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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

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

Up To Date | Google Glass Lives! and Breaking Dog Urine News

8/11/2018
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This week: A Standford study used Google Glass to help kids with autism understand others people’s emotions; and breaking news regarding the way dogs pee. Links: http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2018/08/google-glass-helps-kids-with-autism-read-facial-expressions.html https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/dog-spies/small-dogs-aim-high-when-they-pee/

Duration:00:12:15

Up To Date | How Plants Tell Time, Lab-Grown Pig Lungs, Stolen Fields Medal

8/3/2018
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This week: A new study from the University of Bristol showing the way plants accumulate sugar helps them tell what time it is; scientists have successfully transplanted lab-grown lungs into pigs; and Caucher Birkar was awarded the Fields Medal—and then it was immediately...

Duration:00:12:18

The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers

7/30/2018
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Ben Goldfarb is a writer covering wildlife conservation and fisheries management. We talk to him about his new book Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter.

Duration:00:41:41

Up To Date | A Lake on Mars, Dog Empathy, and TBI & the Military

7/28/2018
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This week: Italian scientists found a body of liquid water on mars using radar; a new study suggests that while dogs do feel empathy for us, training them to be therapy dogs doesn’t make them care more, it makes them more obedient; and research shows that military training can result in traumatic brain injuries even outside of...

Duration:00:14:20

Revisiting Flint: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope

7/24/2018
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We talk to Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who first proved that Flint’s kids were exposed to lead about her new book What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City. Links: https://inquiring.show/episodes/2018/4/1/171-siddhartha-roy-the-science-behind-the-flint-water-crisis

Duration:00:32:45

Up To Date | GMO Acceptance, Elle Macpherson, and Friendly Fish

7/21/2018
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This week: New research suggests labeling can increase GMO acceptance; Elle Macpherson’s terrible new boyfriend (it’s relevant, I swear); and research looking into the personality of caught fish. Links mentioned: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/6/eaaq1413.full https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180716114546.htm

Duration:00:12:45

How Neuroscience Is Redefining Athletic Genius

7/17/2018
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We talk to sports and business journalist Zach Schonbrun about his new book The Performance Cortex: How Neuroscience Is Redefining Athletic Genius.

Duration:00:54:23

Up To Date - Killing Cancer Cells and Exploring the Sunk Cost Fallacy (In Rats)

7/14/2018
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This week: New research into using CRISPR to destroy cancer cells with other cancer cells and a study suggesting rodents aren’t immune to the sunk cost fallacy. Links: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cancer-cells-engineered-crispr-slay-their-own-kin http://science.sciencemag.org/content/361/6398/178

Duration:00:13:42

Nikola Tesla: Inventor of the Modern

7/10/2018
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We talk to author Richard Munson about his new Nikola Tesla biography Tesla: Inventor of the Modern.

Duration:00:40:20

Up To Date | Air Pollution and Diabetes, Large Scale Microbiome Studies, and Why Driving Makes You Sleepy

7/7/2018
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This week: New research exploring the link between air pollution and diabetes; the huge potential of doing large scale microbiome studies; and a look into why driving makes babies (and the rest of us) sleepy. Links...

Duration:00:15:26

Aroused: The History of Hormones

7/2/2018
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We talk to Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D, lecturer at Yale university, writer in residence at Yale Medical School, and author of the new book Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything.

Duration:00:39:23

Up To Date | Longevity Pioneers, Leaky Methane, and Predicting Earthquakes

6/29/2018
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This week: New research shows mortality rates level off if you can reach a certain age; the problem of methane gas leaking from power plants; and a new likely candidate for where California’s next big earthquake will take place. Links mentioned: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/360/6396/1459 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180619164153.htm http://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2018/06/20/science.aar7204

Duration:00:13:40