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Innovation Hub looks at how to reinvent our world – from medicine to education, relationships to time management. Great thinkers and great ideas, designed to make your life better.

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Full Show: Watch What You Eat (Rerun)

December 14th, 2018

49:25

Today, the Food Network is a touchstone of the entertainment industry. But it took a decade for the channel to make money. Chef Sara Moulton and …

Full Show: Change In Unexpected Places

December 7th, 2018

49:44

First, a look at creative efforts to improve our health care system at the local level. Jon Gruber, an architect of the Affordable Care Act, and …

Reimagining Health Care

December 7th, 2018

29:19

A potent issue dominated the midterms this fall: health care. It was a top concern for voters, and it ultimately shaped the outcome of races across …

Far More Than A Bed And A Bath

December 7th, 2018

18:30

After he was elected, President George Washington traveled through our newly-formed country. And along the way, he stayed at a series of inns and taverns. How did they stack up? Well, let’s just say our first president …

Full Show: What Is It Worth To You?

November 30th, 2018

49:55

Whether you like it or not, our life is made of plastic. It’s a material we use for almost everything, from toothbrushes to spacecrafts. But its convenience and low costs might not outweigh the effects it has on our …

Marinating In Plastics

November 30th, 2018

20:43

Plastics are colorful, shiny, and flexible. They can also be sturdy, monochrome, and opaque. They come in different shapes and sizes, too. In fact, …

Tracking Trends in Charitable Giving

November 30th, 2018

15:22

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has long kept tabs on charitable giving, but recently the publication unveiled a new ranking, which reveals that how we give and who is giving has been radically upended in America.

Stacy …

China: Pharmacy To The World

November 30th, 2018

12:31

In the ‘90s, most of the world’s medicines were manufactured in the United States, Europe and Japan. Today, almost 80% of them come from China. In her book, “China Rx: Exposing The Risks Of America’s Dependence On China …

Full Show: Manufacturing The Mind

November 23rd, 2018

48:55

First: ‘Tis the season for giving and sharing… and holiday shopping. Whether it’s toys, clothes, books, or electronics, chances are that most of …

Full Show: Heart And Soul

November 16th, 2018

50:01

First, in the late 1950s, Berry Gordy Jr. - who had worked for Ford Motor Company, been a boxer, and owned a record store - had a vision. He wanted to introduce the world to a new sound: the sound of Motown. And with …

Motown: The History Of A Hit Factory

November 16th, 2018

24:27

Shortly after Michael Jackson died in 2009, Helen Brown, a music critic for the Daily Telegraph wrote that the Jackson 5’s 1969 single “I Want You Back,”  is “certainly the fastest man-made route to pure joy.” And while …

Fixing A Broken Heart

November 16th, 2018

23:55

The Grinch’s is two sizes too small. All Green wants to know how you can mend a broken one. You can destroy them, steal them, break them. They can pine or ache or wander. Suffice it to say, hearts are a big part of our …

Full Show: Cultural Shifts

November 9th, 2018

49:39

First: in the early 1970s, the average age of first-time moms was 21. Now, the average is 26. We talk with economist Caitlin Knowles Myers and New York Times correspondent Claire Cain Miller about why so many couples …

The American Family - Older And Smaller / Listener Comments

November 9th, 2018

24:07

The American family is changing in many different ways. But one of the most important is that, on average, American women are giving birth later. And birth rates have hit a 30-year low. In the early 1970s, the average …

Testing Who You Are

November 9th, 2018

23:58

If you were asked to describe your personality, you might choose words such as “funny” and “outgoing,” or “shy” and “quiet.” But what if those were not quite the right words? The Myers-Briggs - which many of us have …

Full Show: Cutting It Down To Size (Rebroadcast)

November 2nd, 2018

49:38

First, small businesses are the backbone of America. Or are they? Economist Robert Atkinson wants you to hold your horses and think again. He says we …

Full Show: Votes, Jobs, and Tech

October 26th, 2018

49:37

First, swing states have a ton of power in determining control of Congress and many of the people living in those states have experienced the effects …

Robotizing Swing States

October 26th, 2018

13:02

With the midterms looming, both Democrats and Republicans are sweating out the home stretch in Congressional races across the country. And as in any election, there’s a lot of focus on swing states such as Ohio. In his …

The Long History Of The Gig Economy

October 26th, 2018

17:59

When you hear the term “gig economy,” you probably think of Uber or Lyft or Postmates - companies that have used apps to disrupt industries and create an army of 1099 workers. But according to Louis Hyman, a Cornell …

The Brains Behind Automation

October 26th, 2018

16:48

We constantly hear that technology is killing opportunities in the workplace. But reports by the World Economic Forum and Deloitte have shown that …

Full Show: Private Lives, Public Spaces

October 19th, 2018

48:48

The story of privacy in America is long and fascinating. But suffice it to say,
there was an uproar over postcards. Yes, postcards.

 What separates …

The Evolution of American Privacy

October 19th, 2018

19:09

Every day, it seems like there’s a new story about privacy: A Facebook hack that puts the private data of millions at risk. A years-long surveillance program of personal communications by the government. Endless …

The Blueprint For Social Movements

October 19th, 2018

15:01

After Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012, activists may have …

Putting A Price On Water

October 19th, 2018

13:12

If you try to imagine what a dystopian future would look like, you might conjure up aliens invading Earth, or robots overpowering humans. But …

Full Show: A Sense Of Self

October 12th, 2018

49:42

Take credit for that killer PowerPoint presentation, or for running a 4-minute mile if you want. But at the end of the day, Robert Sapolsky says we …

The Hidden Biology Behind Everything We Do

October 12th, 2018

24:25

Humanity is simultaneously incredibly kind and incredibly violent. We commit indescribable atrocities, but also acts of incomprehensible compassion. …

Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Corporate Happiness

October 12th, 2018

12:20

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney famously declared that “corporations are people” while on the campaign trail in 2011. The Iowa State Fair crowd jeered him and Romney launched into a stammering defense. But, if …

The History Of A Forgotten Plague

October 12th, 2018

11:27

The Spanish Flu of 1918 killed between 50 and 100 million people. It infected a third of the world’s population. But it’s likely that, if you’re …

Full Show: The Devil Is In The Details

October 5th, 2018

49:56
  • There actually IS a solution to traffic. UCLA’s Michael Manville tells us what it is.

  • Blue collar workers are getting the short of the stick. Here’s …

The One Way To Reduce Traffic

October 5th, 2018

19:35

Traffic is awful. It causes pollution, it makes people stressed, it costs cities and drivers billions of dollars… and if you’ve ever sat in a car, …

Blue-Collar Jobs, Redefined

October 5th, 2018

12:04

Blue-collar jobs are changing. In the mid 20th century, many of these jobs were protected by unions and offered financial security. Today, both …

Science And Sin

October 5th, 2018

15:47

Religions have been studying human behavior for thousands of years - long before science got into the game. And for Christians, the seven deadly sins …

Full Show: Bridging The Chasm

September 28th, 2018

49:51

There are a lot of chasms in the world, dividing lines between one thing and another. This week on Innovation Hub, we’ll take a look at those chasms, whether they’re in our digital life, our understanding of our own …

How Small Problems Snowball Into Big Disasters

September 28th, 2018

15:36

The Three Mile Island disaster forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their homes. It absolutely dominated the news cycle. It led to a …

The Difference Between Pleasure And Happiness

September 28th, 2018

17:22

In the last few decades, Americans have become fat, sick, stupid, broke, depressed, addicted, and most decidedly unhappy. At least, that’s according to physician Robert Lustig, author of the book, “The Hacking of the …

Dissecting America’s Digital Divide

September 28th, 2018

15:35

If you’re reading this, you almost certainly have access to the internet, which means you can check email anytime, do online banking, or investigate whether your kid’s rash is worthy of a trip to the doctor. But, across …

Full Show: Out Of The Concrete

September 21st, 2018

49:22

Violent crime rates in cities have declined significantly since the mid-1990s. We examine the reasons behind this drop, and the influence it has had …

Crime In America Is On The Decline. So Why Don’t We Feel Safer?

September 21st, 2018

19:12

Talk to anyone who lived in New York City in the 1970s, and they will probably highlight the city’s widespread crime. Times Square wasn’t yet Disney-fied and Brooklyn hadn’t been taken over by hipsters. Most people …

Sand. It’s Slipping Through Our Fingers

September 21st, 2018

15:14

Unless we’re relaxing on it at the beach, or kicking it out of our shoes, we probably don’t think too much about sand. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Sand is a vital ingredient in concrete. And glass. And …

Evolution In The City

September 21st, 2018

13:37

When you think of evolution, you probably imagine a slow process, one that happens in some verdant jungle or plain. For example: Homo Sapiens …

Full Show: Life Hacks

September 14th, 2018

49:27

What were pregnancy tests like in the 1940s? Well, they involved cutting up rabbits. How the science of hormones changed pregnancy, diabetes, and so …

How Your Hormones Control Everything

September 14th, 2018

22:20

Doctor Randi Hutter Epstein likes to compare human hormones to the internet. And if you think about it, it makes sense. The brain sends messages to the testes in the same way that someone in Paris can send an email to …

A 19th Century Hack

September 14th, 2018

11:38

What was the world’s first telecommunications hack? Some sort of electronic banking theft in the 80s? Perhaps it was the “phone breaks” of the 1960s, …

The Opportunities In An Aging Economy

September 14th, 2018

14:15

The United States is about to face a “silver tsunami;” a retirement crisis; a health care dilemma. At least, that’s what it seems like, if you read …

Full Show: Changing Landscapes

September 7th, 2018

49:11

Are college kids becoming more fragile? Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt says yes. And he explains why.

How a Coney Island sideshow helped save …

A Coddled Generation?

September 7th, 2018

19:48

For the last few years, free speech has been hotly debated on college campuses around the country. There have been protests over controversial …

The Fake Doctor Who Saved Thousands Of Babies

September 7th, 2018

18:04

In the early 20th century, a premature baby was considered as good as dead. But Dr. Martin Couney — who wasn’t actually a doctor — made it his mission to save these babies by putting them neonatal incubators. And …

What We Can Learn From Termites. Yes, Termites.

