Here We Are

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Have you ever thought about specific stressors that farmers face?  Me EITHER!  And it is damn fascinating.  Did you know that you aren’t a real baller until you have a combine tractor? Heather Sedges Wallace is an Assistant Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences at UTK https://cfs.utk.edu/heather-sedges-wallace/ .   Heather has received one of only two national Early Career Achievement awards from the Institute of Youth, Family and Community Heather is also working with the https://onehealthinitiative.com which is a new small interdisciplinary science organization working toward making the world a better place.  Shane’s been trying to find ways to collaborate with them so you can expect to see about one guest a month helping build the bigger picture of the many ways they are trying to create a bigger network to work on endlessly complex intertwined issues. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Shane talks with long-time friend and host of the Podcast: Solo - A Single Person's Guide to a Remarkable Life, Peter McGraw. They talk about everything from lasting friendships and jealousy in relationships to being incredibly honest and motivating yourself. Peter is a marketing and psychology professor at the Leeds School of Business and the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at University of Colorado Boulder. He teaches a PhD seminar in behavioral economics and courses in marketing management, consumer behavior, and advertising for the University of Colorado Boulder. McGraw has spent more than a decade examining the antecedents and consequences of humor—work that has moved the study of humor from the niche to the mainstream. One advantage that he has over his predecessors is his ability to conduct state-of-the-art experiments with the help of the team he directs at the Humor Research Lab (aka HuRL), a laboratory dedicated to the experimental study of humor. To hear Peter's previous appearances check out: Episode 273: Shtick to Business Part 2 https://www.herewearepodcast.com/episodes/shtick-business-part-2 Episode 272: Shtick to Business Part 1 https://www.herewearepodcast.com/episodes/shtick-business-part-2-ly723 Episode 121: Live From Boulder https://www.herewearepodcast.com/episodes/1uir2rip5c2gtojhvq0b40ss3yvjll Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode of Here We Are, Shane talks with return guest Jessica Brinkworth about covid-19 and what we’ve learned over the past year. They discuss the history of vaccine technologies, the current covid-19 vaccines and how they work, as well as the things we’ve learned since the start of the virus in 2020. Jessica Brinkworth is an assistant professor in the department of anthropology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research addresses the physiological consequences of the human experience and evolutionary past, particularly those that affect innate immune system function. Jessica’s current projects focus on the functional divergence and diversification of primate immune systems, how past epidemics affect present day immune function diversity and how life experience affects the innate immune response. To hear Jessica’s first appearance on Here We Are check out episode 295: The Human Immune System. Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Shane talks with Multiple Sclerosis Specialist, May Han, about the new research being done on MS, the diagnosis process, and things patients can do to help treat their symptoms. They are joined by special guest and personal friend of Shane's, Megan, who shares her personal journey through being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  Dr. Han is a Board-certified neurologist and a clinician-scientist who specializes in multiple sclerosis and central nervous system demyelinating diseases as well as the Associate Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine.  Her research focuses on utilizing Systems Biology approach (genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics) to identify targets for therapy in MS and NMO. Dr. Han is also an attending physician at the Neuroimmunology clinic and at the Stanford Hospital. Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Shane talks with evolutionary anthropologist, Herman Pontzer, about his new book "Burn" which breaks down the new understanding of human health. We discuss getting back to the basics of caring for our bodies while debunking fad diets and pseudoscience. https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/603894/burn-by-herman-pontzer-phd/ https://scholars.duke.edu/person/Herman.Pontzer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Shane talks with clinical psychologist, Dr. Mark Swogger, about his new research which focuses on the potential individual and public health benefits of kratom use. He also studies interventions for individuals whose use of more dangerous substances is causing them harm, taking into account psychopathy and other moderators of successful treatment. Dr. Swogger's research background includes numerous studies of violence, suicidal behavior, and recidivism among justice-involved people. Consider supporting me on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/shanemauss Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Shane talks with science and technology writer, David