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Listen to the Inquiring Minds Podcast featuring thought leaders on a wide variety of topics. Indre Viskontas & Kishore Hari make great hosts as they start off the podcast discussing some recent news or studies they found fascinating. Then they interview their guest and they explore "the place where science, politics, and society collide". Hear from Stephen Dubner on Freakonomics, Adam Rogers on the science of booze, Traci Mann giving unconventional findings on the science of weight loss, Dr. Norman Doidge on brain plasticity, and many other leading thinkers such as Adam Savage, William Gibson, Steven Johnson, Steven Pinker, Naomi Klein, Al Gore, John Oliver, Jared Diamond, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael Pollan, and many more. This series has over 90 podcast episodes and they're all on the feed. It's an excellent podcast that will introduce you to a wide variety of subjects.


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  • The State of the Art in Alzheimer's Research
    Tue, May 21, 2019


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

  • BONUS: Introducing Science Rules! with Bill Nye
    Sat, May 18, 2019


    Former guest of Inquiring Minds, Bill Nye, is on a mission to change the world—one phone call at a time. On his new podcast, Science Rules!, he tackles the curliest questions on just about anything in the universe. Perhaps you’ve wondered: Should I stop eating cheeseburgers to combat climate change? How often should I really be washing my pillowcase? Can I harvest energy from all those static-electricity shocks I get in the winter? Science Rules! is out now and you can find it in your favorite podcast app.

  • Salty Erotica of the Deep
    Tue, May 14, 2019


    Indre talks to marine biologist Marah Hardt about her book Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep.

  • Up To Date | Bioprinting a Liver; Tasting with Genes; Stopping the World’s Worst Venom
    Tue, May 07, 2019


    New research on 3D printing vasculature around which organs could be created; recent work on the effects of genetics on the way you taste things; and a new way to stop the effects of the world’s worst venom.


  • Completing the Darwinian Revolution
    Wed, May 01, 2019


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

  • How Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World
    Mon, Apr 22, 2019


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

  • How Music Can Make You Better
    Tue, Apr 16, 2019


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

  • Up To Date | Neurogenesis; Predicting Death with AI; Rethinking Nose Jobs
    Tue, Apr 09, 2019


    A careful look into research on whether or not we can generate new neurons as adults; new research into using machine learning to predict premature death; and a new technique to reshape cartilage by heating it.

  • A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning
    Fri, Mar 29, 2019


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

  • The Strange Science of Recovery
    Mon, Mar 25, 2019


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

  • The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System
    Tue, Mar 19, 2019


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

  • Up To Date | Bug census, global warming, young blood, microwaving grapes
    Mon, Feb 25, 2019


    A study taking a deep look into insect populations and their decline; bad news about global warming four generations from now, new research showing why older mice benefit from receiving younger blood; and a new study on microwaving grapes.

  • 2018’s Best Science Movies (and TV)
    Mon, Feb 18, 2019


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

  • Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality
    Tue, Feb 12, 2019


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

  • Up To Date | Polar Vortex Science, Brainwaves to Speech, Blowing Up the Brain
    Tue, Feb 05, 2019


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

  • Why We Fall for It Every Time
    Tue, Jan 29, 2019


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

  • The Science of How Art Works
    Tue, Jan 22, 2019


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

  • The Science of Perfect Timing
    Tue, Jan 15, 2019


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

  • Up To Date | New Horizons Finds BB-8; Defining Death; Differential Privacy
    Tue, Jan 08, 2019


    This week: The New Horizons spacecraft took pictures of an object in the Kuiper belt; a study that brings up questions about how to define death; there’s a major upcoming scientific study that the US conducts every 10 years: the US census; and a look into the pricing and access to scientific journals.

  • The Neuroscience of Prejudice
    Tue, Jan 01, 2019


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

  • Up To Date | Top 10 Science Stories of 2018
    Sat, Dec 29, 2018


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

  • Lessons from the Edge of the Universe
    Mon, Dec 24, 2018


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

  • Up To Date | Hummingbird Divebombs; Collapsing Ice Sheets
    Sat, Dec 22, 2018


    This week: A study looking into how male hummingbirds divebomb fast enough that their tail feathers make high-pitched squeaks; and new evidence explaining why sea levels were 6-9 meters higher about 150,000 years ago (even though the climate was just about as warm as it is today), and why that’s especially relevant now.

