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With her super-sensitive sense of smell, sixteen year-old Kaia Smith is used to not fitting in. So when she receives an invitation from Dr. Vadim Grigori to participate in the Grigori Young Scholars Program with its promise that she will meet others like herself, she jumps at the chance. But what is the GYSP really about? Why are the faculty so interested in the story of the Fall of the Watchers? Why are they obsessed with antimony? And what role will GYSP participants like Kaia play in thei ...
 
Each week, Ventricles introduces an interesting topic about science and technology, from the past, the present and sometimes (how we imagine) the future. Featuring interviews with scholars working at the intersection of science, religion and culture, Ventricles explores the many ways that people know and have known the world. Ventricles is a new podcast written and produced by Shireen Hamza for the Science, Religion and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School. We'd love to hear your thoug ...
 
Three diverse essays on souls in animals, a comparison of Buddhism and Christianity, and individualism in religion. Born in Hanover, New Hampshire, James Freeman Clarke attended the Boston Latin School, graduated from Harvard College in 1829, and Harvard Divinity School in 1833. Ordained into the Unitarian church he… soon threw himself into the national movement for the abolition of slavery. In 1839 he returned to Boston where he and his friends established (1841) the Church of the Disciples ...
 
Crazy Money exists to promote financial wisdom and better living through no-holds-barred conversations about the role of money in our lives. Listen as comedian and former Facebook sales VP, Paul Ollinger interviews entrepreneurs, celebrities, authors, artists, and others with a unique perspective on money, wealth and careers. He will address how they’ve gotten money right or wrong, and discuss the misconceptions and mistakes that have led them to where they are today. The tone is always hone ...
 
From the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University, the Gatty Lecture Rewind Podcast features interviews and conversations with scholars and researchers working in and around Southeast Asia, all of whom have been invited to give a Gatty Lecture at Cornell University. Conversations cover the history, politics, economics, literature, art, and cultures of the region. Interviews are hosted by graduate students at Cornell University, and podcast topics cover the many nations and peoples of Sou ...
 
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The fourth episode of season 5 of the Gatty Lecture Rewind Podcast features an interview with historian Patrick Jory. Michael and Patrick discusses Patrick's recent research and book project into the history of manners and civility in Thailand.By The Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University
 
Kay Madati was born to a single, Tanzanian mother who died when he was 12. Kay and his brother were then adopted by a very affluent caucasian couple who lived on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. His new family situation was an uncanny mirror to the plot of Diff’rent Strokes, one of the most popular American TV shows of the early 1980s. In a very s…
 
Kaia realizes what her medication is and gets unexpected praise for her ethics assignment. Dr Grigori shows his own interest in Kaia. Xanthe wants to know how someone so average got the Grigoris's attention. Rewards are given to students who get through the first week of classes. The students receive a mysterious video. Episode 5 features, in order…
 
In this special Thanksgiving encore episode, I talk to A.J. Jacobs about his latest book, Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey, in which he expresses gratitude to a thousand people who are involved with getting him his morning coffee. A.J. Jacobs is an author, journalist, lecturer and human guinea pig. He has written four New York Times bestselle…
 
In this episode of the Gatty Lecture Rewind, Michael speaks with Sopheak Chann about his work on the history and present-day realities of place-making in post-conflict resource landscapes, especially Cambodia. Sopheak discusses on his research and analysis into frontier-construction as well.By The Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University
 
Rich Beem won the 2002 PGA Championship, one of professional golf’s four major tournaments. Despite having won twice on tour prior to the PGA, Rich's win at Hazeltine was as unlikely as the groovy dance moves he busted out after sinking his final putt of the tournament. Describing himself as “the luckiest guy in the world,” Rich loves golf and hang…
 
In the first episode of Season 5 (!) of the Gatty Lecture Rewind, Michael talks with Professor Tom Pepinsky about his research into the COVID-19 pandemic in Southeast Asia. They discuss some of the lessons we have learned on how Southeast Asian governments have responded to the crises in the first six months of the pandemic.…
 
