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Each week Inquiring Minds brings you a new, in-depth exploration of the place where science, politics, and society collide. We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you through science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We endeavor to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters with weekly coverage of the latest headlines and probing discussions with leading scientists and thinkers.

Each week Inquiring Minds brings you a new, in-depth exploration of the place where science, politics, and society collide. We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you through science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We endeavor to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters with weekly coverage of the latest headlines and probing discussions with leading scientists and thinkers.
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Each week Inquiring Minds brings you a new, in-depth exploration of the place where science, politics, and society collide. We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you through science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We endeavor to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters with weekly coverage of the latest headlines and probing discussions with leading scientists and thinkers.

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Episodes

Up To Date | Election results, stealth moths, and a retired kilogram

11/15/2018
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This week: A look into what the midterm election results mean for science; moths developed a ‘stealth shield’ to hide from bats; and the kilogram is retiring.

Duration:00:12:41

The Beauty and Utility of Maps: A Cartographic Odyssey

11/15/2018
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We talk to journalist, geologist, and author Betsy Mason about her latest book, co-authored with Greg Miller, All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey.

Duration:00:34:11

Up To Date | The Definitive Field Guide to Filthy Animal Facts

11/13/2018
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This week Kishore catches up with previous guests Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti to talk about their new book True or Poo?: The Definitive Field Guide to Filthy Animal Facts and Falsehoods.

Duration:00:16:58

What Real-Life Zombies Reveal About Our World

11/13/2018
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We talk to science writer at Wired magazine Matt Simon about his new book Plight of the Living Dead: What Real-Life Zombies Reveal About Our World—and Ourselves.

Duration:00:41:46

Up To Date | Doubling worm lifespans; the recent failed Soyuz launch

11/5/2018
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This week: A new study attempts to extend the life of worms and what it might mean for us; and a detailed look into the recent failed Soyuz rocket launch.

Duration:00:14:43

A Radical New History of Life

10/27/2018
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We talk to science writer David Quammen about his new book The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life.

Duration:00:43:27

The Remarkable History of Surgery

10/17/2018
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We talk to Arnold Van de Laar, a surgeon in the Slotervaart Hospital in Amsterdam, about his new book Under the Knife: A History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable Operations.

Duration:00:43:42

Up To Date | Nobel Prizes and Electrical Nerve Regeneration

10/14/2018
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This week: We recap the 2018 Nobel Prizes and look at a study exploring a new way to use electrical stimulation to regenerate nerves.

Duration:00:13:41

Being Human in the Age of Algorithms

10/12/2018
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We talk to mathematician and science writer Hannah Fry about her latest book Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms.

Duration:00:31:16

China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order

10/7/2018
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We talk to artificial intelligence expert and former president of Google China Kai-Fu Lee about his recent book AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order.

Duration:00:48:09

Steven Pinker: Enlightenment Now

9/27/2018
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We talk with cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker about his recent book Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.

Duration:01:10:54

The Coyote Story

9/19/2018
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We talk to writer and historian Dan Flores about his book Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History.

Duration:00:45:45

Up To Date | Do Apple's Health Claims Check Out?

9/18/2018
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This week: Kishore takes a closer look at some of the health claims made during the recent Apple Keynote.

Duration:00:13:17

How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions

9/12/2018
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We talk to celebrated science journalist Richard Harris about the “reproducibility crisis” in science and his new book Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions.

Duration:00:33:13

How Intuition and Reason Divide Our Politics

8/28/2018
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We talk to political scientist Eric Oliver about the surprisingly high percentage of people who believe in conspiracy theories and the reasons behind those beliefs. His forthcoming book is Enchanted America: How Intuition and Reason Divide Our Politics.

Duration:00:31:13

Up To Date | Attention Is an Illusion; Ant Highways

8/25/2018
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This week: A new study shows we only focus on something a few milliseconds at a time, but we don’t notice because we’re pulsing that focus; and research on how ants avoid traffic jams so perfectly. Thanks to guest co-host Trace Dominguez!

Duration:00:15:23

A Pianist Rebuilds Her Brain

8/21/2018
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We talk to author Andrea J. Buchanan about her experience with a brain injury and how she used playing the piano to recover. Buchanan’s new book is The Beginning of Everything: The Year I Lost My Mind and Found Myself.

Duration:00:44:37

Up To Date | Monsanto Cancer Case and Kids Believe Lying Robots

8/19/2018
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This week: A jury decided that Monsanto’s Roundup caused a man’s cancer but the science is murky and a new study shows that children are susceptible to peer pressure by robots. Links: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-monsanto-cancer-lawsuit/monsanto-ordered-to-pay-289-million-in-worlds-first-roundup-cancer-trial-idUSKBN1KV2HB http://robotics.sciencemag.org/content/3/21/eaat7111

Duration:00:13:13

The Material That Will Revolutionize the World

8/14/2018
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We talk to chemist Joseph Meany about his book Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the World.

Duration:00:48:18