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Science for the People

300 EpisodesProduced by Rachelle Saunders, Bethany Brookshire, Anika Hazra, & Marion KilgourWebsite

Science for the People is a long-format interview podcast that explores the connections between science, popular culture, history, and public policy, to help listeners understand the evidence and arguments behind what's in the news and on the shelves. Our hosts sit down with science researchers, wri… read more

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#568 Poker Face Psychology

July 27th, 2020

1:00:00

Anyone who's seen pop culture depictions of poker might think statistics and math is the only way to get ahead. But no, there's psychology too. …

#567 Because Internet

July 20th, 2020

1:00:00

This week we dig into the grammar, idiosyncracies, and patterns of mondern writing the internet has made not just possible, but necessary: the writing you and I do all the time via email, text and Tweet. Join host …

#566 Is Your Gut Leaking?

July 12th, 2020

1:00:00

This week we're busting the human gut wide open with Dr. Alessio Fasano from the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital. Join host Anika Hazra for our discussion separating fact from …

#565 The Great Wide Indoors

June 28th, 2020

1:00:00

We're all spending a bit more time indoors this summer than we probably figured. But did you ever stop to think about why the places we live and work …

#564 Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies

June 21st, 2020

1:00:00

Around the end of the second world war, a set of tiny miniature dioramas depicting a variety of deaths were created to help teach investigators how to approach a crime scene. You may have heard of the Nutshell Studies …

#563 Dissecting Bumble Bee Health

June 14th, 2020

1:00:00

Yes, bumble bees are important pollinators. But they're also fascinating, cute and colorful. This week's episode can trace its origins to a flowery …

#BLM Black Lives Matter

June 7th, 2020

1:00:00

We're taking a step back from our scheduled episode this week to ensure the important discussions around Black Lives Matter continue to stay in …

#562 Superbug to Bedside

May 24th, 2020

1:00:00

By now we're all good and scared about antibiotic resistance, one of the many things coming to get us all. But there's good news, sort of. News antibiotics are coming out! How do they get tested? What does that kind of …

#561 The Race to Identify All Living Things

May 17th, 2020

1:00:00

This week on Science for the People, we're diving into the world of DNA barcoding. We speak with Mehrdad Hajibabaei, Associate Professor in the …

#560 That's the Yeast of your Worries

May 10th, 2020

1:00:00

Like many people these days, you might be spending your time at home making bread. Maybe you couldn't find instant yeast and decided that sourdough …

#559 Notes From a Transplant Surgeon

April 26th, 2020

1:00:00

One of the most amazing things modern medicine does is organ transplants: literally taking organs like the lungs or the heart from recently dead people and using them to replace the failing organs in living, critically …

#558 Good Drugs, Bad Companies

April 19th, 2020

1:00:00

Medicines. We all need to take them. And it seems like the prices are just getting higher and higher. Luckily, generics offer a cheaper alternative. …

#557 Homeschool STEM Resource Extravaganza

April 12th, 2020

1:00:00

With many schools closed and parents looking for resources to help keep children stuck at home engaged and still learning, the hosts of Science for …

#556 The Power of Friendship

March 29th, 2020

1:00:00

It's 2020 and times are tough. Maybe some of us are learning about social distancing the hard way. Maybe we just are all a little anxious. No matter …

#555 Coronavirus

March 22nd, 2020

1:00:00

It's everywhere, and it felt disingenuous for us here at Science for the People to avoid it, so here is our episode on Coronavirus. It's ok to give this one a skip if this isn't what you want to listen to right now. …

#554 Coders

March 15th, 2020

1:00:00

Tech, computers, code, security vulnerabilities, hacking elections... We hear about the technical change, but what about the subculture of tech and …

#553 Scan All Fishes

March 8th, 2020

1:00:00

This week is all about fish. All about ALL the fish, actually. Biomechanicist Adam Summers shares about his adventures in studying fish and CT scanning them. Adam and a community of researchers are working to take 3D …

#552 The First Cell

February 23rd, 2020

1:00:00

This week we take a closer look at what cancer is, how it works, and what makes it so hard to treat without shying away or ignoring the human experience of cancer for patients and their families. We talk with Dr Azra …

#551 Translating Science, Part 2

February 16th, 2020

1:00:00

This week on Science for the People, we're discussing how Siksika become one of the official translation languages for press releases from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). The area of the …

#550 Translating Science, Part 1

February 9th, 2020

1:00:00

This week, we're discussing the opportunities and challenges of using Zulu, a language that has traditionally been excluded from science journalism, …

#549 Let's Get Slimy

February 2nd, 2020

1:00:00

Algae. What springs to mind when you read that word? Maybe a seaweed forest? Maybe a pond covered in scum? Maybe a red tide? Those are all algae, and they can all change the world in different ways. This week Bethany …

#548 Land and Ocean Conservation 101

January 19th, 2020

1:00:00

This week we're talking about land and ocean conservation: what it means to protect our land and oceans, the complexities of competing interests and international boundries, and how well Canada is doing at conserving …

#547 The D Factor: The Dark Side of Your Personality

January 12th, 2020

1:00:00

This week on Science for the People, we're discussing dark personality traits. Everyone has them, and how they manifest themselves depends on your "D" level. We'll be speaking with Ingo Zettler, a Professor of …

#546 2019, But Make It Science

January 4th, 2020

1:00:00

It's 2020, but we're looking back. What were the biggest science stories of 2019? Well, it was a big year for lots of things. Black hole pictures, …

#545 Where Have All the Antibiotics Gone?

December 21st, 2019

1:00:00

Antibiotics. You know the drill. You get a bacterial infection, you get an antibiotic, and a few days or a week later, you're all better. But these …

#544 Prosperity Without Growth

December 14th, 2019

1:00:00

The societies we live in are organised around growth, objects, and driving forward a constantly expanding economy as benchmarks of success and prosperity. But this growing consumption at all costs is at odds with our …

#543 Give a Nerd a Gift

December 7th, 2019

1:00:00

Yup, you guessed it... it's Science for the People's annual holiday episode that helps you figure out what sciency books and gifts to get that …

#542 Climate Doomsday

November 30th, 2019

1:00:00

Have you heard? Climate change. We did it. And it's bad. It's going to be worse. We are already suffering the effects of it in many ways. How should …

#541 Wayfinding

November 16th, 2019

1:00:00

These days when we want to know where we are or how to get where we want to go, most of us will pull out a smart phone with a built-in GPS and map …

#540 Specialize? Or Generalize?

