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Inquiring Minds

Inquiring Minds

Indre Viskontas

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Each week Inquiring Minds brings you a new, in-depth exploration of the space where science, politics, and society collide.

We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you though 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.

Latest Episodes

Why things spread and why they stop

We talk to mathematician and epidemiologist Adam Kucharski about his recent book The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread—And Why They Stop. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

40 MIN6 d ago
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Why things spread and why they stop

Up To Date | Mosquitoes, robots, pupils, beavers, and Earth’s crust

This week: A new study showing how you can, as a way to control their population, change blood-drinking female mosquitoes to male, non-biting mosquitoes by changing just one gene; research into new ways for robots to grab things; a study showing the ways in which the pupils of people who have PTSD react differently than others, even in emotionally-neutral situations; beavers in Alaska are working overtime in the Arctic tundra as a result of climate change and possibly damaging the ecosystem; and research examining how the Earth’s crust cracked in the first place. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

26 MIN2 w ago
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Up To Date | Mosquitoes, robots, pupils, beavers, and Earth’s crust

A Story about Forests, People, and the Future

We talk to science reporter Zach St. George about his new book The Journeys of Trees: A Story about Forests, People, and the Future. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

39 MIN3 w ago
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A Story about Forests, People, and the Future

From the slave trade to climate change—why corporations defend the indefensible

We talk to environmental attorney Barbara Freese about her new book Industrial-Strength Denial: Eight Stories of Corporations Defending the Indefensible, from the Slave Trade to Climate Change. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

40 MINJUL 16
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From the slave trade to climate change—why corporations defend the indefensible

The Language of Butterflies

We talk to science writer Wendy Williams about her new book The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World's Favorite Insect. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

39 MINJUL 8
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The Language of Butterflies

Up To Date | The Drake equation 2.0; Nanotech yeast; Why are plants green?; Wasp boxing

This week: New astrophysics research on the likelihood of there being intelligent life on other planets in our solar system; a study in which atomic force microscopy was used to study the biology of yeast; research into why the chlorophyll in plants doesn’t absorb peak (green) sunlight; and a look at a study that involves watching wasps fight each other in front of a crowd. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

21 MINJUN 30
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Up To Date | The Drake equation 2.0; Nanotech yeast; Why are plants green?; Wasp boxing

Where educators go wrong

We talk to Tony Wagner, a globally recognized expert in education and senior research fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, about his new book Learning by Heart: An Unconventional Education. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

39 MINJUN 23
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Where educators go wrong

The history of structural racism in medicine

We talk to Robert Rosencrans, an MD/PhD student at the The University of Alabama at Birmingham about the history of structural racism in medicine and the problems with race-based medicine. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

45 MINJUN 16
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The history of structural racism in medicine

How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another

In her book, The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another, materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez explores how eight inventions—clocks, steel rails, copper communication cables, photographic film, light bulbs, hard disks, scientific labware, and silicon chips—shaped human society. In this episode, we explore the importance of materials and learn about the unsung heroes who crafted them into tools we use every day. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

35 MINJUN 9
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How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another

Galileo’s fight is still relevant today

We talk to astrophysicist Mario Livio about his new book Galileo: And the Science Deniers. A note before today’s episode: We have all been watching the escalation of police violence against protesters and Black people and if you consider yourself someone who cares about the injustices and racism being levied against Black communities, I want to ask you to do something about it. If you have a platform, use it. If you have money to spare, donate it. At the very least you have your voice and your time. There is a deep anti-Blackness in America and this is an inflection point. When white silence equals violence, there’s no defending complacency. We support Black voices, we support protesters, and we’re horrified by the actions of police. Please consider taking action. Find a local bail fund to support here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd More anti-racism resources here: http://bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES — Adam Isaak, Inquiring Minds producer Support the sh...

38 MINJUN 3
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Galileo’s fight is still relevant today

Latest Episodes

Why things spread and why they stop

We talk to mathematician and epidemiologist Adam Kucharski about his recent book The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread—And Why They Stop. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

40 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Why things spread and why they stop

Up To Date | Mosquitoes, robots, pupils, beavers, and Earth’s crust

This week: A new study showing how you can, as a way to control their population, change blood-drinking female mosquitoes to male, non-biting mosquitoes by changing just one gene; research into new ways for robots to grab things; a study showing the ways in which the pupils of people who have PTSD react differently than others, even in emotionally-neutral situations; beavers in Alaska are working overtime in the Arctic tundra as a result of climate change and possibly damaging the ecosystem; and research examining how the Earth’s crust cracked in the first place. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

26 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Up To Date | Mosquitoes, robots, pupils, beavers, and Earth’s crust

A Story about Forests, People, and the Future

We talk to science reporter Zach St. George about his new book The Journeys of Trees: A Story about Forests, People, and the Future. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

39 MIN3 w ago
Comments
A Story about Forests, People, and the Future

From the slave trade to climate change—why corporations defend the indefensible

We talk to environmental attorney Barbara Freese about her new book Industrial-Strength Denial: Eight Stories of Corporations Defending the Indefensible, from the Slave Trade to Climate Change. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

40 MINJUL 16
Comments
From the slave trade to climate change—why corporations defend the indefensible

The Language of Butterflies

We talk to science writer Wendy Williams about her new book The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World's Favorite Insect. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

39 MINJUL 8
Comments
The Language of Butterflies

Up To Date | The Drake equation 2.0; Nanotech yeast; Why are plants green?; Wasp boxing

This week: New astrophysics research on the likelihood of there being intelligent life on other planets in our solar system; a study in which atomic force microscopy was used to study the biology of yeast; research into why the chlorophyll in plants doesn’t absorb peak (green) sunlight; and a look at a study that involves watching wasps fight each other in front of a crowd. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

21 MINJUN 30
Comments
Up To Date | The Drake equation 2.0; Nanotech yeast; Why are plants green?; Wasp boxing

Where educators go wrong

We talk to Tony Wagner, a globally recognized expert in education and senior research fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, about his new book Learning by Heart: An Unconventional Education. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

39 MINJUN 23
Comments
Where educators go wrong

The history of structural racism in medicine

We talk to Robert Rosencrans, an MD/PhD student at the The University of Alabama at Birmingham about the history of structural racism in medicine and the problems with race-based medicine. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

45 MINJUN 16
Comments
The history of structural racism in medicine

How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another

In her book, The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another, materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez explores how eight inventions—clocks, steel rails, copper communication cables, photographic film, light bulbs, hard disks, scientific labware, and silicon chips—shaped human society. In this episode, we explore the importance of materials and learn about the unsung heroes who crafted them into tools we use every day. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

35 MINJUN 9
Comments
How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another

Galileo’s fight is still relevant today

We talk to astrophysicist Mario Livio about his new book Galileo: And the Science Deniers. A note before today’s episode: We have all been watching the escalation of police violence against protesters and Black people and if you consider yourself someone who cares about the injustices and racism being levied against Black communities, I want to ask you to do something about it. If you have a platform, use it. If you have money to spare, donate it. At the very least you have your voice and your time. There is a deep anti-Blackness in America and this is an inflection point. When white silence equals violence, there’s no defending complacency. We support Black voices, we support protesters, and we’re horrified by the actions of police. Please consider taking action. Find a local bail fund to support here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd More anti-racism resources here: http://bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES — Adam Isaak, Inquiring Minds producer Support the sh...

38 MINJUN 3
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Galileo’s fight is still relevant today

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