Episodes

May 6, 2021
S2E2: Ageism

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. Citations and further reading: Polimeni, J. (2015). Jokes optimise social norms, laughter synchronises social […]

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April 22, 2021
S2E1: Eating Animals

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 […]

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March 25, 2021
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. Citations and further reading:  Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding, University of Cambridge (2017) Timeline […]

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March 11, 2021
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." Citations and further reading:  Odds of Dying, National Safety Council (2021) Haven’t Done […]

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February 25, 2021
S1E11: Childbirth

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.” Citations and further reading:  The Miracle of Life (1983), by NOVA - Review by […]

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February 11, 2021
S1E10: Lying

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 […]

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January 28, 2021
S1E9: Necrophilia

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. Citations and […]

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January 14, 2021
S1E8: Infidelity

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. Citations and further reading: Allen, E. S., & Atkins, D. C. (2012). The Association of Divorce and […]

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December 31, 2020
S1E7: Vaginas

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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December 17, 2020
S1E6: Acne

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. Citations and further reading: Stigmatization of Acne, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting 2016 […]

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