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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

Ketamine and Preventing Mental Illness

12/20/2018
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Dr. Rebecca Brachman tells us about her groundbreaking work in the neuroscience of resilience and how certain chemical compounds may be able to help prevent illnesses like depression or PTSD. This episode features comedians Wyatt Cenac, Maeve Higgins, and Negin Farsad. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends. NOTE: This is our last episode in the season.

Duration:00:51:43

Jennifer Lopez and the International Space Station

12/6/2018
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NASA business expert Jennifer Lopez works with the International Space Station. Comedians Jo Firestone, Bowen Yang, and Josh Sharp get to the bottom of why her work matters, what's happening in space, and who's the best J.Lo. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at National Geographic in Washington, DC. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration:00:54:33

YTE in the Field (Part 2 of 2): Digging up Dinosaurs

11/22/2018
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Discovering new dinosaurs with Dr. Mike D'Emic in the second installment of this two-part mini-series. Chris hears from the rest of the dig team about their experience finding fossils and searching for dino bones. In this episode, we look at future paleontologists getting their first taste of what fieldwork really looks like.

Duration:00:32:09

YTE in the Field (Part 1 of 2): Digging up Dinosaurs

11/15/2018
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Chris discovers a new species of dinosaur with paleontologist Dr. Mike D'Emic. This is a special two part mini-series / experiment where we leave the theater and go into the field to see science as it's happening. Let us know what you think!

Duration:00:28:09

What You Inherit From Your Parents

11/1/2018
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Dr. Bianca Jones Marlin is a Columbia neuroscientist who studies maternal bonding and how trauma in parents affects the brains of future offspring. She teaches comedians Josh Gondelman, Ashley Brooke Roberts, and Dylan Marron about what you get from your parents and why. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration:00:50:59

Volcanoes

10/18/2018
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Jess Phoenix studies volcanoes all over the world. She also runs a nonprofit and was a candidate for Congress. In this episode, she explains magma, lava, and all her other hot facts to panelists Aparna Nancherla, Max Silvestri, and Caitlin Durante. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration:00:49:31

Trash, Garbage, and Sanitation

9/27/2018
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Dr. Robin Nagle is the anthropologist-in-residence for New York City's Department of Sanitation and a professor at NYU. She walks us through the crucial and often overlooked role sanitation workers play in the city and talks trash with comedians Maeve Higgins, Gary Richardson, and Dylan Marron. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration:00:55:24

Sharks and Remoras

9/13/2018
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Dr. Brooke Flammang studies sharks and the fish that stick onto them. She discovered a previously undiscovered muscle in shark tails, builds autonomous underwater robots, and fires off lasers in her lab. She's incredible. Comedians Dillon Stevenson, Maeve Higgins, and Emmy Blotnick learn all about her work. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration:00:47:40

Love: Anatomy, Biology, and Evolution

8/23/2018
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Dr. Helen Fisher, Biological Anthropologist, is a Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute, a member of the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies at Rutgers, and the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Internet dating site Match.com. Comedians Bowen Yang, Michelle Buteau, and Matt Koff learn about her research on why humans love, marry, cheat, and more. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration:00:42:09

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