  • The Laws of Human Nature
    Mon, Dec 17, 2018


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


  • Up To Date | Talking Viruses; Creativity Waves
    Sat, Dec 15, 2018


    This week: A look into quorum sensing, a field of research looking into if bacteria, particularly bacteria that are trying to invade another host, can communicate with each other—and new research suggesting viruses can exhibit the same behavior; new research into using alpha waves to stimulate creativity; and Indre and Kishore’s 2018 science gift recommendations.

  • She Has Her Mother's Laugh
    Tue, Dec 11, 2018


    Carl Zimmer is a New York Times columnist and author of 13 books about science. We talked to him about his latest book, She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity, which was recently named The Guardian’s Best Science Book of 2018.

  • Up To Date | Migration Myths and Negative Mass
    Sat, Dec 08, 2018


    This week: The UCL–Lancet Commission on Migration and Heath released a new report that busts some common migration myths; and a scientist at Oxford University has come up with an alteration to Einstein's general theory of relativity that could have some interesting effects on our understanding of our universe: negative mass.

  • Music as Medicine
    Wed, Dec 05, 2018


    Dr. Concetta Tomaino is a pioneer in the field of music therapy and the executive director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function. On the show this week we talk to Dr. Tomaino about her work treating individuals suffering the effects of brain trauma or neurological diseases as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

  • Up To Date | Ants with backpacks; Neuron DNA affects Alzheimer's
    Fri, Nov 30, 2018


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

  • A New History of a Lost World
    Thu, Nov 29, 2018


    We follow up last week’s dino-episode by talking to paleontologist at University of Edinburgh Steve Brusatte about his new book The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World.

  • A Radical New History of Life
    Fri, Nov 23, 2018


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

  • Up To Date | A Polio-Like Virus and Genes Deciding Your University
    Tue, Nov 20, 2018


    Up To Date: 10/19/2018

  • What It’s like to Discover a Dinosaur
    Tue, Nov 20, 2018


    We talk to paleontologist, professor, expeditioner, and science communicator Ken Lacovara about his book Why Dinosaurs Matter. Ken has unearthed some of the largest dinosaurs ever to walk our planet, including the super-massive Dreadnoughtus, which at 65 tons weighs more than seven T. rex.

  • Up To Date | Smelling Stingrays and a 16 Billion Scoville Cactus
    Sat, Nov 17, 2018


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

  • Life at the Extremes of Our Capacity
    Tue, Nov 13, 2018


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

  • Up To Date | Election results, stealth moths, and a retired kilogram
    Sat, Nov 10, 2018


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

  • The Beauty and Utility of Maps: A Cartographic Odyssey
    Tue, Nov 06, 2018


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

  • Up To Date | The Definitive Field Guide to Filthy Animal Facts
    Sat, Nov 03, 2018


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

  • What Real-Life Zombies Reveal About Our World
    Tue, Oct 30, 2018


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

  • Up To Date | Doubling worm lifespans; the recent failed Soyuz launch
    Sat, Oct 27, 2018


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

  • The Remarkable History of Surgery
    Tue, Oct 16, 2018


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

  • Up To Date | Nobel Prizes and Electrical Nerve Regeneration
    Sat, Oct 13, 2018


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

  • Being Human in the Age of Algorithms
    Fri, Oct 12, 2018


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

  • China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order
    Sun, Oct 07, 2018


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

  • Steven Pinker: Enlightenment Now
    Thu, Sep 27, 2018


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

  • The Coyote Story
    Wed, Sep 19, 2018


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

  • Up To Date | Do Apple's Health Claims Check Out?
    Tue, Sep 18, 2018


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

  • How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions
    Wed, Sep 12, 2018


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

  • How Intuition and Reason Divide Our Politics
    Tue, Aug 28, 2018


    We talk to political scientist Eric Oliver about the surprisingly high percentage of people who believe in conspiracy theories and the reasons behind those beliefs. His forthcoming book is Enchanted America: How Intuition and Reason Divide Our Politics.

