In this very special episode, we bring you our KPCC live show from Los Angeles. In the first half, we speak with the brilliant science writer Jennifer Ouellette about serendipity, cultivating openness, and what makes us who we are. Plus, jiu jitsu, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and much more! Then we pass the mic to American Public Media’s The Mash-Up Americans for a different take on identity… and mezcal!
If you had the chance to go back to college and do it all over again, would you? And what would you do differently? For our 50th episode, we’re deep-diving into a new approach to interdisciplinary education with Connecticut College president Katherine Bergeron. Listen and learn how you can adapt a framework of integration and connection to your own life, even if you’re long past your co-ed days.
How does a fascination with fruit flies become a feature film? Alexis Gambis, a French Venezuelan scientist turned filmmaker, tells us how. From studying the eye to the camera lens, editing genomes to editing film, Alexis is creating a new wave of science filmmaking and you’re invited to jump onboard. Listen in for a trip around the world, a journey through time and a migration of butterflies. Yes, butterflies.
Are you a tenacious loser? Jason Haaheim, principal timpanist for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and former senior research scientist, explains why having that title will increase your chances of success. Jason also tells us how he built a sustainable business model for his musical pursuits, and shares the most important question you can ask yourself to determine if you’re truly focused on the right things.
When is quitting a virtue? And why is “never give up” not necessarily the best advice? We discuss how to know when to stop and when to keep going; when to specialize and when to diversify. Stay tuned for a bunch of strategies like Christina’s Coffee Chat method and Cate’s personal anthropology approach. Plus, Adam Grant’s graduation advice, listener Venn Diagrams and what we’re each cutting out.