015 – He Was Almost a School Shooter: Aaron Stark

Summary

After years of physical and mental abuse in a chaotic and violent home, being bullied at the almost 40 schools he went to in his youth (due to the constant relocations of his drug-addicted parents), and battles with depression and self-harm, Aaron Stark reached a point where he could no longer take it.

He decided to get a gun and do the unspeakable –  take revenge on a world that seemingly had forgotten him.

Luckily, before the unspeakable could happen, Aaron was saved by simple acts of kindness – by a colleague who understood that Aaron needed emotional help and support more than anything else. [... read more ...]        go to episode

014 – The “Curiosity Show” host who inspired millions of kids to try science: Rob Morrison

Summary

The Curiosity Show was – and still is – one of the most loved science shows that ever existed. Hosted by Dr. Rob Morrison and Deane Hutton from Australia, it was syndicated to 14 countries worldwide from 1972-1990 and sparked the interest for science in millions of kids worldwide, myself included.

The famous curiosity show intro still rings in my head, and the fact that the Curiosity Show YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/CuriosityShow ) reached 100'000 subscribers in a short time is proof that there are lots of people who still remember the good old days of experimenting in front of your tube TV set, building cardboard yo-yos, watching Rob talk about the “mysterious isochronous curve”, the self-starting siphon, the ames window and more.

I'm really honored by the opportunity to talk to one of my childhood heroes about science, how we can support out kids to spark their interest in experimenting and exploring the world, and about what's wrong with today's education system. [... read more ...]        go to episode

013 – The Day My Son Killed My Daughter: Charity Lee

Summary

It's a situation beyond comprehension for any parent, and it's a situation that raises questions like:

Is it even possible to forgive your own child for taking the life of another one of your children? How do you cope with a situation like this? How do you manage to find hope, to find the strength to continue to live on?

Charity did forgive her son, who is currently serving a life sentence in prison, and visits him on a regular basis. [... read more ...]        go to episode

012 – DMT, our Brain and the Prophetic Experience: Dr. Rick Strassman

Summary

In the early 1990s Dr. Rick Strassman, was granted approval to conduct research with one of the strongest hallucinogens, DMT. At the time he was the first scientist in over 2 decades allowed to test the effects of psychedelic drugs on live subjects, and his results were groundbreaking and led him to call DMT the “Spirit Molecule”.

But after he completed his research he still felt that a major question had been left unanswered: Could the vivid hallucinogenic experiences caused by DMT possibly be more than just hallucinations? Rick started to notice that many of his subjects had strikingly similar experiences, regardless of the life experience, culture, or religious background of the person taking the drug.

These experiences are often described as “more real than real”; they’re different to what people experience on other psychedelic drugs.  [... read more ...]        go to episode

What cheese dreams have to do with Neo-Nazis

It’s a lot easier than you think for ordinary people to become Neo-Nazis. Here’s why.

Did you know that eating cheese before bedtime can give you weird dreams and nightmares?

No, really! Apparently it’s a thing, I had never heard of it and didn’t believe it myself until I read that there have even been studies about this.  [... read more ...]        go to episode