September 7th, 2018

10:05

Termites get a bad rap. Ask pretty much anyone on the street, and they’ll likely say that termites are gross, and you definitely don’t want them in your house. And while it may be true that you don’t want them in your …

Full Show: What A Way To Make A Living

August 31st, 2018

50:00

Work defines all of our lives, but in a myriad of different ways. On this week’s Innovation Hub we take a step back and think about work’s payoffs, its pitfalls, and its future.

First, Stanford’s Jeffrey Pfeffer argues …

The Health Risks Of A Terrible Workplace

August 31st, 2018

18:51

When you think of dangerous work, you probably conjure up images of crab fishermen braving the frigid Atlantic, lumberjacks operating chainsaws, or truckers navigating icy roads. You probably don’t think of late nights …

The Women Who Broke World War II Codes

August 31st, 2018

17:14

During World War II, a flurry of coded messages were sent by the Axis powers. Data on troop movements, supplies, ship locations... all transmitted via code. But these messages didn't necessarily stay coded for long. The …

Garry Kasparov And The Game Of Artificial Intelligence

August 31st, 2018

12:40

For more than a 30-year span, chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov was nearly unbeatable. But, in 1997, he faced an unlikely competitor: the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue. Kasparov lost the final match, which ended up being a …

Full Show: Fooling Ourselves (Rebroadcast)

August 24th, 2018

49:09

Willpower isn’t the only thing dictating what you eat. Neuroscientist Rachel Herz says the color, shape, and presentation of food has a major impact …

How Your Brain Interacts With Food

August 24th, 2018

17:52

We know that our brain plays tricks on us, but did you know the size of your plate can dictate how much you eat? Or that a bowl filled with jelly …

Are You Getting Evidence-Based Healthcare?

August 24th, 2018

14:35

Nearly half of medical procedures may not be based on sound science. That’s according to Eric Patashnik, director of Brown University’s public policy …

When 'Useless' Research Has Long-Term Benefits

August 24th, 2018

15:37

Back in the 1990s, the Digital Libraries Initiative from the National Science Project supported a small project out of Stanford University. It …

Full Show: Body Talk

August 17th, 2018

49:05

First, if you think about the design of the human body, it’s not actually all that intelligent. We have tailbones, but no tails. We swallow food through the same tube we use to breathe. And don’t get us started on …

What’s Wrong With Our Bodies?

August 17th, 2018

17:33

Humans have a tailbone for a tail we don’t have, wisdom teeth that don’t fit in our mouths, and tonsils that only seem to cause problems. Each of …

The Life of P.T. Barnum

August 17th, 2018

15:12

He was a huckster, a showman, and a consummate businessman. P.T. Barnum and his exhibitions presented “freaks” and oddities from abroad, while also shaping the definition of what it means to be an American. We speak …

How Neuroscience Is Changing The Law

August 17th, 2018

15:03

Francis Shen says that he often calls neurolaw a “new” and “emerging” field, but even he doesn’t completely believe that. Shen is an associate law …

Full Show: Taking Care of Business

August 10th, 2018

49:23

Taking care of business can mean a lot of different things. From activist CEOs to the science of war to clean energy companies, we’re diving into how business actually gets done.

First up, CEOs used to keep their …

When Big Business Wades Into Big Social Issues

August 10th, 2018

14:32

In April, a Starbucks employee in Philadelphia called the police on two black men standing in a store. It was a PR nightmare. So a month later, …

When Science Goes To War

August 10th, 2018

21:13

Growing up, Thanksgivings in Jennet Conant’s house were contentious. The Vietnam War was raging, and in Cambridge, MA, student protests were ubiquitous. But Conant’s family was especially combative. Her grandfather, …

The Uncertain Business Of Clean Energy

August 10th, 2018

12:25

Hybrid cars. Solar energy. Hydropower. In recent years, the federal government and private companies have both paid a lot of attention to clean …

Full Show: Bring On The Competition (Rebroadcast)

August 3rd, 2018

49:26

First, U.S. News releases its college rankings each year to much fanfare. But are they actually hurting higher ed? We ask journalist Scott Jaschik …

Are College Rankings Actually Useful?

August 3rd, 2018

13:29

In 1983, U.S. News & World Report began to rank America’s colleges. More than 30 years later, they continue to release yearly lists of the “best” …

Feeding A Growing Global Population

August 3rd, 2018

17:23

The global population is steadily climbing, and by 2050, scientists expect that 10 billion people will call Earth home. This got science writer …

Why Americans Pay So Much For Drugs

August 3rd, 2018

16:51

In 1983, U.S. News & World Report began to rank America’s colleges. More than 30 years later, they continue to release yearly lists of the “best” …

Full Show: Finding Order In Chaos

July 27th, 2018

50:00

First: Scurvy. Website design. Store promotions. Turns out, randomized trials affect many parts of our daily lives.

Then: “The Origin of Species”… actually has a pretty interesting - and unexpected - origin.

Finally: …

From Scurvy to Surgery: The History Of Randomized Trials

July 27th, 2018

20:33

Think of the last impulse buy you made at the grocery store. Maybe the item was placed at eye level. Or perhaps it was a Snickers bar you saw in the …

The Origin Of The Origin Of Species

July 27th, 2018

17:14

This summer, 160 years ago, it dawned on Charles Darwin that he might have to go public with the theory of evolution. He had been working on his …

When Your Schedule Sabotages You

July 27th, 2018

10:53

Imagine you have a meeting in 30 minutes. Are you more likely to spend that half hour A) catching up on email and the news or B) getting a start on that report you’ve been putting off? If you answered A, you’re not …

Full Show: Watch What You Eat

July 20th, 2018

49:33

Today, the Food Network is a touchstone of the entertainment industry. But it took a decade for the channel to make money. Chef Sara Moulton and …

How The Food Network Went From Bust To Big Time

July 20th, 2018

18:56

If you knew what was going on behind the scenes at the Food Network during the ‘90s, you might have placed a hefty wager that it would fail. Chefs …

The Future Of Food Shopping

July 20th, 2018

17:19

When we sit down to binge watch a season of Chopped, we rarely do it to learn a new cooking technique. In fact, the Food Network might actually discourage us from trying our hand in the kitchen. We speak with industry …

From Delmonico’s To Howard Johnson’s

July 20th, 2018

12:11

2015 was the first year that Americans spent more money on bars and restaurants than on groceries. And with attention-grabbing chefs and buzzy new places to eat, it feels like restaurants have never been more central to …

Full Show: Define The Relationship

July 13th, 2018

49:37

First: Americans love small businesses, but economist Robert D. Atkinson says that big business is better for workers, consumers, and the world.

Then: From standard measurements to interchangeable parts, precision …

The Benefits Of Big Business

July 13th, 2018

20:45

Ever since Thomas Jefferson championed the “yeoman farmer,” Americans across the political spectrum have romanticized small businesses. Politicians …

Precision Makes Perfect

July 13th, 2018

20:16

We rely on precision in every part of our lives. We take for granted the fact that if our car breaks down, we can buy a replacement part, instead of …

Friendly Minds Think Alike

July 13th, 2018

7:16

Choosing Friday night plans. Deciding what to wear to work. Selecting a new Netflix show to binge-watch. People are influenced by the tastes and opinions of their friends, and vice versa. But that doesn’t mean you’re a …

Timing Is Everything (Rebroadcast)

July 6th, 2018

49:43

We’re always so concerned about how to do something, but we don't always consider when we should do it. When should we start a new project? When …

When To Do Everything

July 6th, 2018

20:11

Does it matter when you go in for an operation? When a jury hears your case? What year you're born in? The answer in all three of these cases: yes. Dan Pink took a deep dive into the science behind how timing affects …

A Closer Look At Shaving History

July 6th, 2018

3:44

If you're the type of person who shaves, you've probably used a disposable razor at least once. But where did this seemingly ubiquitous part of American life come from? It all goes back to the late 19th century, and a …

Fighting Food Allergies

July 6th, 2018

18:15

Did you ever trade lunches at school when you were a kid? Maybe you gave away your peanut butter sandwich in exchange for some chocolate pudding. …

Is Our Approach To Handling Rats All Wrong?

July 6th, 2018

6:18

Rats: The bane of any city-dweller’s existence. We spend millions of dollars each year trying to kill these pests, putting out poison and traps. But …

Full Show: Red, White, And New

June 29th, 2018

49:49

First, we talk with Kurt Beyer about the Queen of Software, Grace Hopper, and how her new ideas changed the tech world forever.

Next, we give you Kisses. And Reese’s. And Kit Kats. We take a look at how Milton Hershey …

The Life And Legacy Of Grace Hopper

June 29th, 2018

16:40

She’s been called “the first lady of software.” A conference named after her attracted over 18,000 attendees last year. She had her own Google doodle. She was even on Letterman.

It’s fair to say that Grace Hopper is …

The Birth Of Chocolate In America

June 29th, 2018

15:59

Americans absolutely adore chocolate. The average American consumes 11 pounds of the stuff per year. But when did this love affair with chocolate …

Rodney Brooks Predicts The Future (Kinda)

June 29th, 2018

16:05

If you could talk to some folks who attended the 1964 World’s Fair, they might be a little disgruntled. After all, they were promised jetpacks, …

Full Show: Crossing Boundaries And Borders

June 22nd, 2018

50:00

First: We ask UCLA history professor Katherine Benton-Cohen how America transformed from a country with open borders to one - by the 1920s - with a strict quota system.

Next: Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains …

How Did It Come To This? The Evolution Of Immigration

June 22nd, 2018

16:58

It might seem like America’s massive immigration system has always been around. But it hasn’t. Indeed, up until the early 20th century, America’s …

The Lasting Trauma From The Border

June 22nd, 2018

15:09

In May and June, the United States separated more than 2,000 children from their families at the southern border. Caving to pressure, President Trump …

The Invention Of Human Rights

June 22nd, 2018

16:39

We all know Thomas Jefferson’s famous words immortalized in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men …

Full Show: History Repeats

June 15th, 2018

50:08

First: How do America’s child welfare services respond to a call about a child who could be in trouble? We look at the inner workings of the system …

Can An Algorithm Keep Kids Safe?

