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Science for the People

547 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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#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 create that underpins a massive ocean ecosystem and lives in our oceans in massive numbers, …

#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 …

#271 Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You

June 27th, 2014

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 …

#270 Environmental Debt

June 20th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're looking at how worldwide environmental challenges interact with our increasingly global economy. We'll speak to Amy Larkin, founder of Nature Means Business, about her book "Environmental Debt: The …

#269 Sonic Wonderland

June 13th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're exploring the science of sound and hearing. We'll talk to Trevor Cox, Professor of Acoustic Engineering at the University of Salford, about his book "Sonic Wonderland: A Scientific Odyssey of Sound." …

#268 Extreme Medicine

June 6th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're on the frontiers of medicine, from the fabulous to the foolhardy. We'll talk to Dr. Kevin Fong, co-director of the Centre for …

#267 Ephemeral Particles

May 30th, 2014

1:00:00

This week we're learning about some of the many invisible particles that surround us. We'll speak to astrophysicist Ray Jayawardhana about his book "Neutrino Hunters: The Thrilling Chase for a Ghostly Particle to Unlock …

#266 Always More Health Controversies

May 23rd, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're tackling more controversial topics in the realm of healthcare. We'll speak to Edward Archer, post-doctoral fellow in the Nutrition and Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, …

#265 An Epidemic of Rumors

May 16th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're looking at 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 Perceptions of …

#264 The Infested Mind

May 9th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're looking at the relationship between insects and humans, both mental and physical. We'll speak to entomologist and essayist Jeffrey …

#263 Internet Things

May 2nd, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're looking at controversies over connectivity, both online and in the physical world. University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist walks us through the arguments over net neutrality. And we'll speak to …

#262 Me, Myself, and Why

April 25th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're exploring genetics, neuroscience, and psychology, to find out what makes every person - and personality - unique. We'll talk to …

#261 Accidents and Eccentricity

April 18th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're learning about some of the most fortunate accidents and fascinating personalities in the history of science. We'll talk to astrophysicist and author Mario Livio about his book "Brilliant Blunders: From …

#260 Running Low

April 11th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're looking across the Periodic Table and assessing the scarcity of modern society's essential elements. We're joined by Dr. Thomas …

#259 News From The Dark

April 4th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're peering out into the black to learn about deepest space, and our own night sky. We'll talk to Bad Astronomer Phil Plait, about recent measurements of gravity waves, and what they tell us about the birth …

#258 Emerging Infections

March 28th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're discussing invading organisms large and small. We'll talk to Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease …

#257 Falling Upwards

March 21st, 2014

1:00:00

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

#256 Beauty is A Beast

March 14th, 2014

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 …

#255 Impossible Computing

March 7th, 2014

1:00:00

This week we're learning about the science and math on the cutting edge of computing research. We'll talk to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor Scott Aaronson about the hype and the hope for the field …

#254 On Genius

February 28th, 2014

1:00:00

This week we're thinking about thinking, and the capacity of the not-so-humble human brain. We'll speak to science writer Fritjof Capra about his book "Learning from Leonardo: Decoding the Notebooks of a Genius." We'll …

#253 The Philosophical Breakfast Club

February 21st, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're looking back at four remarkable minds whose weekly meetings set the stage for a revolution in science and technology. We're joined …

#252 Everyday Science and Math

February 14th, 2014

1:00:00

This week we're looking at some ordinary life experiences that harbor extraordinary science and math secrets. Filmmaker and author Simon Singh joins us to talk about his book "The Simpsons and Their Mathematical …

#251 Countdown

February 7th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're looking at population and politics, and what we can do to make human life on Earth more sustainable. We'll speak to journalist and …

#250 For Frack's Sake

January 31st, 2014

1:00:00

This week, it's another foray into the realm of science and politics, and the messy way they influence each other. We're joined by Dr. Andrew …

#249 Health Controversies Again

January 24th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're looking at controversial topics at the intersection of healthcare and ethics. Law professor and author Timothy Caulfield returns to …

#248 Perv

January 17th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're discussing taboo sexual practices, and whether they're really as unusual as we think. Psychologist and author Jesse Bering returns …

#247 The Atomic Era

January 10th, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're 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 editor Shelley Emling, to discuss her …

#246 Last Ape Standing

January 3rd, 2014

1:00:00

This week, we're learning about the past and the future of the human race on the planet we've come to dominate. Rachelle Saunders talks to Chip Walter, founder of AllThingsHuman.net, about his book "Last Ape …

#245 Boozy Science

December 27th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we're discussing some science surrounding our favorite adult beverages. We'll revisit our interview with Dr. Charlie Bamforth, Professor …

#244 Science Has A People Problem

December 20th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we're talking about the people, passions and personalities that shape the pursuit of science. Desiree Schell sits down with Dr. Morton …

#243 Science Up Your Holidays

December 13th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we're helping add some science to your holiday season. We'll hear from some of our favorite past guests, and members of the Science for …

#242 Time Warped

December 6th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we're learning more about the fourth dimension, with a look at the brain science and the physics of time. Desiree Schell speaks to BBC journalist Claudia Hammond about her book "Time Warped: Unlocking the …

#241 Against Their Will

November 29th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we're looking at what happens when medical research clashes with basic ethics. Desiree Schell speaks to author Allen Hornblum about his book "Against Their Will: The Secret History of Medical …

#240 Humorology

November 22nd, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we'll speak to a trio of online experts for a look at the lighter side of science. Desiree Schell welcomes favorite guest Scicurious, to talk about the 2013 IgNobel Prizes. Rachelle Saunders speaks to …

#239 Science and The Shutdown

November 15th, 2013

1:00:00

When the United States Congress forced a 16-day government shutdown, nearly all government research funding was put on hold. Now that the latest …

#236 Fukushima

October 25th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, Rachelle Saunders spends the hour discussing the disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactor. She'll examine the impacts on the environment,  public health and the reputation of nuclear power, with Dr. …

#235 Food Sustainability

October 18th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we're exploring the technological, environmental and economic challenges of feeding the human race. Desiree Schell spends the hour …

#234 Science For The People

October 11th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, Skeptically Speaking becomes Science For The People. Hosts Desiree Schell, Rachelle Saunders and Marie-Claire Shanahan discuss the new name, the motivation for the change, and how it conveys their vision for …

#233 Poop

October 4th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re skipping to the tail end of the digestive tract, to learn some fascinating facts about feces. Rachelle Saunders welcomes science journalist Maryn McKenna back to the show to discuss human gut bacteria, …

#232 Food Science

September 27th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re exploring the everyday experiments that take place in our very own kitchens. Desiree Schell speaks to Guy Crosby, Science Editor for America’s Test Kitchen, about his book “The Science of Good Cooking.” …

