Episode 12: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

In this episode I talk to designer, artist and author Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg about hanging out with Brian Eno, riding a horse through the streets of London, and the digestive tract as a new space for design.

Daisy uses experimental design approaches to explore the social, political and ecological implications of emerging technologies, primarily those related to synthetic biology. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the Royal College of Art in London.

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Music

Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)

Very, Very Hungry – Brian Eno/David Byrne

Nattura – Björk

Artichokes – Maps & Atlases

Homecomputer – Señor Coconut

Walk On the Wild Side – Lou Reed

Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

 

Reading List

Codex Seraphinianus – by Luigi Serafini

Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology’s Designs on Nature

Synthetic Biology Could Use Some Questions From HumansWired UK

Limited Edition: E. Chromi, The Scatalog

 

Watch List

Daisy at What Design Can Do

Daisy at PopTech!

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Episode 11: Zahra Ebrahim

In this episode I talk to designer and teacher Zahra Ebrahim about the importance of taking risks, the serious business of making a funny list, and giving yourself permission to trip.

Zahra is the Founder/Principal of the design think tank and creative consultancy archiTEXT. Her work brings together diverse groups to tackle the intersections of architecture, design and creativity with social change, systems change, public engagement and problem solving.

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Music

Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)

Bassment Party – The Cool Kids

Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding

Get Down On It – Kool & the Gang

Everytime Tha Beat Drop – Monica (feat. Dem Franhize Boyz)

A Paw In My Face – The Field

Changes – 2pac

Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

 

Reading List

Massive Change – by Jennifer Leonard and Bruce Mau | The IwB

Yes Please – by Amy Poehler

 

Watch List

The Experience Trap: Zahra Ebrahim at TEDxOCADU

Jenny Slate’s F-bomb on SNL

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

When Harry Met Sally

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Episode 10: Dan Sturges

In this episode I talk to car designer and transportation guru Dan Sturges about pink rooms, stink rooms, BMW response squads, and the wonderful world of little vehicles. Oh my!

For the past 30 years, Dan has been relentlessly working on comprehensive transportation solutions. His latest fascination is riding a bike around L.A.

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Music
Show Opening Mix:
Brand New – Salt-n-Pepa
Brand New – Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake)
Brand New Key – Melanie
Brand New – Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)

Intergalactic – Beastie Boys
Cars – Gary Numan
Crosstown Traffic – Jimi Hendrix
Get In My Car – 50 Cent
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths

Show Closing Mix:
Brand New Funk – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Brand New You’re Retro – Tricky
Brand New Me – Dusty Springfield
Brand New Me – Isaac Hayes

Reading List
Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered – by E. F. Schumacher

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Contact

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Episode 9: Diane Downs

In this episode I talk to educator and artistic director Diane Downs about jazz pedagogy, hangin’ out with the chickens, and the hilarity of working with children.

Diane is the founder of The Louisville Leopard Percussionists and a big believer in the power of music and kids’ potential to tap into it as a form of self-expression.

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Music
Show Opening Mix:
Brand New – Salt-n-Pepa
Brand New – Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake)
Brand New Key – Melanie
Brand New – Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)

CLOUDS – Prince
YYZ – Rush cover by The Louisville Leopard Percussionists
It’s Not Impossible – Ben Sollee

Show Closing Mix:
Brand New Funk – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Brand New You’re Retro – Tricky
Brand New Me – Dusty Springfield
Brand New Me – Isaac Hayes

Watch List
Louisville Leopard Percussionists – Zeppelin!

Louisville Leopard Percussionists – Crazy Train

Louisville Leopards perform – Seven Nation Army

Louisville Leopard Percussionists (Beginners) – So Danco Samba

Louisville Leopard Percussionists (Steel Drums) – Katy Perry’s Firework

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Episode 8: Dr. Piero Ferrucci

In this episode, I talk to psychotherapist and philosopher Piero Ferrucci about his love of Fellini, our need for beauty, and the connections between neuroscience and the inner experience.

Piero is the nephew of Aldous Huxley and a student and collaborator of Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli, the founder of psychosynthesis.

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Music
Show Opening Mix:
Brand New – Salt-n-Pepa
Brand New – Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake)<
Brand New Key – Melanie
Brand New – Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)

String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421 (Haydn Quartet No. 2): III. Menuetto and Trio: Allegretto – Salzburg Mozarteum Quartet

La strada: La strada – Studio Orchestra + Studio Conductor<

Show Closing Mix:
Brand New Funk – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Brand New You’re Retro – Tricky
Brand New Me – Dusty Springfield
Brand New Me – Isaac Hayes

Reading List

What We May Be: Techniques for Psychological and Spiritual Growth Through Psychosynthesis, by Piero Ferrucci

Inevitable Grace: Breakthroughs in the Lives of Great Men and Women: Guides to Your Self-Realization, by Piero Ferrucci

The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life, by Piero Ferrucci

Beauty and the Soul: The Extraordinary Power of Everyday Beauty to Heal Your Life, by Piero Ferrucci

Your Inner Will: Finding Personal Strength in Critical Times, by Piero Ferrucci

Complete Poems and Selected Letters of John Keats (Modern Library Classics)

The Bhagavad Gita (Classics of Indian Spirituality)

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La Strada, by Federico Fellini

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Episode 7: Mimi Pond

In this episode, I talk to cartoonist and illustrator Mimi Pond about the era of humor books, vintage restaurant ware and characters you shouldn’t root for but you find yourself rooting for anyway.

