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The Good Question Podcast

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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
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Join us as we delve into the captivating realm of owls with Denver Holt, the founder and president of the Owl Research Institute. This globally renowned institute is dedicated to conducting comprehensive, long-term studies on owls, their prey, and their habitats. The insights derived from these studies are instrumental in supporting owl populations and fostering collaborations with strategic initiatives. Denver is a leading expert on owls and is a widely published author who has been featured in many articles, with publications including National Geographic and the New York Times. as well as in many television programs. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of wildlife and the natural world with people around him – all while dedicating his work to improving environmental decision-making… Jump in now to learn about: How Denver got started as an owl researcher.  Why owls are so culturally and environmentally important.  The benefits of facilitating habitat protection for owls. What makes dead and decaying trees foundational to owl conservation. To find out more about Denver and his work with Owl Research Institute, click here now! Episode also available on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/38oMlMr
How do airless celestial bodies move and evolve over time? How do these changes affect our solar system? Dr. Kerry Donaldson Hanna, a planetary geologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Central Florida, sits down to enlighten us.  Dr. Donaldson Hanna holds a BS in Space Sciences and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences. Her research focuses on planetary bodies in our solar system that lack atmospheres, such as the Moon, Mercury, and asteroids. By studying these airless bodies, she aims to uncover their formation processes – thereby illuminating many of the universe's mysteries… Jump in now to explore: What our extensive knowledge of the Moon consists of.  How tectonic activity on Earth differs from other bodies in our solar system.  The most recent and exciting lunar geological discoveries. What looking at the population of asteroids can tell us about our solar system’s origins. If you're fascinated by our solar system, this episode is a must-listen! Want to learn more about Dr. Donaldson Hanna and her work? Click here now. Episode also available on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/38oMlMr
Join us for a fascinating episode with Carol S. Henger, an alumnus of Fordham University’s Biological Science Ph.D. Program and an expert in wildlife ecology. Carol has an extensive background in studying the behavior of coyotes through her collaboration with the Gotham Coyote Project in New York City. As a former postdoctoral fellow in the molecular lab at the Wildlife Conservation Society, she used molecular techniques to aid the conservation of endangered species. Now an educator, Carol is passionate about introducing the intricate world of DNA and genetics to her students.  In today’s discussion, she shares insights on: The behavioral differences between wolves and coyotes, shedding light on their unique adaptations and survival strategies Non-intrusive methods for studying coyotes The intriguing behaviors of urban coyotes, including their efforts to avoid human contact, their dietary habits in city environments, and how they figure out how many other coyotes are living in a given area Her upcoming research goals centered on understanding the movement patterns of urban coyotes across metropolitan areas Tune in to hear the full conversation and learn more about Henger’s work at Carol S. Henger (carolhenger.com). Episode also available on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/38oMlMr
Join us for an eye-opening conversation with Dr. Paul Zeitz, a renowned preventive medicine physician, epidemiologist, and passionate advocate for global justice and human rights. As the author of Revolutionary Optimism: 7 Steps for Living as a Love-Centered Activist, Dr. Zeitz brings a unique perspective to addressing global issues and promoting global love and optimism. He shares insights from his extensive advocacy campaigns, highlighting transformative actions that anyone and everyone can engage with--starting today.  Tune in to explore: The transformative practice of envisioning future generations appreciating today’s efforts to forge a sustainable world Innovative, straightforward technologies that can significantly reduce atmospheric carbon pollution The concept of “imagineering” and effective strategies for promoting love-based movements Practical advice for recognizing and breaking through personal limiting beliefs  Don’t miss out on this inspiring conversation—press play now! Interesting in learning more or getting involved? Check out Dr. Paul Zeitz | Revolutionary Optimism (drpaulzeitz.org) and Revolutionary Optimism Book. Episode also available on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/38oMlMr
Join us as we sit down with Brad Weisman, a seasoned real estate agent from Keller Williams Platinum Realty. With over three decades of experience, Brad shares his profound insights into the current real estate landscape and market dynamics. From his early days when music was his world, to discovering a second true passion in residential real estate—a career he initially considered a financial fallback—Brad's journey is as inspiring as it is informative. He discusses how his career allowed him to embrace a people-centered role, filled with emotional rewards from helping individuals and families find their "home"—a place that means everything. Tune in to learn: The significant shortage of 7-8 million properties in the U.S. and the factors contributing to this inventory crisis The complex, often lengthy process of residential development and sales Weisman's perspective on why rezoning empty commercial spaces for residential use could revitalize the housing market Essential qualities to look for in a realtor Press play to hear the full conversation and visit Keller Williams Platinum Realty, Keller Williams Berks County (kwplatinumrealty.com) to learn more. Also, look for Weisman’s podcast, The Brad Weisman Show, on any podcast venue. Episode also available on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/38oMlMr
