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Inquiring Minds

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Each week we bring you a new, in-depth exploration of the space where science and society collide. We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you though science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We want to find out what’s t… read more

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The Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion

July 5th, 2022

51:24

This week we’re joined by podcaster, journalist, and author David McRaney to discuss his latest book How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion. It’s a deep look at what we know about …

The language of food, science, and critical thinking with J. Kenji López-Alt

June 29th, 2022

57:42

This week we welcome back James Beard award winning food science writer J. Kenji López-Alt. He talks about growing up around science, studying architecture at MIT, and how, strangely enough, both subjects pertain to …

Derek Gow Is Turning His Farm Into an Ark for Lost Species

June 1st, 2022

41:17

You might not be aware of it, but the UK is experiencing a wildlife crisis. Ecologist Derek Gow joins us this week to talk about what we ought to do …

Wild but Delicate: What Hawks Can Teach Us About Nature, Life, and Love

May 24th, 2022

44:15

On the show this week we’re joined by naturalist, author, and returning guest Sy Montgomery. Throughout her career, Montgomery has repeatedly shown an incredible ability to understand, befriend, and interact with …

Can Fish Count? What Animals Reveal About Our Uniquely Mathematical Minds

May 17th, 2022

42:59

On the show this week we’re joined by Brian Butterworth, emeritus professor of cognitive neuropsychology and author of the new book Can Fish Count? …

The Science of Creativity and How It Can Help You

May 3rd, 2022

48:27

How do you feel fear and be creative anyway? How is letting your mind wander key to coming up with, and following through on, creative ideas? …

The Misunderstood Nature of Pain with Haider Warraich

April 19th, 2022

47:30

How do you define how painful something is? On the show this week we welcome back physician, writer, and clinical researcher Haider Warraich to talk …

The Untold Story of the Neuron with Benjamin Ehrlich

April 4th, 2022

33:45

This week we’re joined by Benjamin Ehrlich, author of The Brain in Search of Itself: Santiago Ramón y Cajal and the Story of the Neuron.

It’s a book about the discoveries and life of Spanish neuroscientist Santiago …

Up to Date | Cell Adaptation, Creativity Measurement, and Visual Perception

March 17th, 2022

24:54

This week, we examine a recent discovery that certain types of cancer cells may allow us to better understand how cells adapt to the intracellular …

How to Make Use of Our Limited Time in This Tiny Part of Space with Sean Carroll

March 7th, 2022

40:22

During the pandemic, one thing we’ve had a little more of--at least sometimes--is time. Time to panic and stress and worry, but also time to think and reflect.

This week, in the spirit of reflection, we’re revisiting a …

Why You Can’t Know What It’s Like for a Bat to Be a Bat with Jackie Higgins

February 25th, 2022

36:03

We can never know what it’s like for a bat to be a bat. Or even if there is something that it is like for a bat to be a bat. But if there is …

Exploring the Extended Mind with Annie Murphy Paul

February 17th, 2022

41:48

One of the fascinating things about neuroscience is that it gives us something tangible to study in the biology of the brain that can tell us …

Space Rocks, Star Stuff, and Tom Selleck's Mustache with Greg Brennecka

February 10th, 2022

37:29

More than a hundred million people watched the Netflix movie Don’t Look Up, which focused on our fear that something could crash into our planet from …

Defining and Treating Addiction with Carl Erik Fisher

January 28th, 2022

42:10

In this week’s episode, Indre revisits a topic that has been covered a couple of times on the podcast: addiction. This time, she’s joined by addiction physician and bioethicist Carl Erik Fisher, Assistant Professor of …

2021 Wrap-Up

December 28th, 2021

27:02

In this last episode of 2021, Adam Bristol joins Indre to talk about the major highlights of 2021, one being the journey through COVID.  They map out …

The Evolution of Life and the ‘Dead Species Walking’ with Henry Gee

December 20th, 2021

48:27

The holidays are a time for storytelling, and what better story to re-experience than the greatest one of all: the history of the universe and life …

Sizing Up the Notion of Tailoring Your Brain with Emily Willingham

December 13th, 2021

33:37

In this episode, Emily Willingham joins Indre to talk about tailoring the brain, a subject on which she’s an expert and about which she writes extensively in her book The Tailored Brain: From Ketamine, to Keto, to …

Updates from the Past and the Future

November 25th, 2021

22:36

In today's up to date episode, Adam Bristol is back to highlight three scientific papers that have caught his eye lately. The first two are about our …

Inside the Race to the Coronavirus Vaccine with Brendan Borrell

November 15th, 2021

44:34

In early 2020, experts predicted the development of the COVID-19 vaccine would take 12 to 18 months. Fast forward to today and there are at least …

Moving Your Way Through Cancer with Dr. Kathryn Schmitz

November 2nd, 2021

36:46

The topic of cancer is one that has been addressed more than once before on Inquiring Minds, and today Indre visits it once again, this time looking at the impact that exercise can have on those undergoing cancer …

Making Sense of Self with Anil Seth

October 27th, 2021

46:10

Indre continues to pursue her fascination with the neural basis of consciousness in this week’s episode. In her never ending quest to understand how …

Up to Date | From the Microscopic to the Astronomic

October 21st, 2021

22:10

On the show this week, Adam Bristol introduces Florida’s controversial genetically modified mosquito pilot program, and then delves into the details …

A Matter of Life, Death, or Maybe Somewhere in Between with John and Lois Crowe

October 5th, 2021

26:45

We think of consistent water consumption as a necessary component for life… but then there are tardigrades. Adorable and tiny, tardigrades can survive intervals of extreme drying or dehydration and then later be …

The Sound Mind with Nina Kraus

September 28th, 2021

34:49

Nina Kraus, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist who has done groundbreaking research on sound and hearing for more than three decades. She's the Hugh Knowles …

Managing Our Criminal Nature with Mary Roach

September 15th, 2021

37:03

Who among us hasn’t, at some point, wondered just what exactly a bear manager or a danger tree feller blaster does? Well, Mary Roach, America’s funniest science writer, TED 20 Most Watched list member, and increasingly …

Unwrapping the Gifts of Good Anxiety with Wendy Suzuki

September 6th, 2021

40:13

Anxiety has become a staple of modern life, particularly over the past year and a half. It can be debilitating, but it is at its core a necessary …

Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science with Sam Kean

September 1st, 2021

34:26

This week we welcome back Sam Kean, the New York Times bestselling author whose previous books include The Bastard Brigade, Caesar's Last Breath, and The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons. Sam joins the show to discuss …

Investigating The Memory Thief with Lauren Aguirre

August 23rd, 2021

39:11

Of all the side effects of opioid use that exist, one that is only recently starting to get the attention it deserves is that of becoming amnestic. That doesn’t mean that this effect hasn’t been on the radar of some …

How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes with Melinda Wenner Moyer

August 16th, 2021

41:11

One side effect of the pandemic is that a lot of parents have spent more time than they were expecting to with their kids, and were sometimes left questioning their parenting decisions along the way. Melinda Wenner …

Up to Date | Social Parrots; Empathetic Rodents; Microbiome Analyses

August 9th, 2021

21:10

This week we delve into a study with a citizen science element regarding the evolution of a social behavior in parrots, followed by a collaborative …

Opening Up the World of Quarantine with Nicola Twilley

July 26th, 2021

38:41

In the summer of 2019—before Covid-19 had emerged—author, researcher, and ‘Gastropod’ co-host Nicola Tilley and her husband and co-author Geoff …

Building Up Your Mental Health Immunity with Andy Norman

July 19th, 2021

37:38

Among COVID-19’s many side effects are two that seem to be in direct conflict – on the one hand we’ve all become armchair epidemiologists, and on the …

Generating the Element of Harmonic Surprise with David Rosen

July 12th, 2021

34:23

Over the years, music producers have tried to predict what audiences want to hear while at the same time advances in science and technology have …

Thinking about Thinking about Yourself with Iris Berent

July 5th, 2021

42:17

What are your thoughts regarding the relationship between the mind and the brain? For that matter, what are your thoughts? Iris Berent has definitely done some deep thinking on these questions, unearthing the stories we …

The Hidden Geometry of Information and Everything Else with Jordan Ellenberg

June 21st, 2021

43:47

When was the last time you thought about geometry? Unless you're an architect or a kindergarten teacher, you probably don't spend a lot of time thinking about shapes. But mathematician Jordan Ellenberg wants to bring …

‘The Untapped Science of Less’ with Leidy Klotz

June 14th, 2021

34:15

Joining Indre on the podcast today is University of Virginia Professor, Leidy Klotz. A former professional soccer player, Leidy has gone on to pursue his interest in studying how we transform things from how they are to …

Mom Genes: Abigail Tucker on the Science of Motherhood

June 7th, 2021

38:04

We all know how babies are made, but science is only now exploring how mothers are. Abigail Tucker discusses her latest book, exploring the factors that shape the behaviors of mothers and other caregivers.

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Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary

June 1st, 2021

1:09:59

Andy Weir, science fiction writer and author of The Martian, joins us to talk about his new book Project Hail Mary: A Novel.

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The future artificial intelligence may lead to

May 14th, 2021

33:21

We talk to writer and technologist Gary Bengier about AI and his new science fiction novel Unfettered Journey.

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What is the future of human work?

April 26th, 2021

39:08

We talk to president and CEO of Lumina Foundation Jamie Merisotis about his new book Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines.

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A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence

April 20th, 2021

36:08

We talk to neuroscientist and computer pioneer Jeff Hawkins about his new book A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence.

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Where did artificial intelligence come from?

April 8th, 2021

43:52

We talk to New York Times reporter and author Cade Metz about his new book Genius Makers: The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the World.

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Up To Date | Aliens didn’t make Oumuamua, aphantasia, and baseball beer research

March 31st, 2021

22:00

This week: New research on the first known interstellar object in our solar system, A/2017 U1—or Oumuamua—suggesting it’s probably a chunk of a …

What does it mean to be alive?

March 23rd, 2021

35:53

We talk to acclaimed science writer and return guest Carl Zimmer about his new book Life's Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive.

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Literature may be the most powerful technology we’ve invented

March 17th, 2021

38:23

On the show this week we talk to professor of story science Angus Fletcher about his new book Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the …

Why almost everything we’ve been told about food is wrong

March 2nd, 2021

40:54

On the show this week we talk to professor of genetic epidemiology Tim Spector about his new book Spoon-Fed: Why almost everything we’ve been told …

Up To Date | Paleogenetics, naps, and shocking your brain into remembering better

February 27th, 2021

24:14

This week: We look at new paleogenetic research on mammoth molars; delve into the biological drive for napping; and talk about a surprising new study …

A behavioral scientist explains dating

February 10th, 2021

41:20

We talk to behavioral scientist and former lead researcher at Google's behavioral economics unit Logan Ury about her new book How to Not Die Alone: The Surprising Science That Will Help You Find Love.

