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Inquiring Minds

English, Sciences, 1 season, 450 episodes, 6 days, 8 hours, 57 minutes
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Each week we bring you a new, in-depth exploration of the space where science 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 want to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters.
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“The Good Stuff” about Quanta and Fields with Sean Carroll

Indre welcomes Sean Carroll, Homewood Professor of Natural Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University and host of the Mindscape podcast, back to Inquiring Minds today for an engaging exploration of his latest book, "The Biggest Ideas in the Universe: Quanta and Fields." Together, they delve into the intricacies of quantum mechanics and field theory, unpacking the critical roles of quanta and fields within modern physics. In his trademark style, Sean blends his expertise in both physics and philosophy to render these complex topics thoroughly accessible and relevant not only to specialists but to all who are captivated by the frontiers of scientific understanding. Venturing beyond the book’s content, he and Indre also examine how these theories permeate daily scientific conversation and enhance our understanding of fundamental principles. There’s a very good reason why Sean Carroll has an open invitation to return to the Inquiring Minds podcast whenever he chooses, and it becomes readily apparent in today’s enlightening discussion that both educates and inspires while illuminating the ongoing journey towards unraveling the universe’s most profound mysteries. Links: Inquiring Minds Homepage: https://inquiring.show/ Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds See https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information Explore Sean’s Preposterous Universe: https://www.preposterousuniverse.com/
5/14/202438 minutes, 37 seconds
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Understanding and Expanding Consciousness with Dr. Christof Koch

In yet another thoroughly intriguing episode, Indre engages with renowned neuroscientist Christof Koch this week to explore the complexities of consciousness and its impact on our understanding of self and free will. Koch, a pivotal figure in the field who worked alongside the legendary Francis Crick to pioneer the study of neural correlates of consciousness, shares a wealth of both personal experiences and scientific insights here today. Together with Indre, he introduces concepts discussed in his latest book, Then I Am Myself the World: What Consciousness Is and How to Expand It, and also examines the practical applications of these theories in comprehending human cognition and the futuristic possibility of an 'uber mind' through technological innovations. As will become readily apparent, today's episode invites listeners to rethink the limits of their own minds and the interconnectedness of all conscious entities, promoting a profound inquiry into the expansive universe of the mind as well as its significant influence on both our perception of reality and our role within it. Links: Inquiring Minds Homepage: https://inquiring.show/ Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds See https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information Get to know Christof better: https://christofkoch.com/
5/7/202442 minutes, 52 seconds
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Are Flukes Actually the Norm?

Indre examines the realm of randomness and its undeniable sway over our lives and the fabric of society, as she welcomes global politics luminary, Brian Klaas, to the podcast today. An Associate Professor in Global Politics at University College London, affiliate researcher at the University of Oxford, contributing writer for The Atlantic, creator of the award-winning Power Corrupts Podcast, and prolific author, Brian shares details from his most recent publication, FLUKE: Chance, Chaos, and Why Everything We Do Matters. In doing so, he unravels the conventional tapestry of predictability, highlighting the omnipresence of chance in dictating the courses of personal lives, scientific endeavors, and political landscapes. Today’s episode not only shatters the illusion of control fostered by historical data but also prompts a profound reevaluation of the role randomness plays in the intricacies of artificial intelligence, the methodologies of scientific research, and the foundations of political science. Links: Inquiring Minds Homepage: https://inquiring.show/ Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds See https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information Get to know more about Brian and his work: https://brianpklaas.com/
4/15/202436 minutes, 50 seconds
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Capitalizing on The Neurodiversity Edge with Maureen Dunne

Globally recognized neurodiversity expert, thought leader, and public policy professional and champion, Maureen Dunne, joins Indre today to discuss the evolving perceptions of neurological diversity within our society. Centering their discussion around Maureen's recent publication, The Neurodiversity Edge, they delve into the profound benefits of welcoming neurodivergent individuals into workplaces and educational settings. Bolstered by insights into Gen Z's growing acknowledgment of neurodivergent identities and the critical importance of supportive settings, Maureen offers actionable advice for organizations of all sizes to excel in this area. In essence, today’s crucial conversation emphasizes the essential role diverse cognition plays in driving innovation and success, advocating for a reevaluation of traditional views and embracing a society that values diversity in every aspect. Links: Inquiring Minds Homepage: https://inquiring.show/ Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds See https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information Learn more about Maureen and The Neurodiversity Edge: https://www.maureendunne.com/
4/9/202433 minutes, 28 seconds
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Making the Mundane Magic with Dan Winters

In this latest installment of Inquiring Minds, Indre explores the intricate world of photography with the renowned Dan Winters, whose career spans the realms of celebrity portraiture, scientific documentation, and beyond. Winters' journey from a childhood captivated by the narratives of Star Wars to his status as a National Geographic Explorer and award-winning artist underscores his unique ability to see beyond the lens, using photography to explore the world and connect with subjects on a deeply personal level. His conversation here today offers details of his appearance on National Geographic’s new series, Photographer, and reveals how photography acts as a powerful medium for storytelling, capable of capturing the essence of human experience and the natural world with profound depth and emotion. As the episode unfolds, it becomes clear that photography, in Winters' hands, transcends mere visual capture to become a conduit for exploration, conservation, and the immortalization of memory, challenging us to perceive the world with renewed wonder and empathy. Links: Inquiring Minds Homepage: https://inquiring.show/ Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds See https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information Experience Dan’s magic: https://danwintersphoto.com/
3/29/202429 minutes, 28 seconds
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Why We Die with Venki Ramakrishnan

Among his many achievements, the esteemed Venki Ramakrishnan has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth, served as the President of the Royal Society, and shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Today, he adds being a special guest on the Inquiring Minds podcast to this impressive list of accomplishments as he joins Indre to tackle the age-old question: Is there a biological limit to human lifespan? Drawing upon information from his latest book, Why We Die: The New Science of Aging and the Quest for Immortality, Venki provides valuable insights on this topic, including the intricate dynamics of aging, DNA damage, stress, and so much more, as he unravels the underlying factors that shape human longevity. Links:Inquiring Minds Homepage: https://inquiring.show/Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringmindsSee https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy informationDiscover even more about Why We Die:https://www.amazon.ca/Why-We-Die-Science-Immortality/dp/0063113279 
3/12/202443 minutes, 33 seconds
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“X”-amining the Battle for the Bird with Kurt Wagner

Join Indre and guest Kurt Wagner, renowned business and technology journalist and author of Battle for the Bird: Jack Dorsey, Elon Musk, and the $44 Billion Fight for Twitter's Soul, as they embark on an insightful exploration of Twitter's evolution. From Jack Dorsey's humble beginnings to the platform's global prominence, pivotal themes of visionary leadership and the balance between profit and purpose emerge, offering invaluable insights into the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship. As they delve into the transformative journey of social media, themes of algorithm-driven dynamics, the influence of key figures like Elon Musk, and the ethical considerations of moderation and misinformation take center stage. This episode offers a tantalizing glimpse into Kurt's compelling narrative, reflecting the ever-shifting landscape of digital innovation and the future of social media governance.Show Links:Inquiring Minds Homepage: https://inquiring.show/Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringmindsSee https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy informationUncover more about the Battle for the Bird: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Battle-for-the-Bird/Kurt-Wagner/9781668017357 
3/4/202439 minutes, 28 seconds
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Revealing Why We Remember with Charan Ranganath

Welcome back to Inquiring Minds, where, after a brief hiatus, host Indre Viskontas returns withyet another memorable episode, this time featuring Charan Ranganath, Director of the Memoryand Plasticity Program and a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University ofCalifornia at Davis. Over his illustrious career, Dr. Ranganath has received innumerabledistinguished awards, edited major neuroscience journals, consulted for neuroscience researchfunding agencies across the world, and has served on several review panels. In celebration of his50th birthday, he has written a book for the masses, Why We Remember, which examines ‘thepowerful role memory plays in nearly every aspect of our lives’, and which also provides thespringboard for today’s lively discussion about the fascinating journey of memory in the humanexperience. Be sure to download and enjoy this highly anticipated return of Indre’s InquiringMinds, and revel in the unforgettable insights into memory's intricate interplay with cognitionand society offered here today, courtesy of these two giants in the field.Show Links:Inquiring Minds Homepage: https://inquiring.show/Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringmindsThe Cadence Podcast: https://cadence.show/Learn more about Charan and Why We Remember: https://charanranganath.com/
2/20/202448 minutes, 58 seconds
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Don’t Panic, but Robert Sapolsky Says There’s No Free Will

This week we talk to Robert Sapolsky—MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and professor of biology, neurology, and neurosurgery at Stanford—about his new book Determined: A Science of Life without Free Will.
10/18/202348 minutes
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The Science of Allergies and Why We Have Them

This week we talk to medical anthropologist and science writer Theresa MacPhail about her new book Allergic: Our Irritated Bodies in a Changing World.
10/12/202344 minutes, 29 seconds
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Why It’s Important to Know What’s Actually in Your Clothes

This week we talk to journalist and sustainable fashion expert Alden Wicker about her book To Dye For: How Toxic Fashion Is Making Us Sick—and How We Can Fight Back.
9/26/202336 minutes, 4 seconds
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How You Could Have Survived History’s Disasters

This week we talk to writer Cody Cassidy about his new book How to Survive History: How to Outrun a Tyrannosaurus, Escape Pompeii, Get Off the Titanic, and Survive the Rest of History's Deadliest Catastrophes.
8/10/202330 minutes, 55 seconds
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How to Stop Your Brain from Falling for Lies

This week we talk to psychologists Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris about their new book Nobody's Fool: Why We Get Taken In and What We Can Do About It.
7/21/202345 minutes, 8 seconds
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How Society Created “You”

This week we talk to social psychologist and Stanford professor Brian Lowery about his new book Selfless: The Social Creation of “You”. In it, he proposes that what you think of as “you” is actually a social construct created by your relationships and affected by every interaction you have.
6/22/202345 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Science of Silo with Hugh Howey

This week we talk to Hugh Howey, author of the bestselling Silo series of books and executive producer of the new Apple TV+ series of the same name. 
6/2/202337 minutes, 7 seconds
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Improbable Experiments That Changed the World

This week we talk to accelerator physicist Suzie Sheehy about her most recent book The Matter of Everything: How Curiosity, Physics, and Improbable Experiments Changed the World.
5/18/202343 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Perilous Combination of Brain Wave Data and Generative AI

On the show this week we talk to Nita A. Farahany, distinguished professor of law and philosophy at Duke University and the founding director of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, about her new book, "The Battle for Your Brain: Defending the Right to Think Freely in the Age of Neurotechnology."Many people choose to give up unprecedented levels of privacy in exchange for convenience. So why not give up your brain data too? Is it really that different? While the proposition may seem analogous, and despite how it’s often presented, says Farahany, what could get decoded from your brain is a very different thing.“Everybody has something to hide when it comes to what’s in their brain. Not in the sense of like, you’re thinking about committing some horrible crime. But it is the space where you work out everything. And if you don’t have that space to work out everything, suddenly what it means to be human is fundamentally different.”https://inquiring.show/episodes/400-the-perilous-combination-of-brain-wave-data-and-generative-ai
4/18/202343 minutes, 18 seconds
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Everything you need to know about that fusion breakthrough

Last December, a team of scientists made history by creating a fusion reaction that—for the first time ever—gave off more energy that it took to start. It’s a groundbreaking milestone.We talked to two researchers who were part of that team—Sabrina Nagel and Matthias Hohenberger—about what exactly happened, why it’s been decades in the making, and why it’s such a big deal. This is everything you need to know about their team’s fusion breakthrough.
4/4/202336 minutes, 30 seconds
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Art can make you live longer

This week we talk to pioneering art & science researcher Susan Magsamen along with vice president of design for hardware products at Google, Ivy Ross, about their new book Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us.While sometimes considered opposites, art and science are unequivocally linked in ways we’re still figuring out. Not only does our way of thinking and living impact our art, but art also has an impact on how we think and live.
3/22/202342 minutes, 8 seconds
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Plants have been listening to us this whole time

This week, with guest co-host Majel Connery, we talk to author and researcher Karen Bakker about her new book The Sounds of Life: How Digital Technology Is Bringing Us Closer to the Worlds of Animals and Plants. The book explores stories of nonhuman sound and the often overlooked impact our own sound has on the natural world. Plus, things like: What do plants hear? How likely is interspecies communication? Will we one day be able to talk to dolphins? More info on Majel Connery, our guest host this week, can be found on her website.
3/10/20231 hour, 1 minute, 29 seconds
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How is it possible that we can’t yet explain consciousness?

This week we talk to neuroscientist and author Patrick House about his new book Nineteen Ways of Looking at Consciousness. The book explores the complexity of consciousness and how it’s possible that it has thus far eluded explanation. To do so he examines one single study about consciousness nineteen different ways. It’s unorthodox, accessible, and remarkable.
3/2/202346 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Science of Why You Fall in Love With Music

This week we talk to cognitive neuroscientist and multi-platinum record producer Susan Rogers about her new book This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You. In this episode:The science behind how we perceive and process music and how it can affect our emotions and sense of selfHow our brains develop the ability to process sound and how formal music training can help us become "auditory athletes," or people who can analyze sound on a deeper levelThe concept of the "default mode network," a group of brain structures that are active when we are “in our own heads,” and how our favorite records can light up this network and create a private, emotional connection with us. Rogers talks about her time as Prince’s full-time recording engineer during which she worked on albums like Purple Rain. (!)
12/24/202249 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Powerful Ways Secrets Shape Your Life

This week we talk to behavioral scientist Michael Slepian about secrets: keeping them, telling them, and the powerful ways in which they influence our lives. His new book is The Secret Life of Secrets: How Our Inner Worlds Shape Well-Being, Relationships, and Who We Are.
12/9/202239 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Psychology of Getting Conned

The show this week features an interview with science writer Maria Konnikova about her book The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time. We recorded this interview back when the book first came in out in 2016, but it is, perhaps depressingly, still as relevant as ever. While it hasn’t always involved pillow salesmen and crypto billionaires, there have always been people trying to con you. So there’s no better time than right now to brush up on all the ways people get conned, the psychology of why it works, and what you can do to avoid it.
11/25/202238 minutes, 32 seconds
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Understanding the Biggest Ideas in the Universe Without Being a Physicist

This week we welcome back theoretical physicist and philosopher Sean Carroll to talk about how his most recent book, The Biggest Ideas in the Universe: Space, Time, and Motion, attempts to bridge the gap between how scientists talk about physics and how they usually go about explaining it to non-scientists. The goal is to help you understand what physicists are talking about—equations and all—without needing to know much more than some algebra.
10/31/202228 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Overlooked Gifts of Visual Thinkers with Temple Grandin

This week we’re joined by returning guest, animal behavior scientist, and autism rights advocate Temple Grandin to talk about her latest book Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions.
10/19/202232 minutes, 43 seconds
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Up to Date | Nanoparticle toothbrushes and a promising Alzheimer's drug

This week: new research into using nanoparticles and programmable magnets to clean your teeth; a potentially breakthrough study on a drug for Alzheimer's disease featuring the first positive trial ever for a disease of aging; recapping NASA’s recent Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission; and a look into how much control you actually have over what Youtube decides to show you.
10/10/202225 minutes, 23 seconds
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These Numbers Explain the Nature of Reality

This week we talk to theoretical physicist and cosmologist Antonio Padilla about his new book Fantastic Numbers and Where to Find Them: A Cosmic Quest from Zero to Infinity.It’s a book about nine unusual numbers that, once understood, can help you grasp how the universe actually works—from black holes, to gravity, to the passing of time itself.
10/3/202235 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Science of How Your Dog’s Brain Works

This week we talk to Alexandra Horowitz from the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College about her new book The Year of the Puppy: How Dogs Become Themselves. Horowitz’s book examines how a dog’s brain works and develops—how it dramatically changes during their first 12 months of life, her shifting perspective on dog cognition, and the vast differences between humans and dogs that we tend to overlook.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/27/202243 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Neuroscience of What Makes You You

This week we talk to cognitive neuroscientist Chantel Prat about her new book The Neuroscience of You: How Every Brain is Different and How to Understand Yours. The book is the result of Prat’s decades of work on the biological basis of individual differences in cognition—what makes you you.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/10/202241 minutes, 54 seconds
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What do animals dream about?

