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65 minutes | Jan 25, 2022
Ep210 - Mo Gawdat | Scary Smart: The Future of Artificial Intelligence and How You Can Save Our World
41 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Ep209 - Cary Elwes | Inconceivable Tales from the Making of "The Princess Bride"
Cary Elwes stoped by YouTube Headquarters for a discussion about his book, "As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride." This first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film is filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner. Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast-mates, there are plenty of set secrets, backstage stories, and answers to lingering questions about off-screen romances that have intrigued fans for years. Originally published in January of 2015. Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/Inconceivable to watch the video.
62 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
Ep208 - Ibtihaj Muhammad | Breaking the Barriers: Revival of Women’s Voices
In celebration of #IamRemarkable Week, Ibtihaj Muhammad discusses her journey, values and career as an award winning fencing athlete and Olympian. Ibtihaj Muhammad is an entrepreneur, activist, speaker and Olympic medalist in fencing. A 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, 5-time Senior World medalist and World Champion, in 2016, Ibtihaj became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics in hijab. In 2017, Mattel announced their first hijabi Barbie, modeled in Ibtihaj’s likeness, as part of Barbie’s “Shero” line of dolls. Additionally, she has released three books, among them a debut memoir, Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream and a children’s picture book, The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab & Family, which became an instant New York Times bestseller. Ibtihaj is a sports ambassador with the U.S. Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sport Initiative, and works closely with organizations like Athletes for Impact and the Special Olympics. Named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list in 2016, Ibtihaj is an important figure in a larger global discussion on equality and the importance of sport. Moderated by Matt Brittin Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/BreakingBarriers to watch the video.
60 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Ep207 - Dr. Temple Grandin | The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum
When Temple Grandin was born in 1947, autism had only just been named. Today it is more prevalent than ever, with one in 88 children diagnosed on the spectrum. Our thinking about it has undergone a transformation in her lifetime: Autism studies have moved from the realm of psychology to neurology and genetics, and there is far more hope today than ever before thanks to groundbreaking new research into causes and treatments. Now, Dr. Temple Grandin reports from the forefront of autism science, bringing her singular perspective to a thrilling journey into the heart of the autism revolution. Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, Grandin introduces the neuroimaging advances and genetic research that link brain science to behavior, even sharing her own brain scan to show us which differences might explain common symptoms. We meet the scientists and self-advocates who are exploring innovative theories of what causes autism and how we can diagnose and best treat it. Grandin also highlights long-ignored sensory problems and the transformative effects we can have by treating autism symptom by symptom, rather than with an umbrella diagnosis. She argues that raising and educating kids on the spectrum isn't just a matter of focusing on their weaknesses; in the science that reveals their long-overlooked strengths, she shows us new ways to foster their unique contributions. Originally published in January of 2014. Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/AutisticBrain to watch the video.
53 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
Ep206 - Neal Brennan | Unacceptable
Neal Brennan is an Emmy nominated writer, director, producer, standup comedian, and co-creator of Comedy Central’s legendary Chappelle’s Show. This week, Neal visits Google to discuss his career journey and his comedy show Unacceptable. In his new theatrical comedy show Neal Brennan: Unacceptable, Neal meticulously examines his own defects, attempting to understand his baffling inability to fit into a group and the alienation that comes along with it. Incorporating true stories from childhood through the present, Neal delivers a powerful narrative comedy, infusing humor in vulnerability in an impactful way that elicits rich emotions, poignant thoughts and captivates the audience. Unacceptable is Neal’s 2nd solo off-Broadway show, an extension of his 2016 critically acclaimed show 3 Mics. Moderated by Suzette Bishop. Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/Unacceptable to watch the video.
