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Factually! with Adam Conover
74 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
The Unheralded Story of Native Americans in Comedy with Kliph Nesteroff and Adrianne Chalepah
Despite their limited representation in the media, Native Americans have had a profound influence on American comedy. So why isn't Charlie Hill a household name? This week historian Kliph Nesteroff and comic Adrianne Chalepah chat with Adam about their new book We Had A Little Real Estate Problem, which tells the fascinating story of Native American comedy. Check it out at factuallypod.com/books.
30 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Questions & Adam with Liza Treyger
Adam asks comic and soon to be car owner Liza Treyger about family recipes, the weirdest places she's ever performed, and more!
67 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Making Sense of Quantum Mechanics with Carlo Rovelli
Quantum mechanics is over a century old, yet most of us still struggle to truly understand it. This week theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli is on the show to discuss his new book Helgoland and help Adam begin to truly understand how quantum physics can fit into a broader picture of reality. Check out Carlo's book at factuallypod.com/books.
67 minutes | May 26, 2021
Why Trust Science? with Naomi Oreskes
We know that not all American trust science. But why, exactly, should they, when scientists are fallible humans, just like the rest of us? Acclaimed science historian and author Naomi Oreskes is on the show this week to answer exactly that. Check out her new book, Why Trust Science?, at factuallypod.com/books.
33 minutes | May 21, 2021
Premium Preview: Questions & Adam
Today we're bringing you a FREE episode of Adam's STITCHER PREMIUM show, Questions & Adam. In it, Adam chats and answers questions with comedian friends. Listen to the rest of the bonus episodes exclusively on Stitcher Premium. For a free month, go to stitcher.com/premium, select a monthly plan, and enter the code FACT.
83 minutes | May 19, 2021
The Truth about the Americas in 1491 with Charles C. Mann
This week Adam welcomes an author whose book blew his mind more than perhaps any other. Americans are typically taught that prior to the arrival of European settlers, indigenous communities were sparsely populated, lacked technology, and did little to shape the natural landscape. But as this week’s guest Charles C. Mann’s 1491 tells Adam, the most recent research reveals that the American indigenous civilizations were sophisticated, dynamic, and massively populated. Purchase his books 1491 and 1493 at http://factuallypod.com/books.
43 minutes | May 14, 2021
Questions & Adam with Sam Roudman
Is the human body a doughnut? Adam asks writer and producer Sam Roudman this conundrum. Plus Adam asks questions about podcast production, what makes for a great interview, and more!
79 minutes | May 12, 2021
Toil and Turmoil in the Video Game Industry with Jason Schreier
If you love video games, working in game development sounds like a dream job — especially since the industry now grosses more than movies and sports combined. But the reality is a lot less… fun than you might think. This week journalist Jason Schreier joins Adam to discuss his latest book Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry. In it, Jason sheds new light on the strenuous, sometimes-abusive work environments behind some of the world's most popular and beloved games. Purchase Jason's book Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry at http://factuallypod.com/books
75 minutes | May 5, 2021
Democracy is in the Details with Tomas Lopez
Voting rights are under assault around the country. And while we tend to see “democracy" as a big, abstract noun, it’s the smallest, most mundane details that determine whether or not people actually have the right to vote. This week Adam sits down with Tomas Lopez, executive director of Democracy North Carolina, a non-partisan organization that works to expand ballot access and protect voting rights in one of the most gerrymandered states in the country. Learn more by visiting https://democracync.org.
31 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Questions & Adam with Hayley Marie Norman
Adam asks actress Hayley Marie Norman about her favorite interesting fact, how she decompresses after information overload, cryotherapy, and more!
82 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
What is Crypto Art, and Why? with Everest Pipkin
It had to happen eventually: We’re doing an episode about crypto. This week artist and technologist Everest Pipkin joins Adam to discuss Bitcoin, the blockchain, and the dire costs of crypto art, not only on our environment, but on the art community itself. Find Everest Pipkin’s art at https://everest-pipkin.com.
79 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Why Facebook Refuses to Fix the Misinformation Crisis It Created with Karen Hao
Facebook pushes dangerous misinformation to billions of people every day. So why can’t it… stop? This week, MIT Technology Review’s Senior AI Reporter, Karen Hao, joins Adam to detail her blockbuster report on how Facebook’s internal AI teams were instructed to stop fighting misinformation because doing so interfered with Facebook’s growth. Read her reporting at: https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/03/11/1020600/facebook-responsible-ai-misinformation/
33 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Questions & Adam with Rhea Butcher
Actor, writer, and podcast host Rhea Butcher joins Adam to answer one question on what products they put in their hair. Then they launch into a conversation on barbers, that Starbucks cup in Thrones, and the benefits of the physical world over the virtual.
76 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
100th Episode! Samantha Bee Talks Comedy and Information
It's Factually's 100th episode! To celebrate, Adam is joined by Full Frontal host Sam Bee to discuss the art of combining fact with farce. They talk the importance (or total unimportance) of informational comedy, consider what lies ahead in their careers, and dunk on sitcoms. Sam Bee's podcast "Full Release" launches May 4th. Listen wherever you get your podcasts.
70 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Why Is the Fertility Rate Falling? with Dr. Shanna Swan
There are a lot of causes of the declining global birth rate – education, freedom, and even the decline of subsistence agriculture. But what if one of the biggest factors was … plastic? Epidemiologist and author Dr. Shanna Swan joins Adam this week to break down why phthalates affect our fertility as well as our overall health. They cover her scientific research into phthalates, how they get into our systems, how they disrupt the development of reproductive organs, and what this means for the continuation of the human race. For Dr. Swan's book Count Down, as well as other books written by guests of this podcast, go to http://factuallypod.com/books.
36 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Questions & Adam with Emily Axford
Actor and podcaster Emily Axford joins Adam to answer listener questions about valid conspiracy theories, childhood curiosity, and favorite works of non-fiction they've read this year.
72 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
The High Cost of Cheap Clothes with Dana Thomas
Clothes today cost a fraction of what they cost our grandparents — but why, and at what cost? Journalist and author Dana Thomas joins Adam to break down how fast fashion has made the industry explode into a one-trillion dollar industry, how dismal the working conditions are in many overseas factories, and how to shop and dress more sustainably. To check out Dana’s newest book Fashionopolis, visit http://factuallypod.com/books.
102 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Why “Critical Thinking” Can’t Beat Misinformation, and How to Fight It with Michael Caulfield
We’re flooded with misinformation, and new research shows that cliches about “thinking critically” and “doing your own research” are counterproductive at best. Writer and educator Michael Caulfield joins Adam this week to explain his SIFT method for evaluating misinformation, why expertise is so important, and how we should approach unclear ideas like COVID-19 “lab leak” hypothesis. Learn more about SIFT at https://infodemic.blog/
26 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Questions & Adam with Arden Myrin
Comedian, author, and podcaster Arden Myrin joins Adam this week to answer listener questions about what they believe they are experts in, what are their preferred news sources, and who has changed how they think about things.
70 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
The Case for Medicare for All with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
Why is America's health care system so effed up, and what can be done to fix it? Author, physician, and civil servant Dr. Abdul El-Sayed joins Adam to discuss how we got here, his belief in single-payer healthcare, and why he's hopeful for the road ahead. His book Medicare For All: A Citizen’s Guide is available wherever books are sold.
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