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Podcast Profile: The Origins Podcast with Lawrence Krauss

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Site: www.originsproject.org/podcast
61 episodes
2019 to present
Average episode: 99 minutes
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Categories: Interview-Style • Multidisciplinary • Physics

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List Updated: 2022-Dec-07 13:12 UTC. Episodes: 61. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

2022-Nov-29 • 116 minutes
Brian Keating: Probing the Early Universe and Communicating about Science
Find Brian’s INTO THE IMPOSSIBLE Podcast on Apple Podcasts https://apple.co/39UaHlB and on Spotify here spoti.fi/3vpfXok Brian Keating is an observational cosmology whose work has focused on measuring a possible imprint on the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation (CMBR) that could have come from the earliest moments of the Big Bang, and could even give possible indirect evidence for a multiverse. Indeed, an experiment he worked, called BICEP 2, in 2014 announced a possible result which electrified the scie...
2022-Nov-06 • 94 minutes
Neil deGrasse Tyson: Starry Messages, Science, Culture, and Life
Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the most recognizable faces of science in the world, and for good reason. He has thought a lot about how to engage people in the wonder and joy of science, something that is also near and dear to my own heart, and to the spirit of many of my own activities, including The Origins Podcast. I was so happy that Neil agreed to return to have another dialogue on the podcast following the release of his new book, Starry Messenger, because it provided us with the opportunity to have...
2022-Oct-14 • 133 minutes
Peter Boghossian: From Street Epistemology to Academic Freedom
Pete Boghossian is a philosopher with little tolerance for nonsense, whose efforts to broadly encourage critical thinking using Socratic methods began early on. While doing his PhD, he worked with inmates to see if he could impact on their moral reasoning through a process of Socratic questioning.Viewing faith-based beliefs as delusional, he worked on ways to encourage believers to question their beliefs. Because of the inherent difficulties in having such conversations Peter later worked with James Linsd...
2022-Sep-27 • 151 minutes
Frans de Waal: Learning from Primates about ourselves: From Gender to Social Hierarchies
Frans de Waal is not only my favorite primatologist, he is one of my favorite scientist-communicators. His books on primates, particularly on Bonobos and Chimpanzees—from politics to child-rearing and even culture—reveal a tremendous amount about our closest genetic relatives, and hence about ourselves. His newest book, Different: Gender Through the Eyes of a Primatologist, tackles a particularly hot topic at the current time, but as is typical of his books, this one is both entertaining, and touching, an...
2022-Sep-09 • 119 minutes
Janice Fiamengo: Feminism, Anti-Feminism, and Common Sense
As I describe in the introduction to our discussion, I first learned about Janice Fiamengo by watching an incredible series of videos she produced called The Fiamengo Files. Not surprisingly, because they presented a well-reasoned approach to various hot-button social justice issues, these videos were taken down YouTube. No worries, like the proverbial Phoenix, The Fiamengo Files II emerged and can be found. Janice, a retired Professor of English at the University of Ottawa, calls herself an anti-feminis...
2022-Aug-26 • 124 minutes
Richard Dawkins: From Selfish Gene to Flights of Fancy
Richard Dawkins needs no introduction. He is one of the world’s most well known scientists and science writers. He is also a good friend and colleague. As many of you may know, Richard and I have toured much of the world together on stage, often in dialogues about our disciplines, our views of the world, and of course the conflict between science and religion. When we decided to create The Origins Podcast, it was natural to consider early on having a dialogue between Richard and me. One fateful day, ou...
2022-Aug-14 • 73 minutes
Alex Garland: Fundamental questions inspire art and science
Alex Garland is probably best known to the world for writing and directing the blockbuster film Ex Machina about the consequences of the coming of age of an AI humanoid robot. Before that, he wrote the film 28 days later, about the fictional aftermath of a mysterious incurable virus that spreads through the UK. Most recently he directed a television series for FX called Devs, about many things, but hinging on quantum mechanics and issues of a multiverse. The human implications of new technology seem to ...
2022-Jul-29 • 113 minutes
Geoff Marcy: The Search for Exoplanets and Life Elsewhere in the Universe
Geoff Marcy has been pioneer in the search for extra-solar system planets since the first discovery of an exoplanet surround a main sequence star was made in 1995 by Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz. Within months, Marcy and his team had not only confirmed this result but detected numerous other exoplanets. Seventy of the first one hundred exoplanets were discovered by Marcy’s team, including the firs exoplanet located as far away from its star as Jupiter is to the Sun, and the first exoplanet discovered by...