  • Up To Date | Attention Is an Illusion; Ant Highways
    Sun, Aug 26, 2018


    This week: A new study shows we only focus on something a few milliseconds at a time, but we don’t notice because we’re pulsing that focus; and research on how ants avoid traffic jams so perfectly. 

    Thanks to guest co-host Trace Dominguez!


  • A Pianist Rebuilds Her Brain
    Tue, Aug 21, 2018


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

  • Up To Date | Monsanto Cancer Case and Kids Believe Lying Robots
    Sun, Aug 19, 2018


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

    Links:

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-monsanto-cancer-lawsuit/monsanto-ordered-to-pay-289-million-in-worlds-first-roundup-cancer-trial-idUSKBN1KV2HB

    http://robotics.sciencemag.org/content/3/21/eaat7111


  • The Material That Will Revolutionize the World
    Tue, Aug 14, 2018


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


  • Up To Date | Google Glass Lives! and Breaking Dog Urine News
    Sun, Aug 12, 2018


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

    Links:

    http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2018/08/google-glass-helps-kids-with-autism-read-facial-expressions.html

    https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/dog-spies/small-dogs-aim-high-when-they-pee/


  • Up To Date | How Plants Tell Time, Lab-Grown Pig Lungs, Stolen Fields Medal
    Fri, Aug 03, 2018


    This week: A new study from the University of Bristol showing the way plants accumulate sugar helps them tell what time it is; scientists have successfully transplanted lab-grown lungs into pigs; and Caucher Birkar was awarded the Fields Medal—and then it was immediately stolen. 

    Links:

    https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/uob-pct073118.php

    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/scientists-transplant-lab-grown-bioengineered-lungs-pigs

    https://www.npr.org/2018/08/02/634889308/prestigious-mathematics-medal-stolen-minutes-after-it-was-awarded


  • The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers
    Tue, Jul 31, 2018


    Ben Goldfarb is a writer covering wildlife conservation and fisheries management. We talk to him about his new book Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter.

  • Up To Date | A Lake on Mars, Dog Empathy, and TBI & the Military
    Sat, Jul 28, 2018


    This week: Italian scientists found a body of liquid water on mars using radar; a new study suggests that while dogs do feel empathy for us, training them to be therapy dogs doesn’t make them care more, it makes them more obedient; and research shows that military training can result in traumatic brain injuries even outside of combat. 

    Links:

    http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/07/liquid-water-spied-deep-below-polar-ice-cap-mars

    https://hub.jhu.edu/2018/07/24/dogs-comfort-owners-canine-psychology/

    https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/07/25/632243103/marines-who-fired-rocket-launchers-now-worry-about-their-brains


  • Revisiting Flint: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope
    Tue, Jul 24, 2018


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

    Links: 

    https://inquiring.show/episodes/2018/4/1/171-siddhartha-roy-the-science-behind-the-flint-water-crisis


  • Up To Date | GMO Acceptance, Elle Macpherson, and Friendly Fish
    Sat, Jul 21, 2018


    This week: New research suggests labeling can increase GMO acceptance; Elle Macpherson’s terrible new boyfriend (it’s relevant, I swear); and research looking into the personality of caught fish.

    Links mentioned: 

    http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/6/eaaq1413.full

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180716114546.htm


  • How Neuroscience Is Redefining Athletic Genius
    Tue, Jul 17, 2018


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

  • Up To Date - Killing Cancer Cells and Exploring the Sunk Cost Fallacy (In Rats)
    Sat, Jul 14, 2018


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

    Links: 

    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cancer-cells-engineered-crispr-slay-their-own-kin

    http://science.sciencemag.org/content/361/6398/178

  • Nikola Tesla: Inventor of the Modern
    Tue, Jul 10, 2018


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

  • Up To Date | Air Pollution and Diabetes, Large Scale Microbiome Studies, and Why Driving Makes You Sleepy
    Sat, Jul 07, 2018


    This week: New research exploring the link between air pollution and diabetes; the huge potential of doing large scale microbiome studies; and a look into why driving makes babies (and the rest of us) sleepy.

