Comedian Adam Conover talks to exceptional experts, revealing shocking truths and thought-provoking new perspectives. It’s an investigative comedy podcast for curious people who never stop asking questions.
Why Is America’s Internet So Slow? with Susan Crawford
Harvard law professor Susan Crawford joins Adam this week to discuss why America - the country that invented the internet - struggles to provide access to affordable, high-speed internet. She explains why just a few telecom companies monopolize the industry, fiber vs. wireless, the real deal with 5G, and why the internet should become a public utility.
The Psychology Behind Conspiracy Theories with Rob Brotherton
Adam brings on author and academic psychologist Rob Brotherton to discuss why our brains are wired for conspiracy. They how classism and elitism shape our opinions about conspiracy theorists, how the word “fact,” and how humility is the key to meaningful conversations about truth.
A Coronavirus Update with Dr. Ashish Jha
The COVID-19 pandemic is worsening across the country, so past guest Dr. Ashish Jha is returning with more answers to Adam’s questions. They discuss what the scientific community has learned about Covid-19 since March, what we now understand to be safe and unsafe, the government’s failures, why certain activities are safer than you may think, and the light at the end of the tunnel.
The Myth of the Supreme Court
Author and professor Eric J. Segall joins Adam to explode the myth that the Supreme Court makes decisions by a dispassionate evaluation of the law. In reality, he argues, the Justices actually just “make shit up.” Adam and Eric dig into the real history of Brown vs. Board of Education, the ways "originalism" mirrors religion, and why Segall believes the Court should ultimately be weaker than it is.
The Shocking Decline in Child Mortality with Dr. Perri Klass
Just a century and change ago, it wasn’t a given that children would actually survive childhood. Dr. Perri Klass and Adam discuss the shocking decline in child mortality since, what life was like in a time when the deaths of children were routine, and the pressures still facing parents in a now child-friendlier world.
Everything Boomers Told You about the 60s Was Wrong with Rick Perlstein
In the final episode before the American election, Adam explores the history of conservative reactionary politics in America with acclaimed historian Rick Perlstein, who explains where the false narrative of the hippies “winning” the 60s came from, the historical “hinge” moments which bring progress, and how progressive and reactionary politics have evolved through the decades.