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This is You're the Expert, the show that brings academia out of the Ivory Tower and into your iPhone. Each episode features a guest expert. Some of the funniest comedians around try to figure out what our guest studies and to understand his/her findings. The only rule is that they’re not allowed to do any research ahead of time. You're the Expert is funny, it's surprising, and you might even actually learn something. If you're new to the podcast, we recommend starting with the most recent episode and working backwards. Hosted and produced by Chris Duffy and presented by WBUR.

This is You're the Expert, the show that brings academia out of the Ivory Tower and into your iPhone. Each episode features a guest expert. Some of the funniest comedians around try to figure out what our guest studies and to understand his/her findings. The only rule is that they’re not allowed to do any research ahead of time. You're the Expert is funny, it's surprising, and you might even actually learn something. If you're new to the podcast, we recommend starting with the most recent episode and working backwards. Hosted and produced by Chris Duffy and presented by WBUR.
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This is You're the Expert, the show that brings academia out of the Ivory Tower and into your iPhone. Each episode features a guest expert. Some of the funniest comedians around try to figure out what our guest studies and to understand his/her findings. The only rule is that they’re not allowed to do any research ahead of time. You're the Expert is funny, it's surprising, and you might even actually learn something. If you're new to the podcast, we recommend starting with the most recent episode and working backwards. Hosted and produced by Chris Duffy and presented by WBUR.

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Episodes

Wearable Tech and Emotional Computing

8/9/2018
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MIT's Dr. Rosalind "Roz" Picard helped invent the field of wearable computers. Now she's working on getting them to understand our emotions. Comedians Ken Reid, Josh Sharp, and Fareeha Khan learn about her research and get into their feelings in this special Cambridge Science Festival taping. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends. Made possible by generous funding from MIT's De Florez Fund for Humor.

Duration:00:50:38

Invasive Species

7/26/2018
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Lauren Nolfo-Clements studies invasive species. In particular, she's an expert on nutria, giant swamp rodents. Host Chris Duffy and comedians Josh Sharp, Ken Reid, and Caitlin Durante learn about these rodents of unusual size and the science of introduced species. Recorded live at Suffolk University's Modern Theatre as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. Made possible with generous funding from MIT's DeFlorez Fund for Humor. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration:00:43:24

Ice Squeezer

7/12/2018
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Dr. Christine McCarthy is an "ice squeezer" at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. She studies space ice on moons and other planets and glaciers here on Earth. In this episode, she tells comedians Gary Richardson (SNL), Ashley Brooke Roberts (NatGeo), and Nadia Pinder about her research and findings. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration:00:47:48

National Geographic Photography

6/28/2018
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Anand Varma is a National Geographic Photographer and biologist who uses pioneering techniques to capture images of everything from parasites that control the mind of an insect to hummingbirds to bees licking each other. He explains his work to comedians Jo Firestone, Scott Adsit, and Kasha Patel. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at National Geographic in DC.

Duration:00:42:30

The Chambered Nautilus and Memory

6/14/2018
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Dr. Jennifer Basil studies memory and navigation across a variety of animals. But her main study subject is the Chambered Nautilus, a beautiful and mysterious creature of the deep. Listen as comedians Jo Firestone, Zhubin Parang, and Shalewa Sharpe discover what a nautilus is, why it matters, and why it's really pretty gross to eat a lobster. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration:00:40:32

Chemicals in Our Teeth

5/31/2018
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Dr. Christine Austin uses teeth to study childhood development, exposure to chemicals, and stress. She teaches comedians Todd Barry, Michelle Buteau, and Negin Farsad about the secret rings hidden in our molars, why you don't want to inhale tooth dust, and how tooth analysis might hold the answers to some of our most frustratingly persistent diseases. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration:00:36:29

Sea Sponges

5/17/2018
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Dr. Alicia Perez-Porro is an expert on sea sponges. Are they the oldest living creatures? Are they constantly filtering our oceans? Should you use them to clean yourself in the shower? Comedians Josh Gondelman, Maeve Higgins, and Gary Richardson find out those answers and more. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration:00:47:08

Bitcoins and Cryptography

5/3/2018
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Dr. Tal Rabin is the head of the Cryptography Research Group at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. She's an expert on secure cryptographic algorithms. In this episode, she teaches comedians John Hodgman, Josh Sharp, and Shalewa Sharpe about how cryptography works, what a bitcoin really is, and the best recipe for tiramisu. Hosted and created by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration:00:46:32

