EP 122: Author James Patterson on the Shocking True Crimes of Billionaire Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein

Author James Patterson has sold over 350 million books and had more #1 New York Times Bestsellers than any author in history. He is best known for his fictional Alex Cross novels, but today he comes on the show to talk about his newest book - a true crime story about the sensational case of Jeffrey Epstein, the Palm Beach billionaire accused of sexually assaulting or molesting as many as 47 underaged girls as young as 12 and 13. James Patterson reveals how Epstein went about recruiting teenage girls on an almost industrial scale and how it led Donald Trump to personally ban him from Mar-a-Lago. We talk about the recent rape allegations against Trump involving Epstein, as well as other high

EP 121: Critical Thinking in the Information Age w/ Dr. Daniel Levitin

Dr. Daniel J. Levitin is the #1 best-selling author of A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age and today he’ll teach you how to sharpen your b.s. detector. He exposes ways supposedly reliable news sources like USA Today and Fox News monkey with charts and graphs to fool you and how to tell whether a website is a reliable news source or has a hidden a agenda. We discuss some terms you should know when looking at health data, we make sense of the proliferation of counter-knowledge on the internet, we talk about why you can’t always trust experts, and we fact check the 2016 election. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, then you can order his book A Field Guide to Lies: Cri

EP 120: Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick at Wired, on the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Fu

Kevin Kelly is co-founder and senior maverick at Wired magazine. He has a new book called The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Techonological Forces That Will Shape Our Future, and he lays out his optimistic view of the next 30 years. He says right now is the best time in history to invent something, and he has a simple formula for the next 10,000 startups. We talk about big trends like the shift from an ownership society to an access society and how consumers are now becoming active participants, editors, and even creators of content. We talk about how virtual reality will transport us to whole other worlds and why Americans need to get over our Orwellian fear of data tracking. Plus Kevi

EP 119: Director Rod Lurie on "Killing Reagan" for Nat Geo

Director Rod Lurie talks about his new film Killing Reagan for Nat Geo. He sets the record straight about the popular myths of a situation room crisis and a power grab by Alexander Haig while Reagan was in the operating room. Rod talks about where he was on the day Reagan was shot, collaborating with Killing Reagan author Bill O'Reilly, and the recent release of Reagan attacker John Hinckley Jr. Killing Reagan airs Sunday, October 16 at 8/7 Central on the National Geographic Channel or you can watch online at www.natgeotv.com. For more information about Killing Reagan, including clips, and behind the scenes extras, go to www.channel.nationalgeographic.com/killing-reagan. Follow Rod Lurie

EP 118: Dylan Thuras of Atlas Obscura on the World's Hidden Wonders

Dylan Thuras is the co-founder and creative director at AtlasObscura.com, the popular travel site that revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. He co-authored a new book based on the site and it's called Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders. Today we'll talk about some of the strangest attractions the world has to offer including a Fiery crater that has been burning in the desserts of Turkmenistan since 1971, the independent micronation of Sealandia on an abandoned offshore oil platform in the North Sea, and a saloon in the Ukon that serves cocktails garnished with a severed human toe. Plus hipster tourism, lake monster

EP 117: Artificial Intelligence (Part 2) w/ Prof. Nick Bostrom, Dr. Seth Baum, & the Creators of

In Part 2 on Artificial Intelligence, we examine the possibility of A.I. achieving "the singularity," the moment when technology achieves human-like consciousness and the possible consequences for humanity if and when machines surpass us. Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, the creators of AMC's drama series HUMANS, discuss how intelligent machines and people might interact, what the singularity might be like from the perspective of a conscious A.I., and whether a man-made system that thinks and feels like a human being should be entitled to human rights. Then Dr. Seth Baum, Executive Director of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, will map out several scenarios that could lead to the en

EP 116: Artificial Intelligence (Part 1) w/ Michio Kaku, Dr. Guruduth Banavar, Kevin Kelly, & Ma

Artificial Intelligence is coming, and in Part 1 of this two part podcast, I talk with some of the leading A.I. scientists, tech journalists, and futurists about how A.I. may change our lives within the next three decades. First I ask futurist Prof. Michio Kaku about just how close we are to developing real artificial intelligence. Then I talk with Dr. Guruduth Banavar, Vice President and Chief Science Officer in charge of IBM's Cognitive Computing Division, about the latest version if IBM's Watson computer and how it's already transforming a wide range of industries from medicine to law. Then I'll talk with Martin Ford, author of Rise of the Robots and Kevin Kelly, founding editor of Wir

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