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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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English


Episodes

How Language Shapes Thought

11/12/2019
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind

7/30/2019
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We talk to author Annaka Harris about her new book Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind.

Duration:00:35:15

The American Automobile: Past, Present, and Driverless

7/17/2019
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We talk to writer Dan Albert about his new book Are We There Yet?: The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless.

Duration:00:50:00

Neal Stephenson - Fall; or, Dodge in Hell

7/2/2019
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We talk to celebrated speculative fiction writer Neal Stephenson about his latest book Fall; or, Dodge in Hell: A Novel.

Duration:00:32:41

In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids

6/24/2019
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We talk to bioethicist Travis Rieder about his new book In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids.

Duration:01:01:04

Up To Date | Singing Mice; Six Fingered Hands; Dolphin Cliques

6/18/2019
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Neuroscientists found an on-off switch in mice brains that makes them sing; new research on the genetics of people who have six fingers on one hand and whether or not your brain could handle an extra robotic finger; and a look into how dolphins can be biased in who they associate with.

Duration:00:19:13

The Age of Living Machines

6/10/2019
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We talk to neuroscientist and former president of MIT Susan Hockfield about her new book The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution.

Duration:00:47:44

A Life in Math and Football

6/4/2019
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We talk to mathematician and former NFL player John Urschel about his new book, co-written with Louisa Thomas, called Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football.

Duration:00:47:18

The State of the Art in Alzheimer's Research

5/21/2019
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We talk to Katja Brose, neuroscientist and Science Program Officer at the Chan Zuckerberg Science Initiative about the latest, best prospects in neurodegenerative disease treatment.

Duration:00:42:58

BONUS: Introducing Science Rules! with Bill Nye

5/18/2019
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Former guest of Inquiring Minds, Bill Nye, is on a mission to change the world—one phone call at a time. On his new podcast, Science Rules!, he tackles the curliest questions on just about anything in the universe. Perhaps you’ve wondered: Should I stop eating cheeseburgers to combat climate change? How often should I really be washing my pillowcase? Can I harvest energy from all those static-electricity shocks I get in the winter? Science Rules! is out now and you can find it in your...

Duration:00:03:29