8 episodes

Everybody’s got a brain, but how do they work? To find out, we’re investigating healthy brains, dead brains, brains in jars… even the brains of TV-watching monkeys. For science!

Playing With Marbles Vocal Fry Studios, Brain Canada

    • Health & Fitness

Everybody’s got a brain, but how do they work? To find out, we’re investigating healthy brains, dead brains, brains in jars… even the brains of TV-watching monkeys. For science!

    S2 E1 : One woman's brain

    S2 E1 : One woman's brain

    For decades researchers used male bodies as the “default”, and this has led to huge research gaps in our understanding of womens’ brains. This lack of knowledge has real, sometimes deadly consequences when it comes to things like medication doses. So, we’re spending this season following one woman’s brain from birth to death and diving into what we do and don’t know about female brains.

    • 27 min
    S2 E2: Hormones: a love story

    S2 E2: Hormones: a love story

    Puberty, pregnancy, ovulation, even love… these are all things our body regulates with hormones, and brains love hormones. They are chemical messengers used by the body when one part wants to tell another what to do… and in this episode our protagonist’s brain is stewing in them like a squishy teabag.

    • 31 min
    S2 E3: Menopause and Beyond

    S2 E3: Menopause and Beyond

    Let’s experience menopause, migraines, and Alzheimer's! Not exactly fun, we know, but they are very common complications of later life, so we’re going to get inside a brain that is experiencing them and show you exactly what’s going onn. We'll explore the benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy and whether a cure for Alzheimer's is on the horizon. This is our protagonist Kira's swan song, we hope you'll join us as she makes her way through her last chapter.

    • 28 min
    S2 Teaser: How much do you know about the difference between male and female brains?

    S2 Teaser: How much do you know about the difference between male and female brains?

    Season 2 of Playing with Marbles is coming Monday June 20th, and this time we’re focusing on the female brain, and what we do and don’t know about it. Scientists have been using male bodies as their “default” research subjects for a long time, so we’re going to take a long look at one woman’s brain, and figure out what we do and don’t know about it.

    • 1 min
    Brains, the final frontier

    Brains, the final frontier

    Every day we are learning more about the brain, but the challenges are complex and answers can’t come quickly enough. We are on a global quest to understand the brain and we believe that new ideas, tested through research and leading to innovation and discovery, will reduce the burden on our health care system and help us live happier, healthier lives. Join us and come on a journey to the real last frontier – the brain.

    • 1 min
    1: Nature's hard drive

    1: Nature's hard drive

    Memories are fickle. They’re so important, but so ineffable.. So how do we make memories? And what types of memory are there? We’re finding out what actually happens when we upload something to our squishy storage system, and if there are any ways to hack our memories to be better. We might even be close to implanting new memories, or editing out old ones.

    • 33 min

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