June 15th, 2018

20:09

When a call comes in to a child welfare hotline, how should the call-taker react? Is the complaint significant enough to merit an investigation? …

Why Nostalgia Is Healthy

June 15th, 2018

19:08

Playing hide-and-go-seek with your best friend. Opening up fresh supplies on the first day of school. Going on your first date. People get nostalgic …

When Libraries And Journalism Collide

June 15th, 2018

9:30

It’s a rough moment for journalism. Newspapers across the country have been closing at an alarming rate. And many of the media outlets that remain are under attack for allegedly peddling fake news. It’s a problem that …

Full Show: A Game Of Wits

June 8th, 2018

49:06

First: American universities minted hundreds of thousands of savvy professionals in the latter half of the 20th century. We explore how those educated, creative thinkers may have - inadvertently - caused America’s …

The Unexpected Reason Behind America’s Decline

June 8th, 2018

18:02

Our trust in government is at historic lows. Inequality is at historic highs. Americans are more pessimistic about the future. It can seem like the United States is in decline. And Steven Brill, author of “Tailspin: The …

Should Prisoners Have Access To A College Degree?

June 8th, 2018

15:04

Despite having less than 5 percent of the world’s population, the United States has nearly 25 percent of the world’s prison population. According to …

Rationality vs. Intelligence

June 8th, 2018

14:44

Have you ever taken an IQ test? Think about the results. Did you do well? You might have gotten a high score, but, often, intelligence doesn’t have …

Full Show: A Numbers Game

June 1st, 2018

49:45

First: We ask a couple of public opinion experts how technology has made polling more convenient but less consistent - and what they see coming in …

Why Polling Matters

June 1st, 2018

18:44

If you ever watch, listen, or read the news, you’ll hear about political polls. There are polls for almost everything: Special congressional races, …

From Beer To Airlines, Corporate Consolidation Is All Around Us

June 1st, 2018

15:50

If you go to your local liquor store or beer cellar, it may seem like you have thousands of options. And there’s certainly a lot of beer on the shelves. Not just Michelob or Miller Lite, but smaller-batch brews with …

Kids These Days...And Yesterday, And Tomorrow

June 1st, 2018

13:38

Economist John Quiggin wants to change the way we talk about millennials. That is, he thinks we should stop talking about them altogether. In a …

Full Show: Life’s Tangled Web

May 25th, 2018

49:14

First up, our family tree; or rather, our family web. According to geneticist Adam Rutherford, investigating the human genome can answer a lot of questions about human history. And the answers aren’t always expected. …

The Human Story Behind Our Genes

May 25th, 2018

18:44

As scientists apply our new understanding of the human genome to genetics, we’re getting answers to big-picture questions about our species. What is …

The Conversation High-Powered Couples Need To Have

May 25th, 2018

13:41

The number of women running Fortune 500 companies is higher than it’s ever been. And yet, there are only 32 female CEOs on that list. So… why aren’t there more high-powered women in positions of power? There are a …

Designing Your Life

May 25th, 2018

15:42

We all want fun and rewarding careers and personal lives. But, we never really learn how to achieve our life goals in college. Bill Burnett and Dave …

Full Show: Workplace Connections

May 18th, 2018

49:44

You don’t have to fish for tuna to have a dangerous job. Stanford’s Jeffrey Pfeffer tells us why toxic workplaces lead to an enormous number of health problems.

How weaving rugs can empower Afghan women.


Everything …

The Health Risks Of A Toxic Workplace

May 18th, 2018

18:41

When you think of dangerous work, you probably conjure up images of crab fishermen braving the frigid Atlantic, lumberjacks operating chainsaws, or truckers navigating icy roads. You probably don’t think of late nights …

Using Rugs As A Developmental Tool In Afghanistan

May 18th, 2018

11:57

When Connie Duckworth visited Afghanistan in 2003, she was struck by two things: the deep poverty that engulfed the country and, by contrast, her own …

Dissecting America’s Digital Divide

May 18th, 2018

17:39

If you’re reading this, you almost certainly have access to the internet, which means you can check email anytime, do online banking, or investigate whether your kid’s rash is worthy of a trip to the doctor. But, across …

Full Show: Change In The Air

May 11th, 2018

49:35

Robert Sapolsky explains why it’s hard to act as if free will is an illusion… even if you believe that free will is an illusion.

How the Keeling …

The Biology Behind Evil, Free Will, And Everything Else

May 11th, 2018

24:30

Humanity is simultaneously incredibly kind and incredibly violent. We commit indescribable atrocities, but also acts of incomprehensible compassion. …

The Beginnings Of Climate Science

May 11th, 2018

9:35

For thousands of years, the level of CO2 in the atmosphere fluctuated relatively consistently (air bubbles trapped in Antarctic ice provide a record of the past). But, since around the 19th century, CO2 levels have been …

Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Corporate Happiness

May 11th, 2018

14:17

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney famously declared that “corporations are people” while on the campaign trail in 2011. The Iowa State Fair crowd jeered him and Romney launched into a stammering defense. But, if …

Full Show: A Spoonful Of Sugar

May 4th, 2018

49:26

A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down… but what about a spoonful of Splenda? And what if the medicine you were taking with that sugar was …

Why The Science Behind Artificial Sweeteners Ain’t So Sweet

May 4th, 2018

23:33

*Do you take your coffee black, or do you put a little something in it? Many Americans reach for an artificial sweetener if they’re concerned about their waistlines. But it turns out, the health benefits of sugar …

Why Our Fear Of Flying Is Immune To Statistics

May 4th, 2018

10:05

Despite a recent death in an accident on a Southwest flight, it’s still safer to fly than drive. So why do we still get sweaty palms before takeoff? …

How Your Health Data Gets Sold

May 4th, 2018

14:48

In 2017, the fact that companies have access to personal data about us is common knowledge. But the data available to companies goes beyond just what websites you browse and where you’ve checked in on social media. Your …

Full Show: Childish Things

April 27th, 2018

49:42

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it’s Superman... A character who both reflected - and changed - American pop culture.

There’s a huge achievement …

After 1,000 Issues, Superman Still Resonates

April 27th, 2018

17:47

Superman has been around for 80 years. His comic book just released its thousandth issue. Movies featuring him have made billions of dollars at the …

How Inequality Plays Out in Preschool

April 27th, 2018

14:27

It’s not hard to see the achievement gap in education. Students from lower-income backgrounds on average score lower on their SATs and are less …

Why Board Games Reflect Our World

April 27th, 2018

16:17

When we break out a board game, we are rarely doing it because we want a history lesson. But many board games mirror social trends from years past. …

Full Show: Looking Back, Looking Forward

April 20th, 2018

49:42

First up: We live in a world run by complicated systems. And the failure to understand those systems can have pretty dire consequences.

Then: What’s that one song you keep listening to on repeat? Turns out, that tune …

How Small Problems Snowball Into Big Disasters

April 20th, 2018

15:16

Can Music Help Improve Memory?

April 20th, 2018

12:50

ABBA, Patsy Cline, and Frank Sinatra are filling the earbuds of elderly people all over America. Why? Eldercare services and nonprofit organizations …

Why The Rich Don’t Want To See Themselves As Rich

April 20th, 2018

20:02

Let’s say that you make more than $500,000 a year. You have a million bucks in the bank. Maybe you have a second home in the Hamptons. You’re rich, right? Well, to most people, it certainly looks that way. But even if …

Full Show: For Love Or Money

April 13th, 2018

49:28

First up, after WWII, lots of soldiers came home and started families. And businessman Bill Levitt saw that as an opportunity. We’ll talk with …

Levittown And The Rise Of The American Suburb

April 13th, 2018

17:36

When people get sick of urban living, there’s a clear alternative: the suburbs. But how did the suburbs become so popular in America? After World War …

The Future Of Making Babies

April 13th, 2018

16:52

We’ve made babies pretty much the same for a very long time. No need to get into the specifics, but for the majority of people throughout human history, sex and reproduction have been inextricably linked. But, according …

What’s Your Job Really Worth?

April 13th, 2018

13:43

We know the old adage, “money can’t buy you love.” But, we also know the feeling that if we had just a little more money, we might be just a little …

Full Show: When Things Go Wrong

April 6th, 2018

49:40

The human body is kind of a mess. Why is that?

Politicians are willing to do anything to bring new jobs to their city. That’s not necessarily a good …

What’s Wrong With Our Bodies?

April 6th, 2018

19:56

Humans have a tailbone for a tail we don’t have, wisdom teeth that don’t fit in our mouths, and tonsils that only seem to cause problems. Each of …

Why Cities Shouldn’t Lure Companies With Tax Breaks

April 6th, 2018

16:27

The competition for Amazon’s second headquarters has gotten a lot of attention recently. And that makes sense. After all, cities have offered Amazon …

The History Of A Forgotten Plague

April 6th, 2018

12:11

The competition for Amazon’s second headquarters has gotten a lot of attention recently. And that makes sense. After all, cities have offered Amazon …

Full Show: Mind Over Matter

March 30th, 2018

49:24

American democracy. Where the people tell the politicians what to do… right? It turns out, politicians actually influence voters more than you think.

How Neuroscience Is Changing The Law

March 30th, 2018

15:02

Francis Shen says that he often calls neurolaw a “new” and “emerging” field, but even he doesn’t completely believe that. Shen is an associate law …

The Difference Between Pleasure And Happiness

March 30th, 2018

17:16

In the last few decades, Americans have become fatter, sicker, more depressed, more addicted, and, often, unhappy. At least, that’s according to physician Robert Lustig, author of the book “The Hacking of the American …

Do We Shape Politicians, Or Do They Shape Us?

March 30th, 2018

15:31

You’re at the voting booth, ready to cast your vote for the candidate who will support the issues you care about. But how did you come to care about those issues to begin with? Did you and your fellow Americans set the …

Full Show: All For One

March 23rd, 2018

49:12

Henry Ford didn’t just bring standardization to his plants. He also wanted to standardize his workers. Joshua Freeman walks us through the history of …

From Ford to Foxconn: A History of Factories

March 23rd, 2018

18:44

Look around you: at your computer, your phone, your water bottle, or the books on your desk. Chances are, all of these things were made in a factory. Factories fuel the modern world. And they’ve shaped our society - …

Selfies And The Self

March 23rd, 2018

21:23

Twitter. Selfie-sticks. Reality TV. It can seem like our society is becoming more narcissistic and self-involved. (Just read a few of the boatload of …

Why Practice Rarely Makes Perfect

March 23rd, 2018

7:43

It’s 1:30 in the morning, and you’re obsessing over whether the conclusion you’ve written captures the essence of your research paper. But is putting in all this time and effort actually paying off? Eugenia Cheng, a …

Full Show: Bring On The Competition

March 16th, 2018

49:05

First, U.S. News releases its college rankings each year to much fanfare. But are they actually hurting higher ed? We ask journalist Scott Jaschik …

Are College Rankings Actually Useful?