In today’s episode, we welcome back Ken McCarthy to explore a compelling and contentious subject: the outlook on and assassination of John F. Kennedy. McCarthy, the author of John F. Kennedy Anti-Imperialist: His Character and Intentions Revealed in Five Speeches and One Telegram, aims to highlight Kennedy’s critical yet often neglected perspective. Tune in to uncover: The origins of the term "conspiracy theory" The dynamics of large-scale corruption The motivations behind McCarthy’s recent publications An analysis of Kennedy’s views on global politics. McCarthy has dedicated a significant portion of his life to revealing widespread corruption that often escapes mainstream media attention. Join us as we delve into the truth with one of the nation's most influential activists, educators, entrepreneurs, and pioneers in the commercialization of the internet. To learn more, visit Ken McCarthy | Ken McCarthy is an American activist, educator, entrepreneur and Internet commercialization pioneer. Episode also available on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/38oMlMr
It was only a few years ago that Timmy Haman, the visionary founder of Prime Science, embarked on a personal quest to understand how cold water therapy and other forms of cold exposure could affect our bodies and overall health. His findings? Fascinating insights into how brown fat can be a powerful ally in weight management. In today's episode, he discusses this topic in depth, and also shares a revolutionary approach to fitness called palm cooling—how it works, why it works, and what to expect if you begin incorporating it into your exercise routine. Tune in to discover: The key differences between brown fat and white fat, and the exciting relationship between cold exposure, brown fat, and weight loss Techniques to stimulate the accumulation of brown fat and why it’s beneficial An introduction to palm cooling, a technique that can supercharge your workouts by reducing fatigue, boosting energy levels, and improving performance Press play to dive into the invigorating world of cold therapy and learn how it can transform your health.   Interesting in learning more? Visit Main Page – Prime Science. Episode also available on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/38oMlMr
Join us on this enlightening episode with Shannon Race, co-founder of Bio.me, a company that develops powders designed to enhance microbiome health. Since middle school, Shannon has faced GI issues, navigating a world with a limited understanding of the link between the gut microbiome and GI problems. Her journey led her to realize the profound impact of diet on gut health, a discovery that became the cornerstone of her mission. Her transformational experience with the Whole30 diet in 2016, which emphasizes eliminating inflammatory foods, marked a significant turning point. Shannon never felt better during this period, reinforcing her belief in nurturing the gut with healthy, wholesome foods. In this episode, you'll discover: The initial strategies Shannon employed to start healing her gut and cultivate a healthy microbiome The critical role of fiber in our diets and gut microbiome health, and how common and easy it is to become deficient in it Practical tips for integrating a fiber supplement into your diet The inspiration behind Bio.me and the innovative products they offer to support gut health Tune in to gain valuable insights into how you can take control of your gut health today. For more, visit Bio.me. Episode also available on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/38oMlMr
Join us as we delve into the unique and insightful world of Jacob Kendall, the founder of Kendall Enterprises. With a lifetime of navigating his own complex medical care due to a congenital heart disorder diagnosed at age three and two open-heart surgeries to date, Jacob brings a deeply personal perspective on being a patient within the U.S. medical and healthcare system. Frustrated by the system's shortcomings, particularly its lack of interdisciplinary care, Jacob is a passionate advocate for change. He believes we are four-dimensional beings living in a society that demands we operate in one dimension. The four-dimensional space lies within reach, and with it comes transformative benefits. With degrees in biology, social work, public health, gerontology, and more, Jacob operates in a highly interdisciplinary space, promoting and fostering four-dimensional thinking. Tune in to discover: The common misconception about universal healthcare and why it’s based on illusory thinking The benefits of applying ecological theories and models to the social sciences How theological perspectives can impact the healthcare access problem The crucial metaphysical questions and conversations that arise at the end of life and the importance of equipping healthcare, hospice, and palliative care professionals to handle them The pitfalls of relying too heavily on medical perspectives of health while neglecting other  viewpoints Don't miss this compelling exploration of healthcare through the lens of four-dimensional thinking. Press play and learn more at Jacob Evans Kendall. Episode also available on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/38oMlMr
Join us as we talk with Jonathan R. Latham, executive director of the Bioscience Resource Project and the editor of Independent Science News. He delves into a topic that, while some wish to leave it behind, demands ongoing scrutiny and critical analysis due to its profound implications. An expert virologist by training, Latham explores the debate surrounding the origins of the COVID-19 virus. This discussion questions not only the transparency and integrity of media and government but also the accountability of leaders. Latham examines various theories about how the virus may have emerged, including the well-known lab leak and 'meat market' theories and a far lesser-known yet incredibly compelling one involving miners from Southern China in 2012. Tune in to uncover: The most compelling scientific evidence contrasting the lab leak theory with the natural zoonotic transmission theory and the miner theory. Insights into viral evolution: can a virus mutate more rapidly in one individual or millions? The adaptation of respiratory viruses to different human tissues, such as the nose and throat versus the lungs, and the evolutionary advantages of these adaptations. A critical look at media coverage: what's being reported, what's omitted, and why it matters. Take advantage of this eye-opening and important conversation about truth in science. Press play and learn more at Independent Science News | Food, Health and Agriculture Bioscience News - Bioscience news for food, health and agriculture. Episode also available on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/38oMlMr
