27 episodes

Tearing down the pay-wall that separates people from the research they pay for

Wired to be Weird Ian McLaughlin & Bo Allen

    • Natural Sciences
    • 5.0 • 32 Ratings

Tearing down the pay-wall that separates people from the research they pay for

    Fountains of Youth? Metformin, Nicotinamide Riboside & Mononucleotide, Elysium & ChromaDex, and Caloric Restriction

    Fountains of Youth? Metformin, Nicotinamide Riboside & Mononucleotide, Elysium & ChromaDex, and Caloric Restriction

    Bo and I discuss some of the leading candidates for extending both human lifespan and “health-span”, including metformin, nicotinamide riboside & nicotinamide mononucleotide, and caloric restriction. We also chat about some of the companies working in this area, as well as novel business models that may or may not be a strategy to enable rigorous research of something as difficult to study as human lifespan.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    How to Grow a Baby

    How to Grow a Baby

    We delve into how lifestyle factors, sleep, mood, and various kinds of pollution can influence the brain development of a child. We also chat about some ways to minimize the likelihood that those factors have a negative effect on development.

    Inheriting Politics

    Inheriting Politics

    In preparation for the upcoming mid-term elections in the United States (REMEMBER TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6TH !), Bo and I chat about how much of a person’s politics are inherited genetically from their parents, as well as some companies that are entirely devoted to trying to make you vote in a certain way. I learned quite a bit prepping for this conversation, and suffice it to say that I was pretty surprised with what I learned.

    Note about the recording: if you can’t tell, we’re using a new audio set-up (thank you Patreon & Twitter supporters!!!). While we have gotten rid of some of the ambient noise – at least as much noise as you can in a Philly apartment – we’re clearly lacking pop-filters on this recording. So, apologies for the heavy Ps and Bs on this one; a pop-filter has been ordered.

    The Beast Inside Us All

    The Beast Inside Us All

    In the last episode, Bo and I chatted about two famous experiments - and how they've been re-interpreted over time. In this episode, we discuss one of them in greater detail - as well as what we can learn about how science, society, and government can influence one another.

    Marshmallows & Prisoners: two classic studies are redefined

    Marshmallows & Prisoners: two classic studies are redefined

    Today, Bo and I chatted about two of the most widely known studies of human behavior in modern history - the Marshmallow Test and the Stanford Prisoner Experiment. New data and interviews have emerged that fundamentally redefine how we ought to interpret these classic studies. Also, we discuss whether kids have been getting better or worse at delaying gratification since the 1960s. It's a fun conversation, and we hope you enjoy!

    • 56 min
    Laurel & Yanni, migraine treatment, Alzheimers & exercise, universality of music

    Laurel & Yanni, migraine treatment, Alzheimers & exercise, universality of music

    Another multi-topic episode. We discuss the recent approval of a new treatment for migraines, then some evidence suggesting a certain kind of exercise may be therapeutic for Alzheimer's disease, and finally some work that suggests there may be universal & cross-cultural features of music. We open, however, on the debate between the Laurel & Yanni people.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Joy Christine ,

A Real Gem

Wired To Be Weird is an absolute gem in the podcast world. It’s one of the most interesting and informative podcasts I have ever listened to. Ian and Bo are naturals as hosts. (Wonderful voices, great personalities and an awesome pairing.) They deftly balance science with moments of levity which keeps the audience, including the scientific layperson, fully engaged. It’s outstandingly researched and skillfully presented to listeners. Even if you don’t think you’re that interested in science per se, it’s akin to brain catnip for curious people. Give it a try, see (or more accurately hear) for yourself!

myOpinionIsFactlol ,

Wired To Be Interesting

Ian makes the field of neuroscience available to the curious layman in a lighthearted manner. Never dull, usually fascinating, always entertaining, WTBW is a great podcast for anyone looking to stimulate their own brain cells.

LenaLLL ,

So interesting!!!!

Love this podcast!!!! I found out so much!!! Priceless information!!!!

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