This week we talk to philosopher and animal ethicist David Peña-Guzmán about his new book When Animals Dream: The Hidden World of Animal Consciousness. David explores the idea that there really is a subjective world—a dream world—that lights up when animals sleep, what that actually looks like, and its moral implications.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/17/202250 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion

This week we’re joined by podcaster, journalist, and author David McRaney to discuss his latest book How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion. It’s a deep look at what we know about what it takes to change someone’s mind and why it’s more complicated than you might think.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/5/202251 minutes, 24 seconds
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The language of food, science, and critical thinking with J. Kenji López-Alt

This week we welcome back James Beard award winning food science writer J. Kenji López-Alt. He talks about growing up around science, studying architecture at MIT, and how, strangely enough, both subjects pertain to cooking. Kenji is the author of the bestselling The Food Lab and the recently released The Wok: Recipes and Techniques.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/29/202257 minutes, 42 seconds
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Derek Gow Is Turning His Farm Into an Ark for Lost Species

You might not be aware of it, but the UK is experiencing a wildlife crisis. Ecologist Derek Gow joins us this week to talk about what we ought to do about it and how he’s trying to rewild the country with his farm-turned-wildlife breeding center. Gow wrote the bestselling Bringing Back the Beaver and will soon release his latest book Birds, Beasts and Bedlam: Turning My Farm into an Ark for Lost Species.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/1/202241 minutes, 17 seconds
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Wild but Delicate: What Hawks Can Teach Us About Nature, Life, and Love

On the show this week we’re joined by naturalist, author, and returning guest Sy Montgomery. Throughout her career, Montgomery has repeatedly shown an incredible ability to understand, befriend, and interact with animals. We last heard from her in episode #128 where she talked about her 2016 book The Soul of an Octopus, but she’s written about everything from tigers to snakes to hummingbirds. In this episode we explore her latest book, where she covers her perhaps most challenging animal yet, The Hawk’s Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/24/202244 minutes, 14 seconds
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Can Fish Count? What Animals Reveal About Our Uniquely Mathematical Minds

On the show this week we’re joined by Brian Butterworth, emeritus professor of cognitive neuropsychology and author of the new book Can Fish Count? What Animals Reveal About Our Uniquely Mathematical Minds. He’s spent his career looking at the genetics and neuroscience of mathematical ability—and not just in humans. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/17/202242 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Science of Creativity and How It Can Help You

How do you feel fear and be creative anyway? How is letting your mind wander key to coming up with, and following through on, creative ideas? Returning to the show this week is journalist Matt Richtel, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a series on distracted driving, and author of numerous books. His latest book, Inspired: Understanding Creativity: A Journey Through Art, Science, and the Soul, is devoted to a deeper understanding of creativity and he joins us this week to talk about it.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/3/202248 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Misunderstood Nature of Pain with Haider Warraich

How do you define how painful something is? On the show this week we welcome back physician, writer, and clinical researcher Haider Warraich to talk about his new book The Song of Our Scars: The Untold Story of Pain. Warraich explores the idea that far from being something objective and easily defined, pain is complex, misunderstood, and culturally influenced. The book delves into the history of pain and explains how our understanding of it has been “shaped not just by science but by politics and power, by whose suffering mattered and whose didn’t.”Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/19/202247 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Untold Story of the Neuron with Benjamin Ehrlich

This week we’re joined by Benjamin Ehrlich, author of The Brain in Search of Itself: Santiago Ramón y Cajal and the Story of the Neuron. It’s a book about the discoveries and life of Spanish neuroscientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal, who has been called the ‘father of modern neuroscience.’ While today relatively unknown outside of his field, Cajal’s discoveries about the brain changed the field of neuroscience forever. In 1906 he won a Nobel Prize for his pioneering work on neurons, which he called “the mysterious butterflies of the soul … whose beating of wings may one day reveal to us the secrets of the mind.” https://inquiring.show/episodes/378-the-untold-story-of-the-neuronSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/4/202233 minutes, 45 seconds
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Up to Date | Cell Adaptation, Creativity Measurement, and Visual Perception

This week, we examine a recent discovery that certain types of cancer cells may allow us to better understand how cells adapt to the intracellular environment (and explain what the intracellular environment is). Indre discusses how she and her students have recently been working on methods of measuring creativity. And we look at some new research focusing on the hunting method used by archerfish in order to study aspects of visual perception. Inquiring Minds website Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringmindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/17/202224 minutes, 53 seconds
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How to Make Use of Our Limited Time in This Tiny Part of Space with Sean Carroll

During the pandemic, one thing we’ve had a little more of--at least sometimes--is time. Time to panic and stress and worry, but also time to think and reflect. This week, in the spirit of reflection, we’re revisiting a conversation with theoretical physicist Sean Carroll recorded back in 2016. At the time he had just written a book called The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself, which explores questions about purpose and belief and meaning. Today, in 2022, his book is even more poignant. If you’ve ever found yourself feeling woefully insignificant relative to the vastness of space and time, Carroll’s perspective might just change your life. He argues that since we only have a limited time in a tiny part of space, we need to make good use of every heartbeat. The Big Picture is a poetic overview of the known universe, with deep insights into the human experience.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/7/202240 minutes, 21 seconds
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Why You Can’t Know What It’s Like for a Bat to Be a Bat with Jackie Higgins

We can never know what it’s like for a bat to be a bat. Or even if there is something that it is like for a bat to be a bat. But if there is something, we would speculate that the bat has some kind of consciousness or sentience. That’s the argument Jackie Higgins makes in her new book Sentient: How Animals Illuminate the Wonder of Our Human Senses, in which she takes us on a deep dive into the sensory experience of many different animals, from fish to owls, to moles, to cheetahs. Jackie is a television documentary director and writer. She read zoology at Oxford University as a student of Richard Dawkins and then worked for Oxford Scientific Films, where she spent a decade making wildlife films for the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic, and The Discovery Channel. She then moved in-house at the BBC for another decade, working for their Science Department, researching, writing, directing, and producing films for many programs, from Horizon to Tomorrow’s World. Join Indre and Jackie today for their fascinating conversation regarding Jackie’s ‘joyful exploration of what it means to be human’. https://inquiring.show/episodes/375-why-you-cant-know-what-its-like-for-a-bat-to-be-a-bat-with-jackie-higginsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/25/202236 minutes, 2 seconds
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Exploring the Extended Mind with Annie Murphy Paul

One of the fascinating things about neuroscience is that it gives us something tangible to study in the biology of the brain that can tell us something about the mind, which is so intangible. But what if that approach leaves us missing a big piece of the puzzle? What if the mind actually extends far beyond the biology of the body? Today, Indre is joined by Annie Murphy Paul, an acclaimed science writer, who makes this claim in her new book The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain. Annie’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American, and The Best American Science Writing. She has held the Bernard Schwartz Fellowship and the Future Tense Fellowship at New America; currently, she is a fellow in New America’s Learning Sciences Exchange. Show Links: Inquiring Minds website Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringmindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/17/202241 minutes, 47 seconds
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Space Rocks, Star Stuff, and Tom Selleck's Mustache with Greg Brennecka

More than a hundred million people watched the Netflix movie Don’t Look Up, which focused on our fear that something could crash into our planet from space and destroy it. But what if things that come from space don’t just have the potential to destroy life but also to create it? That’s Greg Brennecka’s argument, and he joins Indre on today’s episode to talk all about it. Greg is a staff scientist and cosmochemist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, whose research has appeared in Science, Nature, and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). He won the prestigious Sofja Kovalevskaja fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to study the early solar system and is a leader in understanding how things from space affect us down here on Earth. His new book is Impact: How Rocks from Space Led to Life, Culture, and Donkey Kong, and he discusses it and so much more (including Tom Selleck and his famous mustache) with Indre here today. Show Links: Inquiring Minds Podcast Homepage Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds See https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Impact: How Rocks from Space Led to Life, Culture, and Donkey KongSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/10/202237 minutes, 29 seconds
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Defining and Treating Addiction with Carl Erik Fisher

In this week’s episode, Indre revisits a topic that has been covered a couple of times on the podcast: addiction. This time, she’s joined by addiction physician and bioethicist Carl Erik Fisher, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University. Carl works at the intersection of law, ethics, and psychiatry and has had his own struggles with addiction, which he documents in his new book, The Urge: Our History of Addiction. He discusses this fascinating book and so much more in his revealing and informative conversation with Indre here today. Show Links: Inquiring Minds Podcast Homepage Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds See https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Carl’s websiteSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/28/202242 minutes, 9 seconds
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2021 Wrap-Up

In this last episode of 2021, Adam Bristol joins Indre to talk about the major highlights of 2021, one being the journey through COVID. They map out the key episodes of Inquiring Minds throughout 2021, talk through their personal highlights, and recommend books to read. Recapping episodes touching on the history of quarantine, food and science, the interaction between nature and humans, and quantitative approaches to human dating, today’s episode wraps up 2021 in a neat bow, providing an excellent springboard to even more entertaining and informative shows in the coming year. Show Links: Inquiring Minds Podcast Homepage Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds See https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. How to Raise Kids Who Aren't Assholes: Science-Based Strategies for Better Parenting--from Tots to Teens Project Hail Mary: A Novel A (Very) Short History of Life On EarthSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/28/202127 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Evolution of Life and the ‘Dead Species Walking’ with Henry Gee

The holidays are a time for storytelling, and what better story to re-experience than the greatest one of all: the history of the universe and life on Earth. In today’s episode, Indre is joined by writer and editor Henry Gee to discuss this most epic of all stories and how it’s depicted in Henry’s new book, A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth. Henry is a senior editor at Nature and the author of several books, including Jacob’s Ladder, In Search of Deep Time, and The Accidental Species. He’s appeared on BBC Television and Radio and has written for The Guardian, The Times, and BBC Focus. Condensing 4.6 billion years into one 50-minute conversation is no easy task, but if anyone can do it, and do it in a way that is both accessible and fun, today’s fascinating guest Henry Gee is that person. Show Links: Inquiring Minds Podcast Homepage Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds See https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth: 4.6 Billion Years in 12 Pithy ChaptersSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/20/202148 minutes, 26 seconds
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Sizing Up the Notion of Tailoring Your Brain with Emily Willingham

In this episode, Emily Willingham joins Indre to talk about tailoring the brain, a subject on which she’s an expert and about which she writes extensively in her book The Tailored Brain: From Ketamine, to Keto, to Companionship, A User's Guide to Feeling Better and Thinking Smarter. Emily is a journalist, a science writer, the author of previous books, including Phallacy: Life Lessons from the Animal Penis, a coauthor of The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Resource for Your Child's First Four Years, and is a regular contributor to Scientific American and other publications. She is the joint recipient with David Robert Grimes of the 2014 John Maddox Prize which is awarded by the science charity Sense About Science to those who stand up for science in the face of personal attacks. If you want to learn how to to feel better and think smarter – and, really, who doesn’t? – then today’s episode of Inquiring Minds is definitely a ‘must listen’. Show Links: Inquiring Minds Podcast Homepage Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds See https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. The Tailored Brain: From Ketamine, to Keto, to Companionship, A User's Guide to Feeling Better and Thinking SmarterSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/13/202133 minutes, 37 seconds
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Updates from the Past and the Future

In today's up to date episode, Adam Bristol is back to highlight three scientific papers that have caught his eye lately. The first two are about our evolutionary history of life on this planet, filling in some of the holes in the fossil record, and making some unexpected discoveries along the way. The third paper has us looking at potential biosecurity concerns in the distant future, which may actually arise earlier than expected given humans' exploration of planets. From the distant past to the possibly not too distant future, Adam’s got the news for you here today. Show Links: Inquiring Minds Podcast Homepage Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds See https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Fossil evidence unveils an early Cambrian origin for Bryozoa Crab in amber reveals an early colonization of nonmarine environments during the Cretaceous Planetary Biosecurity: Applying Invasion Science to Prevent Biological Contamination from Space TravelSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/25/202122 minutes, 35 seconds
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Inside the Race to the Coronavirus Vaccine with Brendan Borrell

In early 2020, experts predicted the development of the COVID-19 vaccine would take 12 to 18 months. Fast forward to today and there are at least five vaccines approved by the World Health Organization. Joining Indre today is Brendan Borrell, a health scientist and business journalist who’s written for The Atlantic, National Geographic, Wired, and The New York Times. He also happens to be the author of a new book, The First Shots: The Epic Rivalries and Heroic Science Behind the Race to the Coronavirus Vaccine, and in today’s show, he discusses his book, providing valuable insights into the early days of the virus, the political football and money plays involved, and other enthralling details surrounding the race to the COVID-19 vaccine. Show Links: Inquiring Minds Podcast Homepage Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds See https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. The First Shots: The Epic Rivalries and Heroic Science Behind the Race to the Coronavirus Vaccine Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/15/202144 minutes, 33 seconds
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Moving Your Way Through Cancer with Dr. Kathryn Schmitz

The topic of cancer is one that has been addressed more than once before on Inquiring Minds, and today Indre visits it once again, this time looking at the impact that exercise can have on those undergoing cancer treatment. Joining her for this revelatory discussion is Dr. Kathryn Schmitz, whose many, many accomplishments include holding the position of Distinguished Professor of Public Health Sciences at Penn State’s College of Medicine and Penn State Cancer Institute, and as a past president of the American College of Sports Medicine. A tireless researcher and advocate in the field of exercise oncology, Dr. Schmitz has recently authored Moving Through Cancer: An Exercise and Strength-Training Program for the Fight of Your Life - Empowers Patients and Caregivers in 5 Steps. It is essentially a thoroughly science-based guide to how to strategically use exercise and strength training to help people fight cancer and recover from it, and Dr. Schmitz discusses it and so much more in today’s highly informative and thought provoking episode. Show Links: Inquiring Minds Podcast Homepage Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds See https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Moving Through Cancer Homepage Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/2/202136 minutes, 46 seconds
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Making Sense of Self with Anil Seth

Indre continues to pursue her fascination with the neural basis of consciousness in this week’s episode. In her never ending quest to understand how the biology of the brain gives rise to every experience we’ve ever had, ever will have, and everything in between, she has picked the brains of a number of experts in the field over the years. Today is no exception as she revisits this favorite topic by welcoming to the podcast Anil Seth, Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, and Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, for a discussion about his new book Being You: A New Science of Consciousness. Show Links: Inquiring Minds Podcast Homepage Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds See https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Being You: A New Science of ConsciousnessSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/27/202146 minutes, 10 seconds
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Up to Date | From the Microscopic to the Astronomic

On the show this week, Adam Bristol introduces Florida’s controversial genetically modified mosquito pilot program, and then delves into the details of the Dual Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), which should be launching in the near future. Indre also explains recent efforts to use music to help humans visualize proteins.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/21/202122 minutes, 10 seconds
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A Matter of Life, Death, or Maybe Somewhere in Between with John and Lois Crowe

We think of consistent water consumption as a necessary component for life… but then there are tardigrades. Adorable and tiny, tardigrades can survive intervals of extreme drying or dehydration and then later be revived. They’re amazing animals, and much of what is known about them comes from the work of John and Lois Crowe, two former UC Davis researchers who devoted much of their careers to studying these little guys. They both join us on the show this week.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/5/202126 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Sound Mind with Nina Kraus

Nina Kraus, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist who has done groundbreaking research on sound and hearing for more than three decades. She's the Hugh Knowles Professor of Neurobiology, Communication Sciences, and Otolaryngology at Northwestern University, and she has been a frequent guest on Indre’s other podcast, Cadence: What Music Tells Us About the Mind. Nina has just released her first trade book called “Of Sound Mind: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World”. Today she joins Indre to explain just how important sound is, how the hearing brain engages how we think, feel, move, and incorporate information from our other senses, and why the “sound mind” is so integral to how we experience the world. Show Links: “Of Sound Mind: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World” by Nina Kraus Brainvolts Website https://brainvolts.northwestern.edu/ Inquiring Minds Podcast Homepage Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds Listen to the Cadence Podcast Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/28/202134 minutes, 48 seconds
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Managing Our Criminal Nature with Mary Roach

Who among us hasn’t, at some point, wondered just what exactly a bear manager or a danger tree feller blaster does? Well, Mary Roach, America’s funniest science writer, TED 20 Most Watched list member, and increasingly frequent guest on this podcast has, and now she’s written a book for our collective enlightenment. In today’s episode, Mary discusses her latest offering, FUZZ: When Nature Breaks the Law, taking us on a fascinating journey around the world to explore these and other unique professions dealing with animals and plants whose interactions with humans can be dangerous and even fatal. Show Links: Inquiring Minds Podcast Homepage Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds See https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Episode 31 - The Science of Your Guts Episode 138 - The Curious Science of Humans at War Mary's Homepage Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/15/202137 minutes, 3 seconds
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Unwrapping the Gifts of Good Anxiety with Wendy Suzuki

Anxiety has become a staple of modern life, particularly over the past year and a half. It can be debilitating, but it is at its core a necessary component of our lives—if it can be managed. Wendy Suzuki, Professor of Neural Science and Psychology at New York University, is best known for her extensive work studying areas in the brain critical for our ability to form and retain new long-term memories. But on the show this week, she joins us to talk about anxiety and the gifts it offers as outlined in her new book, Good Anxiety: Harnessing the Power of the Most Misunderstood Emotion.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/6/202140 minutes, 13 seconds
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Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science with Sam Kean

This week we welcome back Sam Kean, the New York Times bestselling author whose previous books include The Bastard Brigade, Caesar's Last Breath, and The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons. Sam joins the show to discuss his latest book, The Icepick Surgeon: Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/1/202134 minutes, 25 seconds
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Investigating The Memory Thief with Lauren Aguirre

Of all the side effects of opioid use that exist, one that is only recently starting to get the attention it deserves is that of becoming amnestic. That doesn’t mean that this effect hasn’t been on the radar of some researchers over the years, though. As far back as 2016, Neurology Specialist, Dr. Jed Barash, brought some case studies to Indre’s attention, and today’s guest, Lauren Aguirre, has built upon Jed’s findings to write The Memory Thief and the Secrets Behind How We Remember. An award-winning science journalist who has produced documentaries, short-form video series, podcasts, interactive games, and blogs for the PBS series NOVA, Lauren combines her personal experience with her extensive amount of research to generate both a book and an interview here today that you will not soon forget. Show Links: Inquiring Minds Podcast Homepage Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringmindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/23/202139 minutes, 11 seconds
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How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes with Melinda Wenner Moyer

One side effect of the pandemic is that a lot of parents have spent more time than they were expecting to with their kids, and were sometimes left questioning their parenting decisions along the way. Melinda Wenner Moyer’s new book How To Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes: Science-Based Strategies for Better Parenting—from Tots to Teens could not be more timely, and she joins us on this week’s episode.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/16/202141 minutes, 11 seconds
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Up to Date | Social Parrots; Empathetic Rodents; Microbiome Analyses

This week we delve into a study with a citizen science element regarding the evolution of a social behavior in parrots, followed by a collaborative study regarding empathy in rodents, particularly toward those with whom they were kin or had some sense of association. Our hosts share the results of their own recent microbiome analyses which leads into a study looking at the impact of dietary fibre on gut microbes—and they finish up with a look at how migratory birds may help redistribute plants as the impact of climate change intensifies.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/9/202121 minutes, 10 seconds
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Opening Up the World of Quarantine with Nicola Twilley

In the summer of 2019—before Covid-19 had emerged—author, researcher, and ‘Gastropod’ co-host Nicola Tilley and her husband and co-author Geoff Manaugh told a rapt audience, “You and everyone around you is going to be quarantined, is going to experience quarantine in your lifetimes.” They had just presented their extensive research into quarantine that would ultimately become their new book, Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine. The book provides remarkably valuable information and insight into this now all too familiar part of life and its relationship with freedom, governance, and mutual responsibility.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/26/202138 minutes, 40 seconds
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Building Up Your Mental Health Immunity with Andy Norman

Among COVID-19’s many side effects are two that seem to be in direct conflict – on the one hand we’ve all become armchair epidemiologists, and on the other, conspiracy theories are at an all time high. In the common search for answers regarding the virus, some have put all their faith in the certainties of science while others are just as committed to making decisions based upon opinions and beliefs. This leads to the question, ‘What happens when we apply our newfound knowledge of diseases to parasitic infections of the mind?’, and today, Andy Norman offers his response as he discusses his new book, Mental Immunity, which maps out how bad ideas can take on these parasitic qualities and outlines what we can do to generate cognitive antibodies. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringmindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/19/202137 minutes, 38 seconds
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Generating the Element of Harmonic Surprise with David Rosen

Over the years, music producers have tried to predict what audiences want to hear while at the same time advances in science and technology have taught us a lot about what happens in the brain when we listen to music that we love. Now, David Rosen, CEO and Co-founder of Secret Chord Labs, has brought these two fields together to explore the potential for artificial intelligence to generate guaranteed hits, and just what exactly that would mean for music and musicians. Listen in today as David joins the podcast to present a fascinating case study of the impact of AI or algorithms on human creativity. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringmindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/12/202134 minutes, 23 seconds
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Thinking about Thinking about Yourself with Iris Berent

What are your thoughts regarding the relationship between the mind and the brain? For that matter, what are your thoughts? Iris Berent has definitely done some deep thinking on these questions, unearthing the stories we tell ourselves about what we know and who we are as well as the impact these stories can have. She shares her thoughts here today in our eye-opening conversation about her book, The Blind Storyteller. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringmindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/5/202142 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Hidden Geometry of Information and Everything Else with Jordan Ellenberg

When was the last time you thought about geometry? Unless you're an architect or a kindergarten teacher, you probably don't spend a lot of time thinking about shapes. But mathematician Jordan Ellenberg wants to bring geometry back, and show us not just how shapes can measure the world, but how they can explain it. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/21/202143 minutes, 47 seconds
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‘The Untapped Science of Less’ with Leidy Klotz

Joining Indre on the podcast today is University of Virginia Professor, Leidy Klotz. A former professional soccer player, Leidy has gone on to pursue his interest in studying how we transform things from how they are to how we want them to be, and has written for a number of prominent publications including The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, and The Behavioral Scientist. His new book, Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less, explores the concept of subtraction as an effective yet often overlooked problem-solving strategy, and forms the basis for today’s fascinating episode.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/14/202134 minutes, 14 seconds
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Mom Genes: Abigail Tucker on the Science of Motherhood

We all know how babies are made, but science is only now exploring how mothers are. Abigail Tucker discusses her latest book, exploring the factors that shape the behaviors of mothers and other caregivers.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/7/202138 minutes, 4 seconds
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Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary

Andy Weir, science fiction writer and author of The Martian, joins us to talk about his new book Project Hail Mary: A Novel.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/1/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 58 seconds
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The future artificial intelligence may lead to

We talk to writer and technologist Gary Bengier about AI and his new science fiction novel Unfettered Journey.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/14/202133 minutes, 20 seconds
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What is the future of human work?

We talk to president and CEO of Lumina Foundation Jamie Merisotis about his new book Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/26/202139 minutes, 7 seconds
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A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence

We talk to neuroscientist and computer pioneer Jeff Hawkins about his new book A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/20/202136 minutes, 8 seconds
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Where did artificial intelligence come from?

We talk to New York Times reporter and author Cade Metz about his new book Genius Makers: The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the World.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/8/202143 minutes, 51 seconds
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Up To Date | Aliens didn’t make Oumuamua, aphantasia, and baseball beer research

This week: New research on the first known interstellar object in our solar system, A/2017 U1—or Oumuamua—suggesting it’s probably a chunk of a Pluto-like planet, and not from aliens; research that used 2,000 microphones to get super detailed recordings of hummingbirds and learn how they make the sounds they make; the impact of alcohol consumption policies at major league baseball stadiums; and new research on people with aphantasia—the inability to form mental imagery—and how scary stories are less likely to scare them.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/31/202121 minutes, 59 seconds
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What does it mean to be alive?

We talk to acclaimed science writer and return guest Carl Zimmer about his new book Life's Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/23/202135 minutes, 53 seconds
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Literature may be the most powerful technology we’ve invented

On the show this week we talk to professor of story science Angus Fletcher about his new book Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/17/202138 minutes, 22 seconds
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Why almost everything we’ve been told about food is wrong

On the show this week we talk to professor of genetic epidemiology Tim Spector about his new book Spoon-Fed: Why almost everything we’ve been told about food is wrong.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/2/202140 minutes, 53 seconds
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Up To Date | Paleogenetics, naps, and shocking your brain into remembering better

This week: We look at new paleogenetic research on mammoth molars; delve into the biological drive for napping; and talk about a surprising new study on memory that involves transcranial magnetic stimulation.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/27/202124 minutes, 14 seconds
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A behavioral scientist explains dating

We talk to behavioral scientist and former lead researcher at Google's behavioral economics unit Logan Ury about her new book How to Not Die Alone: The Surprising Science That Will Help You Find Love.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/10/202141 minutes, 20 seconds
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The science behind your voice

Your voice is much more than just the medium by which your thoughts can be heard—it's as fundamental to who you are as your face or your fingerprints. This week we talk to journalist John Colapinto about his new book This Is the Voice.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/31/202152 minutes, 27 seconds
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We need to rethink toilets

We talk to Jay Bhagwan from the International Water Association about his work reinventing how we think about sanitation.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/21/202139 minutes, 38 seconds
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Up To Date | A look back at 2020, and what’s next for the podcast

This week we take a look back at some of our favorite episodes from 2020 and talk about what’s next for the podcast.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/7/202129 minutes, 27 seconds
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Five ways the universe might die

We talk to cosmologist and writer Katie Mack about her new book The End of Everything: (Astrophysically Speaking).Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/29/202038 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Surprising Story of Medieval Science

We talk to historian of medieval science Seb Falk about his new book The Light Ages: The Surprising Story of Medieval Science.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/18/202040 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton

We talk to journalist Kermit Pattison about his new book Fossil Men: The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/3/202044 minutes, 21 seconds
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You’re full of bones. How do they work?

We talk to orthopedic surgeon Roy A. Meals about his new book Bones: Inside and Out.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/26/202040 minutes, 32 seconds
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Thinking isn’t your brain’s most important job

We talk to neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett about why the idea that you have a lizard brain and a rational brain is completely wrong, how you can fight against implicit biases by swamping your brain with new data, why your brain’s most important job isn’t actually to think or be rational, and about one time Carl Sagan was very wrong about how brains work. Her most recent books are How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain and Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/19/202045 minutes, 21 seconds
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Up To Date | Moon water implications and new research on why you understand words

This week we explore the implications of there being much more water on the moon than we previously thought; a new study that looked at the possibility that our brains have an underlying propensity to understand words; and a quick look at a paper about Tennessee bicycle crashes.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/11/202021 minutes, 54 seconds
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Feed Drop: Cadence S3E1: The Music of Politics

A special drop of the first episode of the new season of Indre’s other podcast, Cadence—which is about what music can tell us about our minds. This new season explores how music influences us, and the first episode is all about politics. Indre talks to musicians, academics, and politicians to find out what role music plays in the political machine—how it’s used to sway minds and gather votes. If you’re interested in hearing more, check out the earlier seasons of Cadence wherever you get your podcasts.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/3/202033 minutes, 26 seconds
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Tesla, the man

We talk to Columbia professor of mechanical engineering P. James Schuck about the released film Tesla, starring Ethan Hawke as Nikola Tesla, for which he was the science advisor.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/30/202035 minutes, 39 seconds
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Up To Date | Autumn fires and climate change; plastic bottle eating enzymes; singing blue whales

This week: new research on how climate change is affecting autumn wildfires; a study that attempts to use a biologically inspired and technically enhanced enzymatic solution to break down plastics, and a study showing that whether blue whales are foraging or migrating affects what time of day they sing songs.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/8/202025 minutes, 41 seconds
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As the World Burns: The New Generation of Activists

We talk to journalist and author Lee van der Voo about her new book As the World Burns: The New Generation of Activists and the Landmark Legal Fight Against Climate Change.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/1/202034 minutes, 14 seconds
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Telling the story of climate change with music

This week we talk to Stephan Crawford about The ClimateMusic Project, an organization that hopes to, through music, tell the urgent story of climate change.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/22/202022 minutes, 43 seconds
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The ways in which our bodies don’t match how the world has been built

This week we talk to Sara Hendren, an artist, writer, and professor at Olin College of Engineering about her new book What Can a Body Do?: How We Meet the Built World. Hendren's book explores the idea that perhaps many people are disabled not by the shape of their body or how they work, but instead by the shape of the built environment in which they live.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/16/202044 minutes, 3 seconds
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Up To Date | Why Elon Musk’s Neuralink could fail; and the worrying relationship between bad sleep and Alzheimer's disease

This week: A deep look into new research on the relationship between how you sleep and the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease, including an interview with the study’s author, Matt Walker, and two neuroscientists review Elon Musk’s recent Neuralink announcement and explain what they got right and what they got very wrong.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/8/202052 minutes, 5 seconds
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Why you talk the way you do, and what it says about you

We talk to psychologist Katherine Kinzler about her new book How You Say It: Why You Talk the Way You Do—And What It Says About You.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/1/202042 minutes, 44 seconds
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How fraud, bias, negligence, and hype undermine the search for truth

We talk to Scottish psychologist Stuart Ritchie about his new book Science Fictions: How Fraud, Bias, Negligence, and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/17/202050 minutes, 59 seconds
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Why things spread and why they stop

We talk to mathematician and epidemiologist Adam Kucharski about his recent book The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread—And Why They Stop.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/6/202040 minutes, 33 seconds
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Up To Date | Mosquitoes, robots, pupils, beavers, and Earth’s crust

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/28/202026 minutes, 55 seconds
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A Story about Forests, People, and the Future

We talk to science reporter Zach St. George about his new book The Journeys of Trees: A Story about Forests, People, and the Future.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/23/202039 minutes, 5 seconds
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From the slave trade to climate change—why corporations defend the indefensible

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/16/202040 minutes, 1 second
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The Language of Butterflies

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/8/202039 minutes, 11 seconds
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Up To Date | The Drake equation 2.0; Nanotech yeast; Why are plants green?; Wasp boxing

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/30/202021 minutes, 59 seconds
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Where educators go wrong

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/23/202039 minutes, 16 seconds
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The history of structural racism in medicine

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/16/202045 minutes, 23 seconds
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How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/9/202035 minutes, 50 seconds
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Galileo’s fight is still relevant today

