The Good Question Podcast

The Good Question Podcast

Our goal is to make each of our guests exclaim: "hmmm... that's a good question. I don't know the answer." ...because when that happens, it means you, the listener, may be inspired to learn more beyond the interview and to ask great questions yourself that lead to new insights. In this podcast, we cover, Historical and current Anthropology, Comparative Religion and History


May 26, 2024 35 mins

Come along for an illuminating journey as we talk with Jon D. Levenson, distinguished Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University and author of influential works including Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel and Creation and the Persistence of Evil: The Jewish Drama of Divine Omnipotence.

Delving into the realms of both literature and theology, Professor Levenson reveals insights about Judaism’s past and...

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When Eric Recker was growing up, he was bullied, never picked for kickball during recess, and told he wasn't good enough. After hearing this over and over, he started to believe it. But rather than collapse into that belief, he made a pact with himself: from that day forward, he would be so good at everything he did that he would never not be chosen again.

Before long, Recker found that this was too high a goal. He had set himself ...

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From childhood challenges with reading to navigating high school honors classes while feeling perpetually behind, Laura Ward Woelfel’s story resonates with anyone who has faced learning difficulties. Despite undergoing numerous tests that suggested mild dyslexia or ADHD, it wasn't until encountering a roommate with Irlen syndrome that Laura connected the dots.

As a certified Irlen diagnostician and licensed professional counselor, ...

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In this conversation, we sit down with Jodi Magness, an archaeologist, orientalist, and scholar of religion. She currently serves as the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Jodi specializes in Classical and Biblical ...

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According to one of the world's longest studies of adult life, positive relationships are the most significant indicator of physical and mental well-being. However, you might not need to read this study to understand the truth of its findings.

Today, we explore this topic in depth with Annie Chen, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and author of the book I Want to Connect: Rewiring Your Nervous System for Stress Resili...

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Join us as we talk with John Scott, a seasoned CPA and partner at Anders CPAs + Advisors, a dynamic full-service firm renowned for its expertise in maximizing profits and minimizing taxes. With a wealth of knowledge and experience in the business and CPA realm, John shares invaluable insights to help business owners thrive, retain more of their hard-earned money, and achieve their highest potential.

Tune in to learn:

  • What perc...
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What happens when you blend science and marketing together? In this case, you get KUWARE Incorporated, the brainchild of Founder and CEO Avi Kumar. Recognized as a person who understands the finer nuances of business and technology, Avi uses his education and training in computer engineering and business to solve real-world business problems. 

What makes his app...

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What happens when an immigrant raised in China during the Cultural Revolution ventures to America to pursue a career in medicine? In this episode, we dive into the intriguing story of Dr. Ming Wang, a world-renowned eye surgeon, philanthropist, and community activist with a passion for helping others. 

Dr. Wang is the founding director of the internationally ren...

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In this episode, Kelsey Nightingale returns to the podcast to discuss her unique approach to homesteading and organic farming. As a licensed veterinary technician, Kelsey recently relocated with her family to a small homestead in Scottsburg, OR, where they focus on sustainability and living off the land.

Kelsey became interested in homesteading in 2019. After ta...

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"Anyone listening to this podcast can go psychotic; it's part of what it is to be human."

As you digest this, consider what it might mean for the way we understand and perceive schizophrenia. 

If your interest is piqued, delve into the depths of human experience with this thought-provoking episode, where the line between sanity and psychosis blurs. As we explore the intricacies of schizophrenia, we're joined by Will Hall, a mental ...

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Join us today for an enlightening conversation with our distinguished guests, Marc Brettler and Amy-Jill Levine (“AJ”), authors of The Jewish Annotated New Testament. They delve into a wealth of knowledge spanning Rabbinic literature, the Hebrew language, religious traditions, the New Testament, and the complexities of antisemitism.

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  • Insights into Rabbinic literature and its pivotal role in Jewish identit...
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Most of us deal with some level of social anxiety, but some of us are overwhelmed by it—to the point that it impacts our opportunities, relationships, and day-to-day life.

Join us as we talk with Kyle Mitchell, TedX speaker, accomplished author, and visionary founder of Social Anxiety Kyle. Kyle intimately understands the challenges of navigating high school plagued by anxiety, yet in college, he embarked on a quest to find freedom...

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Today, we're joined by Matthew Moody, President of Mental Health America of Arizona, an education and advocacy organization with chapters nationwide. With a background as a licensed counselor in Arizona, Moody brings extensive experience in mental health, having previously served at one of the largest suicide prevention hotlines. He has also collaborated with law enforcement agencies in both the United States and Canada, assisting ...

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Join us for an engaging conversation with returning guest John C. A. Manley, the brilliant mind behind the Blazing Pine Cone Newsletter and the captivating book Much Ado About Corona: A Dystopian Love Story.

In this episode, Manley explores the intricacies of his latest literary work, sharing insights into his research process and the fascinating experiences of nurses during the pandemic. He also shares insights into the broader re...

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Explore whether the COVID-19 situation could have been managed more effectively in the US with Swedish biostatistician and former Harvard University professor of medicine Martin Kulldorff.

Delve into this critical and eye-opening discussion to discover:

  • The data highlighting COVID-19 as a disease affecting almost exclusively elderly adults and how this data should have informed our approach to the situation
  • Potential links bet...
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Explore a fascinating conversation at the intriguing crossroads of medicine and art with Dr. Michael Marmor, MD, Emeritus Professor of Ophthalmology at Stanford Medicine and author of The Artistic Eye.

You’ll explore:

  • The intricate process of how humans interpret and perceive colors
  • What Dr. Marmor means by “we begin to think about what we see in our eye”
  • The difference between visual perception and the nature of the informati...
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In today’s episode, we explore the aftermath of tragic events and the pivotal role of cleanup with Thomas Licker, President of the American Bio Recovery Association. He shares his journey into this unique and often overlooked field.

Despite its challenges, Licker has found fulfillment in helping families navigate the aftermath of loss, sparing them from further distress by having to be involved in the cleanup process. From his earl...

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What would you do if everyone around you insisted that significant parts of your life were mere illusions, urging you to seek help while you adamantly believed otherwise?

Such a scenario often leads to refusal of treatment, profound confusion, and a sense of isolation. This phenomenon has a name: anosognosia. It's a symptom that affects individuals with certain neurological conditions and around 50% of people with schizophrenia.


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Meet Stephanie Moyal, the innovative co-founder behind Troop Nutrition, a pioneering company specializing in functional mushrooms known for their myriad health benefits.

Stephanie's journey into the world of functional mushrooms was transformative. Upon discovering these powerful fungi, she was captivated by their potential to revolutionize health and wellness, uncovering a hidden realm of nature that few were discussing.

Together ...

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Food is more than just sustenance; it's a powerful communicator that directs our body's functions and guides our way of life. This sentiment is central to Nikki Burnett's work as a functional nutritionist and Founder & CEO of Taste of Life.

Her journey into functional nutrition stemmed from a profound realization: confusion is pervasive about what constitutes healthy eating and the "right choices." Burnett decided to immerse hersel...

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