Pogue, about his new book "How to Prepare for Climate Change: A Practical Guide to Surviving the Chaos" which offers practical advice for how we should ready ourselves for the future of the planet. David talks about what to grow, what to eat, how to build, how to insure, where to invest, how to prepare your children and pets, and even where to consider relocating when the time comes. https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/How-to-Prepare-for-Climate-Change/David-Pogue/9781982134518 Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Shane talks with anthropologist, Gina Bria, and wellness doctor, Dana Cohen about their book "Quench" which explores the new science on hydration. Is water really the only source of hydration? How do humans in desert climates stay hydrated exclusively from the foods they eat? For over two decades, Dr. Dana Cohen has been on the leading edge of integrative and functional medicine, guiding thousands of patients through protocols that initiate cellular repair and restore balance to the body. Gina Bria spreads the science of how plants transform liquid water into gel water. She shares how we can adapt and use these ideas now in our water-challenged world for better hydration and better water protection world-wide. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Shane talks with behavioral economist, Alain Cohn, about his fascinating study that examines the trade off between honesty and self-interest. They purposefully lost 17,000 wallets in 40 countries all around the world. Surprisingly, people were more likely to return wallets with more money in them! Alain shares some interesting and unexpected implications of his research. Alain Cohn is an Assistant Professor of Information at the University of Michigan School of Information. His research lies at the intersection of economics, finance and psychology. Much of his work uses lab and field experiments, often in collaboration with firms and government agencies, to explore topics like honesty, employee motivation and financial decision making. His studies have been published in top general interest and economics outlets such as Nature, Science, American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies and Review of Financial Studies.  Learn more at https://sites.google.com/site/alaincohn/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
B. N. Horowitz, M.D., turns to the natural world for insights into health and development. She has faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School, Harvard University’s Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, and is Professor of Medicine in the UCLA Division of Cardiology. She co-directs the UCLA Evolutionary Medicine Program. In her work she studies a diverse range of animals in their natural settings to uncover evolved adaptations with potential relevance to human health challenges. She has used this approach to better understand heart failure and sudden cardiac death, neurological conditions including seizures, dementia and movement disorders, infertility and psychiatric conditions including anxiety, compulsive and eating disorders. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Return guest Joel Suss is so interesting and does really unique work.  His research interests focus on understanding and improving perceptual-cognitive performance (e.g., anticipation, decision making) in complex and challenging operational settings (e.g., law enforcement, security, military command and control, aviation, and emergency medicine). For example, he investigates ways to train police officers to make better decision in stressful situations. Another project, in conjunction with colleagues at Université Laval (Quebec City, Canada), examines perceptual and cognitive aspects of CCTV monitoring and how automated, intelligent videos surveillance systems are changing the human operator’s role in security surveillance. Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
I had this conversation with Dr. Beth A. Livingston last September and I'm finally releasing it today. We talk about gender norms and biases and how they impact career growth and perpetuate limiting beliefs for both men and women. This was a very enlightening discussion and it was a pleasure to learn from someone with such a vast understanding of these topics. Dr. Beth A. Livingston is an Assistant Professor in Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Florida, she spent 8 years at Cornell University in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations before moving to the Midwest. She is passionate about studying gender, stereotyping, discrimination, and the management of work and family. Her research has been highlighted in the New York Times, NPR, and the Harvard Business Review, and has been published in top academic journals. She has also done executive education, speaking engagements, and consulting for companies such as Accenture, John Deere, Yves Saint Laurent Beauty and Allsteel. Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Wearables can do so much more than count your steps. They can also be used for detecting abnormalities caused by Covid up to 10 days before symptoms arise. In this episode, Dr. Michael Snyder explores the many uses of wearable health monitoring technology Michael Snyder is a genomicist, systems biologist, and entrepreneur. He is the Stanford B. Ascherman Professor and Chair of Genetics and Director of Genomics and Personalized Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Years ago he started using himself as a guinea pig to test the limits of how modern science can improve health. He used genetic testing, multiple wearables, sensors of every kind to collect all possible data. In the course of that, he detected and prevented his own diabetes and turned his health around. He even discovered he had lyme disease before any symptoms appeared. Now he's developing ways of using AI to sort through the metrics collected by wearables to prevent disease rather than treat symptoms. His new study is essentially a way that anyone with wearable tech can get an alarm when they have a virus before they show symptoms. Immediately after this conversation I bought a Fitbit Versa and joined his study. You can play a part and join the study through this link! https://innovations.stanford.edu/wearables Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Authors of ‘The Courage to Suffer: A New Clinical Framework for Life's Greatest Crises’ join me to talk about mental health, spirituality, what happens when a crisis makes you rethink the coherence of the very narratives that used to keep you going. Rather than trying to dismiss and escape suffering we can find ways to accept and thrive within it. Sara A. Showalter Van Tongeren has more than twelve years of clinical social work experience in settings such as private practice, foster care, inpatient hospitals and outpatient medical clinics, inter-partner violence shelters, and behavioral health. She has a deep passion to help people cultivate a sense of meaning and develop narratives of resilience following trauma and unexpected life events. Sara specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, existential psychotherapy, narrative therapy, brainspotting, and acceptance commitment therapy. https://saravantongeren.com/ Daryl R. Van Tongeren is an associate professor of psychology at Hope College. His research focuses on the social motivation for meaning and its relation to virtues and morality. Specifically, he and his students adopt a social-cognitive approach to study meaning in life, religion and virtues, such as forgiveness and humility. https://hope.edu/directory/people/van-tongeren-daryl/index.html Here are the resources for suicide prevention: 1-800-273-8255 (24hrs/7days a week crisis support hotline) suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat (free online chat staffed by professionals) text 741741 for crisis text support crisistextline.org to message them through facebook or chat online. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week I talk with my good friend and multi-talented Pete Holmes! I wanted to have a spiritual conversation with someone outside of academia for a change. Pete and I always have really great philosophical discussions and I really appreciate his take on a lot of things. Check out Pete's philosophical/spiritual autobiography "Comedy Sex God" on Amazon or wherever you get your books! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Covid update with my favorite guest on the subject! Nina Fefferman has spent her career modeling future pandemics. Because of Covid, she’s gone from a theoretical to an applied mathematician. Her interdisciplinary makes her one of the most knowledgeable people at the intersection of mathematics and evolutionary biology. She consistently takes us on a path through the either/or fallacies of health VS economy which have become so politicized and guides us through an exploration of nuance and complexity that we should all be so lucky to journey through. More impressively, she does so in an exceedingly accessible way. If only these kinds of conversations were a bigger part of our global conversation. We are exceptionally fortunate to have humans like Nina working on behalf of all humanity and I am grateful that she took 2.5 hours out of her life to try and save the world. Dr. Fefferman is a professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department in the University of Tennessee. Her research focuses on the mathematics of epidemiology, evolutionary and behavioral ecology, and self-organizing behaviors, especially of systems described by networks. While the research in the Fefferman Lab frequently focuses on disease in human and/or animal populations, and how disease and disease-related behavioral ecology can affect the short-term survival and long-term evolutionary success of a population, people in the lab have worked on problems as diverse as computer network security to social behaviors in grass-roots organizations that make the movement susceptible to radicalization. Any fun integration of applied mathematics and human or animal processes is fair game!Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Take a peek inside the life of the people who get to peek inside the lives of others. This week I talk with two anthropologists about what it's like to go and live in an extremely different culture. We talk about shamanism, leadership, witchcraft and what past health care and court systems might have looked like. Zach Garfield is an evolutionary anthropologist who investigates how behaviors such as leadership and followership, decision-making, and economic strategies are related to group-level pressures such as network dynamics and alliance patterns, sociopolitical structures, group context, and cultural norms. https://anthro.vancouver.wsu.edu/people/zgarfield/ Manvir Singh Cognitive & evolutionary anthropologist at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse his research program aims to explain why societies develop complex, recurrent traditions such as shamanism, witchcraft, origin myths, property rights, sharing norms, lullabies, dance music, and gods have appeared in human societies everywhere, from nomadic hunter-gatherer bands to complex, industrial, mega-urbanized states. https://www.manvir.org Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On this episode, we chat about biodiversity loss as a key issue in our modern world.  We emphasize the impact it has on increasing of disease in our modern environment which isn’t something normally addressed in public discourse.  This doesn’t just impact humans, but the majority of wildlife has lost habitat and the space needed to avoid pathogen spread.  Additionally, globalization has introduced invasive viruses to novel environments which lack defense to them.   Dr. Debra Miller is Professor and Director of the Center for Wildlife Health in the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. She has a split appointment between the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries https://vetmed.tennessee.edu/FacultyStaff/SitePages/CVMProfile.aspx?NetID=dmille42   She is also the interim director of the new One Health Initiative which started at UT this year and has over 50 faculty and scientists from numerous departments and colleges in an effort to enhance research collaborations across the state and region to address rapidly emerging health challenges. https://onehealth.tennessee.edu Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this rare solo episode, I explore what it's like as a comedian, show producer, and science communicator trying to navigate Covid, the economy, public perception, regulations, and marketing while considering the many additional variables and challenges that come along with planning a tour. Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Professor Sarah Hill of the Hill Evolutionary Social Psychology Lab at Texas Christian University returns to the show to talk about her new book ‘This Is Your Brain on Birth Control: The Surprising Science of Women, Hormones, and the Law of Unintended Consequences’ Sarah is such a dream guest. In addition to being very funny and not afraid to talk about social taboos, her work is also not just really unique and mind-blowing but is also incredibly important information for anyone and an absolute must for women taking birth control If interested, you can hear her first appearance on the show on March, 1 2016 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
David Hanscom is author of the book ‘Do You Really Need Spine Surgery?’.  He is a renowned complex deformity spinal surgeon of 30 years and his experiences both in the medical industry and with his own health gave him a new perspective on chronic pain, the medical industry, and mental health that is a fresh perspective in a world where questionable surgeries and treatments can often be overprescribed. His pioneering book, ‘Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain’ showed suffers how to quiet a turbocharged central nervous system as well as perhaps relieve some of the depression and anxiety that comes along with pain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Volcanic activity, submarine adventures, and scallop porn are on today’s menu. If that is somehow not enticing enough, you’re also going to find out what percentage of a scallop’s body weight is gametes. Guess high as it may be nature’s most impressive money shot. Skylar Bayer is a marine ecologist who studies population dynamics and marine conservation. She’s also does a ton of science communication including producing the science storytelling show The Story Collider. She even shares a fun story of one of her mishaps being featured on The Colbert Report. Check out her website https://skylarbayer.wordpress.com https://twitter.com/drsrbayer Her Uncharted newsletter signup is here: https://uncharted.substack.com/p/coming-soon Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being. 𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐖𝐞 𝐀𝐫𝐞: Stand-up comedian, adventurer and science enthusiast Shane Mauss has been interviewing scientists each week since 2014. Originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin this former factory worker skipped college to become a comedian. His stand up has been on Comedy Central, Conan, Kimmel, Showtime, and Epix https://bit.ly/shaneTV . In the age of podcasting, more people might be familiar with him as a guest on Trussell, Holmes, Kreischer, Vaughn, Maron, or Rogan https://bit.ly/shaneguest. Compelled to talk about bigger ideas, he now travels to universities around the world (when there isn't a pandemic) to interview researchers on a journey to learn what makes us who we are...as well as a bunch of other random stuff you never imagined you would care about. Favorite topics include: psychology, biology, evolution, cognitive biases, behavioral economics, mating, animal behavior, neuroscience, entheogens and consciousness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Shane talks with personality expert, William Keith Campbell. He is