. From the eagle hunters of Mongolia to the Tribes of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley he has traveled to the farthest corners of the planet searching for the last of our disappearing ancient cultures. His book Tribes of the Omo Valley documented five tribes on Ethiopia’s Omo River whose lives are being affected by the building of one of the world’s largest dams.

A Quest to Preserve Ancient Spiritual and Healing Traditions

Marie-Rose Phan-Lê is author of Talking Story: One Woman’s Quest to Preserve Ancient Spiritual and Healing Traditions. Marie-Rose’s fascinating adventure into the world of healing, shamanism, plant medicine, and divination explores the many indigenous cultures on the verge of losing their medicinal plants, healing traditions, and spiritual knowledge as a result of habitat destruction, cultural assimilation, and globalization.

Masters of the Word

William J. Bernstein is author of the new book, Masters of the Word: How Media Shaped History from the Alphabet to the Internet. William is a financial theorist and historian whose books include The Birth of Plenty, The Four Pillars of Investing and most recently A Splendid Exchange. He is a Ph.D., M.D. and is a practicing neurologist in Oregon. Known for his quarterly journal of asset allocation and portfolio theory “Efficient Frontier”, Dr. Bernstein is also a principal in the money management firm Efficient Frontier Advisor. He is a frequent guest columnist for Morningstar, and is often quoted in The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

When the Past is Present

David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T. is a psychotherapist, teacher, workshop leader, and writer who works in Santa Barbara and San Francisco California. He is the author of the new book, When the Past is Present. He combines Jungian, poetic, and mythic perspectives in his work with the intention of integrating the psychological and the spiritual. His books and workshops include attention to Buddhist practices.

Just How Stupid Are We?

Rick Shenkman discusses Just How Stupid Are We?: Facing the Truth about the American Voter. He is the editor and founder of George Mason University’s History News Network, a website that features articles by historians on current events. An associate professor of history at George Mason University, he can regularly be seen on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC.