S2E8: Hormones

They're complex, mysterious, and easy to blame for everything from unexplained symptoms to seemingly superhuman abilities. Find out how we discovered hormones, what they do inside of us, and who's really controlling who.

Featuring Randi Hutter Epstein author of "Aroused, the History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything."

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S2E7: Critical Race Theory

Are kids really learning critical race theory in class? What IS critical race theory, anyway? And why is it so uncomfortable to talk about race?

Featuring Janel George, associate professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and founding director of the Racial Equity in Education Policy Clinic.

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S2E6: Money

Why is it impolite to talk about money? Why are many of us uncomfortable with our own money habits? And how do we change things?

Featuring Ted Klontz, Ph.D., director of the Financial Psychology Institute and associate professor of Practice and Financial Psychology at Creighton University.

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S2E5: Head Transplants

Why don't we have head transplants? Why would someone need one? And how much of you is in your head — and how much is everywhere else?

Featuring Dr. Brandy Schillace, author of the book “Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher: A Monkey's Head, the Pope's Neuroscientist, and the Quest to Transplant the Soul.” Pick it up here: https://amzn.to/2TniY91

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S2E4: STIs

How long have STIs been around? Why don't we have anything higher-tech than the condom? And when did we stop saying "STD," anyway?

Featuring Ina Park, MD, associate professor at the UC San Francisco School of Medicine and author of the book "Strange Bedfellows: Adventures in the Science, History, and Surprising Secrets of STDs." Pick it up here: https://amzn.to/3uGrs8h

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S2E3: Bodily Fluids

Bodily Fluids (with Erika Engelhaupt)

Snot and pee and earwax, oh my! Why are we so full of gross substances? What do our fluids do for us? And is there really a chemical to catch people peeing in the pool? Featuring Erika Engelhaupt, a science writer and editor and author of the new book "Gory Details: Adventures from the Dark Side of Science."

Snot and pee and earwax, oh my! Why are we so full of gross substances? What do our fluids do for us? And is there really a chemical to catch people peeing in the pool?

Featuring Erika Engelhaupt, a science writer and editor and author of the new book “Gory Details: Adventures from the Dark Side of Science." Find it here: https://amzn.to/3eUFxdw

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S2E2: Ageism

Ageism (with Dr. Hannah Swift)

Why do we tease each other about getting old? Why don't you see 70-year-olds partying with 20-year-olds? What age is "old," anyway? Featuring Dr. Hannah Swift, a senior lecturer in Social and Organizational Psychology at the University of Kent in the UK.

It's one of the most experienced forms of discrimination. It's also one of the most accepted. Here's how to fight it.

Featuring Dr. Hannah Swift, a senior lecturer in Social and Organizational Psychology at the University of Kent in the UK.

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S2E1: Eating Animals

Eating Animals (with Dr. Melanie Joy)

Why do we treat some animals as food and others as family? Is animal agriculture really as bad as vegans say it is? And if I want to change things, is veganism my only option? Featuring Melanie Joy, social psychologist, founding president of the NGO Beyond Carnism, and author of "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows."

Why do we treat some animals as food and others as family? Is animal agriculture really as bad as vegans say it is? And if I want to change things, is veganism my only option?

Featuring Melanie Joy, social psychologist, founding president of the NGO Beyond Carnism, and author of "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows."

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S1E13: Marriage

What was the original purpose of marriage? What's up with all those wedding traditions? And what makes a marriage last?

Featuring Stephanie Coontz, researcher and author of Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage.

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S1E12: Dying

How will most of us die? How do our expectations of death go wrong? How can we all have a good death?

Featuring Jennie Dear, author of “What Does It Feel Like to Die?: Inspiring New Insights into the Experience of Dying."

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