Is something taking over your brain? Zombified is a new podcast about how we are vulnerable to being hijacked by things that are not us. From microbes hijacking behavior, to humans influencing each other, to our brains being taken over by social media, we talk about why zombification happens, why we are susceptible to it, and what we can do about it. Hosted by Dr. Athena Aktipis, a Psychology Professor at Arizona State University and the founder of the Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Alliance, and co-hosted by zombie enthusiast Dave Lundberg-Kenrick, “Zombified” takes a radically interdisciplinary approach to the science of zombification. If you enjoy fresh brains, this podcast is for you!
The Infopocalypse: Kristy Roschke
Do you feel like your neurons are getting taken over by your smartphone, tablet, computer or TV? Then the infopocalypse has probably already infiltrated your brain. In this episode, journalist and media literacy expert, Kristy Roschke, explains how we get hijacked by the constant stream of information we consume from our devices. She also shares tips for keeping your brain safe from manipulative information that could compromise you, hurt those you love, or destroy civilization all together. Listen now to protect your brains—and the world!
Shabamified: Josh Kurz & Wendy Roderweiss
What would your kids do if they were stuck in the zombie apocalypse and you were nowhere to be found? That’s the premise of Shabam!, a podcast where the story of the zombie apocalypse is a vehicle for explaining science and infrastructure to audiences of all ages. We talk to creators, Josh Kurz and Wendy Roderweiss, about the challenges of communicating scientific ideas and how to use engaging storytelling and silly voices to create a compelling narrative that is both interesting and informative. Listen with your kids, so they learn how to survive if you get eaten by a zombie!
Zombie Politics: Mary Ziegler
Does politics turn us into zombies? We talk with law professor, Mary Ziegler, about the politics around the abortion debate and how a personal, medical issue can get hijacked for political ends. We also chat about the ways that politics can make us see others—specifically those who don’t agree with us—as zombies. If you think you or somebody you don’t agree with might be a zombie, you’ll definitely want to listen to this episode.
Famished: Cathryn Townsend
What happens to humans when they are not just hungry, but truly famished? In this episode we talk with anthropologist Cathryn Townsend about the ways that starvation can change who we are and how we relate to one another. She completed fieldwork with the Ik people of Uganda who were vilified as selfish and nasty by Colin Turnbull 50 years ago when he observed their society mid-famine. Cathryn explains how the Ik are just as generous as the rest of us—and why it’s problematic to blame culture for human selfishness. This is the episode you’ve been hungering for.
Social Web: Tamas David Barrett
Do you ever have the feeling that your friends are talking about you behind your back? In this episode we talk with interdisciplinary social scientist Tamas David-Barrett about why we might actually want our friends to talk about us behind our backs. We also talk about how smaller family size has caused a fundamental shift in the structure of the social networks that we inhabit, and chat about giving unusual gifts to strangers at Burning Man. Listen to this episode and get caught in Tamas’s web of intriguing ideas, fascinating findings and sensational stories!
Influenced: Robert Frank
If all the cool kids jumped off a bridge, would you jump, too? Should you? Many of us grew up with parents, guidance counselors, and school assembly lecturers teaching us to resist peer pressure, go our own way, and ignore the zombie crowd. And people online will quickly call you out for “virtue signaling” and “humble bragging” if you so much as mention how you rescued that eagle that got hit by your yacht. But are peer pressure and virtue signalling all bad? In today’s episode, we talk with brilliant (and popular!) economist and author Robert H. Frank about when you should go along with the crowd, and when you should get the crowd to go along with you. Listen to it, and then brag about it to your friends!
Zombie Friends (Episode 6)
This is an interesting podcast. I throughly enjoyed the fact that this platform is not just about science there is interaction between students and teachers and especially in this podcast. Jamie Krems is a graduate of ASU she was a gradstudent of the graduate program Athena Aktipis is a professor in. I didn’t know that people who live with dogs in their home have the more similar biomes to dogs than those who don’t. Dogs are man’s best friends. I would choose dogs over humans anyday. I think about manipulation too. This is my understanding and perspective on the topic:
When people are discovering the foundation of their cognitive on an individual level is when we’re building understanding of what is true to us and what isn’t-friendships in particular. Male friendships are a lot like female friendships but men are more action and women are more words. There are stereotypes of women backbiting about others but in my experience I have witnessed men doing that more. What I have experienced are beautiful connections with both women and men. If you are true if you find good female friends the bond shared between women is amazing it is important that women energize their feminine energy we need that.
But again, aside from the sexist personal experience I think people as a whole depends on person to person how one fits in a social setting. There are two types of friends:
1. Who motivate you and push you to do good (obviously excluding all sorts of stupidity that friends end up doing together)
2. Who force you to do things against your liking gradient
“Friends do manipulate eachother.” I agree on this. The way a human being’s psyche is shaped has a lot to do with the company they are in. Friends who motivated their friends to do something good are true to them and want them to do good. You feel good within yourself the gut feeling is real it tells you if something is right by you or not.
However when people feel the need to “fit in” with certain people and do things that aren’t really alined with their morals or beliefs or something their interested in I think that’s where you know that the relationship between you and your friends is toxic.
Thank you for this podcast. I want to hear more!
Very informative podcast that I listen to while driving. Many interesting topics are covered which keep your attention and make you think. Definitely recommend!!
Honestly... Subpar at best. I’ve heard better and there are certainly better on this platform.