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The Anthropocene Reviewed

27 EpisodesProduced by WNYC Studios and Complexly Website

The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. On The Anthropocene Reviewed, #1 New York Times bestselling author John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, Turtles All the Way Down) reviews different facets of the human-center… read more

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Humanity's Temporal Range

March 26th, 2020


John Green reviews humanity's temporal range. 

Staphylococcus Aureus and the Non-Denial Denial

February 27th, 2020


John Green reviews a micro-organism, staphylococcus aureus, and a rhetorical device called the non-denial denial.

Works of Art by Agnes Martin and Hiroyuki Doi

January 30th, 2020


John Green reviews two works of visual art—a series of six paintings by Agnes Martin called “With My Back to the World,” and an untitled 2003 ink drawing by Hiroyuki Doi.

Auld Lang Syne

December 26th, 2019


John Green reviews Auld Lang Syne in this podcast's first ever one-review episode.

Notes App and Sports Rivalries

November 27th, 2019


John Green reviews the Notes app and the strange phenomenon of sports rivalries.

Capacity for Wonder and Sunsets

October 31st, 2019


John Green reviews humanity’s capacity for wonder and sunsets.

QWERTY Keyboard and the Kauaʻi ʻōʻō

September 26th, 2019


John Green reviews the QWERTY keyboard layout and a bird species called the Kauaʻi ʻōʻō.

Hot Dog Eating Contest and Chemotherapy

August 29th, 2019


John Green reviews a hot dog eating contest and chemotherapy. 

Air Conditioning and Sycamore Trees

July 25th, 2019


John Green reviews air conditioning and sycamore trees.

Gray Aliens and Rock Paper Scissors

June 27th, 2019


John Green reviews Rock, Paper, Scissors and the little gray aliens that humans began imagining—or possibly seeing—in the early 20th century.

Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Stickers and the Indianapolis 500

May 30th, 2019


John Green reviews two sensorial wonders: scratch ‘n’ sniff stickers and the Indianapolis 500.

Prom and the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment

April 25th, 2019


John Green reviews the teenage celebration known as prom and the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment.

The Hall of Presidents and New Partner

March 28th, 2019

John Green reviews the Hall of Presidents and the song "New Partner" by Palace Music. 

Velociraptors and Harvey

February 28th, 2019


John Green reviews velociraptors and the 1950 film Harvey.

Indianapolis and Love at First Sight

January 31st, 2019


John Green reviews Indianapolis and love at first sight.

Teddy Bears and Penalty Shootouts

December 27th, 2018


John Green reviews teddy bears and penalty shootouts.

Tetris and the Seed Potatoes of Leningrad

November 15th, 2018


John Green reviews the video game Tetris and the seed potatoes of Leningrad.

A Word From John

November 8th, 2018


The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. On The Anthropocene …

Pennies and Piggly Wiggly

October 25th, 2018


John Green reviews an ostensible form of currency and a grocery store chain.

Whispering and the Weather

September 27th, 2018


John Green reviews an unvoiced way of speaking and the state of the atmosphere. Thanks to Brilliant for sponsoring this episode:

The Yips and CNN

August 30th, 2018


John Green reviews a sporting malady known as the yips and the 24-hour news network, CNN. Thanks to Skillshare for sponsoring this episode: When I First Went to Sea by Katie Else:

Lascaux Paintings and the Taco Bell Breakfast Menu

June 28th, 2018


John Green reviews a 17,000-year-old painting and the Taco Bell breakfast menu. Thanks to Simple Contacts for sponsoring this episode: …

Hawaiian Pizza and Viral Meningitis

May 31st, 2018


John Green reviews a pineapple and ham yeasted flatbread and an inflammation of the membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord. Thanks to Dashlane for sponsoring this episode:

Super Mario Kart and the Bonneville Salt Flats

April 26th, 2018


John Green reviews a kart racing video game series and a vast expanse of salt-encrusted earth located in the desert of northwestern Utah. Thanks to Backblaze for sponsoring this episode:

Googling Strangers and Kentucky Bluegrass

March 28th, 2018


John Green reviews a plant species with no relationship to Kentucky and the contemporary practice of searching for the lives of people you don't know. Thanks to this episode's sponsors. Audible: …

Halley's Comet and Cholera

February 21st, 2018


John Green reviews Halley's Comet, a celestial body visible from Earth once in a lifetime, and cholera, an infection caused by bacteria and people. …

Canada Geese and Diet Dr Pepper

January 29th, 2018


John Green reviews Canada Geese (a bird species that was not too long ago on the brink of extinction) and Diet Dr Pepper (a zero-calorie soda …

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