14 episodes

Two students at a small university in Cambridge, MA want to help you get smart! Each week we provide a succinct, humorous overview of some of the most interesting topics of the day including universal basic income, the history of the electoral college and the invention of white people.

Skepticas‪t‬ Cooper Williams and Mimi Sheng

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

Two students at a small university in Cambridge, MA want to help you get smart! Each week we provide a succinct, humorous overview of some of the most interesting topics of the day including universal basic income, the history of the electoral college and the invention of white people.

    The Invention of "White People"

    The Invention of "White People"

    Ah, the age old question... where do "White people" come from? We interview Professor Marco Tabellini of Harvard Business School to understand how an influx of racial minorities affects our acceptance of who is "White". Plus: a bonus for Lion King fans! 

    • 17 min
    Maternal Health

    Maternal Health

    We interview Dr. Fleda Mask Jackson, a public health expert, on racial disparities in maternal health. Dr. Jackson has served as an advisor to the CDC and as Professor of Applied Public Health at Emory University and a Visiting Scholar at Spelman College. 

    • 26 min
    Wildfires

    Wildfires

    The world is on fire -- for once, we're not talking about politics. Find out more about what causes wildfires, what you can do about them, and what Cooper really thinks about gender reveal parties. 

    • 15 min
    History of the Electoral College

    History of the Electoral College

    In this episode, we interview Professor Alexander Keyssar of Harvard, author of the new book "Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?" Find out how the electoral college was devised, why it has survived several (bipartisan) efforts for reform, and...

    • 31 min
    The Postal Service & Mail-In Voting

    The Postal Service & Mail-In Voting

    The USPS is the center of attention these days, but do you know which president started it? In our last episode of the season, find out the truth about mail-in voting, and what happened to names like Ebenezer Hazard. 

    • 18 min
    Special Episode: TikTok and Privacy

    Special Episode: TikTok and Privacy

    Influencer tweens, algorithms, and geopolitics -- oh my! Listen to Cooper and Mimi give their personal takes on TikTok and security, and find out why Cooper hates his social credit score. 

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

JBOPA ,

Just what I need

Topical, well-researched, and funny.

PocoCali ,

I’m Hooked!

These episodes are a perfectly bite-sized bit of well-researched information lightly wrapped in a delicious coating of snark and humor!
I learn, I laugh and look forward to the next Wednesday.

Axpence ,

A quick snack of stuff i should know already as an adult—with a dab of humor

A quick snack of stuff i should know already as an adult—with a dab of humor. Love it.

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