2022-Jul-14 • 174 minutes
Andy Knoll: The First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth
Andy Knoll is a Renaissance Scientist. He is a geologist, paleobiologist, and geochemist and has applied key ideas from chemistry, biology, physiology and more to understanding the key developments associated with life on Earth—both how geology and chemistry have impacted on life, and vice versa. He has made ground breaking contributions to the understanding of almost every phase of life, from early Pre-Cambrian single cell life, to the emergence of more complex lifeforms, to mass extinctions. His group ...
2022-Jul-01 • 139 minutes
Charles Murray: On Human Diversity
After writing the book, The Bell Curve, Charles Murray became a controversial figure in the US Social Science scene, and was much maligned in the public arena. His work has been misinterpreted as being racist and sexist, and at Middlebury College students forcibly stopped his guest lecture and rioted. As often the case with stereotypes, Murray is instead a thoughtful scholar who has tried to base his social science research on data from empirical science, something that should be standard, but isn’t. I ...
2022-Jun-16 • 117 minutes
(Audio) John Mather: From the Big Bang to Searching for Life
John Mather is an astrophysicist at NASA who has been involved in important space missions to probe our fundamental understanding of the Universe for over four decades. He helped lead the design and deployment of the Cosmic Background Explorer Satellite (COBE), which launched in 1989 to probe the cosmic microwave background radiation from the Big Bang with a precision that could not be obtained from terrestrial experiments because of absorption of radiation by the atmosphere. The experiments on COBE, and ...
2022-Jun-02 • 207 minutes
Origins Podcast with Michael Shellenberger: From Apocalypse Never to Running for Governor
I was very happy to have the chance to speak to Michael Shellenberger some time ago, after his book Apocalypse Never appeared. Having written my book, The Physics of Climate Change, I was intrigued by his take on the fact that climate change is not an existential threat. Once I read his book, I realized we agreed on many things, with perhaps the differences being on emphasize rather than substance. Nevertheless, we did have some disagreements, and we had a very spirited, and I hope respectful, discussion...
2022-May-19 • 103 minutes
Jonathan Rauch: Free Thought, Democracy, and the Nature of Science
Jonathan Rauch was 30 years ahead of the curve. In his book Kindly Inquisitors, written in 1993, he described the very mechanisms by which ideology can undermine both the search for truth, and the democratic ideal of free thought—mechanisms which have now become endemic in our society. But more than that, in that book, and in The Constitution of Knowledge, written in 2021 he lays out more clearly than anyone I have ever read, the philosophical and sociological basis of science. The search for truth, and...
2022-May-06 • 150 minutes
Alan Guth: Inflation of The Universe & More
In 1979 Alan Guth, then a postdoc at Cornell, made what is perhaps the most important contribution to our theoretical understanding of the evolution of the Universe in the past half century. His realization that the early universe could have undergone a brief period of what he dubbed as “Inflation” provided the first and to date the only explanation of the large scale properties of the Universe compatible with observations, and based on well-defined, calculable, microphysical physics principles. Since tha...
2022-Apr-21 • 95 minutes
Dorian Abbot: From Climate and Exoplanets to DEI and Free Speech.
Dorian Abbot is an associate professor of geophysics at the University of Chicago, who uses mathematical and computational models to understand and explain fundamental problems in Earth and Planetary Sciences. His work on climate, and paleoclimate in particular is particularly important as we try and determine the likelihood that some exoplanets may be habitable. This is an area where may claims are made, most often on the basis of far too little solid evidence, so Dorian’s computer models have been partic...
2022-Apr-07 • 146 minutes
Matt Ridley: The Origins of COVID-19
(The Origins Podcast will appear every other Thursday.) Matt Ridley is a veteran journalist and science writer, with a training in genetics. He is also a Conservative member of the House of Lords in the UK. Matt and I were able to discuss his training, and his move from scientist to journalist, as well as the spectrum of his experiences in his various roles. We then moved on to the centerpiece of our dialogue: His newest book, Viral, written with geneticist Alina Chan. Together they produced what I view...
