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147 Episodes
Caller Makaila needs to know about the hummingbirds that frequent her father’s feeders. Hummingbird expert Alejandro Rico-Guevara fills us in on their feeding, flying, and fighting feats. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
While Flora’s out, we’re revisiting an old favorite — caller Megan’s cat has zero empathy and tries to trip her on the stairs. Could he be a psychopath? Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test, and cat psychologist Eva Waiblinger help Megan assess if she's got a killer just a whisker's length away. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
While Flora's out on parental leave, we're unswaddling some of her favorite babies. Favorite podcast babies. Like this one: Caller Lisa wants to know why her butt hurts whenever she sees someone else get injured. Neuroscientist Stuart Derbyshire shares the cold hard truth about whether some people really can feel your pain. Thanks to queen of Chapped Cheeks Lisa, and to researchers Natalie Bowling, Melita Giummarra, Helena Hartmann, Marina López-Solà, Bridget Rubenking, Jamie Ward, Scott Vrana, and Jamil Zaki. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Caller Liz has a cherished childhood memory about a special meal with her great-grandmother. But she isn’t sure it really happened. How can she tell? Memory researcher Charan Ranganath, director of the Dynamic Memory Lab, fills in the blanks about the memory in question. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Listener Gĩtaũ has a serious problem: every so often his home in rural Kenya is invaded by an army of ants. They coat the floors, climb the walls, and rain down on Gĩtaũ and his family while they sleep. Gĩtaũ wants to know: Why are these ants torturing us? Entomologists Dino Martins and Piotr Naskrecki have ant-swers. Special thanks to Caswell Munyai, Caspar Schöning, and Daniel Kronauer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Flora has a 6- to 9-pound piece of news to drop! She’ll be out on parental leave for a little while. Meet the hosts who’ll be filling in while she’s away. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Terriers have won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show 48 times. Dachshunds? Never. Listener Yona wants to know why terriers triumph but dachshunds don’t get their due. Dog show judge Laurie Williams and dachshund-diehard Kim McCalmont take us behind the scenes of the dog show world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Listener Diksha wants to know: when an animal species is endangered, how do we know when it’s really gone? Professional frog counter and disease ecologist Jamie Voyles has answers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Caller Leña had COVID-19 last October and temporarily lost her sense of smell. As it started to come back, she noticed something strange — fruity things smelled like burnt hair and condoms. Where are Leña’s mystery smells coming from? Rhinologist Simon Gane fills us in on COVID-related smell loss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
We asked you to share your fail tales, and you delivered. Now we need your help picking a winner. Thanks to Erica, Dallas, Ryan, Mary, Nasja, David, Samantha, and everyone who called to share their worst moments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Earth is surrounded by a halo of trash — defunct satellites, discarded fuel tanks, one of Elon Musk’s Teslas. Listener Ryan wants to know: Does any of it ever fall down to Earth? ELT talks trash with Lottie Williams, the only person known to have been hit by falling space debris, and Ted Muelhaupt, director of the Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Study at The Aerospace Corporation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
It’s spring-cleaning time! To help get you in the mood, we’re dusting off an episode from our archive. Cleaning expert Jolie Kerr tells us when it’s OK to use your own saliva as a cleaning agent, and addresses some listener “cleanspiracies” like: Will vodka clean my clothes? For more cleaning tips, check out Jolie’s podcast Ask a Clean Person. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Listener Paige heard a rumor: we only breathe through one nostril. Can it be true? ELT gets an answer from someone in the nose — rhinologist Simon Gane. Plus, Science Vs. host Wendy Zukerman joins Flora for an important wombat-butt update. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Listener Malik wants to know how wolves became pugs, poodles, and chihuahuas. Zooarchaeologist Angela Perri digs up the answers. Special thanks to Michael Worboys. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Listener Charlotte has been rewatching “The Sopranos” and the punches keep hitting her ear. Why do Hollywood wallops sound so punched up? Foley artist and Emmy Award-winning sound editor Joanna Fang shares her punch recipe. Plus, do real-life investigators actually connect the dots with red string and thumbtacks? Retired FBI agent Jerri Williams solves the evidence-board mystery. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Listener Malenia wants to know how her favorite word game came to be. It turns out it took a while for Scrabble to score big. Stefan Fatsis, author of Word Freak, fills in the blanks. Plus, can you beat Flora's most embarrassing story? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
We’re revisiting one of our favorite episodes this week. A few years ago, listener Annie asked ELT to settle a longstanding family debate: exactly how old is Winnie-the-Pooh? To hunt down an answer, we consult with professional age-guesser Ben Ramey, bear biologist Rae Wynn-Grant, and Sarah Shea, a professor who has studied this question. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Listener Taylor was making a medieval stew when she noticed a prominent ingredient was missing from the recipe: potatoes. Potato biologist Maria Scurrah and journalist Charles Mann explain the potato’s twisting route to stewpot domination. Special thanks to Graham Thiele, Bruce Owen, Alan Covey, and Gary Urton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Listener Christina gets ruffled by a stiff breeze and wants to know if she’s alone in her wind rage. Atmospheric science historian Vladimir Jankovic introduces Christina to her people, and iconic couples therapist Esther Perel, host of “How’s Work” and “Where Should We Begin,” helps Christina rethink her relationship with the wind. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
How are essential workers doing now? We check in with some of the essential workers we talked to back in April and hear what it’s been like to teach, fly on planes, ship packages, and drive a truck during a pandemic. Thanks to Rob, Justin, Tamasha, Lucy, Jacob, Kaleb, Ian, and Dawn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comments (110)


