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Dope Labs

27 EpisodesProduced by Spotify StudiosWebsite

Dope Labs is a new podcast from Spotify Studios hosted by best friends (and two of the dopest scientists you will ever meet), Titi and Zakiya. In each episode, they serve up scientific principles with a healthy dose of tea. From cuffing season to Cardi B, they’ll take what’s trending and put it unde… read more

27 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

Lab 024: BHM: STEM Edition

February 20th, 2020


It's the one year anniversary of Dope Labs AND it's Black History Month. To celebrate, Titi and Zakiya are turning the microphone on YOU, our amazing Dope Labs listeners, who are doing some incredible things in all …

Lab 023: Don’t Pass the Corona

February 6th, 2020


The Coronavirus is in the front of everyone’s minds and misinformation is being spread faster than the virus itself! In this lab Titi and Zakiya breakdown what the coronavirus is, where it came from, and what we can all …

Lab 022: This is NOT a Drill

January 23rd, 2020


The fires in Australia are raging and a lot is being lost. In this lab, Titi and Zakiya discuss how the fires started, why they are different from …

Lab 021: New Bank Account, Who Dis?

January 9th, 2020


It’s a new year and there are plenty of broken resolutions to go around. One common resolution is getting your finances in order. In this lab, Titi …

Lab 020: Our 2019 Mixtape

December 19th, 2019


It’s the end of the year, so Dope Labs is giving you a special treat for Lab 020: a mixtape to celebrate all of Titi and Zakiya’s top pop culture …

Lab 019: What's Beef?

December 5th, 2019


Plant-based meat substitutes have come a long way since frozen veggie patties with big chunks of carrots and sharpie grill marks. Now, companies like Impossible Foods are making plant-based burgers that look, smell, …

Lab 018: Truth Pie

November 21st, 2019


With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Titi and Zakiya discuss the huge impact of European colonialism in North America, not only from the severe …

Lab 017: Fall Back

November 7th, 2019


Daylight Saving time has just ended and we are NOT happy! In this lab Titi and Zakiya take a closer look at this yearly practice to find out whose bright idea this was, what time is, and if anything is REALLY saved with …

Lab 016: Haunt Me

October 24th, 2019


It’s officially Titi and Zakiya’s favorite time of year! SPOOKY SEASON! So they called on the hosts of the Travel Channel’s Ghost Brothers: Haunted Houseguests to walk them through the tech they use for hunting ghosts, …

Lab 015: Big Poll Energy

October 10th, 2019


The primary election is in full swing, and our feeds are full of political polls that are surveying everything from who’s on top, to each candidates …

Lab 014: Art of Con

September 26th, 2019


Whether it’s robocalls, catfishing, Tekashi 6ix9ine, or Aunt Becky - it seems like everyone is out here scamming!! But why do WE keep falling for them? We turned to Dr. Lasana Harris to help us understand human …

Lab 013: Predator

September 12th, 2019


Our city boy/hot girl summers are coming to a close, and while we will miss summer, there’s one thing we won’t miss - mosquitoes. We all were bitten by mosquitoes…A LOT. But mosquitoes don’t just make us itchy - a …

We're Back!

September 5th, 2019


Dope Labs is back for Semester 2 on September 12, with a whole new batch of episodes dropping every other Thursday. And we want to hear from you! …

BONUS: Semester One Bloopers!

August 16th, 2019


From Wakanda to vaccines to Safaree’s hairline, there was a lot to talk about in Semester One… but there was also a lot of material that hit the cutting room floor. In this post-Semester special, T & Z take you …

Lab 012: The Cookout

July 18th, 2019


It’s the Semester Finale! And Titi & Zakiya would like to invite you to their virtual cookout. In this Lab, they dive into the science of taste, …

Lab 011: I Look Like Bae

July 4th, 2019


From the BET awards to the NBA awards folks are coming out looking GOODT from head to toe! Getting dressed up is easy, but Titi and Zakiya want to …

Lab 010: It Was All a Dream

June 20th, 2019


Titi and Zakiya take a trip down memory lane but... it seems like their recollections are VERY different! In this episode they dive into the …

Lab 009: How NOT to Get Away with Murder

June 6th, 2019


If you are into true crime this lab is for you! For decades, the “Golden State Killer” case had zero leads. Then, in 2018, investigators found a …

Lab 008: Fair Play

May 23rd, 2019


Caster Semenya lost her case against the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF). Titi & Zakiya take a deep dive into the world of hormones, specifically testosterone. What makes it so special? How …

Lab 007: Show Me the Money

May 9th, 2019


Prompted by Elizabeth Warren's bold proposal, the 3,582 Democratic Primary candidates are starting to get serious about addressing the student loan …

Lab 006: Starchella

April 25th, 2019


Beyonce just dropped Homecoming, basically forcing us all to bow down to the EPITOME of a star. But Titi and Zakiya want to know, what do the stars in our galaxy have in common with the biggest star on Earth? Guest: Amy …

Lab 005: Wakanda Forever

April 11th, 2019


We want vibranium and we want it now! Titi and Zakiya explore the depths of vibranium's capabilities and try to find things in the world that come close. Guest: Dr. James Kakalios.

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Lab 004: Protect Ya Neck

March 28th, 2019


After being eradicated in the US in 2000, measles is back with a vengeance. There are already over 250 confirmed cases in 2019. What's next, the Black Plague is back?! In this week's lab, Titi and Zakiya apply the …

Lab 003: Lie to Me

March 14th, 2019


The internet has become a petri dish for lies and we are SHOOK. So we decided to unpack all kinds of scientific theories around why we lie, and what we can do to stop it. Guest: Iyamide House of Sabanoh Mental Health. …

Lab 002: Edges Snatched

February 28th, 2019


<p> It’s not just women wearing weaves and wigs! Thanks to Safaree and Tyga, men are no longer keeping their hair restoration procedures a …

Lab 001: Cuffing Season

February 14th, 2019


Valentine’s Day traditionally marks the end of Cuffing Season, which means that today, cuffers and cuffees everywhere are scrambling to figure out whether or not to seal the deal. In their very first lab, Titi and …

Welcome to the Lab!

February 13th, 2019


Dope Labs premieres on February 14th, with new episodes dropping every other Thursday. Follow us on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcast fix.

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