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_floydMore anti-racism resources here: http://bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES — Adam Isaak, Inquiring Minds producerSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/2/202038 minutes, 58 seconds
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A History of the Afterlife

We talk to noted historian Bart Ehrman about his new book Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/26/202036 minutes, 40 seconds
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A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/6/202037 minutes, 39 seconds
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The behavioral economics of baseball

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/25/202038 minutes, 31 seconds
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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

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/14/202028 minutes, 49 seconds
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Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/7/202034 minutes, 41 seconds
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Revisiting the Dunning-Kruger Effect with David Dunning

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/31/202032 minutes, 25 seconds
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How the internet is changing the English language

We talk to linguist Gretchen McCulloch about her new book Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/24/202037 minutes, 54 seconds
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The science of streaks and the hot hand

We talk to Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Cohen about his new book The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/17/202038 minutes, 6 seconds
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The neuroscience of how we learn

We talk to French neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene about his new book How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine … for Now.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/10/202036 minutes, 56 seconds
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A Totally Fictional but Essentially True Silicon Valley Story

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/25/202039 minutes, 38 seconds
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Up To Date | Ancient Dates; Mummy Voices; Mouse Memories

This week: scientists successfully germinated 2,000-year-old date palm seeds and we might soon know what 2,000-year-old dates taste like; another group of researchers 3D modeled a 3,000-year-old mummy’s vocal tract and what they may have sounded like; and new research on how support cells in brains, called microglia, affect memory in mice.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/12/202018 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Poison Squad

We talk to science journalist Deborah Blum about her new book The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/4/202040 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Hidden World of the Fox

We talk to wildlife researcher and writer Adele Brand about her new book The Hidden World of the Fox.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/28/202030 minutes, 34 seconds
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We need a better, more democratic internet

We talk to professor of information studies at UCLA and director of the UC Digital Cultures Lab Ramesh Srinivasan about his new book Beyond the Valley: How Innovators around the World are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/21/202038 minutes, 36 seconds
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2019 Year End Wrap-Up

Indre, along with fellow neuroscientist and person who is her husband, Adam Bristol, recap their favorite science stories and interviews of 2019.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/31/201932 minutes, 12 seconds
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We might be approaching the study of cancer all wrong

We talk to oncologist, professor of medicine, and director of the MDS Center at Columbia University Azra Raza about her new book The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/23/201949 minutes, 49 seconds
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Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution

We talk to environmental journalist Beth Gardiner about her new book Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/16/201939 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Blockchain and the Future of Everything

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/3/201940 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Four-Billion-Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/19/201939 minutes, 21 seconds
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How Language Shapes Thought

We talk to cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsk about how language can influence the way we think.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/12/201946 minutes, 59 seconds
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The History, Science, and Future of Heart Disease

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/29/201945 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini

We talk to author and journalist Joe Posnanski about his new book The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/22/201945 minutes, 58 seconds
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Silicon Valley: A Satire

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/16/201926 minutes, 49 seconds
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Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime

We talk to theoretical physicist Sean Carroll about his new book Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/8/201937 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Science of Behavior-Altering Parasites

We talk to parasitologist and co-author of Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything, Kelly Weinersmith.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/1/201938 minutes, 39 seconds
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Why We Need Insects

We talk to professor of conservation biology Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson about her new book Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/24/201934 minutes, 31 seconds
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Kishore’s Send-Off!

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/17/201915 minutes, 32 seconds
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Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes

We talk to science journalist David Robson about his new book The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/3/201940 minutes, 51 seconds
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Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

We talk to sports and science writer David Epstein about his latest book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/13/201953 minutes, 38 seconds
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Sharks: The Ocean's Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/7/201946 minutes, 25 seconds
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A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind

We talk to author Annaka Harris about her new book Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/30/201935 minutes, 15 seconds
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The American Automobile: Past, Present, and Driverless

We talk to writer Dan Albert about his new book Are We There Yet?: The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/17/201950 minutes
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Neal Stephenson - Fall; or, Dodge in Hell

We talk to celebrated speculative fiction writer Neal Stephenson about his latest book Fall; or, Dodge in Hell: A Novel.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/2/201932 minutes, 41 seconds
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In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids

We talk to bioethicist Travis Rieder about his new book In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/24/20191 hour, 1 minute, 5 seconds
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Up To Date | Singing Mice; Six Fingered Hands; Dolphin Cliques

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/18/201919 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Age of Living Machines

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/10/201947 minutes, 44 seconds
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A Life in Math and Football

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. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/4/201947 minutes, 18 seconds
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The State of the Art in Alzheimer's Research

We talk to Katja Brose, neuroscientist and Science Program Officer at the Chan Zuckerberg Science Initiative about the latest, best prospects in neurodegenerative disease treatment.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/21/201942 minutes, 58 seconds
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BONUS: Introducing Science Rules! with Bill Nye

Former guest of Inquiring Minds, Bill Nye, is on a mission to change the world—one phone call at a time. On his new podcast, Science Rules!, he tackles the curliest questions on just about anything in the universe. Perhaps you’ve wondered: Should I stop eating cheeseburgers to combat climate change? How often should I really be washing my pillowcase? Can I harvest energy from all those static-electricity shocks I get in the winter? Science Rules! is out now and you can find it in your favorite podcast app.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/18/20193 minutes, 29 seconds
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Salty Erotica of the Deep

Indre talks to marine biologist Marah Hardt about her book Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/14/201947 minutes, 31 seconds
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Up To Date | Bioprinting a Liver; Tasting with Genes; Stopping the World’s Worst Venom

New research on 3D printing vasculature around which organs could be created; recent work on the effects of genetics on the way you taste things; and a new way to stop the effects of the world’s worst venom.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/7/201923 minutes, 6 seconds
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Completing the Darwinian Revolution

We talk to influential evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson about his new book This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/1/201949 minutes, 37 seconds
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How Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World

Indre talks to science writer Abigail Tucker about her book The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/22/201944 minutes, 33 seconds
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How Music Can Make You Better

Indre wrote a book! It’s called How Music Can Make You Better and this week we hear all about it.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/16/201951 minutes, 35 seconds
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Up To Date | Neurogenesis; Predicting Death with AI; Rethinking Nose Jobs

A careful look into research on whether or not we can generate new neurons as adults; new research into using machine learning to predict premature death; and a new technique to reshape cartilage by heating it.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/9/201930 minutes, 57 seconds
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A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning

We talk to Jeremy Lent about his book The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/29/201944 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Strange Science of Recovery

We talk to Christie Aschwanden about her new book Good To Go: What the athlete in all of us can learn from the strange science of recovery.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/25/201923 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System

We talk to Matt Richtel about his new book An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/19/201950 minutes, 48 seconds
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Up To Date | Bug census, global warming, young blood, microwaving grapes

A study taking a deep look into insect populations and their decline; bad news about global warming four generations from now, new research showing why older mice benefit from receiving younger blood; and a new study on microwaving grapes.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/25/201927 minutes, 14 seconds
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2018’s Best Science Movies (and TV)

We talk to Jennifer Ouellette, science writer and former director of The Science & Entertainment Exchange, about last year’s best and the worst science movies and tv.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/18/201941 minutes, 35 seconds
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Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality

We talk to Blake J. Harris about his new book The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/12/201948 minutes, 23 seconds
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Up To Date | Polar Vortex Science, Brainwaves to Speech, Blowing Up the Brain

The science behind the polar vortex, a new study attempting to directly translate brain signals into speech, and an update on the incredible work of neuroscientist Ed Boyden.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/5/201928 minutes, 19 seconds
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Why We Fall for It Every Time

We talk to New York Times best-selling science writer Maria Konnikova about her book The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/29/201943 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Science of How Art Works

We talk to psychologist Ellen Winner about her new book How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/22/201947 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Science of Perfect Timing

We talk to bestselling author Daniel Pink about his latest book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/15/201940 minutes, 2 seconds
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Up To Date | New Horizons Finds BB-8; Defining Death; Differential Privacy

This week: The New Horizons spacecraft took pictures of an object in the Kuiper belt; a study that brings up questions about how to define death; there’s a major upcoming scientific study that the US conducts every 10 years: the US census; and a look into the pricing and access to scientific journals.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/8/201936 minutes, 1 second
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The Neuroscience of Prejudice

We talk to David Amodia, a social neuroscientist and psychology professor at NYU and the University of Amsterdam, about the science of prejudice.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/1/201942 minutes, 13 seconds
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Up To Date | Top 10 Science Stories of 2018

This week: Kishore looks back through 2018 and lays out his favorite science stories of the year.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/29/201823 minutes, 26 seconds
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Lessons from the Edge of the Universe

We talk to Dave Williams, a Canadian astronaut, neuroscientist, physician, and author of the new book Defying Limits: Lessons from the Edge of the Universe.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/24/201840 minutes, 21 seconds
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Up To Date | Hummingbird Divebombs; Collapsing Ice Sheets

This week: A study looking into how male hummingbirds divebomb fast enough that their tail feathers make high-pitched squeaks; and new evidence explaining why sea levels were 6-9 meters higher about 150,000 years ago (even though the climate was just about as warm as it is today), and why that’s especially relevant now.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/22/201811 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Laws of Human Nature

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/17/201845 minutes, 48 seconds
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Up To Date | Talking Viruses; Creativity Waves

This week: A look into quorum sensing, a field of research looking into if bacteria, particularly bacteria that are trying to invade another host, can communicate with each other—and new research suggesting viruses can exhibit the same behavior; new research into using alpha waves to stimulate creativity; and Indre and Kishore’s 2018 science gift recommendations.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/15/201815 minutes, 57 seconds
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She Has Her Mother's Laugh

Carl Zimmer is a New York Times columnist and author of 13 books about science. We talked to him about his latest book, She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity, which was recently named The Guardian’s Best Science Book of 2018.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/11/201836 minutes, 59 seconds
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Up To Date | Migration Myths and Negative Mass

This week: The UCL–Lancet Commission on Migration and Heath released a new report that busts some common migration myths; and a scientist at Oxford University has come up with an alteration to Einstein's general theory of relativity that could have some interesting effects on our understanding of our universe: negative mass.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/8/201816 minutes, 20 seconds
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Music as Medicine

Dr. Concetta Tomaino is a pioneer in the field of music therapy and the executive director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function. On the show this week we talk to Dr. Tomaino about her work treating individuals suffering the effects of brain trauma or neurological diseases as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/5/201839 minutes, 6 seconds
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Up To Date | Ants with backpacks; Neuron DNA affects Alzheimer's

This week: A study that tracked ants using little backpacks and a look at a new study suggesting a connection between differences in the DNA of our neurons and Alzheimer's.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/30/201814 minutes, 24 seconds
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A New History of a Lost World

We follow up last week’s dino-episode by talking to paleontologist at University of Edinburgh Steve Brusatte about his new book The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/29/201846 minutes, 41 seconds
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A Radical New History of Life

We talk to science writer David Quammen about his new book The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/23/201843 minutes, 27 seconds
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Up To Date | A Polio-Like Virus and Genes Deciding Your University

Up To Date: 10/19/2018Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/20/201812 minutes, 47 seconds
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What It’s like to Discover a Dinosaur

We talk to paleontologist, professor, expeditioner, and science communicator Ken Lacovara about his book Why Dinosaurs Matter. Ken has unearthed some of the largest dinosaurs ever to walk our planet, including the super-massive Dreadnoughtus, which at 65 tons weighs more than seven T. rex.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/20/201843 minutes, 18 seconds
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Up To Date | Smelling Stingrays and a 16 Billion Scoville Cactus

This week: Stingrays are especially affected by oil spills because they’re so good at smelling; and research into using a spicy cactus to treat pain.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/17/201810 minutes, 39 seconds
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Life at the Extremes of Our Capacity

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/13/201852 minutes, 9 seconds
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Up To Date | Election results, stealth moths, and a retired kilogram

This week: A look into what the midterm election results mean for science; moths developed a ‘stealth shield’ to hide from bats; and the kilogram is retiring. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/10/201812 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Beauty and Utility of Maps: A Cartographic Odyssey

We talk to journalist, geologist, and author Betsy Mason about her latest book, co-authored with Greg Miller, All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/6/201833 minutes, 41 seconds
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Up To Date | The Definitive Field Guide to Filthy Animal Facts

This week Kishore catches up with previous guests Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti to talk about their new book True or Poo?: The Definitive Field Guide to Filthy Animal Facts and Falsehoods.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/3/201816 minutes, 58 seconds
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What Real-Life Zombies Reveal About Our World

We talk to science writer at Wired magazine Matt Simon about his new book Plight of the Living Dead: What Real-Life Zombies Reveal About Our World—and Ourselves.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/30/201841 minutes, 46 seconds
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Up To Date | Doubling worm lifespans; the recent failed Soyuz launch

This week: A new study attempts to extend the life of worms and what it might mean for us; and a detailed look into the recent failed Soyuz rocket launch.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/27/201814 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Remarkable History of Surgery

We talk to Arnold Van de Laar, a surgeon in the Slotervaart Hospital in Amsterdam, about his new book Under the Knife: A History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable Operations.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/16/201843 minutes, 5 seconds
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Up To Date | Nobel Prizes and Electrical Nerve Regeneration

This week: We recap the 2018 Nobel Prizes and look at a study exploring a new way to use electrical stimulation to regenerate nerves.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/13/201813 minutes, 41 seconds
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Being Human in the Age of Algorithms

We talk to mathematician and science writer Hannah Fry about her latest book Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/12/201831 minutes, 16 seconds
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China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order

We talk to artificial intelligence expert and former president of Google China Kai-Fu Lee about his recent book AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/7/201846 minutes, 55 seconds
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Steven Pinker: Enlightenment Now

We talk with cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker about his recent book Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/27/20181 hour, 10 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Coyote Story

We talk to writer and historian Dan Flores about his book Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/19/201844 minutes, 37 seconds
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Up To Date | Do Apple's Health Claims Check Out?

