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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S1E11: 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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S1E10: 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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S1E9: 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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S1E8: 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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S1E7: 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.

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S1E6: 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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S1E5: 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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