32 episodes

Unfold a podcast that breaks down complicated problems and unfolds curiosity-driven research. Each season, the podcast takes a deep dive into a different topic, including food, climate change, health and curiosity-driven innovation and discovery at UC Davis. Hosted by Amy Quinton and Kat Kerlin.

Unfold UC Davis

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Unfold a podcast that breaks down complicated problems and unfolds curiosity-driven research. Each season, the podcast takes a deep dive into a different topic, including food, climate change, health and curiosity-driven innovation and discovery at UC Davis. Hosted by Amy Quinton and Kat Kerlin.

    Why is that Song Stuck in My Head?

    Why is that Song Stuck in My Head?

    Earworm, brainworm, whatever word you choose, it’s that song that gets stuck in your head. Research shows that more than 90% of us experience earworms. UC Davis researchers have found that they may play an important role in helping us form memories, not just for the song, but for life events. In this episode of Unfold, we examine music, memory and what earworms can teach us about how the brain works. 

    In this episode:

    Petr Janata professor, UC Davis Department of Psychology and Center for Mind and Brain 

    Ben Kubit, postdoctoral researcher, UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain 

    • 22 min
    Murder, Suicide and the Macabre

    Murder, Suicide and the Macabre

    We discuss a macabre trend from the 1700s in Germany in this special Halloween episode of Unfold. To avoid eternal damnation for the sin of committing suicide, a number of people began committing child murder so they could be forgiven by a priest before being executed. In this Unfold episode, we look at how imagined child murders can create a culture of actual killings. Warning: this subject matter might not be suitable for all audiences.

    In this episode: 

    Kathy Stuart, associate professor, UC Davis Department of History

    • 20 min
    Unfold Season 3: Driven By Curiosity

    Unfold Season 3: Driven By Curiosity

    Coming Sept. 28, Unfold brings you stories of awe, wonder and discovery as we explore how UC Davis researchers are driven by curiosity. Curiosity can lead to some of the greatest discoveries, like why songs get stuck in your head or what real-world engineering concepts you can learn from comic book superheroes. This season, we examine an archaeological discovery that raises new questions about the sexual division of labor in early hunter-gatherer societies. UC Davis researchers reveal what they found by peeling back the layers of a fish’s eye and by studying cute, pink, baby-faced axolotls. We have lots of surprising and curious stories to tell this season — even a spooky, dark and murderous one, just in time for Halloween.

    • 4 min
    How Climate Change is Punishing the World‘s Poor

    How Climate Change is Punishing the World‘s Poor

    In Kenya, climate change is threatening a way of life for pastoralists. It’s driving families deeper into poverty. When drought hits, men travel for weeks in search of water and greener pastures for their livestock herds. The women and children are left behind with no stable source of food or income. UC Davis agricultural economists are researching the pairing of two intervention programs, including a type of climate insurance policy, to keep these vulnerable populations from falling so deep into poverty that they have no way to recover.

    In this episode:

    Michael Carter, professor of agricultural and resource economics, and director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk and Resilience at UC Davis, with research in Kenya funded by USAID.

    Tom Lenaruti, Project Coordinator, BOMA Project

    Nathan Jenson, economist at the International Livestock Research Institute

    • 28 min
    Transitioning to Low Carbon Transportation

    Transitioning to Low Carbon Transportation

    In California, 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions comes from transportation. Emissions from this sector will make it difficult to meet the state’s 2030 climate goals. There is a myriad of solutions: electric vehicles, public transportation, ride share, e-scooters and more. But people’s behaviors and habits as well as bad land-use planning make this one of the most difficult sectors to decarbonize. In this encore episode of Unfold, we’ll look at how we can transition to low-carbon transportation.

    In this episode: 

    Giovanni Circella, Director of 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program, Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis

    Lew Fulton, Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways Program Director, Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis

    Dan Sperling, founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies and California Air Resources Board Member

    • 24 min
    Decarbonizing Energy

    Decarbonizing Energy

    A quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions comes from heating and electricity. In this encore episode of Unfold, we talk with Alissa Kendall, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering about our energy use. We’ll discuss renewable energy and other decarbonizing technologies and the importance of life-cycle analysis when discussing climate change solutions. 

    In this episode:

    Alissa Kendall, professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

McGravy ,

So insightful!

This podcast is so refreshing to listen to. Season 1 offers great insights into popular food topics, the one on GMOs was so insightful. Alexa and Amy keep it light and fun, and interview interesting people and experts in their fields. I just wish they did some deeper dives with longer episodes, but my interest has been piqued and I’ll be doing more research into the topics they cover.

ChzmanHere ,

Timely and Entertaining

I was impressed with season one on the subject of Food. Fun, smart and engaging. Season two is on Climate Change, which is admittedly harder to make "fun." It's a global problem that I worry about a great deal, but the hosts tell great stories, interview interesting people and present it all with an eye toward meaningful ways we can address the problem. Thumbs up!

Hikrgal ,

Essential listen

This podcast tackles some of the most urgent climate issues of our day, and suggests ways in which we can solve those challenges. Fascinating!

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