#231 Thinking About Thinking

September 20th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re diving back into neuroscience, to learn how common conceptions of the brain stand up to real research. Desiree Schell speaks to …

#230 Bug Music

September 13th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re jamming to the rhythm of the insect world. Desiree speaks to musician and philosopher David Rothenberg, author of the book Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise, about the possible insect …

#229 The Way of Science

September 6th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re taking science out of the lab and into everyday life. Rachelle Saunders speaks to Dennis R. Trumble, Senior Biomedical Engineer and Instructor of Surgery at Allegheny General Hospital, about his …

#228 Monster Mash

August 30th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re telling spooky stories about monsters both real and imagined. We’ll speak to science writer and blogger Frank Swain about his book How to Make a Zombie: The Real Life (and Death) Science of Reanimation …

#227 Math on Trial

August 22nd, 2013

1:00:00

This week, guest host Rachelle Saunders explores the ways that math can help (and hinder) the pursuit of justice. She speaks to mathematician and University of Paris Professor Leila Schneps, co-author of the book Math …

#226 Robots!

August 16th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, it’s an hour on robots! We’ll speak to John Long, Director of the Interdisciplinary Robotics Research Laboratory at Vassar College, about …

#225 Extra Sensory

August 9th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re examining the scientific perspective on “psychic powers” like telepathy, telekinesis and remote viewing. We’ll speak to science author Brian Clegg about his new book Extra Sensory: The Science and …

#224 The Half-Life of Facts

August 2nd, 2013

1:00:00

This week, guest host Marie-Claire Shanahan spends an hour exploring knowledge and certainty, and how they change over time. She’ll speak to Samuel Arbesman, applied mathematician and fellow at the Institute for …

#223 Weird Life

July 26th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re learning about the search for strange and exotic lifeforms, in outer space, in overlooked corners on Earth, and even deep within our own tissues. We’ll speak to David Toomey, Director of the Program for …

#222 The Evolution of Language

July 19th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, it’s an hour on the evolution of language. Linguist, philosopher, author and activist Noam Chomsky joins us to discuss the concept of …

#221 War on Science

July 12th, 2013

1:00:00

This week we’re looking at threats to science and critical thinking, and how you can sort fact from fiction. York University science librarian John Dupuis joins us to discuss what he calls the Canadian government’s War …

#220 Community Specific Science

July 5th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at the ways that science and medicine impact specific communities. We’ll speak to biologist and science educator Danielle N. …

#219 Kingdom of Rarities

June 28th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re learning about ecology and biodiversity, and the preservation of endangered (and even extinct) species. We’re joined by Eric …

#218 Historic Discoveries

June 21st, 2013

1:00:00

This week we’re looking at science history, with two books about the passion and perseverance that drive the pursuit of scientific discovery. We’re joined by science writer Mark Anderson, to talk about his book The Day …

#217 Money Matters

June 14th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at some of the less savory effects of global trade and market economies. We’ll speak to Mark Harrison, Director of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine and Professor of the History of …

#216 The Evolution of Aging

June 7th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at the aging process, and how science and medicine are treating it as a problem to be solved. We’ll talk to Michael Rose, …

#215 Breasts

May 31st, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re discussing the function, evolution and complicated social norms attached to the human female breast. Guest host Rachelle Saunders …

#214 Coding Life

May 24th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re taking a closer look at the code that runs our computers, and permeates so much of our lives. Desiree Schell talks to Stephen Gold, …

#213 Bird Brains

May 17th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at birds, and what the study of their behavior and anatomy can tell us about ourselves. We’ll talk to Dr. John Marzluff, …

#212 Star Stuff

May 10th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, Skeptically Speaking looks to the stars that light up the night sky, and fuse hydrogen and helium into the elements that make life possible. Science writer Jennifer Ouellette examines the possible evidence of …

#211 The Year Without Summer

May 3rd, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at the explosive geology of volcanoes, and how they shape our world both physically and politically. We’ll speak to climate …

#210 Spillover

April 26th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we take a sobering look at infectious diseases in animals, and the scary things that happen when those infections spread to humans. Guest host Marie-Claire Shanahan talk to journalist David Quammen about his …

#209 Drinking Water

April 19th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we're looking at the science and the history of the water that makes life and society possible. We'll speak to law and environment professor James Salzman, about his book Drinking Water: A History. And we're …

#208 Brain on Fire

April 12th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re learning about the brain, and the fascinating – and devastating – things that can happen when its functions are disrupted. We’ll speak with journalist Susannah Cahalan, about her bestselling …

#207 Paleofantasy

April 5th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re taking a look at the past, present and future of food, and what science has to say about some popular health trends. We’re joined by …

#206 Frankenstein's Cat

March 29th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at how biotechnology is super-charging the toolkit for customizing our pets, affecting the use of animals in medicine and …

#205 Rat Island

March 22nd, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at invasive predators, changing ecosystems, and the ethical questions raised by killing one species to save another. We’ll …

#204 Mars Rocks!

March 15th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking one orbit outward, at the little red planet that’s inspired so much science and science fiction. Guest host Marie-Claire …

#203 The Genius of Dogs

March 8th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re taking a look at man’s best friend through the lens of current research.  We’ll talk to Brian Hare, director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center and co-founder of Dognition, about his book The Genius of …

#202 The Altruism Equation

March 1st, 2013

1:00:00

This week. we’re looking at what science has to say about the origins of selfless – and even self-sacrificing – behavior. We’ll speak to biology …

#201 Bad Pharma

February 22nd, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re taking a look at the questionable practices and suspect science employed by the companies that make our most widely used …

#200 The Science of Beer

February 15th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re pouring over the science of that most beloved beverage, beer! Guest host Rachelle Saunders is joined by Dr. Charlie Bamforth, Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences at UC Davis. We’ll take an …

#199 Fate of the Species

February 8th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at the ways that people are changing the planet, and the consequences for all of us if we don’t start doing it responsibly. We’re joined by Fred Guterl, Executive Editor at Scientific American, …

#198 Nature's Compass

February 1st, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at some of the amazing abilities exhibited by our animal cousins. We’ll speak to James Gould, co-author of Nature’s Compass: …

#197 Future Bioethics

January 18th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at the debates over the ethics of medicine and medical research, and the future of new medical technology. We’ll talk …

#196 World Changing Ideas 2012

January 11th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we team up with Scientific American, to learn more about the technologies profiled in their World Changing Ideas feature article. We talk …

#195 The Penis Panel

January 4th, 2013

1:00:00

This week, we’re taking a closer look at the variety of organs that evolved to deliver reproductive cells. Evolutionary biologist John Logsdon, …

#146 Spider Silk (REBROADCAST)

December 28th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’ll listen back to an episode featuring some of nature’s most accomplished materials scientists, and the amazing substance they produce. …

