8 episodes

Conversations on storytelling in society.

The Nature of Story Michael Neelsen

    • Society & Culture

Conversations on storytelling in society.

    #08: The Culture of Participation (w/ Dr. Henry Jenkins)

    #08: The Culture of Participation (w/ Dr. Henry Jenkins)

    In this episode of The Nature of Story podcast, Michael Neelsen speaks with Dr. Henry Jenkins, author of "Convergence Culture" and "By Any Media Necessary".

    DR. HENRY JENKINS is the Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education at the University of Southern California. He arrived at USC in Fall 2009 after spending more than a decade as the Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program and the Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities. He is the author and/or editor of seventeen books on various aspects of media and popular culture.

    Jenkins is the principal investigator for The Civic Imagination Project, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, to explore ways to inspire creative collaborations within communities as they work together to identify shared values and visions for the future.

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    This podcast was produced by StoryFirst Media, a video content production company focused on storytelling. Our editor is Ryan Smith. Our host is Michael Neelsen. Original music composed by Alexander Valdes.

    • 1 hr
    #07: This is Your Brain on Video (w/ Lucas C. Parra)

    #07: This is Your Brain on Video (w/ Lucas C. Parra)

    In this episode of The Nature of Story podcast, Michael Neelsen speaks with Lucas C. Parra, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, City College of New York, CUNY.

    LUCAS C. PARRA is Herbert Kayser Professor of Biomedical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in 1996 with research in the area of machine learning under the guidance of Gustavo Deco. Prior to joining CCNY he worked on medical imaging at Siemens Corporate Research (1995-1997) and acoustic signal processing at Sarnoff Corporation (1997-2003).

    Lucas' current work revolves around "reading and writing the brain: electric stimulation, brain signals, machine learning." He studies the effects of external stimuli such as movies, TV shows and video games on the brain.

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    This podcast was produced by StoryFirst Media, a video content production company focused on storytelling. Our editor is Ryan Smith. Our host is Michael Neelsen. Original music composed by Alexander Valdes.

    • 57 min
    #06: A Communal Art Form (w/ Dan Yashinksy)

    #06: A Communal Art Form (w/ Dan Yashinksy)

    In this episode of The Nature of Story podcast, Michael Neelsen speaks with Dan Yashinsky, Toronto oral storyteller and author of "Suddenly They Heard Footsteps: Storytelling for the Twenty-first Century."

    DAN YASHINKSY is a well-known Canadian storyteller, author, and community organizer. He received, in 1999, the first Jane Jacobs Prize to honour his contributions as a storyteller to enhance Toronto’s cultural life. He also received a 2009 Chalmers Arts Fellowship from the Ontario Arts Council. Dan founded the Toronto Festival of Storytelling (in 1979) and co-founded the Storytellers School of Toronto. He also began the longest-running open session in North America: 1,001 Friday Nights of Storytelling (in 1978).

    Dan has an M.A. in Sociology in Education from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. in Literature from the College of Creative Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara.

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    This podcast was produced by StoryFirst Media, a video content production company focused on storytelling. Our editor is Ryan Smith. Our host is Michael Neelsen. Original music composed by Alexander Valdes.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    #05: StoryBranding (w/ Jim Signorelli)

    #05: StoryBranding (w/ Jim Signorelli)

    In this episode of The Nature of Story podcast, Michael Neelsen speaks with Jim Signorelli, the author of StoryBranding 2.0: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through the Power of Story. Jim is also CEO of Story-Lab Chicago. There are remarkably few books out there that tackle storytelling in a way that's accessible to marketers while not oversimplifying things, and StoryBranding 2.0 is my personal favorite.

    JIM SIGNORELLI is a marketing thought leader and speaker who has been acclaimed as one of the world's foremost experts on the subject of StoryBranding. You can read more about him at www.www.story-lab.net

    Signorelli's articles and interviews have been featured in magazines, newspapers, and on radio talk shows throughout the United, States, Canada and Europe. His career has been spent working at major advertising advertising agencies throughout the U.S. on major accounts including Citibank, General Electric, Toshiba, Kraft Foods, Burger King, KFC, Taco Bell, McDonald's The American Marketing Assoication, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and many others.

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    This podcast was produced by StoryFirst Media, a video content production company focused on storytelling. Our editor is Ryan Smith. Our host is Michael Neelsen. Original music composed by Alexander Valdes.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    #04: Story and Philosophy (w/ Barry Lam)

    #04: Story and Philosophy (w/ Barry Lam)

    In this episode of The Nature of Story podcast, Michael Neelsen speaks with Barry Lam, host and creator of the podcast "Hi-Phi Nation," available on iTunes. Topics discussed include the ways philosophy and story don't work well together, whether or not it is possible to be an objective narrator, and why skeptics should surround themselves with blowhards -- sorta. It's one of the best conversations yet!

    BARRY LAM is an alum of UC Irvine and former program director and general manager at KUCI 88.9FM. A PhD in philosophy at Princeton University, Barry is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College. The first season of his podcast, "Hi-Phi Nation," was produced out of Duke University on the Humanities Writ-Large Fellowship. The second season is set to debut in Fall 2017.

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    This podcast was produced by StoryFirst Media, a video content production company focused on storytelling. Our editor is Ryan Smith. Our host is Michael Neelsen. Original music composed by Alexander Valdes.

    • 58 min
    #03: The Moral Molecule (w/ Dr. Paul Zak)

    #03: The Moral Molecule (w/ Dr. Paul Zak)

    In this episode of The Nature of Story podcast, Michael Neelsen speaks with Dr. Paul Zak about his research into oxytocin, a brain chemical associated with trust and generosity, and the role of stories in releasing the hormone. They also discuss Dr. Zak's taxpayer-funded research for the Department of Defense, the predictive power of ZEST scores, and a more scientific approach to test screenings for filmmakers.

    DR. PAUL ZAK is the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University. He has degrees in mathematics and economics from San Diego State University, a Ph.D. in economics from University of Pennsylvania, and post-doctoral training in neuroimaging from Harvard. He also serves as a senior advisor to Finsbury, a global leader in strategic communications that advises many of the world’s most successful companies.

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    This podcast was produced by StoryFirst Media, a video content production company focused on storytelling. Our editor is Ryan Smith. Our host is Michael Neelsen. Original music composed by Alexander Valdes.

    • 1 hr 4 min

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