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Explore hundreds of lectures by scientists, historians, artists, entrepreneurs, and more through The Long Now Foundation's award-winning lecture series, curated and hosted by Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand (creator of the Whole Earth Catalog). Recorded live in San Francisco each month since 02003, past speakers include Brian Eno, Neil Gaiman, Sylvia Earle, Daniel Kahneman, Jennifer Pahlka, Steven Johnson, and many more. Watch video of these talks and learn more about our projects at Longn ...
 
A funny and honest podcast about our bodies - what we think of them, what we put in them, what we do with them and what it really means to be a fat person in a thin-obsessed world. Helen Thorn, comedian, one half of the podcast duo Scummy Mummies, loud mouth and fashion blogger asks a range of experts, comedians and blatant show-offs about their relationship with their bodies and how and why this has changed over the years.
 
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Tune in at 11:00am PT on 10/28/20 to watch & share the live stream of this talk on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Long Now Live.Human beings have an astonishing evolutionary gift: agile imaginations that can shift in an instant from thinking on a scale of seconds to a scale of years or even centuries. The need to draw on our capacity to think long-…
 
Tune in at 5:00pm PT on 9/15/20 to watch the public live stream of this talk on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Long Now Live.Responding to climate change by building hard infrastructures and favoring high-tech homogenous design, we are ignoring millennia-old knowledge of how to live in symbiosis with nature. Without implementing soft systems that us…
 
Tune in at 5:00pm PT on 8/12/20 to watch the public live stream of this talk on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Long Now Live."I have always felt I have an obligation to build the future I want to see.We know that AI-powered cyber-physical systems (CPS) will scale in society. The challenge we face now is how we do that responsibly and sustainably? If…
 
Tune in at 5:00pm PT on 8/4/20 to watch the public live stream of this talk on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Long Now Live.Craig Childs chronicles the last millennia of the Ice Age, the violent oscillations and retreat of glaciers, the clues and traces that document the first encounters of early humans, and the animals whose presence governed the h…
 
Throughout Peter Calthorpe's decade-spanning career in urban design, planning, and architecture, he has developed and practiced the key principles of New Urbanism: that the most successful places are diverse in uses and users, are scaled to the pedestrian and human interaction, and are environmentally sustainable.Calthorpe developed the concept of …
 
"As a forecaster and Afrofuturist who imagines alternative futures from a Black Diaspora perspective, I think about long-term signals that will shape the next 10 to 100 years." ---Dr. Lonny J Avi Brooks Dr. Brooks develops and promotes a wider Afrocentric perspective that champions Black storytelling and imagination, to push beyond the colonial min…
 
At the intersection of climate change, biodiversity loss, and food scarcity lies an unexpected and abundant resource: insects. Brian Fisher has spent three decades documenting biodiversity in Madagascar, a nation off East Africa that's estimated to contain 5% of the world's total plant and animal life. Across the island, harsh economic realities fo…
 
Joining me on the podcast this week is the brilliant Melissa Thompson. Melissa talks openly about racism and growing up in Dorset and Suffolk and how much we have still to do. We then go onto chat about her coming out and being a lesbian mother and how gay women are represented by the media. And then it is time for food chat and how we think about …
 
Humans have consumed psychedelics for at least the last 10,000 years. The outlawing of psychedelics in most of the world in the 20th century didn’t stop that, but it did put an end to promising research into their psychotherapeutic applications to treat depression, addiction, PTSD, anxiety, and trauma.Today, we’re in the midst of a psychedelic rena…
 
Dr. Laurance Doyle is an astrophysicist and principal investigator at SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) with expertise in diverse subjects including extrasolar planets, signal processing and communications theory. He has worked on image analysis from the Voyager mission and Halley's Comet, developed statistical methodologies to search…
 
This week we delve into the world of aesthetics and injectables with the brilliant Dr Mayoni. Mayoni speaks openly about why women are choosing to try Botox and other beauty treatments and we discuss why it is still such a taboo subject. We also go back into Mayoni's past and talk about her own struggles with her body and why she is so passionate a…
 
