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Inquiring Minds

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Each week Inquiring Minds brings you a new, in-depth exploration of the space where science, politics, and society collide.We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you though science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We endeavor to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters with weekly coverage of the latest headlines and probing discussions with leading scientists and thinkers.

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Each week Inquiring Minds brings you a new, in-depth exploration of the space where science, politics, and society collide.We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you though science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We endeavor to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters with weekly coverage of the latest headlines and probing discussions with leading scientists and thinkers.

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Highly recommended

By DellingDog - Mar 17 2018
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Great hosts and guests, interesting and insightful interviews. Highly recommended.

Great!

By clint wolf - Jun 20 2017
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A terrific, very interesting podcast.

iTunes Ratings

771 Ratings
Average Ratings
405
312
14
21
19

Highly recommended

By DellingDog - Mar 17 2018
Read more
Great hosts and guests, interesting and insightful interviews. Highly recommended.

Great!

By clint wolf - Jun 20 2017
Read more
A terrific, very interesting podcast.
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Inquiring Minds

Latest release on Aug 06, 2020

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Each week Inquiring Minds brings you a new, in-depth exploration of the space where science, politics, and society collide.We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you though science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We endeavor to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters with weekly coverage of the latest headlines and probing discussions with leading scientists and thinkers.

Rank #1: The Laws of Human Nature

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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.


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Dec 17 2018

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Rank #2: 17 Michael Pollan - The Science of Eating Well (And Not Falling For Diet Fads)

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The Paleo diet is hot. Those who follow it are attempting, they say, to mimic our ancient ancestors—minus the animal-skin fashions and the total lack of technology, of course. The adherents eschew what they believe comes from modern agriculture (wheat, dairy, legumes, for instance) and rely instead on meals full of meat, nuts, and vegetables—foods they claim are closer to what hunter-gatherers ate.
The trouble with that view, however, is that what they’re eating is probably nothing like the diet of hunter-gatherers, says Michael Pollan, author of a number of best-selling books on food and agriculture, including Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. "I don't think we really understand well the proportions in the ancient diet," argues Pollan on this week’s episode. "Most people who tell you with great confidence that this is what our ancestors ate—I think they're kind of blowing smoke."
This week on the show, guest host Cynthia Graber has a wide-ranging conversation with Pollan that covers the science and history of cooking, the importance of microbes—tiny organisms such as bacteria—in our diet, and surprising new research on the intelligence of plants.
This episode also features a discussion of the new popular physics book Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn, by Amanda Gefter, and new research suggesting that the purpose of sleep is to clean cellular waste substances out of your brain.
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Jan 16 2014

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Rank #3: 34 John Oliver - This World Will Be a Ball of Fire Before It Stops Being Funny

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In late April, former Daily Show correspondent John Oliver kicked off his HBO news-satire program, Last Week Tonight. Oliver, who spent nearly eight years at The Daily Show and has a solid background in political satire, is off to a good start. His weekly series—which offers biting commentary on the past week's biggest news stories, both national and international—is barely into its inaugural season, and it seems to be hitting the right notes. The premiere episode, for example, featured an exclusive televised interview with Gen. Keith Alexander (Ret.), his first since stepping down as director of the National Security Agency.
In another recent episode, Oliver expressed his frustration with the so-called climate "debate" in America by staging a more representative debate between a few climate skeptics and nearly a hundred scientists. One of the guys on the correct side of the "debate" was Bill Nye, who was booked for the show basically at the last minute.
"We just wanted to really play with that idea that the very fact that the climate debate is framed as a debate at all is problematic," Oliver says. On Inquiring Minds this week, guest host Asawin Suebsaeng talked to John Oliver about Last Week Tonight, politics, climate change, and how he went about finding a, um, very specific kind of model for the show.
This episode also features a discussion of surprising new scientific findings about why we don't remember much from our childhoods—because we were so busy growing new brain cells.
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May 15 2014

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Rank #4: 113 Robert Sapolsky - Being Human

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Robert Sapolsky is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University, and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya.

