Friday, May 31, 2019

James Brown: Meditation teacher

Living long and well involves focussing on multiple lifestyle practices, including our spiritual awareness. It is a pillar of human longevity that sits alongside a clean diet, vigorous exercise and optimal sleep habits.

So let’s meditate.

James Brown once thought that his life was “too crazy" to involve meditation, but after a 25-year career in advertising he is now a teacher of the practice and founder of San Francisco based Vedic Path Meditation.

In this LLAMA podcast interview with Peter Bowes, James explains his journey from stressed out executive to one of the world’s leading experts in what’s known as a “flow" approach to meditation.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Paul Dergarabedian: Box office analyst

Popcorn time!

Every year after Memorial Day Paul Dergarabedian joins me in the studio to chat with Rhod Sharp about the forthcoming summer season at the box office. Paul is senior media analyst for Comscore, which compiles and analyzes data about consumer behavior.  

We discuss the juggernaut that is Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, Spider-Man: Far From Home and the Indie documentary Echo in the Canyon, which tells the story of the 60s folk rock movement that arose in Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles.

Listen and enjoy!

Broadcast: BBC 5 Live's Up All Night - May 28, 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Lesley Saxon - Body computing innovator

Dr. Leslie Saxon is Executive Director, The Center for Body Computing, Los Angeles, and Professor of Medicine, Clinical Scholar, at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.   She is an interventional cardiologist, specializing in implantable and wearable devices that are connected wirelessly to diagnose and treat heart conditions.

The California Science Center Foundation recently named Dr. Saxon as its Woman of the Year - in this interview we discuss the latest medical grade sensors and personal security implications as devices play a growing role in our LifeCare.

Broadcast: BBC 5 Live's Up All Night - May 14, 2019: LISTEN

Ron Alfa: Building tools to engineer the human body

Innovation in human biology is evolving at breakneck speed. Artificial intelligence, data science and pharmaceutical discoveries - combined with a deeper understanding of how the body works at a cellular level - are creating exciting opportunities to extend health span.  

Dr. Ron Alfa is Senior Vice President of Discovery & Product at Recursion  a clinical-stage biotechnology company, recently named by Fast Company as one the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019.

In this LLAMA podcast interview, with Peter Bowes, Dr, Alfa explains Recursion’s mission to create a map of human cellular biology and find novel treatment for the diseases of aging.  This interview was recorded at TEDMED