What and Why with Max Roth

What and Why with Max Roth

What do we do and why do we do it? To paraphrase Augustine, the questions are shallow enough for a child not to drown, but deep enough for an elephant to swim. (Augustine didn't have a podcast. He was talking about the Bible.) The idea of What and Why with Max Roth is to spend some time with people who dive into deep waters and learn from them. I'll be the child trying to swim with elephants. Some of those elephants will be eminent scholars. Others will have life stories I want to hear. Hopefully you'll want to hear them too, and they'll still be talking to me after seeing I've called them elephants. ... Show More

Episodes

A conversation with historian and author Diana Butler Bass about gratitude...that thing that's supposed to come naturally but really doesn't.

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May 13, 2019 1 min

It's the ugh computer stolen bonus episode!

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Learn from a journalist and runner who dives into the world of ultra long distance races, which is a rapidly growing sport around the world.

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We sip Tequila while talking about the drink's role in the history of Mexico and perceptions of "Mexican-ness."

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April 15, 2019 48 min

Four American Sumo wrestlers talk about the sport they love and most of us don't understand.

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Brothels, paparazzi, and felons all provide great stories for understanding how we decide to take risks in life, and economist Allison Schrager takes us on a tour of all of their worlds.

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We talk with one of the world's leading social psychologists about how we reconcile the decisions we make that compromise our beliefs.

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A doctor says white people are dying because they incorrectly believe outsiders are to blame for America's problems.

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Barbara Brown Taylor, author of Holy Envy and an Episcopal priest, talks about how teaching comparative religion to college students helped expand her own faith experience.

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A conversation with Tony Campolo, one of America's great preachers, a former Ivy League sociology professor, a spiritual counselor to President Bill Clinton following the Lewinsky scandal, and founder of the Red Letter Christian movement.

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Your social position determines your power, beliefs and behaviors, says renowned economist Matthew Jackson in his new book, "The Human Network."

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Professor of Communication Shannon McGregor shares her research into how we influence and how we are influenced by social media.

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A bonus episode with the whole interview of biological anthropologist Richard Wrangham minus one very dumb question from the overeager host (me).

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Harvard anthropologist Richard Wrangham talks about how humans evolved to be the kindest species that's also the most capable of cruelty on a mass scale.

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Max joins his wife Natalie to talk with two of the world's most famous marriage experts about their new book, Eight Dates, Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love.

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February 10, 2019 3 min

Some hints about the first episodes of the smash podcast sweeping the universe...What and Why!

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