Ever wanted to know how music affects your brain, what quantum mechanics really is, or how black holes work? Do you wonder why you get emotional each time you see a certain movie, or how on earth video games are designed? Then you’ve come to the right place. Each week, Sean Carroll will host conversations with some of the most interesting thinkers in the world. From neuroscientists and engineers to authors and television producers, Sean and his guests talk about the biggest ideas in science, philosophy, culture and much more.
Introducing Against the Odds
In July 2018, 12 youth soccer players and their coach found themselves trapped 6 miles deep in a cave with no food or water and depleting oxygen. The rock formed maze became almost completely submerged as the water rose to levels nearly impossible for survival. There was no light and no way to communicate with the outside world. The first season of Wondery’s new original series Against the Odds takes you into the incredible events of when an adventurous group of teens found themselves fighting to save their lives, and the brave heroes that gave them their only chance at survival. With step by step recounts, experience for yourself what it was like to be in their shoes, and how they survived against the odds. Listen to Against the Odds at wondery.fm/ATO.
Shadi Bartsch on Plato, Vergil, Confucius, and Modernity
I talk to classicist Shadi Bartsch about the classics in the modern world, from Vergil's Aeneid to how China thinks about Plato.
AMA | February 2021
Ask Me Anything episode for February 2021.
Robert Sapolsky on Why We Behave the Way We Do
I talk with psychoneurobiologist Robert Sapolsky about why human beings behave the way they do.
Ziya Tong on Realities We Don't See
I talk with science journalist Ziya Tong about how what we see and think about shapes how we live in the world.
Bonus | AIP Oral History Interview
I am interviewed by David Zierler for the Oral History Project of the American Institute of Physics.
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I love this podcast! It is so educational and stretches my brain in so many directions. It is the perfect blend of accessible and intellectually challenging. The prefect podcast for those of us who secretly wish we were theoretical physicists (and are completely convinced we “could” have been great ones)... but accidentally forgot to become one back in college!
Found this podcast recently. I like starting from the very beginning when listening to a new podcast. Episode 1 had clean audio with an interesting conversation. Typically podcasters get better the more they do, great starting point. Looking forward to more.
I’m partway into this episode and cannot help recalling the description in Men In Black of the antagonist as a bunch of bugs in an Edgar Suit. More sugar please!
Also, I’m channeling Micro CNN broadcasting from The Mite House on the presidential eyelash.