Leslie Waghorn is the mother of a very active preschooler and a fiercely independent toddler. She has worked in public health and digital media strategy for nearly a decade, having previously worked in media and politics. Previously based in Washington, DC, she’s now based in Ottawa, Canada. Leslie holds an MA in health communication from George Mason University and has an honors BA with a double major in Political Science and History from Carleton University. By day she’s a freelance health communication professional and by night she’s the founder and editor-in-chief of TheScientificParent.org.
Dr. Carol Tavris’s work as a writer, teacher, and lecturer has been devoted to educating the public about psychological science. Her book with Elliot Aronson, “Mistakes Were Made (But Not by ME): Why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts” (updated, revised edition, Mariner Books, 2015), applies cognitive dissonance theory to a wide variety of topics, including politics, conflicts of interest, memory (everyday and “recovered”), the criminal justice system, police interrogation, the daycare sex-abuse epidemic, family quarrels, international conflicts, and business.
She has spoken to students, psychologists, mediators, lawyers, judges, physicians, business executives, and general audiences on, among other topics, self-justification; science and pseudoscience in psychology; gender and sexuality; critical thinking; and anger. In the legal arena, Dr. Tavris has given many addresses and workshops to attorneys and judges on the difference between testimony based on good psychological science and that based on pseudoscience and subjective clinical opinion.
Dr. Tavris is a Charter Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. Her honors and awards include the 2014 Media Achievement Award from SPSP; an honorary doctorate from Simmons college in 2013; the Distinguished Media Contribution Award from the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology (for The Mismeasure of Woman), the Heritage Publications Award from Division 35 of the American Psychological Association (for The Mismeasure of Woman), the “Movers and Shakers” Award from Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, the Distinguished Contribution to Women’s Health Award from the APA Conference on Women’s Health, and an award from the Center for Inquiry, Independent Investigations Group, for contributions to skepticism and science.
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Benjamin Radford is deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine and a Research Fellow with the non-profit educational organization the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He has written over a thousand articles on a wide variety of topics, including urban legends, the paranormal, critical thinking, and media literacy.
He is author of eight books: Hoaxes, Myths, and Manias: Why We Need Critical Thinking (with sociologist Robert E. Bartholomew); Media Mythmakers: How Journalists, Activists, and Advertisers Mislead Us, examining the ways in which deception is used in various media to influence decision making and public policy; Lake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World’s Most Elusive Creatures (with Joe Nickell), a scientific examination of lake monsters around the world; Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries; Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore and The Martians Have Landed! A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes (with Bob Bartholomew, 2011); Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment; and his novel The Merchant of Dust.
He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of New Mexico and completed a masters degree in education from the University of Buffalo. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the American Folklore Society, the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club and the American College of Forensic Examiners International, among other organizations.
Radford is a regular columnist for LiveScience.com, Discovery News, Skeptical Inquirer magazine, and the Skeptical Briefs newsletter. Radford created Playing Gods: The Board Game of Divine Domination, the world’s first satirical board game of religious warfare. He has also made two short films: Clicker Clatter (2007), and Sirens (2009).
Radford is one of the world’s few science-based paranormal investigators, and has done first-hand research into mysterious phenomena in sixteen countries on four continents including psychics, ghosts and haunted houses; exorcisms, miracles, Bigfoot, stigmata, lake monsters, UFO sightings, reincarnation, and crop circles, and many other topics. He is perhaps best known for solving the mysteries of the Santa Fe Courthouse Ghost in 2007, and the Hispanic vampire el chupacabra in 2010.
Radford has appeared on Good Morning America, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the Learning Channel, CBC, BBC, CNN, and other networks with three letters. He also served as a consultant for the MTV series The Big Urban Myth Show and an episode of the CBS crime drama CSI. Radford has appeared in many publications including the Wall Street Journal, Wired, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time, Outside, and Ladies’ Home Journal, and quoted by Parade columnist (and world’s smartest person) Marilyn vos Savant, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, biologist Richard Dawkins, and others.
Our longest podcast yet examines the academic world of Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces. In this episode, we speak with Dr. Larry Rodgers and and Prism alum Dr. Alan Levinovitz about what Trigger Warnings are, and how universities and professors are dealing with the changing climate surrounding them.
Also, we chat with Dr. Saul Hymes about the current status of the Zika virus outbreak.
Larry Rodgers is Executive Dean, Division of Arts and Science, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and professor of English at OSU.Dean Rodgers received his PhD in English with a minor in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1989). He also holds a BA in English from the University of Oklahoma (1982) and an MA in English from the University of Iowa (1984).
Prior to joining OSU, he served on the faculty of Kansas State University for nineteen years. He was head of English from 1995-2002 and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2002-2008.He is a well-known scholar of multicultural and regional American literature. He has written and edited half a dozen books and numerous articles on twentieth-century American writers as wide ranging as William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, Edna Ferber and Booth Tarkington.
His most recent book is America’s Folklorist: Benjamin A. Botkin and American Culture (Oklahoma, 2010). Much of his research has centered around the connection between culture and place, and he’s been especially interested in the ways that American geography defines American identity, especially as writers and artists imagine the importance of place in the context of their work.
Alan Levinovitz is assistant professor of religion at James Madison University. His academic work focuses on classical Chinese thought, the philosophy of play, and the intersection of religion and medicine. As an undergraduate he studied philosophy and religion at Stanford, and he received his PhD in religion and literature from the University of Chicago Divinity School.
Alan’s writing has appeared in Slate, Wired, The LA Review of Books, The Believer, and The Millions, as well as academic journals.
Alan was on episode 44 of The Prism Podcast, where we discussed his book The Gluten Lie.
As a board-certified pediatric infectious disease physician, Saul Hymes has experience in all matters relating to infections and their treatment and prevention in children. He has particular expertise, and his research activities center around: antibiotic resistance and the appropriate use of antimicrobials (antibiotic stewardship) in both humans and in animal agriculture; tick-borne infections; and the role of social media in the dissemination of health information, particularly around Lyme disease, vaccines, and antibiotics.
Dr. Alan Mead, head honcho of The Dental Hacks podcast, joins Grant and Jason to discuss the concept of “The Death of Expertise” as outlined in an excellent article in The Federalist by Tom Nichols.
On a sad note, Jason makes his announcement that he is leaving the Prism. The new permanent co-host will be announced on our next podcast (you probably won’t be surprised). Jason will be sorely missed, but has agreed to return as a guest host from time to time.
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