158 episodes

Unexplainable takes listeners right up to the edge of what we know … and then keeps on going. Host Noam Hassenfeld and an all-star team of reporters — Byrd Pinkerton, Meradith Hoddinott, and Mandy Nguyen — tackle scientific mysteries, unanswered questions, and everything we learn by diving into the unknown. New episodes drop every Wednesday.

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    • 4.4 • 87 Ratings

Unexplainable takes listeners right up to the edge of what we know … and then keeps on going. Host Noam Hassenfeld and an all-star team of reporters — Byrd Pinkerton, Meradith Hoddinott, and Mandy Nguyen — tackle scientific mysteries, unanswered questions, and everything we learn by diving into the unknown. New episodes drop every Wednesday.

    Is good posture actually good?

    Is good posture actually good?

    Send this episode to the person who constantly hounds you not to slouch.
    Guest: Beth Linker, author of “Slouch: Posture Panic in Modern America”
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    • 21 min
    Why do we yawn?

    Why do we 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? (Updated from 2022)
    Guest: Dr. Andrew Gallup
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    • 36 min
    Embracing economic chaos

    Embracing economic chaos

    Can a physicist predict our messy economy by building an enormous simulation of the entire world?
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    • 26 min
    We still don’t really know how inflation works

    We still don’t really know how inflation works

    Inflation is one of the most significant issues shaping the 2024 election. But how much can we actually do to control it?
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    • 30 min
    Can you put a price on nature?

    Can you put a price on nature?

    It’s hard to figure out the economic value of a wild bat or any other part of the natural world, but some scientists argue that this kind of calculation could help protect our environment.
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    • 23 min
    The deepest spot in the ocean

    The deepest spot in the ocean

    Seventy-five percent of the seafloor remains unmapped and unexplored, but the first few glimpses scientists have gotten of the ocean’s depths have completely revolutionized our understanding of the planet.
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

Jstar7743 ,

Brilliant

Original, exciting and brilliant.

Poshum ,

Was great but got worse with time

Old episodes being replayed under a new name. They call it “revisiting”. I don’t understand the point of this as we can just replay episodes from the library… losing the professionalism, some episodes sound awful.
Plus early episodes felt kinder, now a lot of them talk about horrible animal experiments. Seems going downhill which is a shame because it was a great podcast initially…

olemank ,

Crypto doesn’t care

How many times this single ad plays IN A ROW, per episode. It doesn’t care how much money I lose in investment. It doesn’t care what I look like while I am hitting the unfollow button. Are there truly no other entities willing to advertise on your podcast?!

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