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Surprisingly Brilliant

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Surprisingly Brilliant

Surprisingly Brilliant

iHeartRadio & Seeker

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999
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A new podcast that tells the true stories of the wild experiments, bizarre journeys, and strange ideas that led to incredible discoveries, life-saving medicines, and evidence of where we all came from. Written & Hosted by Maren Hunsberger and Greg Foot for iHeartRadio & Seeker.

Latest Episodes

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 MIN2 w ago
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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 MIN3 w ago
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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

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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Death by Peach Melba

A 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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A Deadly Buzz

A 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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A Thick Brown Muck

How to Breathe with No Air

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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How to Breathe with No Air

The Queen of Nuclear Research...

… who very few people outside of physics know of. In fact, very few people INSIDE of physics know of her too! Greg tells Maren a trans-Pacific story of passion, dedication, and the work of a gifted scientist who fundamentally changed physics forever, yet (some say) was overlooked for the Nobel Prize. Expert: Haiyan Gao Professor of Physics at Duke University, North Carolina Sources Found Here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NAUTBpW8BASHz_clIa2_YEAY7Ax2hp29jfDKmcULkgA/edit?usp=sharing Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

48 MINAPR 30
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The Queen of Nuclear Research...

The Admiral and the Moth

Maren tells Greg the story of a woman you've likely never heard of, who just happens to be responsible for the foundations of modern computing. Her innovations have made possible many of the things we take for granted today—like personal computing, stock market analysis, and commercialindustrialization. Expert: Kurt Beyer: https://executive.berkeley.edu/kurt-beyer Sources Found Here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DXkEJSzbE0OHGfCHRAyM92887gtVf7KnfLIgSTuSYik/edit Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

46 MINAPR 23
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The Admiral and the Moth

Latest Episodes

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 MIN2 w ago
Comments
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 MIN3 w ago
Comments
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

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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Death by Peach Melba

A 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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A Deadly Buzz

A 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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A Thick Brown Muck

How to Breathe with No Air

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
Comments
How to Breathe with No Air

The Queen of Nuclear Research...

… who very few people outside of physics know of. In fact, very few people INSIDE of physics know of her too! Greg tells Maren a trans-Pacific story of passion, dedication, and the work of a gifted scientist who fundamentally changed physics forever, yet (some say) was overlooked for the Nobel Prize. Expert: Haiyan Gao Professor of Physics at Duke University, North Carolina Sources Found Here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NAUTBpW8BASHz_clIa2_YEAY7Ax2hp29jfDKmcULkgA/edit?usp=sharing Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

48 MINAPR 30
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The Queen of Nuclear Research...

The Admiral and the Moth

Maren tells Greg the story of a woman you've likely never heard of, who just happens to be responsible for the foundations of modern computing. Her innovations have made possible many of the things we take for granted today—like personal computing, stock market analysis, and commercialindustrialization. Expert: Kurt Beyer: https://executive.berkeley.edu/kurt-beyer Sources Found Here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DXkEJSzbE0OHGfCHRAyM92887gtVf7KnfLIgSTuSYik/edit Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

46 MINAPR 23
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The Admiral and the Moth

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