22 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.

    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.
     
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    Taboo Science is written and produced by Ashley Hamer. Theme music by Danny Lopatka of DLC Music.

    • 37 min
    Money (with Ted Klontz, Ph.D.)

    Money (with Ted Klontz, Ph.D.)

    Why is it impolite to talk about money? Why are many of us uncomfortable with our own money habits? And how do we change things?
    Featuring Ted Klontz, Ph.D., director of the Financial Psychology Institute and associate professor of Practice and Financial Psychology at Creighton University.
     
    See citations for this episode: https://www.tabooscience.show/s2e6-money/
     
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    Taboo Science is written and produced by Ashley Hamer. Theme music by Danny Lopatka of DLC Music.

    • 35 min
    Head Transplants (with Dr. Brandy Schillace)

    Head Transplants (with Dr. Brandy Schillace)

    Why don't we have head transplants? Why would someone need one? And how much of you is in your head — and how much is everywhere else?
    Featuring Dr. Brandy Schillace, author of the book “Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher: A Monkey's Head, the Pope's Neuroscientist, and the Quest to Transplant the Soul.” Pick it up here: https://amzn.to/2TniY91
     
    See citations for this episode: https://www.tabooscience.show/s2e5-head-transplants/
     
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    Taboo Science is written and produced by Ashley Hamer. Theme music by Danny Lopatka of DLC Music.

    • 39 min
    STIs (with Ina Park, MD)

    STIs (with Ina Park, MD)

    How long have STIs been around? Why don't we have anything higher-tech than the condom? And when did we stop saying "STD," anyway?
    Featuring Ina Park, MD, associate professor at the UC San Francisco School of Medicine and author of the book "Strange Bedfellows: Adventures in the Science, History, and Surprising Secrets of STDs." Pick it up here: https://amzn.to/3uGrs8h
     
    See citations for this episode: https://www.tabooscience.show/s2e4-stis/
     
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    Taboo Science is written and produced by Ashley Hamer. Theme music by Danny Lopatka of DLC Music.

    • 38 min
    Bodily Fluids (with Erika Engelhaupt)

    Bodily Fluids (with Erika Engelhaupt)

    Snot and pee and earwax, oh my! Why are we so full of gross substances? What do our fluids do for us? And is there really a chemical to catch people peeing in the pool?
    Featuring Erika Engelhaupt, a science writer and editor and author of the new book “Gory Details: Adventures from the Dark Side of Science." Find it here: https://amzn.to/3eUFxdw
     
    See citations for this episode: https://www.tabooscience.show/s2e3-bodilyfluilds
     
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    Taboo Science is written and produced by Ashley Hamer. Theme music by Danny Lopatka of DLC Music.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Eureka Chris ,

Great podcast!

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

Kevin 251 ,

So fun and informative

Excellent, professional-quality, super-fun show. The (sometimes cringeworthy) topics are carefully researched, and the show is expertly produced and edited, right down to the theme and background music. Ashley is a terrific podcaster. You must listen.

Danny CS ,

Informative, funny, not-your-mama’s science podcast

I *LOVE* this podcast! I learn something fascinating every episode. Ashley is an excellent host – clear, engaging, and funny. The guests she features are experts in their fields. A well-researched, top-notch science podcast if there ever was one.

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