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We can hack aging and live to be 1,000 with biologist Aubrey de Grey

We can hack aging and live to be 1,000 with biologist Aubrey de Grey

Clearly throughout recorded history we’ve been fascinated by things like the Fountain of Youth and anything that would reverse the aging process. Let’s face it, if you’re over 40, you feel it physically. Your systems just start to break down. In modern medicine, this process has been seen as disease but this week’s guest, Aubrey de Grey, sees it more like an engineering challenge.     

Aubrey is a very controversial biomedical gerontologist and crusader against aging. He has a very specific plan that identifies the various components that cause human tissue to age, and he has very specific remedies for each of them. That’s what his non-profit, The SENS Research Foundation focuses on and it’s got some interesting people behind it, like Peter Thiel (one of the founders of PayPal) and Aubrey himself who has invested a large part of his inheritance to the cause. 

Why your brain loves poetry with poet Elizabeth Alexander

Why your brain loves poetry with poet Elizabeth Alexander

Today, our culture puts all its value on science. Those are the classes and jobs that pay. But it’s our poetry that for hundreds of years, has upset the establishment’s apple cart, that has brought us close together and created a sense of community and experience of being alive that nothing else can in the same way. It’s Poets that have challenged us to think differently. Recently, our National attention gets inspired by the poetry shared at revolutions in Washington whether it’s MLK’s “I have a dream,” during the Human Rights March of 1963, Maya Angelou’s, “On the Pulse of Morning,” who followed Robert Frost as the second poet ever to read at a president’s inauguration or this week’s guest, Elizabeth Alexander, the only other poet to read following Bill Clinton’s presidency when she read “Praise Song for the Day” at our country’s first black President, Barak Obama’s inauguration. 

Adventures of the human anus with science writer Mary Roach

Adventures of the human anus with science writer Mary Roach

My friends know I have this thing with toilet humor, with poop, with butts, with holes in butts, pretty much everything rear-facing. So yeah, it wouldn’t be a stretch (so to speak) to be up front with the fact I’m completely fascinated by anuses. That “poor friend in the back” is a prominent theme at my house, certainly with having a toddler, and even around the dinner table. Heck, I use the poo emoji as my heart emoji. In fact, I poo all of you. Some people don’t find it as funny but either way, we can agree our anus and rectum is a pretty private, vulnerable, and mysterious place. For sure an uncomfortable social taboo. Unless you’re science writer Mary Roach, who has written many funny books about the science of the human body. My butt radar noticed that  many of them include super interesting starfish adventures from the other side, if you know what I mean. So, I asked her to spend an entire podcast talking about our fannies— from interesting stuff that happens when we’re at war, when we have sex, when we go to outer space, when we swallow something, when we die and even the afterlife. I guess you can say, we take about why shit matters. 

How I talked hundreds of jumpers off the ledge with Sgt. Kevin Briggs

How I talked hundreds of jumpers off the ledge with Sgt. Kevin Briggs

At least once a week for almost 20 years, Sgt. Kevin Briggs would stand just a few feet away from a severely depressed person who had climbed over the rail in the middle of the Golden Gate bridge and was a step away from falling to their death. While they both stood there with noisy traffic and cold, strong wind creating insane vibrations, Kevin had to find a way to do whatever he could to break through and get people to decide to climb back. We all have moments of despair so I hope that, in this brief conversation with the man who’s become known as the “Guardian of the Golden Gate,” you can borrow from the powerful technique and messages that he used too help hundreds of people save themselves.

How to be the real deal with band manager Pete Galli

How to be the real deal with band manager Pete Galli

Pete manages bands and not just any bands but popular alternative bands like The Bravery, Andrew W. K, The Airborne Toxic Event, In the Valley Below. In case you haven’t heard of these performers, bands he manages have been on Conan O Brian, on Letterman, they’ve headlined at huge music festivals like Cochella, Lallapolooza, Austin City Limits— they’re Grammy Winning Artists who have opened for big acts like U2, Depeche Mode, and Green Day.