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Through their lives and work, failures and successes – get to know the individuals who have been awarded the Nobel Prize. The host for this podcast is Adam Smith, who has the happy task of interviewing our Nobel Laureates. – Nobel Prize Conversations is a podcast with a new episode every Thursday. Sit in on our conversations as we delve into how these personalities found their fields of interest — often by coincidence — how they view collaboration, curiosity and failure, and what keeps them ...
 
Intimate conversations with Dr. Patch Adams and his son Lars, dive deep into Patch's true not-Hollywood lifestory as Lars and producer, Rainbow Valentine, uncover how Patch, once a suicidal misfit, started a revolution for Love and Joy and ended up a 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Part of Pantheon Podcasts.
 
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"We must get up, we must work like maniacs – because time is running out." Maria Ressa speaks passionately as she discusses how authoritarians exploit social media to unravel democracy, what needs to be done to fight this and when she thinks the damage might become irreversible. 2021 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa is one of the founders of …
 
Abdulrazak Gurnah is the author of ten novels and an emeritus professor of English and postcolonial literatures at the university of Kent. He has been hailed for his ability to convey the immigrant experience – but to him, literature is much more than just social commentry. "We also read because it gives us pleasure – sometimes completely distracts…
 
In an increasingly chaotic world, how can you learn to concentrate deeply on a single problem? Economic Sciences laureate Guido Imbens found his powers of concentration while getting lost in chess games as a child. ”For four or five hours you would just shut out the rest of the world, you would be focused on one task.” Your host is Adam Smith, Chie…
 
"If somebody tells me 'this is impossible', I always think that it still might be possible – and try to find a way around." Where would the world be, without the scientists who look beyond the conventional wisdom and try to solve the unsolvable problems? Hartmut Michel speaks about his working class background, discovering his love of science – and…
 
"I didn't really like school very much. And I was always like a little bit nervous about not doing well." David Julius, the 2021 physiology or medicine laureate, talks about his journey from anxious pupil to confident researcher, the importance of diversity in science, and how his research is connected to how different species experience the world …
 
"Try to follow your enthusiasm and do what you are really passionate about and what you really love to do.” As a child, Benjamin List thought chemists held the keys to the secrets of the universe. Luckily, by the time he learned this wasn't so, he was already hooked on doing chemistry experiments he found in books. Even today, he still feels passio…
 
”An amazing number of economists have extremely paternalistic ideas. They just want to tell people what to do.” Don't worry. David Card, 2021 laureate in Economic Sciences, doesn't want to boss you around. Instead, he's made a career trying to understand the economic choices people make. He shared the prize with Josuhua Angrist and Guido Imbens for…
 
Some people manage to retain the relentless curiosity of a child into adulthood, keeping them on a constant quest of exploration. Meet Giorgio Parisi, who tells us about his journey of curiosity, which started by learning to read numbers at the age of 3: “I was reading the number of the bus when the bus was arriving.” At an early age, he also start…
 
Meet economist Joshua Angrist who believes that to be a good labour economist, you should have had some real-life job experience. In conversation with our podcast host Adam Smith, Angrist tells us about his disinterest in school and how as a teenager he was more interested in earning money and maintaining his car. His later surprising and instant c…
 
“I think there's a little bit of romanticism in science still. I find that the dreamers are usually the ones that make it.” Practical work, like conducting experiments and gathering data, might be central to a scientist’s job. But there is also room for dreams and imagination – which can help us find the gaps in our knowledge, and dare to ask unexp…
 
In this episode, meet football fan and chemist David MacMillan. Together with podcast host Adam Smith, he speaks about the importance of storytelling and his strong belief that “science is supposed to be about having fun, it is not supposed to be about intimidating people.” MacMillan shares his journey from a family where no one had gone to univers…
 
American Prankster is a deep dive with the iconic Wavy Gravy, unfolding his fascinating,historic and hilarious lifestory as an original Beatnik, comedy pioneer, hippie icon and pioneering activist who uses humor as a weapon. Sharing stories that even he’d forgotten with producer/host, Rainbow Valentine, of Disorganized Crime: Smuggler’s Daughter, W…
 