November 9th, 2019

1:00:00

Ever been called a "jack of all trades, master of none"? The world loves to elevate specialists, people who drill deep into a single topic. Those people are great. But there's a place for generalists too, argues David …

#539 A Bit of Bird Behaviour

October 26th, 2019

1:00:00

This week we're discussing birds, behaviour, and chickadees. How do you look at behavioural traits in birds, how different birds value information gathering, and how those traits affect foraging? Marion Kilgour speaks …

#538 Nobels and Astrophysics

October 19th, 2019

1:00:00

This week we start with this year's physics Nobel Prize awarded to Jim Peebles, Michel Mayor, and Didier Queloz and finish with a discussion of the Nobel Prizes as a way to award and highlight important science. Are …

#537 Science Journalism, Hold the Hype

October 11th, 2019

1:00:00

Everyone's seen a piece of science getting over-exaggerated in the media. Most people would be quick to blame journalists and big media for getting …

#536 Let Them Eat Dirt

September 27th, 2019

1:00:00

This week on Science for the People, we're discussing how the gut microbiome is shaped by experiences and circumstances during early childhood. We'll be speaking with Dr. Bretty Finlay, co-author of "Let Them Eat Dirt: …

#535 Superior

September 20th, 2019

1:00:00

Apologies for the delay getting this week's episode out! A technical glitch slowed us down, but all is once again well.
This week, we look at the …

#534 Bacteria are Coming for Your OJ

September 13th, 2019

1:00:00

What makes breakfast, breakfast? Well, according to every movie and TV show we've ever seen, a big glass of orange juice is basically required. But our morning grapefruit might be in danger. Why? Citrus greening, a …

#533 Breaking the Rodent Glass Ceiling

August 31st, 2019

1:00:00

When a new science finding is published about animal research, you might assume that scientists are trying to find out things that are useful for …

#532 A Class Conversation

August 23rd, 2019

1:00:00

This week we take a look at the sociology of class. What factors create and impact class? How do we try and study it? How does class play out …

#SB2 2019 Science Birthday Minisode: Mary Golda Ross

August 9th, 2019

1:00:00

Our second annual Science Birthday is here, and this year we celebrate the wonderful Mary Golda Ross, born 9 August 1908. She died in 2008 at age 99, …

#531 Induced Seismicity

August 2nd, 2019

1:00:00

This week we're talking about earthquakes. If you live in Alberta or Oklahoma, you've probably heard about fracking or waste water wells causing …

#530 Why Aren't We Dead Yet?

July 19th, 2019

1:00:00

We only notice our immune systems when they aren't working properly, or when they're under attack. How does our immune system understand what bits of us are us, and what bits are invading germs and viruses? How …

#529 Do You Really Want to Find Out Who's Your Daddy?

July 5th, 2019

1:00:00

At least some of you by now have probably spit into a tube and mailed it off to find out who your closest relatives are, where you might be from, and what terrible diseases might await you. But what exactly did you find …

#528 A Shock Machine and The Lost Boys

June 28th, 2019

1:00:00

This week, we take a look at 2 notable post world war 2 social psychology experiments and their creators: Stanley Milgram and his "shock machine", …

#527 Honey I CRISPR'd the Kids

June 14th, 2019

1:00:00

This week we're coming to you from Awesome Con in Washington, D.C. There, host Bethany Brookshire led a panel of three amazing guests to talk about the promise and perils of CRISPR, and what happens now that CRISPR …

#526 Let Me See You Sweat

June 7th, 2019

1:00:00

Summer is coming, and summer means sweat. Why do we sweat so much, and how do we do it? We hear from Yana Kamberov about the evolutionary origins of …

#525 Chernobyl

May 31st, 2019

1:00:00

This week we're looking back at a man-made disaster that changed the world: the Chernobyl meltdown. We take a closer look at all the contributing factors that lead the No 4 reactor at Chernobyl to explode and how the …

#524 The Human Network

May 17th, 2019

1:00:00

What does a network of humans look like and how does it work? How does information spread? How do decisions and opinions spread? What gets distorted as it moves through the network and why? This week we dig into the ins …

#523 Happy As A Clam (Garden)

May 10th, 2019

1:00:00

This week we’re discussing clam gardens on the west coast of Canada and the US, and how indigenous people have been actively managing food resources in the area for thousands of years. Clam garden rock walls are …

#522 Home Alone?

May 3rd, 2019

1:00:00

Do you keep your house clean? Do you think that, maybe with the exception of the dog, you're alone in your home? Well, we hate to tell you this, but you're wrong. Your house is filled with microbes, fungi, bugs and much …

#521 The Curious Life of Krill

April 19th, 2019

1:00:00

Krill may be one of the most abundant forms of life on our planet... but it turns out we don't know that much about them. For a creature that underpins a massive ocean ecosystem and lives in our oceans in massive …

#520 A Closer Look at Objectivism

April 12th, 2019

1:00:00

Update: the previous file had overlapping tracks during the second interview. This has now been fixed. This week we broach the topic of Objectivism. We'll be speaking with Keith Lockitch, senior fellow at the Ayn Rand …

#519 Animal Architects

April 5th, 2019

1:00:00

Don't make the mistake of thinking that humans are the only species that's mastered architecture. There are bugs out in this world that form huge, self healing structures out of their own bodies. And there are other …

#518 With Genetic Knowledge Comes the Need for Counselling

March 22nd, 2019

1:00:00

This week we delve into genetic testing - for yourself and your future children. We speak with Jane Tiller, lawyer and genetic counsellor, about genetic tests that are available to the public, and what to do with the …

#517 Life in Plastic, Not Fantastic

March 15th, 2019

1:00:00

Our modern lives run on plastic. It's in the computers and phones we use. It's in our clothing, it wraps our food. It surrounds us every day, and when we throw it out, it's devastating for the environment. This week we …

#516 The Keys to Skeletons Lost

March 8th, 2019

1:00:00

Until we break a bone or two, we tend not to spend too much time thinking about our bones, where they come from, and how we know what we know about them. Well, today we've got a bone to pick with our own skeletons. …

#515 Humanimal

March 1st, 2019

1:00:00

Are humans special? We feel special, like we're somehow different from the rest of life on the planet. But are we really? This week, we spend the hour with Adam Rutherford, science broadcaster, writer, and author of the …

#514 Arctic Energy (Rebroadcast)

February 22nd, 2019

1:00:00

This week we're looking at how alternative energy works in the arctic. We speak to Louie Azzolini and Linda Todd from the Arctic Energy Alliance, a …

#513 Dinosaur Tails

February 15th, 2019

1:00:00

This week: dinosaurs! We're discussing dinosaur tails, bipedalism, paleontology public outreach, dinosaur MOOCs, and other neat dinosaur related …

#512 All Over The Map

February 8th, 2019

1:00:00

Today we're talking about maps: why we can spend hours pouring over them, the stories they tell, the information they visualize, and how they border between map and a work of art is a gloriously fuzzy one. We spend the …

#511 Ok you worked out, now what?

February 1st, 2019

1:00:00

Ok, you got out the door and did a workout. Excellent work! Now you're sore. Rats. What do you do? Foam roll? Stretch? Stand butt naked in a tank …

#510 Gene Drives (Rebroadcast)

January 25th, 2019

1:00:00

This week on Science for the People: who is driving this genetic bus? We'll talk with Kevin Esvelt about gene drives, what they are, where they come from what they can be used for, and why the science on gene drives …

#509 Anisogamy: The Beginning of Male and Female

January 18th, 2019

1:00:00

This week we discuss how the sperm and egg came to be, and how a difference of reproductive interest has led to sexual conflict in bed bugs. We'll be …

#508 Freedom's Laboratory

January 11th, 2019

1:00:00

This week we're looking back at where some of our modern ideas about science being objective, independent, and apolitical come from. We journey back …

#507 Poaching, and We Don't Mean Eggs

January 4th, 2019

1:00:00

We all know poaching elephants for their ivory and pangolins for their scales is wrong, right? Then why do people keep doing it? We speak with Rachel …

#506 Everybody Poops (Rebroadcast)

December 28th, 2018

1:00:00

This week on Science for the People, everybody poops! And everybody pees. But we probably don't spend a lot of time thinking about exactly how that works. Well, put down your lunch and listen up. We're talking with …

#505 Top Science Stories of 2018

December 21st, 2018

1:00:00

We're looking back over 2018 and calling out our favourite science news stories from this past year: the ones we think you should remember -- or hear …

