Episodes

July 15, 2021
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. Citations and further reading: Critical Race Theory […]

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July 1, 2021
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. Citations and further reading: What hunter-gatherers can tell us […]

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June 17, 2021
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 […]

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June 3, 2021
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 […]

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May 20, 2021
S2E3: Bodily Fluids

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 […]

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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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