#194 Year In Science 2012

December 21st, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking back at some of the most important science news of 2012. Writers Maryn McKenna and David Dobbs, BoingBoing Science Editor …

#193 Science Books for Your Gift List

December 14th, 2012

1:00:00

Whether you’re dropping a last-minute hint to a relative, or buying science books for the people you love, Skeptically Speaking has you covered. We’ve enlisted two dozen scientists, science writers and bloggers, …

#192 The Particle at the End of the Universe

December 7th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at one of the biggest science stories of 2012, and one of the largest instruments in the history of science. Guest host Marie-Claire Shanahan spends the hour with theoretical physicist Sean …

#191 More Current Controversies

November 30th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at science stories driving headlines and causing conversation. We’ll speak to particle physicist James Pinfold about recent …

#190 Rabid

November 23rd, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re talking about a viral menace that’s one of the scariest – and deadliest – known to science. We’ll talk to WIRED editor Bill Wasik …

#106 Science and Culture (REBROADCAST)

November 18th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re listening back to an episode which examines the ways that society and science inform and influence each other. Frequent guest host Marie-Claire Shanahan, Professor of Science Education at the University …

#189 Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why

November 11th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at the science of sexual orientation, where debates over nature vs. nurture have influenced law, policy and equal rights. …

#188 Why Should I Care About Space?

November 4th, 2012

1:00:00

In almost any discussion of space exploration and observation, one question always arises. Why should we spend the money, when there are problems …

#187 Funny Science

October 26th, 2012

1:00:00

We’re taking a break from live recording this week. On the podcast, we’re looking at the lighter side of science, both real and imagined. We’re joined by Marc Abrahams, editor and co-founder of the science humor …

#186 The C Word

October 19th, 2012

1:00:00

No, not that C word. This week, we’re talking about Cancer; its myriad forms, many causes, and most promising treatments. We’re joined by engineering professor Brendan Harley, who works on making cancer research more …

#185 Genetically Modified Foods Revisited

October 12th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’ll spend the hour talking about genetically modified foods, that are causing conversation among scientists, lawmakers and the public. …

#184 Your Baby’s Best Shot

October 5th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at the science – and pseudoscience – that affects the healthcare decisions parents make for their children, and women make for themselves. We’re joined by Allison Hagood and Stacy Herlihy, to …

#183 Current Controversies

September 28th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at two science stories making headlines and stirring debate. Science writer David Dobbs returns to the show, to discuss the …

#182 Science Cinema

September 21st, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at film and video as an exciting, engaging way to communicate science to the public. Guest host Marie-Claire Shanahan spends the hour with independent film-maker and former BBC video …

#181 Science Reporting 2012

September 14th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at new and evolving ways of bringing important science news to the public. Journalist and author Maryn McKenna returns to …

#180 Measure for Measure

September 7th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re thinking about science as an instrument, and the parallels between an understanding of music and the history of science. Thomas Levenson, Professor of Science Writing at MIT and author of Newton and the …

#100 Semen Science (REBROADCAST)

September 1st, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re listening back to one of our all-time most popular episodes. Evolutionary biologist John Logsdon explains the amazing diversity of …

#179 Waterworld

August 24th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re discussing some fascinating science focused on the liquid portions of our big blue planet. We’re joined by graduate researcher Andrew David Thaler, founder of Southern Fried Science, to talk about the …

#178 World Wide Mind

August 18th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at a possible future where integrated technology makes exchanging digital information as natural as using the senses we’re …

#177 Climate Change at CONvergence

August 11th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re taking a break from live recording. We’ll listen back to highlights from “The Chilling Effects of Denialism,” and “Who Will Save the …

#176 The Violinist's Thumb

August 3rd, 2012

1:00:00

This week, it’s part two of our two week focus on evolution and genetics. Science writer Sam Kean, author of the New York Times bestseller The …

#175 Sex, Genes and Rock ‘n’ Roll

July 27th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, it’s part one of a two-week focus on evolution and genetics. For our first installment, we’re looking at the ways that evolution might …

#174 Ignorance

July 20th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at how the basic condition of not knowing things provides the motivation to keep science moving. We’re joined by Stuart …

#173 Seeking Sickness

July 13th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at some common assumptions about healthcare, including the well-known benefits – and less discussed costs – of popular …

#172 A Brief History of Infinity

July 6th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re diving back into the fascinating world of numbers, from the toughest theoretical concepts, to the numbers that describe our favorite pastimes. Guest host Rachelle Saunders talks to science writer Brian …

#171 Ask a Pharmacist

June 29th, 2012

1:00:00

We’re back live this week, and we’re giving you the chance to Ask a Pharmacist. Ontario pharmacist Scott Gavura is the founder and editor of Science-Based Pharmacy, and a contributor to Science-Based Medicine. He’ll be …

#170 Infrastructure and You

June 22nd, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re taking a break from live recording. Guest host Marie-Claire Shanahan spends the hour looking at the infrastructure that makes our modern, increasingly urbanized lives possible. She’s joined by …

#169 Play Reality

June 15th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at the intersection between science and play time. Guest host Julieta Delos Santos talks to Dr. Jayne Gackenbach and Teace …

#168 Sex, Bombs and Burgers

June 8th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re talking about the basic, biological impulses that drive our technological advancement. We’re joined by author and journalist Peter …

#167 Liars and Outliers

June 1st, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re talking about trust and cooperation, and the implications these social values have for security in the era of global …

#166 The Cure for Everything

May 25th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at what the evidence has to say about common claims about diet, exercise, weight loss and other hot health topics. We’re …

#165 Dark Matter

May 18th, 2012

1:00:00

What do you get when all the stuff in the universe can’t account for the mass we observe? You get Dark Matter, that mysterious source of gravity that might be the only thing keeping galaxies from flying apart. This …

#164 Babies, Brains and Boobs

May 11th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at some of the ways motherhood changes the brain and the body.  Kayt Sukel, author of Dirty Minds: How Our Brains Influence …

#163 Newton and The Counterfeiter

May 4th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re digging into a fascinating and little known chapter in the life of one of the giants of modern science. Guest host Marie-Claire Shanahan spends the hour with Tom Levenson, Professor of Science Writing …

#162 The Science of Belief

April 27th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re talking about the perspective of science on the mechanisms of belief. We’re joined by science writer Jesse Bering, to discuss his …

#161 False Profits

April 20th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re joined by Robert FitzPatrick, founder of Pyramid Scheme Alert, and co-author of False Profits: Seeking Financial and Spiritual …

#160 Before the Lights Go Out

April 13th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re  joined by Maggie-Koerth Baker, Science Editor at Boing-Boing, to talk about her new book Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis Before It Conquers Us. Maggie will discuss the economics …

