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 Border Patrol Exempt from the Fourth Amendment? with Todd Miller
No feature of the American landscape is more absurd than the border. It cuts across natural landscapes, is highly militarized, and possesses the largest law enforcement agency in America. Why? Journalist and Author Todd Miller joins Adam to explain why the heck Border Patrol got involved with the BLM protests last June, what “check point trauma” means, and why we need to build solidarity, rather than division with the people who share the continent with us. Todd Miller’s book - Build Bridges Not Walls - is out at the end of March, and can be pre-ordered at citylights.com
Factually! Presents: If/Then
Infinite curiosity? Check. Obsessed with outer space, Nat Geo and mysteries inside the brain? Check. Gillian Jacobs and Diona Reasonover are beyond ready for this gig. On their new show “If/Then,” they talk with really smart people about stuff that makes you look out the window with wonder. In this clip, Gillian interviews NASA engineer Tracy Drain. Find out what a systems engineer does and how Tracy got her dream job at NASA! The first episode is out now! Check it out and subscribe.
Ending Climate Change with Saul Griffith
We often frame the fight against climate change as one of endless sacrifice. But the truth is, the real solutions to climate change would both save money and make our lives better. Scientist, inventor, and energy expert Saul Griffith joins Adam to walk us through why electric power is more efficient, powerful, and affordable long-term; how the “scarcity mentality” is a flawed way to view fighting climate change; and how a “wartime mobilization” to electrify our society would both fight the COVID economic slump as well as combat climate change. Saul Griffith's book Rewiring America is available wherever books are sold.
Four Lost Cities with Annalee Newitz
Where do cities… come from? Are they created by committee? Or do they just spring up out of the earth? Adam explores this question with journalist Annalee Newitz, author of the new book Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age. They take an audio tour from Cahokia, an indigenous city near St. Louis that somehow got left out of American textbook; the Neolithic city of Çatalhöyük, where people buried their ancestors under their living room floors; Angkor, which declined due to lack of government care of infrastructure; and everyone’s favorite lost city - Pompeii! You can find Four Lost Cities wherever books are sold.
Humankind’s Hopeful History with Rutger Bregman
Is humanity innately good or bad? Historian and author Rutger Bregman joins Adam to discuss his decidedly optimistic answer to this question. They discuss research showing that people are more likely to help each other during national disasters, the true story behind Kitty Genovese, and how the real-life Lord of The Flies had a very different ending. You can find Rutger Bregman’s book, Humankind: A Hopeful History, wherever books are sold.
Decriminalizing Drugs with Dr. Carl Hart
This week, Dr. Carl Hart - professor of neuroscience and psychology at Columbia - joins Adam to argue that we’ve been approaching recreational drugs all wrong. Together they discuss how we have historically exaggerated the harmful effects of drugs on the brain, how stigma and criminalization create greater adverse effects than the drugs themselves, and more. Dr. Hart’s new book, Drug Use for Grown Ups, is out now.
Love the content but hate the low sound quality
I love the contents of this show, but have a hard time listening to it because of the low quality sound. I usually listen with head-phones, and my ears start hurting after a while. I will defer listening to when I listen in the car.