26 episodes

Taboo Science is a podcast that answers the questions you're not allowed to ask. It's hosted by Ashley Hamer, a science writer and podcaster. Every episode dives into a different societal taboo to understand the science that makes it tick, the reasons we don't talk about it, and the impact that has on society at large. Why don't we eat people? Why are my swear words different than my parents'? And what makes porn, porn? It's science class if science class had one of those anonymous question boxes. It's Taboo Science.

Taboo Science Ashley Hamer

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Taboo Science is a podcast that answers the questions you're not allowed to ask. It's hosted by Ashley Hamer, a science writer and podcaster. Every episode dives into a different societal taboo to understand the science that makes it tick, the reasons we don't talk about it, and the impact that has on society at large. Why don't we eat people? Why are my swear words different than my parents'? And what makes porn, porn? It's science class if science class had one of those anonymous question boxes. It's Taboo Science.

    Butts (with Dr. Jeanne Bovet)

    Butts (with Dr. Jeanne Bovet)

    Why do we have such big butts? Why does society admire women's butts more than men's? And what does race have to do with all this?   Featuring Dr. Jeanne Bovet, senior lecturer at Northumbria University in Newcastle. https://www.jeannebovet.com/
     
    See citations and a transcript for this episode: https://www.tabooscience.show/s2e12-butts/
     
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    Taboo Science is written and produced by Ashley Hamer. Theme music by Danny Lopatka of DLC Music.

    • 22 min
    Disability (with Emily Ladau)

    Disability (with Emily Ladau)

    It affects 1 billion people worldwide, so why is disability considered a niche issue? How can we make life easier for people with disabilities? And what does any of this have to do with As Seen on TV products?
    Featuring Emily Ladau, disability rights activist and author of the new book, “Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally.” Pick it up here: https://amzn.to/3heTUKF
     
    See citations and a transcript for this episode: https://www.tabooscience.show/s2e11-disability/
     
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    Taboo Science is written and produced by Ashley Hamer. Theme music by Danny Lopatka of DLC Music.

    • 31 min
    Depression (with Dr. Gerard Sanacora)

    Depression (with Dr. Gerard Sanacora)

    What is depression, really? Do antidepressants actually work? And how can ketamine and psilocybin possibly help?
     
    Featuring Gerard Sanacora, director of the Yale Depression Research Program and Co-director of the Yale Interventional Psychiatry Service.
     
    See citations for this episode: https://www.tabooscience.show/s2e10-depression/
     
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    Taboo Science is written and produced by Ashley Hamer. Theme music by Danny Lopatka of DLC Music.

    • 29 min
    Body Hair (with Rebecca Herzig)

    Body Hair (with Rebecca Herzig)

    Why do we remove our body hair? Why do humans have less hair than our primate cousins? And why was Darwin obsessed with beards?
     
    Featuring Rebecca Herzig, author of "Plucked: A History of Hair Removal." Pick it up here: https://amzn.to/3Csj819
     
    See citations for this episode: https://www.tabooscience.show/s2e9-body-hair/
     
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    Taboo Science is written and produced by Ashley Hamer. Theme music by Danny Lopatka of DLC Music.

    • 34 min
    Hormones (with Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D.)

    Hormones (with Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D.)

    They're complex, mysterious, and easy to blame for everything from unexplained symptoms to seemingly superhuman abilities. Find out how we discovered hormones, what they do inside of us, and who's really controlling who.   Featuring Randi Hutter Epstein author of "Aroused, the History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything." Pick it up here: https://amzn.to/3f93P3l 
     
    See citations for this episode: https://www.tabooscience.show/s2e8-hormones/ 
     
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    Taboo Science is written and produced by Ashley Hamer. Theme music by Danny Lopatka of DLC Music.

    • 39 min
    Critical Race Theory (with Janel George)

    Critical Race Theory (with Janel George)

    Are kids really learning critical race theory in class? What IS critical race theory, anyway? And why is it so uncomfortable to talk about race? Featuring Janel George, associate professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and founding director of the Racial Equity in Education Policy Clinic.   Click here to see citations for this episode!
     
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    Taboo Science is written and produced by Ashley Hamer. Theme music by Danny Lopatka of DLC Music.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

dinahbooboo ,

dinahbooboo

i love science already and this has made it even more excinging and fun. Ashley is a great interviewer and the podcas is well done.

dhauger ,

Great

Love the content!

Eureka Chris ,

Great podcast!

Wonderful podcasts! Great topics! Particularly liked the one on ageism and the one on marriage-but they’re all good!

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