Two psychologists endeavor to drink four beers while discussing news and controversies in science, academia, and beyond.
How is Open Science Doing?
Yoel and Alexa discuss progress in open science over the past 10 years. Is the scientific reform glass half-full or half-empty? Where have we made progress, and what still needs work? We use two papers describing "Scientific Utopia" by Nosek and colleagues (written nearly 10 years ago!) in order to evaluate our progress.
Also, the true story of how Ashley Madison got its name.
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Our Social Media Prisms
Mickey, Alexa, and Yoel break down "Breaking the Social Media Prism," a new book arguing that social media reinforces our pre-existing political beliefs and polarizes us against the other side.
Plus, HUGE NEWS about who's hosting the show. Also, Yoel gets a French lesson.
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Quick Fixes (with Jesse Singal)
Journalist and podcaster Jesse Singal joins the show to talk about the enduring popularity of social-psychological quick fixes and how they go wrong. Plus: what is wrong with how the media covers science?
Special Guest: Jesse Singal.
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Legalize It (with Carl Hart)
Neuroscientist and addiction researcher Carl Hart joins the show to talk drug legalization. Why does he think all drugs should be legal? What are some common myths about drug use and addiction? And how has his personal experience as a regular drug user influenced his views?
Bonus: What drugs should we try next?
Special Guest: Carl Hart.
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Actually Against Academia (with Lee Jussim)
Lee Jussim joins the show to argue that we have been too soft on academia. We discuss problems in psychology and the social sciences including ideological bias, politically-motivated retractions, and more. Have things gotten better or worse over the past 10 years?
Plus: is Lee bad at Twitter?
Special Guest: Lee Jussim.
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B******t, Misinformation, and What to Do About It (with Gord Pennycook)
Psychologist Gordon Pennycook joins the show to talk b******t and misinformation. What is b******t, and why do some people fall for it more than others? Why does misinformation spread so readily, and what can be done to stop it?
Plus: Yoel asks some perfectly reasonable questions about COVID's origins, and Mickey indulges in some Canadian content.
Special Guest: Gordon Pennycook.
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Informative and entertaining to grad students
I’m an international grad students studying in the US. To me, this podcast is an important resource to me since it’s a window into life in academia. Being the type of person who’s easily stressed out over tiny things, navigating through grad school, where the uncertainty for future is abundant, is tough for me. And listening about scholar’s various way to get into academia was fun and helps me realize that paths leads to academia (or anywhere) aren’t straight and smooth.
One technical suggestion though is to calibrate the volume of the hosts and guests so that the volume is consistent across the speakers. I know nothing about editing podcast so not sure if it’s feasible...
Love this podcast!
I should have reviewed the show long ago as I’ve been an avid listener for awhile now. Yoel and Mickey are smart, thoughtful, and easy to listen to. I love hearing their takes on current issues in the field. I’m a psychology professor and I incorporate clips of their conversations in my lectures routinely. Their conversations are inspiring and great entertainment!
Infotainment done right!
The docs said they hadn’t received a review in some time, so...
As someone who wants to make a career in academic research, the boys keep me feeling a slightly current while still being accessible (I’m an undergrad) and enjoyable.
They’re no Very Bad Wizards, but maybe one day they’ll grow up to be Pizzaros.
5/5, would drink a beer with these gents and tash talk pop psych