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The science behind your voice

January 31st, 2021

52:28

Your voice is much more than just the medium by which your thoughts can be heard—it's as fundamental to who you are as your face or your …

We need to rethink toilets

January 21st, 2021

39:39

We talk to Jay Bhagwan from the International Water Association about his work reinventing how we think about sanitation.

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Up To Date | A look back at 2020, and what’s next for the podcast

January 7th, 2021

29:28

This week we take a look back at some of our favorite episodes from 2020 and talk about what’s next for the podcast.

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Five ways the universe might die

December 29th, 2020

38:07

We talk to cosmologist and writer Katie Mack about her new book The End of Everything: (Astrophysically Speaking).

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The Surprising Story of Medieval Science

December 18th, 2020

40:47

We talk to historian of medieval science Seb Falk about his new book The Light Ages: The Surprising Story of Medieval Science.

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The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton

December 3rd, 2020

44:22

We talk to journalist Kermit Pattison about his new book Fossil Men: The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind.

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You’re full of bones. How do they work?

November 26th, 2020

40:33

We talk to orthopedic surgeon Roy A. Meals about his new book Bones: Inside and Out.

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Thinking isn’t your brain’s most important job

November 19th, 2020

45:22

We talk to neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett about why the idea that you have a lizard brain and a rational brain is completely wrong, how you can fight against implicit biases by swamping your brain with new data, …

Up To Date | Moon water implications and new research on why you understand words

November 11th, 2020

21:54

This week we explore the implications of there being much more water on the moon than we previously thought; a new study that looked at the possibility that our brains have an underlying propensity to understand words; …

Feed Drop: Cadence S3E1: The Music of Politics

November 3rd, 2020

33:27

A special drop of the first episode of the new season of Indre’s other podcast, Cadence—which is about what music can tell us about our minds. This new season explores how music influences us, and the first episode is …

Tesla, the man

October 30th, 2020

35:39

We talk to Columbia professor of mechanical engineering P. James Schuck about the released film Tesla, starring Ethan Hawke as Nikola Tesla, for …

Up To Date | Autumn fires and climate change; plastic bottle eating enzymes; singing blue whales

October 8th, 2020

25:42

This week: new research on how climate change is affecting autumn wildfires; a study that attempts to use a biologically inspired and technically …

As the World Burns: The New Generation of Activists

October 1st, 2020

34:14

We talk to journalist and author Lee van der Voo about her new book As the World Burns: The New Generation of Activists and the Landmark Legal Fight Against Climate Change.

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Telling the story of climate change with music

September 22nd, 2020

22:44

This week we talk to Stephan Crawford about The ClimateMusic Project, an organization that hopes to, through music, tell the urgent story of climate change.

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The ways in which our bodies don’t match how the world has been built

September 16th, 2020

44:03

This week we talk to Sara Hendren, an artist, writer, and professor at Olin College of Engineering about her new book What Can a Body Do?: How We …

Up To Date | Why Elon Musk’s Neuralink could fail; and the worrying relationship between bad sleep and Alzheimer's disease

September 8th, 2020

52:06

This week: A deep look into new research on the relationship between how you sleep and the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease, including an interview with the study’s author, Matt Walker, and two …

Why you talk the way you do, and what it says about you

September 1st, 2020

42:45

We talk to psychologist Katherine Kinzler about her new book How You Say It: Why You Talk the Way You Do—And What It Says About You.

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How fraud, bias, negligence, and hype undermine the search for truth

August 17th, 2020

51:00

We talk to Scottish psychologist Stuart Ritchie about his new book Science Fictions: How Fraud, Bias, Negligence, and Hype Undermine the Search for …

Why things spread and why they stop

August 6th, 2020

40:34

We talk to mathematician and epidemiologist Adam Kucharski about his recent book The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread—And Why They Stop.

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Up To Date | Mosquitoes, robots, pupils, beavers, and Earth’s crust

July 28th, 2020

26:56

This week: A new study showing how you can, as a way to control their population, change blood-drinking female mosquitoes to male, non-biting …

A Story about Forests, People, and the Future

July 23rd, 2020

39:05

We talk to science reporter Zach St. George about his new book The Journeys of Trees: A Story about Forests, People, and the Future.

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From the slave trade to climate change—why corporations defend the indefensible

July 16th, 2020

40:01

We talk to environmental attorney Barbara Freese about her new book Industrial-Strength Denial: Eight Stories of Corporations Defending the Indefensible, from the Slave Trade to Climate Change.

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The Language of Butterflies

July 8th, 2020

39:12

We talk to science writer Wendy Williams about her new book The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World's Favorite Insect.

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Up To Date | The Drake equation 2.0; Nanotech yeast; Why are plants green?; Wasp boxing

June 30th, 2020

21:59

This week: New astrophysics research on the likelihood of there being intelligent life on other planets in our solar system; a study in which atomic …

Where educators go wrong

June 23rd, 2020

39:16

We talk to Tony Wagner, a globally recognized expert in education and senior research fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, about his new book

The history of structural racism in medicine

June 16th, 2020

45:24

We talk to Robert Rosencrans, an MD/PhD student at the The University of Alabama at Birmingham about the history of structural racism in medicine and the problems with race-based medicine.

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How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another

June 9th, 2020

35:51

In her book, The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another, materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez explores how eight inventions—clocks, steel rails, copper communication cables, photographic film, light …

Galileo’s fight is still relevant today

June 2nd, 2020

38:59

We talk to astrophysicist Mario Livio about his new book Galileo: And the Science Deniers.

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A History of the Afterlife

May 26th, 2020

36:40

We talk to noted historian Bart Ehrman about his new book Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife.

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A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life

May 6th, 2020

37:40

We talk to Lulu Miller, cofounder of NPR's Invisibilia, about her new book Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life.

The behavioral economics of baseball

April 25th, 2020

38:31

We talk to writer Keith Law about the behavioral economics of baseball and his new book The Inside Game: Bad Calls, Strange Moves, and What Baseball Behavior Teaches Us About Ourselves.

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Up To Date | Plastic-eating enzymes; 5,000-year-old egg decorating; why you still can’t buy love; and the neural basis of creativity

April 14th, 2020

28:50

This week: New research on a biological enzyme that can break down the plastic we use for water bottles; a brief look into the history of egg …

Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You

April 7th, 2020

34:41

We talk to journalist and founder of the Neurodiversity Project Jenara Nerenberg about her new book Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You.

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Revisiting the Dunning-Kruger Effect with David Dunning

March 31st, 2020

32:25

We talk to social psychologist David Dunning about his well-known 1999 study on why people are so bad at knowing how smart they are. He explains what …

How the internet is changing the English language

March 24th, 2020

37:55

We talk to linguist Gretchen McCulloch about her new book Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language.

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The science of streaks and the hot hand

March 17th, 2020

38:07

We talk to Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Cohen about his new book The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks.

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The neuroscience of how we learn

March 10th, 2020

36:57

We talk to French neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene about his new book How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine … for Now.

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A Totally Fictional but Essentially True Silicon Valley Story

February 25th, 2020

39:38

We talk to Jessica Powell, a writer and former VP of Communications for Google, about her new book The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional but Essentially True Silicon Valley Story.

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Up To Date | Ancient Dates; Mummy Voices; Mouse Memories

February 12th, 2020

18:19

This week: scientists successfully germinated 2,000-year-old date palm seeds and we might soon know what 2,000-year-old dates taste like; another …

The Poison Squad

February 4th, 2020

40:04

We talk to science journalist Deborah Blum about her new book The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.

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The Hidden World of the Fox

January 28th, 2020

30:35

We talk to wildlife researcher and writer Adele Brand about her new book The Hidden World of the Fox.

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We need a better, more democratic internet

January 21st, 2020

38:37

We talk to professor of information studies at UCLA and director of the UC Digital Cultures Lab Ramesh Srinivasan about his new book Beyond the …

2019 Year End Wrap-Up

December 31st, 2019

32:12

Indre, along with fellow neuroscientist and person who is her husband, Adam Bristol, recap their favorite science stories and interviews of 2019.

We might be approaching the study of cancer all wrong

December 23rd, 2019

49:49

We talk to oncologist, professor of medicine, and director of the MDS Center at Columbia University Azra Raza about her new book The First Cell: And …

Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution

December 16th, 2019

39:58

We talk to environmental journalist Beth Gardiner about her new book Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution.

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The Blockchain and the Future of Everything

December 3rd, 2019

40:48

We talk to Michael Casey, Senior Advisor for Blockchain Opportunities at MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative, about his new book, co-authored …

The Four-Billion-Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains

November 19th, 2019

39:21

We talk to neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux, author of the new book The Deep History of Ourselves: The Four-Billion-Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains.

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How Language Shapes Thought

November 12th, 2019

47:00

We talk to cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsk about how language can influence the way we think.

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The History, Science, and Future of Heart Disease

October 29th, 2019

45:27

We talk to cardiologist, writer, and clinical researcher Haider Warraich about his new book State of the Heart: Exploring the History, Science, and …

The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini

October 22nd, 2019

45:59

We talk to author and journalist Joe Posnanski about his new book The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini.

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Silicon Valley: A Satire

October 16th, 2019

26:49

We talk to New York Times writer and journalist Matt Richtel about his new novel, written under the pen name A. B. Jewell, called The Man Who …

Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime

October 8th, 2019

37:29

We talk to theoretical physicist Sean Carroll about his new book Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime.

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The Science of Behavior-Altering Parasites

October 1st, 2019

38:40

We talk to parasitologist and co-author of Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything, Kelly Weinersmith.

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Why We Need Insects

September 24th, 2019

34:32

We talk to professor of conservation biology Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson about her new book Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects.

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Kishore’s Send-Off!

September 17th, 2019

15:33

After nearly 5 years of co-hosting Inquiring Minds, Kishore is heading off to conquer the rest of the science world. He has been an incredible friend to us at the show, and we’re sad to see him go, but excited to see …

Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes

September 3rd, 2019

40:52

We talk to science journalist David Robson about his new book The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes.

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Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

August 13th, 2019

53:39

We talk to sports and science writer David Epstein about his latest book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.

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Sharks: The Ocean's Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians

August 7th, 2019

46:26

We talk to ocean conservationist William McKeever about his new book Emperors of the Deep: Sharks--The Ocean's Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians.