March 16th, 2018

13:27

In 1983, U.S. News & World Report began ranking America’s colleges. More than 30 years later, they continue to release annual lists of the “best” …

Feeding A Growing Global Population

March 16th, 2018

17:24

The global population is steadily climbing, and by 2050, scientists expect that 10 billion people will call Earth home. This got science writer …

Why Americans Pay So Much For Drugs

March 16th, 2018

16:43

If you've noticed the cost of your medication going up over the years, you're not alone. Humira, the top selling drug in the U.S., has doubled in price since 2012, costing more than $38,000 a year. Meanwhile, …

Full Show: Changing The System

March 9th, 2018

49:44

Surgery in the 19th century was a special kind of gross. We’re talking maggot-ridden hospital beds and unwashed tools. We take a look at how surgery …

The Extremely Bloody And Unimaginably Gross History Of Surgery

March 9th, 2018

17:10

For most of 1800s, surgery was disgusting, filthy, and unsafe. Hospitals were places people desperately tried to avoid, and operations didn’t always …

The Rise Of Big Philanthropy

March 9th, 2018

16:29

When the super-wealthy make the decision to give away their money, many of them choose causes that align with their personal values and politics. …

Why Buying Time Makes You Happier

March 9th, 2018

15:05

You’re counting down until payday, waiting for the moment when a direct deposit turns your bone-dry bank account into a lush oasis. But what should …

Full Show: Big Bets

March 2nd, 2018

49:41

He was a dynamic entertainer and a prolific business man, but P.T. Barnum was also responsible for shaping how we view celebrity and fake news. We …

The Life of P.T. Barnum

March 2nd, 2018

17:35

He was a huckster, a showman, and a consummate businessman. P.T. Barnum and his exhibitions presented “freaks” and oddities from abroad, while also shaping the definition of what it means to be an American. We speak …

Rodney Brooks Predicts The Future (Kinda)

March 2nd, 2018

17:05

Why Americans Pay More For Solar Panels

March 2nd, 2018

13:46

Let’s say you want to install some solar panels on your home. For the average homeowner, that will set you back around $16,000, according to Andrew …

Full Show: Fooling Ourselves

February 23rd, 2018

49:25

Willpower isn’t the only thing dictating what you eat. Neuroscientist Rachel Herz says the color, shape, and presentation of food has a major impact …

How Your Brain Interacts With Food

February 23rd, 2018

18:03

We know that our brain plays tricks on us, but did you know the size of your plate can dictate how much you eat? Or that a bowl filled with jelly …

Are You Getting Evidence-Based Healthcare?

February 23rd, 2018

14:30

Nearly half of medical procedures may not be based on sound science. That’s according to Eric Patashnik, director of Brown University’s public policy …

When “Useless” Research Has Long-Term Benefits

February 23rd, 2018

15:37

Back in the 1990s, the Digital Libraries Initiative from the National Science Project supported a small project out of Stanford University. It …

Full Show: Cultural Impact

February 16th, 2018

49:56

Behind movies like “Sunset Boulevard” and “Singin’ In The Rain,” there’s a real story about how Hollywood adapted to a groundbreaking innovation: …

Bringing Sound to Hollywood

February 16th, 2018

20:49

IMAX, 3D glasses, VHS, technicolor… technology has continually reshaped Hollywood. But perhaps the biggest, most important change happened early in …

Enchanting Your Home

February 16th, 2018

14:12

David Rose has spent much of his career designing products that try to make the ordinary devices we use every day more magical: an umbrella that can tell you whether you actually need an umbrella that day, a pill bottle …

No Technology, No Problem for Innovative Amish

February 16th, 2018

13:34

How have the Amish thrived in a world without technology? They’ve hacked and innovated, says Elizabethtown College professor Donald Kraybill. …

Full Show: Unexpected Connections

February 9th, 2018

49:54

Turns out, the Russian Revolution can teach us a lot about the power of Twitter. Niall Ferguson walks us through the history of networks.

Olympic …

500 years Of Social Networks

February 9th, 2018

19:05

It’s easy to look at our social networks and think that they’re completely unprecedented. After all, it wasn’t like Abraham Lincoln could see how …

Rethinking Physical Limits

February 9th, 2018

16:08

As you watch Shaun White execute a trick on the halfpipe, or Ashley Wagner land a triple axel, or Lindsey Vonn race down the slope… you might ask yourself a question. What exactly separates me from these Olympic …

How Nature Can Make You Healthier

February 9th, 2018

13:43

The sound of waves on a rocky beach. The smell of soil after the rain. The warmth of the sun on your skin. Nature just feels good. But a growing body of research suggests that it might be good for you, too. Florence …

Full Show: The Personal And The Political

February 2nd, 2018

49:56

Corporations and brands are weighing in on hot-button issues. Aaron Chatterji explains why that might be good for business. More than 10,000 women worked as codebreakers during World War II, but their contributions have …

When Big Business Wades Into Big Social Issues

February 2nd, 2018

16:17

"The President Stole Your Land." These words stood front and center on the website of outdoor gear company Patagonia last year. The message followed …

The Women Who Broke World War II Codes

February 2nd, 2018

17:51

During World War II, a flurry of coded messages were sent by the Axis powers. Data on troop movements, supplies, ship locations... all transmitted via code. But these messages didn't necessarily stay coded for long. The …

Why The Next China Is Africa

February 2nd, 2018

14:26

If you listen to politicians, it may seem like America is losing its manufacturing jobs to China. If you’ve listened to our show before, you know …

Full Show: Burying The Lede

January 26th, 2018

48:40

What do Russian hackers want in the 2018 elections? P. W. Singer says they're not engaged in a charm offensive. Instead, they're trying to divide Americans and sow distrust of the media.

Then, from your romantic …

Russia And The 2018 Elections

January 26th, 2018

19:17

At this point, it's obvious that Russia attempted to influence the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election. But on the brink of another season of primaries and elections, the question becomes: what happens now? Is …

How Criticism Shapes Our Workplace

January 26th, 2018

14:58

Whether it's at home or at the office, we're always facing criticism. And while feedback isn't always a bad thing, it can affect your relationships. …

Journalism's Fight For Your Attention

January 26th, 2018

13:29

For the last decade, newspaper circulation has seen a staggering drop. Meanwhile, more than 90 percent of today's adults get their news online. So …

Full Show: Timing Is Everything

January 19th, 2018

48:54

We’re always so concerned about how to do something, but we don't always consider when we should do it. When should we start a new project? When …

Is Our Approach To Handling Rats All Wrong?

January 19th, 2018

6:20

Rats: The bane of any city-dweller’s existence. We spend millions of dollars each year trying to kill these pests, putting out poison and traps. But …

Fighting Food Allergies

January 19th, 2018

18:16

Did you ever trade lunches at school when you were a kid? Maybe you gave away your peanut butter sandwich in exchange for some chocolate …

A Closer Look At Shaving History

January 19th, 2018

3:54

If you're the type of person who shaves, you've probably used a disposable razor at least once. But where did this seemingly ubiquitous part of American life come from? It all goes back to the late 19th century, and a …

When To Do Everything

January 19th, 2018

20:09

Does it matter when you go in for an operation? When a jury hears your case? What year you're born in? The answer in all three of these cases: yes. Dan Pink took a deep dive into the science behind how timing affects …

Full Show: The Stages of Life

January 12th, 2018

49:07

First up, we examine a question that most kids ask at some point: “Where do babies come from?” Science writer Edward Dolnick walks us through how …

Where Do Babies Come From?

January 12th, 2018

20:31

For most of human history, we didn’t know where babies come from. Sure, we knew it involved sex, but beyond that, things got a little fuzzy. The …

What Nature Can Teach Science

January 12th, 2018

12:04

Who would’ve thought that geckos could revolutionize medical technology? Jeff Karp, an associate professor at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital …

Planning for 100

January 12th, 2018

15:51

Hopefully, you’re going to die a very long time from now, surrounded by friends and family, having lived a meaningful life. But exactly how far away …

Full Show: A Few Moves Ahead

January 5th, 2018

48:49

First, The lives – and regrets – behind the scientists who created our weapons of war.

Then, Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov tells us what he learned from losing to a very smart computer.

And finally, writer and …

When Science Goes To War

January 5th, 2018

21:43

Growing up, Thanksgivings in Jennet Conant’s house were contentious. The Vietnam War was raging, and in Cambridge, Massachusetts, student protests were ubiquitous. But Conant’s family was especially combative. Her …

Garry Kasparov And The Game Of Artificial Intelligence

January 5th, 2018

13:25

For more than a 30-year span, chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov was nearly unbeatable. But, in 1997, he faced an unlikely competitor: the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue. Kasparov lost the final match, which ended up being a …

An Optimistic Look At The Apocalypse

January 5th, 2018

13:14

Science-fiction is a genre that imagines the future. It doesn’t necessarily predict the future (after all, where are flying cars?), but it grapples …

Full Show: Everybody Likes Me

December 29th, 2017

47:48

It’s the holidays, which means you might head back to your hometown, grab a drink at the local bar, and compare yourself with the kids you knew in …

The Psychology Behind Popularity

December 29th, 2017

17:43

Do you ever wonder why some people are more popular than others? The foundation for climbing up the social ladder starts early, and it turns out that …

Diving Into The Aspirational Economy

December 29th, 2017

14:27

At the height of their career, YouTube stars can make millions of dollars. But it’s a rough road to the top for social media stars, if they can get …

Can't You See I'm Busy?

December 29th, 2017

12:54

Don’t feel bad the next time you have to blow off your friends. Being busy is considered a status symbol here in America. Georgetown University …

A Dip Into History: Different Wavelengths

December 29th, 2017

2:45

Listen to this one while you heat up your TV dinner. The story behind the microwave.

Full Show: The Ever-Present Past

December 22nd, 2017

48:07

“The past is never dead. It's not even past.”

