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Why do we cry? Did cavemen really carry clubs? Can swearing make you stronger? On ELT, you call with a question, we find you an answer. Our helpline is open 24-7. Call 833-RING-ELT or send an audio message to elt@gimletmedia.com.

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    • 4.7 • 4.3K Ratings

Why do we cry? Did cavemen really carry clubs? Can swearing make you stronger? On ELT, you call with a question, we find you an answer. Our helpline is open 24-7. Call 833-RING-ELT or send an audio message to elt@gimletmedia.com.

    Symphony Secrets: Dirt from the Pit

    Symphony Secrets: Dirt from the Pit

    This week, an encore of a favorite episode: What happens behind the scenes at the symphony. Does a triangle player get the same pay as a violinist? Do conductors ever fall off their podiums? Which section do the other musicians love to hate? ELT dishes symphony secrets with violinist Akiko Tarumoto and conductor Rob Kapilow. Special thanks to Nathan Cole and danke schön to caller Laszlo.
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    • 27 min
    When Astronauts Come Home

    When Astronauts Come Home

    This week, we’re revisiting an intergalactic favorite: Preparing for a mission to space takes astronauts years, but listener Daniel wants to know — what does the other end of that journey look like? Record-holding NASA astronaut Christina Koch tells us what happens when space travelers come home. 
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    • 29 min
    How Do Streets Get Named?

    How Do Streets Get Named?

    Caller Jessica lives on a street with an unwieldy name, and she wants to know: Who gets to name the streets? Deirdre Mask, author of “The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power,” tells us about a project to name all the streets in rural West Virginia, and why having a street address matters.
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    • 24 min
    Is It Weird to Be Nice to Alexa?

    Is It Weird to Be Nice to Alexa?

    This week we’re hitting repeat on one of our favorite episodes: Listener Elizabeth wants to know if it’s weird to say “please” and “thank you” to her Google voice assistant. ELT talks to former Alexa insider Daren Gill (now senior director of product at Spotify), and human-robot interactions expert Leila Takayama to find out whether people are typically polite to machines.
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    • 21 min
    Hello, We Are Every Little Thing

    Hello, We Are Every Little Thing

    Who invented pants? How did ‘pink for girls’ and ‘blue for boys’ happen? What do dogs say when they bark? If you have a question that needs answering, call the ELT Help Line at 833-RING-ELT or send an audio message to elt@gimletmedia.com.
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    • 1 min
    Fruit Flies: Seriously, Where Do They Come From?

    Fruit Flies: Seriously, Where Do They Come From?

    Caller Jeremy has a problem: fruit flies have swarmed his apartment, and he needs to know where they came from. ELT finds out how Jeremy’s red-eyed roommates landed in his life. Plus, please help caller Austin name that tune.
    Guest: Biologist Marcus Stensmyr, Lund University. Thanks to callers Jeremy and Austin. 
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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
4.3K Ratings

4.3K Ratings

BillNVT ,

When astronauts come home

I have been enjoying this cast since "Surprisingly Awesome." This is the best episode yet (all the flamigo coverage is almost as good). This particular episode (of a great podcast) is the very best because it includes the excellent (and usual) Q+A funniness and the most awesome astronaut ever, Dr. Peggy Whitson. Seriously, I do not support NASA (there are better ways to spend money), but Dr. Whitson became a hero of mine in this episode.

Obviously 5 stars ,

Mythology Fact

In the recent dancing animals podcast, one of the dogs is called “Fenris”, a wolf from Norse mythology.
Great Podcast!

3.1209974 ,

light fascism with your factual emergency

Love the podcast itself, but any podcast that uses ads for the military that specifically solicit young people without other options is not for me. Unfollowed, etc.

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