67 minutes | Jan 7, 2022
Ep205 - Ravi Agrawal | India's Smartphone Revolution
Foreign Policy managing editor and former CNN South Asia bureau chief Ravi Agrawal takes us on a journey across India, through remote rural villages and massive metropolises, to highlight how one tiny device - the smartphone - is effecting staggering changes across all facets of Indian life. The rise of smartphones, and with them access to the internet, has caused nothing short of a revolution in India. In the West, technological advances have progressed step-by-step - from dial-up Internet connections, to broadband access, to wireless, and now 4G data on phones. But the vast majority of Indians, particularly low-income and rural citizens, have leapfrogged straight to the smartphone era, disrupting centuries of tradition and barriers of wealth, language, caste, and gender. As always with India, the numbers are staggering: in 2000, 20 million Indians had access to the internet; by 2017, 465 million were online, with three Indians discovering the internet every second - mostly on smartphones. Agrawal shows how widespread internet use is poised to transform everyday life in India: the status of women, education, jobs, dating, marriage, family life, commerce, and governance. Just as the car shaped 20th century America - with the creation of the Interstate Highway System, suburbia, and malls - the smartphone is set to shape 21st century India. Nothing is untouched, from arranged marriages to social status to business start-ups, as smartphones move the entire economy from cash-based to credit-based. Access to the internet is affecting the progress of progress itself. As Agrawal shows, while they offer immediate and sometimes mind-altering access to so much for so many, smartphones create no immediate utopia in a culture still driven by poverty, a caste system, gender inequality, illiteracy, and income disparity. Internet access has provided greater opportunities to women and changed the way in which India's many illiterate poor can interact with the world, but it has also meant that pornography and fake news have become much more widespread. Under a government keen to control content, it has created tensions. And in a climate of nationalism, it has fomented violence and even terrorism. What effect is this staggering technological revolution having on India's ancient political, cultural, and economic institutions? Keep listening to find out. Originally published in January of 2019. Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/SmartphoneRevolution to watch the video.
63 minutes | Jan 4, 2022
Ep204 - Dr. Jane Goodall | Reasons for Hope
In celebration of #IamRemarkable Week, Dr. Jane Goodall discusses her podcast "Hopecast", and the moral and spiritual convictions that have driven her during her career journey as a researcher. For the past 30 years, Dr. Goodall has been speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth. In July 1960, Dr. Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals. In 1977, Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, a global environmental and humanitarian youth program, founded in 1991 and currently active in more than 60 countries. Moderated by Kate Brandt. Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/Hope to watch the video.
59 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
Ep203 - Steven Pinker | Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters
Can reading a book make you more rational? Can it help you understand why there is so much irrationality in the world? These are the goals of Rationality, Steven Pinker’s follow-up to to his book Enlightenment Now. In the 21st century, humanity is reaching new heights of scientific understanding—and at the same time, appears to be losing its mind. How can a species that developed vaccines for Covid-19 in less than a year also produce so much fake news, medical quackery, and conspiracy theorizing? Pinker rejects the cynical cliché that humans are an irrational species — cavemen out of time saddled with biases, fallacies, and illusions. After all, we discovered the laws of nature, lengthened and enriched our lives, and discovered the benchmarks for rationality itself. Instead, he explains that we think in ways that are sensible in the low-tech contexts in which we spend most of our lives, but fail to take advantage of the powerful tools of reasoning our best thinkers have discovered over the millennia. Brimming with insight and humor, Rationality will enlighten, inspire, and empower. Moderated by Googler Brian Welle. Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/Rationality to watch the video.
54 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
Ep202 - Alex Guarnaschelli | The Home Chef: Recipes to Know by Heart
Few American chefs, much less female chefs, can say they’ve run Michelin-starred restaurants abroad. Chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli can make such a boast, having embarked on a culinary journey in France that saw her working in some of that country’s top restaurants, including esteemed chef Guy Savoy’s eponymous three-star kitchen. In 2003, Guarnaschelli became the executive chef at Butter Restaurant in New York City, which provided the opportunity for her to develop a menu based on her own choices and point of view. Today, Guarnaschelli is recognized as one of America’s most accomplished top chefs, acclaimed for her work in the kitchen, as a popular television personality, and now as an author. Her second cookbook, The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart, is a compendium of the indispensable dishes that she feels should be in every cook’s repertoire, for every occasion and every palate. The chapters and recipes of The Home Cook are inspired by the foods of Alex’s childhood, her own travels & experience as a mother, as well as her many years spent as a chef in world-renowned kitchens. As delightful to read as it is instructive, The Home Cook is a must-have resource that will become the most-reached-for book on the shelves of home cooks everywhere. Originally published in September of 2018. To watch the video of this event, please visit https://g.co/talksatgoogle/TheHomeChef
65 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
Ep201 - Katie Couric | Going There