#159 Too Big To Know

April 6th, 2012

1:00:00

This week we’re talking about how global connectivity and the rise of big data are transforming the way we look at knowledge. We’re joined by David Weinberger, co-director of Harvard’s Library Innovation Lab, to talk …

#158 Reef Madness

March 30th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, guest host Marie-Claire Shanahan spends the hour with science writer David Dobbs, to talk about his book Reef Madness: Charles Darwin, Alexander Agassiz, and the Meaning of Coral. The 2005 book, which was …

#157 Predators and Prey

March 23rd, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking into the many strategies that animals employ in the struggle to eat other animals. We’re joined by freelance science writer Matt Soniak, to discuss the often complex relationship between hunter …

#156 Beyond 42

March 16th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re experiencing the power of stories to communicate science. Join us for Beyond 42: How Science Can Use Stories to Explain Life, the Universe and Everything. This event, recorded live in Edmonton, features …

#155 Dirty Minds

March 9th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking into what happens in our brains when we’re experiencing some of the most powerful feelings we feel. We’ll spend the hour …

#154 Mathtastic! Part Two

March 2nd, 2012

1:00:00

This week, guest host Rachelle Saunders is back for part two of our two-part series on the fun and fascinating world of math. Rachelle spends the …

#153 Mathtastic! Part One

February 24th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re diving into the fascinating math that describes the world around us. Guest host Rachelle Saunders speaks to Malcolm Roberts, PhD …

#152 The Poisoner's Handbook

February 17th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re talking science and storytelling. Guest host Marie-Claire Shanahan speaks to science journalist and author Deborah Blum about her national bestseller The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of …

#151 Everyday Superpowers

February 10th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at the amazing abilities and potential of the human body. Evolutionary neurobiologist Mark Changizi joins us to talk about …

#150 Fungi and Fossils

February 3rd, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re talking about strange lifeforms that stretch our assumptions about the natural world. Molecular pharmacologist David Kroll, Science …

#149 There Will Be Blood: The Evolution and Function of Menstruation

January 27th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re talking about what may be the most stigmatized facet of human reproduction. We’re joined by Dr. Kate Clancy, anthropology professor …

#148 Brain Bits

January 20th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we take a look at some of the most interesting things we’ve learned about the brain. We’ll revisit some of our favorite episodes on the brain and its fascinating functions, from interpreting music, to …

#147 Science and Politics

January 13th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, it’s a panel discussion about what happens when science intersects with politics. We’re joined by Sheril Kirshenbaum, co-author of …

#146 Spider Silk

January 6th, 2012

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at some of nature’s most accomplished materials scientists, and the amazing substance they produce. We’re joined by Leslie …

#145 World Changing Ideas: Part Two

December 30th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, it’s Part Two of our series with Scientific American, on the technologies profiled in their World Changing Ideas feature article. We’ll …

#144 World Changing Ideas: Part One

December 23rd, 2011

1:00:00

This week, it’s Part One of our series with Scientific American, on the technologies profiled in their World Changing Ideas feature article. We talk …

#143 Here is a Human Being

December 16th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, we’re digging into the genome, the molecular blueprint that our bodies use to build themselves. We’ll discuss DNA, genetics, and personal …

#142 Science is a Hell of a Drug

December 9th, 2011

1:00:00

…and drugs are a hell of a science. Researcher and blogger Scicurious returns to examine the various substances that we use to alter consciousness. How do they affect us, how do we study them, and do they have any uses …

#141 The Common Cold

December 2nd, 2011

1:00:00

This week we’re discussing the viral menace that makes our lives miserable, and has stymied attempts at a cure from the earliest days of medicine. …

#140 Speedy Neutrinos

November 25th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, we dig into the story behind the experiment which might have discovered neutrinos moving faster than the speed of light. Guest host Rachelle Saunders talks with theoretical astrophysicist Dr. Ethan Siegel, to …

#139 Culture and Tradition

November 18th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, we’re featuring a panel discussion on the origins and influence of tradition, with biological anthropologist Greg Laden, science education …

#138 Evolution and Politics

November 11th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at what happens when a bedrock scientific theory goes up for debate in the contentious realm of politics. We’ll speak to Dr. …

#137 Memory Science

November 4th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, we’re featuring a pre-recorded interview on the work of Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, author, university professor, and pioneering researcher into the way our brains make and modify memories. And we’re joined by Iowa …

#136 Quantum Mechanics

October 28th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at the mindbending physics that happens on the smallest imaginable scales. We’re joined by physics professor James Kakalios, to talk about his book The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics: A …

#135 Microorganisms

October 21st, 2011

1:00:00

This week we’re looking at some of the microscopic organisms that share our planet and, occasionally, our bodies. We’re joined by science writer and blogger Carl Zimmer, to talk about his new book A Planet of Viruses. …

#134 Mad Like Tesla

October 14th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, we’re talking about the unorthodox thinkers who might help us innovate our way to new energy solutions. We’re joined by journalist Tyler …

#133 Science As Fiction

October 7th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, we’re speaking to authors whose fiction appeals to the science lover. We’ll speak to astronomer Stuart Clark, about his novel The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth, the first of a trilogy examining pivotal moments in …

#132 Changing Planet

September 30th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, we’re looking at the medical effects of global climate change. We’re joined by Dan Ferber, to talk about his book Changing Planet, Changing Health: How The Climate Crisis Threatens our Health, and What We Can …

#131 Neurology Past and Present

September 23rd, 2011

1:00:00

We’re taking a break from live recording this week. We’ll listen in on an interview recorded live at Dragon*Con 2011. We’ll discuss the history and …

#130 The Earth That Was

September 16th, 2011

1:00:00

This week we’ll look back into prehistory, for a glimpse of what life was like before humanity spread across the globe. We’re joined by …

#129 The Prince of Evolution

September 9th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, we’re discussing evolution, and a less well known, but just as fabulously bearded, scientist who helped to expand the theory. We’ll talk …

#128 Elemental Intrigue

September 2nd, 2011

1:00:00

Guest host Rachelle Saunders talks to science writer Sam Kean, about his book The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements. And …

#127 Random Things That Can Kill You

August 26th, 2011

1:00:00

Hurricane Irene interfered with our plans to interview science writer and blogger Carl Zimmer about his new book A Planet of Viruses. Instead, we …

#126 Bug Girl's Favorite Insects

August 19th, 2011

1:00:00

From ants to aphids, mosquitoes to mantises, entomology blogger Bug Girl has covered all kinds of things that creep, crawl and fly. This week, she …

#125 Global Population

August 12th, 2011

1:00:00

The human population of planet Earth is rapidly approaching 7 billion. This week, we’ll look at how fast our numbers are growing, what they mean for …

