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You're the Expert

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Three comedians try to guess what a leading expert does all day and learn why their research is important. You're the Expert brings academia out of the Ivory Tower and into your iPhone. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

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Three comedians try to guess what a leading expert does all day and learn why their research is important. You're the Expert brings academia out of the Ivory Tower and into your iPhone. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

iTunes Ratings

561 Ratings
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This show brings me joy!

By Marisaaaaa - Aug 03 2018
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I mostly listen to True Crime podcasts, this is a rare exception. I am grateful for the laughs!

It's Good.

By Pugzrkewl - May 04 2018
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Trust me. It's good. And hilarious.

iTunes Ratings

561 Ratings
Average Ratings
294
258
1
3
5

This show brings me joy!

By Marisaaaaa - Aug 03 2018
Read more
I mostly listen to True Crime podcasts, this is a rare exception. I am grateful for the laughs!

It's Good.

By Pugzrkewl - May 04 2018
Read more
Trust me. It's good. And hilarious.
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You're the Expert

Latest release on Dec 20, 2018

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Three comedians try to guess what a leading expert does all day and learn why their research is important. You're the Expert brings academia out of the Ivory Tower and into your iPhone. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Rank #1: Invasive Species

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Lauren Nolfo-Clements studies invasive species. In particular, she's an expert on nutria, giant swamp rodents. Host Chris Duffy and comedians Josh Sharp, Ken Reid, and Caitlin Durante learn about these rodents of unusual size and the science of introduced species. Recorded live at Suffolk University's Modern Theatre as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. Made possible with generous funding from MIT's DeFlorez Fund for Humor. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Jul 26 2018

43mins

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Rank #2: Ice Squeezer

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Dr. Christine McCarthy is an "ice squeezer" at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. She studies space ice on moons and other planets and glaciers here on Earth. In this episode, she tells comedians Gary Richardson (SNL), Ashley Brooke Roberts (NatGeo), and Nadia Pinder about her research and findings. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Jul 12 2018

47mins

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Rank #3: Bitcoins and Cryptography

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Dr. Tal Rabin is the head of the Cryptography Research Group at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. She's an expert on secure cryptographic algorithms. In this episode, she teaches comedians John Hodgman, Josh Sharp, and Shalewa Sharpe about how cryptography works, what a bitcoin really is, and the best recipe for tiramisu. Hosted and created by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

May 03 2018

46mins

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Rank #4: Rats! Live at NatGeo

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Dr. Danielle Lee got into science hoping to study something sexy, but ended up studying rats. She tells comedians Aparna Nancherla, Maeve Higgins, and Baratunde Thurston about her journey and the incredible things she's learned about rodents. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.This episode was recorded at National Geographic in DC as part of the Bentzen Ball.

Apr 05 2018

52mins

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Rank #5: The Evolution of Teeth

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NYU's Dr. Shara Bailey studies what human teeth can tell us about our past. How does the shape of your molar reveal your family history? And what is the tooth-based link between North America and East Asia? Shara tells comedians Jo Firestone, Charlie Hankin, and Shalewa Sharpe all that and more. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Mar 22 2018

43mins

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Rank #6: Bees

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Dr. Noah Wilson-Rich is the chief scientific officer at the Best Bees Company. Comedians Bobby Smithney, Julia Claire, and Gary Petersen learn about Noah's research and dive into the secret lives of bees, what it's like to be stung 500 times, and why it's good to be the queen. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Mar 04 2016

49mins

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Rank #7: Sharks and Remoras

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Dr. Brooke Flammang studies sharks and the fish that stick onto them. She discovered a previously undiscovered muscle in shark tails, builds autonomous underwater robots, and fires off lasers in her lab. She's incredible. Comedians Dillon Stevenson, Maeve Higgins, and Emmy Blotnick learn all about her work. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Sep 13 2018

47mins

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Rank #8: Trash, Garbage, and Sanitation

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Dr. Robin Nagle is the anthropologist-in-residence for New York City's Department of Sanitation and a professor at NYU. She walks us through the crucial and often overlooked role sanitation workers play in the city and talks trash with comedians Maeve Higgins, Gary Richardson, and Dylan Marron. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Sep 27 2018

