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Human Centered features conversations about projects and research undertaken by CASBS fellows and affiliates whose work engages central themes of concern to the Center. The podcast also features audio versions of events from CASBS's online webcast series, Social Science for a World in Crisis, as well as interviews with renowned fellows from CASBS history.

CASBS brings together deep thinkers to address wicked problems and significant societal challenges. It empowers them to challenge boundaries and assumptions in order to advance our understanding of the full range of human beliefs, behaviors, interactions, and institutions. As a leading incubator of human-centered knowledge, CASBS is a place that is, well…human centered.

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Producer: Mike Gaetani
Co-producer, audio engineer, and editor: Joe Monzel 


Episode 49

Dreaming a New Academy

December 15, 2021 

Renowned pedagogical theorist, educator, & 2003-04 CASBS fellow Gloria Ladson-Billings chats with 2020-21 CASBS fellow Nuraan Davids about the history, progress, and challenges of creating more equitable institutions of education.

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Episode 48

High-tech Modernism

December 1, 2021 

CASBS research affiliate Henry Farrell and former CASBS fellow Marion Fourcade engage in a roundtable discussion with danah boyd, William Janeway, Charlton McIlwain, and Zeynep Tufekci on creating a moral political economy of high-tech governance.

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Episode 47

Minds Memes & Windsurfing

November 9, 2021 

Allison Stanger (2020-21 CASBS fellow), professor of international politics and economics at Middlebury College, interviews former 1979-80 CASBS fellow and world renowned philosopher Daniel Dennett. He discusses his time at CASBS, his journey through academia, recent works, artificial intelligence, why Darwin’s idea is the best anyone ever had, memes, gods, and, yes, windsurfing at CASBS.

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Episode 46

Violence & Self-domestication

September 28, 2021 

CASBS faculty fellow James Holland Jones interviews former CASBS fellow Richard Wrangham, professor of biological anthropology at Harvard University. They discuss the early development of their discipline, primate and human violence, and the value of evolutionary frameworks and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding human behavior.

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Episode 45

The Voices of Americans in Crisis

September 14, 2021 

The American Voices Project is a bold new experiment in understanding the everyday experiences of Americans. Renowned author and journalist James Fallows moderates a conversation with key AVP researchers Corey Fields, David Grusky, and Hazel Markus.

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Episode 44

The Active Society

August 31, 2021 

CASBS fellow Jerry Davis (2020-21) interviews legendary scholar-activist Amitai Etzioni, a 1965-66 CASBS fellow, about his influential book “The Active Society,” the fracturing of our shared realm of fact, the necessity of re-encapsulating capitalism, and his project to promote civil dialogues.

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Episode 43

How Social Science Advances our Understanding of Pandemics

July 15, 2021 

KQED Forum's Alexis Madrigal moderates a conversation with Peter Loewen, Adrian Raftery, Prerna Singh, and Rob Willer on the intersections among public health, social and cultural influences, and social and behavioral sciences insights.

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Episode 42

What Does Human Flourishing Look Like?

June 25, 2021 

Gillian Tett of the Financial Times engages in conversation with Jenna Bednar, Hilary Cottam, and James Manyika on rethinking the fundamental logic of how we define human flourishing and successful societies. All are members of CASBS's Creating a New Moral Political Economy network.

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Episode 41

An Earth-friendly Political Economy

May 28, 2021

Arun Majumdar guides a discussion on the considerations and challenges of shaping a sustainable political economy with guests Eric Beinhocker, Genevieve Bell, & Kim Stanley Robinson, all members of CASBS's "Creating a New Moral Political Economy" program.

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Episode 40

The Death of Nature

April 29, 2021

Stanford historian & former CASBS fellow Paula Findlen chats with renowned environmental history, philosophy, & ethics scholar - and two-time former CASBS fellow -- Carolyn Merchant, on the 40th anniversary of her revolutionary book “The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution.”

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Episode 39

America's Black-White Divide: Looking Back, Looking Around, Looking Forward

February 26, 2021

CASBS Director Margaret Levi moderates a conversation exploring the prospects for progress on racial justice in the U.S. with Lawrence D. Bobo, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Claude Steele.

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Episode 38

What Institutional Courage Looks Like

February 26, 2021

Estelle Freedman moderates a discussion on how institutions can respond productively to challenges and promote individual and community flourishing with panelists Jennifer Freyd, Jennifer Gómez, and Carolyn Warner.

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Episode 37

The Digital Dilemma in the Time of COVID

January 26, 2021

Pulitzer-winning journalist John Markoff moderates a discussion on the effects of digital technologies on memory, cognition, & society w/Byron Reeves, Nilam Ram, Abby Smith Rumsey & Maryanne Wolf.

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Human Centered
Producer: Mike Gaetani
Co-producer, audio engineer, and editor: Joe Monzel

CASBS thanks 2017-18 fellow and renowned journalist John Markoff, co-founder of Human Centered and its inaugural host (episodes 1-25, 29, 32). John occasionally returns as a guest host.