April 28th, 2021 | 1 hr 18 mins
journalism, podcasting, social psychology
Journalist and podcaster Jesse Singal joins the show to talk about the enduring popularity of social-psychological quick fixes and how they go wrong.
March 24th, 2021 | 1 hr 22 mins
addiction, drugs, legalization, neuroscience
Neuroscientist and addiction researcher Carl Hart joins the show to talk drug legalization. Why does he think all drugs should be legal? What are some common myths about drug use and addiction? And how has his personal experience as a regular drug user influenced his views?
February 24th, 2021 | 1 hr 20 mins
academia, open science, politics, retractions
Lee Jussim joins the show to talk academic problems, including ideological bias, politically-motivated retractions, and more. Plus: is Lee bad at Twitter?
January 27th, 2021 | 1 hr 22 mins
academia, beekeeping, bullshit, misinformation
Psychologist Gordon Pennycook joins the show to talk bullshit and misinformation. What is bullshit, and why do some people fall for it more than others? Why does misinformation spread so readily, and what can be done to stop it?
December 30th, 2020 | 1 hr 18 mins
books, follow-up, tv, year in review
Mickey and Yoel follow up on two recent episodes ("Against Academia?" and "Racism and Sexism on Campus"). Then they review some of the less-bad aspects of 2020 and recommend some things that got them through a challenging year.
December 16th, 2020 | 1 hr 10 mins
accent, bilingualism, language
Psychologist Katie Kinzler joins the show to talk language. How do children and adults make judgments about people based on how they talk? Is there a "bilingual advantage"? And does Mickey sound Canadian?
December 2nd, 2020 | 1 hr 41 mins
bias, campus climate, psychology, racism, sexism
Repeat guest Anne Wilson joins the show to talk about two recent papers about bias in psychology and on campus. Are gender and racial bias pervasive? Or are things better than many of us might think?
November 11th, 2020 | 1 hr 19 mins
academia, graduate school, hiring, research
Mickey and Yoel tackle the pros and cons of academia. As an academic, is it taboo to say you love your job? How hard do we work anyway? If we ran the world, how would we change academic hiring?
October 21st, 2020 | 1 hr 39 mins
altruism, forgiveness, restorative justice, revenge
Psychologist Michael McCullough joins the show to talk forgiveness, punishment, and altruism towards strangers.
October 7th, 2020 | 1 hr 7 mins
bourbon, chance, decision-making, poker
Psychologist and author Maria Konnikova joins the show to talk poker, life, and what one teaches you about the other.
September 23rd, 2020 | 1 hr 28 mins
anthropology, culture, economics, evolution, religion, theory crisis, weird people problem
Yoel and Mickey host Harvard University polymath Joe Henrich on the podcast to talk about his new book on why the west has become so prosperous, the secret of human's success, and the cognitive science of religion.
September 9th, 2020 | 1 hr 36 mins
covid, debate, intervention, policy
Robb Willer and Simine Vazire join the podcast to debate whether social science, in its current state, can usefully contribute to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.