"One minute I was a teenager and the next minute I was a woman.” – Leymah Gbowee shares her heartbreaking life story of a happy childhood cruelly interrupted by the Liberian civil war. Nobel Prize Outreach's Adam Smith is your host as Gbowee also talks about her constant and tireless struggle for women’s rights and peace in her home country. Her ne…
 
This special live episode features a conversation with Klaus Hasselmann, the 2021 physics laureate. Before that we will also present some highlights from this year’s announcement telephone interviews. Hear Klaus Hasselmann alongside his fellow 2021 laureates David Julius, Benjamin List, David MacMillan and Ardem Patapoutian – and relive some of the…
 
”Sometimes I make a mistake during the lecture, I'll make an argument that's not quite right and not even notice it, and a student will catch me. I just love it when students do that.” – Economic sciences laureate Paul Milgrom loves being a teacher. He also loves when his students correct him and ask him hard questions that he doesn't know the answ…
 
“I won the Nobel Prize so I built a much bigger house than I ever planned.” — Wole Soyinka envisioned a small cottage on a large plot of land as a retreat for his writing, but a phone call from Stockholm made it possible to super-size his plans with rooms for many artists to dedicate themselves to their work. Literature laureate Wole Soyinka, who o…
 
"When people think about other worlds, they think about other life." Nobel Prize Laureate Didier Queloz was a pioneering explorer of exoplanets – planets outside our own solar system – and now he finds himself at the centre of a new endeavour, the ETH Center for the Origin & Prevalence of Life. Here, scientists from a variety of disciplines will me…
 
“I make discoveries just because of very unique juxtapositions that I have never seen before. So there is some kind of resonance there.” – The creative and poetic chemistry laureate Joachim Frank always aspires to solve problems by looking at places no one has looked before. In this episode he describes how creative endeavours like "Poetry boxing" …
 
The Nobel Peace Prize is announced… Does Patch win or lose? Does it matter? Lars and his dad discuss the journey of the podcast, the meaning of the Nobel Peace Prize plus we hear from Patch’s life-partner, Susan and Lars shares what it was like growing up with Patch Adams as his dad. Thanks for listening! Part of Pantheon Podcasts…
 
Medicine laureate Elizabeth Blackburn has strong feelings about the value of science. In this conversation with Adam Smith, she speaks openly about how society must begin to understand just how important science is in our lives. She also discusses the climate crisis and shares her experiences from a recent visit to Antartica, where she found hersel…
 
“The only sad thing is there aren’t more hours in the day!” – After a busy, tiring Sunday, mountain biking with the family, Guido Imbens’ Monday morning wake-up call came a little after 2am with the news from Stockholm. “I’m sure that the adrenaline will get me through,” he says in this conversation with Adam Smith recorded shortly afterwards, with…
 
“I saw that my phone was flooded with text messages,” says Joshua Angrist, having slept through the calls from Stockholm. In this brief interview he describes how he therefore called the MIT Press Department to check, and discovered it was true! The conversation turns to his work on the assumed benefits of elite schooling, his working relationship …
 
“I was kinda hoping I might go to sleep!” – David Card had just got his pyjamas on and was heading for bed, after a very late night arrival from a trip, when the call from Stockholm came. This interview with Adam Smith was recorded just moments later and he talks about his work on immigration, the setting of the minimum wage, and the relationship b…
 
World exclusive: The call from Oslo. Hear Maria Ressa’s reaction when she hears the news from Olav Njølstad, Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, on being awarded the 2021 Nobel peace Prize just before the public announcement. "I'm speechless!" From October 4-11, don't miss our mini-season that will showcase the absolute freshest interviews …
 
“As if there isn’t enough to go around” – “A kind of miserliness,” is how Abdulrazak Gurnah describes the attitude of some in Europe to refugees. After all, he says, “Europeans streaming out into the world is nothing new” and he suggests those seeking succour also be seen as “talented, energetic people, who have something to give.” In this brief co…
 
