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Surprisingly Brilliant

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A new podcast that tells the true stories of the wild experiments, bizarre journeys, and strange ideas that led to incredible discoveries, life-saving medicines, and evidence of where we all came from. Written & Hosted by Maren Hunsberger and Greg Foot for iHeartRadio & Seeker.  

10 Episodes
A Deadly Buzz

A Deadly Buzz


Maren tells Greg the story of a historic plague...or is it? It's a tale of a gruesome disease and how a few courageous, self-experimenting scientists finally figured out what role mosquitos play in public health. Expert: Molly Crosby Sources Found here: Learn more about your ad-choices at
A Thick Brown Muck

A Thick Brown Muck


Greg tells Maren about the discovery of one of medicine’s biggest breakthroughs - a drug that has saved millions of lives. It’s a story about drug development & testing, a dog called Marjorie… and a missing person?  Expert: Nicola Luigi Bragazzi Sources found here: Learn more about your ad-choices at
The discovery of one of our most important elements is hugely disputed. Maren tells Greg a story full of twists and turns about a self-effacing Pomeranian, a revolutionary, a teenage girl, and the guillotine.  Experts: Jim Marshall and John West Sources Found Here: Learn more about your ad-choices at
… who very few people outside of physics know of. In fact, very few people INSIDE of physics know of her too! Greg tells Maren a trans-Pacific story of passion, dedication, and the work of a gifted scientist who fundamentally changed physics forever, yet (some say) was overlooked for the Nobel Prize.  Expert: Haiyan Gao Professor of Physics at Duke University, North Carolina Sources Found Here: Learn more about your ad-choices at
Maren tells Greg the story of a woman you've likely never heard of, who just happens to be responsible for the foundations of modern computing. Her innovations have made possible many of the things we take for granted today—like personal computing, stock market analysis, and commercial industrialization.  Expert: Kurt Beyer: Sources Found Here: Learn more about your ad-choices at
A man you know. A story you don’t. His electric revolution lit up America but he also worked on what’s been called early radar, robotics, and... a death ray? Greg tells Maren the full story of this genius inventor, and also uncovers a link between him and Donald Trump!  Expert: Marc Seifer Sources found here: Learn more about your ad-choices at
Grab a gin and tonic and enjoy this episode as Maren tells the story of a miraculous discovery, espionage and economic cartels all surrounding...a tree? A very special tree that cures malaria, and shaped the development of the modern world as we know it. (Fun fact, this ingredient is also found in tonic water!)  Expert: Jane Achan Sources found here: Learn more about your ad-choices at
An Annoying Noise

An Annoying Noise


Perhaps the biggest accidental discovery story in the history of the universe. Well, definitely *about* the history of the universe. Greg tells Maren about a weird sound, and how two guys, Wilson & Penzias, figured out what it was, rocking the world of cosmology along the way. Expert: Professor Avi Loeb - Professor of Science at Harvard University, Chair of Harvard's Department of Astronomy, Founding Director of Harvard's Black Hole Initiative and Director of the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) within the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics  Sources found here: Learn more about your ad-choices at
Here There Be Dragons

Here There Be Dragons


Meet the ‘Princess of Paleontology’ you’ve probably never heard of. Maren tells Greg all about the lady who’s life work was finding the fossils that would eventually change the way scientists thought about the entirety of Earth’s natural history despite getting very little official credit… Our expert: Andy Knoll Sources found here: Learn more about your ad-choices at
For centuries, science has given us breakthroughs that have changed how we view our planet, or universe and even our own bodies. But, achieving these breakthroughs didn’t come easy. This podcast will tell you the stories of the bizarre journeys, wild experiments and strange ideas that led to the discovery of important medicine, the invention of life-saving technology and evidence about the beginnings of life as we know it. We arrived at our current understanding of science through anything but normal means, and we think we should talk about it.  Learn more about your ad-choices at
Comments (7)

Hour San

Hilariously brilliant story!

May 23rd

Michael Wells

It's definitely not pronounced "IN-shu-lin", because there's... no "h" in "insulin". That has got to be an error caused by hearing the word more than seeing it written, like how TONS of people think it's "would of, could of, should of" etc. because of how it SOUNDS when people say "would HAVE, could HAVE, should HAVE" quickly. (tangential PSA: You don't say "I OF done something", so it MAKES NO SENSE TO SAY "I COULD OF done something". STOP! hahahahhahahahah okay I'm done

May 16th


Whoever produces the podcast...really? Please! I am sure the female narrator is as capable as the male narrator, please fix the balance between the two or remove one of them, the media content supporting the main content is fine, we don't need a court jester ( sorry, but it feels like this and sounds patronising and more ...) plus it is 2020 not 1930 she might be having fun doing this but either put the podcast in the strictly for children section or realise that the way she sounds is negative towards her and the intelligence of the listeners. (Tesla episode). Such a shame because I loved the content and is so badly produced ( not sound-wise).

May 1st
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Salvage all

Oh my God. You just sound like a perpetual "Legally Blonde" episode.

Apr 18th

Casey Jenkins

awesome podcast, really enjoying.

Apr 16th



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