We talked to Sapolsky about what it means to be human, what we humans can learn from other species, and why he—despite being a self-described pessimist—feels optimistic about our prospects as a species.

This week’s episode was recorded live in San Francisco for the 2015 Bay Area Science Festival and was produced in collaboration with The Leakey Foundation and their podcast Origin Stories.

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Dec 04 2015

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Rank #5: 105 Brad Voytek - We Neuroscientists Don't Really Know What Your Brain Is Doing

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The website for neuroscientist Brad Voytek’s lab begins like this: “Do not buy into the false belief that neuroscientists actually know what the brain is doing.” On the show this week we talked to Voytek to find out what he actually means by that.

Brad Voytek is an Assistant Professor of Computational Cognitive Science and Neuroscience at UC San Diego.

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Oct 09 2015

59mins

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Rank #6: A Radical New History of Life

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

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Nov 23 2018

43mins

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Rank #7: Why Buddhism is True

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We talk to journalist, scholar, and prize-winning author Robert Wright about his latest book Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment.

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Sep 18 2017

45mins

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Rank #8: 172 Dan Ariely - The Surprising Science of What Motivates Us

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We talk to Dan Ariely, the James B Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University about what actually motivates us to get things done—to finish that novel, to stick to a diet, or even to want to get up and go to work every day.

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Mar 27 2017

34mins

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Rank #9: 6 Jonathan Haidt - This is Why Your Political Opponents Hate You

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Why is America so polarized? Why are our politicians so dysfunctional? Why do they sometimes even seem to downright hate each other?
In this episode of Inquiring Minds, moral psychologist and bestselling The Righteous Mind author Jonathan Haidt explains that our differences are, at root, the result of sharply contrasting moral systems and the emotions that underlie them. These emotions differ from left to right. And in politics, we feel first and think later.
As a result, even though political partisans today tend to think their adversaries are wrong and immoral, the truth is actually that they are too moral, albeit in a far more visceral than intellectual sense.
This episode also contains a discussion of Glenn Beck's recent flubbing of basic statistics, and of why a primate species—the marmoset—may in some ways be better at communicating than today's Democrats and Republicans.
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Oct 25 2013

39mins

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Rank #10: The Four-Billion-Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains

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We talk to neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux, author of the new book The Deep History of Ourselves: The Four-Billion-Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains.

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Nov 19 2019

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Rank #11: 43 Naomi Oreskes - The Collapse of Western Civilization

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You don't know it yet. There's no way that you could. But 400 years from now, a historian will write that the time in which you're now living is the "Penumbral Age" of human history—meaning, the period when a dark shadow began to fall over us all. You're living at the start of a new dark age, a new counter-Enlightenment. Why? Because too many of us living today, in the years just after the turn of the millennium, deny the science of climate change.
Such is the premise of a thought-provoking new work of "science-based fiction" by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, two historians of science best known for their classic 2010 book, Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. In a surprising move, they have now followed up that expose of the roots of modern science denialism with a work of "cli-fi," or climate science fiction, entitled The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future. In it, Oreskes and Conway write from the perspective of a historian, living in China (the country that fared the best in facing the ravages of climate change) in the year 2393. The historian seeks to analyze the biggest paradox imaginable: Why humans who saw the climate disaster coming, who were thoroughly and repeatedly warned, did nothing about it.
So why did two historians turn to sci-fi? On the show this week we talked to one of them—Naomi Orekes—to find out exactly that.
This episode also features a discussion of questionable claims about "drinkable" sunscreen, and a new study finding that less than 1 percent of scientists are responsible for a huge bulk of the most influential research.
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Jul 18 2014

54mins

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Rank #12: 162 Paul Bloom - Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion

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We welcome back cognitive scientist Paul Bloom to talk about his new book Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion.