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A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind

July 30th, 2019

35:16

We talk to author Annaka Harris about her new book Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind.

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The American Automobile: Past, Present, and Driverless

July 17th, 2019

50:01

We talk to writer Dan Albert about his new book Are We There Yet?: The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless.

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Neal Stephenson - Fall; or, Dodge in Hell

July 2nd, 2019

32:41

We talk to celebrated speculative fiction writer Neal Stephenson about his latest book Fall; or, Dodge in Hell: A Novel.

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In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids

June 24th, 2019

1:01:05

We talk to bioethicist Travis Rieder about his new book In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids.

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Up To Date | Singing Mice; Six Fingered Hands; Dolphin Cliques

June 18th, 2019

19:14

Neuroscientists found an on-off switch in mice brains that makes them sing; new research on the genetics of people who have six fingers on one hand …

The Age of Living Machines

June 10th, 2019

47:45

We talk to neuroscientist and former president of MIT Susan Hockfield about her new book The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next …

A Life in Math and Football

June 4th, 2019

47:19

We talk to mathematician and former NFL player John Urschel about his new book, co-written with Louisa Thomas, called Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football.

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The State of the Art in Alzheimer's Research

May 21st, 2019

42:58

We talk to Katja Brose, neuroscientist and Science Program Officer at the Chan Zuckerberg Science Initiative about the latest, best prospects in neurodegenerative disease treatment.

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BONUS: Introducing Science Rules! with Bill Nye

May 18th, 2019

3:29

Former guest of Inquiring Minds, Bill Nye, is on a mission to change the world—one phone call at a time. On his new podcast, Science Rules!, he …

Salty Erotica of the Deep

May 14th, 2019

47:32

Indre talks to marine biologist Marah Hardt about her book Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky …

Up To Date | Bioprinting a Liver; Tasting with Genes; Stopping the World’s Worst Venom

May 7th, 2019

23:07

New research on 3D printing vasculature around which organs could be created; recent work on the effects of genetics on the way you taste things; and …

Completing the Darwinian Revolution

May 1st, 2019

49:38

We talk to influential evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson about his new book This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution.

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How Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World

April 22nd, 2019

44:33

Indre talks to science writer Abigail Tucker about her book The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World.

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How Music Can Make You Better

April 16th, 2019

51:35

Indre wrote a book! It’s called How Music Can Make You Better and this week we hear all about it.

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Up To Date | Neurogenesis; Predicting Death with AI; Rethinking Nose Jobs

April 9th, 2019

30:58

A careful look into research on whether or not we can generate new neurons as adults; new research into using machine learning to predict premature …

A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning

March 29th, 2019

44:26

We talk to Jeremy Lent about his book The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning.

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The Strange Science of Recovery

March 25th, 2019

23:05

We talk to Christie Aschwanden about her new book Good To Go: What the athlete in all of us can learn from the strange science of recovery.

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The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System

March 19th, 2019

50:48

We talk to Matt Richtel about his new book An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives.

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Up To Date | Bug census, global warming, young blood, microwaving grapes

February 25th, 2019

27:15

A study taking a deep look into insect populations and their decline; bad news about global warming four generations from now, new research showing …

2018’s Best Science Movies (and TV)

February 18th, 2019

41:35

We talk to Jennifer Ouellette, science writer and former director of The Science & Entertainment Exchange, about last year’s best and the worst science movies and tv.

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Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality

February 12th, 2019

48:24

We talk to Blake J. Harris about his new book The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality.

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Up To Date | Polar Vortex Science, Brainwaves to Speech, Blowing Up the Brain

February 5th, 2019

28:20

The science behind the polar vortex, a new study attempting to directly translate brain signals into speech, and an update on the incredible work of …

Why We Fall for It Every Time

January 29th, 2019

43:20

We talk to New York Times best-selling science writer Maria Konnikova about her book The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time.

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The Science of How Art Works

January 22nd, 2019

47:53

We talk to psychologist Ellen Winner about her new book How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration.

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The Science of Perfect Timing

January 15th, 2019

40:02

We talk to bestselling author Daniel Pink about his latest book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.

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Up To Date | New Horizons Finds BB-8; Defining Death; Differential Privacy

January 8th, 2019

36:01

This week: The New Horizons spacecraft took pictures of an object in the Kuiper belt; a study that brings up questions about how to define death; there’s a major upcoming scientific study that the US conducts every 10 …

The Neuroscience of Prejudice

January 1st, 2019

42:13

We talk to David Amodia, a social neuroscientist and psychology professor at NYU and the University of Amsterdam, about the science of prejudice.

Up To Date | Top 10 Science Stories of 2018

December 29th, 2018

23:26

This week: Kishore looks back through 2018 and lays out his favorite science stories of the year.

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Lessons from the Edge of the Universe

December 24th, 2018

40:22

We talk to Dave Williams, a Canadian astronaut, neuroscientist, physician, and author of the new book Defying Limits: Lessons from the Edge of the Universe.

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Up To Date | Hummingbird Divebombs; Collapsing Ice Sheets

December 22nd, 2018

11:35

This week: A study looking into how male hummingbirds divebomb fast enough that their tail feathers make high-pitched squeaks; and new evidence explaining why sea levels were 6-9 meters higher about 150,000 years ago …

The Laws of Human Nature

December 17th, 2018

45:49

We talk to author Robert Greene, most known for the bestselling The 48 Laws of Power, about his new book The Laws of Human Nature.


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Up To Date | Talking Viruses; Creativity Waves

December 15th, 2018

15:57

This week: A look into quorum sensing, a field of research looking into if bacteria, particularly bacteria that are trying to invade another host, …

She Has Her Mother's Laugh

December 11th, 2018

36:59

Carl Zimmer is a New York Times columnist and author of 13 books about science. We talked to him about his latest book, She Has Her Mother's Laugh: …

Up To Date | Migration Myths and Negative Mass

December 8th, 2018

16:20

This week: The UCL–Lancet Commission on Migration and Heath released a new report that busts some common migration myths; and a scientist at Oxford University has come up with an alteration to Einstein's general theory …

Music as Medicine

December 5th, 2018

39:06

Dr. Concetta Tomaino is a pioneer in the field of music therapy and the executive director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic …

Up To Date | Ants with backpacks; Neuron DNA affects Alzheimer's

November 30th, 2018

14:25

This week: A study that tracked ants using little backpacks and a look at a new study suggesting a connection between differences in the DNA of our neurons and Alzheimer's.

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A New History of a Lost World

November 29th, 2018

46:42

We follow up last week’s dino-episode by talking to paleontologist at University of Edinburgh Steve Brusatte about his new book The Rise and Fall of …

A Radical New History of Life

November 23rd, 2018

43:27

We talk to science writer David Quammen about his new book The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life.

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What It’s like to Discover a Dinosaur

November 20th, 2018

43:18

We talk to paleontologist, professor, expeditioner, and science communicator Ken Lacovara about his book Why Dinosaurs Matter. Ken has unearthed some …

Up To Date | Smelling Stingrays and a 16 Billion Scoville Cactus

November 17th, 2018

10:39

This week: Stingrays are especially affected by oil spills because they’re so good at smelling; and research into using a spicy cactus to treat pain.

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Life at the Extremes of Our Capacity

November 13th, 2018

52:09

We talk to evolutionary biologist and managing editor at New Scientist Rowan Hooper about his new book Superhuman: Life at the Extremes of Our …

Up To Date | Election results, stealth moths, and a retired kilogram

November 10th, 2018

12:42

This week: A look into what the midterm election results mean for science; moths developed a ‘stealth shield’ to hide from bats; and the kilogram is …

The Beauty and Utility of Maps: A Cartographic Odyssey

November 6th, 2018

33:41

We talk to journalist, geologist, and author Betsy Mason about her latest book, co-authored with Greg Miller, All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey

Up To Date | The Definitive Field Guide to Filthy Animal Facts

November 3rd, 2018

16:58

This week Kishore catches up with previous guests Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti to talk about their new book True or Poo?: The Definitive Field Guide to Filthy Animal Facts and Falsehoods.

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What Real-Life Zombies Reveal About Our World

October 30th, 2018

41:47

We talk to science writer at Wired magazine Matt Simon about his new book Plight of the Living Dead: What Real-Life Zombies Reveal About Our World—and Ourselves.

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Up To Date | Doubling worm lifespans; the recent failed Soyuz launch

October 27th, 2018

14:44

This week: A new study attempts to extend the life of worms and what it might mean for us; and a detailed look into the recent failed Soyuz rocket launch.

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The Remarkable History of Surgery

October 16th, 2018

43:05

We talk to Arnold Van de Laar, a surgeon in the Slotervaart Hospital in Amsterdam, about his new book Under the Knife: A History of Surgery in 28 …

Up To Date | Nobel Prizes and Electrical Nerve Regeneration

October 13th, 2018

13:41

This week: We recap the 2018 Nobel Prizes and look at a study exploring a new way to use electrical stimulation to regenerate nerves.

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Being Human in the Age of Algorithms

October 12th, 2018

31:17

We talk to mathematician and science writer Hannah Fry about her latest book Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms.

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China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order

October 7th, 2018

46:55

We talk to artificial intelligence expert and former president of Google China Kai-Fu Lee about his recent book AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order.

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Steven Pinker: Enlightenment Now

September 27th, 2018

1:10:54

We talk with cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker about his recent book Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.

The Coyote Story

September 19th, 2018

44:37

We talk to writer and historian Dan Flores about his book Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History.

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Up To Date | Do Apple's Health Claims Check Out?

September 18th, 2018

13:18

This week: Kishore takes a closer look at some of the health claims made during the recent Apple Keynote.

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How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions

September 12th, 2018

32:47

We talk to celebrated science journalist Richard Harris about the “reproducibility crisis” in science and his new book Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions.

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How Intuition and Reason Divide Our Politics

August 28th, 2018

31:16

We talk to political scientist Eric Oliver about the surprisingly high percentage of people who believe in conspiracy theories and the reasons behind …

Up To Date | Attention Is an Illusion; Ant Highways

August 26th, 2018

15:24

This week: A new study shows we only focus on something a few milliseconds at a time, but we don’t notice because we’re pulsing that focus; and …

A Pianist Rebuilds Her Brain

August 21st, 2018

44:04

We talk to author Andrea J. Buchanan about her experience with a brain injury and how she used playing the piano to recover. Buchanan’s new book is The Beginning of Everything: The Year I Lost My Mind and Found Myself.

Up To Date | Monsanto Cancer Case and Kids Believe Lying Robots

August 19th, 2018

13:13

This week: A jury decided that Monsanto’s Roundup caused a man’s cancer but the science is murky and a new study shows that children are susceptible to peer pressure by robots.

