AuthorSoul of Life Show

Ken Liu

I speak with Ken Liu, author of The Paper Menagerie, a short story swept the Hugo, the Nebula, and the World Fantasy awards. In his fantasy series The Dandelion Dynasty, the heroes are engineers, not wizards. Liu's work translating many Chinese sci-fi authors into English has helped many of these authors become huge successes in the U.S., most notably Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem. Ken says his fiction often projects East Asian history and culture onto the backdrop of the modern American...

The Legacy of Len Bias

Dave Ungrady has been a man on a mission to tell the story of U. of MD basketball star Len Bias, who died of a cocaine overdose two days after he was drafted to the Boston Celtics in 1986. Next week Len Bias will finally be inducted into the NCAA Hall of Fame. We talk about the comparisons between Bias and Michael Jordan and former U.S. Drug Zhar Robert DuPont’s statement that Len Biases overdose from cocaine was the single most important date in U.S. history of drug abuse next to the founding...

Kristin Neff: Fierce Self-Compassion

Kristin Neff is the person perhaps most responsible for researching the effects of self-compassion.

She is the author of the 2011 bestselling book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself and her newest book, Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive.

Neil Shubin: Your Inner Fish

How did fish evolve to walk on land? What are the details of how that process happened? Neil Shubin, the co-discoverer of Tiktaalik, a fish fossil that is the first evidence of so-called bridge animals with features that show the evolutionary transition between swimming fish and land mammals.

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