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Curiosity makes you smarter – and so will this podcast. Each week, we find experts in every field to explain why their knowledge is important and why you should care. You'll learn about your brain and your body, outer space and the depths of the sea, how history shaped the world into what it is today, and more. From the largest galaxies to your smallest brain cells, our curiosity will help you understand the world better.

Curiosity makes you smarter – and so will this podcast. Each week, we find experts in every field to explain why their knowledge is important and why you should care. You'll learn about your brain and your body, outer space and the depths of the sea, how history shaped the world into what it is today, and more. From the largest galaxies to your smallest brain cells, our curiosity will help you understand the world better.
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Curiosity makes you smarter – and so will this podcast. Each week, we find experts in every field to explain why their knowledge is important and why you should care. You'll learn about your brain and your body, outer space and the depths of the sea, how history shaped the world into what it is today, and more. From the largest galaxies to your smallest brain cells, our curiosity will help you understand the world better.

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Episodes

A Surprising Amount of Scientific Research Happens at the Zoo

4/17/2018
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A lot of science takes place at the zoo. Dr. Rachel Santymire, Director of the Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, discusses the animal research going on both behind the scenes and out in the wild. She also explains what animals can tell us about our environment, including her work with the black-footed ferret recovery project. More reading from Curiosity: Temple Grandin Used Her Struggles To Help AnimalsThe Return of Wolves Improved Life for...

Duration:00:36:24

The Limits of the Human Body May Be More Mental Than Physical

4/10/2018
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What are the limits of the human body, and how can we fully utilize them? Alex Hutchinson, award-winning journalist and author of "Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance," explains why humans are nearly always capable of pushing just a little bit harder — and how you can eke out just a little bit more effort even when you think your body's tank is empty. More reading from Curiosity: The Boston Marathon Didn't Allow Women Until 1971, But These Women Ran...

Duration:00:41:44

LeVar Burton on the Incredible Power of Storytelling

4/3/2018
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LeVar Burton has been a storyteller for decades. From his acting roles as Kunta Kinte in "Roots" and Geordi LaForge on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" to his decades of work with "Reading Rainbow," he's been a central figure in some of the most influential media in recent memory. Also a director, producer, and author, Burton has now turned his storytelling skills toward the world of podcasting with "LeVar Burton Reads." On this episode of the Curiosity Podcast, he discusses the power of...

Duration:00:38:08

The Future of Learning Is Now, Thanks to Science

3/20/2018
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Is there a right or wrong way to learn? Dr. Stephen Kosslyn is an expert on the science of learning, with more than 30 years of experience working at elite institutions such as Harvard and Stanford. He also thinks that higher education could learn a lot about how people learn, and that's why he became the Founding Dean and Chief Learning Officer of the Minerva Schools at KGI. On this podcast, Dr. Kosslyn explains how people learn and how his institution is changing the way learning is...

Duration:00:42:40

Interstellar Travel, Artificial Intelligence, and Immortality with Michio Kaku

3/13/2018
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Mining asteroids, traveling on laser beams, and developing self-aware robots: science fiction or science fact? World-renowned physicist and futurist Michio Kaku says that these milestones are not only in humanity's future, but are beginning to occur right now. Dr. Kaku joins the Curiosity Podcast for a fascinating inside look at interstellar travel, artificial intelligence, human immortality, and alien contact. More reading from Curiosity: We'll Say Goodbye To Our Planet In 1,000 Years,...

Duration:00:42:42

How Movies and TV Shows Like "South Park" and "Rick and Morty" Help Us Understand Ourselves

3/6/2018
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Jared Bauer, co-founder and head of content at Wisecrack, believes it's important to explore big ideas and meaningful topics through the lens of pop culture and media. On this episode of the Curiosity Podcast, the man who helped bring you Thug Notes, 8-Bit Philosophy, Earthling Cinema, The Philosophy of Everything, What Went Wrong?, Show Me the Meaning!, and more joins the Curiosity Podcast to discuss how studying the humanities and understanding cinema and television shows (like South...

Duration:00:41:59

Mathematical Thinking Can Open New Worlds

2/27/2018
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You might think you're not a "math person," but maybe that's because math doesn't mean what you think it means. Mathematical and logical thinking can open up new ways of thinking about everything from social and political issues to art to even gender. And on this episode, Dr. Eugenia Cheng, author and Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, explains how to tap into it. More reading from Curiosity: Search Engines Make You Feel Smarter Than You Really...

Duration:00:39:14

Can Swarm Intelligence Solve Humanity's Biggest Problems?

2/20/2018
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Artificial intelligence is all the rage, but using swarm intelligence might be the best way to solve the world's biggest problems. Dr. Louis Rosenberg is the Founder & CEO of Unanimous AI, an artificial intelligence company that amplifies human intelligence by building "hive minds" modeled after biological swarms. Learn how swarm intelligence can combine the brainpower of humans and computers to solve humanity's biggest problems. More reading from Curiosity: How Do Animals Swarm Without...

Duration:00:38:20

How to Set the Right Goals (and Actually Achieve Them!)

2/13/2018
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Achieving goals can be difficult, but that may be because you're setting the wrong goals in the first place. That's why happiness expert and executive coach Stella Grizont returns to the Curiosity Podcast to discuss how to set the right goals and how to overcome the challenges of sticking to them. More reading from Curiosity: Being Too Busy May Be Killing Your CreativityThe Sunk Cost Fallacy Keeps You From Cutting Your LossesThis Is the Healthiest Number of Cups of Coffee to Drink Per...

Duration:00:36:54

Why We Eat What We Eat

2/6/2018
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Humans eat just like every other living creature. Have you ever wondered what drives us to binge eat, or spend too much time at the grocery store? And how does the food we eat impact us emotionally? We talk to Dr. Rachel Herz, author of "Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship with Food," about the surprising science of food in our daily lives. Dr. Herz is a leading world expert on the psychological science of smell, and has been conducting research on olfaction,...

Duration:00:35:52

Klingon and Esperanto Are Important Languages, Too

1/30/2018
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Language encapsulates every part of a culture, from its history of ideas to the way its speakers perceive reality itself. And according to linguistics expert Arika Okrent, author of "In the Land of Invented Languages," even "made-up" languages like Klingon and Esperanto serve an important purpose. She joins the Curiosity Podcast to discuss the field of linguistics and why we say what we say. In addition to her first-level certification in Klingon, Arika Okrent's education includes an M.A....

Duration:00:36:40

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