Mimi is the author of the fictionalized memoir Over Easy, New York Times best-selling graphic novel about diners, drugs, and California in the 1970s.

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Music

Show Opening Mix:
Brand New – Salt-n-Pepa
Brand New – Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake)
Brand New Key – Melanie
Brand New – Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)

Valley Girl – Frank Zappa
Senior Service – Elvis Costello

Show Closing Mix:
Brand New Funk – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Brand New You – Tricky
Brand New Me – Dusty Springfield
Brand New Me – Isaac Hayes

Reading List

Over Easy – by Mimi Pond

The valley girls’ guide to life – by Mimi Pond

Secrets of the Powder Room – by Mimi Pond

Shoes Never Lie – by Mimi Pond

The Official Preppy Handbook – by Lisa Birnbach

Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America – by John Waters

The Custom Of The Country – by Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton: A Biography – by R. W. B. Lewis

One Lifetime Is Not Enough – by Zsa Zsa Gabor and Wendy Leigh

Watch List
Beauty Is Embarrassing
The Third Man

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Episode 6: Coury Deeb

In this episode, I talk to filmmaker Coury Deeb about Guatemalan b-boys, American “sleepers,” and the lengths he’s willing to go get a good story.

Coury is the thrill-seeking founder of Louisville-based Nadus Films, a non-profit creative agency whose vision is to “make films that make a difference.”

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Music

Show Opening Mix:
Brand New – Salt-n-Pepa
Brand New – Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake)
Brand New Key – Melanie
Brand New – Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)

Village Ghetto Land – Stevie Wonder

In The Ghetto – Elvis Presley

Ghetto Gospel – 2Pac

Fight The Good Fight – Triumph

Show Closing Mix:
Brand New Funk – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Brand New You’re Retro – Tricky
Brand New Me – Dusty Springfield
Brand New Me – Isaac Hayes

Reading List

The Hero with a Thousand Faces – by Joseph Campbell

Watch List

B-Boy For Life (Nadus Films)
An Idiot Abroad
The Game
Couples Therapy with Dr. Jenn, VH1
Food, Inc.

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Episode 5: Jill Vialet

In this episode I talk to the CEO and Founder of Playworks Jill Vialet about Susan Sontag, The Rolling Stones, and “rock, paper, scissors” as a conflict resolution strategy.

Playworks is a national non-profit that believes in the power of play to bring out the best in every child. They strive to create safe, inclusive school environments that allow kids to thrive and discover their own superpowers.

 

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Music

Show Opening Mix:
Brand New – Salt-n-Pepa
Brand New – Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake)
Brand New Key – Melanie
Brand New – Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)

Can’t You Hear Me Knocking – The Rolling Stones

Show Closing Mix:
Brand New Funk – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Brand New You’re Retro – Tricky
Brand New Me – Dusty Springfield
Brand New Me – Isaac Hayes

 

Reading List

The Ambiguity of Play- Brian Sutton-Smith

Lateral Thinking: An Introduction- by Edward de Bono

Experience And Education- by John Dewey

The Volcano Lover: A Romance – by Susan Sontag

Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less – by Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao

Recess Rules – by Jill Vialet

 

Watch List

Jill’s TEDMED talk: Why play matters

Headspace meditation site and app

John Oliver on the Supreme Court

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Episode 4: Aubrey de Grey

In this episode, I talk to scientist Aubrey de Grey about the rejuvenating power of hot tubs, the possibility of humans living for 1,000 years, and his “global crusade to defeat aging.”

Aubrey is a biomedical gerontologist who serves as the Chief Science Officer and Co-founder of the SENS Research Foundation, which is working to change the way the world researches and treats age-related disease.

 

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Music

Show Opening Mix:
Brand New – Salt-n-Pepa
Brand New – Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake)
Brand New Key – Melanie
Brand New – Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)

On Aging – Maya Angelou
When I’m Sixty-Four – The Flaming Lips (feat. Def Rain & Pitchwafuzz)

Show Closing Mix:
Brand New Funk – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Brand New You’re Retro – Tricky
Brand New Me – Dusty Springfield
Brand New Me – Isaac Hayes

 

Reading List

Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime – by Aubrey de Grey

 

Watch List

The Immortalists

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Episode 3: Barbara Sher

In this episode, I talk to author and life coach Barbara Sher about encounter groups, success teams, the futility of positive thinking, and how to get what you really, really want.

Barbara is a global authority on identifying goals, finding drive and motivation, and avoiding resistance the natural way. She has five best-selling books in more than a dozen languages and is in the thick of another one right now, which she’s writing with her son from their home in Marseille, France.

 

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Listen to the Episode Below (46:25)

Music
Show Opening Mix:
Brand New – Salt-n-Pepa
Brand New – Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake)
Brand New Key – Melanie
Brand New – Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)

Daily Affirmations – Stuart Smalley

Interlude (From “the Seven Samurai”) – Fumio Hayasaka

Show Closing Mix:
Brand New Funk – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Brand New You’re Retro – Tricky
Brand New Me – Dusty Springfield
Brand New Me – Isaac Hayes

Reading List
Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want – Barbara Sher

I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was – Barbara Sher

Refuse to Choose! – Barbara Sher

Your Inner Child of the Past – W. Hugh Missildine

Watch List
Slap Shot

National Lampoon’s Animal House

Seven Samurai (The Criterion Collection)

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