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Science Journalist, James Nestor Talks 'Breath'

We were thrilled to host leading science journalist, James Nestor to talk about his new book: Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art on our In the Spirit of Things Conversations.

James Nestor is an author and journalist who has written for Scientific American, Outside, The New York Times, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, The San Francisco Chronicle, and more. His latest book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, was released earlier this year by Riverhead/Penguin Random House and was an instant New York Times and London Sunday Times bestseller. Breath explores how the human species has lost the ability to breathe properly.

This sounds impossible, but it’s true. Snoring, sleep apnea, asthma, allergies and even autoimmune diseases are among the most prevalent diseases in the modern world, and all of them can be either exacerbated, or sometimes caused, by poor breathing. Nestor spent years in laboratories and ancient burial sites, working with researchers at Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, and other institutions to figure out what went wrong with our breathing--and how to fix it.

Breath will be translated into more than 30 languages in 2021.

He lives and breathes in San Francisco. More at

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