Vegetable oils are a common choice for cooking in homes worldwide, but are they actually good for us? According to Cate Shanahan, MD, years of research and experience suggest otherwise. In this episode, she sits down to discuss the detrimental effects of vegetable oils and how we can achieve recovery and rejuvenation once and for all… Dr. Cate is a Cornell-trained biochemist turned family physician on a mission to help others reframe their understanding of health and wellness. Her work has inspired remarkable movements, including bone broth, live-culture ferments (especially kombucha), and seed oil-free business empires.  In her latest book, Dark Calories: How Vegetable Oils Destroy Our Health and How We Can Get It Back, Dr. Cate shows readers how certain oils cause cellular damage that underlies virtually all chronic disease – and in response, provides a clear, no-nonsense plan that aligns with our genetic needs and nature’s laws.  Click play to uncover: How certain oils can change how your metabolism and brain functions. The importance of “root-cause” thinking when it comes to holistic wellness. How Dr. Cate used chemistry to reframe her understanding of vegetable oils. You can follow along with Dr. Cate and her work by visiting her website.  Episode also available on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/38oMlMr
Have you ever felt dismissed by a doctor, your symptoms brushed off as merely psychological?  You're not alone—this unsettling experience affects a significant portion of individuals seeking medical care--up to 40%. Join us as we unravel the mystery behind this phenomenon known as psychophysiological disorder (PPD), where stress manifests as genuine physical symptoms akin to organ diseases or structural damage. We welcome back Dr. David D. Clarke, a distinguished expert on PPD with over 40 years of experience treating more than 7,000 patients. Dr. Clarke also sheds light on the opioid crisis, its origins, and crucial strategies for tapering off opioids safely. Tune in to discover: The enduring impact of childhood adversity on physical pain Groundbreaking advancements in pain relief psychology for treating PPD The transition from acute injury to chronic pain and its implications for opioid dependence Insights into the staggering toll of opioid-related deaths Don't miss out on this enlightening discussion, which explores the intersection of mind and body and offers hope and understanding for those grappling with pain and illness. Press play and learn more at EndChronicPain.org (Psychophysiologic Disorders Association (ppdassociation.org)). Episode also available on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/38oMlMr
Dive into the entrepreneurial journey of John Lewis, the visionary behind The Virtual Legacy, an online platform revolutionizing real estate education. With a passion for rebuilding communities, John's expertise extends beyond virtual realms – he's also the mastermind behind a construction company dedicated to disaster recovery, having already reconstructed over 150 homes in Puerto Rico. John unveils the secrets of navigating the disaster recovery landscape and the genesis of The Virtual Legacy, promising insights into "the secret to making money in the 'new economy.'" Hit play and unlock a wealth of knowledge: Gain invaluable insights into the dynamic short-term rental (STR) market and discover lucrative opportunities to maximize returns Explore innovative strategies for crafting unforgettable experiences in Airbnbs, ensuring repeat business and customer loyalty Navigate the nuanced challenges of property management, from balancing short-term vs. long-term rentals to avoiding unexpected pitfalls Tune in and elevate your understanding of real estate investment with John Lewis as your guide – because knowledge truly is power in the world of property. Visit The Virtual Legacy LLC – The secret to making money in the "New Economy" to learn more. Episode also available on Apple Podcast: http://apple.co/30PvU9C
Ready to start your journey toward financial empowerment? A good place to start is listening to Kyle Smith, CPA and Partner at Strata Cloud Accountants. At Strata Cloud Accountants, you'll find a strong team dedicated to helping small and medium-sized business owners make savvy financial decisions that unlock boundless opportunities for growth and balance. Take advantage of this exclusive peek into the world of financial success. You'll learn: Industry-wide insights on profit margins across law firm practice areas, key performance indicators (KPIs), and more Tailored strategies Strata Cloud Accountants employs to propel businesses forward, customized to individual revenue, rates, client base, and goals How Smith and his partners at Strata Cloud Accountants help business owners who are behind on accounting/taxes The importance of moving from 'reactive' to 'proactive' to meet goals and stay ahead of challenges Elevate your business to new heights while reclaiming precious time for what matters even more. To learn more, visit Fractional CFO Services for Growth-Oriented Businesses (stratacloudaccountants.com). Episode also available on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/38oMlMr