This week I am joined by the dynamic duo of Helen and Maya, the women behind the London community arts project Featured in Fifteen - think TED talks, but set in a pub with a diverse range of creatives and individuals with a story to tell. These fabulous women talk about their friendship, why it is so important to share our stories and how their rel…
 
It's back! The Fat Lot of Good Podcast returns for your listening pleasure and what a way to start. In this week's episode I interview the fabulous Elena Davies aka @elenalucie - plus-size style blogger, mother and lover of sexy bras. We talk about body acceptance, maternity fashion, baby loss and getting back into dating. It was a joy to start the…
 
Companies that operate with a long-term mindset tend to outperform their peers over time. But the pressure to achieve short-term quarterly gains often works against longer-term sustainable growth, and can push even the most visionary company into a short-term mindset.In 02019, the Long-Term Stock Exchange was approved as the country’s 14th and newe…
 
What does practical long-term thinking look like? Bina Venkataraman’s new book, The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age, brings this abstract question to life. Through a series of anecdotes and case studies that draw from her background in public policy, climate change strategy, and journalism, Venkataraman explores pragmatic tac…
 
Andrew McAfee draws on a wide range of evidence to show that the world is already on the right track toward long-term health when it combines 1) technological progress, 2) capitalism, 3) responsive government, and 4) public awareness. That blend demonstrably gets humanity “more from less.” It dematerializes the economy and decouples it from exploit…
 
Coming to the fore in this century is Asian perspective on everything. A thrilling place to watch the shift is in art. Extraordinary contemporary art from all over the world, especially Asia, has been collected for the new world-class museum in Hong Kong called M+. The massive museum won’t open for a year or two, but a rich sample of the collection…
 
In this episode we discuss all things fannies and flaps with the brilliant physiotherapist and comedian, Elaine Miller. Elaine is the woman behind Gusset Grippers, and is taking the shame and stigma out of talking about pelvic floors and incontinence. She explains why we need to start having honest conversations about vaginas, wetting ourselves and…
 
“Cities were the first Internet,” says archaeologist Monica Smith, because they were the first permanent places where strangers met in large numbers for entertainment, commerce, and romance. And the function and form of cities, she notes, have remained remarkably constant over their 6,000 years of history so far. Modern city dwellers would quickly …
 
This week we speak to the amazing Juno Dawson - author, writer and advocate. We discuss everything from friendship, to be being in a band, to eating Fish Fingers sandwiches, to what it's like to be a Trans Woman in 2019. We also chat about her fabulous new book Meat Market, which delves into the world of fashion and modelling. And, we talk openly a…
 
This week we delve into the world of relationships, and the importance of loving your body, with married couple Jemma and Billy aka @jemmas_health_hub and @dadoutsidethelines. We discuss long-term relationships, looking after your body and male body confidence - and we have a tonne of laughs along the way, just wait for the best story at the end ab…
 
This week we chat with tanner to the stars and all 'round delight, it is of course the marvellous Jules Von Hep! He is a podcaster, one half of Jules and Sarah and the man behind the brand Isle of Paradise. We chat naked bodies, how to get the perfect self-tan and why we all apologise when we have our clothes off. He shares his body journey and tel…
 
We need a poly-temporal worldview to embrace the overlapping rates of change that our world runs on, especially the huge, powerful changes that are mostly invisible to us.Geologist Marcia Bjornerud teaches that kind of time literacy. With it, we become at home in the deep past and engaged with the deep future. We learn to “think like a planet.”As f…
 
This week we chat with the RAINBOW of happiness, Sarah Powell. She's a podcaster, journalist, a wedding celebrant and one half of the fabulous duo - Jules and Sarah! We talk about Sarah's struggles with dieting and self love and why on her wedding night she took a cheese toastie to bed. From all these experience Sarah has now created the brilliant …
 
This week we chat (and giggle) with the fabulous "Midult" duo - Annabel Rivkin and Emilie McMeekan. During a battle to cope with the aircon being off, we talk about their ongoing challenge with the world accepting middle-aged women, putting their past mistakes behind them, and feeling positive about the changes in perceptions of the ideal body The …
 
