In this episode, meet former CIA spy Christina Hillsberg, co-author with Ryan Hillsberg of License to Parent, Stanford University Professor of Psychiatry Karl Deisseroth, author of Projections, and Brennan Center Fellows Director Theodore R. Johnson, author of When the Stars Begin to Fall.
Weaving personal stories with academic and professional theory, these authors share decades of insights into human minds and relationships. Hear Christina Hillsberg on parenting from a place of strength, Karl Deisseroth on personal rhythms and the power of words, and Theodore R. Johnson on his favorite ways of engaging with books.
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Christina was a single, successful CIA analyst when she met fellow spy, Ryan, a field operative who turned her world upside down. They fell in love, married, and soon they were raising three children from his first marriage, and later, two more of their own. License to Parent aims to provide parents with the tools necessary to raise savvier, well-rounded kids who have the skills necessary to navigate through life.
Karl Deisseroth has spent his life pursuing truths about the human mind, both as a renowned clinical psychiatrist and as a researcher creating and developing the revolutionary field of optogenetics. Through cutting-edge research and gripping case studies from Deisserothâ€™s own patients, Projections is about the material origins of human emotion, bridging the gap between the ancient circuits of our brain and the poignant moments of suffering in our daily lives.
When the Stars Begin to Fall makes a compelling, ambitious case for a pathway to the national solidarity necessary to mitigate racism. Weaving memories of his own and his familyâ€™s multi-generational experiences with racism alongside strands of history, Theodore R. Johnson posits that a blueprint for national solidarity can be found in the exceptional citizenship long practiced in Black America.
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