Inquiring Minds

Inquiring Minds

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Each week Inquiring Minds brings you a new, in-depth exploration of the place 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. Produced in partnership with Climate Desk, a journalistic collaboration dedicated to exploring the impact of a changing climate and consisting of The Atlantic, Center for Investigative Reporting, Grist, The Guardian, Mother Jones, Slate, and Wired.

Episodes

171 Siddhartha Roy - The Science Behind the Flint Water Crisis  

We talk to Siddhartha Roy, a PhD student and graduate researcher in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Roy is a founding member of the Virginia Tech Flint Water Study and has worked on the ground in Flint applying his research on corrosion and plumbing to the crisis.

170 Steven Hatch - Inferno: A Doctor's Ebola Story  

We talk to Dr. Steven Hatch, a specialist in infectious diseases and immunology about his latest book “Inferno: A Doctor's Ebola Story,” an account of his time in Liberia during the height of the ebola epidemic in 2014.

169 Daniel Levitin - The Emerging Epidemic of the Silent Home  

We talk to neuroscientist, music producer, and best-selling author Daniel Levitin about his recent research into how playing music in the home affects us.

168 Alison Van Eenennaam - Gene Editing Livestock  

We talk to researcher in Animal Genomics and Biotechnology at UC Davis Alison Van Eenennaam about the science of gene editing livestock.

167 Haider Warraich - Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life  

We talk to physician, writer, and clinical researcher Haider Warraich about his most recent book "Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life."

166 Alan Burdick - Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation  

We talk to Alan Burdick, staff writer and former senior editor for The New Yorker, about his most recent book "Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation.”

165 Nate Allen - Why Science Is Huge on Reddit  

We talk to Nate Allen, chemist and head moderator of one of the internet’s largest science communities: Reddit’s r/science subreddit.

164 Alexandra Wolfe - Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story  

We talk to author and Wall Street Journal reporter Alexandra Wolfe about her new book Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story.

163 Dave Levitan - The Return Of "I'm Not a Scientist”  

This week, as we near the inauguration of Donald Trump, we revisit a conversation with science journalist Dave Levitan about his book Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science.

162 Paul Bloom - Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion  

We welcome back cognitive scientist Paul Bloom to talk about his new book Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion.

161 Patrick Wolff - How to Become a Grandmaster Chess Champion  

We talk to American chess Grandmaster Patrick Wolff.

160 Helen Czerski - The Little Bits of Physics in Everyday Life  

We talk to physicist and oceanographer Helen Czerski about her new book Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life.

159 David Grinspoon - Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future  

We talk to astrobiologist David Grinspoon about his latest book Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future.

158 Lee van der Voo - The Fish Market: Inside the Big-Money Battle for the Ocean and Your Dinner Plate  

We talk to investigative journalist Lee van der Voo about her new book The Fish Market: Inside the Big-Money Battle for the Ocean and Your Dinner Plate.

157 Erik Vance - The Curious Science of Your Brain's Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal  

We talk to science writer Erik Vance about his new book Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain's Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal.

156 Heather Hill - Taking a Second Look at SeaWorld  

We talk to marine biologist and marine mammal specialist Heather Hill about her work on marine mammal training and why it might disagree with much of what we covered in episode #146 with John Hargrove.

155 Chris and Evan Hadfield - An Astronaut Explores the Arctic  

We talk to Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield and his son Evan Hadfield about their recent exploration into the Arctic and Greenland on the legendary icebreaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov.

154 Changing Political Minds - The Deep Story With Arlie Hochschild and Reckonings  

We team up with Stephanie Lepp from the Reckonings podcast and talk to sociologist Arlie Hochschild about whether or not this election is causing more people than usual to change their minds about politics. We then hear from two voters who did in fact make some kind of transformation during this election season—one young voter who was voting in his second presidential election and one long-time voter and political insider who has been voting for 40 years.

153 Merlin Tuttle - The Secret Lives of Bats  

We talk to ecologist, conservationist and wildlife photographer Merlin Tuttle about his book The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World's Most Misunderstood Mammals.

152 Abigail Tucker - How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World  

We talk to science writer Abigail Tucker about her new book The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World.

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