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Do you have a curious mind? Do you sometimes daydream about having a PhD in literature, science, or history?Go inside the minds of PhDs at Harvard University with the Veritalk podcast. Veritalk is produced at Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In each three-episode miniseries of Verital… read more

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Sensing Episode 2: Squish Goes the Robot!

December 9th, 2019


Can robots ever learn to feel? Our ability to perform delicate tasks, like giving a gentle hug or picking a piece of fruit, is something that robots …

Sensing Episode 1: It's All within Reach

December 2nd, 2019


From the moment you open your eyes in the morning, your sense of sight helps you navigate and interact with the world. But how do our brains understand what our eyes are telling us? And how do we know what's surrounding …

Food Episode 4: Your Body Isn't Broken

May 9th, 2019


Can nutrition education solve the obesity epidemic? Hannah Cory asked that question over and over while working as a dietician in a public school …

Food Episode 3: Go with Your Gut

April 30th, 2019


What does it mean to have a "healthy gut?" Is it worth drinking kombucha or taking probiotics? What about that gut-brain connection? PhD candidates Cary Allen-Blevins and Vayu Maini Rekdal explore how "good" bacteria …

Food Episode 2: Veritalk Goes Vegan

April 25th, 2019


In the last few years, the popularity of "plant-based diets" has exploded. Celebrities from Tom Brady to Beyoncé promote eating less meat. Even …

Food Episode 1: Turmeric Lattes and Tikka Masala

April 18th, 2019


After moving to the US from Mauritius, PhD candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures Nikhita Obeegadoo felt homesick. Her experience eating a bowl of dal (spiced lentils) in the US led her to ask questions about …

Veritalk Monsters: Episode 3 - King Kong vs. Gravity

November 1st, 2018


Why isn’t King Kong scaling the Empire State Building right now? Should we worry about Godzilla rising from the depths of the Pacific Ocean? Shane …

Veritalk Monsters: Episode 2 - Parasites

October 25th, 2018


Some monsters live inside us. PhD candidate in Biological Sciences in Public Health Maddy McFarland studies Trypanosoma cruzi, a parasite that …

Veritalk Monsters: Episode 1 - Mermaids

October 18th, 2018


Mermaids: They’re cute, innocent, and great singers, right? Think again! PhD candidate in Celtic Languages and Literatures Greg Darwin explains why …

Displacement Episode 3: The Estranged

July 19th, 2018


PhD graduate in Sociology Monica Bell’s interviews with poor youth of color in Baltimore led her to formulate the idea of “legal estrangement.” While …

Veritalk Displacement Episode 2: The Shipwreck

July 12th, 2018


During World War II, many Greek people had to flee their homes and seek safety in the Middle East. Today, Syrian refugees flee violence in the Middle …

Displacement Episode 1: The Rohingya

July 5th, 2018


Almost no outsiders have visited the internally displaced persons camps in Burma where over 140,000 Rohingya Muslims are forced to live. Cresa Pugh, …

Plumage Episode 3: Puttin' on the Ritz

February 26th, 2018


In our last episode about plumage, Chloe Chapin, PhD student in American Studies, explores how humans have used fashion to express gender and status …

Plumage Episode 2: The Wild Blue Yonder

February 15th, 2018


What if you wanted to recreate the iridescent blue-green of a peacock feather in a lab? It turns out that scientists are still trying to figure out how to replicate some of nature's most impressive plumage.

The Veritalk …

Plumage Episode 1: Love is a Battlefield

February 8th, 2018


Harvard PhD student Dakota McCoy, who studies Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, asks why birds of paradise evolved to have brightly colored …

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