Monthly Archives: April 2019

Attention Science: Episode 2



The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine Podcast hosts will interview Dr. Thomas Brown, a former Yale professor and current member of the clinical faculty of the Keck Medical School at the University of Southern California. Listen as we discuss Dr. Brown’s research and his work running an ADHD clinic.


Ep. 15 – Gay Bradshaw on Charlie Russell, grizzly bears, and the search for truth



Bears, like other carnivores, are typically cast as unthinking, emotionless killers. But the late naturalist Charlie Russell believed this tragic misperception hides the truth about who bears really are. Charlie’s life story changed how humans perceive grizzly bears. While other scientists and naturalists were studying bears from a distance, tranquilizing them and tagging them with trackers, Charlie chose to live, intimately and without harm, among bears for decades in far east Russia and in North America. His objectives were as different as his methods. “Biologists know a lot—how many calories a bear needs every day, their numbers, and so on. This is good information, but it doesn’t really tell you anything about who a bear is,” he told our guest. “I’ve never wanted to know about bears, I’ve only wanted to understand them.” In her much anticipated new book, “Talking with Bears” (Rocky Mountain Books, fall 2019), Dr. Gay Bradshaw tells Russell’s story, built on a decade of conversations about and two lifetimes devoted to searching for the truth of who animals really are. An internationally renowned expert on animal trauma and a Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, Dr. Bradshaw has spent her life exploring the minds, emotions and lives of animals, and pushing and inspiring science and society to better understand them.


Jules Feiffer – Screenwriter, Cartoonist, Playwright



Join Aaron on stage at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY for a remarkable evening with legendary, Pulitzer-winning screenwriter and cartoonist, Jules Feiffer.

Recorded on Jules’s 90th birthday, after a screening of his 1970s masterpiece, Carnal Knowledge (starring Jack Nicholson, Dir. Mike Nichols), Jules walks us through this extraordinary film, his collaboration with Nicholson, Nichols, Bergen, and Garfunkel, as well as touching on his lengthy career as America’s best known satirist.

Winner of the Polk Award, an Oscar, an Obie, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Pulitzer, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the WGA, this is a rare opportunity to hear from a living legend.

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M. Jahi Chappell: Pulling Weeds and Beginning to End Hunger



What might a world without hunger look like? On this episode of Chewing the Fat, we interview Dr. M. Jahi Chappell about his book, “Beginning to End Hunger: Food and the Environment in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and Beyond.” From the story about a city of 5 million that took on food security more holistically, we learn about how to unite sustainability and economic well-being: in policy design, community-building, and ultimately, deepening our commitment to human rights. Jahi then shares his reflections on how researchers should critically examine their roles in movement-building. What does it look like to create trust and be in one another’s lives, and how would that change what we think and do about hunger–here and everywhere?

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Chewing the Fat is a podcast from the Yale Sustainable Food Program. We cover people making change in the complex world of food and agriculture. We’re home to brilliant minds: activists, academics, chefs, entrepreneurs, farmers, journalists, policymakers, and scientists (to name a few!). Taken together, their work represents a reimagining of mainstream food movements, challenging myths and tropes as well as inspiring new ways of collaborating.

The podcast is an aural accompaniment to our on-campus Chewing the Fat speaker series, aiming to broaden our content beyond New Haven. Episodes are released every two weeks, featuring interviews, storytelling and more.

On the farm, in the classroom, and around the world, the Yale Sustainable Food Program (YSFP) grows food-literate leaders. We create opportunities for students to experience food, agriculture, and sustainability as integral parts of their education and everyday lives. For more information, please visit sustainablefood.yale.edu.


Ep. 14 – David Wolfson on pioneering the field of farm animal law



In the United States today, 10 billion land animals are raised and killed for food annually. That’s over 19,000 animals per minute. About 1.1 million animals during the length of this podcast. Yet as far as federal law is concerned, farmed animals do not exist. They are not counted as “animals” under the country’s primary federal animal protection law, the Animal Welfare Act. Their status is finally changing at the state level, thanks to the remarkable work of our guest, corporate lawyer and activist David Wolfson and his colleagues. We speak with David about nonhuman personhood, about the importance of teaching in driving long-term social change, and about how he’s worked to make animals legible to the law.


The Quadcast: How Digital Media Influences Religion



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Angela Gorrell of the Yale Center For Faith and Culture discusses the trend of digital fasting, how Jesus would use Twitter, and if social media helps or harms religious community and practice.


Attention Science: Episode 1



Pay attention! Join Amelia Hallworth and Kelsie Cassell as they discuss attention science throughout life. We start with the neuroscience behind attention as a baby, discuss how children and adult’s attention is altered by technology, and finally look at the loss of attention in Alzheimer’s patients at the end of life. This episode is released in conjunction with and will feature research from the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine’s March 2019 issue on Attention Science.


Terence Winter Redux! – The Sopranos 20th anniversary



In honor of the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest TV shows ever made, we’re replaying our very first episode of the podcast with a new introduction.

Terry Winter worked his way up The Sopranos writing staff to become one of the three key contributors to the series. Terry went on to a 20 year career at HBO, creating and showrunning two additional series after the end of The Sopranos. He was also nominated for an Oscar for writing The Wolf of Wall Street.

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Ep. 13 – Dr. Nicholas Christakis on the animal origins of goodness



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For decades, researchers have debated whether or not animals make friends. “Friends” — the taboo “f word” — was generally put in quotes if it was used at all. But if you study the social networks of elephants, whales and other animals, it is clear that they have friends just like we do, according to Dr. Nicholas Christakis. Friendship, like other societal characteristics, evolved independently and convergently across species.

Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science, Dr. Christakis is a leading Yale sociologist and physician known for his research on human social networks and biosocial science. In this episode, he speaks with us about the ancient origins and modern implications of our common animality and his new book, Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society.