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The Material That Will Revolutionize the World

August 14th, 2018

48:19

We talk to chemist Joseph Meany about his book Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the World.


Up To Date | Google Glass Lives! and Breaking Dog Urine News

August 12th, 2018

12:15

This week: A Standford study used Google Glass to help kids with autism understand others people’s emotions; and breaking news regarding the way dogs pee. 

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Up To Date | How Plants Tell Time, Lab-Grown Pig Lungs, Stolen Fields Medal

August 3rd, 2018

12:19

This week: A new study from the University of Bristol showing the way plants accumulate sugar helps them tell what time it is; scientists have …

The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers

July 31st, 2018

41:09

Ben Goldfarb is a writer covering wildlife conservation and fisheries management. We talk to him about his new book Eager: The Surprising, Secret …

Up To Date | A Lake on Mars, Dog Empathy, and TBI & the Military

July 28th, 2018

14:21

This week: Italian scientists found a body of liquid water on mars using radar; a new study suggests that while dogs do feel empathy for us, training them to be therapy dogs doesn’t make them care more, it makes them …

Revisiting Flint: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope

July 24th, 2018

32:17

We talk to Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who first proved that Flint’s kids were exposed to lead about her new book What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.

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Up To Date | GMO Acceptance, Elle Macpherson, and Friendly Fish

July 21st, 2018

12:46

This week: New research suggests labeling can increase GMO acceptance; Elle Macpherson’s terrible new boyfriend (it’s relevant, I swear); and …

How Neuroscience Is Redefining Athletic Genius

July 17th, 2018

53:53

We talk to sports and business journalist Zach Schonbrun about his new book The Performance Cortex: How Neuroscience Is Redefining Athletic Genius.

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Up To Date - Killing Cancer Cells and Exploring the Sunk Cost Fallacy (In Rats)

July 14th, 2018

13:43

This week: New research into using CRISPR to destroy cancer cells with other cancer cells and a study suggesting rodents aren’t immune to the sunk cost fallacy. 

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Nikola Tesla: Inventor of the Modern

July 10th, 2018

39:13

We talk to author Richard Munson about his new Nikola Tesla biography Tesla: Inventor of the Modern.

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Up To Date | Air Pollution and Diabetes, Large Scale Microbiome Studies, and Why Driving Makes You Sleepy

July 7th, 2018

15:27

This week: New research exploring the link between air pollution and diabetes; the huge potential of doing large scale microbiome studies; and a look …

Aroused: The History of Hormones

July 3rd, 2018

38:09

We talk to Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D, lecturer at Yale university, writer in residence at Yale Medical School, and author of the new book Aroused: …

Up To Date | Longevity Pioneers, Leaky Methane, and Predicting Earthquakes

June 29th, 2018

13:41

This week: New research shows mortality rates level off if you can reach a certain age; the problem of methane gas leaking from power plants; and a new likely candidate for where California’s next big earthquake will …

Motherhood in the Animal Kingdom

June 26th, 2018

48:20

We talk to biologist and science writer Carin Bondar about her latest book Wild Moms: Motherhood in the Animal Kingdom.

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Up To Date | Mind Controlling Robots, Viral Alzheimer's Link, and Remembering Koko

June 23rd, 2018

13:42

This week: New research into controlling robot arms with your brain, a surprising link between a common virus and Alzheimer's Disease, and …

Intelligent Machines Are Changing Everything

June 18th, 2018

44:21

How do we create artificial intelligence that isn't bigoted? Can we teach machines to work exactly like our brains work? “You don’t program a machine to be smart,” says our guest this week, “you program the machine to …

Virtual Reality Is Changing Human Connection

June 12th, 2018

54:58

We talk to Peter Rubin, editor at Wired and author of Future Presence: How Virtual Reality Is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy, and the Limits of Ordinary Life.

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Up To Date | Don’t Eat Clay, Do Eat Dark Chocolate

June 9th, 2018

19:07

This week: New research shows a 6-month treatment for breast cancer is nearly as successful as the previously-standard 12-month course; the …

The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity

June 5th, 2018

40:09

We talk to Carl Zimmer, New York Times columnist and author of 13 books about science about his latest book She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, …

Up To Date | Where Happiness Comes From, and Why

June 1st, 2018

16:07

In this mini-episode, Kishore talks to neuroscientist and author Dean Burnett about his new book Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From, and Why.

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Why We're Addicted to Screens

May 28th, 2018

36:23

We talk to Adam Alter, author and marketing and psychology professor at NYU's Stern School of Business about his book Irresistible: The Rise of …

Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto

May 22nd, 2018

54:50

We talk to planetary scientist and New Horizons’ mission leader Alan Stern and astrobiologist David Grinspoon about their new book Chasing New …

Up To Date | Snail Memory Transplants, Eyes In The Back Of Your Head, and Treating Epilepsy with CBD

May 18th, 2018

16:01

This week: There are reports that scientists have ‘transferred a memory' in snails—what does the research actually say?; we examine a study that suggests people can form a “sphere a sensitivity” around their heads; and …

The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods

May 14th, 2018

33:28

We talk to Danna Staaf, a science writer with a PhD in invertebrate biology from Stanford University, about her new book Squid Empire: The Rise and …

Up To Date | Pre-pregnancy Genome Sequencing, Mass Prescribing Antibiotics, and the Trolley Problem

May 12th, 2018

14:45

This week: A study looking at how much actionable information pre-pregnancy genome sequencing can actually give you; the benefits and consequences of mass mass prescribing antibiotics; and a new study looking at the …

The Rise of Deep Brain Stimulation and Its Forgotten Inventor

May 7th, 2018

48:34

We talk to science writer and neurobiologist Lone Frank about her latest book The Pleasure Shock: The Rise of Deep Brain Stimulation and Its …

Up To Date | Genetically Editing Fat Tissue, A Turing Test For Water, and Another Mars Lander

May 5th, 2018

9:11

University of Copenhagen scientists managed to genetically delete an enzyme in mice that made it impossible for them to get fat, even on a very fatty diet; Alan Turing wrote a paper in 1952 that is still having impacts …

Losing the Nobel Prize

May 1st, 2018

55:21

We talk to astrophysicist Brian Keating about new his book Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science's …

Up To Date | Anonymous Study Subjects, Genetically Engineered Livestock, and Asteroids Delivering Water

April 28th, 2018

11:13

This week: Scott Pruitt’s fight against anonymous study subjects, a debate on should be regulating genetically engineered livestock, and new research …

How We Evolved to Have Free Will

April 23rd, 2018

44:13

We talk to biologist Kenneth R. Miller about his new book The Human Instinct: How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness, and Free Will.

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Up To Date | Night Owl Death, Space Launches, and Viagra’s Greater Purpose

April 20th, 2018

13:09

This week: new research shows being a night owl might mean you’re at a greater risk of dying early, multiple interesting space launches are …

Creating Empathy With Immersive Virtual Reality

April 16th, 2018

46:59

We talk to the founding director of Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Jeremy Bailenson. Bailenson’s lab studies how virtual reality can affect empathy—how it makes you feel to virtually embody someone …

Up-To-Date | Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence

April 13th, 2018

19:13

Kishore talks to Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti, authors of Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence.

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The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics

April 9th, 2018

54:48

We talk to astrophysicist Adam Becker about his new book What Is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics.

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Up-To-Date | James Webb, Shrimp, and Chilled-Out Monkeys

April 7th, 2018

10:37

We're introducing a new, additional weekly episode! Every Friday, listen to Indre and Kishore do a quick recap of some of the week's most interesting science news.

Today, we talk about why shrimp and lobster fishing …

The Neuroscience of How We Think

April 2nd, 2018

47:15

We have a big announcement! After 220 episodes, we are striking out on our own. Thanks to Mother Jones for being our home for the past 5 years. Look for new segments and episodes as we expand creatively, while still …

Jellyfish Science

March 27th, 2018

34:56

We talk to ocean scientist and science writer Juli Berwald about her new book Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone.

The Politics of Rainforests

March 20th, 2018

41:20

We talk to Rhett Butler, editor-in-chief and CEO of Mongabay, a nonprofit organization which seeks to raise interest in and appreciation of wild lands and wildlife, while examining the impact of emerging trends in …

What We Really Know About Gun Violence

March 13th, 2018

35:49

We talk to Stanford law professor and economist John Donohue who for the better part of the last 20 years has been doing research into understanding …

100% Renewable Energy by 2050

March 6th, 2018

44:53

We talk to Stanford professor of civil and environmental engineering Mark Jacobson about his research that shows it’s possible for the world to be using 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050.

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The Broad Potential of Psychoactive Drugs

February 27th, 2018

42:32

We talk to journalist and science writer Hamilton Morris about his Viceland docuseries “Hamilton's Pharmacopeia” and the history and science of psychoactive drugs.

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The Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

February 19th, 2018

46:24

We talk to Alex Hutchinson, author of Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance.

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It's Time to Rethink Ocean Conservation

February 6th, 2018

52:41

We talk to marine biologist, policy expert, and conservation strategist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson about why we need to rethink ocean conservation.

Science Got Women Wrong

January 23rd, 2018

51:17

We talk to science journalist and author Angela Saini about her latest book Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story.

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A Volcano Scientist Runs for Congress

January 16th, 2018

37:40

We talk to Jess Phoenix, a volcanologist, geologist, and 2018 Democratic candidate seeking election to California's 25th Congressional District.

Mapping Human Brains

January 9th, 2018

41:06

We talk to neuroscientist Lucina Uddin about her work mapping human brains.

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Losing Genes but Gaining Music | [BONUS EP] Cadence | S02 Episode 01

January 1st, 2018

32:43

Happy new year! It’s a bonus podcast: episode one of the second season of Indre’s other podcast, Cadence. 

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How One Emotion Connects Altruists and Psychopaths

December 25th, 2017

44:17

We talk to professor of psychology & neuroscience Abigail Marsh about her new book The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, …

Lessons in Investigating Death

December 19th, 2017

48:27

We talk to Ken Holmes, who worked in the Marin County Coroner’s Office for thirty-six years, starting as a death investigator and ending as the …

Lost Einsteins: Left Behind by the Innovation Economy

December 12th, 2017

30:13

We talk to celebrated Stanford economist Raj Chetty about his work focusing on using empirical evidence—often big data—to inform the design of more …

Getting Politicians to Talk About Science

December 5th, 2017

37:07

We talk to Sheril Kirshenbaum, executive director of Science Debate (sciencedebate.org), a nonpartisan organization that asks candidates, elected …

Black Hole Blues

November 28th, 2017

38:48

We talk to theoretical astrophysicist Janna Levin about her book Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space.

