Moon landing at 50: How we got there and what we're still learning about our celestial neighbor

July 16, 2019

Fifty years ago, a mammoth effort by hundreds of thousands of Americans culminated in Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. This week, the Brainwaves podcast looks at the history and future of lunar exploration.

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Gardening: How getting dirty planting things has surprising health benefits

July 9, 2019

This week on the Brainwaves podcast: Gardening. It’s good for your physical health and your food budget. We have an interview with Chris Lowry, an associate professor of integrative physiology at CU Boulder, who wants to make a stress vaccine out of an unseen ingredient hidden deep in the soil.

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How funny works: The serious science of humor

Why did the chicken cross the road? Humor experts aren’t sure, but they’ll break down why some jokes are laugh-worthy and others earn groans in this episode of the Brainwaves podcast.

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Summer blockbusters: How Hollywood's money-making formula is changing

June 25, 2019

We talk to movie experts about the shifts in Hollywood’s summer movie formula, as well as how seemingly unoriginal titles are breaking new ground in conversations about politics and race in this edition of the Brainwaves podcast.

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Modern marijuana: How the bud business is changing with legalization

June 19, 2019

Five years after recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado, the Brainwaves podcast looks at the business and science sides of the industry.

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More than weather: How climate change is changing economics and infrastructure

June 11, 2019

Your house may be worth less. Your stuff might take longer to deliver. Whether you believe in it or not, climate change is changing the world around you. That and more on this episode of the Brainwaves podcast.

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Human endurance: How we’re pushing our bodies to new limits with new tech and no tech

June 5, 2019

An early investor in FitBit, a researcher on energy-saving shoes and an athlete who is solo rowing across the Atlantic give us the latest on tracking and breaking our bodies’ limits in this episode of the Brainwaves podcast.

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Wildfires in the West: How we need to learn to live with fire

May 22, 2019

In this episode of Brainwaves, we’ll hear from experts on the explosion of “megafires” across the West, the rising cost of fighting wildfires and we’ll get an update on what wildfire season will look like this year.

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Election 2020: Fake news, Russian trolling and primary chaos

May 15, 2019

In this week’s Brainwaves podcast, we look at the new rules for how the Democratic nominee is chosen, concerns about Russian interference and fake news.

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Life and death on social media: How to live a good life online

May 7, 2019

This week's episode of the Brainwaves podcast dives into the world of life after death on the internet. What happens to our social media profiles after we die?