Episode Archive for January 2013

Paul Krugman - Science and Pseudoscience in Economics

January 28, 2013

We are thrilled by our guest this week, who is not only one of the world’s most famous economists and economics commentators, but also a Nobel Laureate in his field: Paul Krugman.

In case he needs any introduction: He is a professor of economics at Princeton and a columnist for the New York Times, as well of the author of the blog on its website entitled “The Conscience of a Liberal.”

The occasion for our interview is the release of his latest book, End this Depression Now, in paperback. It is just out and,…

Sean Carroll - The Particle at the End of the Universe

January 21, 2013

Our guest this week is Sean Carroll—theoretical physicist at CalTech, and skilled science communicator.

I’ve known Sean and his work for almost a decade, and I’ve invited him on to talk about his latest book: The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World.

Sean Carroll is a physicist at the California Institute of Technology. His research focuses on theoretical physics and cosmology, especially the origin and constituents of the universe. He has contributed to models of interactions between dark matter, dark energy,…

Maria Konnikova - How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes

January 14, 2013

Our guest this week is Maria Konnikova, who is the author of a simply fascinating new book about training your mind so you’re as sharp as the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.

It’s entitled Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes.

In addition to her new book, Konnikova writes the “Literally Psyched” column for Scientific American, and is a doctoral candidate in psychology at Columbia University.

She’s also written for The Atlantic, Slate, The New York Times, and other publications. Mastermind is her first book.


Phil Plait - #Notpocalypse!

January 07, 2013

This is our first show of 2013, and notably, we’re still here.

A lot of people actually thought the world was going to end at the end of last year, which, presumably, means that now it’s rejoicing time.

And also reflection time. Time for reflection on all the things that people are capable of believing, as well as the things that might really lead to global catastrophe someday.

To help us in that process, we’ve invited back our expert on all things related to the world ending and not ending: Phil Plait.