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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 | Night Owl Death, Space Launches, and Viagra’s Greater Purpose

4/20/2018
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This week: new research shows being a night owl might mean you’re at a greater risk of dying early, multiple interesting space launches are happening, and there’s new research into using phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitors like Viagra and Cialis to help other drugs do their job better.

Duration:00:13:08

Creating Empathy With Immersive Virtual Reality

4/16/2018
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We talk to the founding director of Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Jeremy Bailenson. Bailenson’s lab studies how virtual reality can affect empathy—how it makes you feel to virtually embody someone else. VR offers the ability to be in someone else’s shoes in a way that you can’t recreate in real life—and those immersive experiences, whether it be facing a day in the life of a person experiencing homelessness, or diving to the corals that are right now being bleached by...

Duration:00:47:55

Up-To-Date | Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence

4/13/2018
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Kishore talks to Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti, authors of Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence.

Duration:00:19:12

The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics

4/9/2018
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We talk to astrophysicist Adam Becker about his new book What Is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics.

Duration:00:56:43

Up-To-Date: James Webb, Shrimp, and Chilled-Out Monkeys

4/7/2018
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We're introducing a new, additional weekly episode! Every Friday, listen to Indre and Kishore do a quick recap of some of the week's most interesting science news. Today, we talk about why shrimp and lobster fishing might be worse for the environment than you think, the ongoing troubles with the James Webb Space Telescope, and a study that sort of shows monkeys who go to the spa are more relaxed.

Duration:00:10:36

The Neuroscience of How We Think

4/2/2018
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This week, we have a big announcement! And we talk to neuroscientist Daniel Krawczyk about his book Reasoning: The Neuroscience of How We Think.

Duration:00:50:29

Jellyfish Science

3/27/2018
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We talk to ocean scientist and science writer Juli Berwald about her new book Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone.

Duration:00:37:00

The Politics of Rainforests

3/20/2018
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We talk to Rhett Butler, editor-in-chief and CEO of Mongabay, a nonprofit organization which seeks to raise interest in and appreciation of wild lands and wildlife, while examining the impact of emerging trends in climate, technology, economics, and finance on conservation and development.

Duration:00:43:40

What We Really Know About Gun Violence

3/13/2018
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We talk to Stanford law professor and economist John Donohue who for the better part of the last 20 years has been doing research into understanding gun violence.

Duration:00:38:03

100% Renewable Energy by 2050

3/5/2018
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We talk to Stanford professor of civil and environmental engineering Mark Jacobson about his research that shows it’s possible for the world to be using 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050.

Duration:00:46:13

The Broad Potential of Psychoactive Drugs

2/27/2018
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We talk to journalist and science writer Hamilton Morris about his Viceland docuseries “Hamilton's Pharmacopeia” and the history and science of psychoactive drugs.

Duration:00:44:03

The Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

2/19/2018
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We talk to Alex Hutchinson, author of Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance.

Duration:00:47:55

It's Time to Rethink Ocean Conservation

2/6/2018
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We talk to marine biologist, policy expert, and conservation strategist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson about why we need to rethink ocean conservation.

Duration:00:55:36

Science Got Women Wrong

1/23/2018
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We talk to science journalist and author Angela Saini about her latest book Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story.

Duration:00:52:04

A Volcano Scientist Runs for Congress

1/15/2018
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We talk to Jess Phoenix, a volcanologist, geologist, and 2018 Democratic candidate seeking election to California's 25th Congressional District.

Duration:00:43:11

Mapping Human Brains

1/9/2018
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We talk to neuroscientist Lucina Uddin about her work mapping human brains.

Duration:00:49:20

[BONUS EP] Cadence | S02 Episode 01: Losing Genes but Gaining Music

1/1/2018
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Happy new year! It’s a bonus podcast: episode one of the second season of Indre’s other podcast, Cadence. Subscribe to Cadence here: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cadence/id1207136496 RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/cadence-podcast This season, we’re going to focus on music as medicine—telling the stories of people whose lives have been immeasurably improved with music. In this episode, we talk about William’s Syndrome, a genetic condition that causes heart problems,...

Duration:00:32:43

How One Emotion Connects Altruists and Psychopaths

12/25/2017
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We talk to professor of psychology & neuroscience Abigail Marsh about her new book The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between.

Duration:00:47:35

Lessons in Investigating Death

12/19/2017
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We talk to Ken Holmes, who worked in the Marin County Coroner’s Office for thirty-six years, starting as a death investigator and ending as the three-term, elected coroner. A new book, The Education of a Coroner: Lessons in Investigating Death, chronicles his life spent studying death.

Duration:00:51:49

Lost Einsteins: Left Behind by the Innovation Economy

12/12/2017
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We talk to celebrated Stanford economist Raj Chetty about his work focusing on using empirical evidence—often big data—to inform the design of more effective governmental policies.

Duration:00:30:13

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