153 episodes

Unexplainable takes listeners right up to the edge of what we know … and then keeps on going. Host Noam Hassenfeld and an all-star team of reporters — Byrd Pinkerton, Meradith Hoddinott, and Mandy Nguyen — tackle scientific mysteries, unanswered questions, and everything we learn by diving into the unknown. New episodes drop every Wednesday.

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    • 4.6 • 1.8K Ratings

Unexplainable takes listeners right up to the edge of what we know … and then keeps on going. Host Noam Hassenfeld and an all-star team of reporters — Byrd Pinkerton, Meradith Hoddinott, and Mandy Nguyen — tackle scientific mysteries, unanswered questions, and everything we learn by diving into the unknown. New episodes drop every Wednesday.

    The deepest spot in the ocean

    The deepest spot in the ocean

    Seventy-five percent of the seafloor remains unmapped and unexplored, but the first few glimpses scientists have gotten of the ocean’s depths have completely revolutionized our understanding of the planet.
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    • 28 min
    What’s the tallest mountain in the world?

    What’s the tallest mountain in the world?

    If you just stood up and shouted, “It’s Mount Everest, duh!” then take a seat. Not only is Everest’s official height constantly changing, but three other mountains might actually be king of the hill.
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    • 28 min
    Did trees kill the world?

    Did trees kill the world?

    Way back when forests first evolved on Earth … they might have triggered one of the biggest mass extinctions in the history of the planet. What can we learn from this ancient climate apocalypse?
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    • 26 min
    Can we stop aging?

    Can we stop aging?

    From blood transfusions to enzyme boosters, our friends at Science Vs dive into the latest research on the search for the fountain of youth.
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    • 37 min
    Who's the daddy? There isn't one.

    Who's the daddy? There isn't one.

    A snake. A shark. They got pregnant with no male involved. In fact, scientists are finding more and more species that can reproduce on their own. What’s going on?
    Note: We mention that a stingray named Charlotte might be pregnant via parthenogenesis. It has since been announced that she was not pregnant, but ill.
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    • 20 min
    Itch hunt

    Itch hunt

    Itch used to be understood as a mild form of pain, but scientists are learning this sense is more than just skin deep. How deep does it go?
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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

frankie2266 ,

Love it but

Regarding the episode about aging: yes, great content, but no, not great voice

M.Cornforth ,

Terribly un-informative.

An episode of this podcast was forced upon me by Science Vs and it was so information-less, such a bad interview, I stopped listening part way through (only making it that far in the hopes it would build on the potential intrigue it began with). I guess that’s what you get when something is “unexplainable”. Not my jam.

Finnegan usa ,

Really appreciate info on JWST

Love the female scientists. But, it’s really hard to listen to the exaggerated valley girl speech pattern.

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