Join Philip Metzger, a seasoned planetary physicist, retired NASA engineer, and director of the Stephen W. Hawking Center, as he takes you on a cosmic journey through the frontiers of space exploration. With over a decade of experience at NASA, including roles in the space shuttle and space station projects, Metzger brings eye-opening insights to the conversation. Tune in for a space exploration of: Swamp Works, a groundbreaking initiative Metzger co-founded at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Discover the program's philosophy, capabilities, areas of focus, and ambitious plans for shaping the future of space exploration. The realities of economic activity in space, including what it looks like, the role of AI and robotics, and the potential of space commerce by the end of the century. Who has the authority to set up permanent operations on the moon (and how this might be determined). The technological requirements for a space elevator and the challenges standing in the way. The use of NASA's James Webb Telescope to observe the Kuiper Belt, the region beyond Neptune. Ready to take off on your own virtual space endeavor? Press play and learn more at Meet Phil Metzger... - Philip Metzger's Blog and SwampWorks – KSC Partnerships (nasa.gov). Episode also available on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/38oMlMr
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 its enduring impact on subsequent religions. With his profound knowledge spanning Judaism, Hebrew linguistics, biblical exegesis, and rabbinic traditions, he provides a unique look into these compelling topics. Press play to learn: The interplay between the Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic languages Linguistically speaking, what makes the Book of Job particularly challenging to study Misconceptions surrounding whether Jews believe in resurrection During what periods of time Rabbinic literature flourished Tune in now – don’t miss out on this eye-opening conversation! Visit Jon D. Levenson | Harvard Divinity School (HDS) to learn more about Levenson and his publications. Episode also available on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/38oMlMr
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 up for failure. In his attempt to always be "picked," he ended up completely burnt out on life, which manifested itself in heart palpitations, panic attacks, and an overall lack of joy. It was time for him to reassess his life. He's now a successful dentist, author, and founder of #WINtheNOW, through which he teaches leaders how to achieve more and "win the now." Tune in to explore:   Common ways our modern lives pull us out of the "now," drain us of valuable energy, and suck the joy out of our everyday lives How Recker breaks his days into 15-minute "now" moments How to gradually get better at living in the present moment (it's not necessary to change your mindset all at once) Why you should be careful with the way you relate to and use the word "should" in your life So many of us are stuck in the past or future, causing us to continually miss out on the "right now." But maybe the magic really does happen in the "now" moments. What are the "now" moments in your life? How can you win them and learn from the inevitable losses? Tune in to hear the full conversation. Visit Eric Recker - ERIC RECKER to discover more, and check out his books:  That Dam Analogy! How to Fill Up, Stay Up, and Impact the World Following a Few Simple Steps The False Sense of Urgency and How To #WINtheNOW. Episode also available on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/38oMlMr
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, Woelfel uses her experience, insight, and passion to help others with learning disabilities using integrative counseling and cognitive behavior methods. Tune in to discover: Common signs and symptoms of Irlen syndrome Insights into diagnosis and treatment methods Understanding the causes and mechanisms behind Irlen syndrome The wide-ranging impact of Irlen syndrome on individuals Don't miss this engaging discussion as Laura sheds light on this often misunderstood condition, offering hope and valuable insights for those affected by Irlen syndrome and their loved ones. Learn more about Woelfel at Central Texas Therapy Clinic : Meet Laura Ward Woelfel EdD LPC-S. Take a self-test here: Home Page - Irlen. Episode also available on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/38oMlMr
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 archaeology surrounding ancient Palestine (modern Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories) – from the time of Jesus up to the tenth century. Her research interests include Jerusalem, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient synagogues, Masada, the Roman army in the East, ancient pottery, and more… Click play to explore: What sparked Jodi’s fascination with archeology? How archeologists learn about the past.   Details on Jodi’s latest archaeological dig. What ancient mosaics can tell us about Biblical history. Jodi’s most recent books include Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth, The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and her latest: Jerusalem through the Ages: From Its Beginnings to the Crusades. Listen in as she shares her infectious enthusiasm about archaeology now! You can learn more about Jodi and her work by visiting her website. Episode also available on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/38oMlMr
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 Resilience and Secure Attachment. Chen, a self-described "wounded healer," shares her journey from personal challenges to becoming a therapist, offering insight into the science of attachment and the pivotal role relationships play in adult life. Press play to uncover: How childhood experiences shape our adult relationships, perceptions, and experiences The reasons behind some people's avoidance of intimacy while others seek it out but often find it chaotic and stressful The factors that turn adult relationships into sources of stress rather than solace A recurring pattern in adult relationships where individuals unwittingly trigger each other, perpetuating a cycle of tumult Don't miss this enlightening conversation shedding light on the intricacies of the human psyche. Tune in now and find Chen's book, I Want to Connect: Rewiring Your Nervous System for Stress Resilience and Secure Attachment. Episode also available on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/38oMlMr
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