This week: Kishore takes a closer look at some of the health claims made during the recent Apple Keynote.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/18/201813 minutes, 17 seconds
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How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions

We talk to celebrated science journalist Richard Harris about the “reproducibility crisis” in science and his new book Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/12/201832 minutes, 47 seconds
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How Intuition and Reason Divide Our Politics

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/28/201831 minutes, 16 seconds
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Up To Date | Attention Is an Illusion; Ant Highways

This week: A new study shows we only focus on something a few milliseconds at a time, but we don’t notice because we’re pulsing that focus; and research on how ants avoid traffic jams so perfectly. Thanks to guest co-host Trace Dominguez!Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/26/201815 minutes, 24 seconds
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A Pianist Rebuilds Her Brain

We talk to author Andrea J. Buchanan about her experience with a brain injury and how she used playing the piano to recover. Buchanan’s new book is The Beginning of Everything: The Year I Lost My Mind and Found Myself.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/21/201844 minutes, 4 seconds
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Up To Date | Monsanto Cancer Case and Kids Believe Lying Robots

This week: A jury decided that Monsanto’s Roundup caused a man’s cancer but the science is murky and a new study shows that children are susceptible to peer pressure by robots.Links:https://www.reuters.com/article/us-monsanto-cancer-lawsuit/monsanto-ordered-to-pay-289-million-in-worlds-first-roundup-cancer-trial-idUSKBN1KV2HBhttp://robotics.sciencemag.org/content/3/21/eaat7111Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/19/201813 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Material That Will Revolutionize the World

We talk to chemist Joseph Meany about his book Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the World.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/14/201848 minutes, 18 seconds
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Up To Date | Google Glass Lives! and Breaking Dog Urine News

This week: A Standford study used Google Glass to help kids with autism understand others people’s emotions; and breaking news regarding the way dogs pee. Links:http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2018/08/google-glass-helps-kids-with-autism-read-facial-expressions.htmlhttps://blogs.scientificamerican.com/dog-spies/small-dogs-aim-high-when-they-pee/Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/12/201812 minutes, 15 seconds
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Up To Date | How Plants Tell Time, Lab-Grown Pig Lungs, Stolen Fields Medal

This week: A new study from the University of Bristol showing the way plants accumulate sugar helps them tell what time it is; scientists have successfully transplanted lab-grown lungs into pigs; and Caucher Birkar was awarded the Fields Medal—and then it was immediately stolen. Links:https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/uob-pct073118.phphttps://www.sciencenews.org/article/scientists-transplant-lab-grown-bioengineered-lungs-pigshttps://www.npr.org/2018/08/02/634889308/prestigious-mathematics-medal-stolen-minutes-after-it-was-awardedSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/3/201812 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers

Ben Goldfarb is a writer covering wildlife conservation and fisheries management. We talk to him about his new book Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/31/201841 minutes, 9 seconds
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Up To Date | A Lake on Mars, Dog Empathy, and TBI & the Military

This week: Italian scientists found a body of liquid water on mars using radar; a new study suggests that while dogs do feel empathy for us, training them to be therapy dogs doesn’t make them care more, it makes them more obedient; and research shows that military training can result in traumatic brain injuries even outside of combat. Links:http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/07/liquid-water-spied-deep-below-polar-ice-cap-marshttps://hub.jhu.edu/2018/07/24/dogs-comfort-owners-canine-psychology/https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/07/25/632243103/marines-who-fired-rocket-launchers-now-worry-about-their-brainsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/28/201814 minutes, 20 seconds
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Revisiting Flint: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope

We talk to Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who first proved that Flint’s kids were exposed to lead about her new book What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.Links: https://inquiring.show/episodes/2018/4/1/171-siddhartha-roy-the-science-behind-the-flint-water-crisisSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/24/201832 minutes, 16 seconds
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Up To Date | GMO Acceptance, Elle Macpherson, and Friendly Fish

This week: New research suggests labeling can increase GMO acceptance; Elle Macpherson’s terrible new boyfriend (it’s relevant, I swear); and research looking into the personality of caught fish.Links mentioned: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/6/eaaq1413.fullhttps://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180716114546.htmSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/21/201812 minutes, 46 seconds
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How Neuroscience Is Redefining Athletic Genius

We talk to sports and business journalist Zach Schonbrun about his new book The Performance Cortex: How Neuroscience Is Redefining Athletic Genius.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/17/201853 minutes, 52 seconds
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Up To Date - Killing Cancer Cells and Exploring the Sunk Cost Fallacy (In Rats)

This week: New research into using CRISPR to destroy cancer cells with other cancer cells and a study suggesting rodents aren’t immune to the sunk cost fallacy. Links: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cancer-cells-engineered-crispr-slay-their-own-kinhttp://science.sciencemag.org/content/361/6398/178Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/14/201813 minutes, 42 seconds
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Nikola Tesla: Inventor of the Modern

We talk to author Richard Munson about his new Nikola Tesla biography Tesla: Inventor of the Modern.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/10/201839 minutes, 12 seconds
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Up To Date | Air Pollution and Diabetes, Large Scale Microbiome Studies, and Why Driving Makes You Sleepy

This week: New research exploring the link between air pollution and diabetes; the huge potential of doing large scale microbiome studies; and a look into why driving makes babies (and the rest of us) sleepy.Links mentioned: https://www.npr.org/2018/07/05/594078923/scott-pruitt-out-at-epahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-pollution-diabetes/air-pollution-may-account-for-1-in-7-new-diabetes-cases-idUSKBN1JV25Whttps://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05522-1https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00140139.2018.1482373Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/7/201815 minutes, 27 seconds
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Aroused: The History of Hormones

We talk to Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D, lecturer at Yale university, writer in residence at Yale Medical School, and author of the new book Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/3/201838 minutes, 8 seconds
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Up To Date | Longevity Pioneers, Leaky Methane, and Predicting Earthquakes

This week: New research shows mortality rates level off if you can reach a certain age; the problem of methane gas leaking from power plants; and a new likely candidate for where California’s next big earthquake will take place.Links mentioned:http://science.sciencemag.org/content/360/6396/1459https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180619164153.htmhttp://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2018/06/20/science.aar7204Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/29/201813 minutes, 40 seconds
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Motherhood in the Animal Kingdom

We talk to biologist and science writer Carin Bondar about her latest book Wild Moms: Motherhood in the Animal Kingdom.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/26/201848 minutes, 20 seconds
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Up To Date | Mind Controlling Robots, Viral Alzheimer's Link, and Remembering Koko

This week: New research into controlling robot arms with your brain, a surprising link between a common virus and Alzheimer's Disease, and remembering Koko the gorilla.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/23/201813 minutes, 41 seconds
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Intelligent Machines Are Changing Everything

How do we create artificial intelligence that isn't bigoted? Can we teach machines to work exactly like our brains work? “You don’t program a machine to be smart,” says our guest this week, “you program the machine to get smarter using data.”We talk to James Scott, statistician, data scientist, and co-author (with Nick Polson) of the new book AIQ: How People and Machines Are Smarter Together.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/18/201844 minutes, 20 seconds
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Virtual Reality Is Changing Human Connection

We talk to Peter Rubin, editor at Wired and author of Future Presence: How Virtual Reality Is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy, and the Limits of Ordinary Life.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/12/201854 minutes, 58 seconds
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Up To Date | Don’t Eat Clay, Do Eat Dark Chocolate

This week: New research shows a 6-month treatment for breast cancer is nearly as successful as the previously-standard 12-month course; the surprising effects that clay can have on your body; and a look into new studies that give new reasons why dark chocolate is good for you.Huge thanks to guest co-host Adam Bristol!Links mentioned:https://www.jwatch.org/fw114187/2018/05/18/herceptin-study-suggests-shorter-6-month-course-breasthttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-26958-5Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/9/201819 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/5/201840 minutes, 8 seconds
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Up To Date | Where Happiness Comes From, and Why

In this mini-episode, Kishore talks to neuroscientist and author Dean Burnett about his new book Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From, and Why.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/1/201816 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why We're Addicted to Screens

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/28/201836 minutes, 22 seconds
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Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto

We talk to planetary scientist and New Horizons’ mission leader Alan Stern and astrobiologist David Grinspoon about their new book Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/22/201854 minutes, 50 seconds
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Up To Date | Snail Memory Transplants, Eyes In The Back Of Your Head, and Treating Epilepsy with CBD

This week: There are reports that scientists have ‘transferred a memory' in snails—what does the research actually say?; we examine a study that suggests people can form a “sphere a sensitivity” around their heads; and we look at new research on using Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound derived from the cannabis plant as treatment for a severe form of epilepsy.Links mentioned:https://www.inquisitr.com/4898738/we-have-eyes-in-the-back-of-the-head-study-shows/http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44111476http://www.psypost.org/2018/05/cannabidiol-significantly-reduces-seizures-patients-severe-form-epilepsy-51258Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/18/201816 minutes
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The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/14/201833 minutes, 27 seconds
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Up To Date | Pre-pregnancy Genome Sequencing, Mass Prescribing Antibiotics, and the Trolley Problem

This week: A study looking at how much actionable information pre-pregnancy genome sequencing can actually give you; the benefits and consequences of mass mass prescribing antibiotics; and a new study looking at the trolley problem and how peoples’ hypothetical judgment compares to their real-life behavior.Links mentioned:https://www.wired.com/story/the-catch-22-of-mass-prescribing-antibiotics/https://www.cell.com/ajhg/fulltext/S0002-9297(18)30136-8http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0956797617752640Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/12/201814 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Rise of Deep Brain Stimulation and Its Forgotten Inventor

We talk to science writer and neurobiologist Lone Frank about her latest book The Pleasure Shock: The Rise of Deep Brain Stimulation and Its Forgotten Inventor.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/7/201848 minutes, 33 seconds
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Up To Date | Genetically Editing Fat Tissue, A Turing Test For Water, and Another Mars Lander

University of Copenhagen scientists managed to genetically delete an enzyme in mice that made it impossible for them to get fat, even on a very fatty diet; Alan Turing wrote a paper in 1952 that is still having impacts on science today in ways you may not expect; and NASA sends the InSight Lander to Mars.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/5/20189 minutes, 10 seconds
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Losing the Nobel Prize

We talk to astrophysicist Brian Keating about new his book Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/1/201855 minutes, 21 seconds
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Up To Date | Anonymous Study Subjects, Genetically Engineered Livestock, and Asteroids Delivering Water

This week: Scott Pruitt’s fight against anonymous study subjects, a debate on should be regulating genetically engineered livestock, and new research that shows asteroids could have delivered water to the early Earth.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/28/201811 minutes, 12 seconds
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How We Evolved to Have Free Will

We talk to biologist Kenneth R. Miller about his new book The Human Instinct: How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness, and Free Will.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/23/201844 minutes, 13 seconds
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Up To Date | Night Owl Death, Space Launches, and Viagra’s Greater Purpose

This week: new research shows being a night owl might mean you’re at a greater risk of dying early, multiple interesting space launches are happening, and there’s new research into using phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitors like Viagra and Cialis to help other drugs do their job better.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/20/201813 minutes, 8 seconds
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Creating Empathy With Immersive Virtual Reality

We talk to the founding director of Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Jeremy Bailenson. Bailenson’s lab studies how virtual reality can affect empathy—how it makes you feel to virtually embody someone else. VR offers the ability to be in someone else’s shoes in a way that you can’t recreate in real life—and those immersive experiences, whether it be facing a day in the life of a person experiencing homelessness, or diving to the corals that are right now being bleached by climate change, have lingering effects on all of us.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/16/201846 minutes, 58 seconds
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Up-To-Date | Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence

Kishore talks to Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti, authors of Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/13/201819 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics

We talk to astrophysicist Adam Becker about his new book What Is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/9/201854 minutes, 47 seconds
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Up-To-Date | James Webb, Shrimp, and Chilled-Out Monkeys

We're introducing a new, additional weekly episode! Every Friday, listen to Indre and Kishore do a quick recap of some of the week's most interesting science news.Today, we talk about why shrimp and lobster fishing might be worse for the environment than you think, the ongoing troubles with the James Webb Space Telescope, and a study that sort of shows monkeys who go to the spa are more relaxed.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/7/201810 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Neuroscience of How We Think

We have a big announcement! After 220 episodes, we are striking out on our own. Thanks to Mother Jones for being our home for the past 5 years. Look for new segments and episodes as we expand creatively, while still bringing you in depth conversations with scientists.This week, we talk to neuroscientist Daniel Krawczyk about his book Reasoning: The Neuroscience of How We Think.Dan also studies traumatic brain injury in veterans, using virtual reality as a part of cognitive behavioral therapy. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/2/201847 minutes, 14 seconds
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Jellyfish Science

We talk to ocean scientist and science writer Juli Berwald about her new book Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/27/201834 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Politics of Rainforests

We talk to Rhett Butler, editor-in-chief and CEO of Mongabay, a nonprofit organization which seeks to raise interest in and appreciation of wild lands and wildlife, while examining the impact of emerging trends in climate, technology, economics, and finance on conservation and development.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/20/201841 minutes, 19 seconds
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What We Really Know About Gun Violence

We talk to Stanford law professor and economist John Donohue who for the better part of the last 20 years has been doing research into understanding gun violence.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/13/201835 minutes, 49 seconds
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100% Renewable Energy by 2050

We talk to Stanford professor of civil and environmental engineering Mark Jacobson about his research that shows it’s possible for the world to be using 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/6/201844 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Broad Potential of Psychoactive Drugs

We talk to journalist and science writer Hamilton Morris about his Viceland docuseries “Hamilton's Pharmacopeia” and the history and science of psychoactive drugs.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/27/201842 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

We talk to Alex Hutchinson, author of Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/19/201846 minutes, 23 seconds
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It's Time to Rethink Ocean Conservation

We talk to marine biologist, policy expert, and conservation strategist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson about why we need to rethink ocean conservation.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/6/201852 minutes, 41 seconds
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Science Got Women Wrong

We talk to science journalist and author Angela Saini about her latest book Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/23/201851 minutes, 16 seconds
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A Volcano Scientist Runs for Congress

We talk to Jess Phoenix, a volcanologist, geologist, and 2018 Democratic candidate seeking election to California's 25th Congressional District.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/16/201837 minutes, 39 seconds
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Mapping Human Brains

We talk to neuroscientist Lucina Uddin about her work mapping human brains.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/9/201841 minutes, 5 seconds
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Losing Genes but Gaining Music | [BONUS EP] Cadence | S02 Episode 01

Happy new year! It’s a bonus podcast: episode one of the second season of Indre’s other podcast, Cadence. Subscribe to Cadence here:iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cadence/id1207136496 RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/cadence-podcastThis season, we’re going to focus on music as medicine—telling the stories of people whose lives have been immeasurably improved with music. In this episode, we talk about William’s Syndrome, a genetic condition that causes heart problems, intellectual disabilities and a profound love of music. We hear from 31-year-old Benjamin Monkaba, who has the condition, his mother Terry, and Jennifer Latson, author of The Boy Who Loved Too Much, a book about William's Syndrome.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/1/201832 minutes, 43 seconds
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How One Emotion Connects Altruists and Psychopaths

We talk to professor of psychology & neuroscience Abigail Marsh about her new book The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/25/201744 minutes, 16 seconds
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Lessons in Investigating Death

We talk to Ken Holmes, who worked in the Marin County Coroner’s Office for thirty-six years, starting as a death investigator and ending as the three-term, elected coroner. A new book, The Education of a Coroner: Lessons in Investigating Death, chronicles his life spent studying death.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/19/201748 minutes, 26 seconds
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Lost Einsteins: Left Behind by the Innovation Economy

We talk to celebrated Stanford economist Raj Chetty about his work focusing on using empirical evidence—often big data—to inform the design of more effective governmental policies.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/12/201730 minutes, 13 seconds
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Getting Politicians to Talk About Science

We talk to Sheril Kirshenbaum, executive director of Science Debate (sciencedebate.org), a nonpartisan organization that asks candidates, elected officials, the public and the media to focus more on science policy issues of vital importance to modern life.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/5/201737 minutes, 6 seconds
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Black Hole Blues

We talk to theoretical astrophysicist Janna Levin about her book Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/28/201738 minutes, 48 seconds
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Why Dinosaurs Matter

We talk to paleontologist, professor, expeditioner, and science communicator Ken Lacovara about his recent book Why Dinosaurs Matter.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/21/201746 minutes, 44 seconds
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What's Going on in the Brain of a Fetus?