2022-Mar-24 • 170 minutes
The Origins Podcast: Roger Penrose
Summary: Roger Penrose and I discussed his life and work in science, mathematics, art and beyond, including the work for which he won the Nobel Prize, and his recent highly controversial proposal regarding the beginning and end of the Universe.To get this episode into your RSS feed, please click the button below from your phone:Roger Penrose, who shared the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics, for his 1965 theoretical demonstration that black holes are an inevitable consequence of Einstein’s General Relativity, so...
2022-Mar-02 • 141 minutes
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
This episode features a very special guest, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who has an incredible life story and track record of speaking out against oppression, fighting for freedom of expression, and fostering a deeper discussion around some of today's most...
2022-Feb-21 • 143 minutes
Stephen Wolfram on Math, Philosophy, & More
In this episode of the Origins Podcast, Stephen Wolfram joins Lawrence Krauss for a fascinating conversation around Stephen's upbringing, his education path, Mathematica, and what he's working on now. They also cover various concepts around symbolic...
2022-Feb-02 • 63 minutes
Steven Pinker on Rationality, Psychology, Language, & More
On this episode of The Origins Podcast, experimental psychologist, Steven Pinker shares an excellent conversation with Lawrence Krauss. Steven and Lawrence cover a variety of topics, including rationality, evolutionary psychology, and language.
2022-Jan-18 • 122 minutes
Tim Minchin Discussing Science, Culture, & Comedy
Tune in for an excellent conversation between Tim Minchin and Lawrence Krauss. They dive into a variety of interesting subjects, such as Tim Minchin's upbringing, his scientific interests, comedy, culture, the state of the world, and even a few of Tim...
2022-Jan-18 • 28 minutes
Science Matters: Understanding The James Webb Space Telescope
This episode is best watched on Youtube, as there are slides and images that accompany Lawrence's talk. This week marks a very special moment in which the Origins Podcast passed 100,000 subscribers! In celebration of this, we've brought back Science...
2021-Dec-18 • 143 minutes
Jordan B Peterson on Confronting Value, Meaning, & More
This exciting episode of the Origins Podcast features Jordan B Peterson along with host, Lawrence Krauss. They explore Jordan's upbringing and background, the nuances of meaning and value, as well as the difficulties and opportunities of doing...
2021-Nov-13 • 120 minutes
Sabine Hossenfelder: Physics, Science Ideology, & More
Sabine Hossenfelder joins Lawrence Krauss for an interesting discussion about theoretical physics, academia, and the future of science ideology. You can show your support and access exclusive bonus content at https://www.patreon.com/originspodcast
2021-Oct-28 • 103 minutes
Jim Simons: Math, Codes, Hunting Talent, Stocks, & Science
Jim Simons joins Lawrence for fascinating new and different take on the life of a man best known to the public for becoming a billionaire by using techniques from mathematics and statistics to revolutionize investing, but who has had numerous other...
2021-Oct-06 • 71 minutes
Heather Mac Donald | Part 2 of 2 | Updates & Clarifications
This is the second part unique conversation with journalist and author, Heather Mac Donald. The author of The Diversity Delusion, Heather doesn't mince words. Lawrence and she don't agree on everything as you'll see during the podcast. Nonetheless,...
2021-Sep-24 • 48 minutes
Stephen Fry on Current Events | Self-Censoring of Scientific Publications
Lawrence Krauss and Stephen Fry have a conversation about recent disconcerting news that several scientific publications and associations are self-censoring scientific publications and data for fear of offending people, even if no offense is...
2021-Sep-19 • 126 minutes
Heather Mac Donald | Part 1 of 2
This is the first part unique conversation with journalist and author, Heather Mac Donald. Heather doesn't mince words, but Lawrence and she don't agree on everything as you'll see during the podcast. Nonetheless, these conversations are critical in...
2021-Aug-23 • 26 minutes
Current Events: Follow Up on Afghanistan with Noam Chomsky
Listen to our newest mini-series "Current Events with Noam Chomsky"! In this episode, Lawrence and Noam have a follow-up discussion about the latest developments in Afghanistan. Show your support and access exclusive bonus content at...
2021-Aug-10 • 179 minutes
Barry Barish | Exploring The History of Experimental Physics
In this podcast episode, Lawrence Krauss reconnects with an old friend and Nobel Prize recipient, Barry Barish. They discuss a wide range of topics and explore Barry's own history as well as the history, present, and future of experimental physics....
