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Science Friday

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  • Hosted by Ira Flatow

Science Friday is your trusted source for news and entertaining stories about science. The educational program features host Ira Flatow’s in-depth discussions with scientists and others from all walks of life whose work influences our daily lives.

Podcast: The Other Real World

Mar 16, 2018

Reality TV may be popular around the world, but it's also roundly mocked as formulaic and contrived. So, can that kind of fragile fantasy world meaningfully influence reality? We look at the goals and impact of a UN-backed reality show called "Inspire Somalia," that attempted to model democracy and freedom in a country racked by decades of clan warfare and oppression by extremist groups like al-Shabab.

Clips from Inspire Somalia courtesy of the U.N.

Special thanks to the following musicians:

Radio: The Pattern Problem

Mar 13, 2018

A panel of judges sits to decide the fate of the young woman. She's the child of addicts and an ex-addict and ex-felon herself, and she's asking the court to trust her to become an attorney. The outcome of her case hinges on a question we all struggle with: are we destined to repeat our patterns, or do we generally stray in surprising directions? - a question increasingly relevant in an age when algorithms are trying to predict everything about our behavior.

Podcast: I, I, I. Him

Mar 13, 2018

In this episode, we talk to a 74-year-old woman who decides the only way to get over her husband's death is to jump out of an airplane. And to a third generation beekeeper whose entire collection of hives has been stolen - he believes by Russian mobsters. After losing so much can they tell themselves new stories about themselves that allow them to function?

Special thanks to the following musicians:

Hear the Trailer

Feb 23, 2018

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True You

Jun 23, 2017

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Future Self

Jun 22, 2017

This episode contains some disturbing content and might not be appropriate for some listeners.

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The Culture Inside

Jun 15, 2017

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Bubble-Hopping (Reality Part Two)

Jun 8, 2017

We'd like to thank the following musicians:

  • Julianna Barwick and Suicide Squeeze Records and SubPop Licensing for letting us use the song "Call"
  • Peals for their song "Wild Honey"
  • Crazy P for "Errinerige"

Reality

Jun 8, 2017

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High Voltage (Emotions Part Two)

Jun 1, 2017

Note: In this show, we refer to a group of people who live in the Philippines. The name of the group has multiple valid English spellings, including Ifugal and Ifugao. We have opted for the former pronunciation for our story.

We'd like to thank the following musicians:

  • Linnea S. - Her Presence is Strong Here
  • Myriadar - Cart Before the Horse

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