Today's guest is Gary Rivlin and he is a journalist who wrote daily as the tech editor for the New York Times, where he covered Silicon Valley, and has contributed regularly to Wired, Newsweek , the East Bay Express, Salon, the New Republic and the American Bar Association Journal. He has won a dozen journalism awards for business and finance, including the Gerald Loeb and Carl Sandberg Awards. Gary has published four books, including “The Plot to Get Bill Gates,” and most recently, “Broke USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty Incorporated – How the Working Poor Became Big Business.”
Today's guest is Rodney Smith and he is a teacher and author of Vipassana or Insight meditation, and the founder of the Seattle Insight Meditation Society. He was a former Buddhist monk for 8 years, having lived in monastic settings in Burma and Thailand with several of the most renown meditation teachers. Starting in the mid-80s, Rodney has been devoted to teaching Buddhist philosophy and practice, and has been a pioneer in working with the dying in the hospice movement. He is the author of “Lessons from the Dying”, and most recently “Stepping Out of Self-Deception” which critiques the western psychological emphasis on self-centeredness from a Buddhist perspective.