This week on Innovation Hub, we prove Faulkner right. We’ve got stories about how history still …

The Invention Of Human Rights

December 22nd, 2017

16:18

We all know Thomas Jefferson’s famous words immortalized in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men …

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health

December 22nd, 2017

14:26

Vincent Felitti first made the connection between childhood abuse and adult health during an obesity research study he ran in the 1980s. During a …

How A Newspaper Moved Americans

December 22nd, 2017

17:06

The Chicago Defender has humble beginnings. Started by Robert Sengstacke Abbott in the rooms of a boardinghouse, the paper quickly grew into a nationally-distributed enterprise. (Abbott himself became one of the first …

Full Show: Only Human

December 15th, 2017

48:54

Your family tree is less of a tree and more of a tangled web. Geneticist Adam Rutherford explains why.

There’s a conversation that all high-powered couples need to have.

Two Stanford professors tell us how to use …

The Human Story Behind Our Genes

December 15th, 2017

18:42

As scientists apply our new understanding of the human genome to genetics, we’re getting answers to big-picture questions about our species. What is …

The Conversation High-Powered Couples Need To Have

December 15th, 2017

13:30

The number of women running Fortune 500 companies is higher than it’s ever been. And yet, there are only 32 female CEOs on that list. So… why aren’t there more high-powered women in positions of power? There are a …

How To Design A Better Life

December 15th, 2017

15:51

We all want fun and rewarding careers and personal lives. But, we never really learn how to achieve our life goals in college. Bill Burnett and Dave …

Full Show: The Ripple Effect

December 8th, 2017

48:33

We can thank one woman for a lot of the software still used today. A look back at the strides and struggles of Grace Hopper.

Clean energy seems to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue. So why doesn’t the U.S. invest in …

The Life And Legacy Of Grace Hopper

December 8th, 2017

19:13

She’s been called “the first lady of software.” A conference named after her attracted over 18,000 attendees last year. She had her own Google doodle. She was even on Letterman.

It’s fair to say that Grace Hopper is …

The Unclean Business Of Clean Energy

December 8th, 2017

16:06

Hybrid cars. Solar energy. Hydropower. In recent years, the federal government and private companies have both paid a lot of attention to clean …

The Rules Of Conversation

December 8th, 2017

12:04

Full Show: Hallmarks Of The Holidays

December 1st, 2017

48:57

This week, we’re gearing up for the holidays with some serious shopping, a little chocolate... and a trip home. And when we say home, we’re talking …

The Birth Of Chocolate In America

December 1st, 2017

16:29

Americans absolutely adore chocolate. The average American consumes 11 pounds of the stuff per year. But when did this love affair with chocolate …

Levittown And The Rise Of The American Suburb

December 1st, 2017

17:53

When people get sick of urban living, there’s a clear alternative: the suburbs. But how did the suburbs become so popular in America? After World War …

The Battle Of The Retail Giants

December 1st, 2017

13:36

Middle-market stores, like Macy’s, are struggling to compete with large, low-priced retailers like Walmart and Amazon. And where we shop can have an enormous impact on jobs, communities, and how we spend our time. …

Full Show: What We Really Think

November 24th, 2017

49:34

Thanksgiving involves getting stressed about the best way to cook a turkey, gathering around a table with the people you love, eating mountains of …

Full Show: A Mental Reset

November 17th, 2017

49:15

Lice-infested beds, unwashed surgical tools, and cut-off fingers - healthcare in the 1800s was a bloody affair. We take a look at the man who changed …

How Joseph Lister Made Surgery Safer

November 17th, 2017

17:01

For most of 1800s, surgery was disgusting, filthy, and unsafe. Hospitals were places people desperately tried to avoid, and operations didn’t always …

The Power And Fragility Of Modern Protests

November 17th, 2017

15:37

Well over 5 million people around the world took part in the Women’s March. And hundreds of thousands attended the March for Science. With turnouts like that, you might expect such protests to reflect years of planning …

Getting The Creative Juices Flowing

November 17th, 2017

15:22

Our creativity is influenced by how we think and interact every day. So what makes us so creative? We talk with composer Anthony Brandt and neuroscientist David Eagleman, co-authors of “The Runaway Species: How …

Is China Pulling Ahead In The Global Race To Achieve?

November 10th, 2017

18:20

Chinese students from cities like Shanghai are doing extremely well on worldwide standardized tests. What is the Chinese education system doing right? And what can we learn from it?

Full Show: The Formula For Success

November 10th, 2017

49:44

Is China pulling ahead in the global race to achieve? What’s the use of a “useless” liberal arts degree? And should you be spending money on time or …

What's The Use Of A Liberal Arts Degree?

November 10th, 2017

15:15

Choosing between an engineering and philosophy major? Here’s some help.

Why Buying Time Makes You Happier

November 10th, 2017

15:52

Everyone has their eye on the latest iPhone. But would we be happier if we spent our money on things that saved us time? Harvard Business School’s …

The Future of Making Babies

November 3rd, 2017

17:30

We may be moving baby-making from the bedroom to the lab. Hank Greely walks us through the future of reproduction.

When Fringe Ideas Go Mainstream

November 3rd, 2017

13:51

Where do fringe ideas come from? It turns out these “unpopular” positions might have been here all along - and may actually be pretty popular.

Full Show: At Our Core

November 3rd, 2017

49:45

This week on Innovation Hub, we examine the future of reproduction, how fringe ideas become mainstream, and the life of Leonardo Da Vinci.

How Da Vinci Took Curiosity To A Whole New Level

November 3rd, 2017

18:17

You probably know him as the man who painted the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Walter Isaacson tells us there’s a lot more to Leonardo Da Vinci than that.

The Debate Over Charter Schools

October 27th, 2017

26:41

What role should charter schools play in American education? We speak with two education experts about how charters came to be, and what lies in …

The Lies Behind Perfectionism

October 27th, 2017

8:12

Dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s is one thing. But mathematician Eugenia Cheng says obsessing over perfection leads to a lot of wasted effort.

The Reality of Merit-Based Immigration

October 27th, 2017

14:02

Lots of lawmakers are promoting “merit-based” immigration. But what is it? You’ve come to the right place.

Full Show: Room for Improvement?

October 27th, 2017

49:37

We look at how charter schools are impacting American education, whether perfection is actually an attainable goal, and the pros and cons of …

How Evangelicals Changed Politics

October 20th, 2017

25:06

America has always prided itself on the ability to separate church and state. But that idea has been reimagined with the rise and influence of evangelicals over the last 50 years. We talk with two historians about how …

The Mind Behind An Online Troll

October 20th, 2017

5:33

The average online troll isn’t actually a jerk. One professor found nasty commenters are just average people who might be a little cranky.

Full Show: Groupthink

October 20th, 2017

49:40

We look at how evangelicals changed American politics, why an online troll lives in all of us, and the history and lasting impact of gerrymandered …

The Political Lines That Divide Us

October 20th, 2017

18:36

Can ordinary people change a system designed to protect those in power?

Full Show: Obsessing Over Obsession

October 13th, 2017

49:24

What do compulsions, fandoms, and the Polaroid camera have in common? Find out this week on Innovation Hub, where we’re obsessing over obsessions.

Full Show: All About Accountability

October 6th, 2017

49:20

This week on Innovation Hub, we learn about different ways to keep track of the facts -- from cataloging the internet to broadcasting live from the Senate.

Is Bipartisanship Actually Dead?

September 29th, 2017

14:43

Democrats and Republicans aren’t exactly known for their ability to set aside their differences. We take a look at whether bipartisanship is alive and well, floundering, or flatlining.

Searching For Meaning (and Medians)

September 29th, 2017

8:28

Means and medians might induce flashbacks to junior high math class. But in a world awash in statistics, knowing the difference between the two is …

Historic Innovation: Rebuilding The Furniture Game

September 29th, 2017

3:21

We learn the story of Ingvar Kamprad who revolutionized the furniture business, going from selling matches to selling matching bedroom sets.

The Psychology Behind A Divided America

September 29th, 2017

23:29

Why does it seem like America’s more divided than ever? We turn to psychology for the answer.

Full Show: Can We Meet in the Middle?

September 29th, 2017

50:03

This week on Innovation Hub, can we meet in the middle? We’re talking division, medians, and bipartisanship.

How Math Can Help You Understand Your Fear Of Flying

September 22nd, 2017

11:21

Do you get nervous before every flight you take? This interview is for you.

How Your Health Data Gets Sold

September 22nd, 2017

15:12

Medical information stays between a patient and their doctor, right? Author Adam Tanner tells us that may not be the case.

Full Show: What Ails You

September 22nd, 2017

50:31

On the surface, artificial sweeteners seem like a no-brainer for anyone trying to lose weight. But, before you reach for the Sweet’N Low, listen to the complex history, and possible negative health effects, of sugar …

The Questionable Health Benefits Of Artificial Sweeteners

September 22nd, 2017

23:39

On the surface, artificial sweeteners seem like a no-brainer for anyone trying to lose weight. But, before you reach for the Sweet’N Low, listen to the complex history, and possible negative health effects, of sugar …

Historic Innovation: The Microwave

September 15th, 2017

3:02

TV dinners, popcorn bags, hot pockets… the story behind the invention that led to an entirely new cuisine.

The Aspirational Economy

September 15th, 2017

15:01

Turns out, being famous online doesn’t always translate into a stable income. Author Brooke Erin Duffy and Youtuber Gaby Dunn explain.

Full Show: Everybody Likes Me

September 15th, 2017

48:40

This week on Innovation Hub we’ll take a look at the science of popularity, the hard work that goes into making a living online, and the reason why …

No Rest For The Busy American

September 15th, 2017

13:24

Too busy to listen to this podcast? In America, your unavailability is a status symbol.

The Psychology Behind Popularity

September 15th, 2017

18:46

Sorry nerds, popularity matters. Psychology professor Mitch Prinstein explains why.

Full Show: It's Human Nature

September 8th, 2017

50:00

We look at when humans learned where babies come from, why a walk in the woods can lower your blood pressure, and which species are adapting well to climate change. That’s all on this week’s Innovation Hub.

Naturally Good For You

September 8th, 2017

14:14

Tree huggers might be onto something. Florence Williams explains how nature can make us healthier.

Where Babies Come From

September 8th, 2017

22:02

How did sea urchins help humanity figure out where babies come from? Science writer Edward Dolnick has the answer.

