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Recent Paper Decent Puzzle is a podcast with two parts: First, I pick apart a recent scientific journal article in enough detail that a non-expert listener would be able to speak intelligently about it. Then I present a decent puzzle, so the listener has something fun to work on until the answer is announced in the next episode.

Recent Paper Decent Puzzle Dan Riskin

    • Natural Sciences

Recent Paper Decent Puzzle is a podcast with two parts: First, I pick apart a recent scientific journal article in enough detail that a non-expert listener would be able to speak intelligently about it. Then I present a decent puzzle, so the listener has something fun to work on until the answer is announced in the next episode.

    Eyes Before Flippers

    Eyes Before Flippers

    A recent paper about how eyes got creatures onto land, and a puzzle about a disease called Stinky Stink.
    Note: This will be our last episode of the season - see you in September!
    (music: Bensound)

    • 15 min
    Amazon: Floodplains and Uplands

    Amazon: Floodplains and Uplands

    Guest host Shelby Riskin: 
    A recent paper about forests in the Amazon and how they dry out, and puzzle about finding phosphorus.
    Music: Bensound

    • 18 min
    Kangaroo Rats Keep Their Cool

    Kangaroo Rats Keep Their Cool

    A recent paper about kangaroo rats staying stealthy around heat-seeking rattlesnakes, and a decent puzzle about cereal boxes
    Music: Bensound

    • 18 min
    Flying Mosquitoes

    Flying Mosquitoes

    A recent paper about mosquito flight that might even make you stop hating them for a second, and a decent puzzle about a martini.
    Music by Bensound

    • 15 min
    Laughing Parrots

    Laughing Parrots

    A recent paper about why laugh tracks would be good for parrot sitcoms, and a decent puzzle about a pentagon.
    music: Bensound

    • 12 min
    Neanderthals With Food In Their Teeth

    Neanderthals With Food In Their Teeth

    A recent paper about Neanderthal dental hygiene, and a puzzle comparing American coffee consumption to the flow of the Thames.
    Music: Bensound

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

revcate ,

fun and concise

even when the field is tangential to my own, it’s fun and thought-provoking

6x9=42 ,

Always makes me think

I love hearing about papers which are not in my field, and they provide great dinner conversations. Even more, though, I love the challenge of the puzzles. They make me think in different ways, and I love the feeling of accomplishment when I crack them!

mr2048 ,

Short & sweet & science-y

Great concept for a podcast. Entertaining, interesting, and just the right length, too. Very well done.

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