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Why Dinosaurs Matter

November 21st, 2017

46:44

We talk to paleontologist, professor, expeditioner, and science communicator Ken Lacovara about his recent book Why Dinosaurs Matter.

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What's Going on in the Brain of a Fetus?

November 14th, 2017

34:30

We talk to pediatric neuroscientist Moriah Thomason about her research into what we can learn by imaging the brains of fetuses before they're born.

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How Science Built One of the Greatest Basketball Teams in History

November 7th, 2017

42:26

We talk to sports writer Erik Malinowski about his new book Betaball: How Silicon Valley and Science Built One of the Greatest Basketball Teams in History.

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A Paid Climate Change Skeptic Switches Sides

October 30th, 2017

45:56

In a joint production with Stevie Lepp and the Reckonings podcast we hear from Jerry Taylor, a former professional climate change skeptic who switched sides entirely.

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Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything

October 24th, 2017

37:50

We talk to cartoonist and author Zach Weinersmith about his latest book, Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything, …

A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump

October 17th, 2017

42:19

We talk to renowned psychiatrist Allen Frances about his latest book Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump.

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Molecules From Caesar's Last Breath Are Inside You

October 3rd, 2017

41:30

We talk to science writer Sam Kean about his latest book Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us.

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Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology

September 27th, 2017

36:50

We talk to Oliver Uberti and James Cheshire, authors of the new book Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics.

Why Buddhism is True

September 18th, 2017

45:51

We talk to journalist, scholar, and prize-winning author Robert Wright about his latest book Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of …

The Psychology of Hate

September 12th, 2017

54:23

We talk to clinical psychologist Ali Mattu about the psychology of dehumanization and hate.

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Jonathan Lynn on Why US Healthcare Is Worthy of Ridicule

August 31st, 2017

28:48

We talk to award winning writer and director Jonathan Lynn about his latest novel, Samaritans, which is a satirical look at the US healthcare system. His films as director include Clue, Nuns on the Run (both of which he …

The Great American Solar Eclipse

August 15th, 2017

30:25

We talk to astronomer Andrew Fraknoi about the upcoming total solar eclipse—the first total solar eclipse over North America in decades—on August …

The Science of Game of Thrones

August 7th, 2017

36:17

We talk to English comedian and writer Helen Keen about her new book The Science of Game of Thrones: A myth-busting, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping and fun-filled expedition through the world of Game of Thrones.

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Why Are We Curious?

July 31st, 2017

45:16

We talk to acclaimed astrophysicist Mario Livio about his new book Why?: What Makes Us Curious.

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We've Got to Start Eating Insects

July 24th, 2017

50:46

We talk to entomologist Brian Fisher about his his research on ants in Mozambique and his new initiative to get entomologists more directly involved …

186 Jason Silva - Origins: The Journey of Humankind

July 17th, 2017

38:04

We talk to Jason Silva, host of National Geographic Channel’s new show Origins: The Journey of Humankind.

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185 Jennifer Latson - A True Story of Pathological Friendliness

July 3rd, 2017

44:42

We talk to journalist Jennifer Latson about Williams syndrome and her new book The Boy Who Loved Too Much: A True Story of Pathological Friendliness.

184 Zeynep Tufekci - Twitter and Tear Gas

June 26th, 2017

42:51

We talk to Zeynep Tufekci, writer and associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science, about her …

183 Dean Buonomano - The Neuroscience and Physics of Time

June 19th, 2017

52:12
We talk to neuroscientist Dean Buonomano about his new book “Your Brain Is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time.”

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182 Ty Tashiro - The Science of Being Awkward

June 6th, 2017

52:42
We talk to psychologist Ty Tashiro about his new book “Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward & Why That's Awesome.”

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181 Mike Drucker - How to Write Science Into Comedy

May 29th, 2017

41:32
We talk to Mike Drucker, co-head writer for Bill Nye Saves the World, writer for Adam Ruins Everything, the Tonight Show, and much more about incorporating science into comedy writing.

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180 The Unique Challenge of Being a Woman in Engineering [Collaboration with Cited]

May 22nd, 2017

48:29
In this second and final special collaborative episode with the Cited podcast, Indre and guest host Alexander B. Kim focus on women in engineering …

179 The Leaky Pipeline of Women in Science [Collaboration with Cited]

May 15th, 2017

56:07
In this special collaborative episode with the Cited podcast, Indre and guest host Alexander B. Kim look into the “leaky pipeline” of women in …

178 Teresa Zimmers - The Murky Science of Lethal Injection

May 9th, 2017

29:55
We talk to associate professor of surgery at Indiana University Teresa Zimmers about her work on whether or not lethal injection drugs actually provide a humane, painless death as promised.

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177 Bill Nye - Let’s Change the World

May 5th, 2017

27:35
We talk to Bill Nye about his approach to communicating climate change and what he hopes will change in the future.

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176 Paul Doherty - The Actual Science Behind Outlandish Deaths

April 25th, 2017

29:59
We talk to Paul Doherty, senior staff scientist at San Francisco’s famed Exploratorium Museum about his new book “And Then You're Dead: What Really …

175 Sharon Begley - Can't Just Stop: An Investigation of Compulsions

April 17th, 2017

46:51
We talk to science writer Sharon Begley about her new book “Can't Just Stop: An Investigation of Compulsions.”

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174 James Beacham - The Exciting World of Particle Hunters

April 10th, 2017

45:21
We talk to James Beacham, particle physicist with the ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN about what it’s like to hunt for strange …

[BONUS EP] Cadence | Episode 01: What Is Music?

April 4th, 2017

21:16
It's the first episode of Indre's new podcast, Cadence! (Don’t worry, she’s not leaving Inquiring Minds.) Cadence is a podcast about music and how it …

173 Mary Roach - Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

April 4th, 2017

35:56
We talk to science writer Mary Roach about the science of your guts and her book “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal.”

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172 Dan Ariely - The Surprising Science of What Motivates Us

March 27th, 2017

34:06
We talk to Dan Ariely, the James B Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University about what actually motivates us to get …

171 Siddhartha Roy - The Science Behind the Flint Water Crisis

March 20th, 2017

44:59
We talk to Siddhartha Roy, a PhD student and graduate researcher in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Roy is a founding member of the Virginia Tech Flint Water Study and has worked …

170 Steven Hatch - Inferno: A Doctor's Ebola Story

March 13th, 2017

45:55
We talk to Dr. Steven Hatch, a specialist in infectious diseases and immunology about his latest book “Inferno: A Doctor's Ebola Story,” an account …

169 Daniel Levitin - The Emerging Epidemic of the Silent Home

March 6th, 2017

44:58
We talk to neuroscientist, music producer, and best-selling author Daniel Levitin about his recent research into how playing music in the home affects us.

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168 Alison Van Eenennaam - Gene Editing Livestock

February 27th, 2017

33:04
We talk to researcher in Animal Genomics and Biotechnology at UC Davis Alison Van Eenennaam about the science of gene editing livestock.

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167 Haider Warraich - Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life

February 20th, 2017

41:39
We talk to physician, writer, and clinical researcher Haider Warraich about his most recent book "Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life."

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166 Alan Burdick - Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation

February 13th, 2017

47:38
We talk to Alan Burdick, staff writer and former senior editor for The New Yorker, about his most recent book "Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation.”

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165 Nate Allen - Why Science Is Huge on Reddit

February 6th, 2017

34:24
We talk to Nate Allen, chemist and head moderator of one of the internet’s largest science communities: Reddit’s r/science subreddit.

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164 Alexandra Wolfe - Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story

January 23rd, 2017

48:08
We talk to author and Wall Street Journal reporter Alexandra Wolfe about her new book Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story.

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163 Dave Levitan - The Return Of "I'm Not a Scientist”

January 16th, 2017

34:43
This week, as we near the inauguration of Donald Trump, we revisit a conversation with science journalist Dave Levitan about his book Not a …

162 Paul Bloom - Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion

January 9th, 2017

40:57
We welcome back cognitive scientist Paul Bloom to talk about his new book Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion.

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160 Helen Czerski - The Little Bits of Physics in Everyday Life

December 16th, 2016

36:27
We talk to physicist and oceanographer Helen Czerski about her new book Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life.

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159 David Grinspoon - Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future

December 9th, 2016

49:18
We talk to astrobiologist David Grinspoon about his latest book Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future.

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158 Lee van der Voo - The Fish Market: Inside the Big-Money Battle for the Ocean and Your Dinner Plate

December 2nd, 2016

42:20
We talk to investigative journalist Lee van der Voo about her new book The Fish Market: Inside the Big-Money Battle for the Ocean and Your Dinner Plate.

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157 Erik Vance - The Curious Science of Your Brain's Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal

November 25th, 2016

33:38
We talk to science writer Erik Vance about his new book Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain's Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal.

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156 Heather Hill - Taking a Second Look at SeaWorld

November 18th, 2016

50:15
We talk to marine biologist and marine mammal specialist Heather Hill about her work on marine mammal training and why it might disagree with much of …

155 Chris and Evan Hadfield - An Astronaut Explores the Arctic

November 12th, 2016

36:33
We talk to Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield and his son Evan Hadfield about their recent exploration into the Arctic and Greenland on the legendary icebreaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov.

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154 Changing Political Minds - The Deep Story With Arlie Hochschild and Reckonings

November 4th, 2016

1:18:40
We team up with Stephanie Lepp from the Reckonings podcast and talk to sociologist Arlie Hochschild about whether or not this election is causing …

153 Merlin Tuttle - The Secret Lives of Bats

October 28th, 2016

45:50
We talk to ecologist, conservationist and wildlife photographer Merlin Tuttle about his book The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World's …

152 Abigail Tucker - How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World

October 22nd, 2016

48:26
We talk to science writer Abigail Tucker about her new book The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World.

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151 Irva Hertz-Picciotto - Should We Worry More About Toxic Environmental Chemicals?

October 14th, 2016

51:40
We talk to Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Professor at the University of California Davis MIND Institute, Director of the NIH-funded UC Davis Environmental …

150 Stuart Firestein - Why Science Needs to Fail

September 30th, 2016

44:24
We talk to Stuart Firestein, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, about his latest book Failure: Why Science Is So …

149 Sarah Ballard / Jackie Speier - The Appalling Reality of Harassment in Science

September 23rd, 2016

59:16
We talk to exoplanetary astronomer Sarah Ballard and congresswoman Jackie Speier about sexual harassment within the scientific community.

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148 Judith Schwartz - Hope for a Thirsty World

September 16th, 2016

46:25
We talk to science journalist Judith Schwartz about her new book Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World.