The Winners And Losers Of Climate Change

September 8th, 2017

14:39

Scientists estimate that we could be losing thousands of species to climate change each year. But, take heart says ecologist Chris Thomas: there are …

Full Show: A Better Way To Learn

September 1st, 2017

50:07

This week on Innovation Hub: A show on learning. First, do liberals really dominate academia? Then, if properly taught, everyone can grasp math. After that find out how reading links to health and longevity. Finally, …

The Rise Of The Restaurant

August 25th, 2017

18:05

Hungry for information? Then learn about the history of the American restaurant.

Full Show: Building Something New

August 25th, 2017

49:31

From Delmonico's to Howard Johnson's: Yale Professor Paul Freedman walks us through 10 of the most influential restaurants in American history. What …

Rebuilding Foster Care From The Ground Up

August 25th, 2017

17:34

Judy Cockerton saw a problem and decided to do something about it. At 48, she shut down her toy store and created a village of sixty homes. The catch? They were reserved for seniors and families with foster kids. We …

Los Angeles: City Of Angels, City Of Food

August 25th, 2017

6:17

Los Angeles has spurred countless culinary concoctions, including the chili burger, Korean tacos and the Cobb salad. Listen as our host Kara Miller …

The Launch Of The New Space Age

August 25th, 2017

9:07

Space: The final frontier. Now, more and more big businesses are eyeing that frontier. We look at the what a competitive market could mean for the …

Full Show: Trust No One

August 18th, 2017

49:53

We’re hardwired to trust people, luck matters a lot more than you think, and the lead crisis is so much bigger than Flint. That’s this week’s Innovation Hub.

Full Show: Empathy And Its Consequences

August 11th, 2017

49:24

The case against empathy, the case for technocrats, and a look at the birth of PR. That’s all in this week’s Innovation Hub.

Why The Next China Is Africa

August 4th, 2017

14:38

Manufacturing jobs may have moved to China… but not all of them have stayed there.

Full Show: Making Trades

August 4th, 2017

49:20

America thinks of itself and its companies as exceptional. And because of that, we’ve ignored the pitfalls of globalization. For decades, blue-collar …

How Code Runs Our Lives

August 4th, 2017

18:08

It’s impossible to imagine the modern world without code. But according to Philip Auerswald, we might all be coders - without even realizing it.

Switching Gears In The Global Economy

August 4th, 2017

17:12

The global economy is getting more competitive. What can the U.S. do to keep up?

The Rise Of Big Philanthropy

July 28th, 2017

17:00

Big philanthropists like Bill Gates and the Koch Brothers are reshaping our society. But, we don’t really have much of a say as to how. We look at the rise of big philanthropy.

How to Fix America's Broken Tax System

July 28th, 2017

19:20

Americans spend a lot of time, money and energy filing taxes every year, and yet our tax system is both less fair and less efficient than other …

Full Show: Things Could Be Different

July 28th, 2017

49:41

Is it a completely good thing when a billionaire gives away their money? David Callahan walks us through the new world of philanthropy. Why does so …

Imagining A Hopeful Dystopia

July 28th, 2017

13:50

The Walking Dead. The Hunger Games. The Handmaid’s Tale. Why is so much of our most popular science-fiction bleak and depressing?

Full Show: Unseen Forces

July 21st, 2017

49:26

Dark money, microbes, oppressive ads, and overconfidence. It’s this week’s Innovation Hub.

Full Show: Big Oversights

July 14th, 2017

50:08

When did the fight for human rights begin? According to Lynn Hunt, the 18th century. And why? One answer is rather unexpected: the rise of the novel. Childhood experiences can drastically affect a person’s health for …

The Invention Of Human Rights

July 14th, 2017

17:03

Human rights are hotly-debated, but when did that debate begin? UCLA’s Lynn Hunt talks about what might have been the formative moment for human rights - and how we’re constantly changing our definition of equality.

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health

July 14th, 2017

15:03

There’s a health epidemic that doctors have been ignoring for decades. We talk with Dr. Vincent Felitti about how childhood trauma can affect adults’ …

Why Scientists Make Mistakes

July 14th, 2017

18:03

Science gave us penicillin, the moon landing, and the theory of evolution. But scientists also make mistakes. NPR’s Richard Harris tells us why, and …

How To Fight Loneliness

July 7th, 2017

18:27

Loneliness is a drag. But it’s also bad for your health. We find out why feeling lonely is as dangerous as obesity.

Full Show: We're All Connected

July 7th, 2017

49:24

Parents won’t shut up about their kids being precious. And with American birth rates declining, they’re actually right. Geckos can help us perform surgery, and kingfishers can help us design trains. We dive into the …

Shrinking Families And America's Future

July 7th, 2017

18:15

Our kids are our future, so what happens when we start having fewer of them? Dowell Myers and Fariborz Ghadar explain.

What Nature Can Teach Science

July 7th, 2017

12:24

The key to advancing medicine might be found right in your backyard. Harvard’s Jeff Karp finds inspiration in nature to create medical solutions for …

Full Show: Looking For America

June 30th, 2017

49:47

As America celebrates the Fourth with fireworks and barbeques, we take a closer look at the ideals that have shaped our country.

Full Show: Make Up Your Mind

June 23rd, 2017

50:00

Camilla Benbow and David Lubinski spent their lives studying child geniuses. Their advice on how to create a baby Einstein? Do nothing. Then, conspiracy theories have gotten a lot of attention in the last year, but …

The Potential - And Possible Pitfalls - Of Modern Protests

June 16th, 2017

18:30

What’s the difference between the 2017 Women’s March, and the 1963 March on Washington? Zeynep Tufekci explores protests in an internet age.

How To Empower Young Black Entrepreneurs

June 16th, 2017

10:10

The wealth gap between white and black families has grown since the 1960s. But one man thinks he might have an entrepreneurial solution.

Millennials: More Sexist Than You'd Expect

June 16th, 2017

21:15

Millennials are known for being liberal. But new research might upend that assumption.

Full Show: The Big Pushback

June 16th, 2017

49:14

Millennials are feminist, progressive, and care a lot about gender equity. Right? According to Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg and Dan Cassino, it’s actually more complicated than that.

It’s relatively simple to organize a …

Job Interviews Are Ineffective, Or Worse, Harmful

June 9th, 2017

13:24

Job interviews are stressful, time-consuming, and not even a good way to decide who to hire. So why do we use them? Yale professor Jason Dana …

The Link Between School Lunches And Test Scores

June 9th, 2017

8:31

Healthy school lunches might not affect child obesity rates. But they do make a difference. Professor Justin Gallagher explains.

Why Experts Are Being Questioned

June 9th, 2017

28:17

When America has a problem, we no longer turn to the experts. And that’s a problem, too. At least, according to Tom Nichols and Susan Jacoby.

Full Show: Get Smart

June 9th, 2017

49:35

The decline of experts, why interviews are awful, and how healthy lunches help kids. That's all this week, on Innovation Hub.

Turning Sunlight Into Fuel

June 2nd, 2017

13:40

It’s a feat that seems like alchemy: turn sunlight into fuel. We talk with CalTech scientist Nathan Lewis about how we may be able to do it one day soon.

Full Show: Going to California

June 2nd, 2017

49:33

California is a place where big ideas collide against bigger realities, where scientists are trying to turn sunlight into fuel, and where Hollywood …

The Republic of California

June 2nd, 2017

13:27

California is on a collision course with the federal government. And we’re going to take a look at the crash.

The Birth of Talkies

June 2nd, 2017

21:30

Beyond “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Sunset Boulevard,” what was the transition to talkies really like for Hollywood?

Full Show: Lending a Hand

May 26th, 2017

49:52

Bioengineering mice to stop Lyme disease, a new approach to refugee aid, and rethinking one of the seven deadly sins. This week, stories about the best way to help people.

Full Show: Obsession

May 19th, 2017

49:25

There’s a reason you constantly check your phone. Sharon Begley explains the science behind our compulsions. Plus, who was Steve Jobs’ Steve Jobs? …

The Rise Of The Superfan

May 19th, 2017

17:27

There are fans. And then there are superfans. Author Zoe Fraade-Blanar explains the difference between the two.

The History Of Polaroid And Its Overlooked Founder

May 19th, 2017

15:42

Who was Steve Jobs’ Steve Jobs? Edwin Land. We explore the life and legacy of the founder of Polaroid.

Our Compulsions And Anxieties

May 19th, 2017

15:39

Can’t stop checking your phone? Blame your distant ancestors.

Full Show: What We Really Think

May 12th, 2017

49:27

It can be difficult to know what people are thinking. So how can we unearth our real selves? Google, says Seth Stephens-Davidowitz. Older Americans …

Why the Rorschach Test Isn't A Rorschach Test

May 12th, 2017

16:03

Whether you’ve encountered them in real life, or just in the video for Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” Rorschach tests are everywhere. Damion Searls tells us about their history and impact.

How The Internet Reveals Our Innermost Desires

May 12th, 2017

20:04

Racism doesn’t just exist in the South, men really care about penis size, and having mutual friends doesn’t mean your relationship will work out. Turns out, there’s a lot you can learn from online data.

The AARP For Kids?

May 12th, 2017

13:48

Older Americans have the AARP. Gun owners have the NRA. But one of the biggest swaths of our population has very little political power.

How The World Revolves Around Superhubs

May 5th, 2017

15:28

Who pulls the levers of the global financial system? Superhubs. Sandra Navidi explains who they are and what they’re doing.

Full Show: Strange Shifts

May 5th, 2017

49:55

Science is great. Except when it gives us stuff like heroin and TNT. Paul Offit explains what we can all learn from science’s mistakes. A small, …

The Science Of Freezing

May 5th, 2017

3:36

Scientists experiment, test, hypothesize… and sometimes they discover something completely and utterly by accident.

The Dark Side Of Scientific Progress

May 5th, 2017

16:35

Science gave us penicillin, space travel, and computers. But, it also gave us TNT, guns, and heroin. Paul Offit tells us about when science goes …

Sleep's Restless History

May 5th, 2017

15:34

You may spend a third of your life asleep… but how much do you know about it, really? Benjamin Reiss walks us through the history of sleep.

Full Show: The Days Of Our Lives

April 28th, 2017

49:29

What happens when people regularly start living past 100? Plus, if you haven’t made that big scientific discovery yet, don’t worry: there’s time. …

How Sun City Changed Retirement

April 28th, 2017

4:01

These days, people retire to sun, sand, and shuffleboard. But, it wasn’t always that way. We learn the story of one man who changed the way many …

The Right To Free Time

April 28th, 2017

15:27

It feels great to carve out a few leisure hours each week. But, Professor Julie Rose says that free time should be a right, not a privilege.