#504 The Art of Logic

December 14th, 2018

1:00:00

How can mathematics help us have better arguments? This week we spend the hour with "The Art of Logic in an Illogical World" author, mathematician Eugenia Cheng, as she makes her case that the logic of mathematics can …

#503 Postpartum Blues (Rebroadcast)

December 7th, 2018

1:00:00

When a woman gives birth, it seems like everyone wants to know how the baby is doing. What does it weigh? Is it breathing right? Did it cry? But it turns out that, in the United States, we're not doing to great at …

#502 Nerd Gift Extravaganza

November 30th, 2018

1:00:00

It's that time of year when nerds who care about each other buy each other nerdy presents. And because we know it can be so difficult to find that …

#501 Hidden Technology

November 23rd, 2018

1:00:00

This week we spend the hour with Kat Jungnickel to discuss her new book "Bikes & Bloomers: Victorian women inventors and their extraordinary …

#500 500th Episode

November 16th, 2018

1:00:00

This week we turn 500! To celebrate, we're taking the opportunity to go off format, talk about the journey through 500 episodes, and answer questions from our lovely listeners. Join hosts Bethany Brookshire and Rachelle …

#499 Technology, Work and The Future (Rebroadcast)

November 9th, 2018

1:00:00

This week, we're thinking about how rapidly advancing technology will change our future, our work, and our well-being. We speak to Richard and Daniel …

#498 The Poison Squad

November 2nd, 2018

1:00:00

This week, let's go back in time. Back to the 1900s, when life was pure and clean, and your milk was preserved with formaldehyde, your meat with Borax and your canned peas with copper. On second thought, that trip back …

#497 Built

October 26th, 2018

1:00:00

This week we're talking about towers, bridges, sinking cathedrals, and other feats of structural engineering. How do we build skyscrapers? How do engineers plan for disaster? What have we learned from structures that …

#496 Anti-Intellectualism: Down With the Scientist!

October 19th, 2018

1:00:00

This week we get to the bottom of anti-intellectualism. We'll be speaking with David Robson, senior journalist at BBC Future, about misology -- the …

#495 Earth Science in Space

October 12th, 2018

1:00:00

Some worlds are made of sand. Some are made of water. Some are even made of salt. In science fiction and fantasy, planet can be made of whatever you want. But what does that mean for how the planets themselves work? …

#494 The Tangled Taxonomic Tree

October 5th, 2018

1:00:00

The idea of the tree of life appears in many of the world's religions, and it appears, famously, in science, with Darwin's famous tree of life, where …

#493 Trowel Blazing (Rebroadcast)

September 28th, 2018

1:00:00

This week we look at some of the lesser known historical figures and current public perception of anthropology, archaeology, and other fields that …

#492 Flint Water Crisis

September 21st, 2018

1:00:00

This week we dig into the Flint water crisis: what happened, how it got so bad, what turned the tide, what's still left to do, and the mix of …

#491 Frankenstein LIVES

September 14th, 2018

1:00:00

Two hundred years ago, Mary Shelley gave us a legendary monster, shaping science fiction for good. Thanks to her, the name of Frankenstein is now famous world-wide. But who was the real monster here? The creation? Or …

#490 Breaking Down Chemical Weapons

September 7th, 2018

1:00:00

It sounds like something out of a spy novel: an ex-spy is poisoned on a park bench, or a dictator's brother is sprayed in the face with a chemical …

#489 Sand

August 31st, 2018

1:00:00

Did you know that, even though sand the most used building materials in world, the sand in the desert is more or less useless? Did you know there is a serious black market trade in sand in certain parts of the world, …

#488 Big Chicken (Rebroadcast)

August 24th, 2018

1:00:00

We eat a lot of chicken. But we didn't used to. What changed? In part, what changed was the discovery that antibiotics could build a bigger, better …

#486 Volcanoes

August 10th, 2018

1:00:00

This week we're talking volcanoes. Because there are few things that fascinate us more than the amazing, unstoppable power of an erupting volcano. …

#485 Fine Times with Wine

August 3rd, 2018

1:00:00

How do you pick your wine? By its history? By its grape? By the picture on the bottle? Well you're about to get your wine world turned upside down. …

#484 Animal Weapons (Rebroadcast)

July 27th, 2018

1:00:00

This week, we're talking about weapons: both the ones that evolve in nature, and those created by humanity. We'll talk about the arms races that spur …

#483 Wild Moms

July 20th, 2018

1:00:00

This week we're talking about what it takes to be a mother in the wild, and how how human moms compare to other moms in the animal kingdom. We're …

#481 23 and You

July 6th, 2018

1:00:00

These days, all you need to do is fill a tube with spit and mail it off to find out all about your ancestors, and even about your risks for certain diseases. Loads of DNA sequencing and typing companies exist to tell …

#480 Cursing and Conversation

June 29th, 2018

1:00:00

Ever notice how the bits of language we use all the time are often the bits we study the least? Like 'ums' and 'uhs', the way conversations flow and of course curse words! Today we're taking a deeper look under the hood …

#479 Garden of Marvels (Rebroadcast)

June 22nd, 2018

1:00:00

This week we're learning about botany and the colorful science of gardening. Author Ruth Kassinger joins us to discuss her book "A Garden of …

#478 She Has Her Mother's Laugh

June 15th, 2018

1:00:00

What does heredity really mean? Carl Zimmer would argue it's more than your genes along. In "She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Power, Perversions, and …

#477 Cure for Catastrophe

June 8th, 2018

1:00:00

Tsunamis. Earthquakes. Volcanoes. These are the sorts of natural disasters movies are made from, because throughout history we've learned that …

#476 Science in Fiction

June 1st, 2018

1:00:00

Nerds and geeks of all stripes love to dissect exactly how their favorite (or least favorite) sci-fi and fantasy tales got science so wrong. But many TV shows, movies and book actually manage to get science pretty right …

#SB1 2018 Science Birthday Bonus Short Minisode: Lloyd Quarterman

May 31st, 2018

1:00:00

Our very first Science Birthday spotlight shines on Lloyd Quarterman, born May 31, 1918. He died in 1982, but not before leaving his mark on science. Join Bethany and Rachelle in a little special birthay minisode …

#475 Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You (Rebroadcast)

May 25th, 2018

1:00:00

This week, we're learning how deadly and delightful our planet and its ecosystem can be. We're joined by biologist Dan Riskin, co-host of Discovery …

#473 Colour Me... Structurally?