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147 Dave Levitan - How Politicians Mangle Science

September 9th, 2016

39:18
We talk to science journalist Dave Levitan about his new book Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science.

146 John Hargrove - Taking on SeaWorld

August 26th, 2016

57:38
We talk to former Senior killer-whale trainer for SeaWorld and supervisor of Killer Whale Training for Marineland in the South of France about his book Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond …

145 Carin Bondar - Wild Sex

August 19th, 2016

33:53
We talk to biologist Carin Bondar about her new book Wild Sex: The Science Behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom.

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144 Ed Yong - I Contain Multitudes

August 12th, 2016

44:05
We talk to award-winning British science writer Ed Yong about his recent book I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life.

143 The Stories That Collection Museums Hold

August 8th, 2016

1:05:32
We talk about the significance of collection museums with Emily Grasile, Chief Curiosity Correspondent at the Field Museum; Shannon Bennett, Chief of …

142 Hank Greely - The End of Sex

July 22nd, 2016

52:27
We talk to Hank Greely, director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford University’s School of Medicine about his new book The End of …

141 Marek Glezerman - The Science of Gender Medicine

July 15th, 2016

38:59
We talk to Marek Glezerman, professor emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology and currently chairman of the Ethics Committee at the Sackler School of …

140 Janna Levin - This Is the Sound of Two Black Holes Colliding

July 8th, 2016

40:38
We talk to Janna Levin, professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College and author of Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space.

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139 Peter Willcox - Adventures in Protecting the Future of Our Planet

July 1st, 2016

54:32
We talk to Peter Willcox, Captain for Greenpeace for over 30 years and author of Greenpeace Captain: My Adventures in Protecting the Future of Our Planet.

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138 Mary Roach - The Curious Science of Humans at War

June 24th, 2016

45:49
We welcome best-selling science writer Mary Roach back on the show to talk about her latest book Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War.

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137 Jonah Berger - The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior

June 17th, 2016

44:09
We talk to professor of marketing and New York Times bestselling author Jonah Berger about his latest book Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior.

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136 Siddhartha Mukherjee - An Intimate History of the Gene

June 10th, 2016

37:21
We talk to cancer physician and researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee about his latest book The Gene: An Intimate History.

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135 Sean Carroll - Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself

June 3rd, 2016

51:17
We talk to theoretical physicist Sean Carroll about his latest book The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself.

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134 Anders Ericsson - How to Do Everything Better

May 20th, 2016

55:23
Does it take 10,000 hours to become an expert at something? Probably not, says our guest this week—who happens to be the author of the paper which …

133 Ben Beard - How Global Warming Is Making Some Diseases Even Scarier

May 13th, 2016

47:01
We talk to Ben Beard, associate director for climate change and chief of the bacterial diseases branch at the Centers for Disease Control and …

131 Josh Willis - Greenland Is Melting!

April 29th, 2016

33:02
Evidence is mounting that Greenland is melting at a faster and faster rate. We talked to Josh Willis—senior scientist at NASA JPL’s Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) project—about how changing water temperatures in our …

130 Bill Nye - Fighting Climate Denial

April 22nd, 2016

41:10
We talk to Bill Nye about climate change denial and what we can do to fight it.

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129 Greg Marcus - Understanding Heart Disease With Big Data

April 15th, 2016

49:16
We talk to Dr. Greg Marcus, the Director of Clinical Research for the UCSF Division of Cardiology about heart disease and how things like smart …

128 Sy Montgomery - The Soul of an Octopus

April 8th, 2016

38:48
We talk to naturalist and author Sy Montgomery about her latest book The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of …

127 Carl Zimmer - The Mysterious World of Viruses

April 1st, 2016

40:18
We talk to science writer and New York Times columnist Carl Zimmer about viruses. Viral fragments make up 8% of our entire genome—how much do we …

126 Maria Konnikova - The Science of Why We Fall for Cons

March 25th, 2016

57:21
We talk to Maria Konnikova about her new book The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time.

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125 Anthony James - How Deadly Are Mosquitoes?

March 11th, 2016

51:16
We talk to Anthony James, distinguished professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at UC Irvine about the most deadly animal to human beings: …

124 Joanne Ruthsatz & Kimberly Stephens - Is There a Link Between Prodigy and Autism?

March 4th, 2016

58:45
We talk to Joanne Ruthsatz and Kimberly Stephens, authors of The Prodigy's Cousin: The Family Link Between Autism and Extraordinary Talent.

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123 J. Kenji López-Alt - Better Home Cooking Through Science

February 26th, 2016

38:57

On the show this week we talk to J. Kenji López-Alt, managing culinary director of Serious Eats and author of The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking …

122 Nancy Krieger - Police Involved Killings Are Public Health Data

February 19th, 2016

40:14
On the show this week we talk to social epidemiologist Nancy Krieger about her research that suggests we should start tracking law enforcement …

121 Marah Hardt - Sex in the Sea

February 12th, 2016

56:51
On this special Valentine’s Day episode we talk to marine biologist Marah Hardt about 8-foot long whale penises, shark ejaculation systems, vagina …

120 Eric Weiner - The Geography of Genius

February 5th, 2016

58:34
On the show this week we talk to bestselling author Eric Weiner about his latest book The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley.

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119 Kara Platoni - Hacking Human Perception

January 29th, 2016

1:09:37
On the show this week we talk to science reporter Kara Platoni about her new book We Have the Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and …

118 Kim Cobb - The Evolution of El Niño

January 22nd, 2016

44:41
On the show this week we talk to climate scientist Kim Cobb about the science of El Niño and climate change—and how studying coral can help us understand both.

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117 Douglas Fields - The Science of Rage and Why We Snap

January 15th, 2016

1:06:30
On the show this week we talk to neurobiologist Douglas Fields about his new book Why We Snap: Understanding the Rage Circuit in Your Brain.

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116 Indre and Kishore’s 2016 Science Predictions

January 8th, 2016

38:24
On the show this week Indre and Kishore share their predictions for what some of the big science stories of 2016 will be.

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115 Chris Ferguson - Violence in Video Games

December 18th, 2015

1:11:00
On the show this week we return to the topic of violence in video games. We spoke to psychologist Chris Ferguson who offers a contrasting view on the …

114 Mark Schatzker - The Dorito Effect

December 11th, 2015

55:11
On the show this week we talk to Mark Schatzker, author of The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor, “a lively and important argument from an award-winning journalist proving that the key to …

113 Robert Sapolsky - Being Human

December 4th, 2015

1:07:06
Robert Sapolsky is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University, and a research associate with the …

112 Ed Lu - The Real Threat of Asteroids

November 27th, 2015

57:11
Ed Lu is a former astronaut and current CEO of the B612 Foundation. On the show this week we talked to him about the threat of asteroids hitting our planet—and what we can do about it.

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111 Steve Croft - The Feeding Habits of Supermassive Black Holes

November 20th, 2015

43:16
On the show this week we talk to UC Berkeley astronomy researcher Steve Croft about the science of supermassive black holes.

110 Cady Coleman - Our Calling to Space

November 13th, 2015

57:45
On the show this week we talk to astronaut Dr. Cady Coleman about the human side of space exploration.

“Leaving the planet is just something people …

109 Dava Newman - The Future of Space Exploration

November 6th, 2015

43:52
Dava Newman is the Deputy Administrator of NASA. On the show this week we talked to her about the future of space exploration.

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108 Adam Galinsky & Maurice Schweitzer - The Science of Sex, Power, and Competition

October 30th, 2015

49:36
On the show this week we talk to Adam Galinsky and Maurice Schweitzer about the research behind their new book Friend & Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both.

“A lot of what we call …

107 Ariel Waldman - Hacking Science

October 25th, 2015

57:32
Ariel Waldman makes “massively multiplayer science”, instigating unusual collaborations that spark clever creations for science and space exploration.

106 Brad Bushman - The Science of Gun Violence

October 16th, 2015

52:54
On the show this week we talk to psychologist Brad Bushman about the science of gun violence.

Brad Bushman is a professor of communication and …

105 Brad Voytek - We Neuroscientists Don't Really Know What Your Brain Is Doing

October 9th, 2015

59:39
The website for neuroscientist Brad Voytek’s lab begins like this: “Do not buy into the false belief that neuroscientists actually know what the brain is doing.” On the show this week we talked to Voytek to find out …

104 Justin Rubinstein - Humans Are Causing Earthquakes in Oklahoma

October 2nd, 2015

41:07
In 2014 there were 585 magnitude three or above earthquakes in Oklahoma. In 2013 that number was only 109. And it turns out we’re to blame for the increase.

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103 M. R. O'Connor - Resurrection Science and the Precarious Future of Wild Things

September 25th, 2015

58:43
On the show this week we talk to M. R. O'Connor about her book Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction and the Precarious Future of Wild Things.

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102 Beth Shapiro - The Science of De-Extinction

September 18th, 2015

58:13
How do you clone a mammoth? We asked Beth Shapiro. Shapiro is associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of …

101 Lucky Yates - The Science of Archer

September 11th, 2015

59:03
This week we have an extra special episode: It was recorded live on stage in Atlanta for this year’s Dragon Con. We talk about the science of Archer—the hit FX series TV series created by Adam Reed. To do that, we …

100 Steve Silberman - Remembering Oliver Sacks / The Legacy of Autism

September 4th, 2015

1:06:00
This week, on our 100th episode, we remember Oliver Sacks, neurologist, author, and mentor to Indre. We talk to Steve Silberman—who was also close …

99 Marc Lewis - Why Addiction Is Not a Disease

August 21st, 2015

52:27
Marc Lewis is a neuroscientist, professor of developmental psychology, and author of the new book The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not a …

98 Fred Perlak - Inside the Mind of a Monsanto Scientist

August 14th, 2015

59:37
The science behind genetically modified food is a very divisive issue for a lot of people. We’ve already talked about it a few times on the show, but this week we sought out a new perspective and talked to Fred Perlak, …

97 Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis - How Music Plays the Mind

August 7th, 2015

49:22
Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis was trained as a concert pianist and is now the director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas. On the …

96 David Casarett - A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

July 31st, 2015

50:15

On the show this week we talk to David Casarett, M.D. about his latest book Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana.

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95 Wade Roush - How Disasters Affect Science

July 24th, 2015

1:00:44

On the show this week we talk to journalist and educator Wade Roush about how disasters can affect our appreciation of the science behind them—and what we can do to be sure the right story gets out.