Lisa Birnbach is the author of over 20 books, includingThe Official Preppy Handbook, a cultural phenomenon from the early 1980’s. The book sold more than a million copies and has been cited as an inspiration to the founder of J. Crew and is thought to have boosted the growth of LL Bean. InT.O.P.H., Birnbach celebrated, skewered, and democratized th…
 
Dr. Brad Klontz is a psychologist and certified financial planner. He helps his clients (many of whom are ultra-high net worth individuals or even billionaires) understand how what they learned about money as kids affects their attitudes and dysfunctions today. This week, both Paul and his editor/producer extraordinaire Mike Carano take Brad's Mone…
 
Dylan Mohan Gray is the director of The King of Good Times, the pilot film of the new Netflix series, Bad Boy Billionaires: India, which has been the most viewed show in India for much of October. The film chronicles the rise and fall of Vijay Mallya, heir to a brewing fortune and founder of Kingfisher Airlines. Vijay was known for his excessive li…
 
Janny Scott grew up on an 800-acre estate near Philadelphia. The descendant of railroad barons and financial magnates, Janny tracks the effects of her family’s multi-generational wealth in her book, The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father. In the book, she lays the details of both the opulence and the tragic complications o…
 
Kaia sees something strange on her way to class. Kaia learns about Dilani's special gift. Samya tries to find out what Noah knows, but Noah notices more than she thinks. Kaia discovers another reason she doesn't belong. Ethics class seems, well, unethical. Episode 3 features, in order of appearance Lydia Brauer (Kaia Smith) Patrick Gillingham (Secu…
 
Kathy Wang grew up in Northern California and graduated from UC Berkeley and Harvard Business School. After working in the technology field for four years, she quit her job and wrote her first novel, Family Trust, which is the story of the Huangs, a first-generation Chinese-American family. With their father dying and his second wife waiting, the a…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic offers an opportunity to explore how religion and whiteness are interconnected. Where is religion in a president refusing to wear masks in public? What of whiteness in a governor suing one of its state’s own cities to prevent mask mandates?These current events, and their asymmetrical racialized consequences, offer a view of wh…
 
As the 2020 presidential election nears, Lauren R. Kerby and Jeff Sharlet discussed the politics of white evangelicals in the U.S. today. Kerby's book, Saving History: How White Evangelicals Tour the Nation's Capital and Redeem a Christian America, offers a starting point for this important conversation about how race, nationalism, and Christianity…
 
Morgan Housel is the author of the new book, The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness. Success with investing and maintaining wealth is less about quantitative skill than it is about consistency and self-awareness. As the back cover of his new best-seller reads, “Doing well with money isn’t necessarily about what yo…
 
Mystical-type experiences are profound and often characterized by an authoritative sense of the unity and sacredness and sometimes interpreted as an encounter with God or Ultimate Reality. Although such experiences have been described by mystics and religious figures throughout the ages, there are few experimental studies because such experiences u…
 
This conversation was presented on August 27, 2020, by the HDS Women’s Studies in Religion Program, which brings five scholars in gender from around the country each year to enrich the experience of HDS students. The research associates shared their thoughts on the ethical responsibility of scholars to be engaged in the study of gender.Full transcr…
 
When 16-year old Kaia Smith is brought to the local police station, she makes some strange claims about what's really going on in the Grigori Young Scholars Program. Is Kaia telling the truth? And does the GYSP have anything to do with the death of Kaia's parents? The mystery begins . . . Episode 1 features, in order of appearance Seth Jason (Front…
 
With eight Olympic medals (two of them gold), Apolo Ohno is America’s most decorated winter Olympian. He won his first major speed skating title (the US Championships) at the tender age of 14, after only six months of training. He continued on to a career that played a major role in establishing short-track speed-skating in the 2002, 2006, and 2010…
 
In conjunction with the HDS Committee on Racial Justice and Healing and in cooperation with the courses "Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion" (T&M) and "Introduction to Ministry Studies" (IMS), Professors David Holland and Matthew Potts hosted a two-part series of community conversations on issues of white supremacy and anti-blackness in …
 
As early Microsoft employees, Jennifer and her future-husband, David Risher, made millions of dollars from their stock options in the quickly growing company. When David joined an online book-seller called Amazon, those “millions” became “tens of millions,” and Jen found herself nervously navigating the world of affluence. In her new book, We Need …
 