an American social psychologist known for his research on narcissism. He is a professor in the Department of Psychology in the University of Georgia's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being. 𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐖𝐞 𝐀𝐫𝐞: Stand-up comedian, adventurer and science enthusiast Shane Mauss has been interviewing scientists each week since 2014. Originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin this former factory worker skipped college to become a comedian. His stand up has been on Comedy Central, Conan, Kimmel, Showtime, and Epix https://bit.ly/shaneTV . In the age of podcasting, more people might be familiar with him as a guest on Trussell, Holmes, Kreischer, Vaughn, Maron, or Rogan https://bit.ly/shaneguest. Compelled to talk about bigger ideas, he now travels to universities around the world (when there isn't a pandemic) to interview researchers on a journey to learn what makes us who we are...as well as a bunch of other random stuff you never imagined you would care about. Favorite topics include: psychology, biology, evolution, cognitive biases, behavioral economics, mating, animal behavior, neuroscience, entheogens and consciousness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Technology is amazing. But it also comes with a number of concerns. How much should we worry and about what? Did you know that there used to be similar concerns about books? Socrates believed that writing was not an effective means of communicating knowledge and now we know he said that over two thousand years ago because of writing. But maybe this time the threat is real. What does the research have to say? Ken Reid – Comedian, TV nerd, and host of the fantastic podcast ‘TV Guidance Counselor’ Catalina Toma – UW-Madison Professor of Communication Science whose research examines how people understand and relate to one another when interacting via communication technologies (online dating, social network sites, blogs, etc.) Heather Kirkorian – UW-Madison Professor and Director of the Cognitive Development and Media Lab whose research examines the intersection of cognitive development, media effects, and family studies. Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being. 𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐖𝐞 𝐀𝐫𝐞: Stand-up comedian, adventurer and science enthusiast Shane Mauss has been interviewing scientists each week since 2014. Originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin this former factory worker skipped college to become a comedian. His stand up has been on Comedy Central, Conan, Kimmel, Showtime, and Epix https://bit.ly/shaneTV . In the age of podcasting, more people might be familiar with him as a guest on Trussell, Holmes, Kreischer, Vaughn, Maron, or Rogan https://bit.ly/shaneguest. Compelled to talk about bigger ideas, he now travels to universities around the world (when there isn't a pandemic) to interview researchers on a journey to learn what makes us who we are...as well as a bunch of other random stuff you never imagined you would care about. Favorite topics include: psychology, biology, evolution, cognitive biases, behavioral economics, mating, animal behavior, neuroscience, entheogens and consciousness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
I am pleased to welcome back the most enthusiastic guest I've had, Barrett Klein, along with first time guest, Lyric Bartholomay. We discuss genetically modified flies, what could cause some people to be more attractive to mosquitoes and other buggers, and why you should save bugs from your shower drain! Entomologist, Barrett Klein is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. Lyric Bartholomay is a vector biologist from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Register for FREE to my LIVE Here We Are event I'm having on October 17! https://www.crowdcast.io/e/the-media-dilemma/register Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being. 𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐖𝐞 𝐀𝐫𝐞: Stand-up comedian, adventurer and science enthusiast Shane Mauss has been interviewing scientists each week since 2014. Originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin this former factory worker skipped college to become a comedian. His stand up has been on Comedy Central, Conan, Kimmel, Showtime, and Epix https://bit.ly/shaneTV . In the age of podcasting, more people might be familiar with him as a guest on Trussell, Holmes, Kreischer, Vaughn, Maron, or Rogan https://bit.ly/shaneguest. Compelled to talk about bigger ideas, he now travels to universities around the world (when there isn't a pandemic) to interview researchers on a journey to learn what makes us who we are...as well as a bunch of other random stuff you never imagined you would care about. Favorite topics include: psychology, biology, evolution, cognitive biases, behavioral economics, mating, animal behavior, neuroscience, entheogens and consciousness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Created by
Shane Mauss, Starburns Audio
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Jan 1st, 2014
Latest Episode
Apr 13th, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
337
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
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Episodic
Language
English

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