Episodes

Mon. 09/26 - GIFs Are Dead, Long Live the GIF

Sept. 26, 2022

Thanks to a court filing from the largest search engine of its kind, it’s official: GIFs are cringe. How did they fall so far? Plus, the Colorado River is drying up and part of the reason has to do with politicians ignoring …

Fri. 09/23 - Asteroid SMASH

Sept. 23, 2022

Why is NASA slamming a spacecraft into an asteroid on Monday and what will we be able to see of the collision? Plus, a new low-cost, no-lab-required COVID-19 antibody test that could set the stage for more personalized vacci…

Thu. 09/22 - Fall Is Here & Your Phone Is Dying

Sept. 22, 2022

It’s the first day of fall. Or is it? Everything you need to know about the equinox, plus some seasonal music recommendations. An app you can only use when your phone’s battery is less than 5%. And why Queen Elizabeth II and…

Wed. 09/21 - What is this? A podcast for ANTS?!

Sept. 21, 2022

Scientists have conducted an ant census. Or at least that’s what I’m calling it. And the total number they came up with is out of this world. Plus, the return of the Shortage Report. This time? Craft beer. Its cause? An exti…

Tue. 09/20 - The Lost Moon of Saturn

Sept. 20, 2022

How did Saturn get its jaunty tilt and cool rings? A new study says it could’ve been caused by an hither-to-unknown ancient moon that got torn apart by its planet. Plus, new findings on just how much misinformation is being …

Mon. 09/19 - Did Volcanoes Kill the Dinosaurs?

Sept. 19, 2022

It’s not all about the asteroid. Some scientists are still debating what caused the dinosaurs to go extinct and a new study provides some interesting evidence for the role of volcanoes in the mass extinction event. Plus, we …

Fri. 09/16 - What Is Going On In England?

Sept. 16, 2022

From informing the bees to muting self-checkout machines, the many shades of mourning––and not––in the United Kingdom. And, from ice cream prescribed with chemotherapy to synchronized heart beats signaling romantic attractio…

Thu. 09/15 - The People's Joker & Lunar Crystals

Sept. 15, 2022

China has discovered a new lunar mineral––and more dispatches from space, including the asteroid NASA is intentionally crashing into next week. Plus, a trans DIY retelling of The Joker that got pulled from the Toronto Intern…

Wed. 09/14 - The Dream of the 90s Is Alive on the Internet Archive… But For How Much Longer?

Sept. 14, 2022

Several major publishing houses are suing the Internet Archive. Why? And what could the ramifications of the lawsuit have on the archive and on digital access to knowledge more broadly?

Tue. 09/13 - Too Many or Too Few Humans?

Sept. 13, 2022

We’re approaching overpopulation. Or we’re in danger of population decline. It depends who you ask. As we prepare to pass eight billion humans on Earth, a look at the history of population anxiety and thoughts about where we…

Mon. 09/12 - Not Your Papa’s Pawpaw

Sept. 12, 2022

Is the most American of all fruits finally going to get its time to shine? And, no, NASA did not officially ask the public to name the probe to Uranus, but they could one day and, if and when they do, the internet will be re…

Fri. 09/09 - Garbled Nonsense: When Filter Bubbles Collide

Sept. 9, 2022

Merriam-Webster has added 370 words to the dictionary, but it’s not enough to keep up with the changing pace of language on the internet, especially as we increasingly communicate with imagery and in-jokes that transcend sin…

Thu. 09/08 - All Hail Big Hail

Sept. 8, 2022

Hail is getting bigger and becoming more common to more areas, but we still know relatively little about it. Plus, a possibly complete dinosaur skeleton with intact fossilized skin has been discovered in Alberta. And a brief…

Wed. 09/07 - The Haunting of Loab: AI's First Cryptid

Sept. 7, 2022

The podcast gets possessed by the AI art world’s first cryptid. Meet, Loab––a woman haunting every AI generated image she is summoned to with some of the goriest scenes you’ll find this side of Halloween. What does Loab tell…

Tue. 09/06 - The Science Tooth Fairy & the Vampire Skeleton

Sept. 6, 2022

How analyzing baby teeth might be able to facilitate early intervention for childhood adversity. Plus, archaeologists have found the skeleton of a seventeenth century woman accused of being a vampire. And yet another Artemis…

Fri. 09/02 - Crappy Musicians Profiting From Kids’ Alexa Commands

Sept. 2, 2022

The musicians getting paid anytime a preschooler makes a poop joke at an Alexa device. Plus, why Labor Day is a cursed weekend for movie releases. And the Artemis I launch is officially maybe happening on Saturday.

Thu. 09/01 - Littlefoot's Ancestor Is Oldest Ever Dino Found In Africa

Sept. 1, 2022

One of the biggest ever and one of the smallest ever sauropods, both discovered recently and both helping us learn more about where and why dinosaurs traveled millions of years ago. Plus, the latest on the soon-to-be-availab…

Wed. 08/31 - The World Bog Snorkeling Championships

Aug. 31, 2022

The official trailer for the slasher horror version of Winnie the Pooh dropped and, I think I actually want to watch the whole movie now? Plus, the latest update on when Artemis I will actually be launching and what happened…

Tue. 08/30 - Big Kale's Big Lie

Aug. 30, 2022

The surprising history of how kale became so popular so quickly back in 2014, and how both Pizza Hut and Chick-fil-A were partially responsible––but not because they actually included kale on their menus. It’s a tale of laws…

Mon. 08/29 - Why Artemis I Didn't Launch

Aug. 29, 2022

The Artemis I launch was scrubbed early this morning Here’s why the highly-anticipated launch didn’t get off the ground. Plus, rabies vaccines are raining down across the nation. And a new classic author version of Street Fi…

Fri. 08/26 - Prebunking Conspiratorial Thinking

Aug. 26, 2022

Google ran a study using its own pre-roll ads to try to pre-bunk people before they fall for conspiracy theories. Plus, scientists have found the first-ever evidence of carbon dioxide in a planet’s atmosphere beyond our sola…

Fri. 08/25 - The Fantasy of History

Aug. 25, 2022

Invented traditions. Reimagined visions of the past. History is never free from our present-day biases, but the way we talk about the past often says more about us than the past itself. From the Disneyification of the Middle…

Wed. 08/24 - Nimcels and Doppelgängers

Aug. 24, 2022

The world of nimcels––what are they and where do they fit in online? Plus, the genetic similarities between unrelated doppelgängers. And gummy bears made out of wind turbines.

Tue. 08/23 - Omicron Boosters & Original Antigenic Sin

Aug. 23, 2022

Omicron-specific COVID boosters are coming to the US soon. How much of a difference will they make to immunity? Well, it’s complicated. Plus, NASA says Artemis I is go for launch. Here’s everything to know about the big even…