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94 Michael Hiltzik - The Invention That Launched the Military-Industrial Complex

July 17th, 2015

54:38

On the show this week we talk to Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Michael Hiltzik about his new book Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention …

93 Alvin Roth - The New Economics of Who Gets What—and Why

July 10th, 2015

58:17

On the show this week we talk to Nobel Memorial Prize winning economist Alvin Roth about his latest book Who Gets What—and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design.

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92 Will Walker & Kevin Czinger - The Future of 3D Printing

June 26th, 2015

51:30
On the show this week we explore the future of 3D Printing. To do so, Indre goes to SolidCon—a conference about “Hardware, Software & the …

91 Rachel Kalmar - The Power of Wearable Technology

June 19th, 2015

59:09

Rachel Kalmar is a neuroscientist, data scientist, and world record holder for number of wearable sensors worn daily. On the show this week we talk …

90 Will Smith & Norman Chan - Understanding Virtual Reality

June 12th, 2015

55:54

On the show this week we talk all things virtual reality with Will Smith and Norman Chan from Tested.com. Did VR fail in the 90s?How many times does …

89 Eric Cheng - The Science Behind Drones

June 5th, 2015

46:58

Eric Cheng is an award-winning photographer and publisher, and is the Director of Aerial Imaging and General Manager of the San Francisco office at …

88 Alan Levinovitz - The Gluten Lie

May 29th, 2015

58:28
Alan Levinovitz is an assistant professor of Chinese philosophy and religion at James Madison University and author of The Gluten Lie: And Other Myths About What You Eat.
On the show this week we talk to Levinovitz about …

87 Stephen Dubner - Freakonomics and the Danger of Certainty

May 22nd, 2015

56:48

On the show this week we talk to Stephen Dubner, award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He is best-known for writing, along with the economist Steven D. Levitt, Freakonomics and …

86 Adam Rogers - The Science of Booze

May 15th, 2015

53:07
Adam Rogers is an editor at Wired and the author of Proof: The Science of Booze. On the show this week we talk to Rogers about alcohol and the …

85 James Krupa - Teaching Evolution in Kentucky

May 8th, 2015

57:50

James Krupa is a professor of biology at the University of Kentucky. On the show this week we talk to Krupa about a recent article he wrote for Orion …

84 Ivan Oransky - The Fetishization of Scientific Papers

May 2nd, 2015

1:05:31

Ivan Oransky is vice president and global editorial director of MedPage Today and co-founder of Retraction Watch. On the show this week we talk to Oransky about retractions and the gospel of the scientific paper.

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83 Traci Mann - The Science of Weight Loss

April 24th, 2015

1:08:08
On the show this week we talk to Traci Mann, professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota and author of the new book Secrets from the …

82 Alex Garland - The Science of Ex Machina

April 17th, 2015

1:02:39

Alex Garland is the writer and director of Ex Machina, a recently released film about what happens when someone is asked to interact with what might be the world's first true artificial intelligence (as well as the …

81 Sanjoy Mahajan - Street-Fighting Mathematics

April 10th, 2015

59:45

On the show this week we talk to Sanjoy Mahajan, Associate Professor of Applied Science and Engineering at Olin College of Engineering, Visiting …

80 Norman Doidge - How Plastic Is Your Brain?

April 3rd, 2015

57:46

Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher, author, essayist and poet. He is on faculty at the University of Toronto’s …

79 Ken Caldeira - Can Geoengineering Save the Planet?

March 27th, 2015

1:04:47

On the show this week we talk to Ken Caldeira, a climate scientist working for the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Global Ecology at …

78 Bill Gifford - Can Science Keep You Young Forever?

March 20th, 2015

1:07:18

On the show this week we talk to Bill Gifford, author of the new book Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying).

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77 Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo - Sugar Science

March 13th, 2015

1:03:50

On the show this week, we talk to Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Professor of Medicine and Director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at San …

76 Jonathan Eisen - The Tiny World of Microbes Inside You

March 6th, 2015

1:04:00

On the show this week we talk to evolutionary biologist Jonathan Eisen, who studies the evolution and ecology of microbes and genomes. We delve into …

75 Kevin Kelly - What Technology Wants

February 27th, 2015

1:00:14

On the show this week we talk to Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor of Wired magazine and former editor of the incredibly influential Whole Earth …

74 Kathleen Hall Jamieson - Fact Checking Science

February 20th, 2015

59:43

On the show this week we talk to Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC …

73 David J. Morris - The History and Science of PTSD

February 13th, 2015

58:28

On the show this week we talk to David J Morris, former Marine infantry officer, war correspondent, and author of The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. We explore the history of PTSD and the …

72 Andy Weir - The Science of The Martian

February 6th, 2015

1:05:15
On the show this week we talk to author Andy Weir about The Martian, his hit science fiction novel about a man stranded on Mars—which is now being made into a film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon. The …

71 Ed Boyden - Blowing Up the Brain

January 30th, 2015

49:36

Ed Boyden is the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Synthetic Neurobiology research group and he wants blow up the brain. Sort of. He and his team have …

70 Brian Fisher - The Real Ant-Man

January 23rd, 2015

59:02
Brian Fisher is really into ants. And after listening to him talk about them on this week’s show, I suspect he might convince you to appreciate them …

69 Katie Mack - Dark Matter: Invisible, and Probably Flying through You Right Now

January 16th, 2015

49:20
Dark matter: it makes up 80 to 85 percent of the matter in the universe, it’s invisible, you can’t touch it, and according to this week’s guest astrophysicist Katie Mack, it’s probably passing through you right now.
Dark …

68 Matt Walker - Why Did We Evolve to Sleep?

January 9th, 2015

1:02:21
On the show this week we talk to Matt Walker, Principal Investigator at UC Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab. Walker opens our eyes to exactly how important (and bizarre) sleep is—from the insane effects not …

67 Gabriele Oettingen - Rethinking Positive Thinking

January 2nd, 2015

1:08:26

On the show this week we talk to Professor of Psychology Gabriele Oettingen about her new book Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science …

66 Adam Savage - The Joy of Being a Maker

December 26th, 2014

33:51

On the show this week we talk to Mythbusters host and friend of the show Adam Savage. We caught up with Savage shortly after our live show with him (episode 58) at his workshop in San Francisco. Indre talks to Savage …

65 Matt Parker - Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension

December 19th, 2014

1:05:17
On the show this week Indre talks to mathematician and comedian Matt Parker about how math is way more fascinating that you probably think—and how it's connected to everything from credit card numbers to autocorrect.

64 Sharman Apt Russell - Chasing Tiger Beetles as a Citizen Scientist

December 12th, 2014

57:54
On the show this week we talk to nature and science writer Sharman Apt Russell about citizen science—real scientific research done by people who are not professional scientists. We talk about her latest book, Diary of …

63 Donald Johanson - Lucy's Legacy, 40 Years Later

December 5th, 2014

42:19
On the show this week guest host Cynthia Graber talks to paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson, most well known for discovering the fossil of a female …

62 Christine Kenneally - How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures

November 28th, 2014

55:12
On the show this week we talk to journalist and science writer Christine Kenneally about her latest book, The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures.
And we’re …

61 George Church - Hacking Mosquitoes to Fight Malaria

November 21st, 2014

48:57
On the show this week guest host Cynthia Graber talks to George Church—a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and the author of Regenesis: …

60 Paul Bloom - Babies and the Origins of Good and Evil

November 14th, 2014

1:00:43
On the show this week we talk to cognitive scientist Paul Bloom about the morality of babies. Most of us think of babies as selfish, impulsive, and …

59 David Grinspoon - The Science of Interstellar

November 7th, 2014

53:30
On the show this week we welcome guest host David Corn, political journalist and Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones. Corn interviews …

58 Adam Savage - Live on Stage in San Francisco

October 31st, 2014

36:22

On the show this week Indre talks to Adam Savage about the future of science communication (and why it’s terrifying TV networks), why he’s worried Elon Musk might become a Marvel supervillain, and why it’s so important …

57 William Gibson - The Future Will View Us as a Joke

October 24th, 2014

57:39
On the show this week we talk to author William Gibson about time travel, cronuts, and his new 22nd century novel.
We also talk to infectious disease doctor and co-founder of Wellbody Alliance, Dan Kelly, who is …

56 Steven Johnson - Innovations That Made the Modern World

October 17th, 2014

52:04
On the show this week we talk to Steven Johnson, author of the new book How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World. In it, Johnson argues that seemingly mundane scientific breakthroughs have changed …

55 Daniel Levitin - The Organized Mind

October 10th, 2014

1:09:26

On the show this week we talk to cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist, musician, and writer Daniel Levitin about his new book The Organized Mind: …

54 Steven Pinker - The Science Behind Writing Well

October 2nd, 2014

48:59
San Francisco! Come see us interview Adam Savage live on Oct. 28!
http://www.bayareascience.org/event/im-story-collider/
On the show this week we talk …

53 Naomi Klein - Climate Changes Everything

September 26th, 2014

1:02:12
Come see us interview Adam Savage live in San Francisco on Oct. 28!
http://www.bayareascience.org/event/im-story-collider/
On the show this week we …

52 Al Gore - The Politics of Climate Change

September 17th, 2014

34:01
On the show this week we talk to former Vice President Al Gore. He shares his thoughts on President Obama's global warming record, the upcoming United Nations climate meeting, the impact of fracking, and China's plans …

51 Brendan Nyhan - Will Facts Matter in the 2014 Election?

September 12th, 2014

58:31
On the show this week we talk to Dartmouth political scientist Brendan Nyhan, who has focused much of his research on employing the tools of social …

50 William Poundstone - Understanding Randomness

September 5th, 2014

52:59
On the show this week we talk about randomness with science writer William Poundstone, author of the new book Rock Breaks Scissors.
Poundstone explains why we’re so terrible at trying to come up with random sequences …

49 Arie Kruglanski - The Science of What Makes a Terrorist

August 29th, 2014

47:51
"Its Islam over everything."
So read the Twitter bio of Douglas McAuthur McCain—or, as he reportedly called himself, "Duale Khalid"—the San Diego man who is apparently the first American to be killed while fighting for …

48 K Clancy, R Nelson, J Rutherford, & K Hinde - The Epidemic of Harassment in Scientific Field Work

August 22nd, 2014

1:01:32
One of the most difficult parts of getting a Ph.D. is finishing your dissertation. Beyond the mountain of work a dissertation requires, graduate …

47 Anthony Ingraffea - The Science of Fracking

August 15th, 2014

59:37
On the political right, it's pretty popular these days to claim that the left exaggerates scientific worries about hydraulic fracturing, or …

46 David Casarett - The Science of Death

August 8th, 2014

56:28
On the show this week we talk to University of Pennsylvania professor of medicine David Casarett about his book Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead.
Casarett explains the science of resuscitation—and …