2021-Jul-02 • 136 minutes
David Gross
Lawrence Krauss recently had the pleasure of sitting down with David Gross, one of the preeminent theoretical physicists who has been involved not just in the development of the theory of the strong interaction, called quantum chromodynamics, but he...
2021-Jun-16 • 12 minutes
Current Events: Noam Chomsky on Censorship & More
Listen to our newest mini-series "Current Events with Noam Chomsky"! In this episode, Lawrence and Noam discuss a variety of issues around Censorship. Show your support and access exclusive bonus content at Noam Chomsky is sometimes referred...
2021-Jun-02 • 19 minutes
Current Events: Noam Chomsky on Refugees & Border Policies
Listen to our newest mini-series "Current Events with Noam Chomsky"! This episode covers a variety of topics around Refugees and Border Policies in the United States and other countries. Show your support and access exclusive bonus content at...
2021-May-26 • 10 minutes
Current Events: Noam Chomsky on Afghanistan
Listen to our newest mini-series "Current Events with Noam Chomsky"! In this episode, Lawrence and Noam discuss a variety of issues around Afghanistan, including the withdrawal of troops, military leaders, and considering the opinions of Afghans when...
2021-May-23 • 16 minutes
Current Events: Noam Chomsky on Iran
Listen to our newest mini-series "Current Events with Noam Chomsky"! In this episode, Lawrence and Noam discuss a variety of issues around Iran, including nuclear weapons, sanctions, and diplomatic relations. **Recorded before violence erupted in...
2021-May-01 • 121 minutes
Werner Herzog
Lawrence joins acclaimed film director Werner Herzog at his home in Los Angeles to discuss societal norms, consumerism, cancel culture, the colonization of Mars, the philosophy behind his art and films, and much more. See the commercial-free, full HD...
2021-Apr-08 • 70 minutes
Ian Tattersall
Ian Tattersall (paleoanthropologist and curator emeritus of the American Museum of Natural History) joins Lawrence for a nuanced discussion of a wide range of topics including the rise of altruism in humans, the evolutionary reasons for religion,...
2021-Mar-01 • 100 minutes
Ian McEwan
Lawrence joins novelist Ian McEwan (Atonement, Machines Like Me) at his home in London to discuss a wide variety of topics ranging from storytelling and censorship to artificial intelligence and Brexit. His latest book (The Cockroach) is a...
2021-Feb-01 • 105 minutes
Andrea Ghez
2020 Nobel Prize-winning physicist and astronomer Andrea Ghez joins Lawrence to discuss her life in science and the path that led her to the discovery of a supermassive compact object (black hole) at the center of our galaxy. See the commercial-free,...
2021-Jan-01 • 108 minutes
Woody Allen
Lawrence joins Academy Award-winning filmmaker Woody Allen at his screening room in New York City where Allen shares insights on his career, philosophy, education, politics and the struggle to find meaning in the universe. Allen’s latest...
2020-Dec-05 • 105 minutes
Joseph LeDoux
Lawrence joins neuroscientist and author Joseph LeDoux in his office at New York University to discuss human consciousness (including its evolutionary development), the difficulties of distinguishing behavior from emotions, his latest book The Deep...
2020-Oct-30 • 76 minutes
Maryam Namazie
Lawrence joins human rights activist Maryam Namazie at her office in London to discuss her work with The Council of Ex-Muslims, the rise of fascism in the west, blasphemy, “safe spaces”, and more. See the commercial-free, full HD videos of all...
2020-Sep-22 • 126 minutes
Stephen Fry
The incomparable Stephen Fry joins Lawrence to discuss topics ranging from Greek myths and language, to AI, technology, religion, politics, and mental health. See the commercial-free, full HD videos of all episodes at www.patreon.com/originspodcast...
2020-Jul-13 • 150 minutes
David Frum
Author and political commentator David Frum joins Lawrence to discuss Trump, US foreign policy, the challenges of a Carbon Tax, “wokeness”, behavior policing, and much more. See the commercial-free, full HD videos of all episodes at...
2020-May-21 • 71 minutes
George Church
Known as “the Father of Synthetic Biology”, George Church is a geneticist, chemist and molecular engineer. In this episode, Lawrence joins him in his office at Harvard Medical School to discuss his work with CRISPR, the differences between...
