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18. Field Research, Charleston, SC

11/13/2017
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Abby and Amy are on the road! Or, they're in Abby's car, anyway, which is pretty much the same thing, and they're asking the real questions about Charleston, SC. Discussion topics include: keeping that Halloween train rolling, lying to teens, and the circuitous origin story of the name of the Charleston. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

17: A Fistful of Snickers: Creating a Method to Determine the Optimization of Trick-or-Treat Routes

10/29/2017
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Abby and Amy are going door to door and asking: what's the optimal method for trick-or-treating? Discussion topics include: Kids Become Test Subjects!, arguably logical methodology, and who we hold responsible when candy goes missing. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration: 00:43:34


16: Crystals Are Gay Culture: A Survey Examining Queerness and Feminism in Witch Spaces

10/15/2017
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Abby and Amy keep up that autumnal vibe and ask: are queer people and feminists more likely to be witches? Discussion topics include: witch familiars, dancing naked in the forest with your gal pals, and the one thing Amy knows about modern witchcraft. Make sure to stay tuned to the end to catch an important correction to Casting Vaguely Downwards, a podcast about the casting of the upcoming Good Omens miniseries. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration: 00:34:39


15. Behaving Monstrously: Analyzing the Interaction Between Cat-Dog and Vampire-Werewolf Preferences

10/1/2017
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Abby and Amy get spooky and ask: do people who prefer vampires to werewolves prefer cats to dogs? Discussion topics include: Twilight and Teen Wolf, house fires, and the o m i n o u s L a t i n w h i s p e r s . Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration: 00:40:58


14. Leaving the Bathroom: A Longitudinal Study of Perceptions of Gender on Gender-Restricted and Mixed Gender Campuses

9/17/2017
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(cw: mentions of transphobia) Abby and Amy start to ask: do gender neutral bathrooms effect college students' perceptions of gender? And then they ask something completely different instead. Discussion topics include: the plural of data, reading way too much about bodily fluids, and the potential uses for college endowments. Our gender theory reading list, provided by a Friend of the Podcast, is: Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore...

Duration: 00:35:07


13. Which One Art?

9/3/2017
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Abby and Amy put on a definitive air of ennui and ask: are people with better eyesight better at art? Discussion topics include: crafting a nuanced and all-encompassing definition of art, surprise math, and an ancient curse that forces co-hosts to inhabit each other's bodies. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration: 01:16:08


12. Poisoning the Minds of Children Everywhere

8/20/2017
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Abby and Amy get a little blue and ask: does the language you use to curse make you stronger? Discussion topics include: polite conversation in WWI, remembering the Ice Bucket Challenge, and calling the police for cussin'. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration: 00:40:01


11. Field Research: Chicago, IL

8/7/2017
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Abby and Amy meet up IRL with three research questions, two glasses of wine, and one microphone for this Chicago-themed minisode. Discussion topics include: pizza allegiances, Midwestern politeness, and second cities. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration: 00:20:43


10. The Illumeowti

7/24/2017
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Abby and Amy engage in one of the most heated debates of our time to ask: do cat people like dogs more than dog people like cats? Discussion topics include: the anti-cat agenda, Milgram 2: The Sequel to the Milgram Experiments, and 2001 film classic Cats & Dogs. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration: 00:41:07


09. Try Not to Mess with Texas

7/9/2017
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Abby and Amy spend an exhausted post-Fourth of July episode asking: are there demographics that influence levels of state and city pride? Discussion topics include firework appreciation strategies, mercilessly trashing New York and other beloved American institutions, and Bog Hole, Texas. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration: 00:46:07


08. Dad Jokes & the Dadly Dads Who Tell Them

6/25/2017
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Abby and Amy get into the Father's Day spirit to ask : are dads really the hardest kind of person to buy gifts for? Discussion topics include Gender Points, highly invasive testing, and dad jokes so potent that they jeopardize the very survival of the hosts' working relationship. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration: 00:47:19


05. Shave Their Beards for Science

5/12/2017
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Abby and Amy get their heads in the game and ask: do hockey superstitions really work? Discussion topics include voting as an act of teen rebellion, octopus symbolism, and an ethically questionable use of research methods. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration: 00:52:14


04. Your Personal Wonderwall Habits & You

5/11/2017
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Abby and Amy could be talking about literally anything in this wide world of Oasis-free topics, but instead they’re asking: how frequently is Wonderwall really played on acoustic guitar? Discussion topics include virtually every musician that is not Oasis, pretending to have ever enjoyed Franzen, the Pokemon Go of research studies, and Abby’s illustrious musical past. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration: 00:56:37


03. For The #Hashtag Aesthetic

5/11/2017
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Abby and Amy get back to their linguistics roots and spend over an hour asking: Does the social media you use affect how you interpret the semantic content of a hashtag? Discussion topics include being too old to understand the #Youth, explaining Reddit to your academic adviser, code blending on the internet, and hashtagging words good. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration: 01:03:34


02. Do Pop Punk Kids Dream of Electric Goats?

5/11/2017
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Abby and Amy ask: do people born in the suburbs tend to settle in cities more often than average and vice versa? Discussion topics include being pop punk in high school, Abby introducing Amy to the world’s truest piece of art, and ultra-cool dwarves. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration: 00:39:19


01. The Hunger Dames

5/11/2017
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In the flagship episode of More Research Required, Abby and Amy give up on making a research methods podcast and make five Hunger Games fancasts instead while asking the question: Does your birth order have an effect on your opinion of Katniss’s initial sacrifice in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games? Discussion topics include unabashedly cash-grabbing taglines, Suzanne Collins’ sibling revenge, the debatable value of the mean, and deep psychosocial analysis of the Hunger Games series. Our...

Duration: 00:45:53