    Links mentioned: 

    https://www.npr.org/2018/07/05/594078923/scott-pruitt-out-at-epa

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-pollution-diabetes/air-pollution-may-account-for-1-in-7-new-diabetes-cases-idUSKBN1JV25W

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05522-1

    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00140139.2018.1482373

  • Aroused: The History of Hormones
    Tue, Jul 03, 2018


    We talk to Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D, lecturer at Yale university, writer in residence at Yale Medical School, and author of the new book Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything.

  • Up To Date | Longevity Pioneers, Leaky Methane, and Predicting Earthquakes
    Fri, Jun 29, 2018


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

    Links mentioned:

    http://science.sciencemag.org/content/360/6396/1459

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180619164153.htm

    http://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2018/06/20/science.aar7204


  • Motherhood in the Animal Kingdom
    Tue, Jun 26, 2018


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

  • Up To Date | Mind Controlling Robots, Viral Alzheimer's Link, and Remembering Koko
    Sat, Jun 23, 2018


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

  • Intelligent Machines Are Changing Everything
    Mon, Jun 18, 2018


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

    We talk to James Scott, statistician, data scientist, and co-author (with Nick Polson) of the new book AIQ: How People and Machines Are Smarter Together.

  • Virtual Reality Is Changing Human Connection
    Tue, Jun 12, 2018


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

  • Up To Date | Don’t Eat Clay, Do Eat Dark Chocolate
    Sat, Jun 09, 2018


    This week: New research shows a 6-month treatment for breast cancer is nearly as successful as the previously-standard 12-month course; the surprising effects that clay can have on your body; and a look into new studies that give new reasons why dark chocolate is good for you.

    Huge thanks to guest co-host Adam Bristol!

    Links mentioned:

    https://www.jwatch.org/fw114187/2018/05/18/herceptin-study-suggests-shorter-6-month-course-breast

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-26958-5


  • The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity
    Tue, Jun 05, 2018


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

  • Up To Date | Where Happiness Comes From, and Why
    Fri, Jun 01, 2018


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

  • Why We're Addicted to Screens
    Mon, May 28, 2018


    We talk to Adam Alter, author and marketing and psychology professor at NYU's Stern School of Business about his book Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked.

  • Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto
    Tue, May 22, 2018


    We talk to planetary scientist and New Horizons’ mission leader Alan Stern and astrobiologist David Grinspoon about their new book Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto.

  • Up To Date | Snail Memory Transplants, Eyes In The Back Of Your Head, and Treating Epilepsy with CBD
    Fri, May 18, 2018


    This week: There are reports that scientists have ‘transferred a memory' in snails—what does the research actually say?; we examine a study that suggests people can form a “sphere a sensitivity” around their heads; and we look at new research on using Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound derived from the cannabis plant as treatment for a severe form of epilepsy.

    Links mentioned:

    https://www.inquisitr.com/4898738/we-have-eyes-in-the-back-of-the-head-study-shows/

    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44111476

    http://www.psypost.org/2018/05/cannabidiol-significantly-reduces-seizures-patients-severe-form-epilepsy-51258

  • The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods
    Mon, May 14, 2018


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

  • Up To Date | Pre-pregnancy Genome Sequencing, Mass Prescribing Antibiotics, and the Trolley Problem
    Sat, May 12, 2018


    This week: A study looking at how much actionable information pre-pregnancy genome sequencing can actually give you; the benefits and consequences of mass mass prescribing antibiotics; and a new study looking at the trolley problem and how peoples’ hypothetical judgment compares to their real-life behavior.

    Links mentioned:

    https://www.wired.com/story/the-catch-22-of-mass-prescribing-antibiotics/

    https://www.cell.com/ajhg/fulltext/S0002-9297(18)30136-8

    http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0956797617752640


  • The Rise of Deep Brain Stimulation and Its Forgotten Inventor
    Mon, May 07, 2018


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

  • Up To Date | Genetically Editing Fat Tissue, A Turing Test For Water, and Another Mars Lander
    Sat, May 05, 2018


    University of Copenhagen scientists managed to genetically delete an enzyme in mice that made it impossible for them to get fat, even on a very fatty diet; Alan Turing wrote a paper in 1952 that is still having impacts on science today in ways you may not expect; and NASA sends the InSight Lander to Mars.

