Weekend Recommendations

Weekend Recommendations

In this section, we recommend the content that we liked most this week. It may not be new, and have a range of formats, the only thing that matters is that it managed to distinguish itself from everything else we heard, read or viewed in the past week.


If you are anything like me, you think you know what the word cosmopolitan means. That's what I tough until I heard this episode of The Ezra Klein Show where he talks to Kwame Anthony Appiah, a philosopher at New York University, and the writer of the New York Times Magazine’s “Ethicist” column.   So what does it mean to be cosmopolitan? Someone who follows "an ethic that honors our moral obligations to each other even as we recognize and respect the differences between us."


Frequently,  the reporting on scientific studies in the news is not very accurate. Bombastic headlines misrepresent the research, grabbing more attention from the viewers but ultimately deceiving them. That's bad enough, but what happens when scientists replicate those studies and get different results? Unfortunately, that's one of the principal problems science has to deal with these days. In this episode of You Are Not So Smart the main topic revolves around a  project in which 270 scientists sought to replicate 100 different studies in psychology, all published in 2008 and in the end failed to obtain the same results in 2/3 of the cases.


What does an illegal genetic experiment conducted in Siberia for the last 60 years have to do with dogs? In this episode of Let's Talk Nerdy, Cara Santa Maria interviews "evolutionary biologist, behavioral ecologist, and science historian Dr. Lee Dugatkin about his new book "How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog)" (coauthored with Lyudmila Trut). " This is a fascinating story about domestication, and you don't need to be interested in evolutionary biology to enjoy it. 


And finally, in the seasons spirit we have a couple of scary podcasts to recommend to you guys, that are sure to give goosebumps to even the most courageous out there!

In the first episode of Tanis, our host, Nic Silver, wonders if the Internet age might contain one last great mystery, an ancient myth known as “Tanis.” His exploration into the enigmatic Tanis begins by asking the seemingly simple question, what is it? The answers, he soon discovers, are far more complicated. 


Lore is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories. Our fears have roots. Lore exposes the darker side of history, exploring the creatures, people, and places of our wildest nightmares. Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.

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