We talk to pediatric neuroscientist Moriah Thomason about her research into what we can learn by imaging the brains of fetuses before they're born.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/14/201734 minutes, 29 seconds
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How Science Built One of the Greatest Basketball Teams in History

We talk to sports writer Erik Malinowski about his new book Betaball: How Silicon Valley and Science Built One of the Greatest Basketball Teams in History.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/7/201742 minutes, 25 seconds
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A Paid Climate Change Skeptic Switches Sides

In a joint production with Stevie Lepp and the Reckonings podcast we hear from Jerry Taylor, a former professional climate change skeptic who switched sides entirely.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/30/201745 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything

We talk to cartoonist and author Zach Weinersmith about his latest book, Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything, co-written with his wife, parasitologist Kelly Weinersmith.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/24/201737 minutes, 49 seconds
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A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump

We talk to renowned psychiatrist Allen Frances about his latest book Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/17/201742 minutes, 19 seconds
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Molecules From Caesar's Last Breath Are Inside You

We talk to science writer Sam Kean about his latest book Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/3/201741 minutes, 30 seconds
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Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology

We talk to Oliver Uberti and James Cheshire, authors of the new book Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/27/201736 minutes, 50 seconds
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Why Buddhism is True

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/18/201745 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Psychology of Hate

We talk to clinical psychologist Ali Mattu about the psychology of dehumanization and hate.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/12/201754 minutes, 22 seconds
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Jonathan Lynn on Why US Healthcare Is Worthy of Ridicule

We talk to award winning writer and director Jonathan Lynn about his latest novel, Samaritans, which is a satirical look at the US healthcare system. His films as director include Clue, Nuns on the Run (both of which he wrote), My Cousin Vinny, The Distinguished Gentleman and The Whole Nine Yards. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/31/201728 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Great American Solar Eclipse

We talk to astronomer Andrew Fraknoi about the upcoming total solar eclipse—the first total solar eclipse over North America in decades—on August 21st, 2017, and how you can best enjoy it.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/15/201730 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Science of Game of Thrones

We talk to English comedian and writer Helen Keen about her new book The Science of Game of Thrones: A myth-busting, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping and fun-filled expedition through the world of Game of Thrones.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/7/201736 minutes, 17 seconds
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Why Are We Curious?

We talk to acclaimed astrophysicist Mario Livio about his new book Why?: What Makes Us Curious.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/31/201745 minutes, 16 seconds
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We've Got to Start Eating Insects

We talk to entomologist Brian Fisher about his his research on ants in Mozambique and his new initiative to get entomologists more directly involved in conservation—a big part of which involves edible insects.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/24/201750 minutes, 45 seconds
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186 Jason Silva - Origins: The Journey of Humankind

We talk to Jason Silva, host of National Geographic Channel’s new show Origins: The Journey of Humankind.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/17/201738 minutes, 3 seconds
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185 Jennifer Latson - A True Story of Pathological Friendliness

We talk to journalist Jennifer Latson about Williams syndrome and her new book The Boy Who Loved Too Much: A True Story of Pathological Friendliness.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/3/201744 minutes, 42 seconds
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184 Zeynep Tufekci - Twitter and Tear Gas

We talk to Zeynep Tufekci, writer and associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science, about her book Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/26/201742 minutes, 51 seconds
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183 Dean Buonomano - The Neuroscience and Physics of Time

We talk to neuroscientist Dean Buonomano about his new book “Your Brain Is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time.”Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/19/201752 minutes, 11 seconds
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182 Ty Tashiro - The Science of Being Awkward

We talk to psychologist Ty Tashiro about his new book “Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward & Why That's Awesome.”Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/6/201752 minutes, 41 seconds
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181 Mike Drucker - How to Write Science Into Comedy

We talk to Mike Drucker, co-head writer for Bill Nye Saves the World, writer for Adam Ruins Everything, the Tonight Show, and much more about incorporating science into comedy writing.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/29/201741 minutes, 32 seconds
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180 The Unique Challenge of Being a Woman in Engineering [Collaboration with Cited]

In this second and final special collaborative episode with the Cited podcast, Indre and guest host Alexander B. Kim focus on women in engineering and the obstacles they face throughout their careers.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/22/201748 minutes, 28 seconds
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179 The Leaky Pipeline of Women in Science [Collaboration with Cited]

In this special collaborative episode with the Cited podcast, Indre and guest host Alexander B. Kim look into the “leaky pipeline” of women in science. There are many stages you go through from early school to a career in science and there are points along the way at which women seem to disproportionately slip out of that pipeline. This week we talk to researchers trying to learn more about why that happens and what we can do about it.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/15/201756 minutes, 6 seconds
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178 Teresa Zimmers - The Murky Science of Lethal Injection

We talk to associate professor of surgery at Indiana University Teresa Zimmers about her work on whether or not lethal injection drugs actually provide a humane, painless death as promised.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/9/201729 minutes, 55 seconds
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177 Bill Nye - Let’s Change the World

We talk to Bill Nye about his approach to communicating climate change and what he hopes will change in the future.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/5/201727 minutes, 35 seconds
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176 Paul Doherty - The Actual Science Behind Outlandish Deaths

We talk to Paul Doherty, senior staff scientist at San Francisco’s famed Exploratorium Museum about his new book “And Then You're Dead: What Really Happens If You Get Swallowed by a Whale, Are Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling over Niagara.”Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/25/201729 minutes, 58 seconds
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175 Sharon Begley - Can't Just Stop: An Investigation of Compulsions

We talk to science writer Sharon Begley about her new book “Can't Just Stop: An Investigation of Compulsions.”Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/17/201746 minutes, 50 seconds
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174 James Beacham - The Exciting World of Particle Hunters

We talk to James Beacham, particle physicist with the ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN about what it’s like to hunt for strange new subatomic particles.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/10/201745 minutes, 21 seconds
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[BONUS EP] Cadence | Episode 01: What Is Music?

It's the first episode of Indre's new podcast, Cadence! (Don’t worry, she’s not leaving Inquiring Minds.) Cadence is a podcast about music and how it affects your mind.What is music? How would you define it? Does it defy definition? In this episode we try to get answers to those questions from from a pioneer in music cognition research, a musicologist, and an otolaryngologist who surgically restores hearing and studies the brain basis of musical improvisation.If you like this first episode and want to hear more, subscribe to Cadence here:iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cadence/id1207136496RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/cadence-podcastSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/4/201721 minutes, 15 seconds
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173 Mary Roach - Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

We talk to science writer Mary Roach about the science of your guts and her book “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal.”Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/4/201735 minutes, 56 seconds
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172 Dan Ariely - The Surprising Science of What Motivates Us

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/27/201734 minutes, 6 seconds
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171 Siddhartha Roy - The Science Behind the Flint Water Crisis

We talk to Siddhartha Roy, a PhD student and graduate researcher in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Roy is a founding member of the Virginia Tech Flint Water Study and has worked on the ground in Flint applying his research on corrosion and plumbing to the crisis.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/20/201744 minutes, 58 seconds
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170 Steven Hatch - Inferno: A Doctor's Ebola Story

We talk to Dr. Steven Hatch, a specialist in infectious diseases and immunology about his latest book “Inferno: A Doctor's Ebola Story,” an account of his time in Liberia during the height of the ebola epidemic in 2014.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/13/201745 minutes, 54 seconds
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169 Daniel Levitin - The Emerging Epidemic of the Silent Home

We talk to neuroscientist, music producer, and best-selling author Daniel Levitin about his recent research into how playing music in the home affects us.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/6/201744 minutes, 58 seconds
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168 Alison Van Eenennaam - Gene Editing Livestock

We talk to researcher in Animal Genomics and Biotechnology at UC Davis Alison Van Eenennaam about the science of gene editing livestock.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/27/201733 minutes, 4 seconds
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167 Haider Warraich - Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life

We talk to physician, writer, and clinical researcher Haider Warraich about his most recent book "Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life."Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/20/201741 minutes, 38 seconds
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166 Alan Burdick - Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation

We talk to Alan Burdick, staff writer and former senior editor for The New Yorker, about his most recent book "Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation.”Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/13/201747 minutes, 38 seconds
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165 Nate Allen - Why Science Is Huge on Reddit

We talk to Nate Allen, chemist and head moderator of one of the internet’s largest science communities: Reddit’s r/science subreddit.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/6/201734 minutes, 24 seconds
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164 Alexandra Wolfe - Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story

We talk to author and Wall Street Journal reporter Alexandra Wolfe about her new book Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/23/201748 minutes, 8 seconds
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163 Dave Levitan - The Return Of "I'm Not a Scientist”

This week, as we near the inauguration of Donald Trump, we revisit a conversation with science journalist Dave Levitan about his book Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/16/201734 minutes, 42 seconds
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162 Paul Bloom - Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion

We welcome back cognitive scientist Paul Bloom to talk about his new book Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/9/201740 minutes, 57 seconds
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161 Patrick Wolff - How to Become a Grandmaster Chess Champion

We talk to American chess Grandmaster Patrick Wolff.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/23/201656 minutes, 44 seconds
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160 Helen Czerski - The Little Bits of Physics in Everyday Life

We talk to physicist and oceanographer Helen Czerski about her new book Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/16/201636 minutes, 26 seconds
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159 David Grinspoon - Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future

We talk to astrobiologist David Grinspoon about his latest book Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/9/201649 minutes, 18 seconds
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158 Lee van der Voo - The Fish Market: Inside the Big-Money Battle for the Ocean and Your Dinner Plate

We talk to investigative journalist Lee van der Voo about her new book The Fish Market: Inside the Big-Money Battle for the Ocean and Your Dinner Plate.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/2/201642 minutes, 19 seconds
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157 Erik Vance - The Curious Science of Your Brain's Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal

We talk to science writer Erik Vance about his new book Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain's Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/25/201633 minutes, 38 seconds
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156 Heather Hill - Taking a Second Look at SeaWorld

We talk to marine biologist and marine mammal specialist Heather Hill about her work on marine mammal training and why it might disagree with much of what we covered in episode #146 with John Hargrove.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/18/201650 minutes, 14 seconds
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155 Chris and Evan Hadfield - An Astronaut Explores the Arctic

We talk to Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield and his son Evan Hadfield about their recent exploration into the Arctic and Greenland on the legendary icebreaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/12/201636 minutes, 33 seconds
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154 Changing Political Minds - The Deep Story With Arlie Hochschild and Reckonings

We team up with Stephanie Lepp from the Reckonings podcast and talk to sociologist Arlie Hochschild about whether or not this election is causing more people than usual to change their minds about politics. We then hear from two voters who did in fact make some kind of transformation during this election season—one young voter who was voting in his second presidential election and one long-time voter and political insider who has been voting for 40 years.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/4/20161 hour, 18 minutes, 40 seconds
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153 Merlin Tuttle - The Secret Lives of Bats

We talk to ecologist, conservationist and wildlife photographer Merlin Tuttle about his book The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World's Most Misunderstood Mammals.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/28/201645 minutes, 50 seconds
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152 Abigail Tucker - How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World

We talk to science writer Abigail Tucker about her new book The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/22/201648 minutes, 25 seconds
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151 Irva Hertz-Picciotto - Should We Worry More About Toxic Environmental Chemicals?

We talk to Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Professor at the University of California Davis MIND Institute, Director of the NIH-funded UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center, and co-founder of Project TENDR, a collaborative effort of scientists, clinicians, policy-makers and advocates that aims to decrease the incidence of neurodevelopmental disorders by reducing neurotoxicant exposures that contribute to them.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/14/201651 minutes, 40 seconds
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150 Stuart Firestein - Why Science Needs to Fail

We talk to Stuart Firestein, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, about his latest book Failure: Why Science Is So Successful.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/30/201644 minutes, 24 seconds
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149 Sarah Ballard / Jackie Speier - The Appalling Reality of Harassment in Science

We talk to exoplanetary astronomer Sarah Ballard and congresswoman Jackie Speier about sexual harassment within the scientific community.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/23/201659 minutes, 15 seconds
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148 Judith Schwartz - Hope for a Thirsty World

We talk to science journalist Judith Schwartz about her new book Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/16/201646 minutes, 24 seconds
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147 Dave Levitan - How Politicians Mangle Science

We talk to science journalist Dave Levitan about his new book Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/9/201639 minutes, 18 seconds
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146 John Hargrove - Taking on SeaWorld

We talk to former Senior killer-whale trainer for SeaWorld and supervisor of Killer Whale Training for Marineland in the South of France about his book Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/26/201657 minutes, 38 seconds
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145 Carin Bondar - Wild Sex

We talk to biologist Carin Bondar about her new book Wild Sex: The Science Behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/19/201633 minutes, 52 seconds
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144 Ed Yong - I Contain Multitudes

We talk to award-winning British science writer Ed Yong about his recent book I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/12/201644 minutes, 4 seconds
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143 The Stories That Collection Museums Hold

We talk about the significance of collection museums with Emily Grasile, Chief Curiosity Correspondent at the Field Museum; Shannon Bennett, Chief of Science at the California Academy of Sciences; and Jack Dumbacher, chairman and curator of the California Academy of Science’s Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/8/20161 hour, 5 minutes, 31 seconds
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142 Hank Greely - The End of Sex

We talk to Hank Greely, director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford University’s School of Medicine about his new book The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/22/201652 minutes, 26 seconds
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141 Marek Glezerman - The Science of Gender Medicine

We talk to Marek Glezerman, professor emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology and currently chairman of the Ethics Committee at the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University about his book Gender Medicine: The Groundbreaking New Science of Gender- and Sex-Based Diagnosis and Treatment.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/15/201638 minutes, 59 seconds
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140 Janna Levin - This Is the Sound of Two Black Holes Colliding

We talk to Janna Levin, professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College and author of Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/8/201640 minutes, 37 seconds
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139 Peter Willcox - Adventures in Protecting the Future of Our Planet

We talk to Peter Willcox, Captain for Greenpeace for over 30 years and author of Greenpeace Captain: My Adventures in Protecting the Future of Our Planet.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/1/201654 minutes, 31 seconds
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138 Mary Roach - The Curious Science of Humans at War

We welcome best-selling science writer Mary Roach back on the show to talk about her latest book Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/24/201645 minutes, 49 seconds
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137 Jonah Berger - The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior

We talk to professor of marketing and New York Times bestselling author Jonah Berger about his latest book Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/17/201644 minutes, 9 seconds
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136 Siddhartha Mukherjee - An Intimate History of the Gene

We talk to cancer physician and researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee about his latest book The Gene: An Intimate History.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/10/201637 minutes, 20 seconds
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135 Sean Carroll - Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself

We talk to theoretical physicist Sean Carroll about his latest book The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/3/201651 minutes, 17 seconds
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134 Anders Ericsson - How to Do Everything Better

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/20/201655 minutes, 23 seconds
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133 Ben Beard - How Global Warming Is Making Some Diseases Even Scarier

We talk to Ben Beard, associate director for climate change and chief of the bacterial diseases branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/13/201647 minutes
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132 Hope Jahren - The Joy and Otherness of Trees

This week we talk to geobiologist Hope Jahren about her recent book Lab Girl.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/6/201654 minutes, 9 seconds
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131 Josh Willis - Greenland Is Melting!

Evidence is mounting that Greenland is melting at a faster and faster rate. We talked to Josh Willis—senior scientist at NASA JPL’s Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) project—about how changing water temperatures in our oceans are affecting the Greenland ice sheet.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/29/201633 minutes, 1 second
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130 Bill Nye - Fighting Climate Denial

We talk to Bill Nye about climate change denial and what we can do to fight it.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/22/201641 minutes, 10 seconds
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129 Greg Marcus - Understanding Heart Disease With Big Data

We talk to Dr. Greg Marcus, the Director of Clinical Research for the UCSF Division of Cardiology about heart disease and how things like smart watches might help us learn more about it.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/15/201649 minutes, 16 seconds
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128 Sy Montgomery - The Soul of an Octopus

We talk to naturalist and author Sy Montgomery about her latest book The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/8/201638 minutes, 47 seconds
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127 Carl Zimmer - The Mysterious World of Viruses

We talk to science writer and New York Times columnist Carl Zimmer about viruses. Viral fragments make up 8% of our entire genome—how much do we actually know about them?Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/1/201640 minutes, 17 seconds
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126 Maria Konnikova - The Science of Why We Fall for Cons

We talk to Maria Konnikova about her new book The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/25/201657 minutes, 20 seconds
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125 Anthony James - How Deadly Are Mosquitoes?

We talk to Anthony James, distinguished professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at UC Irvine about the most deadly animal to human beings: the mosquito.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/11/201651 minutes, 15 seconds
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124 Joanne Ruthsatz & Kimberly Stephens - Is There a Link Between Prodigy and Autism?