Award-winning journalist Katie Couric discusses her recent book "Going There", the fast-paced, emotional, riveting story of a thoroughly modern woman, whose journey took her from humble origins to superstardom. Katie Couric is a New York Times best-selling author and a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer. Since its launch in 2008, Stand Up To Cancer has raised more than $600 million to support cutting edge collaborative science, and its research has contributed to nine new FDA approved therapies. In 2017, she founded Katie Couric Media (KCM), which has developed a number of media projects, including a daily newsletter, a podcast, digital video series and several documentaries. Previous documentaries produced by KCM include: America Inside Out with Katie Couric, a six-part series for National Geographic; Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric, for National Geographic; Under the Gun, which aired on EPIX; and Fed Up, available on iTunes, Amazon and YouTube. Couric was also the executive producer of Unbelievable on Netflix and is developing other scripted projects. Couric was the first woman to solo anchor a network evening newscast, serving as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News from 2006 to 2011, following 15-years as co-anchor of NBC’s Today show. She also hosted a syndicated show and served as the Yahoo Global News Anchor until 2017. Most recently, Couric was the first guest host of the iconic game show Jeopardy!. She has won a duPont-Columbia, a Peabody, two Edward R. Murrows, a Walter Cronkite Award, and multiple Emmys. She was twice named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and was Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year three times. Katie has received numerous awards for her cancer advocacy work, honored by both the Harvard and Columbia schools of public health, the American Cancer Society and The American Association of Cancer Researchers. Get the book here: https://goo.gle/2ZpzVCW. For more information on Katie, please visit https://katiecouric.com/. For more information on Stand Up To Cancer, please visit https://standuptocancer.org/. To watch the video of this event, please visit https://g.co/talksatgoogle/goingthere.
53 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
Ep200 - Dan Harris | 10% Happier
Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable. After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had both propelled him through the ranks of a hyper-competitive business and also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out. We all have a voice in our head. It’s what has us losing our temper unnecessarily, checking our email compulsively, eating when we’re not hungry, and fixating on the past and the future at the expense of the present. Most of us would assume we’re stuck with this voice – that there’s nothing we can do to rein it in – but Harris stumbled upon an effective way to do just that. It’s a far cry from the miracle cures peddled by the self-help swamis he met; instead, it’s something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation. After learning about research that suggests meditation can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain, Harris took a deep dive into the underreported world of CEOs, scientists, and even marines who are now using it for increased calm, focus, and happiness. 10% Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America’s spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives. Visit https://g.co/talksatgoogle/10PercentHappier to watch the video fo this event.
60 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
Ep199 - Sanjay Gupta | World War C: Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic
Sanjay Gupta, MD discusses "World War C: Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic and How to Prepare for the Next One", his new book that offers the unvarnished story behind the pandemic, including insights about the novel virus’s behavior, and practical tools to ready ourselves for what lies ahead. Dr. Sanjay Gupta is CNN’s multiple Emmy Award–winning chief medical correspondent and the host of the acclaimed podcasts Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction and Chasing Life, America’s go-to resource for advice on how to stay safe and healthy. The New York Times bestselling author of "Keep Sharp", "Chasing Life", "Cheating Death" and "Monday Mornings", Dr. Gupta lives in Atlanta, where he is an associate professor of neurosurgery at the Emory University School of Medicine and continues to practice neurosurgery. Get the book here: https://goo.gle/3jizcKZ. Moderated by Karen DeSalvo. Visit https://g.co/talksatgoogle/worldwarc to watch the video of this event.
58 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
Ep198 - Dava Newman | Mars and Beyond: Exploring Today for Tomorrow
NASA is on a journey to Mars, and we are closer to reaching the Red Planet with human explorers than we have ever been in our history. Across the country, and around the world, NASA and its partners are working right now on the technologies and missions that will enable human “boots on Mars” in the 2030s. Humanity is currently testing advanced technologies for the next giant leaps of space exploration. From solar electric propulsion to cutting edge life support systems, to the first crops grown in space, the journey to Mars is already unfolding in tangible ways across NASA today. Other breakthrough technologies we need are moving from drawing boards to development. The agency’s strategic approach involves developing capabilities in three stages – from missions close to Earth involving commercial partners and the International Space Station, advancing to missions in Earth–Moon orbit, or deep space, using the Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft, and finally moving on to Mars, where explorers will need to be completely independent from Earth. The innovation required to achieve a human mission to Mars cuts across science, human exploration, and technology. It builds on what has gone before, while driving the next advances. Our journey to Mars inspires educators and students by investing in new leaders ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow’s missions. Originally recorded in July of 2016, here is Dr. Dava Newman. Visit g.co/talksatgoogle/MarsAndBeyond to watch the video of this event.
