Episode 7: Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is as influential a meditation teacher as you’re likely to find. She is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and has written nine books on mindfulness and meditation, including The New York Times best-seller Real Happiness. In this podcast, we discuss her newest book, Real Love and how death affects loving and being loved fully.

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Author Website: https://www.sharonsalzberg.com/

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Episode 6: Jaron Lanier

Jaron Lanier’s new book, Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, is opening the world’s eyes to the consequences of social media’s business models, which promote addiction and maximum distraction. This goes way beyond wasting the precious hours of your life; Lanier makes a compelling case that these social media platforms degrade us. But can we give them up? Jaron Lanier is the author of several best selling titles on technology and how they shape our world, so it’s worth listening when he raises the alarm.

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Author Website: http://www.jaronlanier.com/

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Episode 5: Frank Ostaseski

Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher, a visionary cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, and the founder of the Metta Institute. In this episode, we talk about his new book The Five Invitations: Discovering what Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully. This book is based on his years of caring for dying people and the unexpected joys that come when the knowledge of death is near.

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Episode 4: Adam Cayton-Holland

Adam Cayton-Holland was named a top 25 comic to watch by Esquire and creates, writes and stars in the hit show Those Who Can’t. He also just came out with his first book, Tragedy + Time: A Tragic Comic Memoir about his sister’s life and suicide. We sat down to discuss his family and how he found laughter even when the worst things were happening. 

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Episode 3: Alan Lightman

Alan Lightman is a theoretical physicist, author of six novels, meditator and professor who has served at both Harvard and MIT. His latest memoir Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine is as much about finding beauty in the natural world as understanding the science behind how it changes all the time. On the WeCroak podcast we get deep into the science of how everything is going to disappear given enough time.

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Episode 2: Sallie Tisdale

Sallie Tisdale is the author of nine books and today we are talking about her most recent Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them). Tisdales writing has also appeared in Harper’s, Antioch Review, Conjunctions, Threepenny Review, The New Yorker, and Tricycle, among other journals. As a palliative care nurse, meditator and writer, this WeCroak podcast episode is about what we do and don’t do when death is near.

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Episode 1: Massimo Pigliucci

Massimo Pigliucci is the professor of philosophy at City University of New York who wrote the book How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life. It’s about the author’s own journey finding the right practical philosophy for living in today’s modern chaos by listening to voices from early Rome and Greece. In this episode we discuss why ancient reminded themselves every time they kissed their spouse that they loved a mortal and much much more.

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