011: Childbirth

Childbirth (with Tina Cassidy)

Why do we keep early pregnancy a secret? How long have we been giving birth in hospitals? And why is childbirth so painful? Today's guest is Tina Cassidy, author of the book "Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born."   Click here to see citations for this episode!

Why do we keep early pregnancy a secret? How long have we been giving birth in hospitals? And why is childbirth so painful?

Today's guest is Tina Cassidy, author of the book “Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born.”

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010: Lying

Lying (with Judi Ketteler)

Is honesty really the best policy? What's the difference between a good lie and a bad lie? And how much do we lie to ourselves?   Today's guest is Judi Ketteler, author of the book "Would I Lie to You?: The Amazing Power of Being Honest in a World That Lies."

Is honesty really the best policy? What's the difference between a good lie and a bad lie? And how much do we lie to ourselves?

Today's guest is Judi Ketteler, author of the book “Would I Lie to You?: The Amazing Power of Being Honest in a World That Lies.” You can download a preview of the book right here.

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009: Necrophilia

Necrophilia (with Dr. Victoria Sullivan & Dr. Jens Foell)

Where does necrophilia come from? What makes people desecrate corpses? And do you have to be a serial killer to have a death fetish? Today's guests are Dr. Victoria Hartmann, a clinical psychology researcher and executive director of the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas, and neuroscientist and science communicator Dr. Jens Foell.

Where does necrophilia come from? What makes people desecrate corpses? And do you have to be a serial killer to have a death fetish?

Today's guests are Dr. Victoria Hartmann, a clinical psychology researcher and executive director of the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas, and neuroscientist and science communicator Dr. Jens Foell.

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008: Infidelity

Infidelity (with Lucia O'Sullivan)

It's the #1 cause of breakup and divorce. What if we're approaching infidelity all wrong? Today's guest is Dr. Lucia O'Sullivan, a social psychologist and professor in the department of psychology at the University of New Brunswick in Canada.   Click here to see citations for this episode!

It's the #1 cause of breakup and divorce. What if we're approaching infidelity all wrong?

Today's guest is Lucia O'Sullivan, a social psychologist and professor in the department of psychology at the University of New Brunswick in Canada.

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007: Vaginas

Vaginas (with Rachel E. Gross)

Why do we know so little about female anatomy? Why are so many of women's reproductive organs named after dudes? And hold up, the clitoris looks like THAT?! Today's guest is Rachel E. Gross, an award-winning science journalist who's writing a book about the female reproductive system.

Why do we know so little about female anatomy? Why are so many of women's reproductive organs named after dudes? And hold up, the clitoris looks like THAT?!

Today's guest is Rachel E. Gross, an award-winning science journalist who's writing a book about the female reproductive system.

Hannah Gadsby's routine featuring the pouch of Douglas:

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006: Acne

Acne (with Alexa Shipman)

Why are we so grossed out by acne? What is it that makes popping pimples so satisfying? And why doesn't acne go away after adolescence? Today's guest is Dr. Alexa Shipman, a consultant dermatologist for the NHS in the United Kingdom.   Click here to see citations for this episode!

Why are we so grossed out by acne? What is it that makes popping pimples so satisfying? And why doesn't acne go away after adolescence?

Today's guest is Dr. Alexa Shipman, a consultant dermatologist for the NHS in the United Kingdom.

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005: Obesity

Obesity (with Dr. Yoni Freedhoff)

What do we get wrong about weight? Where did BMI even come from? And is there really an obesity "epidemic"? Today's guest is Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa and Medical Director of Ottawa's Bariatric Medical Institute who's known as Canada's most outspoken obesity expert.

What do we get wrong about weight? Where did BMI even come from? And is there really an obesity "epidemic"?

Today's guest is Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa and Medical Director of Ottawa's Bariatric Medical Institute who's known as Canada's most outspoken obesity expert. He's also the author of "The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work."

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Waterfall graph for the two diets tested in the DIETFITS Clinical Trial (2018). Each bar represents the weight change of a single participant. Source: Examine.com

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004: Cannibalism

Cannibalism (with Bill Schutt)

Why do humans have such an aversion to eating each other? How many cultures really practice cannibalism? And does cannibalism happen in the Western world anymore? (Yes. The answer is yes.)   Today's guest is Bill Schutt, zoologist and research associate at the American Museum of Natural History.

Why do humans have such an aversion to eating each other? How many cultures really practice cannibalism? And does cannibalism happen in the Western world anymore? (Yes. The answer is yes.)

Today's guest is Bill Schutt, zoologist and research associate at the American Museum of Natural History. He's also the author of the book "Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History."

Bill Schutt is also the author of the nonfiction book "Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures" and the adventure novel "Hells Gate" (among many others).

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003: Penises

Penises (with Emily Willingham)

How does the human penis measure up to the rest of the animal kingdom? What can the shape of the penis tell us about human mating? And what is up with society's obsession with the penis? Today's guest is Emily Willingham, science journalist and author of the book "Phallacy: Life Lessons from the Animal Penis."

How does the human penis measure up to the rest of the animal kingdom? What can the shape of the penis tell us about human mating? And what is up with society's obsession with the penis?

Today's guest is Emily Willingham, science journalist and author of the book "Phallacy: Life Lessons from the Animal Penis."

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002: Pornography

Pornography (with Joshua Grubbs)

What makes porn, porn? Why is a Playboy centerfold porn when the Venus de Milo isn't? How long have we been making porn? And importantly, is porn addictive? Today's guest is Dr. Joshua Grubbs, professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University. Click here to see citations for this episode!

What makes porn, porn? Why is a Playboy centerfold porn when the Venus de Milo isn't? How long have we been making porn? And importantly, is porn addictive?

Today's guest is Dr. Joshua Grubbs, professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University.

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