May 11th, 2018

1:00:00

This week on Science for the People, we're looking at a different way of producing colour than you might be used to. Structural colour relies on …

#472 A Good Bout of Plague

May 4th, 2018

1:00:00

Who doesn't love a good medical pandemic? This week we're diving into the bubonic plague. We'll talk with Boris Schmid about whether rats should …

#471 Pigs and Fish: Personality in Animals

April 27th, 2018

1:00:00

This week we learn about how personality is studied in two of our favorite animals: pigs and fish. We'll be speaking with Rose O'Dea, PhD candidate …

#470 Information Spookyhighway

April 20th, 2018

1:00:00

This week we take a closer look at a few of the downsides of the modern internet, and some of the security and privacy challenges that are becoming increasingly troublesome. Rachelle Saunders speaks with cyber security …

#469 The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

April 13th, 2018

1:00:00

What happens when you take 5 enourmous freshwater lakes isolated in the middle of a continent and suddenly open them up to the Atlantic? The ecology …

#468 Slicing into Surgery

April 6th, 2018

1:00:00

Surgery isn't generally a good time these days. There's pain and danger. But surgery today is nothing to the surgery of the past, when desperate patients had to sit, awake and with no painkillers, through the sawing-off …

#467 Pests in the City (Rebroadcast)

March 30th, 2018

1:00:00

This week, we're exploring the ways human-made environments support - and shape - the lives of many species we think of as vermin. We'll talk to Geography and Environmental Studies Professor Dawn Day Biehler about her …

#466 Wildfire

March 23rd, 2018

1:00:00

This week we're talking about fire: in particular, wildfires. How they spread and how we manage them, but also the deeper history of wildfires on our …

#465 How The Nose Knows

March 16th, 2018

1:00:00

We've all got a nose but how does it work? Why do we like some smells and not others, and why can we all agree that some smells are good and some …

#464 How We Endure

March 9th, 2018

1:00:00

Endurance athletes. How do they do it? How does someone push themselves to run an almost 2 hour marathon? How does someone else push themselves to finish a marathon at all? How did humans conquer Everest and free dive …

#463 Trench to Bedside (Rebroadcast)

March 2nd, 2018

1:00:00

This week we're taking on maggots, wounds, and diarrhea in an episode about medical problems that plague the military, so make sure your last meal is a few hours behind you before you tuck in your ear buds. We speak …

#462 The Future of Energy

February 23rd, 2018

1:00:00

This week, we have some very special guest hosts, sharing a recording of a panel they moderated about the future of energy and where we can draw inspiration from science fiction. This panel was recorded at the …

#461 Adhesives

February 16th, 2018

1:00:00

This week we're discussing glue from two very different times. We speak with Dr. Jianyu Li about his research into a new type of medical adhesive. And Dr. Geeske Langejans explains her work making and investigating …

#460 Brake For Menopause

February 9th, 2018

1:00:00

I don't know about you, but when I learned about the female reproductive cycle, I learned that hey, these are the hormone changes that happen. Then in menopause they stop. And you get hot flashes. But it turns out it is …

#459 Postpartum Blues

February 2nd, 2018

1:00:00

When a woman gives birth, it seems like everyone wants to know how the baby is doing. What does it weigh? Is it breathing right? Did it cry? But it turns out that, in the United States, we're not doing to great at …

#458 Circumcision (Rebroadcast)

January 26th, 2018

1:00:00

This week we’re looking at the contentious medical and ethical history of circumcision. We're joined by Sarah B. Rodriguez, medical historian and lecturer in global health and bioethics at Northwestern University, to …

#457 Trowel Blazing

January 19th, 2018

1:00:00

This week we look at some of the lesser known historical figures and current public perception of anthropology, archaeology, and other fields that …

#456 Inside a Conservation NGO

January 12th, 2018

1:00:00

This week we take a close look at conservation NGOS: what they do, how they work, and - most importantly - why we need them. We'll be speaking with Shyla Raghav, the Climate Change Lead at Conservation International, …

#455 New Year's Resolutions

January 5th, 2018

1:00:00

Happy New Year! Science for the People is ringing in the new year with a hard look at new year's resolutions. A lot of these involve long term goals, …

#454 Sports Science (Rebroadcast)

December 29th, 2017

1:00:00

This week we're exploring the ways that science and technology are changing sports, on and off the playing field. We'll speak to journalist Mark …

#453 The Biggest Science Stories of 2017

December 22nd, 2017

1:00:00

Should old science findings be forgot, and never brought to mind? No! For the year may be nearly over but we're going to see it out in style! This …

#452 Face Recognition and Identity

December 15th, 2017

1:00:00

This week we deep dive into the science of how we recognize faces and why some of us are better -- or worse -- at this than others. We talk with Brad …

#451 Merry Science Giftmas

December 8th, 2017

1:00:00

You probably have shopping to do and plenty of gifts to buy, and -- as is our tradition -- we have put together a list of helpful suggestions for …

#450 Sing a Little Song

December 1st, 2017

1:00:00

How do we talk? And how do we sing? Most of us walk around making sound all day without any real idea of how we do it. We'll speak with vocologist …

#449 Arctic Energy

November 24th, 2017

1:00:00

This week we're looking at how alternative energy works in the arctic. We speak to Louie Azzolini and Linda Todd from the Arctic Energy Alliance, a …

#448 Pavlov (Rebroadcast)

November 17th, 2017

1:00:00

This week, we're learning about the life and work of a groundbreaking physiologist whose work on learning and instinct is familiar worldwide, and …

#447 Stormy Weather

November 10th, 2017

1:00:00

This week on we take a closer look at weather forecasting, meteorology, and the science (and art) of predicting severe weather patterns, both locally …

#446 Frogs From the Skin In

November 3rd, 2017

1:00:00

Pictures of poison frogs are a popular form of home decor. Tiny size, bright colors, super deadly, they've got it all. But how exactly do poison …

#445 AI: Ant Intelligence

October 27th, 2017

1:00:00

This week we look at why ants seem to act much smarter in groups than on their own, and how we can study their swarm intelligence using robots. We'll …

#444 The V-Word (Rebroadcast)

October 20th, 2017

1:00:00

This week, we're looking at the social and biological science of female sex organs. We'll talk to Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest …

#442 From Nobel to Ig Nobel

October 6th, 2017

1:00:00

The Nobel prizes are, well, the Nobel prize of prizes! One of the most elite prizes in the world. But where did they come from, why do they matter, and how do they influence the practice of science? This week we speak …

#441 Superhuman

September 29th, 2017

1:00:00

This week we take a closer look at people with brain abilities that appear superhuman. We speak with Craig Stark, Professor of Neurobiology and …

#440 Weapons of Math Destruction (Rebroadcast)

September 22nd, 2017

1:00:00

This week on Science for the People we look at the modern, inventive ways we try to use math and algorithms to make better decisions, and what …

#439 Flooded

September 15th, 2017

1:00:00

This week on Science for the People, we take a closer look at what happens when water falls from the sky, how it moves once its on the ground, and what happens when people and water get in each other's way. We talk with …

#438 Big Chicken

September 8th, 2017

1:00:00

We eat a lot of chicken. But we didn't used to. What changed? In part, what changed was the discovery that antibiotics could build a bigger, better …

#437 Tiny Bubbles, Big Impact

September 1st, 2017

1:00:00

This week, we're discussing an effect called cavitation: low pressure causes bubbles of vapour to form in a liquid, which can cause a lot of damage …

#436 Beauty is A Beast (Rebroadcast)

August 25th, 2017

1:00:00

This week we're exploring the science of beauty products and procedures. We'll talk to cosmetic chemist Perry Romanowski, co-founder of thebeautybrains.com, about his book "It's OK to Have Lead in Your Lipstick." And …

#435 Total Eclipse of the Sun

August 18th, 2017

1:00:00

On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse is going to appear, visible to most of the continent of North America. Bethany is very, very excited. What's …

#434 The Dictionary

August 11th, 2017

1:00:00

This week we look at the science, art, and craft of lexicography as we go backstage into the process of how dictionaries are made. We spend the hour with Kory Stamper, a lexicographer at Merriam-Webster and author of …

#433 The State of Science Journalism

August 4th, 2017

1:00:00

This week we step into the world of science journalism from the perspectives of two unique and reputable popular science publications. Guest host …

#432 A Sting In The Tail (Rebroadcast)