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Jan 09 2017

40mins

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Rank #13: 55 Daniel Levitin - The Organized Mind

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On the show this week we talk to cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist, musician, and writer Daniel Levitin about his new book The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.
We also talk to microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles about the Ebola virus—what the risks really are, and why many people might be overreacting.
Also, Chris has a huge announcement.
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Oct 10 2014

1hr 9mins

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Rank #14: How Intuition and Reason Divide Our Politics

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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.

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Aug 28 2018

31mins

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Rank #15: 130 Bill Nye - Fighting Climate Denial

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We talk to Bill Nye about climate change denial and what we can do to fight it.

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Apr 22 2016

41mins

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Rank #16: 134 Anders Ericsson - How to Do Everything Better

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Does it take 10,000 hours to become an expert at something? Probably not, says our guest this week—who happens to be the author of the paper which was the basis for Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule in the first place.

We talk to psychologist Anders Ericsson about his new book Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise.

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May 20 2016

55mins

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Rank #17: 54 Steven Pinker - The Science Behind Writing Well

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On the show this week we talk to celebrated Harvard cognitive scientist and psycholinguist Steven Pinker about his new book The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.
Pinker explains how to write in clear, "classic" prose that shares valuable information with clarity (but never condescension). He also tells us why so many of the tut-tutting grammar "rules" that we all think we're supposed to follow—don't split infinitives, don't use the passive voice, don't end a sentence with a preposition—are just nonsense.
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Oct 02 2014

48mins

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Rank #18: 83 Traci Mann - The Science of Weight Loss

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On the show this week we talk to Traci Mann, professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota and author of the new book Secrets from the Eating Lab: The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again.
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Apr 24 2015

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Rank #19: 108 Adam Galinsky & Maurice Schweitzer - The Science of Sex, Power, and Competition

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On the show this week we talk to Adam Galinsky and Maurice Schweitzer about the research behind their new book Friend & Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both.

“A lot of what we call gender differences are really just power differences in disguise. The big irony is that women and men get affected by power in very similar ways yet because women have less power in society, there’s a constraint on their ability to act with that power.”

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Oct 30 2015

49mins

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Rank #20: How Language Shapes Thought

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We talk to cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsk about how language can influence the way we think.

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Nov 12 2019

47mins

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Why things spread and why they stop

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We talk to mathematician and epidemiologist Adam Kucharski about his recent book The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread—And Why They Stop.

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Aug 06 2020

40mins

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Up To Date | Mosquitoes, robots, pupils, beavers, and Earth’s crust

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This week: A new study showing how you can, as a way to control their population, change blood-drinking female mosquitoes to male, non-biting mosquitoes by changing just one gene; research into new ways for robots to grab things; a study showing the ways in which the pupils of people who have PTSD react differently than others, even in emotionally-neutral situations; beavers in Alaska are working overtime in the Arctic tundra as a result of climate change and possibly damaging the ecosystem; and research examining how the Earth’s crust cracked in the first place.

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Jul 28 2020

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A Story about Forests, People, and the Future

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We talk to science reporter Zach St. George about his new book The Journeys of Trees: A Story about Forests, People, and the Future.

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Jul 23 2020

39mins

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From the slave trade to climate change—why corporations defend the indefensible

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We talk to environmental attorney Barbara Freese about her new book Industrial-Strength Denial: Eight Stories of Corporations Defending the Indefensible, from the Slave Trade to Climate Change.

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Jul 16 2020

40mins

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The Language of Butterflies

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We talk to science writer Wendy Williams about her new book The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World's Favorite Insect.

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Jul 08 2020

39mins

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Up To Date | The Drake equation 2.0; Nanotech yeast; Why are plants green?; Wasp boxing

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This week: New astrophysics research on the likelihood of there being intelligent life on other planets in our solar system; a study in which atomic force microscopy was used to study the biology of yeast; research into why the chlorophyll in plants doesn’t absorb peak (green) sunlight; and a look at a study that involves watching wasps fight each other in front of a crowd.

