22 episodes

Do you have a curious mind? Do you sometimes daydream about having a PhD in literature, science, or history?

Go inside the minds of PhDs at Harvard University with the Veritalk podcast. Veritalk is produced at Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In each three-episode miniseries of Veritalk, you’ll hear how PhD students from different fields are trying to answer really big questions about the world.

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Do you have a curious mind? Do you sometimes daydream about having a PhD in literature, science, or history?

Go inside the minds of PhDs at Harvard University with the Veritalk podcast. Veritalk is produced at Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In each three-episode miniseries of Veritalk, you’ll hear how PhD students from different fields are trying to answer really big questions about the world.

    Sensing Episode 3: Flavor on the Brain

    Sensing Episode 3: Flavor on the Brain

    When you taste the subtle flavor of a perfectly brewed cup of coffee, or smell the funk of an aged blue cheese – you don’t just experience those flavors with your taste buds and nose, you experience them with your brain! Neuroscience PhD Jess Kanwal says that our brain’s ability to combine taste and smell is just one example of how our brains are able to mix and match senses – with very interesting results.

    • 18 min
    Sensing Episode 2: Squish Goes the Robot!

    Sensing Episode 2: Squish Goes the Robot!

    Can robots ever learn to feel? Our ability to perform delicate tasks, like giving a gentle hug or picking a piece of fruit, is something that robots can't yet mimic. Ryan Truby, an alum of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has created bio-inspired soft robots that can squish, stretch, and feel their way around the world - and they have the potential to change how we understand robotics.

    • 17 min
    Sensing Episode 1: It's All within Reach

    Sensing Episode 1: It's All within Reach

    From the moment you open your eyes in the morning, your sense of sight helps you navigate and interact with the world. But how do our brains understand what our eyes are telling us? And how do we know what's surrounding us, where we can move, and what objects are within reach? Emilie Josephs, a PhD student at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, is discovering that the way our brain processes vision is even more complex than scientists initially thought.

    • 16 min
    Monsters Episode 3: King Kong vs. Gravity (Re-Release)

    Monsters Episode 3: King Kong vs. Gravity (Re-Release)

    We're working to bring you more episodes of Veritalk very soon. In the meantime, we've got a Halloween treat for all of our listeners. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, it's our third episode about Monsters!

    Why isn’t King Kong scaling the Empire State Building right now? Should we worry about Godzilla rising from the depths of the Pacific Ocean? Shane Campbell-Staton, co-host of the podcast The Biology of Superheroes and Harvard PhD ’15 in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, talks about our favorite movie monsters, and some of the biological processes that could make them come to life.

    • 19 min
    Monsters Episode 2: Parasites (Re-Release)

    Monsters Episode 2: Parasites (Re-Release)

    We're working to bring you more episodes of Veritalk very soon. In the meantime, we've got an episode slithering around the podcast studio. Take a listen to our second episode about Monsters.

    Some monsters live inside us. PhD candidate in Biological Sciences in Public Health Maddy McFarland studies Trypanosoma cruzi, a parasite that transforms its shape to sneak inside our cells and makes us sick. The scariest part: Our cells can’t signal that they’re infected until it’s too late.

    • 18 min
    Monsters Episode 1: Mermaids (Re-Release)

    Monsters Episode 1: Mermaids (Re-Release)

    We're working to bring you more episodes of Veritalk very soon. In the meantime, we've brought our spookiest series out of the podcast crypt. Get a mug of hot apple cider, turn out the lights, and take a listen to the first of three episodes about Monsters.

    Mermaids: They’re cute, innocent, and great singers, right? Think again! PhD candidate in Celtic Languages and Literatures Greg Darwin explains why you wouldn’t want to meet a mermaid in a dark aquatic alley. He also talks about selkie tales – and legendary creatures that live at the edge of humanity.

    • 16 min

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