050 – The Anniversary Edition

  An unexplained bout of amnesia leads Jonathan to completely change his mind about Chris' interior decoration choices. For the 50th episode of their podcast, the boys have friends over who will help them explain what's been in the news lately. A dentist and a paediatrician talk about human touch; a chemistry and gender studies double major comments on the line between male and female in competitive sport; and an Apple fanboy and his sui…

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E-books vs. paper books

  If you have children, here's what you have to do. You have to feed them. You have to clothe them. You have to love them. And if you can, you should try to read them a bedtime story. Parents are often inundated with advice, much of which is often wrong and self-contradictory. But reading with your children is probably one of the most meaningful and beneficial things you can do. As the American Academy of Pediatrics…

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#526 Let Me See You Sweat

Summer is coming, and summer means sweat. Why do we sweat so much, and how do we do it? We hear from Yana Kamberov about the evolutionary origins of our sweat glands, and why it's one of the things that makes us mammals. Then we talk about why some (but not all) of our sweat STINKS. We'll speak with Gavin Thomas about the bacteria that give us our BO. Related links: Comparative evidence for the…

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#525 Chernobyl

This week we're looking back at a man-made disaster that changed the world: the Chernobyl meltdown. We take a closer look at all the contributing factors that lead the No 4 reactor at Chernobyl to explode and how the Soviet Union's political, scientific, and administrative culture at the time contributed to the disaster. And we'll look at the fallout, the logistics of trying to clean up a radioactive accident where five minutes in the wrong…

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