45 Barb Oakley - The Science of Learning

July 31st, 2014

54:19
Charles Dickens, perhaps the greatest of the Victorian novelists, was a man of strict routine. Every day, notes his biographer Claire Tomalin, …

44 David Epstein - The Science Behind the World's Greatest Athletes

July 25th, 2014

1:09:17
What makes a great athlete? Talent? Training? Or is mostly genetic?
On the show this week we get some answers from sports writer David Epstein while discussing his new book The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of …

43 Naomi Oreskes - The Collapse of Western Civilization

July 18th, 2014

54:53
You don't know it yet. There's no way that you could. But 400 years from now, a historian will write that the time in which you're now living is the …

42 Arthur I. Miller - How Science Is Revolutionizing Art

July 11th, 2014

1:00:36
On the show this week we welcome Arthur I. Miller—physics Ph.D., science historian, philosopher—and an art aficionado to boot. We talked to Miller …

41 Amy Stewart - The Science Behind the World's Alcohol

July 4th, 2014

48:29
It's the 4th of July, and you love your country. Your likely next step: Fire off some small scale explosives, and drink a lot of beer.
But that last …

40 Zach Weinersmith - Baby Catapulting and Other Great Terrible Hypotheses

June 27th, 2014

57:07
There's nothing quite as satisfying as a really good joke. Someone has made a clever new connection between two mundane things that we've all encountered—and suddenly we have a lovely "aha" moment. We find it funny.
That …

39 Jordan Ellenberg - Why Math Is The Ultimate BS Detector

June 20th, 2014

48:50
Chances are that when you think about math—which, for most of us, happens pretty infrequently—you don't think of it in anything like the way that …

38 Sam Kean - These Brains Changed Neuroscience Forever

June 13th, 2014

57:35
We've all been mesmerized by them—those beautiful brain scan images that make us feel like we're on the cutting edge of scientifically decoding how …

37 Raychelle Burks - Zombie Repellent and Other Awesome Uses for Chemistry

June 5th, 2014

1:00:27
Remember those stick-figures of chemical compounds you were forced to memorize in high school? Remember how useless it seemed at the time? Can you …

36 Harry Collins - Why Googling Doesn't Make You a Scientific Expert

May 30th, 2014

54:46
Remember "Climategate"? It was the 2009 non-scandal scandal in which a trove of climate scientists' emails, pilfered from the University of East Anglia in the UK, were used to call all of modern climate research into …

35 Richard Alley - West Antarctica Is Melting and We Can't Stop It

May 22nd, 2014

55:15
If you want to truly grasp the scale of the Earth's polar ice sheets, you need some help from Isaac Newton. Newton taught us the universal law of …

34 John Oliver - This World Will Be a Ball of Fire Before It Stops Being Funny

May 15th, 2014

46:14
In late April, former Daily Show correspondent John Oliver kicked off his HBO news-satire program, Last Week Tonight. Oliver, who spent nearly eight …

33 David Amodio - The Science of Prejudice

May 9th, 2014

1:00:59
When the audio of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling telling his girlfriend not to "bring black people" to his team's games hit the Internet, the condemnations were immediate. It was clear to all that Sterling was a …

32 Katharine Hayhoe - Climate Science and Christianity

May 2nd, 2014

49:47
Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, an evangelical Christian, has had quite the run lately. A few weeks back, she was featured in the first episode of the Showtime series The Years of Living Dangerously, meeting with …

31 Mary Roach - The Science of Your Guts

April 25th, 2014

48:43
Mary Roach has been called "America's funniest science writer." Master of the monosyllabically titled bestseller, she has explored sex in Bonk, corpses in Stiff, and the afterlife in Spook. Her latest book, now out in …

30 Jared Diamond - The Third Chimpanzee

April 18th, 2014

51:57
Jared Diamond, author of a suite of massive, bestselling books about the precarious state of our civilization (including the Pulitzer-winning Guns, …

29 Neil Shubin - Your Inner Fish

April 10th, 2014

43:10
We all know the Darwin fish, the clever car-bumper parody of the Christian "ichthys" symbol, or Jesus fish. Unlike the Christian symbol, the Darwin …

28 John Hibbing - The Biology of Ideology

April 4th, 2014

45:36
Thomas Jefferson was a smart dude. And in one of his letters to John Adams, dated June 27, 1813, Jefferson made an observation about the nature of …

27 Ethan Perlstein - Scenes from the Postdocalypse

March 28th, 2014

54:06
How do you become a scientist? Ask anyone in the profession and you'll probably hear some version of the following: get a Bachelor's of Science …

26 Phil Plait - Just After the Big Bang

March 21st, 2014

51:27

We all heard the cosmos-stretching news this week. On Monday, a team of researchers working with a special telescope at the South Pole confirmed that …

25 Neil deGrasse Tyson - Finally, Science Is Cool

March 14th, 2014

45:08

Last week, Fox's and National Geographic's new Cosmos series set a new milestone in television history. According to National Geographic, it was the …

24 Jennifer Ouellette - Is The Self an Illusion, or Is There Really a “You” In There?

March 7th, 2014

47:31
Who are you?
The question may seem effortless to answer: You are the citizen of a country, the resident of a city, the child of particular parents, …

23 Edward Frenkel - What Your Teachers Never Told You About Math

February 28th, 2014

57:35
As Edward Frenkel sees it, the way we teach math in schools today is about as exciting as watching paint dry. So it's not surprising that when he …

22 Jennifer Francis and Kevin Trenberth - Is Global Warming Driving Crazy Winters?

February 21st, 2014

53:52
Just when weather weary Americans thought they'd found a reprieve, the latest forecasts suggest that the polar vortex will, again, descent into the …

21 Steven Novella - No, GMOs Won't Harm Your Health

February 14th, 2014

51:18

With historic drought battering California's produce and climate change expected to jeopardize the global food supply, there are few questions more …

20 Maria Konnikova - How to Make Your Brain Work Better

February 7th, 2014

54:43

You're a busy person. Keeping up with your job, plus your life, is the very definition of multitasking. It doesn't help that when working, you're …

19 Kari Byron - How to Safely Blow Stuff Up When You're Pregnant

January 31st, 2014

42:48
Most expecting women ask their doctors whether it's okay to eat blue cheese, or have the odd glass of wine, while they're pregnant. Or maybe whether to stay away from fish, because of the mercury. When she was pregnant …

18 Eugenie Scott & Ann Reid - The Assault on Science Education

January 24th, 2014

49:17
In recent decades, there have been countless infringements, and attempted infringements, upon accurate science education across the country. The "war …

17 Michael Pollan - The Science of Eating Well (And Not Falling For Diet Fads)

January 16th, 2014

57:40

The Paleo diet is hot. Those who follow it are attempting, they say, to mimic our ancient ancestors—minus the animal-skin fashions and the total lack …

16 Deborah Blum - The Science of Poisoning

January 10th, 2014

44:23
As a writer, Deborah Blum says she has a "love of evil chemistry." It seems that audiences do too: Her latest book, The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, was not only a …

15 Mark Ruffalo - Our 100 Percent Clean Energy Future

January 3rd, 2014

56:11
For Mark Ruffalo, environmental activism started out with something to oppose, to be against: Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. It all began when …

14 Carolyn Porco - Why Seeing Earth From Space Matters

December 27th, 2013

52:52

On Valentine's Day 1990, from more than four billion miles away, the Voyager 1 spacecraft snapped our photo. From that distance, there wasn't much to …

13 Ara Norenzayan - Why Do Atheists Exist?

December 20th, 2013

45:40
Americans don't like atheists much. It's something we get reminded of every December, as Fox News commentators decry a secularist "war on Christmas." …

12 Joshua Greene – The New Science of Morality

December 13th, 2013

49:28
It's an old distinction: Science tells us what the world is like, but it can never tell us how we ought to behave in such a world. That's the realm …

11 Maryn McKenna - Our Scary Post-Antibiotic Future

December 6th, 2013

55:29
It's flu season. And we're all about to crisscross the country to exchange hugs, kisses and germs. We're going to get sick. And when we do, many of us will run to our doctors and, hoping to get better, demand …

10 Simon Singh - How the Simpsons Have Secretly Been Teaching You Math

November 22nd, 2013

45:50
Simon Singh isn't exactly your average fan of Fox's The Simpsons. He has a Ph.D. in particle physics from Cambridge, and made an award-winning documentary about Fermat's Last Theorem. Let's be frank: He's a math geek.

9 Michael Mann - From Computer Geek to Political Giant Slayer

November 15th, 2013

45:10
On the show this week we talk to climate researcher Michael Mann about how he, as a self-described math and computer nerd working in an esoteric …

8 Alison Gopnik - We All Start Out as Scientists, But Some of Us Forget

November 7th, 2013

40:28
This week we feature a conversation with psychologist Alison Gopnik, recorded live at the 2013 Bay Area Science Festival. Gopnik talks about her …

7 George Johnson - Why Most of What You've Heard About Cancer is Wrong

November 1st, 2013

57:30
This week, we speak with veteran science journalist George Johnson, whose new book The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery helps turn much traditional thinking about cancer on its head. It's a …

6 Jonathan Haidt - This is Why Your Political Opponents Hate You

October 25th, 2013

39:53
Why is America so polarized? Why are our politicians so dysfunctional? Why do they sometimes even seem to downright hate each other?
In this episode …

5 Dan Kahan and Stephan Lewandowsky - How Do You Make People Give a Damn About Climate Change?

October 18th, 2013

53:34
As two top researchers studying the science of science communication—a hot new field that combines psychology with public opinion research—Dan Kahan …

4 Randy Schekman - This 2013 Nobel Laureate Says College Is Way Too Expensive

October 11th, 2013

48:16
This week we talk to Randy Schekman, the University of California-Berkeley cell biologist who was just awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine for …

3 Sylvia Earle - Why the Oceans Are Not Too Big to Fail

October 4th, 2013

50:52
This week we talk to scientist and explorer Sylvia Earle, a woman who has spent almost a year of her life under water. She explains why the oceans are "not too big to fail." But she also says that just maybe, we're …

2 Alan Weisman - Can We Finally Have a Serious Talk About Population?

September 27th, 2013

49:50
This week, Chris Mooney talks to environmental journalist Alan Weisman, who explains why, following on his 2007 New York Times bestseller The World …

1 Marsha Ivins - What It's Like To Spend 55 Days in Space

September 20th, 2013

58:48

There aren't many people on Earth who have spent more of their life in space than Marsha Ivins.

A veteran of five space shuttle missions, Ivins has spent a total of 55 days in orbit, on missions devoted to such diverse …

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