64 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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    • 4.5 • 48 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.

    Lost Worlds: Life on Mars?

    Lost Worlds: Life on Mars?

    Mars was once a very different planet, with rivers, lakes, and — potentially — life. NASA’s latest Mars rover is on a mission to find traces of past life. What happens if it does?
    This is the third episode of our new four-part series, Lost Worlds.
    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.
    Also, email us! unexplainable@vox.com
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    • 31 min
    Lost Worlds: Why do we have a moon?

    Lost Worlds: Why do we have a moon?

    In all our searching of the universe, we’ve never seen another moon like ours. It's big, it's weird, it's played a huge role in shaping our planet. But how did we get it? Every possible story points to cataclysm.
    This is the second episode of our new four-part series, Lost Worlds.
    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.
    Also, email us! unexplainable@vox.com
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    • 27 min
    Lost Worlds: Aliens from Earth?

    Lost Worlds: Aliens from Earth?

    Was there a technologically advanced species living on Earth long before humans? And if one had existed, how would we know?
    This is the first episode of our new four-part series, Lost Worlds.
    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.
    Also, email us! unexplainable@vox.com
    We read every email.
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    • 27 min
    Dropping like flies

    Dropping like flies

    Insect populations are shrinking all over the world, and entomologists are buzzing with questions: Why is this happening? How quickly? And, most concerningly, what does it mean for food supplies or even life as we know it?

    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.
    Also, email us! unexplainable@vox.com
    We read every email.
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    • 27 min
    Is telepathy real?

    Is telepathy real?

    A groundbreaking study claims to have found a way for a fully paralyzed person to communicate entirely via thought. Today, Explained breaks down the science and asks: Is it too good to be true?

    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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    • 26 min
    Why do we dream?

    Why do we dream?

    Dreams are weird, but can they be a scientific tool? Can they teach us anything about humanity? About ourselves?

    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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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

Sezmiester ,

Very enjoyable

I’m really enjoying listening to this show. It’s so great to learn something about a topic, and be left with the feeling of wonder about how much more there is to know. The stories are well told and it’s really interesting listening to the scientists and other contributors explain how they do their work. Great length too.

PclarkVN ,

Trying too hard…

Not great. Trying to be like Radio Lab, but the story-tellers are a bit over-the-top and there’s not enough science to give the stories substance.

nialltg ,

Not very scientific

Your latest episode on invasive species was particularly poor. The guest completely conflated the natural migration of species with the destructive human introduction of species - widely documented as causing harm to native species through out competition or predation, e.g. the introduction of gray squirrels or American crayfish to the UK - and also proposed this was in fact a good thing. This is absurd anti-environmentalism! A species migrating across continents over tens of millennia is not the same humans randomly placing different animals out of context suddenly. I don’t understand why this was not even discussed.

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