#124 The Theory That Would Not Die

August 5th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, show favorite Sharon Bertsch McGrayne returns to tell us about her new book, The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes’ Rule Cracked the …

#123 Data Analysis

July 29th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, data analyst Keith Schon returns to the show. We’ll ask him about his work as an information archaeologist, and how state-of-the-art …

#122 HIV and AIDS

July 22nd, 2011

1:00:00

This week, we’re joined by graduate student and Scienceblogs writer Abbie Smith, to learn about the latest research on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. How does HIV cause AIDS? What are the latest treatments? How close …

#121 The Nature of Human Nature

July 15th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, we’re joined by Dr. Carin Bondar, biologist and author, to talk about her book The Nature of Human Nature: Reflections On Our Position As …

#120 Tracking the Chupacabra

July 8th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, Skeptical Inquirer Managing Editor Benjamin Radford returns to the show, to discuss his newest book, Tracking The Chupacabra: The Vampire …

#119 Mistakes Were Made

July 1st, 2011

1:00:00

This week, we’re learning about the ways our brains are hard wired to fail at reality. Guest host Rachelle Saunders will speak with Dr. Carol Tavris, …

#118 The Reasonableness of Weird Things

June 24th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, it’s an hour with Daniel Loxton. The editor of Junior Skeptic and author of Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be returns to …

#117 Rural Medicine

June 17th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, we’ll look at how society and geography affect people’s access to healthcare, and the quality of care they receive. We’re joined by Dr. …

#116 What is Mental Illness?

June 10th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, it’s an hour on the brain, and the diseases and conditions unique to this amazing organ. We’re joined by Dr. Richard J. McNally, …

#115 Cell Phone Science

June 3rd, 2011

1:00:00

Researcher and Scientopia blogger Scicurious returns to discuss the fact and fiction of mobile phones. What effect do they have on brain cells? What about sperm cells? And do they have anything to do with declining …

#114 Practical Wisdom

May 27th, 2011

1:00:00

What exactly is “wisdom,” and how can we apply it in our daily lives? We’re joined by Barry Schwartz,  Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory …

#113 Science-Based Medicine and the Media

May 20th, 2011

1:00:00

What is science-based medicine, and how does the media (perhaps unwittingly) distort it? Our guest this week is Dr. Steven Novella, academic clinical …

#112 Strange New Worlds

May 13th, 2011

1:00:00

We look at the cutting edge science and old-fashioned wonder of the hunt for planets circling other stars. We’ll talk to Ray Jayawardhana, Canada …

#111 Animal Testing

May 6th, 2011

1:00:00

We’ll look at the practical advantages, and the ethical pitfalls, of using animals in scientific and medical research. We’re joined by Janet Stemwedel, Associate Professor of Philosophy at San Jose State University, and …

#110 A History of Childbirth

April 29th, 2011

1:00:00

We explore the changing ways that medicine and culture have treated pregnancy and childbirth. We’ll talk with doctor and medical journalist Randi …

#109 A Lifetime of Data

April 22nd, 2011

1:00:00

We'll get the scientific perspective on the causes and effects of aging, and how they change over a lifetime. We'll speak with Dr. Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein …

#108 Magical Thinking

April 15th, 2011

1:00:00

We ask professional magicians how the study and practice of magic can help teach critical thinking skills. We'll talk to sleight-of-hand master Jamy …

#107 Zombie Attack!

April 8th, 2011

1:00:00

We dig into the fascinating ways these movie monsters overlap with real-world science. We talk to entomologist David P. Hughes, about his work …

#106 Science and Culture

April 3rd, 2011

1:00:00

This week, we examine the ways that society and science inform and influence each other. We're joined by Marie-Claire Shanahan, Professor of Science Education at the University of Alberta, and President of the Canadian …

#105 Making Science Funny

March 25th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, it’s a panel discussion on the plusses and pitfalls of using humor to promote science. We’re joined by Science Comedian Brian Malow, blogger Scicurious, and Brian Thompson, host of The Amateur Scientist …

#104 Blood Work

March 18th, 2011

1:00:00

It's an hour on the blood that runs through your veins, and how modern medicine can supplement your supply. We'll talk to Holly Tucker about Blood …

#103 Sewer Science

March 18th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, we take another look at water, and what happens to it after it goes down the drain. Researcher Liz Borkowski joins us for a look at the connection between sewage and civilization, and the struggle to …

#102 Fluoride and Water Tech

March 11th, 2011

1:00:00

From the Roman aqueducts to the latest research on what happens when you turn the tap, it's an hour on water. Dr. William James joins us for a lesson …

#101 Brain Games

March 4th, 2011

1:00:00

It's an hour on the brain, the senses, and how you can fool them both. We're joined by neuroscientist Tom Stafford, co-author of the book Mind Hacks: …

#100 Semen Science

February 25th, 2011

1:00:00

Evolutionary biologist John Logsdon returns to explain the amazing diversity of sperm design, and its connection with mating behaviour. And …

#99 Quacks and Scams

February 18th, 2011

1:00:00

It's an hour on scams and charlatans, with Dr. Stephen Barrett. He's the creator of QuackWatch, a family of websites that tracks dubious healthcare claims, and the people and practitioners who make them. James "The …

#98 An Optimist's Tour of The Future

February 11th, 2011

1:00:00

We’re joined by science writer Jessica Wapner, to examine the intersection between ethics, economics, and drug development, and what it means for the future of pharmaceutical research. And we sit down with author, …

#97 The Science of Kissing

February 4th, 2011

1:00:00

We’re joined by researcher and science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum, to talk about her book The Science Of Kissing. We’ll learn about the surprisingly complex chemistry that’s going on during a passing peck or a passionate …

#96 Human Factors Engineering

January 28th, 2011

1:00:00

Researcher and blogger Ash Donaldson joins us for a pre-recorded discussion on the fascinating field of Human Factors Engineering. This …

#95 The Science of Allergies

January 21st, 2011

1:00:00

Dr. Gary Stadtmauer returns for a pre-recorded discussion on the science behind the causes, symptoms and treatment of allergies. And we start the hour with paramedic Michael Kruse to talk about 10:23, a campaign to …

#94 Art and Science

January 14th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, it's an hour on the intersection between science and the creative arts. We’ll speak to Lauren Redniss, author and illustrator of Radioactive, a visual narrative about the work, life and love of Marie and …

#93 The Paradox of Choice (REBROADCAST)

January 7th, 2011

1:00:00

This week, we revisit our interview with Barry Schwartz, psychologist and author. He contends that, although you may think you want more options, …

#92 The Introvert Advantage

December 31st, 2010

1:00:00

We ring in the New Year with an interview for those of us who prefer a good book, a quiet chat, or an interesting hour of radio over a night of wild partying. We’re joined by Dr. Marti Laney, family therapist and author …

