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Through the lens of science, hosts Kira Klingenberg & Keera Lindenberg (yes, really) explore surprisingly fascinating topics - like hive minds, sea monkeys, & lactose intolerance, in a way that everyone, despite their inherent level of nerdiness, will enjoy.



All episodes recorded live at KXRY studios in Portland, Oregon.

Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira Kira Klingenberg Keera Lindenberg Xray.fm KXRY

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    • 4.7 • 17 Ratings

Through the lens of science, hosts Kira Klingenberg & Keera Lindenberg (yes, really) explore surprisingly fascinating topics - like hive minds, sea monkeys, & lactose intolerance, in a way that everyone, despite their inherent level of nerdiness, will enjoy.



All episodes recorded live at KXRY studios in Portland, Oregon.

    Season 2: Invasions – Pregnancy

    Season 2: Invasions – Pregnancy

    Human pregnancy. A sweet symbiotic relationship between 2 beings? Or a BODILY INVASION?? Depends on which of your cells you ask.



    In this episode, K+K explore the role of the Placenta, the temporary organ that develops in the mother's body alongside the fetus. Sure, it procures nutrients and keeps the baby alive... but if mom's not vigilant, the placenta will gladly TAKE OVER THE WORLD! Or at least her body.



    Find out how the Placenta executes its military attack, what happens if the body can't defend itself, and then as a bonus, why this topic is timely and relevant to an upcoming break in the production of Everything is Interesting episodes.



    Trust me, every single available photo of a placenta is horrifying. Here's an adorable newborn baby instead.

    • 41 min
    Season 2: Invasions – A Cure for HIV: How We Cured the London Patient

    Season 2: Invasions – A Cure for HIV: How We Cured the London Patient

    Although we've had great breakthroughs in pharmaceutical treatments for HIV, the virus remains one of the scariest diseases out there, because as of yet, there is no surefire cure. But as of this month,we have found a cure... for exactly 2 people in the history of the world. Can the experimental treatment used on the 2 patients who have had the virus wiped from their system be used to help the 37 million people living with the disease today? Should it be?



    In Part 1, K+K discussed how HIV infiltrates your body, and why its so hard to get rid of. In today's episode, K+K examine the London Patient, and how doctors used the patient's immune system against itself to eradicate the virus. They also look at the recent birth of the first person to be genetically modified with an immunity to HIV, and discuss if this will be and should be the future of medicine.



    Disclaimer: the Human Immunodeficiency Virus is not actually a cartoon. 

    • 23 min
    Season 2: Invasions – A Cure for HIV: One Formidable Foe

    Season 2: Invasions – A Cure for HIV: One Formidable Foe

    Although we've had great breakthroughs in pharmaceutical treatments for HIV, the virus remains one of the scariest diseases out there, because as of yet, there is no surefire cure. But as of this month,we have found a cure... for exactly 2 people in the history of the world. Can the experimental treatment used on the 2 patients who have had the virus wiped from their system be used to help the 37 million people living with the disease today? Should it be?



    In Part 1, K+K discuss why an HIV infection is such a big deal for your body, how it goes about infiltrating your cells, and the diabolical ways it makes itself so hard to get rid of. This knowledge will set you up to understand the next episode, when K+K examine the London Patient, and how doctors used the patient's immune system against itself to eradicate the virus.



    For such a formidable foe, he sure is a tiny guy.



     

    • 29 min
    Season 2: Invasions – Body Snatchers

    Season 2: Invasions – Body Snatchers

    If you're a nature documentary fan like we are, you're probably already familiar with Ophiocordyeps, the species of fungus that turns ants into zombies, using mind control to coerce the ant to attach itself to a treetop, just before a mushroom bursts Alien-like out of its head. K+K looked into the research that's been occurring over the last few years to determine just how the fungus pulls this off, and it turns out... not only is everything we thought we knew about this parasitic species wrong, its also way more disturbing that we could have previously guessed.



    Don't say we didn't warn you.

    • 44 min
    Season 1: Loops – Is Time a Flat Circle? Part 2

    Season 1: Loops – Is Time a Flat Circle? Part 2

    How many times has the universe exploded in a great Big Bang? And if the answer is 'more than once' then that poses an even more important question: does Time stop and start over with every Bang?



    To answer this, we have to go back to the very  beginning of the universe (if indeed there was a beginning...) to a "time" before mass, matter, and possibly Time even existed at all.

    • 36 min
    Season 1: Loops – Is Time a Flat Circle? Part I

    Season 1: Loops – Is Time a Flat Circle? Part I

    What is time? A line? A loop? A figment of our imaginations? Spoiler alert... no one knows. But we can use what we know about physics, biology, and Einstein's ideas about Relativity to take our best guess. Join K+K on this 2-part journey into the center (if there is such a place) of time (if there is such a thing)!  In this show:



    How does the human brain keep track of time?

    Why is syncing up our biological rhythms with the sun's cycles so important?

    If someone kidnapped you and you woke up in a sensory deprivation tank, would you ever know what time it was again?



    Are you the glucose monster or the melatonin fairy? Be honest.



     



     



     



     



     



    [photo courtesy of https://www.sciencenews.org/article/origin-biological-clocks]

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

MFDJ ,

Hooked after one episode

The discussion about the Big Bang and the relationship between energy, time and mass was some great stuff. Super accessible, engaging, mind expanding stuff.

rivrrunnr ,

Easily informative

I enjoy listening to Kira and Keera, the information is interesting, easy to follow, and fun! Keep up the good work ladies!

Wil | Podcast Problems ,

As funny as it is educational!

Everything Is Interesting is such a fun listen for anyone who wants to learn or just wants a show with fun, engaging hosts. The podcast is the perfect mix of structured and conversational, making sure to go off the rails only enough for some good conversation without losing sight of the topic at hand. Kira and Keera are charismatic, engaging, and fun, making sure everything really IS interesting. This podcast is a great way to learn without being overloaded and is the perfect addition to a podcast library for anyone.

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