We talk to Joanne Ruthsatz and Kimberly Stephens, authors of The Prodigy's Cousin: The Family Link Between Autism and Extraordinary Talent.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/4/201658 minutes, 44 seconds
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123 J. Kenji López-Alt - Better Home Cooking Through Science

On the show this week we talk to J. Kenji López-Alt, managing culinary director of Serious Eats and author of The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/26/201638 minutes, 56 seconds
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122 Nancy Krieger - Police Involved Killings Are Public Health Data

On the show this week we talk to social epidemiologist Nancy Krieger about her research that suggests we should start tracking law enforcement involved deaths as public health data.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/19/201640 minutes, 14 seconds
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121 Marah Hardt - Sex in the Sea

On this special Valentine’s Day episode we talk to marine biologist Marah Hardt about 8-foot long whale penises, shark ejaculation systems, vagina mazes, fish orgies, and all the other crazy sex-stuff happening in our oceans. She’s the author of Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/12/201656 minutes, 50 seconds
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120 Eric Weiner - The Geography of Genius

On the show this week we talk to bestselling author Eric Weiner about his latest book The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/5/201658 minutes, 34 seconds
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119 Kara Platoni - Hacking Human Perception

On the show this week we talk to science reporter Kara Platoni about her new book We Have the Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and Scientists Are Transforming Human Perception, One Sense at a Time.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/29/20161 hour, 9 minutes, 36 seconds
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118 Kim Cobb - The Evolution of El Niño

On the show this week we talk to climate scientist Kim Cobb about the science of El Niño and climate change—and how studying coral can help us understand both.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/22/201644 minutes, 40 seconds
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117 Douglas Fields - The Science of Rage and Why We Snap

On the show this week we talk to neurobiologist Douglas Fields about his new book Why We Snap: Understanding the Rage Circuit in Your Brain.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/15/20161 hour, 6 minutes, 29 seconds
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116 Indre and Kishore’s 2016 Science Predictions

On the show this week Indre and Kishore share their predictions for what some of the big science stories of 2016 will be.http://patreon.com/inquiringmindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/8/201638 minutes, 24 seconds
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115 Chris Ferguson - Violence in Video Games

On the show this week we return to the topic of violence in video games. We spoke to psychologist Chris Ferguson who offers a contrasting view on the subject.For more discussion, check out episodes 106 & 107.http://patreon.com/inquiringmindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/18/20151 hour, 11 minutes
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114 Mark Schatzker - The Dorito Effect

On the show this week we talk to Mark Schatzker, author of The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor, “a lively and important argument from an award-winning journalist proving that the key to reversing America’s health crisis lies in the overlooked link between nutrition and flavor.”http://patreon.com/inquiringmindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/11/201555 minutes, 11 seconds
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113 Robert Sapolsky - Being Human

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.http://leakeyfoundation.org/http://leakeyfoundation.org/originstorieshttp://patreon.com/inquiringmindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/4/20151 hour, 7 minutes, 6 seconds
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112 Ed Lu - The Real Threat of Asteroids

Ed Lu is a former astronaut and current CEO of the B612 Foundation. On the show this week we talked to him about the threat of asteroids hitting our planet—and what we can do about it.http://patreon.com/inquiringmindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/27/201557 minutes, 10 seconds
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111 Steve Croft - The Feeding Habits of Supermassive Black Holes

On the show this week we talk to UC Berkeley astronomy researcher Steve Croft about the science of supermassive black holes.http://patreon.com/inquiringmindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/20/201543 minutes, 16 seconds
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110 Cady Coleman - Our Calling to Space

On the show this week we talk to astronaut Dr. Cady Coleman about the human side of space exploration.“Leaving the planet is just something people are going to do because we live off the planet as well as on—we live in the universe.”http://patreon.com/inquiringmindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/13/201557 minutes, 44 seconds
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109 Dava Newman - The Future of Space Exploration

Dava Newman is the Deputy Administrator of NASA. On the show this week we talked to her about the future of space exploration.http://patreon.com/inquiringmindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/6/201543 minutes, 51 seconds
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108 Adam Galinsky & Maurice Schweitzer - The Science of Sex, Power, and Competition

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.”http://patreon.com/inquiringmindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/30/201549 minutes, 35 seconds
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107 Ariel Waldman - Hacking Science

Ariel Waldman makes “massively multiplayer science”, instigating unusual collaborations that spark clever creations for science and space exploration.On the show this week we talk to her about Science Hack Day, Spacehack.org, how she ended up working for NASA, and much more.This episode also features a follow-up interview with last week’s guest Brad Bushman on video games and violence.http://patreon.com/inquiringmindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/25/201557 minutes, 32 seconds
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106 Brad Bushman - The Science of Gun Violence

On the show this week we talk to psychologist Brad Bushman about the science of gun violence. Brad Bushman is a professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University and a professor of communication science at the VU University Amsterdam. For over 25 years he has studied the causes, consequences, and solutions to the problem of human aggression and violence. He is a member of President Obama’s committee on gun violence, and has testified before the U.S. Congress on the topic of youth violence.http://patreon.com/inquiringmindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/16/201552 minutes, 54 seconds
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105 Brad Voytek - We Neuroscientists Don't Really Know What Your Brain Is Doing

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/9/201559 minutes, 39 seconds
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104 Justin Rubinstein - Humans Are Causing Earthquakes in Oklahoma

In 2014 there were 585 magnitude three or above earthquakes in Oklahoma. In 2013 that number was only 109. And it turns out we’re to blame for the increase.On the show this week we talk to Research Geophysicist and Deputy Chief of the USGS Induced Seismicity Project Justin Rubinstein to find out more about induced earthquakes—and why they’re happening in places you might not expect.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/2/201541 minutes, 6 seconds
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103 M. R. O'Connor - Resurrection Science and the Precarious Future of Wild Things

On the show this week we talk to M. R. O'Connor about her book Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction and the Precarious Future of Wild Things.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/25/201558 minutes, 42 seconds
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102 Beth Shapiro - The Science of De-Extinction

How do you clone a mammoth? We asked Beth Shapiro. Shapiro is associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the author of How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/18/201558 minutes, 13 seconds
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101 Lucky Yates - The Science of Archer

This week we have an extra special episode: It was recorded live on stage in Atlanta for this year’s Dragon Con. We talk about the science of Archer—the hit FX series TV series created by Adam Reed. To do that, we welcome to the show Dr. Krieger himself, Lucky Yates, as well as forensic chemist and former Inquiring Minds guest Raychelle Burks—a.k.a. Dr. Rubidium.Check out behind the scenes photos and video of the entire show at patreon.com/inquiringminds.Note: We swear more than usual on this episode and you might not want to listen to it with your kids. Sorry about that. Or, you're welcome.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/11/201559 minutes, 3 seconds
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100 Steve Silberman - Remembering Oliver Sacks / The Legacy of Autism

This week, on our 100th episode, we remember Oliver Sacks, neurologist, author, and mentor to Indre. We talk to Steve Silberman—who was also close with Sacks, about his legacy and influence on, among many other things, Silberman's latest book, NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/4/20151 hour, 5 minutes, 59 seconds
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99 Marc Lewis - Why Addiction Is Not a Disease

Marc Lewis is a neuroscientist, professor of developmental psychology, and author of the new book The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not a Disease. On the show this week we talk to Lewis about the biology of addiction—and what it does to our brains.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/21/201552 minutes, 27 seconds
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98 Fred Perlak - Inside the Mind of a Monsanto Scientist

The science behind genetically modified food is a very divisive issue for a lot of people. We’ve already talked about it a few times on the show, but this week we sought out a new perspective and talked to Fred Perlak, a Monsanto Distinguished Science Fellow. He’s been with Monsanto since 1981 and his work has focused on Bt genes, insect control, and plant gene expression. In this episode, he talks about his research and responds to concerns about GM health safety, risks to our eco-system, and the economics associated with food security.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/14/201559 minutes, 37 seconds
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97 Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis - How Music Plays the Mind

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis was trained as a concert pianist and is now the director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas. On the show this week we talk to Margulis about her latest book On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/7/201549 minutes, 21 seconds
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96 David Casarett - A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

On the show this week we talk to David Casarett, M.D. about his latest book Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/31/201550 minutes, 14 seconds
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95 Wade Roush - How Disasters Affect Science

On the show this week we talk to journalist and educator Wade Roush about how disasters can affect our appreciation of the science behind them—and what we can do to be sure the right story gets out.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/24/20151 hour, 43 seconds
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94 Michael Hiltzik - The Invention That Launched the Military-Industrial Complex

On the show this week we talk to Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Michael Hiltzik about his new book Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/17/201554 minutes, 38 seconds
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93 Alvin Roth - The New Economics of Who Gets What—and Why

On the show this week we talk to Nobel Memorial Prize winning economist Alvin Roth about his latest book Who Gets What—and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
7/10/201558 minutes, 16 seconds
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92 Will Walker & Kevin Czinger - The Future of 3D Printing

On the show this week we explore the future of 3D Printing. To do so, Indre goes to SolidCon—a conference about “Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things”—and talks to people from two companies in attendance: Will Walker, a sculptor, designer, and educator from Formlabs and Kevin Czinger, the founder and CEO of Divergent Microfactories, Inc.iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsTumblr: http://inquiringshow.tumblr.comSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/26/201551 minutes, 29 seconds
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91 Rachel Kalmar - The Power of Wearable Technology

Rachel Kalmar is a neuroscientist, data scientist, and world record holder for number of wearable sensors worn daily. On the show this week we talk to Kalmar about the power of collecting data from yourself by wearing sensors directly on your body. We explore the limits and possibilities of wearable technology—and some of the amazing things we might eventually be able to accomplish with it.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/19/201559 minutes, 8 seconds
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90 Will Smith & Norman Chan - Understanding Virtual Reality

On the show this week we talk all things virtual reality with Will Smith and Norman Chan from Tested.com. Did VR fail in the 90s?How many times does it have to fail to succeed? What’s it useful for besides video games and Lawnmower Men? If you’re confused by the recent VR comeback, Will and Norm have answers.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/12/201555 minutes, 54 seconds
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89 Eric Cheng - The Science Behind Drones

Eric Cheng is an award-winning photographer and publisher, and is the Director of Aerial Imaging and General Manager of the San Francisco office at DJI, the makers of the popular Phantom aerial-imaging quadcopter.On the show this week we talk to Cheng (from atop a mountain in the middle of San Francisco) about the science behind drones; why some people are afraid of them, how they work, and why they’re so useful for so many people—especially scientists.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
6/5/201546 minutes, 57 seconds
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88 Alan Levinovitz - The Gluten Lie

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.iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsTumblr: http://inquiringshow.tumblr.comSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/29/201558 minutes, 27 seconds
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87 Stephen Dubner - Freakonomics and the Danger of Certainty

On the show this week we talk to Stephen Dubner, award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He is best-known for writing, along with the economist Steven D. Levitt, Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, which have sold more than 5 million copies in 35 languages.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/22/201556 minutes, 48 seconds
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86 Adam Rogers - The Science of Booze

Adam Rogers is an editor at Wired and the author of Proof: The Science of Booze. On the show this week we talk to Rogers about alcohol and the science behind it—from yeast, to bourbon, to Star Trek’s synthehol.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/15/201553 minutes, 7 seconds
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85 James Krupa - Teaching Evolution in Kentucky

James Krupa is a professor of biology at the University of Kentucky. On the show this week we talk to Krupa about a recent article he wrote for Orion magazine called Defending Darwin, in which he explains what it’s really like to teach evolution to students in Kentucky.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/8/201557 minutes, 49 seconds
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84 Ivan Oransky - The Fetishization of Scientific Papers

Ivan Oransky is vice president and global editorial director of MedPage Today and co-founder of Retraction Watch. On the show this week we talk to Oransky about retractions and the gospel of the scientific paper.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
5/2/20151 hour, 5 minutes, 30 seconds
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83 Traci Mann - The Science of Weight Loss

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.iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsTumblr: inquiringshow.tumblr.comSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/24/20151 hour, 8 minutes, 8 seconds
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82 Alex Garland - The Science of Ex Machina

Alex Garland is the writer and director of Ex Machina, a recently released film about what happens when someone is asked to interact with what might be the world's first true artificial intelligence (as well as the writer of Dredd, Sunshine, and 28 Days Later).On the show this week guest host Rebecca Watson talks to Garland about the science behind the film, and what he learned in the process of making it.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/17/20151 hour, 2 minutes, 39 seconds
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81 Sanjoy Mahajan - Street-Fighting Mathematics

On the show this week we talk to Sanjoy Mahajan, Associate Professor of Applied Science and Engineering at Olin College of Engineering, Visiting Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, and author of Street-Fighting Mathematics: The Art of Educated Guessing and Opportunistic Problem Solving.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/10/201559 minutes, 45 seconds
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80 Norman Doidge - How Plastic Is Your Brain?

Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher, author, essayist and poet. He is on faculty at the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry, and Research Faculty at Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, in New York.On the show this week we talk to Doidge about neuroplasticity—once you reach adulthood, is your brain in a kind of fixed state, or does it keep changing? And can you do things to make it change?Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
4/3/201557 minutes, 45 seconds
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79 Ken Caldeira - Can Geoengineering Save the Planet?

On the show this week we talk to Ken Caldeira, a climate scientist working for the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University. He investigates issues related to climate, carbon, and energy systems.In the interview, we focus on geoengineering—the process of making big changes to the Earth’s climatic system in an attempt to solve issues related to climate change.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/27/20151 hour, 4 minutes, 47 seconds
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78 Bill Gifford - Can Science Keep You Young Forever?

On the show this week we talk to Bill Gifford, author of the new book Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying).Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/20/20151 hour, 7 minutes, 17 seconds
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77 Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo - Sugar Science

On the show this week, we talk to Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Professor of Medicine and Director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital.She’s part of a new project called Sugar Science, which focuses on evidence-based information on added sugar to your diet. The team reviewed 8,000 articles and underscored the scientific consensus: there is a causal link between increased consumption of added sugar and increased risk of chronic disease like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and liver disease. Kirsten specifically focuses on communities at most risk—often times teens and poor and minority communities. And she believes we’re in a public health emergency.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/13/20151 hour, 3 minutes, 50 seconds
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76 Jonathan Eisen - The Tiny World of Microbes Inside You

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
3/6/20151 hour, 4 minutes
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75 Kevin Kelly - What Technology Wants

On the show this week we talk to Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor of Wired magazine and former editor of the incredibly influential Whole Earth Catalog. We talk about the agenda and biases of technology, why the internet really wants to track you, and why he thinks, in the end, technology is a force for good.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/27/20151 hour, 14 seconds
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74 Kathleen Hall Jamieson - Fact Checking Science

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.”Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/20/201559 minutes, 43 seconds
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73 David J. Morris - The History and Science of PTSD

On the show this week we talk to David J Morris, former Marine infantry officer, war correspondent, and author of The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. We explore the history of PTSD and the science that surrounds it.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/13/201558 minutes, 27 seconds
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72 Andy Weir - The Science of The Martian

On the show this week we talk to author Andy Weir about The Martian, his hit science fiction novel about a man stranded on Mars—which is now being made into a film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon. The Martian is not only packed full of science, it's packed full of science that makes sense.iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
2/6/20151 hour, 5 minutes, 15 seconds
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71 Ed Boyden - Blowing Up the Brain

Ed Boyden is the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Synthetic Neurobiology research group and he wants blow up the brain. Sort of. He and his team have discovered a way to examine brain tissue by physically expanding it—a process that lets them look at tissue which would normally be extremely difficult to see even under a microscope. Boyden explains how it all works—and a lot more—on this week’s episode.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/30/201549 minutes, 35 seconds
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70 Brian Fisher - The Real Ant-Man

Brian Fisher is really into ants. And after listening to him talk about them on this week’s show, I suspect he might convince you to appreciate them more than you probably do right now.Fisher is an entomologist at the California Academy of Sciences and we talk to him about all things ants—from how many “words” they can use, to how we can use them to figure out what parts of forests are most important to protect.We also have a huge announcement this week: Our new permanent co-host is Kishore Hari!iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/23/201559 minutes, 1 second
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69 Katie Mack - Dark Matter: Invisible, and Probably Flying through You Right Now

Dark matter: it makes up 80 to 85 percent of the matter in the universe, it’s invisible, you can’t touch it, and according to this week’s guest astrophysicist Katie Mack, it’s probably passing through you right now.Dark matter is weird.On the show this week Indre talks to Mack about dark matter, dark energy, and the big bang.This episode also features guest host Rebecca Watson of Skepchick.org, who you can follow at patreon.com/rebecca.iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/16/201549 minutes, 20 seconds
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68 Matt Walker - Why Did We Evolve to Sleep?

