260 -David Sloan Wilson - Completing the Darwinian Revolution

It is widely understood that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution completely revolutionized the study of biology. Yet, according to David Sloan Wilson, the Darwinian revolution won’t be truly complete until it is applied more broadly—to everything associated with the words “human,” “culture,” and “policy.”

We talk to influential evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson about his new book This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution.

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Nature reviews the book

David debates Robert Sapolsky about extending Darwin’s theory

259 -Indre Viskontas - How Music Can Make You Better

We turn the tables on Indre to discuss her new book How Music Can Make You Better.

How can certain songs carry us through a tough workout, comfort us after a breakup, or unite 50,000 diverse fans? Indre tells us what music is and how it can change us for the better—from deep in our neurons to across our entire society. Whether hip-hop fans, classically trained pianists, or vinyl collectors, there is something in this interview for you.

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On Point interviews Indre on earworms

257 - Christie Aschwanden - The Strange Science of Recovery

In recent years recovery has become a sports and fitness buzzword. Anyone who works out or competes at any level is bombarded with the latest recovery products and services: from drinks and shakes to compression sleeves, foam rollers, electrical muscle stimulators, and sleep trackers.

We talk to Christie Aschwanden about her new book Good To Go: What the athlete in all of us can learn from the strange science of recovery.

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Outside interviews Christie

Christie interviewed by AAAS about the book

256 - Matt Richtel - The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System

The immune system is our body’s essential defense network, a guardian vigilantly fighting illness, healing wounds, maintaining order and balance, and keeping us alive. Its legion of microscopic foot soldiers—from T cells to “natural killers”—patrols our body, linked by a nearly instantaneous communications grid. It has been honed by evolution over millennia to face an almost infinite array of threats.

We talk to Matt Richtel about his new book An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives.

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Philly.com reviews the book

Matt on Adam Corolla’s podcast

254 - Blake J. Harris - Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality

We talk to Blake J. Harris about his new book The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality.

Over the course of three years (and with unprecedented access from Oculus and Facebook), Harris conducted hundreds of interviews with key players in the VR revolution—including Palmer Luckey, his partners, and their cult of dreamers—to weave together a rich, cinematic narrative that captures the breakthroughs, breakdowns, and human drama of trying to change the world.

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Venture Beat on the book

Triangulation interviews Blake

252 - Daniel Pink - The Science of Perfect Timing

Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don't know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of "when" decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork.

Timing is an art. But is it science? We talk to bestselling author Daniel Pink about his latest book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.

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The Science of Timing

NPR with Daniel Pink on Timing