July 28th, 2017

1:00:00

This week we're learning about the fascinating lives of bees, and the important role they play in our global ecosystem. We'll speak to University of …

#431 Memory and Emotion

July 21st, 2017

1:00:00

This week we look at how our brains process memory and emotion. We talk to Michael Yassa, Associate Professor in the Departments of Neurobiology and …

#430 Bacteria in Bodies and On The Farm

July 14th, 2017

1:00:00

This week we look at how new science and new challenges are pushing us to think differently about the role of bacteria in healthcare and pest control …

#429 Gene Drives

July 7th, 2017

1:00:00

This week on Science for the People: who is driving this genetic bus? We'll talk with Kevin Esvelt about gene drives, what they are, where they come from what they can be used for, and why the science on gene drives …

#428 Cities of the Future (Rebroadcast)

June 30th, 2017

1:00:00

This week, we're listening to "Cities of The Future," a panel discussion about the future of human living spaces recorded live at CONvergence 2014. Panelists Jamie Bernstein, Ryan Consell and Shawn Lawrence …

#427 The Life Project

June 23rd, 2017

1:00:00

This week we're diving deep into the history and current state of some of the largest and longest running studies in the world. We speak with science journalist, Chief Magazine Editor for Nature, and author Helen …

#426 Everybody Poops

June 16th, 2017

1:00:00

This week on Science for the People, everybody poops! And everybody pees. But we probably don't spend a lot of time thinking about exactly how that works. Well, put down your lunch and listen up. We're talking with …

#425 Cooperative Microbes

June 9th, 2017

1:00:00

This week, we're looking at some of the ways bacteria cooperate with other organisms to break down plants. First we speak with Dr. Lisa Karr, …

#424 Biohacking (Rebroadcast)

June 2nd, 2017

1:00:00

This week we're talking about do-it-yourself biology, and the community labs that are changing the biotech landscape from the grassroots up. We'll …

#423 Built On Bones

May 26th, 2017

1:00:00

This week we dig into the world of bioarchaeology to discover what a bunch of dead people's bones can tell us about our past. We spend the hour with …

#422 Is Our Children Learning

May 19th, 2017

1:00:00

This week on science for the people, we're taking on the educational system. We'll be talking with Ulrich Boser about what people think they know about education. It turns out that education is a lot like driving: …

#421 Hopeful Monsters

May 12th, 2017

1:00:00

This week on Science for the People, we are talking about a controversial theory in evolutionary biology that has led to research on the role of …

#420 Medical Marijuana (Rebroadcast)

May 5th, 2017

1:00:00

This week, we're taking a closer look at the medical marijuana controversy. How effective is medical marijuana and for what conditions is it a suitable treatment? In our attempt to separate evidence from anecdote we're …

#419 The Death and Life of the Single-Family House

April 28th, 2017

1:00:00

This week on Science for the People we take a closer look at North America's housing culture: how it got the way it is today, and how it's changing. …

#418 Animal Research Revisited

April 21st, 2017

1:00:00

This week we’re revisiting animal research. There's no denying animal research has done amazing things for both humanity and the animals we live and work with. But there are also good reasons why it makes people …

#417 Lab-Cultured Beef

April 14th, 2017

1:00:00

This week we go into a lab that's working to make our kitchens more sustainable. Guest host Jessie Yaros speaks with Professor Mark Post about lab …

#416 Bodies Everywhere (Rebroadcast)

April 7th, 2017

1:00:00

This week we're looking at the morbid and fascinating history of our attempts to grapple with disease and death. We're joined by medical historian Richard Barnett to talk about his book "The Sick Rose: Disease and the …

#415 Weapons of Math Destruction

March 31st, 2017

1:00:00

This week on Science for the People we look at the modern, inventive ways we try to use math and algorithms to make better decisions, and what …

#414 Perpetual Now

March 24th, 2017

1:00:00

Most of us probably think about memories as being about the past. But when memories are gone, it becomes clear just how much they are also about the future. This week we are in search of lost memories. We'll speak with …

#413 Concrete

March 17th, 2017

1:00:00

This week is all about that most ubiquitous of building materials: concrete. Historian Robert Courland joins us to talk about his book "Concrete Planet: The Strange and Fascinating Story of the World's Most Common …

#412 PTSD

March 10th, 2017

1:00:00

This week on Science for the People, we’re talking about our changing understanding of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how we define the trauma that can trigger it. We speak with Alexei Morozov, an Assistant …

#411 Coal Wars (Rebroadcast)

March 3rd, 2017

1:00:00

This week we're learning more about the fossil fuel that powered humanity's first industrial age, and helped set us on a course for a looming climate crisis. We'll speak to Richard Martin, energy editor at the MIT …

#410 The Big Sleep

February 24th, 2017

1:00:00

This week we take a closer look at hibernation and how it works. We speak with Kelly Drew, a neuroscientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, …

#409 Trump War On Science

February 17th, 2017

1:00:00

This week we look at what's happening to science in the first days of the Donald Trump presidency, and what might happen if we don't take action in a …

#408 The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar

February 10th, 2017

1:00:00

This week, we look at the strange, curious, and sometimes amusing strategies creatures use to make it through the day. Guest host Jessie Yaros spends the hour with science writer and author Matt Simon talking about his …

#407 Voices Within

February 3rd, 2017

1:00:00

This week we're thinking about how we think: the ways we talk to -- and with -- ourselves, why we do it at all, and what happens when some of us hear voices that aren't our own. We spend the hour with Charles …

#406 Running Low (Rebroadcast)

January 27th, 2017

1:00:00

This week, we're going back to a previous episode and looking across the Periodic Table and assessing the scarcity of modern society's essential elements. We're joined by Dr. Thomas Graedel, Director of the Center for …

#405 STEM Pipeline

January 20th, 2017

1:00:00

This week we look at the current state of the STEM pipeline and what happens when people drip out. We speak with Paula Stephan, Professor of …

#404 Sex In The Sea

January 13th, 2017

1:00:00

This week we talk about sex... in the sea! Anika Hazra speaks with marine biologist Marah Hardt about her new book "Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate …

#403 Indigenous DNA

January 6th, 2017

1:00:00

This week we take a closer look at the intersection of genetics, politics, identity, and hundreds of years of colonization. We speak with Kim …

#402 Boozy Science (Rebroadcast)

December 30th, 2016

1:00:00

This week, we're looking back at a previous episode an discussing some science surrounding our favorite adult beverages. We'll revisit our interview …

#401 The Serengeti Rules

December 23rd, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're exploring how life is regulated at very small scales -- down to the molecular level -- and how those rules and regulations also seem …

#400 What Doesn't Kill You...

