Being Modern, Being Human

Being Modern, Being Human is a podcast about the world we live in and its transformations: from the eternal questions of human existence and current social challenges to artificial intelligence and the mysteries of nature. Writer and journalist Inna Logunova explores the spirit of our times together with inspiring minds and deep thinkers: philosophers, sociologists, journalists, artists, writers, scientists, and many others.

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Episodes

Monday Jan 02, 2023

How can silence turn into music? What is the composer’s mindset, and how do you become one? How are our listening patterns changing today, and is the decrease in attention span that bad? In this episode, I’m sitting down with composer Jordan Nelson to speak about the mystery and routine of creating music. 
 
To learn more about Jordan Nelson and explore his music:
http://jordannelsonmusic.com

Monday Dec 19, 2022

Mac Scotty McGregor is a transgender man, author and founder of the nonprofit Positive Masculinity, which helps men understand and cope with the societal pressures they face. We talk about his experiences with both genders, toxic stereotypes that prevent us from being ourselves, and ways to break down patriarchal behavioral patterns. 
 
To learn more about Mac Scotty McGregor:
https://www.positivemasculinitynow.org
 

Monday Dec 05, 2022

How is our digital identity different from our real-world identity? What does the newly emerged discipline of digital sociology explore? Should creatives jump on the NFT bandwagon - and if so, how? How is the Metaverse likely to change our daily lives? In a new episode, we discuss these issues with Ernestina Zhu, an artist and Ph.D. researcher in NFT and digital sociology.
 
To learn more about Ernestina:
https://ernestinazhuart.wixsite.com/artist 

Monday Nov 21, 2022

What are the challenges of artificial intelligence for diversity and inclusion in organizations? How to understand that your organization is truly diverse and not just perceived as such? What methods can you use to evaluate the effectiveness of DEI practices? In this episode, we discuss these questions with Joe Santana, a published author and founder of The CDO PowerCircle, an association that helps organizations develop diversity leaders.
 
To learn more about Joe Santana:
http://joesantana.com/ 

Monday Nov 07, 2022

Roberto Dutesco is an acclaimed photographer, filmmaker, and environmentalist. He has worked in the fashion industry and traveled extensively around the globe, capturing the beauty of nature and people. His influential project at the intersection of art and ecology, The Wild Horses of Sable Island, has been running for nearly thirty years. By photographing and filming a small herd of wild horses living on an uninhabited island off the East Coast of Canada, Roberto has managed not only to raise awareness about the unique animals and the place but also to contribute to its conservation. Recently, his environmental activities have expanded to another large-scale project, IAMWILD.
In this episode, we talk about how art and beauty can save the world and how they are already doing it. Also in the interview: a meeting with the Dalai Lama and what it takes to become a prominent photographer.
 
To learn more about Roberto Dutesco and his art:
https://dutescoart.com/ 
 
Selected photos from The Wild Horses of Sable Island project:
https://dutescoart.com/wildhorsessableislandcollection/favorites.html 
 
IAMWILD Foundation:
https://iamwild.org/ 

Monday Oct 24, 2022

What is participatory art making? What place do rituals and symbolic magic have in modern life? In this episode, we talk with multidisciplinary artist Sarah Dixon about her exciting journey working in the Ecuadorian Amazon and the Hindu Kush, studying art forms from Orthodox icon painting to corporate design, exploring feminism through intuitive painting, and much more.
To learn more about Sarah Dixon: 
https://sarahdixon.studio/

Wednesday Oct 12, 2022

Joe Gonzalez is the founder of The Project Solution, a nonprofit organization that funds small infrastructure projects in countries around the world. Its focus is on water, sanitation, health and education. Since its inception in 2009, The Project Solution has funded nearly 50 projects in 12 countries and helped approximately 30,000 people worldwide. In this episode, we talk with Joe Gonzalez about what it takes to start and run an NGO, why making a small difference matters, and what it brings on a personal level.
 
To learn more about The Project Solution: 
http://theprojectsolution.org/

Monday Sep 26, 2022

Michelle Steiner has a learning disability that involves difficulties in math, visual perception, manual dexterity, and executive functioning.
 
In this episode, we talk about the challenges of having a learning disability, how to overcome them, and how we can help people with learning disabilities better integrate into society.
 
To learn more about Michelle Steiner's world: 
https://michellesmission.blog/

Monday Sep 12, 2022

How do modern archaeologists work? What is community-based archaeology, and how does it relate to the postcolonial paradigm? What approaches do museums adopt to engage with their audiences today? We talk about these issues with Dr. Michele Koons, curator of archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, lecturer on "Museums in the 21st Century" at the University of Colorado, and an active field archaeologist.
 
To learn more about Dr. Michele Koons’ projects:
http://www.drmichelekoons.com/ 
https://www.instagram.com/dr.michele.koons/

Monday Aug 29, 2022

In the fast-paced age of social media, breaking news, and instant messages, many find it challenging to consume "high literature." English professor Jason Gulya believes that pop culture is also a form of literature. In his classes, he uses films and video games to explain literary concepts. In this episode, we are talking about the transformations of modern storytelling, its current role and status, and the reasons to learn writing in the 21st century.
 

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