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You're the Expert

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Natural Sciences
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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.

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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

553 Ratings
Average Ratings
289
257
1
3
3

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

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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.

Climate Change

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Dr. Richard Primack (Boston University) has spent his career studying the effects of climate change on Walden Pond, comparing modern conditions to those Thoreau observed. Comedians Myq Kaplan, Ken Reid, and Lori Strauss try to guess what Richard studies and then learn about the similarities between climate skeptics and people confused by the television show LOST, the effects of an earlier spring, and the history of "Where's Waldo?" Hosted by Chris Duffy. Technical direction by Kevin Brunswick. 

Jul 16 2014

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The Neuroscience of Fear

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Dr. Joseph LeDoux is the director of the Emotional Brain Institute at NYU. He's the author of several groundbreaking studies on fear and anxiety. In this episode, Dr. LeDoux teaches comedians Janeane Garofalo, Zhubin Parang, and Phoebe Robinson how our brains create emotion, how to conquer their fears, and why it's important to be really good at waterskiing if you live in Louisiana. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Technical direction by Kevin Brunswick.

Feb 05 2015

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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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Big Data

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Live from the 2014 Cambridge Science Festival at the MIT Museum, this special episode features Dr. Sam Madden, co-director of MIT's Big Data Initiative. Trying to guess about Dr. Madden's work are comedians Nikki Glaser, Myq Kaplan, and Lori Strauss. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Technical Direction by Kevin Brunswick.

Jun 04 2014

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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

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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

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Turkey Locomotion

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It's a special Thanksgiving episode with Brown University's Dr. Thomas Roberts. He's the world's leading expert on turkey locomotion. Listen as Dr. Roberts talks turkeys on a treadmill, robot legs, and Thanksgiving with Zhubin Parang (writer for The Daily Show), Myq Kaplan (Netflix's "Small, Dork, and Handsome") and Jo Firestone (Broad City). Hosted by Chris Duffy. Technical direction by Kevin Brunswick.

Nov 26 2014

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Fruit Flies

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In our final episode of this season, Dr. Nancy Pokrywka teaches us about her work studying fruit flies and genetics. Comedians Josh Sharp, Obehi Janice, and Gary Richardson learn about the beauty and mystery of tiny flies (and also how they like to get drunk). Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Apr 01 2017

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Laughter, Sneezing, and Farting

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Dr. Robert Provine is a neuroscientist who studies "curious behaviors" like sneezing, yawning, laughter, farting, and the hiccups. He teaches comedians Maeve Higgins, Seaton Smith, and Rachel Rosenthal about the science behind his studies and why comedy is so difficult to master. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Jul 30 2015

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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

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RNA Interference w/ Nobel Laureate Craig Mello

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Dr. Craig Mello won the Nobel Prize in 2006 for his work on "RNA interference." In this episode, Dr. Mello explains what he actually discovered to comedians Myq Kaplan, Jo Firestone, and Anna Drezen. Recorded in front of a live audience at the EcoTarium in Worcester, MA with help from SciCafeWoo. Hosted by Chris Duffy. 

Feb 19 2015

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Nuclear Power and Molten Salt

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Eugene Mirman, Scott Adsit, and Maeve Higgins learn from Dr. Leslie Dewan, an MIT alum who developed a revolutionary new nuclear reactor that's powered by nuclear waste. It's environmentally friendly, cheaper than other reactors, and it can't meltdown. She's kind of a big deal. Along the way, we learn about the social life of nuclear engineers, why BP really needs some new recruiting videos, and Guy Fieri's cooking. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Jan 08 2016

48mins

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Human Life Extension

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Live from SF Sketchfest, we've got Dr. Cynthia Kenyon, a geneticist who discovered a technique to make mice live seven times as long as normal. She's currently working on the science of human life extension. Comedians Wyatt Cenac, Phoebe Robinson, and Nato Green try to guess what she studies and then learn about what she does in the lab all day. Hosted by Chris Duffy. 

Mar 06 2015

48mins

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Dictionaries & Phone Books at the Boston Book Festival 2015

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Ammon Shea has read the entire Oxford English Dictionary and the phone book cover-to-cover and written books of his own about each. In this special book festival edition of the show, we cover exotic words, the most expensive phone book in the world, and how to use etymology as a pick up line. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Julie Smith Clem and Pretty Good Friends.

Sep 20 2015

49mins

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Killer Snails

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Dr. Mande Holford studies venomous sea snails, the "assassins of the sea." Her research holds clues to treating Alzheimer's, solving opioid addiction, and much more. Panelists Tracy Clayton (Another Round), Zhubin Parang (head writer for The Daily Show), and author Maeve Higgins learn about the mysterious world of these underwater killers. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Apr 08 2016

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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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Making Decisions

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Dr. Anne Churchland studies how your brain makes decisions. Comedians Jo Firestone, Zhubin Parang, and Roy Wood, Jr. learn how to make good choices and all about neuroscience. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Oct 29 2016

46mins

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The Biggest Dinosaur Ever

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Dreadnoughtus is the biggest dinosaur ever found. Dr. Ken Lacovara (Rowan University) is the paleontologist who discovered it. He tells comedians Aparna Nancherla, Hari Kondabolu, and Maeve Higgins all about tiny headed dinos, breaking rocks, and how he once intimidated Harrison Ford. Recorded at the Franklin Institute as part of the 2016 Philadelphia Science Festival. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Jun 03 2016

48mins

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Marine Mammals and Dolphin Drugs

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Live from the Bay Area Science Festival! Dr. Claire Simeone works at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA. She's the first scientist to study painkillers for dolphins and she helps comedians Myq Kaplan, Anna Drezen, and Nato Green learn all about her research on seals, whales, and other marine mammals. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Technical direction by Kevin Brunswick. This episode is sponsored by HotelTonight.

Nov 19 2014

45mins

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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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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

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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

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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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