December 16th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're discussing public perception of entomologists and their study organisms of choice: insects. We speak with Justin Schmidt, author of …

#399 The Sugar Pill

December 9th, 2016

1:00:00

This week, we're taking on the science of the sugar pill. We're talking about the placebo effect, its potential benefits and its pitfalls. We speak with Erik Vance about his new book "Suggestible You: The Curious …

#398 Gifts For Nerds

December 2nd, 2016

1:00:00

Once again, we're here to help you with all your nerd-specific holiday shopping with our annual gift guide for science lovers. We brought back …

#397 Risk Management

November 25th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we’re talking about risks and resources. We speak with Dr. Lianne Lefsrud, Assistant Professor of Engineering Safety and Risk Management in …

#396 Trench to Bedside

November 18th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're taking on maggots, wounds, and diarrhea in an episode about medical problems that plague the military, so make sure your last meal is a few hours behind you before you tuck in your ear buds. We speak …

#395 Happy People (Rebroadcast)

November 11th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're exploring what science can tell us about happiness. We'll speak to John Helliwell, Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Programme on Social Interactions, Identity, and …

#394 On the Origin of Bad Science

November 4th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're talking about what bad science looks like, why good scientists with good intentions often use techniques of bad science in their work, and how we may be unintentionally selecting for bad science over …

#393 Check Your Facts

October 28th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're sitting down with three experienced fact-checkers to better understand what the process of fact-checking looks like from the inside, …

#392 Venomous

October 21st, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're looking at some of the animals, insects, and creatures we fear the most and the venom that makes them so powerful. Biologist and …

#391 Effective Altruism (Rebroadcast)

October 14th, 2016

1:00:00

This week, we're learning how science can boost the effectiveness of philanthropy. We'll talk to philosophy professor William MacAskill about his book "Doing Good Better: Effective Altruism and How You Can Make a …

#390 Decolonizing Colonization

October 7th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're trying to wrap our head around our colonial history and the ideas of decolonization. We speak with Ryan McMahon, creator of the …

#389 The Jazz of Physics

September 30th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we look at what science, music and art can learn from each other. Theoretical physicist and jazz musician Stephon Alexander, author of the new book "The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the …

#388 Fish

September 23rd, 2016

1:00:00

This week on Science for the People we have a trio of fishy experts helping us look at how fish are adapted to their — sometimes extreme — environments, and what their behaviour can tell us about their intelligence and …

#387 The Melting World (Rebroadcast)

September 16th, 2016

1:00:00

This week, we look back at a previous episode about how climate change is altering the face of the planet, and affecting the lives of the people who live here. Desiree Schell speaks to science writer and naturalist …

#386 Humans Vs Robots

September 9th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're airing a recorded panel, moderated by Desiree Schell, from the recent Skepchickcon track at CONvergence 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota. Human spaceflight captures the imagination like nothing else, but …

#385 Sociolinguistics

September 2nd, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're learning about the field of sociolinguistics: what it is, why it's important, and what it can tell us about our culture and our …

#384 Grunt

August 26th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're tackling the science of the soldier and how to keep them fighting when difficult conditions -- and our own human bodies and brains -- …

#383 The Atomic Era (Rebroadcast)

August 19th, 2016

1:00:00

This week, we're looking back at a previous episode and learning about the power and peril of the atom, with two books about women who were instrumental in helping us unlock its secrets. We're joined by Huffington Post …

#382 Risk of Going Nowhere

August 12th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're airing a recorded panel, moderated by Desiree Schell, from the recent Skepchickcon track at CONvergence 2016 in Bloomington, …

#381 The Triumph of Seeds

August 5th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're exploring the world of seeds: how they've become so successful, how they work, how humans depend on them, and what we still don't …

#380 Yer A Wizard Harry

July 29th, 2016

1:00:00

Today we mashup the science of genetics with the world of Harry Potter to get a better handle on how genetics works, and to find out what the odds are when it comes to getting a Hogwarts invite. (We can dream, right?) …

#379 A Special Hell (Rebroadcast)

July 22nd, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're going back to a previous episode talking about the use - and appalling misuse - of genetics in pursuit of human perfection. We'll …

#378 Paris Climate Agreement

July 15th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're reviewing the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris and trying to better understand what happened at the conference and what the agreement means for the future. We speak to Tamsin …

#377 Hearing From The Humanities

July 8th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're taking a tentative step into the humanities. We spoke with Jimena Canales, the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in the History of Science at the University of Illinois-UC, about her newest book "The Physicist and …

#376 Technology, Work and The Future

July 1st, 2016

1:00:00

This week, we're thinking about how rapidly advancing technology will change our future, our work, and our well-being. We speak to Richard and Daniel …

#375 Severed (Rebroadcast)

June 24th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're going back at a previous episode, looking at our scientific curiosity - and morbid fascination - about the human body and its amazing …

#374 The Ninth Planet

June 17th, 2016

1:00:00

This week on we're turning our attention to Pluto – what we used to think of as our ninth planet – and also to the mysterious new Planet 9 that might …

#373 The Confidence Game

June 10th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're looking at the science -- and art -- of the con, from huge Ponzi schemes to small-time frauds. We speak to Maria Konnikova about her new book The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It... Every Time" on the …

#372 The Planet Remade

June 3rd, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're taking a look at the controversial strategies and science of geoengineering. We'll speak to Oliver Morton, author of the new book …

#371 Meningitis

May 27th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're talking about meningitis and legal issues surrounding parents and standards of care. We speak with three members of The Maiden Lab, a …

#370 Me, Myself, and Why (Rebroadcast)

May 20th, 2016

1:00:00

This week, we're revisiting a previous episode and exploring genetics, neuroscience, and psychology, to find out what makes every person - and …

#369 Fraud and Forgery

May 13th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're taking a look at two very different types of white collar crime -- financial fraud and painting forgery -- and how we use …

#368 Beyond the Galaxy

May 6th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're looking at astrophysics, zooming out to get a better idea of how universe works and what it might look like. Astrophysicist Ethan Siegel returns to talk about his new -- and first -- book "Beyond the …

#367 Neurodiversity

April 29th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're exploring our evolving understanding of neurodiversity and the different ways people think. We've invited award winning science …

#366 Self-Driving Cars

April 22nd, 2016

1:00:00

This week on Science for the People, we’re talking with three guests about the technology challenges, possible repercussions, and ethical quandaries …

#365 Evolutionary Psychology

April 15th, 2016

1:00:00

This week, we're looking at the field of Evolutionary Psychology: what is it, how the research is done, what types of questions it might be good at …

#364 Combat-Ready Kitchen

April 8th, 2016

1:00:00

This week, we're looking at how food -- and the containers it comes in -- have changed over time, and some of the factors that have influenced these changes. We'll speak with Anastacia Marx de Salcedo about her new book …

#363 Falling Into The Fire (Rebroadcast)

April 1st, 2016

1:00:00

This week, we're looking back at a previous episode to get a gripping first person account of the challenges involved in mental health diagnosis and …

#362 Roadkill

March 25th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're looking at the surprisingly robust science research that can be done with animals that have died along our highways. We'll speak with …

#361 Too Hot To Handle

March 18th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're talking about sex education: why we started teaching it in schools in the first place, how it's changed over the years, and what it …

#360 Medical Marijuana

March 11th, 2016

1:00:00

This week, we're taking a closer look at the medical marijuana controversy. How effective is medical marijuana and for what conditions is it a suitable treatment? In our attempt to separate evidence from anecdote we're …

#359 In The Courtroom

March 4th, 2016

1:00:00

This week, we're going inside the courtroom to try and understand how evidence and witness testimony is presented, and how courtroom strategy can …

#358 Zika

February 26th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're focusing in on the Zika virus and the current outbreak to better understand what we know about how its spreading and what the risks are. Meghan Rosen, a staff writer from Science News who has been …

#357 The Brain Electric

February 19th, 2016

1:00:00

This week, we're looking at the progress we've made toward connecting our minds with machines. We talk with journalist Malcolm Gay about the …

#356 Insects En Masse

February 12th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're looking at two types of insects that have made their homes among us in our cities, and are almost always found in large groups and …

#355 Superstorm (Rebroadcast)

February 5th, 2016

1:00:00

This week, we're revisiting a previous episode, exploring the evolving frontier of extreme weather, and how it's influenced by our warming planet. …

