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102 Beth Shapiro - The Science of De-Extinction

How do you clone a mammoth? We asked Beth Shapiro. Shapiro is associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the author of How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction.

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101 Lucky Yates - The Science of Archer

This week we have an extra special episode: It was recorded live on stage in Atlanta for this year’s Dragon Con. We talk about the science of Archer—the hit FX series TV series created by Adam Reed. To do that, we welcome to the show Dr. Krieger himself, Lucky Yates, as well as forensic chemist and former Inquiring Minds guest Raychelle Burks—a.k.a. Dr. Rubidium.

Check out behind the scenes photos and video of the entire show at patreon.com/inquiringminds.

Note: We swear more than usual on this episode and you might not want to listen to it with your kids. Sorry about that. Or, you’re welcome.

The IM crew at DragonCon. Special thanks to Ray Burks and Lucky Yates for joining us. And to Indre for winning that bet against Kishore that resulted in this. 

The IM crew at DragonCon. Special thanks to Ray Burks and Lucky Yates for joining us. And to Indre for winning that bet against Kishore that resulted in this. 

100 Steve Silberman - Remembering Oliver Sacks / The Legacy of Autism

Oliver Sacks - total badass.

Oliver Sacks - total badass.

This week, on our 100th episode, we remember Oliver Sacks, neurologist, author, and mentor to Indre. We talk to Steve Silberman—who was also close with Sacks, about his legacy and influence on, among many other things, Silberman’s latest book, NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.

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Radiolab on Oliver

7 of Oliver's most interesting cases

99 Marc Lewis - Why Addiction Is Not a Disease

Marc Lewis is a neuroscientist, professor of developmental psychology, and author of the new book The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not a Disease. On the show this week we talk to Lewis about the biology of addiction—and what it does to our brains.

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Memoirs of an Addicted Brain - Marc's website and blog

Neuroscience of Addiction - Marc at Royal Institution

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98 Fred Perlak - Inside the Mind of a Monsanto Scientist

The science behind genetically modified food is a very divisive issue for a lot of people. We’ve already talked about it a few times on the show, but this week we sought out a new perspective and talked to Fred Perlak, a Monsanto Distinguished Science Fellow. He’s been with Monsanto since 1981 and his work has focused on Bt genes, insect control, and plant gene expression. In this episode, he talks about his research and responds to concerns about GM health safety, risks to our eco-system, and the economics associated with food security.

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Show Notes | Episode #93: Alvin Roth - The New Economics of Who Gets What—and Why

On the show this week we talk to Nobel Memorial Prize-winning economist Alvin Roth about his latest book Who Gets What—and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design.

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Show Notes | Episode #92: Will Walker & Kevin Czinger - The Future of 3D Printing

On the show this week we explore the future of 3D Printing. To do so, Indre goes to SolidCon—a conference about “Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things”—and talks to people from two companies in attendance: Will Walker, a sculptor, designer, and educator from Formlabs and Kevin Czinger, the founder and CEO of Divergent Microfactories, Inc.

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97 Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis - How Music Plays the Mind

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis was trained as a concert pianist and is now the director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas. On the show this week we talk to Margulis about her latest book On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind.

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96 David Casarett - A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

On the show this week we talk to David Casarett, M.D. about his latest book Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana.

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95 Wade Roush - How Disasters Affect Science

On the show this week we talk to journalist and educator Wade Roush about how disasters can affect our appreciation of the science behind them—and what we can do to be sure the right story gets out.

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