Brown Dwarves

4/19/2018
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Astrophysicist Jackie Faherty studies the celestial bodies known as Brown Dwarfs. Our panelists Aparna Nancherla, Ashley Brooke Roberts, and Zhubin Parang discover what a brown dwarf is, how clouds are being detected in space, and what Jackie wants every baby to be named. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration:00:29:26

Rats! Live at NatGeo

4/5/2018
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Dr. Danielle Lee got into science hoping to study something sexy, but ended up studying rats. She tells comedians Aparna Nancherla, Maeve Higgins, and Baratunde Thurston about her journey and the incredible things she's learned about rodents. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.This episode was recorded at National Geographic in DC as part of the Bentzen Ball.

Duration:00:52:30

The Evolution of Teeth

3/22/2018
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NYU's Dr. Shara Bailey studies what human teeth can tell us about our past. How does the shape of your molar reveal your family history? And what is the tooth-based link between North America and East Asia? Shara tells comedians Jo Firestone, Charlie Hankin, and Shalewa Sharpe all that and more. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration:00:43:28

Raccoons at Just For Laughs Toronto

3/8/2018
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Live from Second City in Toronto, Dr. Suzanne MacDonald tells us what it's like to be the world's leading expert on raccoon intelligence. Can you build a raccoon-proof trash can? Why does one man have fifty raccoons in his backyard? And how can they affect a gubernatorial race? This show features panelists Sasheer Zamata, Todd Barry, and Courtney Gilmour. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Recorded at the 2017 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Toronto. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration:00:36:42

Green Chemistry

2/22/2018
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Dr. Cora MacBeth studies green chemistry at Emory University. She teaches comedians Chuck Bryant (from Stuff You Should Know), Josh Sharp, and Shalewa Sharpe about how to manufacture chemicals without destroying the planet and why you've got brown bottles under your sink. Recorded in front of a live audience at the Atlanta Science Festival. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration:00:32:54

The Mysteries of Fat

2/8/2018
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Recorded live at the Maine Science Festival, Dr. Kristy Townsend is a neurobiologist who studies the effects of diet on the brain. She teaches Roy Wood Jr, Michelle Buteau, and Charlie Hankin about brown fat, how the brain coordinates energy balance, and why she hates cleanses. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration:00:44:15

Ghost Snakes

1/25/2018
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Dr. Sara Ruane tells us all about the new species she discovered, the Ghost Snake, and what life is like as a snake scientist. Should you suck the venom out of a snakebite? Should you ride in a car with a herpetologist? The answer to both questions is: no. Featuring panelists Michael Showalter, Roy Wood Jr, and Sarah Kay. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration:00:40:09

Coral Reefs live at NatGeo

12/28/2017
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Clare Fieseler is a marine ecologist and coral reef expert. She teaches comedians Aparna Nancherla, Hari Kondabolu, and Maeve Higgins what coral are and how to protect them. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at National Geographic in DC. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration:00:40:19

The Hunt for Earth 2.0

12/14/2017
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Sara Seager is an astrophysicist and planetary scientist at MIT. She's a MacArthur genius who's trying to find and identify another Earth. Our panelists for this episode are Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla, and Marina Franklin. Recorded as a co-presentation of the Cambridge Science Festival and Women in Comedy Festival, with funding from MIT's de Florez Fund for Humor. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration:00:39:30

Whale Blowholes & Dugongs

11/30/2017
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Studying sea cows, capturing whale blow, and analyzing giant orange poop... it's all in a day's work for marine biologist Dr. Liz Burgess. Recorded in front of a live audience at the New England Aquarium, this episode features panelists Eugene Mirman, Obehi Janice, and Ken Reid. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends. This is the first episode of our new season!

Duration:00:51:33

An update on the show!

9/7/2017
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You're the Expert is coming back! We're not dead yet. We're doing live tapings now and we'll be releasing episodes again this Fall. More details on our website at TheExpertShow.com Thanks so much for listening!

Duration:00:01:43

Fruit Flies

4/1/2017
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In our final episode of this season, Dr. Nancy Pokrywka teaches us about her work studying fruit flies and genetics. Comedians Josh Sharp, Obehi Janice, and Gary Richardson learn about the beauty and mystery of tiny flies (and also how they like to get drunk). Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration:01:02:56