#354 HIV and AIDS: Updated and Revisited

January 29th, 2016

1:00:00

This week, we've brought together a panel of experts to talk about the history of HIV/AIDS, and get an update on the current science, ongoing …

#353 Scream

January 22nd, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're talking about fear: how it works, what it does to our bodies and brains, and why we sometimes seek it out. We'll spend the hour with …

#352 Good Thinking

January 15th, 2016

1:00:00

This week, we're trying to better understand our human brain, it's quirky ways and unexpected processes, so we can use it better in daily life. We'll speak with Guy Harrison, author of "Good Thinking: What You Need to …

#351 Contraception

January 8th, 2016

1:00:00

This week we're taking a closer look at our current – and potential future – contraceptive methods. We'll speak with Beth Sundstrom and Andrea …

#350 Science In Wonderland

January 1st, 2016

1:00:00

This week, we're learning about imaginative ways to teach science to children, and how to use science as a tool for parenting. We'll hear about …

#349 Getting Away With Murder (REBROADCAST)

December 25th, 2015

1:00:00

This week, we're looking back to a fan favourite, "Getting Away With Murder," a panel discussion about forensic science and pop culture recorded live …

#348 Artificial Intelligence

December 18th, 2015

1:00:00

This week, we're talking about artificial intelligence, and how thinking machines are fitting into – and changing – our lives and cultures. Should we …

#347 Where Do Camels Belong?

December 11th, 2015

1:00:00

This week, we're discussing ecosystems, biodiversity, and whether or not "invasive" outside species are really as bad as they're made out to be. We'll spend the hour speaking to Dr. Ken Thompson, lecturer in the …

#346 Gift Giving For Nerds

December 4th, 2015

1:00:00

Once again, we're here to help you with all your nerdy holiday shopping with our annual gift guide for science lovers. We brought in science …

#344 Effective Altruism

November 20th, 2015

1:00:00

This week, we're learning how science can boost the effectiveness of philanthropy. We'll talk to philosophy professor William MacAskill about his book "Doing Good Better: Effective Altruism and How You Can Make a …

#343 Conversations About Death

November 13th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're exploring the science that informs our understanding of death and dying. We'll talk to Simon Davis about Post Mortem, his VICE column …

#342 Amazons (Rebroadcast)

November 6th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're learning how science can shed light on the stories told by our ancestors. We're joined by folklorist and science historian Adrienne …

#341 Psychedelic Treatments

October 30th, 2015

1:00:00

This week, we're talking about powerful mind-altering substances, and their potential to help treat serious mental and physical illness. We'll spend …

#340 Mandatory Vaccination

October 23rd, 2015

1:00:00

This week, we're talking about disease prevention, public health, and whether or not some types of vaccinations should be mandatory. We'll spend the …

#339 Citizen Science

October 16th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're learning about distributed science projects that get the public involved in testing hypotheses and crunching data. We're joined by …

#338 Science and the Canadian Federal Election

October 9th, 2015

1:00:00

This week, we're talking about politics, and the prospects for pro-science politicians, parties and voters in Canada. We'll spend the hour with …

#337 Martians (REBROADCAST)

October 2nd, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're celebrating exciting science and entertainment focused on Mars, by listening back to two interviews about the fascinating red planet. We're joined by "lifelong space nerd" Andy Weir, to talk about "The …

#336 Lovelace and Babbage

September 25th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're learning about a pair of 19th-century geniuses, and the friendship that gave rise to the era of modern computers. We'll speak to artist and animator Sydney Padua about her graphic novel "The Thrilling …

#335 Fact Checking Elections

September 18th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're back at the intersection of science and politics, comparing economic data to partisan talking points and polling predictions to …

#334 Eye of the Beholder

September 11th, 2015

1:00:00

This week, we're learning about the history of optics, and how our perception of the world and how we see it underwent a radical transformation in …

#333 How to Clone a Mammoth

September 4th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're learning about genetics research that could help preserve existing species, and might let us bring back others that have gone …

#332 Coffee Table Science

August 28th, 2015

1:00:00

This week, we'll meet the authors of three big books that use stunning images to tell intriguing stories about the history of science. We'll discuss …

#331 The Birth of The Pill (REBROADCAST)

August 21st, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're listening back to an episode exploring the intersection of science, society and sex, and the origin story of the birth control pill. …

#330 Animal Weapons

August 14th, 2015

1:00:00

This week, we're talking about weapons: both the ones that evolve in nature, and those created by humanity. We'll talk about the arms races that spur …

#329 Coal Wars

August 7th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're learning more about the fossil fuel that powered humanity's first industrial age, and helped set us on a course for a looming climate crisis. We'll speak to Richard Martin, energy editor at the MIT …

#328 Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll

July 31st, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're looking at the science - and surprising sophistication - of the instincts we serve in the pursuit of pleasure. We're joined by science writer and journalist Zoe Cormier to talk about her book "Sex, Drugs …

#327 Research, Regulation, and Ethics

July 24th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're learning about the regulatory frameworks that try to balance scientific progress with the safety of research subjects. We'll speak to …

#326 Bruno Pontecorvo

July 17th, 2015

1:00:00

This week, we're digging into a tale of intrigue that may have changed the course of physics research in the 20th century. We'll spend the hour with Frank Close, Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford and …

#325 Happy People

July 10th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're exploring what science can tell us about happiness. We'll speak to John Helliwell, Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Programme on Social Interactions, Identity, and …

#324 High Price (REBROADCAST)

July 3rd, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're revisiting an episode about the science and policy of treating drug addiction. We're joined by psychology professor and researcher …

#323 Alzheimer's

June 26th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're learning more about Alzheimer's disease, from the perspective of a researcher and a patient. We'll discuss Alzheimer's and brain …

#322 Biohacking

June 19th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're talking about do-it-yourself biology, and the community labs that are changing the biotech landscape from the grassroots up. We'll …

#321 Galileo's Middle Finger

June 12th, 2015

1:00:00

This week, we're talking about justice, truth and social activism, and how they influence scientists and their research. We'll spend the hour with Alice Dreger, professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics at …

#320 Dataclysm

June 5th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're looking at how powerful computers and massive data sets are changing the we study each other, scientifically and socially. We're …

#319 A Special Hell

May 29th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're talking about the use - and appalling misuse - of genetics in pursuit of human perfection. We'll speak to Claudia Malacrida, …

#318 Come As You Are

May 22nd, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're looking at the intersection of human sexuality, research and education. We're joined by sexuality educator and blogger Emily Nagoski, to talk about her book "Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science …

#317 Secure Communications

May 15th, 2015

1:00:00

This week, we're looking at technology for keeping secrets safe from prying eyes and ears. We're joined by Dan Younger, professor emeritus of …

#316 Sports Science

May 8th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're exploring the ways that science and technology are changing sports, on and off the playing field. We'll speak to journalist Mark …

#315 Pests in the City

May 1st, 2015

1:00:00

This week, we're exploring the ways human-made environments support - and shape - the lives of many species we think of as vermin. We'll talk to Geography and Environmental Studies Professor Dawn Day Biehler about her …

#314 Severed

April 24th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're looking at our scientific curiosity - and morbid fascination - about the human body and its amazing anatomy. We'll speak to …

#313 Heavy Metal Birds

April 17th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're learning about the impact that the byproducts of our industrial societies have on avian populations. We'll speak to filmmaker Matthew …

