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Inquiring Minds

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Rank #131 in Science category

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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

749 Ratings
Average Ratings
392
308
14
17
18

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
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A terrific, very interesting podcast.

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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.

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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Why We're Addicted to Screens

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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.

May 28 2018

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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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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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76 Jonathan Eisen - The Tiny World of Microbes Inside You

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On the show this week we talk to evolutionary biologist Jonathan Eisen, who studies the evolution and ecology of microbes and genomes. We delve into the tiny world of the microbiome—the thousands of microorganisms that live inside all of us.
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Mar 06 2015

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67 Gabriele Oettingen - Rethinking Positive Thinking

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On the show this week we talk to Professor of Psychology Gabriele Oettingen about her new book Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation. Oettingen has over twenty years of research on the science of motivation under her belt and in this book she outlines her main findings—and turns the conventional wisdom that focusing on fulfilling our goals will help us realize them on its head.
We also welcome back guest host Kishore Hari, who is Director of the Bay Area Science Festival. You can follow him on Twittter @sciencequiche.
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Jan 02 2015

1hr 8mins

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How We Evolved to Have Free Will

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

Apr 23 2018

44mins

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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.

Sep 18 2017

45mins

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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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74 Kathleen Hall Jamieson - Fact Checking Science

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On the show this week we talk to Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC runs FactCheck.org, which now includes SciCheck, a program that “focuses exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy.”
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Feb 20 2015

59mins

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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.

Mar 27 2017

34mins

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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

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54 Steven Pinker - The Science Behind Writing Well

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San Francisco! Come see us interview Adam Savage live on Oct. 28!
http://www.bayareascience.org/event/im-story-collider/
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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Life at the Extremes of Our Capacity

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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.

Nov 13 2018

52mins

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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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A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump

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We talk to renowned psychiatrist Allen Frances about his latest book Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump.

Oct 17 2017

42mins

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The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods

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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.

May 14 2018

33mins

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88 Alan Levinovitz - The Gluten Lie

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Alan Levinovitz is an assistant professor of Chinese philosophy and religion at James Madison University and author of The Gluten Lie: And Other Myths About What You Eat.
On the show this week we talk to Levinovitz about gluten and gluten-free diets. Should everyone go gluten-free? What does the actual science about it say? Why is a professor of religion is writing about diets in the first place? Listen and find out.
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May 29 2015

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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.

May 20 2016

55mins

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The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity

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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.

Jun 05 2018

40mins

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The Blockchain and the Future of Everything

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We talk to Michael Casey, Senior Advisor for Blockchain Opportunities at MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative, about his new book, co-authored with Paul Vigna, The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything.

Dec 03 2019

40mins

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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.

Nov 19 2019

39mins

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How Language Shapes Thought

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

Nov 12 2019

47mins

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The History, Science, and Future of Heart Disease

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We talk to cardiologist, writer, and clinical researcher Haider Warraich about his new book State of the Heart: Exploring the History, Science, and Future of Cardiac Disease.

Oct 29 2019

45mins

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The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini

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We talk to author and journalist Joe Posnanski about his new book The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini.

Oct 22 2019

45mins

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Silicon Valley: A Satire

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We talk to New York Times writer and journalist Matt Richtel about his new novel, written under the pen name A. B. Jewell, called The Man Who Wouldn't Die.

Oct 16 2019

26mins

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Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime

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We talk to theoretical physicist Sean Carroll about his new book Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime.

Oct 08 2019

37mins

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The Science of Behavior-Altering Parasites

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We talk to parasitologist and co-author of Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything, Kelly Weinersmith.

Oct 01 2019

38mins

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Why We Need Insects

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We talk to professor of conservation biology Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson about her new book Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects.

Sep 24 2019

34mins

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Kishore’s Send-Off!

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After nearly 5 years of co-hosting Inquiring Minds, Kishore is heading off to conquer the rest of the science world. He has been an incredible friend to us at the show, and we’re sad to see him go, but excited to see what amazing things he does next. Thanks, Kishore. If you want to reach out to him, he’s @sciencequiche on Twitter.

Sep 17 2019

15mins

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Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes

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We talk to science journalist David Robson about his new book The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes.

Sep 03 2019

40mins

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Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

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We talk to sports and science writer David Epstein about his latest book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.

Aug 13 2019

53mins

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Sharks: The Ocean's Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians

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We talk to ocean conservationist William McKeever about his new book Emperors of the Deep: Sharks--The Ocean's Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians.

Aug 07 2019

46mins

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A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind

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We talk to author Annaka Harris about her new book Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind.

Jul 30 2019

35mins

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The American Automobile: Past, Present, and Driverless

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We talk to writer Dan Albert about his new book Are We There Yet?: The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless.

Jul 17 2019

50mins

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Neal Stephenson - Fall; or, Dodge in Hell

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We talk to celebrated speculative fiction writer Neal Stephenson about his latest book Fall; or, Dodge in Hell: A Novel.

Jul 02 2019

32mins

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In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids

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We talk to bioethicist Travis Rieder about his new book In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids.

Jun 24 2019

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Up To Date | Singing Mice; Six Fingered Hands; Dolphin Cliques

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Neuroscientists found an on-off switch in mice brains that makes them sing; new research on the genetics of people who have six fingers on one hand and whether or not your brain could handle an extra robotic finger; and a look into how dolphins can be biased in who they associate with.

Jun 18 2019

19mins

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The Age of Living Machines

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We talk to neuroscientist and former president of MIT Susan Hockfield about her new book The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution.

Jun 10 2019

47mins

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A Life in Math and Football

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We talk to mathematician and former NFL player John Urschel about his new book, co-written with Louisa Thomas, called Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football.

Jun 04 2019

47mins

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