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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December 3, 2020
S1E5: Obesity

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 […]

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November 19, 2020
S1E4: Cannibalism

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: […]

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November 5, 2020
S1E3: Penises

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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October 22, 2020
S1E2: Pornography

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. Citations and further reading: Porn could have a bigger economic influence on the […]

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October 8, 2020
S1E1: Profanity

What makes a word profane? Why are my swear words different from my parents'? If swearing is so bad, why do we do it? And what can a culture's swear words tell us about the things they hold taboo? Today's guest is Dr. Benjamin K. Bergen, professor of cognitive science at UC San Diego and […]

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September 30, 2020

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