#312 Impossible Space

April 10th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're exploring the limits of science exploration in both fictional and fact. We're joined by "lifelong space nerd" Andy Weir, to talk about his debut novel "The Martian," that pits human inventiveness and …

#311 On Intelligence

April 3rd, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're learning about how scientists and society measure intelligence, and the relationship between smartness and success. We're joined by …

#310 Circumcision

March 27th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we’re looking at the contentious medical and ethical history of circumcision. We're joined by Sarah B. Rodriguez, medical historian and lecturer in global health and bioethics at Northwestern University, to …

#309 Celebrity and Science

March 20th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're looking at how famous personalities influence public opinion about science and pseudoscience. Health law professor Timothy Caulfield …

#308 Women in STEM

March 13th, 2015

1:00:00

This week, we're celebrating Women in Science by looking at the victories and challenges of women working in science and tech. Join us for a panel discussion with postdoctoral research associate and science …

#307 Pavlov

March 6th, 2015

1:00:00

This week, we're learning about the life and work of a groundbreaking physiologist whose work on learning and instinct is familiar worldwide, and …

#306 Superstorm

February 27th, 2015

1:00:00

This week, we're exploring the evolving frontier of extreme weather, and how it's influenced by our warming planet. We'll talk about the largest …

#305 Struck By Genius

February 20th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're looking at brain injuries, and the ways they change the lives of patients. We'll talk to Jason Padgett and Maureen Seaberg, authors of "Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical …

#304 Alan Turing

February 13th, 2015

1:00:00

This week, we're learning more about the groundbreaking work and too-short life of Alan Turing, the brilliant mathematician, codebreaker and philosopher who laid the groundwork for the modern age of computing. We'll …

#303 Shocked

February 6th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're looking at medical advances that are blurring the lines between life and death. We're joined by physician and researcher Dr. David Casarett, to talk about his book "Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back …

#302 A Sting in the Tale

January 30th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're learning about the fascinating lives of bees, and the important role they play in our global ecosystem. We'll speak to University of …

#301 The Birth of The Pill

January 23rd, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're exploring the intersection of science, society and sex, and the origin story of the birth control pill. We'll speak to author …

#300 Private Sector Space

January 16th, 2015

1:00:00

This week we're learning how private enterprise has jumped in to fill the gap left by shrinking government budgets for space exploration. We're joined by journalist Elmo Keep, to talk about her article on Mars One, a …

#299 Falling Into The Fire

January 9th, 2015

1:00:00

This week, we get a gripping first person account of the challenges involved in mental health diagnosis and treatment. We'll spend the hour with Dr. …

#298 Technocreep

January 2nd, 2015

1:00:00

This week, we're learning about the ever-expanding streams of our personal information being collected by businesses and governments. We'll talk to …

#297 Falling Upwards REBROADCAST

December 26th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're revisiting an epsiode about the science and history of lighter-than-air flight. We'll spend the hour with biographer and science …

#296 Amazons

December 19th, 2014

1:00:00

This week we're learning how science can shed light on the stories told by our ancestors. We're joined by folklorist and science historian Adrienne …

#295 Science Up Your Holidays 2014

December 12th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're observing our annual holiday tradition, helping you find gifts for the science lovers on your list. We'll hear from some of our …

#294 Survival Doc

December 5th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we’re learning about the limits of the human body, and the essential science of survival. We'll talk to Dr. James Hubbard, creator of TheSurvivalDoctor.com, about emergency measures to take when a disaster …

#293 The Edge of the Sky

November 28th, 2014

1:00:00

This week we're talking about the mindbending science trying to understand the inner workings of the Universe. Astrophysicist Ethan Siegel returns to discuss the BICEP2 experiment, and its search for the fingerprints of …

#292 The Psychopath Whisperer

November 21st, 2014

1:00:00

This week on Science for the People, we’re looking at the science of psychopathy. We’ll spend the hour learning about social science research, neuroimaging and behavioral therapies with Kent Kiehl, neuroscience …

#291 The One About Ebola

November 14th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're talking about Ebola: how it works, how it spreads, and how we're trying to stop it. We'll talk to infectious disease epidemiologist, …

#290 Understanding Neuroscience

November 7th, 2014

1:00:00

This week we're looking at the ways we try to understand the inner workings of the brain. We'll talk to University College London researcher Cliodhna …

#289 Bodies Everywhere

October 31st, 2014

1:00:00

This week we're looking at the morbid and fascinating history of our attempts to grapple with disease and death. We're joined by medical historian Richard Barnett to talk about his book "The Sick Rose: Disease and the …

#288 Science and Shakespeare

October 24th, 2014

1:00:00

This week we're looking at the way science influenced the work of the greatest author in English, and what modern scholars think about its …

#287 Troublesome Inheritance

October 17th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're looking at the intersection of race, history and genetics in science writer Nicholas Wade's 2014 book "A Troublesome Inheritance: …

#286 An Epidemic of Rumors (REBROADCAST)

October 10th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're revisiting an episode about the power of stories and innuendo to shape the public perception of science. We'll speak to author Jon Lee about his book "An Epidemic of Rumors: How Stories Shape Our …

#285 High Price

October 3rd, 2014

1:00:00

This week we're looking at the science and policy of treating drug addiction. We're joined by psychology professor and researcher Carl Hart to talk …

#284 Edible

September 26th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're looking at the environmental impact of foods we eat, and others that we should. We'll speak to Daniella Martin, host of the insect …

#283 Mental Illness Myths

September 19th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're listening to "Mental Illness Myths," a panel discussion about public perceptions of mental health  at CONvergence 2014. …

#282 Cities of the Future

September 12th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're listening to "Cities of The Future," a panel discussion about the future of human living spaces recorded live at CONvergence 2014. Panelists Jamie Bernstein, Ryan Consell and Shawn Lawrence …

#281 Getting Away With Murder

September 5th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're listening to "Getting Away With Murder," a panel discussion about forensic science and pop culture recorded live at CONvergence …

#280 Hypatia and Women in STEM (REBROADCAST)

August 29th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're revisiting an episode looking back in history and to the modern day, to discuss women who defend and advance science and learning. We speak to author Faith Justice, about her book "Hypatia: Her Life and …

#279 Starlight Detectives

August 22nd, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're exploring the night sky and the history of astronomy. Physics professor Alan Hirshfeld joins us to talk about his book "Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the …

#278 Garden of Marvels

August 15th, 2014

1:00:00

This week we're learning about botany and the colorful science of gardening. Author Ruth Kassinger joins us to discuss her book "A Garden of …

#277 Science and Politics

August 8th, 2014

1:00:00

This week we're talking about science and evidence in the political process. We'll talk to Dan Kahan, Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at …

#276 Game Change

August 1st, 2014

1:00:00

This week we're looking at the math and science of business decisions. We'll speak to David McAdams, Duke University Professor of Business Administration and Economics, about his book "Game-Changer: Game Theory and the …

#275 Perv (REBROADCAST)

July 25th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're listening back to a discussion of taboo sexual practices, and whether they're really as unusual as we think. Psychologist and …

#274 Coffee and Cigarettes

July 18th, 2014

1:00:00

This week we're learning about some of the legal chemicals that regulate the moods of millions of people every day. Journalist Murray Carpenter joins …

#273 The V-Word

July 11th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're looking at the social and biological science of female sex organs. We'll talk to Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest …

#272 Science and the Death Penalty

July 4th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're looking at the science of the ultimate criminal punishment. Pharmacologist and science writer David Kroll joins us to discuss the …

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