300 episodes

Each week Inquiring Minds brings you a new, in-depth exploration of the space where science, politics, and society collide.

We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you though science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We endeavor to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters with weekly coverage of the latest headlines and probing discussions with leading scientists and thinkers.

Inquiring Minds Indre Viskontas

    • Social Sciences
    • 4.4, 110 Ratings

Each week Inquiring Minds brings you a new, in-depth exploration of the space where science, politics, and society collide.

We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you though science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We endeavor to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters with weekly coverage of the latest headlines and probing discussions with leading scientists and thinkers.

    The Language of Butterflies

    The Language of Butterflies

    We talk to science writer Wendy Williams about her new book The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World's Favorite Insect.

    Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

    • 39 min
    Up To Date | The Drake equation 2.0; Nanotech yeast; Why are plants green?; Wasp boxing

    Up To Date | The Drake equation 2.0; Nanotech yeast; Why are plants green?; Wasp boxing

    This week: New astrophysics research on the likelihood of there being intelligent life on other planets in our solar system; a study in which atomic force microscopy was used to study the biology of yeast; research into why the chlorophyll in plants doesn’t absorb peak (green) sunlight; and a look at a study that involves watching wasps fight each other in front of a crowd.

    Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

    • 21 min
    Where educators go wrong

    Where educators go wrong

    We talk to Tony Wagner, a globally recognized expert in education and senior research fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, about his new book Learning by Heart: An Unconventional Education.

    Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

    • 39 min
    The history of structural racism in medicine

    The history of structural racism in medicine

    We talk to Robert Rosencrans, an MD/PhD student at the The University of Alabama at Birmingham about the history of structural racism in medicine and the problems with race-based medicine.

    Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

    • 45 min
    How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another

    How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another

    In her book, The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another, materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez explores how eight inventions—clocks, steel rails, copper communication cables, photographic film, light bulbs, hard disks, scientific labware, and silicon chips—shaped human society. In this episode, we explore the importance of materials and learn about the unsung heroes who crafted them into tools we use every day.

    Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

    • 35 min
    Galileo’s fight is still relevant today

    Galileo’s fight is still relevant today

    We talk to astrophysicist Mario Livio about his new book Galileo: And the Science Deniers.

    A note before today’s episode: 

    We have all been watching the escalation of police violence against protesters and Black people and if you consider yourself someone who cares about the injustices and racism being levied against Black communities, I want to ask you to do something about it. 

    If you have a platform, use it. If you have money to spare, donate it. At the very least you have your voice and your time. 

    There is a deep anti-Blackness in America and this is an inflection point. When white silence equals violence, there’s no defending complacency. We support Black voices, we support protesters, and we’re horrified by the actions of police. Please consider taking action.

    Find a local bail fund to support here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd
    More anti-racism resources here: http://bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES

    — Adam Isaak, Inquiring Minds producer

    Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
110 Ratings

110 Ratings

junivers ,

Mental Rescue

Hello, I’m a guitar player and midlife TBI survivor who first started listening to Indre some years ago because I found the combination of the sound of her “thinking” voice, her love for music, and her interest in neuroscience both relaxing and highly relevant to my strenuous efforts to climb back up the slippery cliffs of humanity.

Since then, I have tried to keep up with many of the topics covered and to educate myself well enough to at least pretend to understand. :)

I’m still listening, learning and still climbing. Thank you for pointing the way forward and for giving some of us such a welcoming and peaceful space to heal our fractured minds, Indre.

Peace.

Arty0404 ,

A solid listen

How can anything by someone whose a neuroscientist/opera singer not be interesting?

ArtemK ,

Far too woke

Too woke to be truly engaging, which is a shame because this podcast has good potential. Someone should tell the lady from the cat episode that the ship of domestic animal introduction to new ecosystems has sailed, about 200 years ago. Ecosystems don’t stay static, she needs to go back to school.

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