70 episodes

Unexplainable is a science show about everything we don’t know. Host Noam Hassenfeld is joined by an array of experts and Vox reporters each week to look at the most fascinating unanswered questions in science and the mind-bending ways scientists are trying to answer them. New episodes drop every Wednesday. From Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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    • 4.8 • 139 Ratings

Unexplainable is a science show about everything we don’t know. Host Noam Hassenfeld is joined by an array of experts and Vox reporters each week to look at the most fascinating unanswered questions in science and the mind-bending ways scientists are trying to answer them. New episodes drop every Wednesday. From Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    Can ovaries make new eggs?

    Can ovaries make new eggs?

    There's an old story scientists tell about human ovaries: that they are ticking clocks that only lose eggs, never gain them. Now that story might be changing, opening the door to new treatments for infertility and menopause.
    For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable
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    • 29 min
    Will the eel (slim, shady) please have sex?

    Will the eel (slim, shady) please have sex?

    Where eels come from is a surprisingly difficult question to answer, in large part because scientists have never actually seen them reproduce in the wild. Gastropod explains why eels are somehow still so mysterious.
    For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable
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    • 47 min
    Yawn baby yawn

    Yawn baby yawn

    People yawn when they’re bored, right? So then why do athletes yawn before races? And why do so many animals yawn? … And why does reading this paragraph make you more likely to yawn?
    For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable
    It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show.
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    • 38 min
    What’s the James Webb telescope searching for?

    What’s the James Webb telescope searching for?

    A lava planet, life on other worlds, the very first starlight in the universe — the most powerful space telescope ever built is ready to reveal many mysteries of the cosmos.
    For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable
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    • 49 min
    Vitamin X

    Vitamin X

    Millions of Americans take dietary supplements — everything from vitamins and minerals to weight loss pills and probiotics. But because supplements are loosely regulated in the US, their makers don't have to prove that they work, or even that they are safe.
    For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable
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    Also, email us! unexplainable@vox.com
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    • 35 min
    Lost Worlds: What killed Venus?

    Lost Worlds: What killed Venus?

    Venus is the hottest, scariest planet in the solar system, but billions of years ago it may have been a lot like Earth, complete with an ocean of water. So, how did Venus go to hell? And could Earth be next?
    This is the final episode of our four-part series, Lost Worlds, and it originally ran on December 1, 2021.
    For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
139 Ratings

139 Ratings

Montreal Canuck ,

Refreshing and unpretentiousness

I don’t write a lot of reviews, but when I saw how few there are for this terrific podcast I thought I’d throw my bit. Unexplainable as a concept works super well: it straddles the border between what we know, and so can be engaging for people who like new things, and what we don’t, which then stimulates curiosity and allows us to dwell in possibility. It is professionally edited and hosted with lighthearted but incisive conversation. It’s clearly scientific but doesn’t engage scientism, and when they venture into other fields (philosophy, art) it’s not an insulting stumble but a humble gait. Keep up the great work, guys.

lainerbrainer ,

Always interesting

This is one of the best most consistently interesting science podcasts. Every episode is fascinating, well researched, well told, perfect length, professional reporters. Always interesting.

fhrjsjee ,

Ugh

Super American style program so the narration is directed at the typical 8 yr old. Had me holding my hands over my ears rocking back and forth with some of these narrators.

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