Curious Exploration 1: Positive Disintegration

Welcome to Curious Exploration, the new name for Aaron and Joe's semi-regular discussions about psychology, politics, and being human in our complicated world. As you've probably noticed, we're expanding things here at Synapse Radio, and what was once one podcast is now several. Here, Joe and Aaron discuss Dabrowski's theory of positive disintegration and how a little crisis can lead to a whole lot of development.

A basic overview of Dabrowski’s theory of positive disintegration.

Carol Dweck on the power of believing that you can improve.

Viktor Frankl on meaning and the role of others.

Education Corner 1: Tres Amigos

Synapse Radio is back after a long hiatus, and with a new direction. In the Education Corner we welcome Brian Lepre as a regular, and will be exploring education from different perspectives as our hosts move into their careers.

Brian’s first and second episodes on Synapse Radio.

Joe’s fellowship at Education Pioneers.

The Danielson Rubric.

The Danielson Group’s research.

The Guardian reports on politics int he classroom.

Empathy in the classroom.

Self-awareness and metacognition in the classroom.

New York’s Regents examinations.

41: Exploring Social Enterprise

Our friend Elise returns to help us explore the pros, cons, benefits, and challenges of a unique business model. Elise also share her experiences at The Daily Table, a nont-for-profit grocery store in Dorchester, MA.

More information on social enterprise.

Want to hear more from Elise? Check out her first episode on food security and community empowerment.

You can learn more about The Daily Table here.

Music credits: Ben Kweller.

40: They, Them, Theirs

Reed, a person who identifies as non-binary, joins us in this episode to talk about their experience at the Women's Rally in Providence. They also talk to us about how using Tarot Cards helps ground them in times of anger and stress. Sydney hops on for this episode for Joe to interview with Aaron.

Music Credit: Black Moth Super Rainbow.

39: A Woman's Place is in the Resistance

Jess Lahens returns to share her experiences at the Women's March in Washington, DC. We discuss the importance of marches, political action, and all of the great signs.

Don't forget to check out her bookworm-y and amazing show Unbound with Trish and Jess, where they recently reviewed one of Aaron's favorite reads of 2016.

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Music credits: Adele.

38: Alternative Facts

The past several months have been marked by a growing concern over fake news. Where did this trend come from? How are so-called "journalists" getting away with it? How can you, as a consumer of information, identify and steer clear from the alternative facts that are blurring our sense of the truth?

The New York Times on the creation and dissemination of fake news.

Ten ways to detect fake news.

Vanessa Otero's fantastic breakdown of all things real and fake.

Daniel Levitin's Field Guide to Lies.

And for those of you who haven't read it yet (or at least listened to that musical that everyone's talking about), Ron Chernow's biography on Alexander "I'll Write Under a Pseudonym" Hamilton.

Music credits: Beck.

Let Season 2 Begin!

Here comes season two, and with it old faces and new. We've also brought someone new onto the team - check it out!