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Fascinating interviews with newsmakers, business leaders, and people who are changing the world. Past guests have included astronaut Buzz Aldrin, business icon Harvey Mackay, and acclaimed performer Cher. It's radio...for the curious.

A Closer Look with Pam Atherton Pamela Atherton

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 6 Ratings

Fascinating interviews with newsmakers, business leaders, and people who are changing the world. Past guests have included astronaut Buzz Aldrin, business icon Harvey Mackay, and acclaimed performer Cher. It's radio...for the curious.

    LGBT Pioneer Arlene Goldberg on Simple Human Dignity

    LGBT Pioneer Arlene Goldberg on Simple Human Dignity

    A pioneer in the LGBT community and lead plaintiff in a groundbreaking ACLU Federal lawsuit for gay marriage rights in Florida, Arlene Goldberg shares her story from her book Simple Human Dignity. We hear about growing up gay in the late 50s and 60s, having to lie to the people most important in her life. Arlene shares what areas we still need to work on, the surprising issues facing older LGBT Americans, and what allies can do to help. A snapshot in time before Rainbow Flags and Pride Parades

    • 27 min
    More Bad Days in History with Michael Farquhar

    More Bad Days in History with Michael Farquhar

    Having a bad day? You won’t feel so bad after listening to our chat with Michael Farquhar, the author of More Bad Days in History, Amongst all the laughs, he reminds us that history is not all black and white, and that we are all pretty much the same. 

    Not only do we talk about carbuncles, cannibalism and Thomas Jefferson's rear end, but Michael also tells us how General Patton’s widow put a Hawaiian curse on her husband’s mistress, and how Joe DiMaggio gave Florence Kotz a doozy of a day.

    • 22 min
    "Bottom of the Sky" Author William C. Pack Says "Never Kiss a Chicken!"

    "Bottom of the Sky" Author William C. Pack Says "Never Kiss a Chicken!"

    How do you go from the crazy world of Wall Street to the chicken coops of Montana, and write a sweet book for children, after you have a bestselling novel for adults? 

    William C. Pack explains why he wrote "Never Kiss a Chicken" after the success of his adult novel "Bottom of the Sky."  We talk divisiveness, niceness, kindness (both active and passive) and why one should never kiss a chicken.

    And, it turns out, we both speak chicken! A delightful conversation with an interesting man.

    • 21 min
    Superhumans - David Broyles on AI, Bio-tech & Genetic Engineering

    Superhumans - David Broyles on AI, Bio-tech & Genetic Engineering

    Could we be close to making the blind see again, geting rid of diseases like cystic fibrosis, or getting taller?

    Those wild and crazy science fiction ideas may not be that far away. We could, in effect, become superhuman , and soon! At least so says David Broyles!

    Director of Special Activities and Intelligence Teams at the Center for Naval Analyses, David shares the latest info and implications of AI, bio-tech, and genetic engineering. Fascinating for all who are interested in the future!

    • 29 min
    Dr. Seema Yasmin talks "Viral BS"

    Dr. Seema Yasmin talks "Viral BS"

    In our chat with Viral BS author Dr. Seema Yasmin, we learn why people believe crazy medical ideas, and why facts DON’T change our mind. We learn about cognitive biases, why education level isn’t a good measure of who might believe false information, and how group-think figures in. Plus, how a little bit of truth can be a bad thing, how communication is key, and how social media plays into the spread of bad information.  Oh – and the covid-19 vaccine WON’T change your DNA.

    • 25 min
    One Step Further - The Children's Book About Katherine Johnson

    One Step Further - The Children's Book About Katherine Johnson

    Katherine Johnson was the NASA mathematician who was one of the subjects of the film Hidden Figures. Before she passed away in 2020, Katherine and her two daughters wrote a children’s book about her life and the racism and misogyny she faced. "One Step Further" is a deeply personal portrayal of female empowerment, women in STEM, and the breaking down of racial barriers across generations.

    We talked to Katherine’s daughter Katherine Moore about the book and growing up during Jim Crow,

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

light186282 ,

One of the best interviewers in the business!

Pam Atherton knows how to interview! She asks the questions we want to ask, and does so in a cheerful and conversational manner. Her interviews always sound like an intimate conversation between friends.

scottdot ,

Great interviews

Pam is a fantastic interviewer and she brings a variety of guests to the show each episode. Very enjoyable!

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