Congratulations Flora & family! -Enjoy this special time w/ your precious new baby! ❤️

May 4th

Jeri Bitney

Congratulations! We've had four kids and each one has added so much love to our lives.

May 3rd

Nicole Gerdes

I love this podcast, I love Flora, I love her puns. I love anything related to astronomy and was excited to hear this episode. Umfortunately it was too juvenile for me to finish it.

Mar 28th


I really thought the end voice was gonna say "Yippy kayay". These mortified people, ahhhh.

Mar 16th

Erica Allbright

don't listen to this episode while eating your breakfast lol

Feb 26th


Cock-a-doodle- doo do

Feb 18th

Elina Dadkhah

perfect 😍🙌🏻

Jan 31st


Windred spirits... omg.

Dec 30th


I really really love the narrator/end credits voice at the end. the silly little things said at the end put a smile on my face.

Nov 23rd

Romina Yavari

Listening to this episode now (in the pandemic) is more like a joke. 😂 But seriously ... joking aside .. it was good to know that there IS a virus as dangerous as Corona virus. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Nov 21st

Romina Yavari

OMG! #EveryLittleThing is the first podcast I'm listening to. I mean ... ever ... first one ever! And I enjoyed it so much that I don't think any other podcast can live up to my standards anymore :D Enjoyed the "eclipse virgin" thing. Awesome :)))

Nov 20th

Marja Rautala

Would have loved to contribute a story, but no option for Skype or such other way to call from outside the US.

Nov 3rd
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Oct 30th

Ethan Liang

Nice "don't underestimate the flamingo" reference

Oct 27th

Tina S

I love this podcast! I love the host. She's funny, quirky, quick and smart. How do I submit a question??

Aug 22nd


why didn't they blep the name of the assistant I almost woke everyone up because they said "hey Google broadcast"

Aug 2nd

Brigette Borromeo

Okay, the song of the musician's band sounds BEAUTIFUL! I searched for them and you can find the song at YouTube entitled Beautiful life - The Collection!!

May 22nd

ch3rry bomber

you guys missed "wisdom wasted"

May 13th

Cynthia Wulff-Haver


Apr 29th

Cynthia Wulff-Haver


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