“We thought it had a very low probability of success” – The best ideas in science are often the ones with the least chance of succeeding, says David MacMillan: “It’s the stuff that should never work which is where all the good stuff is!” As he tells Adam Smith in this conversation recorded on the morning of the announcement, the thrill of discovery…
 
“Making molecules is like creating something beautiful” – Benjamin List was sitting in a café with his wife, Dr Sabine List, when the call from Stockholm came. “We looked at each other in disbelief,” he says, and jokingly asked, “Is this the call?” To his amazement, it was! In this interview with Adam Smith, recorded outside that café, he reflects …
 
“Fundamental science is crucial.” – In this short conversation, recorded shortly after his Nobel Prize in Physics was announced, Giorgio Parisi reflects on the value of asking basic questions. But what sort of questions does he address? “My mentor, Nicola Cabibbo,” he says, “was usually saying that we should work on a problem only if work on that p…
 
"Why is this happening?" – Establishing a firm scientific basis for predicting what will happen to the climate, and in the shorter term to weather, has been the challenge that has occupied Syukuro Manabe's entire working life. In the interview with Adam Smith, recorded amidst the happy chaos resulting from the early morning announcement of his Nobe…
 
"We've been warning against climate change for about 50 years or so" – Caught entirely unawares by the call from Stockholm, Klaus Hasselmann's surprise is evident in this brief interview with Adam Smith, recorded just minutes after the news of his Nobel Prize in Physics had been announced. "I'll wake up tomorrow morning and find out," he says! Plea…
 
"The reason that we were able to do it is because we started looking at the natural world." – Turning to some natural product pharmacology was one key to David Julius' success in unlocking the mysteries of how we sense temperature. As he describes in this brief interview with Adam Smith, news that Stockholm was calling reached him in a rather round…
 
"In science many times it’s the things that we take for granted that are of high interest." – As Ardem Patapoutian says, sometimes the familiar can yield the best surprises. When it comes to figuring out how our senses work, the sense of touch "was kind of the big elephant in the room." Patapoutian had his phone on Do Not Disturb when Stockholm tri…
 
Shortly after 911, Patch & his friend, Ginevra, brought clowns to war-torn Afghanistan, where they infused bombed-out hospitals, orphanages & prisons, with joy & play, bringing relief from suffering to countless Afghanis caught in decades of war. Plus the story of combat war veterans with PTSD transformed by Patch’s Clown Trips. Part of Pantheon Po…
 
Each year in October, Adam Smith takes on the challenge of reaching the brand new Nobel Prize laureates for a telephone interview. In this bonus episode of Nobel Prize Conversations, Adam takes us behind the scenes of these calls and has collected some of his favourite moments. The host for this episode is Karin Svensson, the producer of Nobel Priz…
 
The origin of Patch’s humanitarian clown trips to the most dire places on Earth starts in the former USSR, once America’s number one enemy. Lars talks with Maria, the orphan advocate who organizes Patch's clown trips to Russian orphanages, prisons, mental hospitals & the school in Beslan, Chechnya, where in 2004, terrorist killed over 330 people, m…
 
Lars and Patch discuss the making of the Patch Adams movie, Patch’s friendship with Robin Williams & Patch reunites with Mike Farrell (of the TV show MASH), who was instrumental in shepherding Patch’s story to the big screen; plus we hear about the murder of Patch’s dear friend whose death was repurposed to fit into the Hollywood version of Patch’s…
 
Lars dives into Patch’s Free Hospital: the one at the commune and the future dream hospital (whose plans feature a giant communal Whoopie Cushion room), plus stories from a Yale-trained psychiatrist who, after meeting Patch, became a tutu-wearing humanitarian clown & Truth Fairy. Part of Pantheon Podcasts…
 
Lars delves into his parent’s Hippie Commune, which doubled as a free hospital, nestled amongst radical hippie parties. Patch & Lars’s mom, Linda, tell us about absurd DIY projects, performance art films, hippie roadtrips, arrests & encounters with motorcycle gangs. Plus, Patch’s patented sensory invention for extreme bliss. Part of Pantheon Podcas…
 
