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Surprisingly Brilliant

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Surprisingly Brilliant

Surprisingly Brilliant

iHeartRadio & Seeker

163
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1.1K
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A science history podcast telling the little-known stories behind well-known ideas & people. Written & Hosted by Maren Hunsberger & Greg Foot 'Surprisingly Brilliant' collects the most shocking, inspiring and down-right bizarre stories from science history! A podcast from Seeker & iHeartRadio

Latest Episodes

The Twist In The Tale

We kick off Season 2 with the story of your most requested person… but it’s not the story you may be expecting… and, it turns out, it’s not the story we should be remembering her for either. Greg tells Maren the tale of how the structure of DNA was unravelled, but the twist leads us somewhere else entirely. Show notes, sources, and transcript can be found athttps://linktr.ee/surprisinglybrilliant Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

59 min5 d ago
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The Twist In The Tale

Season 2 Coming Soon!

New amazing stories from science history are coming Thursday, November 19th! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

1 min1 w ago
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Season 2 Coming Soon!

The Fourth Astronaut

Meet the ‘Rope Mother’ - the lady whose code, weaved into copper wire and magnetic rings, saved the Apollo 11 mission to the moon… Greg tells Maren the story of an incredible person who has not only been called The Fourth Astronaut, but who also pioneered, and coined the term for, ‘Software Engineering’. Experts: Rod Pyle- https://www.planetary.org/connect/our-experts/profiles/rod-pyle.html Zoe Corbyn-https://www.theguardian.com/profile/zoe-corbyn Sources Found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lHFJJS5dn-2E1IsAVGoiNkVl-PPNzaWKi8aSoTGs35Q/edit Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

48 minJUN 25
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The Fourth Astronaut

The Fungus that Shaped the World

The course of World War II, the development of successful cancer treatment, and just being able to gooutsidewithout fear all come down to one thing: the humble Penicillium fungus. Maren tells Greg a tale of accidental discoveries, fungal espionage, and the daunting potential future of medicine without this life-saving substance. Experts: Mariya Lobanovska- https://tang.path.ox.ac.uk/content/dr-mariya-lobanovska Kevin Brown-https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC539899/ Sources found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pCUn0QYkTp17cZ1Ybp0JMY18DGl_ZiB3hpX1PJ7aLSM/edit?usp=sharing Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

50 minJUN 18
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The Fungus that Shaped the World

The Mystery & Might of Ectoplasm

What do a children’s birthday party, an accidental discovery, a shoe shop gadget, andMarie Curie have in common?? Have a listen to find out, as Greg tellsMaren the amazing origin story of one of the most important pieces of medical tech ever developed. Expert: Dr Ehsan Samei - Professor of radiology at Duke University, North Carolina Sources can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lY3UIVCIOoSPYXxvI0Sk6zeB9dlASEMU_9tsF-O2Tlo/edit Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

48 minJUN 11
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The Mystery & Might of Ectoplasm

The Chemist Who Saved the Lepers

Maren tells Greg the story of a gruesome disease and the woman who came up with a solution...but disappeared from history until now. Oh and also—there are armadillos. Experts: Paul Wermager Carisa Brewster Dagmawi Abebe Sources Found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-29XrkwQJnPk3awY6BoxkYhDVehxTl-fPbxBTHq3Aeg/edit?usp=sharing Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

36 minJUN 4
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The Chemist Who Saved the Lepers

The Case Of Death By Peach Melba

Greg tells Maren atrue crime science history story about a famous chef who served her entrees with a special side... of death! Expert: Dr. Claas Kirchhelle Sources found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GK5NDp6m_bEerPNSbOQTCci5zJJiUmLAXWmHBtK-yOc/edit?usp=sharing Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

43 minMAY 28
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The Case Of Death By Peach Melba

The Deadly Buzz

Maren tells Greg the story of a historic plague...or is it? It's a tale of a gruesome disease and how a few courageous, self-experimenting scientists finally figured out what role mosquitos play in public health. Expert: Molly Crosby Sources Found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SqW52GO3Ufk3f-3B11321RKLkR6B7xyFHBCgfR68mWs/edit Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

51 minMAY 21
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The Deadly Buzz

The Thick Brown Muck

Greg tells Maren about the discovery ofone of medicine’s biggest breakthroughs - adrugthat has savedmillionsof lives. It’s a storyabout drug development & testing, a dog called Marjorie…and a missing person? Expert: Nicola Luigi Bragazzi Sources found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z2BrUO7nonvr9w_VXnFgFSqkx5FL6KP1UEk-Z9BodwM/edit?usp=sharing Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

56 minMAY 14
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The Thick Brown Muck

The Great Air Debate

The discovery of one of our most important elements is hugely disputed. Maren tells Greg a story full of twists and turns about a self-effacing Pomeranian, a revolutionary, a teenage girl, and the guillotine. Experts: Jim Marshall and John West Sources Found Here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qSktpsqECXC84qS7dimRAES0URH0r8RBHyr1jeBggJY/edit?usp=sharing Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

42 minMAY 7
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The Great Air Debate

Latest Episodes

The Twist In The Tale

We kick off Season 2 with the story of your most requested person… but it’s not the story you may be expecting… and, it turns out, it’s not the story we should be remembering her for either. Greg tells Maren the tale of how the structure of DNA was unravelled, but the twist leads us somewhere else entirely. Show notes, sources, and transcript can be found athttps://linktr.ee/surprisinglybrilliant Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

59 min5 d ago
Comments
The Twist In The Tale

Season 2 Coming Soon!