  • Losing the Nobel Prize
    Tue, May 01, 2018


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

  • Up To Date | Anonymous Study Subjects, Genetically Engineered Livestock, and Asteroids Delivering Water
    Sat, Apr 28, 2018


    This week: Scott Pruitt’s fight against anonymous study subjects, a debate on should be regulating genetically engineered livestock, and new research that shows asteroids could have delivered water to the early Earth.

  • How We Evolved to Have Free Will
    Mon, Apr 23, 2018


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

  • Up To Date | Night Owl Death, Space Launches, and Viagra’s Greater Purpose
    Fri, Apr 20, 2018


    This week: new research shows being a night owl might mean you’re at a greater risk of dying early, multiple interesting space launches are happening, and there’s new research into using phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitors like Viagra and Cialis to help other drugs do their job better.

  • Creating Empathy With Immersive Virtual Reality
    Mon, Apr 16, 2018


    We talk to the founding director of Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Jeremy Bailenson. Bailenson’s lab studies how virtual reality can affect empathy—how it makes you feel to virtually embody someone else. VR offers the ability to be in someone else’s shoes in a way that you can’t recreate in real life—and those immersive experiences, whether it be facing a day in the life of a person experiencing homelessness, or diving to the corals that are right now being bleached by climate change, have lingering effects on all of us.

  • Up-To-Date | Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence
    Fri, Apr 13, 2018


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

  • The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics
    Mon, Apr 09, 2018


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

  • Up-To-Date | James Webb, Shrimp, and Chilled-Out Monkeys
    Sat, Apr 07, 2018


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

    Today, we talk about why shrimp and lobster fishing might be worse for the environment than you think, the ongoing troubles with the James Webb Space Telescope, and a study that sort of shows monkeys who go to the spa are more relaxed.

  • The Neuroscience of How We Think
    Mon, Apr 02, 2018


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

    This week, we talk to neuroscientist Daniel Krawczyk about his book Reasoning: The Neuroscience of How We Think.

    Dan also studies traumatic brain injury in veterans, using virtual reality as a part of cognitive behavioral therapy. 


  • Jellyfish Science
    Tue, Mar 27, 2018


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

  • The Politics of Rainforests
    Tue, Mar 20, 2018


    We talk to Rhett Butler, editor-in-chief and CEO of Mongabay, a nonprofit organization which seeks to raise interest in and appreciation of wild lands and wildlife, while examining the impact of emerging trends in climate, technology, economics, and finance on conservation and development.

  • What We Really Know About Gun Violence
    Tue, Mar 13, 2018


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

  • 100% Renewable Energy by 2050
    Tue, Mar 06, 2018


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

  • The Broad Potential of Psychoactive Drugs
    Tue, Feb 27, 2018


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

  • The Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance
    Mon, Feb 19, 2018


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

  • It's Time to Rethink Ocean Conservation
    Tue, Feb 06, 2018


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

  • Science Got Women Wrong
    Tue, Jan 23, 2018


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

  • A Volcano Scientist Runs for Congress
    Tue, Jan 16, 2018


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

  • Mapping Human Brains
    Tue, Jan 09, 2018


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

  • Losing Genes but Gaining Music | [BONUS EP] Cadence | S02 Episode 01
    Mon, Jan 01, 2018


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

    Subscribe to Cadence here:

    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cadence/id1207136496 

    RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/cadence-podcast

    This season, we’re going to focus on music as medicine—telling the stories of people whose lives have been immeasurably improved with music. In this episode, we talk about William’s Syndrome, a genetic condition that causes heart problems, intellectual disabilities and a profound love of music. We hear from 31-year-old Benjamin Monkaba, who has the condition, his mother Terry, and Jennifer Latson, author of The Boy Who Loved Too Much, a book about William's Syndrome.


  • How One Emotion Connects Altruists and Psychopaths
    Mon, Dec 25, 2017


    We talk to professor of psychology & neuroscience Abigail Marsh about her new book The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between.

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