When We Live to 100

April 28th, 2017

16:24

Pretty soon, a lot more people are going to live to 100. We talk with Andrew Scott about how that’s going to reshape our society.

Why Age Doesn't Matter In Science

April 28th, 2017

15:15

Unlike in music, science has few one-hit wonders. We talk with professor Albert-Laszlo Barabasi about how age and skill figure into scientific discoveries.

Full Show: Politics and Screens

April 21st, 2017

50:04

Scrolling through your newsfeed and noticing something… eerie? Facebook can be an echo chamber. Professor Cass Sunstein tells us how social media has …

How Trump is Changing TV

April 21st, 2017

16:01

The Trump phenomenon was built, in large part, by television. Michael Schneider tells us how the former star of The Apprentice is shaking up …

Out Of The Echo Chamber

April 21st, 2017

15:04

Our Facebook newsfeeds have become echo chambers. To break out, professor Cass Sunstein says we should embrace a diversity of information.

The Biggest Little Network In Town

April 21st, 2017

19:10

No ratings, no stars, and no commercials. We talk with C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb about the secret to success, even when nobody's watching.

Full Show: Fragile Memories

April 14th, 2017

49:26

Our memories are terrible, mice can lead us astray, and Americans didn't always love chicken. This week, we've got a show packed with surprising facts about both human brains and animal realities.

The Booming Business Of Private Prisons

April 7th, 2017

19:26

Why do federal and local governments pay private contractors to lock inmates up? The answer is surprising.

Why International Students Might Not Want to Come to the US

April 7th, 2017

3:47

With President Trump in office, are international students turning away from the US? Inside Higher Ed’s Elizabeth Redden joins us to explain.

Saving Facts On The Internet

April 7th, 2017

14:59

Brewster Kahle isn’t just a librarian, he’s the internet’s librarian. And it turns out, that’s a really important job.

Tackling Public Problems With Private Strategies

April 7th, 2017

12:32

What does social innovation look like? How about prisons in New Zealand that try to keep prisoners out, not in.

Full Show: Between Private And Public

April 7th, 2017

50:01

Internet librarian is a real job. And it’s real important. Plus, in 2016, two of the largest private prison companies made 4 billion dollars in …

Full Show: You Are Here

March 31st, 2017

49:16

The American Dream isn’t dead, it’s just found a new home. Plus, it's our geography that makes this country great, says Robert Kaplan. From the Great …

How Geography Made Us... Us

March 31st, 2017

16:06

What made America great? Well, according to author Robert Kaplan is has a lot to do with our landscape.

Is The American Dream In Canada?

March 31st, 2017

15:37

The American dream has found a new home: Canada. Author and former Canadian diplomat Scott Gilmore believes that Canada has become a more realistic setting for modern-day, rags-to-riches stories.

The Newspaper That Moved America

March 31st, 2017

17:35

From the Great Migration to President Obama’s political career, here’s how one newspaper saw - and shaped - history.

Full Show: The (Mis)Education of America

March 24th, 2017

50:08

Academics skew liberal. Plus, forty percent of Americans read at -- or below -- a basic level. Finally, Going co-ed wasn’t easy for the Ivies. Just ask the Dartmouth alums who wrote this appeal in 1970: "For God’s sake, …

The Complicated Story of Reading in America

March 24th, 2017

13:17

Millions of American adults can’t read at a high enough level to keep track of their health care or help with their kids’ homework. Professor Mark …

When Women Entered The Ivies

March 24th, 2017

19:00

What was it like when men and women started going to elite colleges together? Turns out… pretty awkward.

Why Ideology Matters On Campus

March 24th, 2017

16:47

Yes, liberal thought does dominate in academia, and professor Sam Abrams says it’s a problem for higher education.

What Inequality Looks Like Right Now

March 17th, 2017

16:15

Beyond the headlines, beyond the soundbites, what is the state of inequality in America? Alan Berube of The Brookings Institution, and Harvard’s Alexandra Killewald joins us to answer that question.

How The New Health Care Bill Could Affect Your Uber Ride

March 17th, 2017

5:59

The gig economy has exploded over the past decade. Could Paul Ryan's new health care proposal halt that progress?

Full Show: Walking the Divide

March 17th, 2017

50:04

How does inequality affect our lives? Alan Berube and Alexandra Killewald explain. Then, according to Walter Scheidel, there are ways to significantly reduce inequality. But they're all... uncomfortable. Then, why does …

Inequality's Terrible Cure

March 17th, 2017

16:40

There’s a way to reduce inequality… but you aren’t going to like it.

The High Cost of Health Care Innovation

March 17th, 2017

11:54

The innovations that have made our health care so effective also contribute to what makes it so expensive. MIT economist (who also worked on the …

Full Show: Making Connections

March 10th, 2017

50:22

Dating in the digital age equates to a slew of websites and apps that all purport to offer paths to love. But, while we may have more ways to find that special someone than ever before, actually forging those bonds …

What Lurks In Our Pipes

March 3rd, 2017

17:54

Marc Edwards was one of the first scientists to confirm lead poisoning in Flint. But it’s the second time he found himself battling the EPA. He tells us why our country’s lead crisis will only get worse.

Time for a New Time?

March 3rd, 2017

5:46

North Korea invented its own time zone. Arizona and Hawaii refuse to participate in daylight savings. Steve Hanke thinks it’s time to overhaul, well, …

Why Scheduling Your Free Time Might Ruin It

March 3rd, 2017

7:00

Americans are becoming increasingly dependant on our calendars. But what happens when you start to schedule free time? Bad things, says Selin Malkoc.

We're All Suckers

March 3rd, 2017

18:14

Should you respond to that suspiciously attractive suitor on OkCupid? Should you invest your money in a “too good to be true” land deal? Before you …

Full Show: Mismanagement

March 3rd, 2017

50:26

Three things to know: Con men - and women - have been around for as long as we’ve been around. So why do we keep falling for their tricks? Maria Konnikova explains the science of the swindle. There’s no international …

Treating Violence Like a Disease

February 24th, 2017

20:24

What if the spread of violence was treated like the spread of a disease? University of Illinois at Chicago’s Gary Slutkin tells us why we need to …

Making A More Versatile Chocolate

February 24th, 2017

7:46

Chocolate’s melting point makes it one of the most fickle sweets in the world. It also prevents manufacturers from transporting it to large swaths of …

The Birth of a Chocolate Empire

February 24th, 2017

3:29

One man’s life turns around because, of all things, nougat. We recount the surprising rise of a giant in the world of candy.

Full Show: The Network Effect

February 24th, 2017

50:09

Violence is usually seen as some sort of moral failing. Gary Slutkin says we should instead treat it like a disease. As anyone who’s left a Hershey’s …

Paging Through History

February 24th, 2017

14:45

From illuminated manuscripts to your dog-eared copy of The Hobbit, the book has had a tremendously important place in human history. Keith Houston talks about how books changed the world.

How Reading Helps You Live Longer

February 24th, 2017

5:14

This just in: reading just might help you live longer. Bookworms everywhere celebrate by going to the library.

Full Show: Our Bodies, Our Selves

February 17th, 2017

50:09

Winter can be the hardest time of the year to stay in shape. But now that the holidays have passed, many Americans are looking to lose a few pounds …

Opening Up The Internet

February 10th, 2017

15:19

What would the internet look like if you owned a piece of it? Nathan Schneider thinks it's time for some of the biggest internet players to get cut …

Why We Love Money

February 10th, 2017

14:41

We get high from making money. Literally. Former Wall Street executive and author Kabir Sehgal explains our obsession with cash and coin.

Full Show: Reality And Appearances

February 10th, 2017

49:55

Once upon a time, women didn't smoke cigarettes. Until a PR maestro linked smoking with both femininity and female empowerment. Then, brain scans of a person high on cocaine and of a person expecting a cash windfall …

The Birth of PR

February 10th, 2017

19:32

Spin may have been a part of American life since the beginning, but PR began in the early 20th century.

Trump, Immigration, and Silicon Valley

February 3rd, 2017

15:54

How’s Silicon Valley reacting to Trump’s immigration ban? We talk with Bilal Zuberi to find out.

What Immigration Does For Innovation

February 3rd, 2017

8:21

Some of America’s best scientists (think Einstein and Tesla) immigrated here from other countries. We talk with a few economists who’ve calculated …

Full Show: Immigration and Innovation

February 3rd, 2017

49:34

First, Walter Isaacson walks us through the historical links between innovation and immigration. Then, how’s Silicon Valley taking Trump’s immigration orders? And finally, Americans are moving less because new jobs …

Silicon Valley's Immigrant Roots

February 3rd, 2017

13:23

Where else have we seen an immigration ban like Trump's? Walter Isaacson walks us through the history of immigration and innovation.

Why Are Americans Moving Less?

February 3rd, 2017

11:55

American workers are becoming less mobile. Abigail Wozniak explains what that can tell us about our economy.

How We Mistake Confidence For Competence

January 27th, 2017

14:25

One of the reasons there aren't more women in leadership positions? Professor Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic says that it's our inability to differentiate between confidence and competence.

How Money Sways Politics

January 27th, 2017

22:55

Money and politics have always been paired. But journalist Jane Mayer and professor Theda Skocpol both say that something new is afoot, thanks in …

Full Show: The Levers Of Power

January 27th, 2017

49:22

Money and politics go together like Thelma and Louise. But that relationship has started to spin out of control. Plus, Tim Wu explains how …

Why You're Surrounded By Ads

January 27th, 2017

7:47

Buy this! Drink that! Does it ever feel like advertisements are becoming more and more omnipresent? Author Tim Wu explains.

The Patent Trap

January 27th, 2017

4:31

Is a patent troll coming after your idea? Well, maybe you should check out Alex Reben's algorithm.