New amazing stories from science history are coming Thursday, November 19th! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

1 min1 w ago
Comments
Season 2 Coming Soon!

The Fourth Astronaut

Meet the ‘Rope Mother’ - the lady whose code, weaved into copper wire and magnetic rings, saved the Apollo 11 mission to the moon… Greg tells Maren the story of an incredible person who has not only been called The Fourth Astronaut, but who also pioneered, and coined the term for, ‘Software Engineering’. Experts: Rod Pyle- https://www.planetary.org/connect/our-experts/profiles/rod-pyle.html Zoe Corbyn-https://www.theguardian.com/profile/zoe-corbyn Sources Found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lHFJJS5dn-2E1IsAVGoiNkVl-PPNzaWKi8aSoTGs35Q/edit Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

48 minJUN 25
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The Fourth Astronaut

The Fungus that Shaped the World

The course of World War II, the development of successful cancer treatment, and just being able to gooutsidewithout fear all come down to one thing: the humble Penicillium fungus. Maren tells Greg a tale of accidental discoveries, fungal espionage, and the daunting potential future of medicine without this life-saving substance. Experts: Mariya Lobanovska- https://tang.path.ox.ac.uk/content/dr-mariya-lobanovska Kevin Brown-https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC539899/ Sources found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pCUn0QYkTp17cZ1Ybp0JMY18DGl_ZiB3hpX1PJ7aLSM/edit?usp=sharing Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

50 minJUN 18
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The Fungus that Shaped the World

The Mystery & Might of Ectoplasm

What do a children’s birthday party, an accidental discovery, a shoe shop gadget, andMarie Curie have in common?? Have a listen to find out, as Greg tellsMaren the amazing origin story of one of the most important pieces of medical tech ever developed. Expert: Dr Ehsan Samei - Professor of radiology at Duke University, North Carolina Sources can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lY3UIVCIOoSPYXxvI0Sk6zeB9dlASEMU_9tsF-O2Tlo/edit Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

48 minJUN 11
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The Mystery & Might of Ectoplasm

The Chemist Who Saved the Lepers

Maren tells Greg the story of a gruesome disease and the woman who came up with a solution...but disappeared from history until now. Oh and also—there are armadillos. Experts: Paul Wermager Carisa Brewster Dagmawi Abebe Sources Found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-29XrkwQJnPk3awY6BoxkYhDVehxTl-fPbxBTHq3Aeg/edit?usp=sharing Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

36 minJUN 4
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The Chemist Who Saved the Lepers

The Case Of Death By Peach Melba

Greg tells Maren atrue crime science history story about a famous chef who served her entrees with a special side... of death! Expert: Dr. Claas Kirchhelle Sources found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GK5NDp6m_bEerPNSbOQTCci5zJJiUmLAXWmHBtK-yOc/edit?usp=sharing Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

43 minMAY 28
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The Case Of Death By Peach Melba

The Deadly Buzz

Maren tells Greg the story of a historic plague...or is it? It's a tale of a gruesome disease and how a few courageous, self-experimenting scientists finally figured out what role mosquitos play in public health. Expert: Molly Crosby Sources Found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SqW52GO3Ufk3f-3B11321RKLkR6B7xyFHBCgfR68mWs/edit Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

51 minMAY 21
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The Deadly Buzz

The Thick Brown Muck

Greg tells Maren about the discovery ofone of medicine’s biggest breakthroughs - adrugthat has savedmillionsof lives. It’s a storyabout drug development & testing, a dog called Marjorie…and a missing person? Expert: Nicola Luigi Bragazzi Sources found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z2BrUO7nonvr9w_VXnFgFSqkx5FL6KP1UEk-Z9BodwM/edit?usp=sharing Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

56 minMAY 14
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The Thick Brown Muck

The Great Air Debate

The discovery of one of our most important elements is hugely disputed. Maren tells Greg a story full of twists and turns about a self-effacing Pomeranian, a revolutionary, a teenage girl, and the guillotine. Experts: Jim Marshall and John West Sources Found Here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qSktpsqECXC84qS7dimRAES0URH0r8RBHyr1jeBggJY/edit?usp=sharing Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

42 minMAY 7
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The Great Air Debate

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