55mins

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Rank #9: Inside a Dog's Brain

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Dr. Alexandra Horowitz is the head of Barnard's Canine Cognition Lab. She's also our first ever repeat guest! She was so great the first time, we had to have her on again with our new format. Panelists Mara Wilson, H. Jon Benjamin, and Josh Gondelman try to guess what Alexandra studies and then interview her about her work. Learn the truth about alpha males, guilty dog faces, and what a dog sees in the mirror. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Aug 13 2015

49mins

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Rank #10: Rights of the Dead

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Ray Madoff (BC Law) is a lawyer who specializes in the rights of the dead. What happens to your body? Who gets your stuff? Can the government clone you? Can dogs inherit money? Ray's the person to ask. She teaches SNL's Sasheer Zamata, Ken Reid, and Obehi Janice about her work as a lawyer for the dead. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Jul 22 2016

48mins

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Rank #11: What Makes You Attractive?

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Dr. Carlota Batres studies the science of attraction. What makes you find some people sexy and others gross? Comedians Jo Firestone, Roy Wood Jr, and Hari Kondabolu get to the bottom of our evolutionary desires and find out why this research matters. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Dec 17 2016

1hr 1min

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Rank #12: The Science of Nightmares

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Dr. Gary Fireman is the chair of Suffolk University's Psychology Department. He's an expert on nightmares and disturbed dreaming. Comedians Maeve Higgins, Charlie Hankin, and Matt Porter find out where nightmares come from, what they mean, and how they compare to an acid trip. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Feb 19 2016

47mins

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Rank #13: Ghost Snakes

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Dr. Sara Ruane tells us all about the new species she discovered, the Ghost Snake, and what life is like as a snake scientist. Should you suck the venom out of a snakebite? Should you ride in a car with a herpetologist? The answer to both questions is: no. Featuring panelists Michael Showalter, Roy Wood Jr, and Sarah Kay. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Jan 25 2018

40mins

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Rank #14: Economics and Human Behavior

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Dr. Laura Gee is an economist at Tufts. She uses Facebook to study how social groups affect behavior. How do we get jobs? Why do we give money to charity? Dr. Gee helps comedians Eugene Mirman, Maeve Higgins, and Ken Reid find the answers. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends. Recorded live at the Museum of Science in Boston, MA.

Feb 18 2017

49mins

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Rank #15: Neanderthal-Human Interbreeding

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Did you know that you're about 2% Neanderthal? Bridget Alex is a Harvard anthropologist and evolutionary biologist studying how/when our ancestors met and bred with Neanderthals. She teaches comedians Sam Ike, Kenice Mobley, and Steve Macone about the mysteries of evolution and a caveman's love life. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Mar 18 2016

42mins

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Rank #16: Beautiful Throats and Emotional Doctors

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Harvard Medical School's Dr. Jo Shapiro joins us to talk about her work as a throat surgeon and the head of Brigham and Women's Hospital's Center for Professionalism and Peer Support. Panelists Eugene Mirman, Scott Adsit, and Jo Firestone learn about the beautiful anatomy of the throat, the emotional stress of being a doctor, and why it can be dangerous to eat steak at a Florida IHOP. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Oct 09 2015

44mins

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Rank #17: The Love Life of Penguins

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Dr. Suzanne Macey is a conservation biologist studying the mating habits of little blue penguins to help save the species. She also gets deep into the love life of tiny turtles. Basically, if you've got a small creature that's looking for love, Suzanne studies them. Featuring comedians Jo Firestone, Shalewa Sharpe, and Evan Kaufman. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Mar 04 2017

50mins

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Rank #18: Octopus Defenses

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Dr. Jean Alupay is an octopus expert at USC. Comedians Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Emily Maya Mills (Parks and Rec), and Josh Sharp (CBS) try to guess what Dr. Alupay studies and learn the mysteries of the deep. Whether you're a human or a three-hearted boneless sea creature, this episode is for you. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends. Recorded in front of a live audience at the Nerdist Showroom in Los Angeles, CA. 

