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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Up To Date | Ancient Dates; Mummy Voices; Mouse Memories

2/12/2020
This week: scientists successfully germinated 2,000-year-old date palm seeds and we might soon know what 2,000-year-old dates taste like; another group of researchers 3D modeled a 3,000-year-old mummy’s vocal tract and what they may have sounded like; and new research on how support cells in brains, called microglia, affect memory in mice.

Duration:00:20:01

The Poison Squad

2/3/2020
We talk to science journalist Deborah Blum about her new book The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.

Duration:00:40:54

The Hidden World of the Fox

1/28/2020
We talk to wildlife researcher and writer Adele Brand about her new book The Hidden World of the Fox.

Duration:00:32:39

We need a better, more democratic internet

1/21/2020
We talk to professor of information studies at UCLA and director of the UC Digital Cultures Lab Ramesh Srinivasan about his new book Beyond the Valley: How Innovators around the World are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow.

Duration:00:40:04

2019 Year End Wrap-Up

12/31/2019
Indre, along with fellow neuroscientist and person who is her husband, Adam Bristol, recap their favorite science stories and interviews of 2019.

Duration:00:33:15

We might be approaching the study of cancer all wrong

12/23/2019
We talk to oncologist, professor of medicine, and director of the MDS Center at Columbia University Azra Raza about her new book The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last.

Duration:00:51:19

Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution

12/16/2019
We talk to environmental journalist Beth Gardiner about her new book Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution.

Duration:00:39:57

The Blockchain and the Future of Everything

12/3/2019
We talk to Michael Casey, Senior Advisor for Blockchain Opportunities at MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative, about his new book, co-authored with Paul Vigna, The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything.

Duration:00:40:48

The Four-Billion-Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains

11/19/2019
We talk to neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux, author of the new book The Deep History of Ourselves: The Four-Billion-Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains.

Duration:00:39:21

How Language Shapes Thought

11/12/2019
We talk to cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsk about how language can influence the way we think.

Duration:00:46:59

The History, Science, and Future of Heart Disease

10/29/2019
We talk to cardiologist, writer, and clinical researcher Haider Warraich about his new book State of the Heart: Exploring the History, Science, and Future of Cardiac Disease.

Duration:00:45:27

The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini

10/22/2019
We talk to author and journalist Joe Posnanski about his new book The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini.

Duration:00:45:58

Silicon Valley: A Satire

10/16/2019
We talk to New York Times writer and journalist Matt Richtel about his new novel, written under the pen name A. B. Jewell, called The Man Who Wouldn't Die.

Duration:00:26:48

Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime

10/8/2019
We talk to theoretical physicist Sean Carroll about his new book Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime.

Duration:00:37:28

The Science of Behavior-Altering Parasites

10/1/2019
We talk to parasitologist and co-author of Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything, Kelly Weinersmith.

Duration:00:38:39

Why We Need Insects

9/24/2019
We talk to professor of conservation biology Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson about her new book Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects.

Duration:00:34:31

Kishore’s Send-Off!

9/16/2019
After nearly 5 years of co-hosting Inquiring Minds, Kishore is heading off to conquer the rest of the science world. He has been an incredible friend to us at the show, and we’re sad to see him go, but excited to see what amazing things he does next. Thanks, Kishore. If you want to reach out to him, he’s @sciencequiche on Twitter.

Duration:00:15:32

Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes

9/2/2019
We talk to science journalist David Robson about his new book The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes.

Duration:00:40:51

Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

8/13/2019
We talk to sports and science writer David Epstein about his latest book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.

Duration:00:53:38

Sharks: The Ocean's Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians

8/7/2019
We talk to ocean conservationist William McKeever about his new book Emperors of the Deep: Sharks--The Ocean's Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians.

Duration:00:46:25