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The EarthRise Podcast serves two functions: to feature interviews Derek conducts with various figures and personalities for his columns and to discuss ideas in the realms of movement, music, and mythology. Since Derek began working in journalism in 1993 the interview process has been his favorite aspect of feature writing. Rather than reading about ideas, he posts many of his interviews so you can hear the interview process. Guests include Nicholas Carr, Robert Wright, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Christopher Ryan, Katy Bowman, Jill Miller, Evan Thompson, and many more. Solo episodes provide an opportunity for Derek to discuss topics close to his heart, many of which end up in his books. Subscribe on iTunes or listen on Soundcloud and Mixcloud.


Being Busy Is Killing Our Ability to Think Creatively

Research shows that the fear of missing out (FOMO) increases anxiety and takes a toll on your health in the long run. Of all the things to suffer, creative thinking is one of our greatest losses. Regardless of your vocation a flexible mindset open to new ideas and approaches is invaluable. Losing it just to check on the latest tweet or post an irrelevant selfie is an avoidable but sadly sanctioned tragedy.


Meat As Medicine

My body experiment is forty-one years in the making. I don’t expect it will stop anytime soon. When not teaching group fitness, I’m writing about health and fitness. The amount of nutritional advice assaulting our social media feeds on a daily basis is staggering. There is no silver bullet for ideal health for any single individual. There’s too much nuance in everyone’s biochemistry and environment for that.


How Reading Rewires Your Brain for More Intelligence and Empathy

Whether an Amiri Baraka verse or a Margaret Atwood trilogy, attention matters. Research at Stanford showed a neurological difference between reading for pleasure and focused reading, as if for a test. Blood flows to different neural areas depending on how reading is conducted. The researchers hope this might offer clues for advancing cognitive training methods.


We Need to Develop Character Instead of Celebrity

Modernity has not made us “depraved barbarians,” Brooks concludes. Yet it has greatly weakened our moral vocabulary. We might gaze back at the prior educational system incredulous that the focus was on obedience, but such a system has not disappeared. It has just been transformed into “the semihidden world of approval and disapproval.”