#91 Religious Artifacts

December 24th, 2010

1:00:00

We sit down with Joe Nickell, scholar, author and veteran paranormal investigator, to talk about his experiences examining religious relics. We’ll …

#90 Holiday Book Shopping Guide

December 17th, 2010

1:00:00

We help you plan your holiday gift-giving with an hour on the best books about science. We’re joined by a panel of former guests, including …

#89 Health Controversies

December 10th, 2010

1:00:00

We’ll talk to medical physicist Dr. Marc MacKenzie about the new scanning equipment that’s causing a stir at U.S. airports. How do the machines …

#88 Written in Stone

December 3rd, 2010

1:00:00

Science writer Brian Switek joins us to talk about his new book Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature. We’ll take a …

#87 The Calculus Diaries

November 26th, 2010

1:00:00

We talk to Jennifer Ouellette, author of The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse. …

#86 Consensus Science

November 19th, 2010

1:00:00

We look at scientific consensus through the eyes of non-scientists. Skeptic North bloggers Erik Davis and Steve Thoms explain how non-professional researchers can understand the state of modern science on questions from …

#85 Cooking for Geeks

November 12th, 2010

1:00:00

We set the table for Jeff Potter, author of Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks and Good Food. From overclocking your kitchen appliances to recipes right out of a chemistry lab manual, we’ll explore how …

#84 A Retrospective

November 5th, 2010

1:00:00

In honour of CJSR's FunDrive, we took a look back at some of our favourite moments from the show, and offered our (insightful and witty) commentary. …

#83 Race and Reality

October 29th, 2010

1:00:00

The first show of our host station’s CJSR’s annual FunDrive campaign features a look at the science of race, with Guy P. Harrison, author of Race and …

#82 Vaccines

October 22nd, 2010

1:00:00

We talk to Dr. David Gorski, surgical oncologist and Managing Editor of Science-Based Medicine, about the science and the suspicion of vaccinations. …

#81 Delusions of Gender

October 15th, 2010

1:00:00

We speak with academic psychologist Dr. Cordelia Fine. Her new book, Delusions Of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference, …

#80 Science Journalism

October 8th, 2010

1:00:00

We’ll speak to Bora Zivkovic, Blog and Community Editor at Scientific American and one of the ScienceOnline organizers, about how online science reporting and the explosion of science blogging are affecting the way …

#79 Your Brain on Music

October 1st, 2010

1:00:00

We’re joined by neuroscientist and musician Daniel Levitin, to discuss his book This Is Your Brain on Music. We’ll look at the neuroscience of music appreciation, and explore the fascinating ways that listening to music …

#78 Improbable Research

September 24th, 2010

1:00:00

We look at the stranger side of science with Marc Abrahams, the editor of Annals of Improbable Research and creator of the the Ig Nobel Prize. Is …

#77 Bad Research

September 17th, 2010

1:00:00

Cognitive psychologist Barbara Drescher joins us to discuss the common mistakes scientists make, and what happens to the science when their research …

#76 The Women Of Skepticism

September 10th, 2010

1:00:00

Live from Skeptrack at Dragon*Con, we talk to the women of skepticism about the contributions they're making to science and critical thinking. We start with a panel including Kylie Sturgess of The Token Skeptic, Robynn …

#75 Nobel Prize Women in Science - Part 2

September 3rd, 2010

1:00:00

Author Sharon Bertsch McGrayne returns to tell us about more about the most influential women in the history of modern science. Part 1 of the episode is here. And on Speaking up, we talk to our own Ryan Bromsgrove …

#74 The Conspiracy Skeptic

August 27th, 2010

1:00:00

We talk to Karl Mamer, host of The Conspiracy Skeptic, a podcast that examines the breathless claims and the actual evidence behind today’s most tenacious conspiracy theories. On Speaking Up, we speak with geneticist …

#73 Transhumanism - Part 2

August 20th, 2010

1:00:00

Back by popular demand: George Dvorsky, of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and science blogger Greg Fish. It's time for another …

#72 Sex at Dawn

August 13th, 2010

1:00:00

We talk to author Christopher Ryan about his new book Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality. We’ll discuss the most recent science …

#71 Genetically Modified Foods

August 6th, 2010

1:00:00

University of Florida researcher Kevin Folta discusses what an expert in plant genomics thinks about the claims and controversy surrounding …

#70 The Culture Of Fear

July 30th, 2010

1:00:00

We're joined by sociologist and author Barry Glassner. For ten years, his book The Culture Of Fear has shed light on the way that cultural anxiety is …

#69 The Science of Sleep

July 23rd, 2010

1:00:00

Dr. Kimberly A. Cote, Director of the Brock University Sleep Laboratory, discusses the research into the relationship between sleep, cognition and performance. On Speaking Up, we talk with Josh Hunt from the Cleveland …

#68 Adventures Among Ants

July 16th, 2010

1:00:00

We're joined by explorer and wildlife photographer Mark W. Moffet, to discuss his new book Adventures Among Ants. We'll journey around the world to learn about these fascinating insects, and discover the parallels …

#67 Cruelty

July 9th, 2010

1:00:00

We talk to researcher Dr. Kathleen Taylor, the author of Cruelty: Human Evil and the Human Brain. Has the human brain evolved the capacity for evil? …

#66 Scientific Paranormal Investigation

July 2nd, 2010

1:00:00

Our guest is Ben Radford, columnist and managing editor for Skeptical Inquirer magazine. Ben is a veteran investigator of paranormal incidents, and …

#65 Transhumanism

June 25th, 2010

1:00:00

We explore the predictions and the problems in the quest to "enhance" human beings. We're joined by George Dvorsky of Sentient Developments and the …

#64 The Cosmetics Cop

June 18th, 2010

1:00:00

Paula Begoun is the bestselling author of "The Beauty Bible" and "Don't Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me." We'll examine the science behind …

#63 Vitamins

June 11th, 2010

1:00:00

Pharmacist and blogger Scott Gavura returns to give us the evidence-based perspective on vitamins and the claims that are made about them. Which ones …

#62 The Evidence for Climate Change

June 4th, 2010

1:00:00

We're joined by John Cook, author of Skeptical Science, a website that examines climate change denial. What are the most common arguments used to create doubt about global warming? Are they supported by scientific …

#61 Bonobo Handshake

May 28th, 2010

1:00:00

Journalist and author Vanessa Woods joins us to discuss her new book Bonobo Handshake.  The memoir takes us inside Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary, a refuge …

#60 Massimo Pigliucci

May 21st, 2010

1:00:00

Philosophy professor and author Dr. Massimo Pigliucci joins us to discuss his new book Nonsense On Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk. We'll discuss why people embrace pseudoscientific beliefs, and how it affects our …