2020-Feb-29 • 91 minutes
Sheldon Glashow
Nobel Prize winning physicist Sheldon Glashow sits down with Lawrence to reflect on his life in science, the state of modern physics, and more. See the commercial-free, full HD videos of all episodes at www.patreon.com/originspodcast immediately upon...
2020-Feb-07 • 97 minutes
Sir Trevor Nunn
Lawrence discusses Shakespeare, education and science with the Tony award-winning director and former head of the Royal Shakespeare company Sir Trevor Nunn. See the commercial-free, full HD videos of all episodes at www.patreon.com/originspodcast...
2020-Jan-13 • 89 minutes
Elizabeth Loftus
In this episode, Lawrence is joined by award-winning cognitive psychologist and author Elizabeth Loftus to discuss her ground-breaking work on false memories, recovered memories, “the misinformation effect” and the unreliability of eye-witness...
2019-Dec-16 • 95 minutes
Stephen Greenblatt
Lawrence joins Shakespearean, historian, and Pulitzer Prize winning author Stephen Greenblatt to discuss renaissance thinking, the crossroads of science and literature, Adam and Eve, Trump and much more. See the commercial-free, full HD videos of all...
2019-Oct-24 • 83 minutes
Martin Rees
In London, Lord Martin Rees joins Lawrence to discuss cosmology, science writing, politics, and the role of religion (and religious figures) in modern society. See the exclusive, full HD videos of all episodes at www.patreon.com/originspodcast...
2019-Oct-04 • 103 minutes
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Lawrence joins astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson in his office at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City to discuss Neil’s background, science communication methods, creating the perfect science sound bite, and much more....
2019-Sep-06 • 103 minutes
A.C. Grayling
Lawrence joins philosopher Anthony Grayling in his office at the New College of the Humanities in London. Together, they discuss the Brexit crisis, Humanism as an alternative to religion, the current state of democracy around the world, and much...
2019-Aug-21 • 101 minutes
Penn Jillette
Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller) joins Lawrence at the Origins Podcast studios for a wide-ranging and colorful discussion of topics including ethics, magic, climate change, Richard Feynman, The Amazing Randi, “artistic genius”, and much more....
2019-Aug-06 • 63 minutes
Gail Collins
Lawrence joins author and New York Times columnist Gail Collins to discuss her book When Everything Changed, which chronicles the progress of women’s rights in America from 1960 through today. Gail Collins was the first woman to hold the...
2019-Jul-23 • 96 minutes
Daniel P. Schrag
In this episode, Lawrence joins environmental scientist Dan Schrag at Harvard University to discuss Earth history, energy policies, and what we can expect from a future affected by climate change. See the exclusive, full HD videos of all...
2019-Jul-08 • 31 minutes
Brian May
In this episode, Lawrence joins musician and astrophysicist Brian May at his studio in Surrey. May, the lead guitarist of the legendary rock band Queen, recently served as a science team collaborator on the New Horizons mission to Pluto and...
2019-Jul-07 • 67 minutes
Alan Stern
In this episode, Lawrence sits down with planetary scientist Alan Stern to discuss his new book Chasing New Horizons, which chronicles his work as head of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond. Stern describes the trials and...
2019-Jun-18 • 62 minutes
Jennifer Finney Boylan
In this episode, Lawrence sits down in the offices of the New York Times with author and columnist Jennifer Finney Boylan. They discuss her life, novels, writing style, and the challenges facing transgender people in the world today. See the...
2019-Jun-18 • 125 minutes
Noam Chomsky
In this episode, Lawrence talks with public intellectual, linguist, and political activist Noam Chomsky. Together, they discuss topics ranging from American exceptionalism and foreign policy, to North Korea and Brazil, as well as free speech and...
2019-Jun-18 • 92 minutes
Ricky Gervais
In this episode, Lawrence talks with actor, writer and comedian, Ricky Gervais about the science of comedy, the comedy of religion, and the religion of free speech. He also gets a mind-bending, personal science lesson from Lawrence. See the exclusive,...
2019-Jun-08 • 2 minutes
Welcome to The Origins Podcast! This brief introduction with host Lawrence M. Krauss provides a glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming show. The Origins Podcast features in-depth conversations with some of the most interesting people in the world...