Our guest is the amazing nutritionist and author extraordinaire, Laura Thomas. In this frank episode, we explore the whole of diet culture, emotional eating and discuss how learning to eat intuitively is a rebellious act against the companies using shame on our bodies to sell us diets. Plus, there's the usual filth and nonsense. Laura can be found …
 
Our guest is the superb Louise Pentland. In this hilarious episode, we talk honestly about her life on and off social media and what motherhood has changed about her. Louise also gives us her top tips for feeling fabulous. Louise can be found on instagram as @louisepentland and YouTube as Louise Pentland This podcast was sponsored by the fabulous F…
 
What happens when we confuse price with value? We end up undervaluing care. We pollute more. And the financial sector is allowed to brag about how productive it is—while often just moving around existing value, created by others. Most importantly we end up with a form of capitalism that rewards value extraction activities over value creation, incre…
 
Our guest is the amazing tattoo artist Rebecca Vincent. We talk about how she became a tattooist, the people she sees, the mutual consent required for such an intense interaction and the best bit of the body to tattoo Rebecca's amazing tattoos can be found on instagram as @rebecca_vincent_tattoo Fat Lot of Good is presented by Helen Thorn and produ…
 
Our guest is the fabulous and gorgeous Shareefa, plus-size model, and co-founder of Shine 4 Diversity. We talk about Shareefa work as a model and she reveals some shocking truths about dieting and rascism in the industry. Super stunning Shareefa can be found here on instagram as Shareefa_J https://www.instagram.com/shareefa_j/ Fat Lot of Good is pr…
 
In this episode Helen talks to the marvellous Daisy Buchanan. Daisy tells us about her new book ‘The Sisterhood: A Love Letter to the Women Who Have Shaped Me’, describes her teenage bedroom renovation aspirations and relates a harrowing story involving bad oysters and the queue for security at St. Pancras International… Daisy Buchanan is all sorts…
 
David Byrne has become a scholar and promoter of new good ideas that work in the world. He finds them in health, education, culture, economics, climate, science & technology, transportation, and civic engagement. He has great examples and great slides--as you might expect from an acclaimed visual as well as musical artist. His goal is to spread the…
 
This week the podcast is blessed with the presence of the Rev. Kate Bottley! In this episode, Kate and Helen discuss stretch marks, boudoir photoshoots, raising body-positive daughters, having someone else towel dry under your boobs and the relationship between religion and women’s body image...and more! You may know Kate as the star of Gogglebox, …
 
What's the quickest way to warm up a wetsuit....? In this episode Helen is paid a visit by Alexandra 'Hemmo' Heminsley, the wild-swimming, marathon-running, book-writing genius. They talk about the physical and emotional impact of IVF, the sheer joy of getting a sweat on and the physical and how to become a beautiful, efficient walrus. You can foll…
 
In this episode Helen is joined by the fabulous Fay Reid to talk about - what else - bodies! Among many other things, Fay tells us about the amazing Jamaican food she was raised on, how she is coping with the loss of her mother, the ordeal that is the menopause, learning to swim and the joy of sexy shoes. You can follow Fay Reid @Fayreid on twitter…
 
Helen is joined by two fabulous stylists in this week’s episode; Yvadney, founder of @mumsthatslay and @mumsthatrave and Donna, aka SulkyDoll. Among many things, they talk about the tyranny of the red carpet when it comes to body size, regaining your fashion spark after having kids and the sexy power of matching bra and knickers. You can (and must!…
 
In his new novel, Machines Like Me, Ian McEwan uses science fiction and counter-factual history to speculate about the coming of artificial intelligence and its effect on human relations. The opening page introduces a pivotal character, "Sir Alan Turing, war hero and presiding genius of the digital age.”The evening with McEwan will feature conversa…
 
In this episode, Helen is joined by Sofie Hagen to talk about her new book Happy Fat: Taking Up Space in a World that Wants to Shrink You (out now!) Among many other wonderful things, Sofie talks about the original Fat Activists who campaigned for, well, their basic human rights, explains how to be a good friend to a fat person and treats us to a s…
 
