Tom Shroder's Speaking Topics

Old Souls: Compelling evidence from children who claim to remember previous lives based and Tom Shroder’s travels with past life researcher Ian Stevenson

All across the globe, small children spontaneously speak of previous lives, beg to be taken “home,” pine for mothers and husbands and mistresses from another life, and know things that there seems to be no normal way for them to know. From the moment these children can talk, they speak of people and events from the past — not vague stories of centuries ago, but details of specific, identifiable individuals who may have died just months, weeks, or even hours before the birth of the child in question.

For 40 years, Dr. Ian Stevenson traveled the world from Lebanon to India to suburban Virginia investigating and documenting more than two thousand of these past life memory cases. Shroder, the first journalist to have the privilege of accompanying Dr. Stevenson in his fieldwork, brought his essentially unknown work to worldwide attention.

In the book, Shroder follows Stevenson into the lives of children and families touched by this phenomenon, changing from skeptic to believer as he comes face-to-face with concrete evidence he cannot discount in this spellbinding and true story.

In this speech, Shroder discusses his research and findings. The conversation that ensues is always passionate and fascinating.

Fire on the Horizon: What really happened in the bolwout of Deepwater Horizon and who was most responsible?

This speech discusses the book by Tom Shroder, which is a real-life thriller in the tradition of The Perfect Storm.

Fire on the Horizon, written by Shroder with the assistance of veteran oil rig captain John Konrad, recounts in vivid detail the life of the rig itself, from its construction in South Korea in the year 2000 to its improbable journey around the world to its disastrous end, and reveals the day-to-day lives, struggles, and ambitions of those who called it home.

In the spring of 2010 the world watched for weeks as more than 200 million gallons of crude oil billowed from a hole three miles deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Warnings of various and imminent environmental consequences dominated the news. Deepwater drilling—largely ignored or misunderstood to that point—exploded in the American consciousness in the worst way possible.

From the little-known maritime colleges to Transocean’s training schools and Houston headquarters to the small towns all over the country where the wives and children of the Horizon’s crew lived in the ever-present shadow of risk hundreds of miles away, Fire on the Horizon offers full-scale portraits of the Horizon’s captain, its chief mate, its chief mechanic, and others.

“What emerges is a white-knuckled chronicle of engineering hubris at odds with the earth itself, an unusual manifestation of corporate greed and the unforgettable heroism of the men and women on board the Deepwater Horizon,” Shroder explains.

Shroder’s talk reveals the lives behind the headlines, and gets to the bottom of what really went wrong, and who is most to blame. Hint: It’s NOT the people who will stand trial for the tragedy, but other’s, higher up, who so far have escaped personal responsibility.

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Other topics from veteran journalist and award-winning editor Tom Shroder:

  • The fate and history of long-form journalism in a digital world
  • How to write compelling narrative non-fiction
  • Acid Test: Can once-feared drugs heal our wounded warriors and liberate our souls? The astounding saga behind the renaissance in psychedelic healing. This is the book Shroder is currently working on!