“When Experts Attack!” fights misinformation, zaps half-truths, and sets the record straight. Each episode is a conversation with a specialist in science, art, society or health, for example. Hear guests answer the question: "Hey, what does everybody get wrong about what you do?"
AI belongs in the classroom
While many reasonable people fear possible disruptions from artificial intelligence like ChatGPT and its brethren, others look to seize its potential. Jamie Basham argues banning the technology from schools is not the answer — especially so for students living with disabilities.
Slavic languages and conflict in eastern and central Europe
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, so much of the news has been focused on events in central and eastern Europe. Marc Greenberg, an expert in Slavic, German and Eurasian studies, talks about the languages, cultures and national identities driving history in a volatile region.
The blame-China game
China increasingly gets scapegoated for any crisis involving the economy, security or global health in the U.S. Jack Zhang, assistant professor of political science at the University of Kansas, studies how a nation that has at times been allied with the U.S. has turned into its major geostrategic rival.
Steam train history derails ideas about extinction in nature
Paleontologist Bruce Lieberman tracks the history of steam-powered locomotives for answers to huge questions about natural evolution and why species die out.
Virtual reality boosts psychotherapy
What if you could receive counseling and psychotherapy in a forest, log cabin or Sigmund Freud’s office — maybe from a therapist who also happens to be a wizard, an Earth mother, a trickster or, uh, maybe even a furry? Well, you can! A new virtual reality system developed by University of Kansas researchers provides counseling in a setting that is therapeutic, calming and restorative, where people can interact with trusted figures.
ChatGPT didn’t write this podcast
John Symons, professor of philosophy at the University of Kansas, explores social, technological and existential concerns relating to artificial intelligence. A native of Cork, Ireland, Symons is an expert in Large Language Models, which he argues should be seen less as an existential threat and more as something to be excited about.