Episodes

Free file | Money and poltics

May 20, 2022

Episode 454. Topic: Free file. Theme: Money and politics. How have taxes evolved? How do some countries pay their taxes? How is it different in The United States? Why did some online tax filing companies come under fire in 2…

Citizens United | Money and poltics

May 18, 2022

Episode 453. Topic: Citizens United. Theme: Money and politics. How can corporations advertise on behalf of a political candidate? Why is this legal? How are documentary films involved? What are the consequences of saying co…

The gold standard | Money and politics

May 16, 2022

Episode 452. Topic: The gold standard. Theme: Money and politics. How does money work? What are the pros and cons of basing money in the value of gold or silver? Has the United States ever used the gold standard? How has it …

Hereditary hemochromatosis | Investigating myself

May 13, 2022

Episode 451. Investigating myself. Topic: Hereditary hemochromatosis. How much iron is in our blood? How do we get rid of iron? What genetic disorder results in a buildup of iron? Why are this disorder's symptoms and treatme…

Spinal fusion | Medical procedures

May 11, 2022

Episode 450. Topic: Spinal fusion. Theme: Medical procedures. Why are humans so prone to back pain? What are some common causes of age-related back pain? How can a spinal fusion alleviate pain? Is this common procedure effe…

Coronary artery bypass | Medical procedures

May 9, 2022

Episode 449. Topic: Coronary artery bypass. Theme: Medical procedures. What arteries supply the heart muscle with oxygenated blood? How do arteries become blocked? What happens when coronary arteries are blocked? How does a …

Caesarean section | Medical procedures

May 6, 2022

Episode 448. Topic: Caesarean section. Theme: Medical procedures. How old are caesarean sections? Where does this term come from? How often are they performed? Are there any downsides for babies or mothers who undergo this p…

Appendectomy | Medical procedures

May 5, 2022

Episode 447. Topic: Appendectomy. Theme: Medical procedures. What is the appendix? How did it evolve and what is its purpose? What is appendicitis and how can it be fatal? How is appendicitis treated? Are there downsides to …

Tonsillectomy | Medical procedures

May 2, 2022

Episode 446. Topic: Tonsillectomy. Theme: Medical procedures. What are the different types of tonsil? What do tonsils do? What is the history of tonsillectomies? Why was this procedure so common for the first half of the 20t…

Glycogen storage disease | Investigating myself

April 29, 2022

Episode 445. Investigating myself. Topic: Glycogen storage disease. What is glycogen? How do we make it and where do we store it? How do genetic diseases lead to issues storing glycogen? What are some examples? Do I carry an…

The Geneva Conventions | International law

April 27, 2022

Episode 444. Topic: The Geneva Conventions. Theme: International law. What inspired the Red Cross and the first (of four) Geneva Convention? What about the others? How has war changed throughout the centuries? How are the Ge…

International Waters | International law

April 25, 2022

Episode 443. Topic: International waters. Theme: International law. Who rules the oceans? How far do the laws of a country extend offshore? Why is gambling allowed on cruises? What happens if you commit a more serious crime …

The United Nations | International law

April 22, 2022

Episode 442. Topic: The United Nations. Theme: International law. When and why was the UN founded? How does the UN operate today? How many countries are members? What are some UN operations? How is the UN criticized? Twitter…

The World Health Organization | International law

April 20, 2022

Episode 441. Topic: The World Health Organization. Theme: International law. When and why was the WHO founded? What were its most significant accomplishments? What role does it play in today's society? What was its role in t…

The World Trade Organization | International law

April 18, 2022

Episode 440. Topic: The World Trade Organization. Theme: Advantages. How was the WTO founded? What are its goals today? What is an example case where the WTO might get involved? How is the WTO criticized? Has the WTO helped …

Lactase persistence | Investigating myself

April 1, 2022

Episode 439. Investigating myself. Topic: Lactase persistence. What is lactose intolerance? How can 35% of the human population digest lactose after infancy? Is this a form of natural selection? Can I digest lactose as an ad…

Acquired savant syndrome | Advantages

March 30, 2022

Episode 436. Topic: Acquired savant syndrome. Theme: Advantages. What is savant syndrome? Can someone have savant syndrome without being born with autism or another cognitive disability? What are some example cases? What can…

Your name | Advantages

March 28, 2022

Episode 437. Topic: Your name. Theme: Advantages. What does your first and last name convey? How is it hurtful when it comes to sexism, classism, and racism? Why is it useful to have a surname closer to the beginning of the …

Early language | Advantages

March 25, 2022

Episode 436. Topic: Early language. Theme: Advantages. What determines adult intelligence? What factors about household income affect language development in children? Is the claim about the 30 millions word gap true? How do…

Appearance | Advantages

March 23, 2022

Episode 435. Topic: Appearance. Theme: Advantages. How does height and facial attractiveness affect our implicit biases? What about waist to hip ratio in females? Are our initial perceptions right? Why does evolution create …

Buying human growth hormone | Advantages

March 21, 2022

Episode 436. Topic: Buying human growth hormone. Theme: Advantages. What determines our height? How does human growth hormone affect the body? How is human growth hormone used to treat diseases? Can you use human growth horm…

Covid-19 and Neanderthals | Investigating myself

March 18, 2022

Episode 433. Investigating myself. Topic: Covid-19 and Neanderthals. Do Neanderthals have anything to do with the current Covid-19 pandemic? It turns out genes inherited from Neanderthals influence the severity of Covid-19 s…

Virgin birth | Animal reproduction

March 16, 2022

Episode 432. Topic: Virgin birth. Theme: Animal reproduction. How can female sharks in captivity for years suddenly give birth? What is parthenogenesis and how does it work? Do other animals reproduce this way? Are human mal…

Mole salamander | Animal reproduction

March 14, 2022

Episode 431. Topic: Mole salamander. Theme: Animal reproduction. Can an animal evolve out the males of their species? How are some salamanders unisex? How can they maintain this form of reproduction without losing genetic di…