Hello I’m Shannon Harvey – health journalist, filmmaker, author… and podcaster.
In this podcast I’ll take you behind the scenes of my research and projects. You’ll find extended interviews with experts that sadly hit the cutting room floor when I’m making my films and writing my books. You’ll also hear the real-life stories of people I’ve met along the way who are successfully taking a whole-person, whole-life approach to healthy living.
There will be laughter, there will be tears, there will be insights and hopefully inspiration. And of course, as always, the work that I do is independent: sponsorship free, ad free and backed by evidence.
How Food Companies Get Us 'Hooked' On Junk – with Michael Moss (#11)
They're cheap, convenient, practically imperishable, and engineered to be irresistible. They’re called "ultra processed foods" and in some nutrition scientists believe they are the smoking gun.
This episode is a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, Michael Moss about his new book Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions.
But it's not all bad because Michael also shares some simple life hacks to help us eat healthy food, more often.
Mindful Myths – With Timothea Goddard (#10)
Usually I share interviews with scientists doing research on how we can live better, healthier lives. But this week you'll hear from a different kind of expert – a mindfulness teacher who has made a big impact on my life.
Timothea Goddard led the eight week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course that I participated in during the production of my film My Year of Living Mindfully. But you might find what she has to say about mindfulness rather surprising.
The Importance Of Good Relationships With Robert Waldinger, PhD (#09)
In this episode I’m taking you inside my research files and a conversation I had with Professor Robert Waldinger – the director of the longest ever study on life and happiness.
The study he’s oversees has been tracking the lives of two groups of men for over 75 years to understand how childhood experience reaches across decades to affect health and wellbeing.
As you can imagine, the research data is an absolute treasure trove of knowledge about what matters most in life.
Daniel Goleman, PhD (#8)
This episode is my extended interview with science journalist, Daniel Goleman, whose 1995 best-selling book, Emotional Intelligence helped make the science of emotions mainstream.
More recently Dan co-authored a book called Altered Traits with neuroscientist Professor Richard Davidson. The two friends wanted to set the record straight on what we do and do not know about mindfulness.
So Dan was a great starting point as I began to navigate my way through the sometimes murky waters of mindfulness research.
Kristin Neff, PhD (#7)
In this episode I’m talking with the self-compassion pioneer and researcher, Associate Professor Kirstin Neff.
Like so many other people who have started mindfulness training, one of the first things I became aware of was an incessant mean voice in my head. And I really needed to understand the function and purpose of this constant bombardment of self-criticism. So I turned to Kristin, who, fortunately, was the first person to be brave enough to put all this under a psychological microscope.
Judson Brewer, PhD (#06)
If you're interested in learning how your brain works and how to use that knowledge to make healthy changes in your life, then this week's podcast is for you.
This is my extended interview with Dr. Judson Brewer, who is an Associate Professor and the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University.
As an addiction psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies how we form unhealthy habits, Jud is researching mindfulness-based techniques to help us change for good.
I absolutely love Shannon’s podcast. I only wish there were more episodes! Each episode has made such a big difference in my life. I am also reading her book. A Year of Living Mindfully, and am about to watch her documentary. I am so excited! Fantastic. Thank you Shannon.