Shows 88 and 89 — Profs. Gary Small, Dan Burk and Mark Lemley — posted

Published on June 8, 2009

I am pleased to post two new shows. The first, Show #88, May 27, is my interview with Prof. Gary Small of UCLA, co-author of iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind. Gary and his co-author Gigi Vorgan have written a fascinating account of the current research into the impact on the human brain caused by technology, particularly the Internet. The book is a very readable study of the research, as well as an optimistic assessment of where we are headed. Gary and I discuss much of the research, as well as his outlook on our likelihood of survival of the information onslaught. I hope that you enjoy the interview!

My second interview, Show #89, June 3 is with Profs. Dan Burk of U.C. Irvine School of Law and Mark Lemley of Stanford Law School, co-authors of The Patent Crisis and How the Courts Can Solve It. Dan and Mark (who is the first three-time repeat guest on Hearsay Culture) take an extended look at the state of empirical research into the basic question of whether the patent “system” (if such a system exists) is working. They take a middle ground between previous Hearsay Culture guests in ultimately suggesting (as the subtitle of the book states) that the courts currently have the “policy levers” to solve the most vexing problems with patent law. Dan and Mark are two of the leading intellectual property law scholars in the United States, and I very much enjoyed discussing their book with them.

On a scheduling note, Hearsay Culture will air new shows when KZSU-FM‘s summer quarter begins on July 1. You can find the schedule of outstanding upcoming guests here. Thanks for listening!