No Technology, No Problem for Innovative Amish

January 20th, 2017

14:00

Even without cars and computers, the Amish have managed to start and grow successful businesses. Professor Donald Kraybill tells us how they've …

Full Show: How To Make A Perfect World

January 20th, 2017

49:33

The Industrial Revolution spawned more than just machinery. Author Chris Jennings says it was a catalyst for a pretty old idea: that heaven could be …

Utopias from A to Z

January 20th, 2017

14:47

What would your personal utopia look like? Well, it probably wouldn't involve furniture making and no sex. Chris Jennings talks 19th century American …

Rebuilding Foster Care From The Ground Up

January 20th, 2017

19:15

Judy Cockerton saw a problem and decided to do something about it. At 48, she shut down her toy store and created a village of sixty homes. The catch? They were reserved for seniors and families with foster kids. We …

Full Show: Leaders Have Issues

January 13th, 2017

49:37

Our leaders should be deeply empathetic people, right? Well, according to Paul Bloom, empathy can actually get in the way of helping people. …

Why We Can't Agree on Climate Change

January 12th, 2017

19:51

Climate change looks like it will drastically change all of our lives. So why aren’t we doing more about it? We’ll take a look at why some are reticent to accept the consensus view on climate science, and what those in …

Technocracy Now!

January 12th, 2017

9:31

Parag Khanna believes technocrats get a bad rap in America, and our country could improve - and recover from what he calls “degenerative politics” - …

How Empathy Leads Us Astray

January 12th, 2017

20:21

Empathy is an inherently good human quality. So, why is Yale psychologist Paul Bloom against it? We talk with him about why feeling others' pain …

Full Show: It's All In Your Head

January 6th, 2017

50:06

Camilla Benbow and David Lubinski spent their lives studying child geniuses. Their advice on how to create a baby Einstein? Do nothing. Plus, conspiracy theories have gotten a lot of attention in the last year, but …

What THEY Don't Want You To Know About Conspiracy Theories

January 5th, 2017

19:04

Do you believe that the illuminati run the world? That there was a second gunman? That everything is NOT WHAT IT APPEARS? Well, even if you don't, …

What Wisdom Really Is

January 5th, 2017

10:19

Want to become wise? Well, you should first figure out what wisdom actually is. Psychology Professor Thomas Gilovich explains.

Want To Raise A Genius? Do Nothing.

January 5th, 2017

19:24

What makes a genius? Camilla Benbow and David Lubinski have worked on that question for decades; they think they might have some answers.

Full Show: Money Problems

December 30th, 2016

49:13

It's been quite a year. Whether you started 2016 on the Trump train, heavily invested in the rising British pound, or confident that Pantone's color …

Full Show: Hidden Truths

December 23rd, 2016

49:00

A winter chill is in the air, and there's way too much Christmas music being played. So curl up in an armchair, grab yourself a mug of something, and take a mental vacation with some fascinating conversations from …

Full Show: City Life, Take Two

December 16th, 2016

49:39

If you want to live near a vibrant downtown but don't want to share a walk-in-closet with eleven roommates… maybe you should consider someplace other …

Permanently Displaced: Rethinking Refugee Cities

December 15th, 2016

12:08

Kilian Kleinschmidt thinks we need to wake up to the world's refugee crisis. And it starts by reimagining where they live.

Self Driving Cars and the Future of Cities

December 15th, 2016

16:44

Self-driving cars are going to be a thing. Soon. But how are they going to reshape cities?

The Return of the Urban

December 15th, 2016

16:05

Back in the mid-20th century, wealthy people fled big cities in droves for a quiet life in the suburbs. Now they're coming back. Alan Ehrenhalt, author of The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City, tells …

How ATMs Spread Money and Microbes

December 15th, 2016

4:48

There's an invisible world that’s right at your fingertips. Literally. Trillions and trillions of tiny microbes live alongside us in our cities and …

Full Show: A Wiser, Better You

December 9th, 2016

49:28

First, If you want to learn how to roast the perfect chicken, you’ve come to the right place. Mark Bittman talks about cooking - and eating - without fear. Then, Your dream job doesn’t always turn out to be your dream …

Making Millennial

December 8th, 2016

12:06

Megan Tan’s portfolio project accidentally became a certified hit. Here’s how she created Millennial.

Food For Thought: A Conversation With Mark Bittman

December 8th, 2016

16:10

Want to know anything and everything about cooking? There’s one person you should turn to. Mark Bittman.

Historic Innovation: Muy Picante

December 8th, 2016

4:05

Here’s the story of a culinary experience you’ve almost certainly had - with a backstory you may not know as well.

Math? It's All Russian To Me

December 8th, 2016

18:43

Want to be a scientist, but never made it past high school algebra? Barbara Oakley talks with us about why there may still be hope for you - and why …

The Changing Science of Memory

December 1st, 2016

17:11

How well do you remember your past? Dr. Julia Shaw explains why your memory isn't nearly as good as you think it is.

Of Mice And Medicine

December 1st, 2016

8:02

Why do we use mice for medical research? As I-Hub's Caroline Lester found out, it all started with fancy mice.

Innovation: It Tastes Like Chicken

December 1st, 2016

16:12

Less than a century ago, chicken was as expensive as lobster. Now, Americans eat. 6 million pounds of chicken every hour of every day. Emelyn Rude …

The New World Of Digital Memory

December 1st, 2016

9:12

You can read a book from 100 years ago… but will your descendants be able to access a USB drive? A look at the world of digital memory.

Full Show: Place Matters

November 22nd, 2016

50:34

This week, we're gifting you I-Hub a few days early. Just another thing to be thankful for. There are a lot of lessons one can learn from the …

Full Show: Imperfections

November 18th, 2016

49:42

Helping refugees - and others - generally means giving them things like blankets, clothes, and food. Radha Rajkotia thinks we should try handing out …

Why Cash Could Be The Future Of Foreign Aid

November 17th, 2016

11:36

Do we know what refugees need better than they do? Radha Rajkotia of the International Rescue Committee tells us why giving cash, rather than food …

We Are Proud Of This Segment About Pride

November 17th, 2016

18:56

Pride isn’t just for cheating athletes or bullies. Psychology professor Jessica Tracy explains why pride is a key emotion in human civilization.

Historic Innovation: Raising Wires

November 17th, 2016

3:23

Ezra Cornell was fired from his job due to after the Panic of 1837… then helped create our modern communication network.

How To Engineer Thoughtful Science

November 17th, 2016

16:32

Gene technology is becoming more and more powerful… and could affect more and more people. MIT researcher Kevin Esvelt tells us why he thinks the …

The Myth of Manufacturing's Return

November 11th, 2016

17:14

America's manufacturing industry has been hollowed out by globalization and automation. Donald Trump promises he can revive it. MIT researcher Andrew …

Full Show: What Happened In This Election? Trump, our Fears, and the Future

November 11th, 2016

49:49

Trump promised to bring back jobs from China and Mexico. But, according to MIT researcher Andrew McAfee, not only are those jobs not coming back - they don’t even exist anymore. No matter who you voted for, you were …

Want To Know Why Trump Won? Pay Attention.

November 11th, 2016

14:56

How exactly was Donald Trump able to captivate us on his path to the White House? Columbia University Professor Tim Wu explains.

Hidden Biases: How Our Unconscious (Might Have) Shaped the Election

November 11th, 2016

17:05

Surprised by the election? Us too. Psychologist Mahzarin Banaji thinks our unconscious biases might explain the difference between the public’s …

Full Show: Fear and Our Future

November 4th, 2016

49:31

There are things you should be very afraid of. According to security expert Juliette Kayyem, terrorism isn’t one of them. But science writer Annalee …

The Great Extinction - A Survivor's Guide

November 3rd, 2016

18:43

Afraid of the apocalypse? Well, maybe you shouldn’t worry too much. The Earth has already gone through at least five.

Sowing the Seeds for Food Security

November 3rd, 2016

15:53

Cary Fowler thinks we might be in trouble. But he’s got a solution. A tiny, tiny solution.

What Should We Really Be Afraid Of?

November 3rd, 2016

15:13

It’s very unlikely that you will be killed by a far-off terrorist group. So why do we worry about it so much? National security expert Juliette …

Redefining Office Space

October 28th, 2016

49:04

Robert Propst was a brilliant inventor who wanted to make a better office. Instead, he created something he hated.

The Career-Boosting Power Of Your Spouse

October 28th, 2016

5:45

According to researcher Brittany Solomon, there’s one personality trait in a husband or wife that can predict success for their spouse: …

Why You Can't Get Work Done

October 28th, 2016

17:42

Think glancing at Facebook isn’t a big deal? Well, Cal Newport says it can significantly derail your train of thought for about 10 minutes.

Why Immigrants Aren't Stealing Our Jobs (Unless You're a CEO)

October 28th, 2016

11:13

Do you remember your first job? Odds are, it was with a local small business. One of President Obama’s cabinet members talks small businesses, immigration, and jobs.

Full Show: You Can Take This Job

October 28th, 2016

49:20

That quick glance at Facebook… it’s kind of a big deal. Professor Cal Newport says it can significantly derail your train of thought for about 10 minutes. Plus, Immigration may be a contentious issue in this election, …

What's Your Job Really Worth?

October 28th, 2016

14:05

How do money and happiness intersect when it comes to finding a job? Economist Robert Frank thinks he might have the answer.

Full Show: What You Thought You Knew

October 21st, 2016

49:54

Are you really, really tired of this election? Well, maybe democracy isn’t the best form of government. Plus, teenagers are… hard to understand. …

Reconsidering Democracy

October 21st, 2016

16:30

Thinking about this election kinda makes you wonder: is there a better system than democracy? Jason Brennan thinks there should be.

How Much Do Campaigns Really Matter?

October 21st, 2016

11:23

It seems like every election is a high-wire race whose outcome is always in doubt. But what if campaigns weren’t as important as you thought?

Inside The Teenage Brain

October 21st, 2016

20:26

Why can’t you get your teen out of bed in the morning? Why are they so impulsive? Frances Jensen says their still-developing brains are to blame.

Full Show: Technical Know-How

October 14th, 2016

36:21

Even if you don’t know an Allen wrench from an isosceles triangle, we’ve got a show for you. From why high school math is overrated to why you aren’t …

Full Show: Mind the Health Gap

October 14th, 2016

49:31

Healthcare in our society needs a band-aid. Here are a few of our favorite conversations about the big challenges in health – and how we might fix them.

Full Show: Electing the Future

October 7th, 2016

49:28

There was a battle for the soul of Silicon Valley, and the libertarians won. Investing legend Roger McNamee talks about how the tech world has …

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