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You wouldn’t think a lanky, awkward balloon geek would inspire Hollywood. But the death-defying Auguste Piccard was a worthy namesake for Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek fame...Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Proving Einstein Right

Proving Einstein Right


Albert Einstein’s relativity was just another theory at first, speculative and unproven—until Arthur Eddington and a special eclipse. Meet the weirdo scientist who made Einstein into *Einstein*...Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
It was the most powerful emotional moment of Albert Einstein’s life—the instant he knew he was a genius. But in confirming his theory of relativity, it also opened him up to attacks, sometimes rather vicious, from around the world...Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Is it serious historical work? Respectable gossip? Blatantly prying into people’s lives? Retro-diagnosing historical celebrities like Darwin and Lincoln and Hitler and Poe is all of the above and more...Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
During the Nazi invasion of Russia during World War II, nine Soviet scientists starved to death surrounded by millions of delicious fruits, seeds, and nuts. Were they mad? No. They wanted to save humankind from doomsday...Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
William Halford thought he had a surefire vaccine to stop herpes. And he wasn’t going to let anything—laws, ethics, his patients’ well-being—stop him from saving the world...Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Paul Stoutenburgh knew more atomic secrets than anyone on Earth. So was that why he killed himself? And if not, why was the government (seemingly) so uninterested in getting to the bottom of his death?Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Can you really collapse and wake up speaking a totally new language? Not quite. But “foreign accent syndrome” is a real, frightening—and bizarre—neurological disorder...Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Genetic genealogy can catch brutal killers. It can also unmask affairs, secret adoptions, and other dark secrets. As well as expose you—yes, you—to the unholy alliance of Big Tech and shady police work...Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
He coulda would shoulda been the next Einstein. Instead, Robert Oppenheimer fritted away his talents on trendy science and political gamesmanship—and it burned him deep in his soul...Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Leonardo da Vinci was brilliant, groundbreaking—and especially with regard to his science—wildly overrated. All because he lacked one all-important quality: sitzfleisch...Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Death Squared

Death Squared


The “mouse utopia” experiment showed just how quickly animal heaven can turn into animal hell—and revealed how eager human beings are to interpret science through the lens of extremist politics... Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Death by Nutrition

Death by Nutrition


Polar explorer Douglas Mawson made several mistakes on his harrowing journey across Antarctica. But the biggest blunder involved eating animal livers oversaturated with vitamin A, a sure death sentence...Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Automobiles kill several million animals every single day. Scientists are still coming to grips with the carnage...Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
The Blind Visionary

The Blind Visionary


Thomas Schall was first blind member of Congress. There, he envisioned a better, smarter, more efficient world—brought about by his radical new calendar. Too bad the rest of us couldn’t see the future as clearly as he did...Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Korea is a place of guns and heartache and anger—and also one of the most thriving natural wildlife habitats on Earth...Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
The Naked Shibboleth

The Naked Shibboleth


Naked mole-rats are medical marvels—impervious to cancer and immune to old age. Too bad they’re also vicious murderers...Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
The Johnny Appleseed of Disney fame was complete bunk. He brought not wholesome apples to people, but liquor—and lots of it, all thanks to the bizarre biology of this misunderstood fruit...Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
The Most Evil Molecule

The Most Evil Molecule


It fueled slavery, as well as the Nazi death machine. It kills millions of people every year through cancer and heart disease. And you almost certainly have some in your home. That’s the legacy of sugar...Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Warfarin was the best rat poison in history. It’s also, now, one of the most important, life-saving—and freakishly unlikely—drugs in the history of medicine...Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
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can't wait for the next season of new episodes!❤️

May 28th


Really interesting podcast & topics!

Feb 9th


can anyone recommend other podcasts like this about the story behind scientific discoveries?

Dec 27th
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