#59 Young Skeptics

May 14th, 2010

1:00:00

We're joined by three members of the Young Australian Skeptics: Jack Scanlan, Elliot Birch and Jason Ball. We'll find out what's it like to discover reason before you're eligible to vote, how they communicate with their …

#58 Cryptozoology 101

May 7th, 2010

1:00:00

Blake Smith and Dr. Karen Stollznow, two of the hosts of MonsterTalk, join us to share some of their favorite stories of fictional fauna. On Speaking …

#57 The Survival Guide for Outsiders

April 30th, 2010

1:00:00

We talk to Sherman K. Stein, mathematician and author of Survival Guide for Outsiders: How To Protect Yourself From Politicians, Experts, and Other …

#56 Baba Brinkman

April 23rd, 2010

1:00:00

We sit down with Vancouver rapper Baba Brinkman, the artist behind The Rap Guide to Evolution, and the new rationalist anthem Off That. And on …

#55 Science Education

April 16th, 2010

1:00:00

How are today's teachers sharing the wonders of science and critical thinking with the next generation of students? With cognitive psychologist and …

#54 The Genius in All of Us

April 9th, 2010

1:00:00

We'll be joined by journalist and bestselling author David Shenk, to discuss his new book, The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told …

#53 Obesity

April 2nd, 2010

1:00:00

Researcher and writer Peter Janiszewski joins us to discuss the science of obesity, and the latest research on weight loss and human health. And on Speaking Up we talk with Carrie Iwan of Skepchick on Skepchicon.

#52 The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

March 26th, 2010

1:00:00

We speak to Miriam Goldstein, doctoral student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography about her research expedition to the Great Pacific Garbage …

#51 Nobel Prize Women in Science

March 19th, 2010

1:00:00

In honor of Ada Lovelace Day, author Sharon Bertsch McGrayne joined us to discuss the lives, careers and Nobel Prize-winning research of women scientists. And on Speaking Up we talk to Heidi Anderson previews She …

#50 Investigating Technology

March 12th, 2010

1:00:00

We spoke to Jonathan Strickland, senior writer and "TechStuff" for howstuffworks.com, about the importance of critical thinking when examining new …

#49 Sex, Genes and Evolution

March 5th, 2010

1:00:00

Biologist John Logsdon joins us to discuss the genetic and evolutionary aspects of sexual reproduction. Why do we have sex, anyway? Why do some …

#48 The Interactive Conference

February 26th, 2010

1:00:00

We looked at the increasing focus on interactivity at science and skeptical conferences. Science Online 2010 organizer Bora Zivkovic discusses the …

#47 The Wakefield Study

February 19th, 2010

1:00:00

We take an in depth look at the recent Lancet retraction of Andrew Wakefield's research into a correlation between Autism and the MMR vaccine. Pharmacist Scott Gavura, research ethicist Nancy Walton and author and …

#46 The Independent Investigations Group

February 12th, 2010

1:00:00

We spoke to three members of the Independent Investigations Group, to discuss their organization and their $50,000 Paranormal Challenge. Steve Muscarella, Jim Newman and Spencer Marks explained how they investigate …

#45 Skeptical Scientist Dr. Rachel Dunlop

February 5th, 2010

1:00:00

We spoke to Rachel "Dr. Rachie" Dunlop, Australian scientist and Skeptic Zone podcaster. We discussed her work as a scientist, researcher and blogger, as well as her efforts to promote reason and critical thinking to …

#44 Evolution Education

January 29th, 2010

1:00:00

We sat down with Dr. Eugenie Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, to talk about the state of evolution education. …

#43 Skepticism and Race

January 22nd, 2010

1:00:00

Is the face of modern skepticism really as monochrome as it appears? How do we make our message appeal to a broader, more diverse audience? And how do racial demographics influence belief in pseudoscience and the …

#42 Climate Change

January 15th, 2010

1:00:00

Guest host Mike Harrison spoke to Dr. John Gamon, professor and researcher at the University of Alberta, researcher for the TROPI-DRY Collaborative …

#41 How Many Licks?

January 8th, 2010

1:00:00

We spoke to author and physicist Aaron Santos about his new book, How Many Licks. Have you ever wondered how many calories are in the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man? How many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie …

#40 Alcohol

January 1st, 2010

1:00:00

In honor of your possible New Year's over-indulgence, we discussed alcohol with Dr. Rob Tarzwell and Dr. Ken Mukamal. How does intoxication work? …

#39 The Paradox of Choice

December 25th, 2009

1:00:00

Barry Schwartz, psychologist and author, contends that although you may think you want more options, and that having those myriad alternatives will …

#38 Microbiology

December 18th, 2009

1:00:00

Lisa Hammett talks to us about pathogens, viruses, probiotics, antibiotics... if it's too small to be seen without a microscope, it's up for discussion. And on Speaking Up, we talk to Mike Meraz with Actually Speaking: …

#37 Radiation and Health

December 11th, 2009

1:00:00

Dr. Marc MacKenzie, medical physicist, discusses radiation: why a little can be good, why a lot can be bad, and why radiation is more important than you think. And on Speaking Up, we discuss The James Randi Educational …

#36 Belief and Education

December 4th, 2009

1:00:00

We spoke to Martin Bridgstock and Kylie Sturgess, who recently completed one of the largest surveys of paranormal, pseudoscientific, superstitious and conspiracy theory beliefs in Australia. They've studied how age, …

#35 Punk Rock Skepticism

November 27th, 2009

1:00:00

We spoke with Nicky Garratt, guitarist for the legendary punk band, the UK Subs, who also happens to be an outspoken skeptic. Does speaking out against pseudoscience, magical thinking and unexamined beliefs get in the …

#34 Health Fraud

November 20th, 2009

1:00:00

We spoke with Brent Homan from the Canadian Competition Bureau, about their attempts to combat health fraud. Questionable cancer cures, fake vaccines, miracle machines, creams and treatments. What's the government doing …

#33 Human Research Ethics

November 13th, 2009

1:00:00

Nancy Walton helps us explore the intricacies of human research ethics. The Millgram Experiment. The Stanford Prison Experiment. Randomized trials on orphaned and abandoned children. Stem cell research. Studying the …

#32 The Skeptical Alt-Heath Practitioner

November 6th, 2009

1:00:00

Paul Ingraham is a Vancouver Registered Massage Therapist and science writer who criticizes questionable practices in alternative health care -- and …

#31 Science Fiction and Skepticism

October 30th, 2009

1:00:00

Discussing the intersection of science fiction and skepticism with Derek Colanduno, co-host of the podcast Skepticality. Saying that "both involve …

#30 Digital Footprints

October 23rd, 2009

1:00:00

Keith Schon of Cataphora discusses how computers can track behavior, and find out all your dirty little secrets. What are the limits on what your company is allowed to find out about you, and how are they doing it? How …

#29 Getting Noticed

October 16th, 2009

1:00:00

From comedy and music, to scientific studies and how we respond to them, to blogging vs. mainstream media, to attention-grabbing stunts... is all publicity good publicity, or do our own efforts sometimes work against …

#28 Canadian Skepticism

October 9th, 2009

1:00:00

We discuss the challenges and successes of the Canadian evidence-based community with contributors to the new Canadian skeptical blog, Skeptic North. Guests include Steve Thoms from Ontario's Niagara Region, Jonathan …

#27 Randall Munroe of xkcd

October 2nd, 2009

1:00:00

Randall Munroe, creator of the webcomic xkcd, discusses stick men, math, science, relationships and what it's like to be an internet meme. And on Speaking Up, Omar Mouallem with a Skeptical Ghost Story.