Jan 22 2016

51mins

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Rank #19: Bats, Vampires, and White Nose Syndrome

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Nate Fuller studies bats. In this special Halloween show, we go deep into caves full of guano, get bitten by vampire bats, and hear about some extremely unusual first dates. Featuring comedians Jo Firestone, Josh Sharp, and Ken Reid. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Oct 23 2015

47mins

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Rank #20: Compulsivity and Impulsivity

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Dr. Heather Berlin, a neuroscientist at Mt. Sinai, studies why we do the things that we do. Comedians Matt Koff (The Daily Show), Myq Kaplan (Comedy Central), and Rachel Rosenthal (North Coast) try to guess what Dr. Berlin studies and then learn about the neural basis of improvisation, what a sociopath looks like, and the downsides of owning an ice cream truck. Hosted by Chris Duffy and recorded in Brooklyn, NYC at Littlefield. Technical Production by Kevin Brunswick.

May 07 2014

42mins

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Ketamine and Preventing Mental Illness

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Dr. Rebecca Brachman tells us about her groundbreaking work in the neuroscience of resilience and how certain chemical compounds may be able to help prevent illnesses like depression or PTSD. This episode features comedians Wyatt Cenac, Maeve Higgins, and Negin Farsad. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends. NOTE: This is our last episode in the season.

Dec 20 2018

51mins

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YTE in the Field (Part 2 of 2): Digging up Dinosaurs

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Discovering new dinosaurs with Dr. Mike D'Emic in the second installment of this two-part mini-series. Chris hears from the rest of the dig team about their experience finding fossils and searching for dino bones. In this episode, we look at future paleontologists getting their first taste of what fieldwork really looks like. 

Nov 22 2018

32mins

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YTE in the Field (Part 1 of 2): Digging up Dinosaurs

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Chris discovers a new species of dinosaur with paleontologist Dr. Mike D'Emic. This is a special two part mini-series / experiment where we leave the theater and go into the field to see science as it's happening. Let us know what you think! 

Nov 15 2018

28mins

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What You Inherit From Your Parents

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Dr. Bianca Jones Marlin is a Columbia neuroscientist who studies maternal bonding and how trauma in parents affects the brains of future offspring. She teaches comedians Josh Gondelman, Ashley Brooke Roberts, and Dylan Marron about what you get from your parents and why. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Nov 01 2018

51mins

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Volcanoes

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Jess Phoenix studies volcanoes all over the world. She also runs a nonprofit and was a candidate for Congress. In this episode, she explains magma, lava, and all her other hot facts to panelists Aparna Nancherla, Max Silvestri, and Caitlin Durante. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Oct 18 2018

49mins

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Trash, Garbage, and Sanitation

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Dr. Robin Nagle is the anthropologist-in-residence for New York City's Department of Sanitation and a professor at NYU. She walks us through the crucial and often overlooked role sanitation workers play in the city and talks trash with comedians Maeve Higgins, Gary Richardson, and Dylan Marron. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Sep 27 2018

55mins

Play

Sharks and Remoras

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Dr. Brooke Flammang studies sharks and the fish that stick onto them. She discovered a previously undiscovered muscle in shark tails, builds autonomous underwater robots, and fires off lasers in her lab. She's incredible. Comedians Dillon Stevenson, Maeve Higgins, and Emmy Blotnick learn all about her work. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Sep 13 2018

47mins

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Love: Anatomy, Biology, and Evolution

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Dr. Helen Fisher, Biological Anthropologist, is a Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute, a member of the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies at Rutgers, and the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Internet dating site Match.com. Comedians Bowen Yang, Michelle Buteau, and Matt Koff learn about her research on why humans love, marry, cheat, and more. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Aug 23 2018

42mins

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Wearable Tech and Emotional Computing

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MIT's Dr. Rosalind "Roz" Picard helped invent the field of wearable computers. Now she's working on getting them to understand our emotions. Comedians Ken Reid, Josh Sharp, and Fareeha Khan learn about her research and get into their feelings in this special Cambridge Science Festival taping. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends. Made possible by generous funding from MIT's De Florez Fund for Humor.

