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Boston, MA

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This is You're the Expert, the show that brings academia out of the Ivory Tower and into your iPhone. Each episode features a guest expert. Some of the funniest comedians around try to figure out what our guest studies and to understand his/her findings. The only rule is that they’re not allowed to do any research ahead of time. You're the Expert is funny, it's surprising, and you might even actually learn something. If you're new to the podcast, we recommend starting with the most recent episode and working backwards. Hosted and produced by Chris Duffy and presented by WBUR.

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An update on the show!

9/7/2017
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You're the Expert is coming back! We're not dead yet. We're doing live tapings now and we'll be releasing episodes again this Fall. More details on our website at TheExpertShow.com Thanks so much for listening!

Duration: 00:01:43


Fruit Flies

4/1/2017
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In our final episode of this season, Dr. Nancy Pokrywka teaches us about her work studying fruit flies and genetics. Comedians Josh Sharp, Obehi Janice, and Gary Richardson learn about the beauty and mystery of tiny flies (and also how they like to get drunk). Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration: 01:02:56


Colorful Dyes and Fluorescence

3/18/2017
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Dr. Luke Lavis is a chemist who creates new colors. His work on fluorescence and tagging makes scientific and medical breakthroughs possible. Also, it looks really cool. Comedians Matt Porter, Charlie Hankin, and Shalewa Sharpe learn about the mysterious world of chemical tagging and why it might save our lives. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Recorded at Wabash College. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration: 00:53:37


The Love Life of Penguins

3/4/2017
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Dr. Suzanne Macey is a conservation biologist studying the mating habits of little blue penguins to help save the species. She also gets deep into the love life of tiny turtles. Basically, if you've got a small creature that's looking for love, Suzanne studies them. Featuring comedians Jo Firestone, Shalewa Sharpe, and Evan Kaufman. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration: 00:50:23


Economics and Human Behavior

2/18/2017
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Dr. Laura Gee is an economist at Tufts. She uses Facebook to study how social groups affect behavior. How do we get jobs? Why do we give money to charity? Dr. Gee helps comedians Eugene Mirman, Maeve Higgins, and Ken Reid find the answers. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends. Recorded live at the Museum of Science in Boston, MA.

Duration: 00:49:23


Climate Change and Antarctic Winters

2/4/2017
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Oscar Schofield is a biological oceanographer who studies climate change and the warming of Antarctica. In this episode, he teaches comedians Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla, and Josh Sharp about how oceans are going to rise, why scientists go crazy, and the best way to deal with climate change skeptics. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration: 00:56:32


Butterflies

1/21/2017
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Elizabeth Crone is a scientist at Tufts who studies butterflies. Comedians Ken Reid, Rachel Rosenthal, and Corey Rodrigues learn about nature's most beautiful insect and why the US military is involved. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration: 00:51:47


What Makes You Attractive?

12/17/2016
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Dr. Carlota Batres studies the science of attraction. What makes you find some people sexy and others gross? Comedians Jo Firestone, Roy Wood Jr, and Hari Kondabolu get to the bottom of our evolutionary desires and find out why this research matters. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration: 01:01:31


Bird Brains and Parrot Talk

11/26/2016
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Dr. Irene Pepperberg knows more about bird brains than just about anyone in the world. Her groundbreaking work with Alex, an African Gray Parrot who talked back and answered questions about abstract concepts, changed the way we think about consciousness. Comedians Ken Reid, Obehi Janice, and Julia Claire learned more. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration: 00:48:58


Astrophysics and Predicting the Future

11/12/2016
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Harvard astrophysicist Alyssa Goodman studies the birth of stars and the many ways humans have tried to predict the future. Comedians Maeve Higgins, Ken Reid, and Steve Macone learn the secrets of the universe and why everyone is so afraid of stars. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration: 00:48:40


Making Decisions

10/29/2016
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Dr. Anne Churchland studies how your brain makes decisions. Comedians Jo Firestone, Zhubin Parang, and Roy Wood, Jr. learn how to make good choices and all about neuroscience. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Duration: 00:46:44


Rights of the Dead

7/22/2016
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Ray Madoff (BC Law) is a lawyer who specializes in the rights of the dead. What happens to your body? Who gets your stuff? Can the government clone you? Can dogs inherit money? Ray's the person to ask. She teaches SNL's Sasheer Zamata, Ken Reid, and Obehi Janice about her work as a lawyer for the dead. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Primate Cognition

7/8/2016
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Dr. Alexandra Rosati is a Harvard scientist who studies primate cognition. How do chimps and bonobos understand the world? And what does that tell us about humans? Comedians Sasheer Zamata, Ken Reid, and Obehi Janice learn about everything from chimpanzee pool parties to why it's not a good idea to bring a monkey in your race car. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Pet Psychiatry

6/23/2016
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Dr. Nicholas Dodman is the head of Tufts' Animal Behavior Clinic. He's the author of "The Dog Who Loved Too Much" and "The Cat Who Cried For Help." Panelists Eugene Mirman, Ken Reid, and Obehi Janice learn about Nick's research. Also, we talk about how to sedate a polar bear. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

The Biggest Dinosaur Ever

6/3/2016
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Dreadnoughtus is the biggest dinosaur ever found. Dr. Ken Lacovara (Rowan University) is the paleontologist who discovered it. He tells comedians Aparna Nancherla, Hari Kondabolu, and Maeve Higgins all about tiny headed dinos, breaking rocks, and how he once intimidated Harrison Ford. Recorded at the Franklin Institute as part of the 2016 Philadelphia Science Festival. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Robot Geckos

5/20/2016
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Dr. Tonia Hsieh (Temple University) is a biomechanist who discovered how geckos are able to stick to walls. She's using her findings to build better robots. Recorded live at the Philadelphia Science Festival, this episode features comedians Aparna Nancherla, Maeve Higgins, and Hari Kondabolu. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Laughter, Sneezing, and Farting

7/30/2015
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Dr. Robert Provine is a neuroscientist who studies "curious behaviors" like sneezing, yawning, laughter, farting, and the hiccups. He teaches comedians Maeve Higgins, Seaton Smith, and Rachel Rosenthal about the science behind his studies and why comedy is so difficult to master. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Biological Clocks

7/16/2015
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Using studieson fire ants and business school students, Dr. Krista Ingram (Colgate) tries to understandhow our bodies keep track of time. Panelists Eugene Mirman (Bob's Burgers), Elna Baker (This American Life), and Scott Adsit (30 Rock) try to guess what Krista does and learn about jetlag, brain science, and what you can and cannot do to a dolphin. Recorded in front of a live audience at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, MA for the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. Hosted by Chris Duffy.

Forensic Archaeology (at the Philadelphia Science Festival)

5/28/2015
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From the Franklin Institute at the Philadelphia Science Festival, this episode is all about the real science behind shows like CSI. Kimberlee Sue Moran is a forensic archaeologist. She studies decomposing corpses, ancient fingerprints, and bomb blasts. Trying to guess about Kimberlee'swork are panelists Wyatt Cenac, Zhubin Parang, and Jo Firestone. Hosted by Chris Duffy.

Robot-Human Teamwork

5/14/2015
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MIT's Dr. Julie Shah studies robot-human teamwork. Panelists John Hodgman, Wyatt Cenac, and Maeve Higgins get to the bottom of what Dr. Shah does all day and why her work matters.Will robots take over the world and kill us all? Will they write poetry and hitchhike across Canada?What should you name your robot butler? Listen to this episode to find out!This episode was a co-presentation of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival and the Cambridge Science Festival and was made possible with...
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