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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

How Music Can Make You Better

4/16/2019
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Indre wrote a book! It’s called How Music Can Make You Better and this week we hear all about it.

Duration:00:52:04

Up To Date | Neurogenesis; Predicting Death with AI; Rethinking Nose Jobs

4/8/2019
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A careful look into research on whether or not we can generate new neurons as adults; new research into using machine learning to predict premature death; and a new technique to reshape cartilage by heating it.

Duration:00:31:22

A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning

3/29/2019
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We talk to Jeremy Lent about his book The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning.

Duration:00:44:59

The Strange Science of Recovery

3/25/2019
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We talk to Christie Aschwanden about her new book Good To Go: What the athlete in all of us can learn from the strange science of recovery.

Duration:00:23:04

The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System

3/18/2019
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We talk to Matt Richtel about his new book An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives.

Duration:00:50:47

Up To Date | Bug census, global warming, young blood, microwaving grapes

2/25/2019
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A study taking a deep look into insect populations and their decline; bad news about global warming four generations from now, new research showing why older mice benefit from receiving younger blood; and a new study on microwaving grapes.

Duration:00:27:49

2018’s Best Science Movies (and TV)

2/18/2019
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We talk to Jennifer Ouellette, science writer and former director of The Science & Entertainment Exchange, about last year’s best and the worst science movies and tv.

Duration:00:41:35

Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality

2/12/2019
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We talk to Blake J. Harris about his new book The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality.

Duration:00:46:28

Up To Date | Polar Vortex Science, Brainwaves to Speech, Blowing Up the Brain

2/4/2019
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The science behind the polar vortex, a new study attempting to directly translate brain signals into speech, and an update on the incredible work of neuroscientist Ed Boyden.

Duration:00:28:19

Why We Fall for It Every Time

1/28/2019
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We talk to New York Times best-selling science writer Maria Konnikova about her book The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time.

Duration:00:43:19

The Science of How Art Works

1/22/2019
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We talk to psychologist Ellen Winner about her new book How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration.

Duration:00:47:52

The Science of Perfect Timing

1/14/2019
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We talk to bestselling author Daniel Pink about his latest book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.

Duration:00:40:01

Up To Date | New Horizons Finds BB-8; Defining Death; Differential Privacy

1/8/2019
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This week: The New Horizons spacecraft took pictures of an object in the Kuiper belt; a study that brings up questions about how to define death; there’s a major upcoming scientific study that the US conducts every 10 years: the US census; and a look into the pricing and access to scientific journals.

Duration:00:36:00

The Neuroscience of Prejudice

1/1/2019
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We talk to David Amodia, a social neuroscientist and psychology professor at NYU and the University of Amsterdam, about the science of prejudice.

Duration:00:42:12

Up To Date | Top 10 Science Stories of 2018

12/29/2018
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This week: Kishore looks back through 2018 and lays out his favorite science stories of the year.

Duration:00:23:26

Lessons from the Edge of the Universe

12/24/2018
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We talk to Dave Williams, a Canadian astronaut, neuroscientist, physician, and author of the new book Defying Limits: Lessons from the Edge of the Universe.

Duration:00:39:12

Up To Date | Hummingbird Divebombs; Collapsing Ice Sheets

12/21/2018
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This week: A study looking into how male hummingbirds divebomb fast enough that their tail feathers make high-pitched squeaks; and new evidence explaining why sea levels were 6-9 meters higher about 150,000 years ago (even though the climate was just about as warm as it is today), and why that’s especially relevant now.

Duration:00:11:34

The Laws of Human Nature

12/17/2018
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We talk to author Robert Greene, most known for the bestselling The 48 Laws of Power, about his new book The Laws of Human Nature.

Duration:00:45:48

Up To Date | Talking Viruses; Creativity Waves

12/14/2018
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This week: A look into quorum sensing, a field of research looking into if bacteria, particularly bacteria that are trying to invade another host, can communicate with each other—and new research suggesting viruses can exhibit the same behavior; new research into using alpha waves to stimulate creativity; and Indre and Kishore’s 2018 science gift recommendations.

Duration:00:15:56

She Has Her Mother's Laugh

12/10/2018
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Carl Zimmer is a New York Times columnist and author of 13 books about science. We talked to him about his latest book, She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity, which was recently named The Guardian’s Best Science Book of 2018.

Duration:00:36:58