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Parsing Science: The unpublished stories behind the world’s most compelling science, as told by the researchers themselves.
24 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Science Writing as Storytelling (rebroadcast) – Ryan Kelly
What matters more in getting cited — what you say or how you say it? In a remaster and remix of our first episode of the show, we're revisited by Ryan Kelly from the University of Washington's School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.
32 minutes | May 11, 2021
Cold War Ice Core Reveals Historic Glacial Melt – Andrew Christ
How did a Cold War era debacle help us better understand the dangers of climate change? In episode 99 of Parsing Science, we talk with Drew Christ from the University of Vermont about his research into how a fossils plucked from forgotten experiment in the Arctic led to his discovery the last time Greenland’s glaciers completely melted, it happened under climate conditions very similar to the present day.
34 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
DNA Evidence of Denisovan Interbreeding – João Teixeira
In episode 97 of Parsing Science, we talk with João Teixeira from the University of Adelaide about his research which examined the genomes of modern humans to investigate the interbreeding between ancient humans and modern human populations who arrived in Southeast Asia around 60,000 years ago.
37 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
The Dyatlov Pass incident – Alexander Puzrin
In episode 97 of Parsing Science, we’ll talk with Alexander Puzrin from ETH Zurich about his research into a 62-year-old mystery over the deaths of 9 hikers in the freezing Russian wilderness, a tragedy that’s been attributed to everything from a yeti to military weapons testing, and an avalanche.
35 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Monkey Business – Jean-Baptiste “JB” Leca
Do monkeys know how much fruit your sunglasses are worth? In episode 96 of Parsing Science, we talk with Jean-Baptiste "JB" Leca about his field research observing interactions among macaques at a Hindu temple in Bali. There, the monkeys have learned to rob tourists of everything from smartphones to flip flops, and then barter their return to temple staff in exchange for food.
26 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Positively Negative – Shiri Melumad
How much can you trust people's retelling of information the've read? In episode 95, Shiri Melumad discusses her research showing that when – much like the children’s game “telephone” – news is repeatedly retold, it undergoes a stylistic transformation through which the original facts are increasingly replaced by opinions and interpretations, with a slant toward negativity.
29 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
How Mosquitoes Target Us – Zhilei Zhao & Lindy McBride
In episode 94, we talk with Lindy McBride and Zhilei Zhao from Princeton about their research into how mosquitoes that can carry dangerous diseases such as Zika, dengue, West Nile virus and malaria are able to track us down so quickly while ignoring other warm-blooded animals.
29 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Epistemic Puzzles in ‘The Witness’ – Luke Cuddy
In episode 93, Luke Cuddy from Southwestern College’s philosophy program talks about the video game 'The Witness,' which presents players with a multitude of increasingly sophisticated and frustrating puzzles that perhaps result from a theory of knowledge it reflects.
30 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Unintended Consequences of Legal Reforms – Ángela Zorro Medina
What effect did copying the U.S.'s legal system have on Colombia's incarceration system? In episode 92, Ángela Zorro Medina discusses her research into how transitioning to an adversarial model of criminal procedure – one controlled by the prosecutor and defense, rather than by the judge and court – impacted the number of inmates detained before their court trials.
30 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Bots’ Meddling in the 2020 Presidential Election – Emilio Ferrara
Are automated bots on social media having extraordinary influence on our political discourse? In episode 91, Emilio Ferrara from the University of Southern California discusses about his research into the prevalence of bots and the injection of conspiracies theories across more than 240 million tweets regarding the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
28 minutes | Dec 29, 2020
Pet Project – Eric Tourigny
In episode 90, Eric Tourigny from Newcastle University's School of History, Classics and Archaeology discusses his research into historic pet cemeteries and how they reveal our evolving feelings toward these animals, from beloved pets to valued family members with whom we may hope to reunify in an afterlife.
31 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Drones Revealing the Past – Jesse Casana
How can drones help us find settlements long-lost to time? In episode 89, Jesse Casana from Dartmouth College's Department of Anthropology discusses his research into using multi-sensor drones to collect data about a major Native American settlement in what is now Southeastern Kansas.
36 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
Early Galaxies’ Formation – Arianna Long
How did the earliest and largest clusters of galaxies form? In episode 88, Arianna Long from the University California - Irvine discusses her research into the emergence of massive dusty star-forming galaxies which developed billions of years ago.
24 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
Silencing an ALS Gene – Tim Miller
How could a gene that causes one type of ALS be switched off? In episode 87, Tim Miller from the Washington University in St. Louis discusses his research into therapies that target the single strands of DNA or RNA which cause many cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.
27 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Fool Me Once Again – Darwin Guevarra
Can we knowingly fool ourselves? In episode 86 of Parsing Science we talk with Darwin Guevarra from Michigan State University about his research exploring how placebos sometimes have the power to reduce neural markers of emotional distress, even in cases in which people are told told that they're only taking a placebo rather than an active drug.
27 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
Hot Girl Summer – Kyesha Jennings
How are Black women using social media to develop community and identity? In episode 85 we talk with Kyesha Jennings from North Carolina State University about her analysis of what the wildly popular meme "hot girl summer" - drawn from lyrics by hip-hop phenomenon, Megan Thee Stallion - tells us about changes in the ways in which Black women cultivate community in digital spaces.
30 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
Why Narcissists Are “Never Wrong” – Tori Howes and Ed Kausel
Should I have done something different? Or could nobody have seen it coming? In episode 84 Tori Howes and Ed Kausel join us to discuss their research into the malleability of narcissists' memory, as well as whether they're able to reflect on their mistakes to learn from them.
30 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
Adhering to Prohibitive Taboos – Manvir Singh
Why do religious leaders abstain from some pleasures? In episode 83, Manvir Singh discusses his research into why shaman healers among the a group of people off the coast of Indonesia observe costly prohibitions, such abstinence or food restrictions, especially given that they could exploit their position for self-serving ends instead.
33 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
Moderating Spanking’s Lasting Impacts – Nicole Barbaro
Does spanking really mess up kids' lives? In episode 82, Nicole Barbaro from Western Governors University Labs talks with us about her research into the factors that determine the answer to this question.
33 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
Picking Apart Conspiracy Theories – Tim Tangherlini
Tim Tangherlini discusses his research into how conspiracy theorists interpret and use what they believe is “hidden knowledge” to connect multiple human interactions that are otherwise unlinked ... and how when one of these links is cut, they're less able to hold together a coherent story about it.
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