Aug 09 2018

50mins

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Invasive Species

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Lauren Nolfo-Clements studies invasive species. In particular, she's an expert on nutria, giant swamp rodents. Host Chris Duffy and comedians Josh Sharp, Ken Reid, and Caitlin Durante learn about these rodents of unusual size and the science of introduced species. Recorded live at Suffolk University's Modern Theatre as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. Made possible with generous funding from MIT's DeFlorez Fund for Humor. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Jul 26 2018

43mins

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Ice Squeezer

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Dr. Christine McCarthy is an "ice squeezer" at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. She studies space ice on moons and other planets and glaciers here on Earth. In this episode, she tells comedians Gary Richardson (SNL), Ashley Brooke Roberts (NatGeo), and Nadia Pinder about her research and findings. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Jul 12 2018

47mins

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National Geographic Photography

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Anand Varma is a National Geographic Photographer and biologist who uses pioneering techniques to capture images of everything from parasites that control the mind of an insect to hummingbirds to bees licking each other. He explains his work to comedians Jo Firestone, Scott Adsit, and Kasha Patel. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at National Geographic in DC.

Jun 28 2018

42mins

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The Chambered Nautilus and Memory

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Dr. Jennifer Basil studies memory and navigation across a variety of animals. But her main study subject is the Chambered Nautilus, a beautiful and mysterious creature of the deep. Listen as comedians Jo Firestone, Zhubin Parang, and Shalewa Sharpe discover what a nautilus is, why it matters, and why it's really pretty gross to eat a lobster. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Jun 14 2018

40mins

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Chemicals in Our Teeth

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Dr. Christine Austin uses teeth to study childhood development, exposure to chemicals, and stress. She teaches comedians Todd Barry, Michelle Buteau, and Negin Farsad about the secret rings hidden in our molars, why you don't want to inhale tooth dust, and how tooth analysis might hold the answers to some of our most frustratingly persistent diseases. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

May 31 2018

36mins

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Sea Sponges

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Dr. Alicia Perez-Porro is an expert on sea sponges. Are they the oldest living creatures? Are they constantly filtering our oceans? Should you use them to clean yourself in the shower? Comedians Josh Gondelman, Maeve Higgins, and Gary Richardson find out those answers and more. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

May 17 2018

47mins

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Bitcoins and Cryptography

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Dr. Tal Rabin is the head of the Cryptography Research Group at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. She's an expert on secure cryptographic algorithms. In this episode, she teaches comedians John Hodgman, Josh Sharp, and Shalewa Sharpe about how cryptography works, what a bitcoin really is, and the best recipe for tiramisu. Hosted and created by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

May 03 2018

46mins

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Brown Dwarves

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Astrophysicist Jackie Faherty studies the celestial bodies known as Brown Dwarfs. Our panelists Aparna Nancherla, Ashley Brooke Roberts, and Zhubin Parang discover what a brown dwarf is, how clouds are being detected in space, and what Jackie wants every baby to be named. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Apr 19 2018

29mins

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Rats! Live at NatGeo

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Dr. Danielle Lee got into science hoping to study something sexy, but ended up studying rats. She tells comedians Aparna Nancherla, Maeve Higgins, and Baratunde Thurston about her journey and the incredible things she's learned about rodents. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.This episode was recorded at National Geographic in DC as part of the Bentzen Ball.

Apr 05 2018

52mins

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The Evolution of Teeth

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NYU's Dr. Shara Bailey studies what human teeth can tell us about our past. How does the shape of your molar reveal your family history? And what is the tooth-based link between North America and East Asia? Shara tells comedians Jo Firestone, Charlie Hankin, and Shalewa Sharpe all that and more. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Mar 22 2018

43mins

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Raccoons at Just For Laughs Toronto

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Live from Second City in Toronto, Dr. Suzanne MacDonald tells us what it's like to be the world's leading expert on raccoon intelligence. Can you build a raccoon-proof trash can? Why does one man have fifty raccoons in his backyard? And how can they affect a gubernatorial race? This show features panelists Sasheer Zamata, Todd Barry, and Courtney Gilmour. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Recorded at the 2017 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Toronto. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Mar 08 2018

36mins

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iTunes Ratings

561 Ratings
Average Ratings
294
258
1
3
5

This show brings me joy!

By Marisaaaaa - Aug 03 2018
Read more
I mostly listen to True Crime podcasts, this is a rare exception. I am grateful for the laughs!

It's Good.

By Pugzrkewl - May 04 2018
Read more
Trust me. It's good. And hilarious.