On the show this week we talk to Matt Walker, Principal Investigator at UC Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab. Walker opens our eyes to exactly how important (and bizarre) sleep is—from the insane effects not sleeping enough can have on you both physically and cognitively, to the fact that, after having fought through ages of natural selection, it’s amazing our brains still need it at all.Once again we welcome back guest host Kishore Hari, Director of the Bay Area Science Festival. You can follow him on Twittter @sciencequiche.iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/9/20151 hour, 2 minutes, 20 seconds
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67 Gabriele Oettingen - Rethinking Positive Thinking

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
1/2/20151 hour, 8 minutes, 26 seconds
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66 Adam Savage - The Joy of Being a Maker

On the show this week we talk to Mythbusters host and friend of the show Adam Savage. We caught up with Savage shortly after our live show with him (episode 58) at his workshop in San Francisco. Indre talks to Savage about the future of Mythbusters, Hollywood, exploding turkeys, the joy of being a maker, #Gamergate, and what it's like to be a rock-star science communicator. You can also watch this interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNHbJ1fBrpASupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/26/201433 minutes, 51 seconds
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65 Matt Parker - Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension

On the show this week Indre talks to mathematician and comedian Matt Parker about how math is way more fascinating that you probably think—and how it's connected to everything from credit card numbers to autocorrect.They talk about his new book, Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician's Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and More.We also welcome back guest host Kishore Hari, director of the Bay Area Science Festival.iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/19/20141 hour, 5 minutes, 16 seconds
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64 Sharman Apt Russell - Chasing Tiger Beetles as a Citizen Scientist

On the show this week we talk to nature and science writer Sharman Apt Russell about citizen science—real scientific research done by people who are not professional scientists. We talk about her latest book, Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World.Today’s co-host is microbiological assay development and validation scientist Charles Rzadkowolski. You can follow him on Twitter @CharlieRzadko.http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/8357iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/12/201457 minutes, 54 seconds
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63 Donald Johanson - Lucy's Legacy, 40 Years Later

On the show this week guest host Cynthia Graber talks to paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson, most well known for discovering the fossil of a female hominid australopithecine, or "Lucy.”iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
12/5/201442 minutes, 18 seconds
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62 Christine Kenneally - How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures

On the show this week we talk to journalist and science writer Christine Kenneally about her latest book, The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures.And we’re joined again by guest host Cynthia Graber, science reporter and co-host of Gastropod.iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/28/201455 minutes, 12 seconds
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61 George Church - Hacking Mosquitoes to Fight Malaria

On the show this week guest host Cynthia Graber talks to George Church—a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and the author of Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves. Church explains how, using cutting-edge genetic manipulation techniques, we may be able to help eradicate some of the world's worst diseases.Cynthia and Church also talk about everything from HIV/AIDS research to efforts to engineer an animal that will closely resemble the long-extinct woolly mammoth.iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/21/201448 minutes, 56 seconds
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60 Paul Bloom - Babies and the Origins of Good and Evil

On the show this week we talk to cognitive scientist Paul Bloom about the morality of babies. Most of us think of babies as selfish, impulsive, and for the most part out of control. We tend to think of their morality as shaped by experience—by society, by their parents, by early childhood events. But Bloom and his collaborators at Yale have some pretty compelling evidence that at least some parts of our moral compass are innate—that is that babies are born with the capacity to tell good from bad just as they are born with a capacity to develop motor or language skills. And by understanding how our morality develops throughout childhood, we can gain some insight into how our own gut feelings and biases shape our moral lives as adults.We also welcome guest-host Kishore Hari, director of the Bay Area Science Festival, to talk about, among other things, a recent study involving brains and spiders.iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/14/20141 hour, 42 seconds
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59 David Grinspoon - The Science of Interstellar

On the show this week we welcome guest host David Corn, political journalist and Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones. Corn interviews astrobiologist David Grinspoon about the science behind Christopher Nolan’s new movie, Interstellar—what it gets right, and what it gets wrong.Corn also talks to Indre about what the recent elections mean for those of us who value science. Spoiler: it’s not looking great.iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
11/7/201453 minutes, 29 seconds
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58 Adam Savage - Live on Stage in San Francisco

On the show this week Indre talks to Adam Savage about the future of science communication (and why it’s terrifying TV networks), why he’s worried Elon Musk might become a Marvel supervillain, and why it’s so important to him that women be better represented in his field. Indre also talks to host of The Story Collider, Ben Lillie, about the Antares Rocket explosion, flavonols, and Ben explains why he's fascinated by institutional review boards. This episode was recorded live on stage in San Francisco as part of the 2014 Bay Area Science Festival.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/31/201436 minutes, 22 seconds
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57 William Gibson - The Future Will View Us as a Joke

On the show this week we talk to author William Gibson about time travel, cronuts, and his new 22nd century novel.We also talk to infectious disease doctor and co-founder of Wellbody Alliance, Dan Kelly, who is currently in Sierra Leone fighting the Ebola outbreak. Kelly explains what the situation looks like from the ground, what work he’s doing there, and what we can do to help.iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/24/201457 minutes, 39 seconds
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56 Steven Johnson - Innovations That Made the Modern World

On the show this week we talk to Steven Johnson, author of the new book How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World. In it, Johnson argues that seemingly mundane scientific breakthroughs have changed our world in profound ways—impacting everything from life expectancy to women's fashion.We also welcome guest host Cynthia Graber who talks about a recent article she wrote for Nova on the “Diseaseome”; and Indre wonders if you are, in fact, smarter than a kindergartner.iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/17/201452 minutes, 3 seconds
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55 Daniel Levitin - The Organized Mind

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.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/10/20141 hour, 9 minutes, 25 seconds
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54 Steven Pinker - The Science Behind Writing Well

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.iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
10/2/201448 minutes, 59 seconds
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53 Naomi Klein - Climate Changes Everything

Come see us interview Adam Savage live in San Francisco on Oct. 28!http://www.bayareascience.org/event/im-story-collider/On the show this week we talk to author and social activist Naomi Klein about her new book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. In it, Klein argues that we are past the time when incremental change can get us to where we need to be to properly address the challenge of climate change—we’re in a situation, she says, where no non-radical choices are left.This episode also features a discussion on new research that suggests gut bacteria could be affecting our minds, and a study that examines the cross-species influence of a babies’ cries.iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/26/20141 hour, 2 minutes, 12 seconds
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52 Al Gore - The Politics of Climate Change

On the show this week we talk to former Vice President Al Gore. He shares his thoughts on President Obama's global warming record, the upcoming United Nations climate meeting, the impact of fracking, and China's plans for a massive carbon market.This episode also features a discussion inspired by an article written by Cailin O’Connor at Slate on the often overlooked influence of random noise on our cells—and its influence on genetics.http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/09/random_noise_in_biology_why_genetically_identical_twins_aren_t_identical.htmliTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/17/201434 minutes, 1 second
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51 Brendan Nyhan - Will Facts Matter in the 2014 Election?

On the show this week we talk to Dartmouth political scientist Brendan Nyhan, who has focused much of his research on employing the tools of social science to study fact-checking—why it so often fails, and what can be done to make it work better. The cynical view on fact-checking is "too negative," argues Nyhan. "I think you have to think about what politics might look like without those fact-checkers, and I think it would look worse."This episode is guest co-hosted by Rebecca Watson of skepchick.org, filling in for Indre who is out this week. It also features a discussion of a new study suggesting that religious and non-religious individuals are equally moral, and new research on gender discrimination in job performance evaluations, particularly by men with traditional views of gender roles.iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/12/201458 minutes, 31 seconds
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50 William Poundstone - Understanding Randomness

On the show this week we talk about randomness with science writer William Poundstone, author of the new book Rock Breaks Scissors.Poundstone explains why we’re so terrible at trying to come up with random sequences ourselves—and how understanding these pitfalls can actually help you predict, with accuracy above chance, what someone else is going to do even when he or she is trying, purposefully, to act randomly.These predictions are at the core of Poundstone's book, which offers a practical guide to outguessing and outwitting almost anybody—in activities ranging from Rock, Paper, Scissors (men tend to go with rock, so you can beat them with paper) to investing in stocks.On the show this week we also talk about researchers who are growing mushrooms on diapers to help them biodegrade and Chris disagrees with Neil deGrasse Tyson about something (but still loves him).iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
9/5/201452 minutes, 58 seconds
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49 Arie Kruglanski - The Science of What Makes a Terrorist

"Its Islam over everything."So read the Twitter bio of Douglas McAuthur McCain—or, as he reportedly called himself, "Duale Khalid"—the San Diego man who is apparently the first American to be killed while fighting for ISIS. According to NBC News, McCain grew up in Minnesota, was a basketball player, and wanted to be a rapper. Friends describe him as a high school "goofball" and "a really nice guy." So what could have made him want to join the ranks of other Americans drawn towards militant Islam like John Walker Lindh and Al Qaeda spokesman Adam Yahiye Gadahn? And how can we explain the dozens of other Americans who have also gone off to fight as jihadists in Syria, for ISIS and other militant groups?According to University of Maryland psychologist and terrorism expert Arie Kruglanski, who has studied scores of militant extremists, part of the clue may lie in that Twitter tagline of McCain's. Not just its content, but the mindset that it indicates—one that sees the world in sharp definition, no shades of gray. "These extreme ideologies have a twofold type of appeal," explains Kruglanski on this week’s episode. "First of all, they are very coherent, black and white, right or wrong. Secondly, they afford the possibility of becoming very unique, and part of a larger whole."We talked to Kruglanski about what motivates people like McCain in the first place—and about the science of what makes a terrorist.This episode also features a discussion of a new Pew report showing that social media may actually discourage the expression of some opinions (rather than enabling them), and of how neuroscientists and filmmakers are working together to understand how people's perceptions actually work in a movie theater.iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/29/201447 minutes, 51 seconds
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48 K Clancy, R Nelson, J Rutherford, & K Hinde - The Epidemic of Harassment in Scientific Field Work

One of the most difficult parts of getting a Ph.D. is finishing your dissertation. Beyond the mountain of work a dissertation requires, graduate students also have to face feelings of inadequacy, disappointment, and anxiety about the looming job search. Sometimes, they need a gentle, supportive push to quit stressing about every last comma and—after years of blood, sweat, and tears— finally turn it in.So when Kate Clancy, an anthropologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, chided an old friend who was still a graduate student about taking that last step to finish her thesis, she thought she was doing her a favor. But she was floored by her friend's response.Clancy remembers her friend saying, "Well, I was sexually assaulted in the field, and every time I open the dissertation files I have flashbacks." That conversation, says Clancy, "was the first time that it really hit me how much these kinds of experiences can not only emotionally traumatize women, but also explicitly hold them back in their research."So she joined up with three fellow female scientists to study the extent to which sexual harassment and sexual assault occur in the field. On the show this week, the four co-authors—Clancy, anthropologists Robin Nelson and Julienne Rutherford, and evolutionary biologist Katie Hinde— discuss their recently-published survey of scientists who have worked in the field.This episode also features a short interview with University of Chicago geoscientist Ray Pierrehumbert, who argues that we've been worrying too much about methane emissions from natural gas, and a discussion of a study finding that kids' drawings at age 4 are an "indicator" of their intelligence 10 years later.iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/22/20141 hour, 1 minute, 32 seconds
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47 Anthony Ingraffea - The Science of Fracking

On the political right, it's pretty popular these days to claim that the left exaggerates scientific worries about hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." In a recent National Review article, for instance, a Hoover Institution researcher complains that 53 percent of Democrats in California support a fracking ban "despite the existence of little if any credible scientific evidence of fracking's feared harms and overwhelming scientific evidence of its environmental benefits, including substantial reductions in both local and global pollutants."Three or four years ago, a statement like that may have seemed defensible. The chief environmental concern about fracking at that time involved the contamination of drinking water through the fracking process—blasting water, sand, and chemicals underground in vast quantities and at extreme pressures to force open shale layers deep beneath the Earth, and release natural gas. But the science was still pretty ambiguous, and a great deal turned on how "fracking" was defined. The entire mega-process of "unconventional" gas drilling had clearly caused instances of groundwater contamination, due to spills and leaks from improperly cased wells. But technically, "fracking" only refers to the water and chemical blast, not the drilling, the disposal of waste, or the huge industrial operations that accompany it all.How things have changed. On the show this week we talked to Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea about the science behind fracking—and had him explain why, nowadays, the scientific argument against fracking is more extensive. It involves not simply groundwater contamination, but also earthquake generation and the accidental emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.This episode also features a discussion of the science on racial prejudice and guns, and, in the wake of the suicide of the beloved actor Robin Williams, the science of depression.iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/15/201459 minutes, 37 seconds
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46 David Casarett - The Science of Death

On the show this week we talk to University of Pennsylvania professor of medicine David Casarett about his book Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead.Casarett explains the science of resuscitation—and what exactly it means to be “dead.” We talk about cryonics, the idea that you might be able to preserve your brain—or your whole body—by freezing it immediately after you die, and then bring it back to life in the future once science figures out how to do that. We also talk to Casarett about how likely it is that one day we might be able to put humans in a state of hibernation or suspended animation.This episode also features a conversation with Tara Smith, an epidemiologist who is an expert on the Ebola virus, and has been debunking a large number of myths about the latest outbreak.iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
8/8/201456 minutes, 28 seconds
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45 Barb Oakley - The Science of Learning

Charles Dickens, perhaps the greatest of the Victorian novelists, was a man of strict routine. Every day, notes his biographer Claire Tomalin, Dickens would write from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. After that, he would put his work away and go out for a long walk. Sometimes he walked as far as 30 miles; sometimes, he walked into the night. "If I couldn't walk fast and far, I should just explode and perish," Dickens wrote.According to engineering professor Barbara Oakley, author of the new book A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra), Dickens wasn't just a guy who knew how to keep himself healthy. Rather, his habits are indicative of someone who has figured out how to make his brain function at a very high level. And for this, Dickens' walks were just as important as his writing sessions. "That sort of downtime, when you're not thinking directly about what you're trying to learn, or figure out, or write about—that downtime is a time of subconscious processing that allows you [learn] better," explains Oakley on this week’s episode. We learn about her new book—and how you can train your brain to learn more efficiently.This episode also features a short conversation with neuroscientist Lucina Uddin, author of a recent paper finding that autistic kids have less brain flexibility, as well as a discussion of recent research suggesting that musical ability is innate and that fist-bumps are far superior to handshakes as a greeting, assuming you don't want to spread germs.iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inquiring-minds/id711675943RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/inquiring-mindsStitcher: stitcher.com/podcast/inquiring-mindsSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds