Episode 167: The Learning Environment

The knowledge we possess rests clearly upon what, how and when we learn. But what about the spaces in which we learn? How do they affect our comprehension, comfort and perspective of the world around us? This week, we're joined by Harry Kalish to explore the concept of a learning environment. What kind of a "classroom" would be ideal if resources posed no limitation? What do we each prefer in our learning environments? How have we been stifled by antiquated or obtuse approaches to classroom arrangements?

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Episode 166: "Scare the Bird"

We all perceive and interact with innocence in different ways. It's often written about, illustrated and described at length in cultures around the world. Whether defined by appearance, age, gender or other factors, it has a captivating effect on many of us. How do we engage with it in the border between humans and other animals? A younger Kip made an observation about birds in a parking lot which offers one perspective on the topic. What might the presumption of innocence do to limit our interactions with "the innocent" among us? How might that perspective presume a helplessness rather than a legitimate sense of adaptability?

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Episode 165: Wonder and Knowledge

In a vast and complicated universe, our ability to perceive and interpret our place within it is especially valuable. Some of us passionately seek answers to questions big and small while others prefer to marvel at the deep and unfolding mysteries of our world. This week, we speak to Logan Bialik about her views on wonder and knowledge. How might the two correlate to youth and old age? What are the benefits and drawbacks to each as a set of skills and lenses? When might one be better applied than the other?

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Episode 164: Our Third Anniversary

Three years ago, on September 24, 2014, we launched Stride & Saunter. I look back with a deep fondness on all that I've learned and everything I've been fortunate to share with the listening world. I feel the show's aim of exploring and describing humanity is as useful and relevant as ever and I am just as excited for the road ahead as I am nostalgic for our previous explorations. I believe humanity to be incredible, and I hope the show can capture even a fraction of that beautiful wonder to share with all of you.

In gratitude,

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Episode 163: The Great American Eclipse

On August 21st, 2017, millions of Americans flocked to see a total solar eclipse as it ventured across the continental U.S. Beyond the visual and scientific marvel, the event came at a time of great division in our country. The path forward is unclear, and rife with political disagreements, shame and fear for our future. But the eclipse obscured all of that for a while, creating unity and a sense of perspective and place in the universe. This week, we speak with technology journalist Wade Roush about his thoughts and experiences on the eclipse. How might it serve as a metaphor for our current political climate? What is its value as a natural phenomenon?

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