Helen chats to the outrageously funny and brutally honest Deborah James and Lauren Mahon. They are the hosts of ‘You, Me and the Big C’, a BBC Radio 5 Live podcast which was started up by the news presenter Rachel Bland, who sadly passed away last year. In this episode of Fat Lot of Good, Deborah and Lauren talk about the impact of cancer on body i…
 
Are you making a political statement or are you just lazy!? This week Helen is joined by the gorgeous Clemmie Telford, creator and curator of motherofalllists.com, Instagrammer, Consultant Creative Director and mother of three. Over vegan biscuits and oat-milk cappuccinos (very off-brand for Helen) they talk about escaping diet culture, throwing aw…
 
"Have you seen the undercarriage?" Who do we have this week? It’s only bloody Arabella Weir! The legendary comedian, actress and writer is best known for Fast Show and Grumpy Old Women as well as for her bestselling books, including Does My Bum Look Big in This? and The Real Me Is Thin. Helen talks to Arabella about being labelled ‘too fat for pota…
 
"I am capable of atrocity." In this episode, the really rather wonderful comedian and campaigner Jack Rooke drops in for some fat chat with Helen. It’s the first time they’ve met sober and not in a field at an arts festival but don’t worry, Jack still brings the party atmosphere to our little studio! They discuss having too many lasagnes (is there …
 
This week we are very lucky to be joined in the studio by Natalie Lee, a.k.a. Style Me Sunday! Natalie talks to Helen about being raised in a yo-yo diet culture, encouraging her children to celebrate blackness and the #fridayfinger… Natalie specialises in ‘fashion with feeling’ on instagram and her blog, curates the empowering ’Warrior Women’ event…
 
Hello and welcome to the Fat Lot of Good podcast! This is a funny and honest podcast about our bodies - what we think of them, what we put in them, what we do with them and what it really means to be a fat person in a thin obsessed world. In this episode, we will tell you all about the show and then on Friday 12th of April 2019 our first THREE epis…
 
The ocean is not just filling up, it’s swelling up. Half of sea-level rise comes just from the warming of the water. No matter what humans do next, we are now doomed to deal with drastically higher flooding of the world's coasts every year for decades, possibly centuries. Nearly half of humanity lives near coasts. Many of our greatest cities, and t…
 
What can fifty-somethings bring of value to companies that are mostly twenty-somethings, and vice versa? A needed blending of depth with currency. Chip Conley, a long-time hotelier (Joie de Vivre Hospitality) and author (Peak; The Rebel Rules; Emotional Equations), was hired at 52 by the drastically youthful, disruptive startup Airbnb to be its Hea…
 
John Brockman's newly released book Possible Minds: Twenty-Five Ways of Looking at AI is the springboard for this Seminar on Artificial Intelligence. Brockman will interview several of the contributors to the book, Rodney Brooks, Alison Gopnik and Stuart Russell on stage. Following the interviews, Kevin Kelly will host the Q&A and discussion with t…
 
To think usefully about humanity’s future, you have to bear everything in mind simultaneously. Nobody has managed that better than Martin Rees in his succinct summing-up book: ON THE FUTURE: Prospects for Humanity.As the recent President of the Royal Society (and longtime Royal Astronomer), Rees is current with all the relevant science and technolo…
 
“This time is different.”Historians: “Ha.”“The Net is net beneficial.”Historian Niall Ferguson: “Globalization is in crisis. Populism is on the march. Authoritarian states are ascendant. Technology meanwhile marches inexorably ahead, threatening to render most human beings redundant or immortal or both. How do we make sense of all this?”Ferguson an…
 
With her stunning breakthroughs in neural imaging, Mary Lou Jepsen is making the brain readable (and stimulatable) in real time. That will revolutionize brain study and brain medicine, but what about brain communication? Could a direct high-resolution interface to the brain lead to what might be called practical mental telepathy? What are the prosp…
 
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