#26 Science Comedian

September 25th, 2009

1:00:00

Brian Malow, earth's premier science comedian, discusses using humour as outreach, why people are scared of science, and what's so funny about the second law of thermodynamics. And on Speaking Up we disucss H1N1 …

#25 Surprise Guest Adam Savage!

September 18th, 2009

1:00:00

Adam Savage, co-host of the Discovery Channel's MythBusters will be on the show this week, to discuss skepticism, celebrity advocacy, and of course, …

#24 Richard Saunders

September 11th, 2009

1:00:00

Richard Saunders, paranormal investigator and host of the Skeptic Zone podcast, will explain how we can properly use the scientific method to test psychic and supernatural claims, how to become a credible resource for …

#23 The Skeptical Actor

September 4th, 2009

1:00:00

Kennedy Goodkey, writer of/actor in the new independent movie The Beast of Bottomless Lake will discuss Ogopogo, being a skeptic in the not-so-skeptical acting community,and what it's like to shoot a movie in a town …

#22 Genomics

August 28th, 2009

1:00:00

Fintan Steele discusses genetic information and research, and its implications for medicine, law and ethics. And on Speaking Up, The Skeptographers with Marion Kilgour.

#21 Skeptical Education

August 21st, 2009

1:00:00

Daniel Loxton, the editor of Junior Skeptic magazine, discusses how we can help to ensure that the next generation is thoroughly prepared for all the irrationality, pseudoscience and disinformation that the world will …

#20 Ask A Pharmacist

August 14th, 2009

1:00:00

Scott Gavura discusses naturopaths prescribing medicine, the right to refuse to fill prescriptions on moral grounds, and how not every remedy in your local pharmacy is evidence-based. And on Speaking Up: Brownian Motion …

#19 Gender and The Skeptical Community

August 7th, 2009

1:00:00

So where are we with gender and sexism within the skeptical community? The facts and opinions may surprise you. With guests Dana Blumrosen, Marion Kilgour and Jill Powell.

#18 Astrobiology

July 31st, 2009

1:00:00

Dr. Maggie Turnbull, consulting scientist for NASA's New World Observer, a space telescope mission to discover and study Earth-like planets orbiting …

#17 Cyber Security

July 24th, 2009

1:00:00

Nullsession explains just how totally dependent we are on our computers, and the myriad ways in which we are vulnerable. I for one, welcome our robot …

#16 TAM Forever

July 17th, 2009

1:00:00

The cast discusses their trip to TAM7, with the goal of making you ridiculously jealous. With surprise calls from Tim Farley, Jeff Wagg and Richard …

#15 Stormchasing

July 3rd, 2009

1:00:00

Jeff Richardson talks with us about tornadoes and other extreme weather conditions, and what drives someone to choose such a potentially hazardous …

#14 Math

June 26th, 2009

1:00:00

The episode in which Simon Rose attempts to assist Des in her ongoing struggle with numbers. Spoiler: numbers win. And on Speaking Up: science-inspired clothing line thephage.com with Sibina.

#13 Astronomy

June 19th, 2009

1:00:00

Astronomer, popular author and super-blogger Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy joins us to talk about all things astronomy. Why is Pluto now not a planet? …

#12 Biotechnology Ethics

June 12th, 2009

1:00:00

Author, philosopher and ethicist Chris MacDonald discusses the ethics involved in this broad and sometimes morally ambiguous field. On Speaking Up: …

#11 Nuclear Power

June 5th, 2009

1:00:00

Fascinating discussion on nuclear power with Dr. Jeremy Whitlock, reactor physicist and author of the website The Canadian Nuclear FAQ, and Elena Schacherl, founder and Co-chair of Citizens Advocating the Use of …

#10 Geology

May 29th, 2009

1:00:00

Dr. Hans Machel discusses flood theory, crystals, the concept of a hollow earth, and why all these things can be explained using his Square of …

#9 Quitting Smoking

May 22nd, 2009

1:00:00

The cast decides to quit smoking and provides their research on the most (and least) evidence-based ways to go about it. Special appearances by MC Frontalot and Catherine Nissen.

#8 Censorship

May 15th, 2009

1:00:00

Dennis Young, leader of the Libertarian Party of Canada, and Matthew Johnston, publisher of the Western Standard, discuss censorship and free speech. And on Speaking Up: the epigenome with Mike Harrison.

#7 Skeptical Activism and Bill 44

May 8th, 2009

1:00:00

Brian Mason, leader of the Alberta NDP, discusses Bill 44, the Alberta Government's proposal to allow parents to opt-out of classes that conflict with religious belief. Tim Farley, creator of What's the Harm (pictured), …

#6 Neuroeconomics

May 1st, 2009

1:00:00

Dr. Ming Hsu discusses the way your brain deals with decisions about efficiency, versus how it deals with issues of fairness. And on Speaking Up: skepticism in movies with Jill Powell.

#5 UFOs

April 24th, 2009

1:00:00

Jim Moroney of the Alberta UFO Study Group discusses his experiences with and research into aliens. And on Speaking Up: new exoplanet Gliese 581 E with Brownian Motion.

#4 Science of Love

April 17th, 2009

1:00:00

Helen Fisher was slated to be on the show to talk about the biological roots of romantic love, but was unable to appear. Mike Harrison substituted. …

#3 The Gerson Diet

April 10th, 2009

1:00:00

Howard Straus of the Gerson Institute, who is featured in the movie A Beautiful Truth: The World's Simplest Cure for Cancer, discusses this …

#2 Science of Cults

March 27th, 2009

1:00:00

Dr. Stephen Kent discusses brainwashing, ritual abuse and the difference between cults and religions. And on Speaking Up: potty training with Brad …

#1 Secularism in Alberta

March 20th, 2009

1:00:00

Cliff Erasmus, Chair of Centre for Inquiry Calgary, discusses Alberta's secular landscape. And on Speaking Up: the psychology of gender with Mike …

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