63 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
Ep197 - Carlo Rovelli | Helgoland: Making Sense of the Quantum Revolution
In 1925, a young student named Werner Heisenberg retreated to an island archipelago on the north coast of Germany called Helgoland to escape a terrible bout of hay fever. On the treeless, pollen-free island, Heisenberg made crucial breakthroughs for the creation of quantum mechanics, setting off a century of scientific revolution. Full of alarming ideas such as ghost waves, distant objects that seem to be magically connected, and cats that appear to be both dead and alive, quantum physics has led to countless discoveries and technological advancements. Today our understanding of the world is based on this theory, yet it is still profoundly mysterious. As scientists and philosophers continue to fiercely debate the meaning of the theory, theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli argues that its most unsettling contradictions can be explained by seeing the world as fundamentally made of relationships rather than substances. We and everything around us exist only in our interactions with one another. This bold idea suggests new directions for thinking about the structure of reality, and even the nature of consciousness. Rovelli makes learning about quantum mechanics an almost psychedelic experience. Shifting our perspective once again, he takes us on a riveting journey through the universe so we can better comprehend our place in it. Moderated by Sanders Kleinfeld. Visit g.co/talksatgoogle/Helgoland to watch the video of this event.
26 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Ep196 - Horatiu Boeriu | How BMWBLOG Drove Their Way to Journalistic Success | PubCast
24 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Ep195 - Paul Husbands | Amplifying Caribbean Artists on the World Stage | PubCast
62 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
Ep194 - Jeff Hawkins & Subutai Ahmad | A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence
Bestselling author, neuroscientist, and computer engineer Jeff Hawkins joins computational neuroscience researcher and software technologist Subutai Ahmad to discuss the recent book "A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence" and how those concepts are being applied to Machine Learning. For all of neuroscience's advances, we've made little progress on its biggest question: How do simple cells in the brain create intelligence? Jeff Hawkins and his team discovered that the brain uses maplike structures to build a model of the world - not just one model, but hundreds of thousands of models of everything we know. This discovery allows Hawkins to answer important questions about how we perceive the world, why we have a sense of self, and the origin of high-level thought. "A Thousand Brains" heralds a revolution in the understanding of intelligence. It is a big-think book, in every sense of the word. Moderated by Peter Norvig. Get the book here: https://goo.gle/3vMY4Ok. Watch the video of this event by visting g.co/TalksAtGoogle/AThousandBrains.
30 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Ep193 - Christeen Skinner | Bringing Astrology Online and Building an Audience from Zero | PubCast
64 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
Ep192 - Todrick Hall | Femuline
Todrick Hall visits Google to discuss his fourth studio album and most personal work to date, Femuline. Femuline finds Todrick sharing the spotlight with some of music’s biggest names, including Nicole Scherzinger, Tyra Banks, longtime LGBTQ+ ally Chaka Khan, and R&B legend Brandy. Todrick Hall’s resume reads like a Wikipedia entry for “Major Pop Culture Events Of The 21st Century.” He’s worked with everyone from Taylor Swift to Beyoncé to Pentatonix, going from national fame on American Idol to international fame via RuPaul’s Drag Race, to even greater global fame through a cavalcade of viral videos that pushed him to over half a billion YouTube channel views. That’s before you factor in his Broadway runs in Kinky Boots, Chicago and Waitress, or his role as dance captain on the BBC’s Greatest Dancer, or the millions of streams across multiple visual albums and EPs, or his own MTV show, or his sixty-date solo tour spanning the US, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia, or… Well, you get the idea. There are double threats, and there are triple threats, and then there’s Todrick Hall: rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, dancer, director and choreographer. Moderated by Ricardo Horna. Visit g.co/talksatgoogle/femuline to watch the video of this event.
28 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
Ep191 - Chef Dennis Littley | Helping the World Create Restaurant-Quality Food at Home | PubCast
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