Science & the City Podcasts
The second installment of A Thought for Food’s systematic analysis of America's sandwich, the cheeseburger, looks at bread—one of the strangest and most interesting products humanity has ever invented.
How did the hamburger become a staple American food? A Thought for Food considers the science and history of the key ingredient, beef.
Experts discuss how medical schools can reduce health disparities by promoting more diversity in healthcare professions.
Experts discuss the pressures that may lead scientists to misrepresent data and hinder the self-correcting mechanisms of science.
Experts discuss the developing role of neuroscience in the legal system, the power and limitations of neuroscience as an to aid legal decision-making, and some of the implications.
In follow-up to our “Sloth: Is Your City Making You Fat?” event, Dr. Mariela Alfonzo discusses the application of statistical analysis to the study of urban design and public health.
Part 2 of our podcast series on the emerging roles of digital technology in healthcare practice and education.
Part 1 of our podcast series on the emerging roles of digital technology in healthcare practice and education.
Dr. Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients, discusses the pervasive bias in reporting clinical trials of medications.
February 15, 2013
Dr. John Murray, a lawyer and geneticist, and Dr. Chris Henderson, scientific director of Target ALS, discuss the field of stem cell research and a recent legal challenge.
Author Brian Switek discusses dinosaur sex lives, the science behind studying them, and more.
Scientists and a journalist discuss what science teaches us about sleep.
December 21, 2012
This is an excerpt from our Pride: Flying Cars and Other Broken Promises event.
This is Part Two of our podcast coverage of the event Wrath Goes Viral, the first in our Science and the Seven Deadly Sins series.
November 28, 2012
This is Part 1 of our podcast coverage of the event Wrath Goes Viral, the first in our Science and the Seven Deadly Sins series.
November 13, 2012
In this podcast, Dustyn Roberts discusses her work on the cutting edge of engineering. Her Sample Manipulation System, part of the Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory, is now helping to analyze soil samples on Mars, and her current projects range from DIY biomechanics to opening up and supporting a world of educational resources.
In this podcast, art historian Nina Samuel, biologists Brian Enquist and James Brown, and ethnomathematician Ron Eglash discuss the prevalence and power of fractals from the perspectives of their various disciplines.
What does play have to do with learning? More than you may think. Today's kids are getting less playtime than previous generations, and that may have an impact on later learning development. Dr. Karen Adolph, Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, and Dr. David Kanter help us explore the playful side of education.
Nutrition is notoriously tricky to get a handle on, with conflicting reports and unsubstantiated fads all over the place. So why can't science get to the bottom of what's right—and right for you? For one, it has a lot to do with things called biomarkers.
Salt is one of the most important and versatile ingredients in foods around the world. We like it, we need it, but are we getting too much of it these days? Get the big picture on this unique compound in episode six of our nutrition series.