human behavior

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu October 24, 2013

"Hardwiring Happiness" With Rick Hanson

   Why is it easier to ruminate over hurt feelings than it is to bask in the warmth of being appreciated? According to our next guest, it is because your brain evolved to learn quickly from bad experiences but slowly from the good ones and he believe this can be changed.

Rick Hanson’s new book Hardwiring Happiness lays out a simple method that uses the hidden power of everyday experiences to build new neural structures full of happiness, love, confidence, and peace.

Dr. Hanson’s four steps build strengths into your brain— balancing its ancient negativity bias—making contentment and a powerful sense of resilience the new normal.

Rick Hanson is a neuropsychologist and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and an Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

The Roundtable
10:50 am
Mon October 7, 2013

I Don't know: In Praise Of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't) By Leah Hager Cohen

    Leah Hager Cohen holds the Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review.

In her new book, I don't know: In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't) she explores why, so often, we attempt to hide our ignorance, and why, in so many different areas, we would be better off coming clean.

The Roundtable
11:30 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Omega Institute Conference - Where We Go From Here

    The Omega Institute connects both humans and the environment as one. Their conferences teach people how to make the place they live better.

Their upcoming conference, Where We Go From Here, will take place in Rhinebeck, New York from October 4-6.

This conference will include speakers, strategies and discussion panels recognizing the fact that everything is connected—that we exist together in one big web of life. Speakers will include President Bill Clinton along with other leading economists, environmentalists, philanthropists, designers, and architects who all give insight to the leading ways of the future towards a better environment for all.

CEO of Omega, Skip Backus, joins us to provide more insight into the program.

The Roundtable
10:40 am
Thu September 12, 2013

"The Gift of Adversity" By Dr. Norman Rosenthal

    Adversity is an irreducible fact of life. Although we can and should learn from all experiences, both positive and negative, bestselling author Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal, believes that adversity is by far the best teacher most of us will ever encounter.

Whether the adversity one experiences is the result of poor decision-making, a desire to test one’s mettle, or plain bad luck, Rosenthal believes life’s most important lessons—from the value of family to the importance of occasionally cutting corners—can be best learned from it. He writes about it in his book, The Gift of Adversity: The Unexpected Benefits of Life's Difficulties, Setbacks, and Imperfections.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed September 11, 2013

"The Trauma Of Everyday Life" By Mark Epstein

    Trauma does not just happen to a few unlucky people; it is the bedrock of our psychology. Death and illness touch us all, but even the everyday sufferings of loneliness and fear are traumatic.

In The Trauma of Everyday Life renowned psychiatrist and author of Thoughts Without a Thinker Mark Epstein uncovers the transformational potential of trauma, revealing how it can be used for the mind’s own development.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue September 10, 2013

"American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things" by Bob Dotson

    For the six million people who watch the Emmy Award–winning “American Story with Bob Dotson” on NBC’s Today Show, Bob Dotson’s reports celebrate the inspirational stories of everyday Americans. Dotson has been crisscrossing the country for more than forty years—logging more than four million miles—in search of people who have quietly but profoundly changed our lives and our country for the better.

Here we speak with Dotson about his new book, American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu September 5, 2013

"The Power of Meditation" By Edward Viljoen

    Drawing from his years of experience as a teacher, spiritual leader, and avid meditator, Edward Viljoen has written The Power of Meditation: An Ancient Technique to Access Your Inner Power.

The book is a guide to the benefits of meditation practices will help readers cultivate a calm, peaceful, and enlightened lifestyle.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu August 15, 2013

"America’s Obsessives" by Joshua Kendall

    

  In this segment we explore the compulsive energy that built a nation. Joshua Kendall puts many American icons on the psychologist's couch in America’s Obsessives.

In this fascinating look at the arc of American history through the lens of compulsive behavior, he shows how some of our nation's greatest achievements-from the Declaration of Independence to the invention of the iPhone-have roots in the disappointments and frustrations of early childhood.

Starting with the obsessive natures of some of Silicon Valley's titans, including Steve Jobs, Kendall moves on to profile seven iconic figures, such as founding father Thomas Jefferson, licentious librarian Melvil Dewey, condiment kingpin H. J. Heinz, slugger Ted Williams, and Estee Lauder.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Free To Be...You and Me - A Conversation About Children, Families & The Future at The Mahaiwe

    Free to Be You and Me is a record/book/theater piece/TV special conceived by Marlo Thomas that challenges gender and racial stereotypes by emphasizing strong positive values such as personal aspiration, individuality, cooperation, self-esteem, tolerance, and comfort with one?s identity.

The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Free to Be You and Me with a live panel discussion with Marlo Thomas, Alan Alda, and Letty Cottin Pogrebin about the empowering children's classic and the difference it made, as well as societal problems that persist for children today and strategies for progress.

Marlo Thomas joins us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon August 12, 2013

"Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection" by Ethan Zuckerman

    A cosmopolitan, by definition, is a “citizen of the universe” — someone who engages with issues across the globe, from politics, to war, to climate change. For example, we listen to WAMC, read the newspaper, check our Facebook pages and act like dutifully connected people.

But the Director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, Ethan Zuckerman, argues that we’re living in a state of “imaginary cosmopolitanism.” We expose ourselves to limited kinds of information, particularly that which is already of interest to us or to those closest to us. He confronts this issue in his new book, Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection.

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