On NPR TED hour

NPR's TED Radio Hour show on 'What We Fear' featuring me, Col. Chris Hadfield and David Blaine.

TED talk - 1,500,000+ views

My TEDxBratislava talk was TED's talk of the day on 12 December and has since been viewed over one and a half million times - here

Immortality and animality on DW TV

It was great fun recording this 45 minute interview and profile for DW TV (in English). 


Stephen was born in Cornwall, in the beautiful but rainy Southwest of England, back in the days when Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan were topping the charts. 

After a decade studying and teaching philosophy, he was awarded his PhD in metaphysics from the University of Cambridge in 2001. Before dedicating himself to writing, Stephen made ends meet as a diplomat, negotiating international treaties on behalf of Her Majesty. 

Stephen has since written essays, features and reviews on many philosophical, ethical and scientific subjects, from human nature to robot warriors and animal rights. He writes regularly for the Financial Times, and has also written for the New York Times, the Guardian, Wired and others. He has appeared on BBC Radio 3BBC Radio 4Deutschlandradio KulturÖsterreichischer Rundfunk and elsewhere.

His internationally acclaimed first book, Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization, was published in English and other languages in spring 2012. Stephen lives in Berlin with his wife, the journalist Friederike von Tiesenhausen, and their many daughters. He speaks fluent German.

A profile of Stephen's life and work was broadcast on DW TV in November 2013 and can be seen here.

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