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Susanna is a graphic designer. Dan is a materials scientist. Each week, we discuss a long read about science or culture from our unique points of view. Support this podcast:

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Ep. 37 - Navigating the World of Dating Apps

June 9th, 2019


We discuss the article "How Tinder Changed Dating for a Generation" by Ashley Fetters in The Atlantic. 

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  • The history of dating …

Ep. 35 - Searching for the World's Best Strawberries

March 28th, 2019


We discuss the article "How Driscoll's Reinvented the Strawberry" by Dana Goodyear in the New Yorker:

Ep. 33 - Crops vs. Water in California

March 2nd, 2019


We discuss the article "A Kingdom from Dust" by Mark Arax in the California Sunday Magazine (

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Ep. 32 - We're back with a book club for long reads

February 23rd, 2019


We've returned from our break with a slight format change. Check our blog at to see which article we'll be discussing next week.

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Ep. 31 - The Art of Selecting Background Music

December 5th, 2018


We discuss the article "Inside the booming business of background music" by Jake Hulyer in The Guardian:

Ep. 29 - New Life for Old Towns

November 17th, 2018


We discuss the article "Can You Curate a Town?" by Jennifer Miller in the New York Times:


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Ep. 28 - One Input to Rule Them All

November 2nd, 2018


We discuss the article "Why We Can't Quit the QWERTY Keyboard" by Rachel Metz for MIT Technology Review:

Ep. 27 - Making Sense of Scents Part 2

October 26th, 2018


We continue our discussion of the article "The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Perfume" by Katy Kelleher for Longreads:

Ep. 26 - Making Sense of Scents Part 1

October 22nd, 2018


We discuss the article "The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Perfume" by Katy Kelleher in Longreads:

Ep. 25 - Mapping Our Social Networks

October 13th, 2018


We discuss the article "How Connected Is Your Community to Everywhere Else in America?" by Emily Badger and Quoctrung Bui in the New York Times.


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Ep. 24 - How to Stay Clean Without Bathing

October 6th, 2018


We discuss the article "Getting Clean, the Tudor Way" by Ruth Goodman in The New Republic:


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Ep. 23 - The Pollination Situation

September 21st, 2018


Dan takes a break, Susanna and Amanda discuss the article "The Super Bowl of Beekeeping" by Jaime Lowe in the New York Times Magazine:


Ep. 22 - What's In a Color?

September 17th, 2018


We discuss the article "Treasures from the Color Archive" by Simon Schama in The New Yorker.

Ep. 21 - How Should We Diagnose Mental Illness?

August 31st, 2018


We discuss the article "All mental disorders are brain disorders … not." by Eiko Fried:


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Ep. 19 - Procrastination

August 17th, 2018


We discuss the article "How to Stop Procrastinating and Finish a Big Project" by Olga Khazan in the Atlantic.


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Ep. 18 - The History of Cat DNA

August 10th, 2018


We discuss the article "How Cats Used Humans to Conquer the World" by Sarah Zhang in The Atlantic:


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Ep. 17 - Cats: Lovable & Dangerous

August 4th, 2018


Ecologist Amanda joins us as we discuss the article "The Moral Cost of Cats" by Rachel E. Gross in Smithsonian Magazine.

Ep. 16 - The Startup School Experiment

July 28th, 2018


We discuss the article "How the Startup Mentality Failed Kids in San Francisco" by Daniel Duane in Wired:

Ep. 15 - What Is Cyberpunk, Really?

July 23rd, 2018


We discuss the article "Where are the Radical Politics of Cyberpunk?" by Cameron Kunzelman in Waypoint:

Summer Vacation Announcement

June 22nd, 2018


We're taking a brief hiatus from making the podcast this week & next. In the meantime, please share any interesting long read articles you've come across recently over at our blog:

Ep. 14 - Why Does Water Attract Bad Science?

June 15th, 2018


We discuss the article "A Compassionate Substance - How science and myth collide in water." by Philip Ball in Lapham's Quarterly.

Episode 13 - Drowning in Plastic

June 9th, 2018


We discuss the article "We Depend on Plastic. Now We're Drowning in It." by Laura Parker in National Geographic.

Episode 12 - The Changing College Admission Criteria

June 1st, 2018


We discuss the article "The Two Most Important College-Admissions Criteria Now Mean Less" by Jeffrey Selingo in The Atlantic:

Episode 11 - The Smell of Old Books

May 25th, 2018


We discuss the article "What's That Smell You're Reading?" by Ann Elizabeth Wiener in Distillations magazine:


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Episode 10 - The Shoddy Statistics of Sports Research

May 18th, 2018


We discuss the article "How Shoddy Statistics Found a Home in Sports Research" by Christie Aschwanden and Mai Nguyen at

Episode 8 - The Loud Restaurant Phenomenon

May 3rd, 2018


We discuss the article "Why restaurants became so loud — and how to fight back" by Julia Belluz in Vox.

Episode 7 - What Happened to the Humanities?

April 27th, 2018


We discuss the article "Dear Humanities Profs: We Are the Problem" by Eric Bennett in the Chronicle of Higher Education:


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Episode 6 - What Went Wrong (and Right) with OLPC's $100 Laptop

April 19th, 2018


We discuss the article "OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong" by Adi Robertson:

Episode 5 - What Don't We Eat for Breakfast Anymore?

April 12th, 2018


We discuss the article "10 Breakfasts from a Century Ago that No One Eats Anymore" by Kat Kinsman:


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Episode 4 - American Literature in China

April 6th, 2018


We discuss Hollis Robbins' article "Dancing with Chains."


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Episode 3 - Urban Renewal & the "Busy Streets" Theory

March 30th, 2018


We discuss a study of urban renewal efforts in Flint Michigan as described in the article "Want to fight crime? Plant some flowers with your neighbor."

Episode 2 - GenX and '90s Fashion

March 23rd, 2018


We discuss the article "Why Gen X Isn't Psyched for the '90s Revival" from Racked.


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Episode 1 - The Science of Skin Care

March 15th, 2018


We discuss the article "How Skin Care Became an At-Home Science Experiment" by Julie Beck in The Atlantic. (

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