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Jun 30 2020

21mins

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Where educators go wrong

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We talk to Tony Wagner, a globally recognized expert in education and senior research fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, about his new book Learning by Heart: An Unconventional Education.

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Jun 23 2020

39mins

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The history of structural racism in medicine

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We talk to Robert Rosencrans, an MD/PhD student at the The University of Alabama at Birmingham about the history of structural racism in medicine and the problems with race-based medicine.

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Jun 16 2020

45mins

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How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another

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In her book, The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another, materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez explores how eight inventions—clocks, steel rails, copper communication cables, photographic film, light bulbs, hard disks, scientific labware, and silicon chips—shaped human society. In this episode, we explore the importance of materials and learn about the unsung heroes who crafted them into tools we use every day.

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Jun 09 2020

35mins

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Galileo’s fight is still relevant today

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We talk to astrophysicist Mario Livio about his new book Galileo: And the Science Deniers.

A note before today’s episode: 

We have all been watching the escalation of police violence against protesters and Black people and if you consider yourself someone who cares about the injustices and racism being levied against Black communities, I want to ask you to do something about it. 

If you have a platform, use it. If you have money to spare, donate it. At the very least you have your voice and your time. 

There is a deep anti-Blackness in America and this is an inflection point. When white silence equals violence, there’s no defending complacency. We support Black voices, we support protesters, and we’re horrified by the actions of police. Please consider taking action.

Find a local bail fund to support here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd
More anti-racism resources here: http://bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES

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Jun 02 2020

38mins

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A History of the Afterlife

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We talk to noted historian Bart Ehrman about his new book Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife.

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May 26 2020

36mins

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A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life

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We talk to Lulu Miller, cofounder of NPR's Invisibilia, about her new book Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life.

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May 06 2020

37mins

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The behavioral economics of baseball

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We talk to writer Keith Law about the behavioral economics of baseball and his new book The Inside Game: Bad Calls, Strange Moves, and What Baseball Behavior Teaches Us About Ourselves.

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Apr 25 2020

38mins

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Up To Date | Plastic-eating enzymes; 5,000-year-old egg decorating; why you still can’t buy love; and the neural basis of creativity

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This week: New research on a biological enzyme that can break down the plastic we use for water bottles; a brief look into the history of egg decorating; a new study on the social consequences of a financially contingent self-worth; and a summary of new research involving jazz guitarists improvising while wearing EEGs on their heads.

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Apr 14 2020

28mins

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Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You

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We talk to journalist and founder of the Neurodiversity Project Jenara Nerenberg about her new book Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You.

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Apr 07 2020

34mins

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Revisiting the Dunning-Kruger Effect with David Dunning

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We talk to social psychologist David Dunning about his well-known 1999 study on why people are so bad at knowing how smart they are. He explains what people get wrong about it today, and what he’s learned since then.

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Mar 31 2020

32mins

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How the internet is changing the English language

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We talk to linguist Gretchen McCulloch about her new book Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language.

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Mar 24 2020

37mins

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The science of streaks and the hot hand

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We talk to Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Cohen about his new book The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks.

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Mar 17 2020

38mins

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The neuroscience of how we learn

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We talk to French neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene about his new book How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine … for Now.

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Mar 10 2020

36mins

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A Totally Fictional but Essentially True Silicon Valley Story

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We talk to Jessica Powell, a writer and former VP of Communications for Google, about her new book The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional but Essentially True Silicon Valley Story.

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Feb 25 2020

39mins

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iTunes Ratings

771 Ratings
Average Ratings
405
312
14
21
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Highly recommended

By DellingDog - Mar 17 2018
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Great hosts and guests, interesting and insightful interviews. Highly recommended.

Great!

By clint wolf - Jun 20 2017
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A terrific, very interesting podcast.