Conversations with authors about their books.
Hosted by Trey Elling
#139 - Rutger Bregman on HUMANKIND
Historian and bestselling author Rutger Bregman chats with Trey Elling about HUMANKIND: A HOPEFUL HISTORY. Over the past few decades, many scientists have become much more optimistic on human nature. Did you know that a real life version of the fictional book Lord of the Flies happened in the 1960s with drastically different results? Or that the Stanford Prison Experiment was not the pure process its head scientists led us to believe? Or that a Norwegian prison which allows it inhabitants a shocking amount of trust and freedom creates law-abiding citizens? Trey and Rutger discuss these things and much more.
#138 - Kevin Roose on FUTUREPROOF
New York Times tech columnist Kevin Roose chats with Trey Elling about FUTUREPROOF: 9 RULES FOR HUMANS IN THE AGE OF AUTOMATION. Why does Kevin consider himself a sub-optimist on the future of artificial intelligence and automation? How is AI quickly replacing the "Michael Scott" middle-management types? Kevin answers these questions and shares details from each of his nine rules for humans.
#137 - Chris Bosh on LETTERS TO A YOUNG ATHLETE
Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, two-time NBA champ, 11-time All Star, and Olympic gold medalist Chris Bosh chats with Trey Elling about LETTERS TO A YOUNG ATHLETE. In this book, Chris offers guidance to young people on what it takes to achieve greatness. The guys discuss 'finding your why', keeping your ego in check, not letting wins or losses linger, and much more.
#136 - Josh Rogin on CHAOS UNDER HEAVEN
Washington Post columnist and CNN political correspondent Josh Rogin chats with Trey Elling about CHAOS UNDER HEAVEN: TRUMP, XI, AND THE BATTLE FOR THE 21st CENTURY. How did previous administrations' missteps on China pave the way for Trump's erratic handling of the CCP? What aggressive takeover strategy did Chinese president Xi Jinping detail in 'Document 9'? Who is the Bingo Club? How have General Electric and the California Public Employees' Retirement System helped the Chinese military? Why did former Houston Rocket GM Daryl Morey's tweet show the CCP's ability to censor speech outside of its borders? What did Josh report on in March of 2020 regarding COVID 19 and a potential lab leak in Wuhan? Are China's cyber warfare abilities a concern? Josh and Trey discuss these things and much more.
#135 - Glenn Frankel on SHOOTING MIDNIGHT COWBOY
Pulitzer Prize winner Glenn Frankel chats with Trey Elling about SHOOTING MIDNIGHT COWBOY: ART, SEX, LONELINESS, LIBERATION, AND THE MAKING OF A DARK CLASSIC. What was the story behind the Midnight Cowboy book that the film was based on? Why did a then-conservative Hollywood allow something so risque allowed to be made? What drew director John Schlesinger to the project? Were Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight shoo-ins for the main characters? Were political forces behind the film's initial X-rating? Why did Dustin Hoffman avoid promoting the film when it came out? How surprising was Midnight Cowboy's win for 'Best Picture' at the 1970 Academy Awards? Glenn and Trey discuss these things and much more.
#134 - George Zaidan on INGREDIENTS
American Chemistry Society executive producer George Zaidan chats with Trey Elling about INGREDIENTS: THE STRANGE CHEMISTRY OF WHAT WE PUT IN US AND ON US. What makes a food highly processed? How and why humans begin to preserved food? What does aphid excrement have to do with one of the first sugar-added treats humans enjoyed? How are cigarettes and e-cigs similar and different? Is there such a thing as too much sunscreen? What causes scientific research to become flawed? Is coffee good or bad for us? And what is an acceptable amount of processed food to consume? George and Trey discuss these topics and much more.
PHARMA interesting episode
I just discovered this pod and glad I did. Fascinating how EVIL the Sacklers are and the phrase “ The man who drugged the WORLD”
Popped into my head when Gerald Posner told us about how Arthur Sackler made Valium the #1 drug for a record 15 yrs with deceptive marketing. Now to explore more episodes 👍👍
Great Interviewer & Interviewees
Trey is a master of interviews and has a knack for sourcing incredibly good content. I listened to him often on his Austin sports radio show and was always very impressed with his interviews and who he was able to bring on the show. He’s well prepared and asks really good questions on the fly. I can sense from the interviewees that they’re impressed with his questions. It’s absolutely worth giving it a shot.
Worth your time!
Trey’s the best. Long time listener to his radio shows. Trey makes these interviews super compelling to listen to.