The Monkey-Suited Med Student : Lars chats with Patch’s BFF, Lewis, unfolding the birth of Patch’s public clowning, wearing costumes to work in corporate America. Plus the true story of Patch’s Medical School adventures where he formed his philosophy that laughter is the best medicine & began plans to build a free hospital, enraging the med school …
 
Lars talks to Patch & Wildman about their teen years moving from 1950's Germany to segregated America, the death of their war veteran father & Patch’s 3 suicide attempts before Martin Luther King Jr's impact led to Patch's transformation into Radical Love Clown dedicated to being 6 Qualities all the time: Happy, Funny, Loving, Creative, Thoughtful …
 
Patch has his foot amputated & Lars dives into Patch’s earliest memories of growing up in post-atomic-bomb Japan. Weaving conversations with Patch and his older brother, Wildman, Lars learns about his subversive great grandfather, an anti-establishmentarian Victorian-era writer whose writing echoes Patch’s inflammatory ethos on mental health, compa…
 
Meet the real Patch Adams, 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. In episode 1 Patch’s son, Lars, explains what podcasts are to his 75 year old dad and begins unfolding the true- not-Hollywood story of how a suicidal misfit became a revolutionary clown doctor obsessed with love, mental health & the transformation of despair in all humans. https://www.rain…
 
The trailer for the upcoming podcast series - The Best Day of My Life: Patch Adams' Journey to the Nobel Peace Prize Nomination. Intimate conversations with Dr. Patch Adams and his son Lars, dive deep into Patch's true not-Hollywood lifestory as Lars and producer, Rainbow Valentine, uncover how Patch, once a suicidal misfit, started a revolution fo…
 
“I guess I was halfway content with the idea that somehow I’d become an economist.” – 2020 Laureate in Economic Sciences Robert Wilson didn’t really see himself as an economist until he reached the age of 50. Hear Wilson speak about his journey to becoming an economist. In this ‘Nobel Prize Conversations’ episode, Wilson also speaks about how he re…
 
In the newest episode of ‘Nobel Prize Conversations’, physics laureate Frank Wilczek tells us about his hope to make a mark on the world. Wilzcek recently released a new book, ‘Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality’, where the readers get to follow Wilzcek on a “simple yet profound exploration of reality”. In this podcast episode, he discusses his new …
 
2018 Nobel Physics Laureate Donna Strickland knew she wanted to get a PhD, even as a kid. She didn’t know what it was, but if it was the ultimate in education she was going to get it! In the newest episode of ‘Nobel Prize Conversations’ we meet Donna Strickland and talk about her childhood dream of a PhD, dealing with failure, being a woman in scie…
 
“Failure is an inevitable part of doing science.” – Even as one of the best-of-the-best young doctors in the country, Robert Lefkowitz’s research career kicked off in 1968 with a demoralizing string of failures at the now-legendary NIH Associates Training Program. Together with Adam Smith, 2012 Chemistry Laureate Robert Lefkowitz shares his experie…
 
“I am very bad at giving up.” – Get to know one of the greatest minds of today, physicist Roger Penrose. At 89, he seems to be working more than ever and is engaged in various research projects. In an intimate conversation with the Nobel Prize’s Adam Smith, Penrose speaks about how 2020 was a year that gave him time to reflect and develop even more…
 
"This is the first time we have had a completely novel virus infection and we are trying to vaccinate our way out of it." In conversation with Nobel Prize’s Adam Smith, Medicine Laureate Peter Doherty speaks about how we should learn from the current corona pandemic to be better prepared for and preferably prevent future pandemics. Doherty was awar…
 
Known for his contagious energy and sometimes unconventional advice, Paul Nurse talks about Brexit and its effects on scientists and research, and why he has heeded the call to leadership in science – the same science that politicians say they're following. He also recalls his early years in biology as a spider hunter and why he thinks it's vital t…
 
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