Health and Spirituality

Ep. 1 – Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet

Joan Halifax interviewed by Dacher Keltner

Zen Roshi (teacher) and anthropologist Joan Halifax ventures to answer the enduring question: How do we live well for ourselves and others at the same time? Emotion expert and director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center Dacher Keltner will interview. Sponsored by UC Berkeley Arts + Design.

Ep. 2 – What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully

Frank Ostaseski interviewed by Kate Campbell

World-renowned Buddhist teacher Frank Ostaseski will discuss the tenets of a life well lived and share simple suggestions everyone can practice. Sponsored by North Berkeley Investment Partners.

Ep. 3 – What Makes a Life Worth Living? Powerful Memoirs of Love and Loss

Lucy Kalanithi, Rebecca Soffer, Elizabeth Percer, moderated by Elizabeth Scarboro

The widow of Paul Kalanithi, author of the bestselling “When Breath Becomes Air,” is joined by Rebecca Soffer, editor of the new anthology “Modern Loss,” and contributor Elizabeth Percer to discuss grief and meaning. Sponsored by SACHI – Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India.

Ep. 4 – Barbara Ehrenreich on Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer

Barbara Ehrenreich interviewed by Clara Jeffery

Ehrenreich has taken on the minimum wage, abortion rights, women’s lives, marijuana laws, and now, in her new book, death itself. She examines diet culture, disease screenings and all of the other practices humans engage in to ensure a long life. Sponsored by Mother Jones.

Ep. 5 – No Time Like the Present: Jack Kornfield in Conversation with Wes Nisker

Jack Kornfield, Wes Nisker

They’re longtime friends and two of America’s most respected Buddhist teachers. In a new book, Kornfield tells us we all can be happy and free right now, no matter the circumstances. Nisker (“Scoop”), also a comedian and radio host, will interrogate.

Ep. 6 – When the Back Breaks: An Investigative Reporter Reveals All on the Back Pain Industry

Cathryn Jakobson Ramin

Investigative journalist Cathryn Jakobson Ramin (“Carved in Sand”) took a look at the reality of spine medicine. The results were not pretty. She explains what works, what doesn’t and how to get on the road to recovery.

Ep. 7 – A Bird’s Eye View: Attention, Observation, Birdwatching, and the Fine Art of Doing Nothing

Tim Dee, Jenny Odell, Jérémie Royer, moderated by Dan Brekke

If we let them, natural spaces and creatures can help us slow down, notice and reflect on modern life. These authors come to us from England, Oakland and France to explore the wonders that acts of attention can bring. With the support of Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.