Guy Raz is the host and co-creator of the smash NPR program, How I Built This and author of a new book by the same name. On the show, Guy provides entrepreneurs a platform to share their company’s origin stories and the trials and tribulations involved in getting their companies off the ground. In the new book, Guy goes deeper, reflecting on all he…
 
Would you consider yourself a success if you died with $1 million? How about $10 million? Well, what if you died with $0.00? In his new book, Die With Zero: Getting All you Can from Your Money and Your Life, Bill Perkins challenges you to flout conventional wisdom and spend your money not just before you’re dead, but while you’re still young enough…
 
Cornell William Brooks, Visiting Professor of the Practice of Prophetic Religion and Public Leadership at HDS and Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice at Harvard Kennedy School, virtually delivered the 205th Convocation address at Harvard Divinity School.Brooks's address was entitled "George and Jesus: Policing an Insur…
 
Kirkland Hamill’s grandfather was very rich. His mother and father raised him and his brothers in grand fashion until Grandpa's death exposed major cracks in the family fortune. When his dad left his mom, she took Kirkland and his brothers to Bermuda where they attended a prestigious school, but never knew how they were going to pay for groceries. …
 
John Camardella’s students have learned how to go beyond the textbook and embrace the “complex ways that religions function in the human experience.”Camardella is a world religions educator at Prospect High School in Illinois.Interview Transcript:We want our students to make a difference in society and all of us in education have to examine that if…
 
Religious literacy is one of the “most urgent issues that anyone serious about social justice can undertake.” An RPL fellowship gave Greg Khalil the space to critically think about his work. Khalil is the co-founder and president of Telos Group.Interview Transcript:I do a lot of work in building social movement, including communities of faith, acro…
 
Ken Rusk has made a very good living by working with his hands. A true-life, self-described “ditch-digger,” Ken is an entrepreneur who has over 200 people working on his team. In his new book, Blue Collar Cash: Love Your Work, Secure Your Future, and Find Happiness for Life, Ken advocates an alternative career path to anyone who doesn’t believe “co…
 
Barry Schwartz is the author of several books, including Why We Work and The Paradox of Choice. I spoke to Barry about his findings in these two important books. Why is it that the harder we work and the more affluent we become, the more depressed we get? Prevailing social wisdom is that more is better, and that more choices should yield more satis…
 
My dad died peacefully at his home last Friday. He left this world with a clear conscience while napping in his favorite recliner and surrounded by loved ones. He was 93 years old. If you’re looking for guidance on how to lead a good life, Dad was a pretty good example. In this interview from 2019, we discuss work, money, saving, and family, but al…
 
Chris Hogan is a retirement planning expert and popular financial media personality. A former college football player who once worked as a bill collector, Chris has seen the pain economic mismanagement can wreak on a family. Since 2005, he has worked with personal finance legend, Dave Ramsey at Ramsey Solutions to fulfill his goal of helping as man…
 
Making a living in the arts is brutal. One of the things artists have to learn to do is manage their money and to structure their lives so that they’re doing the kind of work they WANT to do instead of doing work they HAVE to do just to pay the bills. On this week’s episode, Kyle Kinane shares insights into his comedy career and spending habits tha…
 
Are you an airline that dominates all the flights at a particular airport (e.g. Delta in Atlanta)? Are you a global beer conglomerate that controls half the beer brands on the planet? Or, are you a gloomy corporate type that owns half the funeral parlors in America? If so, then YOU might be an oligopolist. No, this isn’t a new Jeff Foxworthy routin…
 
A fun (and sometimes funny) conversation about frugality? Heck yes, friends, because this is Crazy Money! Emrys Westacott is the author of The Wisdom of Frugality and professor of Philosophy at Alfred University. In addition to courses on ethics, happiness and logic, Emrys teaches an Honors seminar called Tightwaddery, or The Good Life on a Dollar …
 
Oliver Burkeman is the author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking. He also writes a column for The Guardian called This Column Will Change Your Life in which he explores psychology and wellbeing. When I first learned of the title of his book, I wasn’t yet familiar with Oliver’s work and I didn’t really know what …
 
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