#27 Books and Ideas: Jennifer Michael Hecht Episode 27 of Books and Ideas is an interview with Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of "Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson" and "The Happiness Myth." As a poet and historian Hecht brings a unique perspective to her examination of the role of science in modern society. She also shares how writing "Doubt" changed her attitude toward religion. You won't want to miss this thought-provoking conversation.

For show notes and transcripts go to http://booksandideas.com/.

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#26 Books and Ideas: "Grave Expectations" Episode 26 of Books and Ideas is an interview with Sue Bailey and Carmen Flowers, the authors of "Grave Expectations: Planning the End Like There's No Tomorrow." This book helps readers to plan for their funeral or memorial service. While this might seem like a strange idea Flowers and and Bailey explain that this can actually be a wonderful gift to leave for one's family and loved ones.

In this interview Bailey and Flowers share the personal experiences that led them to write this unusual book and they explain why they wrote it in an overtly humorous style. This interview will help listeners see death and funeral planning in a new way.

Go to http://booksandideas.com for show notes (including episode transcript) and links.

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Direct download: 26-booksandideas-Flowers.mp3
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#25 Books and Ideas: Vaccines DO NOT cause Autism Episode 25 of Books and Ideas is an interview with Dr. Paul A. Offit, author of "Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure." The scientific evidence shows no connection between vaccines and autism yet opponents of vaccination continue to encourage parents to refuse to vaccinate their children against potentially life threatening diseases.

In this episode we consider the evidence for vaccine safety and examine the factors that fuel the on-going controversy. Children are already dying from preventable diseases like measles and hemophilis infuenza (Hib) meningitis, so it is vital that parents be informed about the unnecessary risks faced by unvaccinated children.

For detailed show notes and episode transcripts go to http://booksandideas.com. Send email to gincampbell at mac dot com.
Direct download: 25-booksandideas-vaccinesAREsafe.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:51pm CST

#24 Books and Ideas: Second Interview with Frank Wilczek Episode 24 of Books and Ideas is a follow-up interview with Nobel Prize winning physicist. Dr. Frank Wilczek. We discuss the questions that we didn't get around to in Episode 23, including the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics, String Theory, and dark matter and dark energy. Dr. Wilczek also answers some questions from listeners and tells us a little about his current work.

For detailed show notes and episode transcripts go to http://booksandideas.com/.

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#23 Books and Ideas: Nobel Physicist Frank Wilczek Episode 23 of Books and Ideas is an interview with Frank Wilczek, PhD. Dr. Wilczek won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2004 and is the author of the new book Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces. In this interview Dr. Campbell asks him to explain some of the key ideas that drive his work and he helps us understand why he considers the new Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland the greatest achievement of modern science.

For show notes and episode transcripts go to http://booksandideas.com/.

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Direct download: 23-booksandideas-Wilczek.mp3
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#22 Books and Ideas: Dragon*Con 2008 Episode 22 of Books and Ideas is all about my recent adventures at Dragon*Con 2008.

Please visit http://booksandideas.com for detailed show notes and episode transcripts.

Send email to Ginger Campbell, MD at gincampbell at mac dot com.
Direct download: 22-booksandideas-dragoncon.mp3
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7/29/08 Announcement: The next regular episode of Books and Ideas will come out in September, 2008. This brief announcement includes information about Dr. Campbell's upcoming appearance at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as information for new listeners. She also plays "The Open Door" by the Beatnik Turtle.

Please visit the website at http://booksandideas.com or send email to docartemis at gmail.com.

For more information about the Beatnik Turtle visit their website at http://beatnikturtle.com/.

Direct download: Announcement-7-2008.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:04pm CST

#21 Books and Ideas: Interview with Eugenie Scott Episode 21 of Books and Ideas is an interview with Dr. Eugenie Scott, the Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education. We talk about the importance of teaching evolution in US public schools. For the sake of our international listeners we also explore the history behind the uniquely American battle between evolution and creationism (and its current incarnation, Intelligent Design).

For detailed Show Notes and transcripts please visit my website at http://booksandieas.com/.

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Direct download: 21-booksandideas-EugenieScott.mp3
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#20 Books and Ideas: Mindfulness Meditation with Delany Dean Books and Ideas #20: This is the corrected version of my interview with Delany Dean. I apologize to anyone who got the version with most of the sound missing!

In this episode Dr. Dean and I share our experiences with mindfulness meditation and Dr. Dean explains why she finds it helpful for a wide range of problems, including the stress we all face from time to time.

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Direct download: 20-corrected-books-dean.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:23pm CST

#19 Books and Ideas: "Predictably Irrational" with Dan Ariely Episode 19 of Books and Ideas is an interview with MIT's Dan Ariely, author of the bestseller Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions.

For show notes and transcripts  go to http://booksandieas.com/.

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Get the audio of "Predictably Irrational" at http://audiblepodcast.com/booksandideas/.


Direct download: 19-booksandideas-Ariely.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:31pm CST

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