Joe Skarlupka and Kevin Lauterjung talk to Randall Munroe, creator of the popular blog xkcd and numerous books, including the new How To: Absurd Advice for Common Real-World Problems. In How To…, seemingly simple questions are answered in the most absurd, yet scientifically sound, ways possible. Questions like, “How can I be more on time?”, […]
Why did USDA commissioner Harvey Washington Wiley poison his coworkers? Believe it or not, this isn’t the start of a murder mystery but rather a story about the history of food safety in the United States. Wiley assembled this “poison squad” to test the health effects of new additives to food in the late 19th […]
PNM nerds Kevin Lauterjung, Kelly Schwartz, Ary Clarke, Matt Blackburn spin some news tracks and ask each other about ancient drugs, synthetic life, research misconduct, and other quarky things.
Author Jennifer Wright talks with the PNM team about her most recent book “Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them”. This book is a whimsy and humane romp through some of history’s most terrifying disease outbreaks. We talk with Jennifer about how the anti-vaccine movement has been around since at […]
On today’s episode, guest host Harry Hawkins talks to psychology professor Markus Brauer about what behavioral science can tell us about achieving diversity and inclusion. As the director of the Brauer Group Lab, Professor Brauer researches how people’s thought processes, perceptions of others, and behaviors are affected by being members of a social group. He […]
“Predators are a natural part of our environment and they perform an important ecological role,” says Professor Adrian Treves. On today’s episode, Patty talks with Professor Treves, founder of the Carnivore Coexistence Lab, about a number of issues surrounding wildlife predators. They discuss predator population management and the high rates of poaching in the United […]