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Brainwaves: Video games and the serious business, art behind esports

March 10, 2020

Over a quarter of the world’s population is playing video games. What’s the big deal? And where do they go from here?

Beatles statue

Brainwaves: The state of music, from the Beatles to Gen Z

Feb. 26, 2020

On this episode of the Brainwaves podcast, we talk to a music professor about the Beatles' infamous breakup and speak with the creator of the Middle 8 YouTube channel about his take on Beatlemania and how technology is changing the face of music today.

A white robot looking up.

Brainwaves: Artificial intelligence can love you, kill you, but can’t replace you (yet)

Feb. 18, 2020

Is AI being held back by our own biases? We'll take a look at that, and the rush to connect weapons systems to AI that can’t tell right from wrong, in this episode of the Brainwaves podcast.

Rudy the French bulldog seen at the 2017 Homecoming Carnival

Brainwaves: Why you love your dog

Feb. 13, 2020

Can animals feel complex emotions like grief? How can your pet save your life? How can it be easier when you lose a pet? All that and more in this episode of the Brainwaves podcast.

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Brainwaves podcast breaks down blockbusters

Feb. 6, 2020

We'll look at the environmental toll of filmmaking, ways movies can inspire us to be better, and we'll take another look at a longstanding debate: Is the Marvel franchise a hero or villain to American movie culture?

People protesting in Washington, D.C.

Editor’s choice podcast remix: Our best on politics, concussions and impeachment

Nov. 13, 2019

We’re going on a break. On this episode of the Brainwaves podcast, we take a look back at interviews we’ve done on politics, concussions and impeachment. We plan to be back early next year with fresh, big ideas!

Capitol building

Shifting political sands: What we can learn from swing states, history and a diverse candidate field

Nov. 6, 2019

What do changing demographics look like for swing states in 2020? How about candidate demographics? We’ll take a look at that, and a look back at the history of impeachment, in this episode of the Brainwaves podcast.


2 years of #MeToo: Weinstein and the evolving workplace

Oct. 22, 2019

Two years after #MeToo lit up the internet, the Brainwaves podcast takes a look at where we are with the fight against sexual harassment, as well as where the movement is headed.


Daylight saving time: How the time switch could be killing you

Oct. 15, 2019

We fall back to standard time pretty soon, the first weekend of November. But time might be up for daylight saving time.


Halloween: Why we get joy from fear

Oct. 8, 2019

Why do we get such a kick out of jumping out of our skin? In this episode of the Brainwaves podcast, we talk to horror writer Stephen Graham Jones. Plus, we find out how the Halloween business works with Greg Reinke, a costume shop owner.