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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!

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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.


Arctic melting: How shrinking sea ice will hit home for all of us

Oct. 1, 2019

Sea ice hit the second lowest point on record this year, and that’s a big deal from the North Pole to Texas. The Brainwaves podcast breaks it down with Walt Meier and Twila Moon of The National Snow and Ice Data Center.

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Race in America: How lawyers are defining racism, new maps tracking slavery in America and the legacy of slave music

Sept. 24, 2019

How do you define racism? How can new research help descendants of slaves better understand their family origins? We ask these questions and more on this episode of the Brainwaves podcast.


Modern education: How trust and bullying are becoming two of K-12’s biggest challenges

Sept. 17, 2019

This week's episode of the Brainwaves podcast will take a look at a system most of us have been through, but which we don't know everything about: public K-12 education.

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Mass shootings: What science says about an American epidemic

Sept. 10, 2019

In this week's episode of the Brainwaves podcast, we explore questions around mass shootings and also look at a new tool aimed at stopping a different kind of epidemic—firearm suicides.


Accessibility: How soda bottles, the law and augmented reality are helping differently abled people

Aug. 28, 2019

We talk to a CEO making prostheses from plastic bottles, a lawyer fighting international copyrights for disability accommodations and a PhD student working on augmented reality lenses for NASA’s astronauts that could one day help blind people.