149 episodes

A Song Called Life is a podcast hosted by musician Osi Atikpoh, featuring a diverse range of guests including artists, comedians, experts, and entrepreneurs. Each episode offers engaging and authentic conversation, providing listeners with the opportunity to learn and be entertained. This podcast is ideal for those who enjoy real conversation and discovering new ideas.

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A Song Called Life is a podcast hosted by musician Osi Atikpoh, featuring a diverse range of guests including artists, comedians, experts, and entrepreneurs. Each episode offers engaging and authentic conversation, providing listeners with the opportunity to learn and be entertained. This podcast is ideal for those who enjoy real conversation and discovering new ideas.

    Episode #148: Dr. Hengchen Dai

    Episode #148: Dr. Hengchen Dai

    In this episode, Osi is accompanied by Dr. Hengchen Dai as they explore the intricate science behind goal setting and motivation. They discuss effctive strategies for setting long term goals, the "Fresh Start" effect, how others’ behaviors and judgments shape people’s motivation, and more.



    Dr. Hengchen Dai is a distinguished scholar in the field of judgment and decision-making with a specialized focus on behavioral science applications in business and healthcare. She serves as a faculty member at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and contributes significantly to the Behavioral Decision Making area.

    In her research, Dr. Dai investigates from three primary perspectives: intrapersonal, focusing on self-control and motivation through 'fresh starts'; interpersonal, analyzing how external expectations and goals influence individual decisions; and policy-oriented, designing interventions that promote long-term beneficial decision-making. Her work involves collaboration with a broad range of industries, from corporations to healthcare systems, conducting field studies that uncover deep insights into what drives human behavior and motivation, especially in the vibrant business and tech ecosystem of Los Angeles.

    • 48 min
    Episode #147: Jess Peake

    Episode #147: Jess Peake

    In Episode #147, Jess and Osi discuss the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, examining the allegations of genocide leveled against Israel in its actions toward the Palestinian population. They also cover the nationwide protests unfolding on college campuses like Columbia and NYU, the implications of this conflict on the upcoming presidential election, and various other related topics.


    Jess Peake is the Assistant Director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights and the Director of the International and Comparative Law Program at UCLA School of Law. Jess is an expert on digital investigations, human rights and international criminal law. She co-founded the University of California Digital Investigations Network in 2021 and teaches courses on Human Rights and War Crimes Digital Investigations and International Humanitarian Law. Jess was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2024.

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Episode #146: Dr. Daniel Swain

    Episode #146: Dr. Daniel Swain

    Dr. Daniel Swain is a climate scientist focused on the dynamics and impacts of extreme events—including droughts, floods, storms, and wildfires—on a warming planet. Daniel holds joint appointments as a research scientist within UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, a research fellow in the Capacity Center for Climate and Weather Extremes at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the California climate fellow at The Nature Conservancy. Daniel engages extensively with journalists and other partners, serving as a climate and weather science liaison to print, radio, television, and web media outlets to facilitate broadly accessible and accurate coverage surrounding climate change. Daniel also authors the Weather West blog (weatherwest.com), which provides real-time perspectives on California and western North American weather and climate. He can be found on Twitter @Weather_West.

    • 54 min
    Episode #145: Dr. Helen Lavretsky

    Episode #145: Dr. Helen Lavretsky

    Dr. Helen Lavretsky is a Professor In-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA and a geriatric integrative psychiatrist with federally funded research program in geriatric depression and integrative mental health (NIMH, PCORI, and NCCIH) using mind-body interventions. She is a recipient of the Career Development award from NIMH and the NCCIH, and other prestigious research awards. Her current research studies include investigations of psychopharmacological treatment of geriatric depression, mild cognitive impairment and the use of Tai Chi and yoga for treatment and prevention of late-life mood and cognitive disorders. She is the Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and the recipient of the Distinguished Investigator awards for research in geriatric psychiatry from the American College of Psychiatrists and the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. She is the Semel Scholar in Integrative Mental Health and the Director of the Late-life mood, stress and wellness program and the Integrative Psychiatry clinic

    • 47 min
    Episode #144: Dr. Marcus Hunter

    Episode #144: Dr. Marcus Hunter

    In Episode #144, Dr. Marcus Hunter engages in a thought-provoking discussion with Osi on the contentious topic of reparations for African-Americans. They explore the compelling arguments supporting reparations and encourage a reevaluation of our perspectives on this matter. Additionally, they analyze recent polling data indicating a notable shift among black voters, traditionally aligned with the Democratic party, contemplating backing Trump in the upcoming presidential election.





    Dr. Marcus Anthony Hunter is the Scott Waugh Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences Division, Professor of Sociology & African American Studies at UCLA. Coiner of #BlackLivesMatter, he is the author & editor of five books, including Radical Reparations: Healing the Soul of a Nation (HarperCollins/Amistad, 2024). Professor Hunter served as the Inaugural Chair of UCLA’s African American Studies Department and President of the Association of Black Sociologists. The National Science Foundation and Social Science Research Council have also supported his research. In addition, Hunter drafted and advised Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s historic Bill to establish the first-ever US Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation Commission. He has appeared on C-SPAN’s BookTV, MSNBC, BBC, NPR, the Sacramento Bee, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Sentinel, USA Today, the Daily Beast, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode #143: Diana Winston

    Episode #143: Diana Winston

    Diana Winston, hailed as one of the nation's most prominent mindfulness teachers, joins Osi in Episode #143. They explore possible reasons behind why practices such as meditation and mindfulness haven't resonated as deeply with the Western world compared to other regions, common misconceptions surrounding mindfulness, Diana's firsthand experiences living as a Buddhist nun for a year, and more.



    Diana Winston is the Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) and the author of The Little Book of Being: Practices and Guidance for Uncovering Your Natural Awareness. Called by the Los Angeles Times “one of the nation’s best-known teachers of mindfulness,” she has taught mindfulness since 1999 in a variety of settings including hospitals, universities, corporations, nonprofits, and schools in the US and Asia. A sought-after speaker, she developed the evidence-based Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) curriculum and the Training in Mindfulness Facilitation, which trains mindfulness teachers worldwide. She is a founding board member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association.

    • 1 hr

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