June 16th, 2018 | 55 mins 44 secs
identity, japan, new orleans, new york, woman in the dunes, wyoming
In the West, we tend to assume that who we are is an unchanging essence of ourselves but when our lives change dramatically, we realize that it's impossible to define our identity without the context in which we live.
June 13th, 2018 | 1 hr 7 mins
knowledge, learning, smart, wisdom
We tend to use the words "wise" and "smart" in different ways. We postulate that smartness can be taught, shared, and passed on, but wisdom cannot be. We all have to become wiser on our own from scratch.
June 6th, 2018 | 54 mins 8 secs
politics, self-reflection, trump
We discuss how the perception of being street smart and book smart impact politicians' careers.
June 1st, 2018 | 1 hr 3 mins
capitalism, eastvswest, generalists, mba, medicine, specialists
In the West, specializing is how we gain authority, but it is a form of ignorance and has adverse consequences.
May 18th, 2018 | 1 hr 1 min
If you think about it, it's rather strange that people would want suicide to be illegal. Why would you want your right taken away?
April 6th, 2018 | 51 mins 9 secs
We discuss the life and music of Cecil Taylor. We planned this podcast before Cecil Taylor died.
March 25th, 2018 | 36 mins 57 secs
We discuss the life and work of Leonard Cohen.
March 17th, 2018 | 49 mins 1 sec
Recently there have been many articles about loneliness. Everyone is feeling lonely these days. Why?