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128. Noël Wells (actor/director) – Out of Context

Think Again – a Big Think Podcast

100,000 years of human history and young adulthood is still getting weirder. Noël Wells on art, power, and our super dark times.

57 Min

Dec 9, 2017

#144: All In The Famoply

The Pollsters

We've joined the Panoply network! Plus the latest polls on sexual harassment, Star Wars, taxes, and candy.

51 Min

Dec 7, 2017

Fantastic Mr. Phillips

Outside/In

In the late sixties, a soap factory in suburban Illinois discovered one of its outflow pipes had been intentionally clogged by an industrial saboteur. Does environmental damage ever demand radical action? And when does environmental protest cross the l...

33 Min

Dec 7, 2017

Powerline, Part Four: Down the Line

Outside/In

Final of a four part series about who how power, who wields it, and when you've got none... how do you take it?

27 Min

Nov 30, 2017

#143: Gorge Yourself On Harassment Polling

The Pollsters

It seems like a good time to eat one's feelings. And we have the polls to help you through it.

38 Min

Nov 29, 2017

126. Maya Jasanoff (Historian) – Civilization and Its Discontents

Think Again – a Big Think Podcast

Terrorism. Technological disruption. Globalization. Life in the 1870’s was wild. Harvard historian Maya Jasanoff on Joseph Conrad, his times, and ours.

60 Min

Nov 25, 2017

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51 min
Nov 18, 2017
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Since at least the dawn of our species, we've been making and remaking god(s) in our own image. The strange transformations of religion—and faith, the strange impulse that animates it.

49 min
Nov 16, 2017
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Alabama polling, tax polling, and the one things more complicated than taxes: Families.

45 min
Nov 11, 2017
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We were in LA, talking politics & sexual harassment

47 min
Nov 11, 2017
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Jellyfish have their tentacles all tangled up in our lives in ways we’re only dimly aware of.

31 min
Nov 9, 2017
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A 4-part series about who has power, who wields it, and when you've got none... how do you take it?

41 min
Nov 4, 2017
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Two classic episodes from Think Again's origins, reunited at last.

56 min
Nov 2, 2017
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Margie has a new gig, got into a friendly disagreement with Mark Penn & dressed as the Gender Avenger. No wonder she’s tired. For more alert analysis follow @ksoltisanderson @margieomero @thepollsters. Margie's new gig! http://www.gbastrategies.com...

43 min
Oct 28, 2017
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Bending, breaking, & blending: How humans remake the world. Neuroscientist David Eagleman on creativity.

2 min
Oct 27, 2017
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A 4-part series about who has power, who wields it, and when you've got none... how do you take it?

60 min
Oct 26, 2017
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Check out Kristen's yolo rant. Check out Margie in Boston on Monday. And we'll have news soon, promise! Follow us @margieomero @ksoltisanderson @thepollsters. Hollywood https://morningconsult.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/171006_crosstabs_Brands_v1...

44 min
Oct 21, 2017
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Democracies can fail. They usually do. Van Jones on how America might become functional again.

63 min
Oct 19, 2017
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Kristen goes on a #yolo rant. And LA peeps ,we're headed your way on 11/9 @ The Ace Hotel as part of KCRW’s Left Right & Center live show. Come check us out! As always we're @thepollsters, @ksoltisanderson @margieomero. Poll of the Week NPR All Son...

24 min
Oct 13, 2017
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Listeners send us their questions from the actual Appalachian Trail, from at a funeral, and from the inky shadows where they are planning to kill their neighbors trees. And by golly, we answer them all!

48 min
Oct 12, 2017
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There's a lot to get upset about this week. Good thing we still have free speech! Tweet us @margieomero @ksoltisanderson @thepollsters. Columbus Day Rasmussen http://bit.ly/2ybNkPF Knights of Columbus/Marist http://bit.ly/2yGTxDQ Trump’s base play...

47 min
Oct 7, 2017
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For thousands of years, all over the world, we've told tales of monsters and the undead. Why? Aaron Mahnke, creator of the 'Lore' podcast, on the hunger for mystery.

56 min
Oct 5, 2017
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This is the first time since August we've been in the same room together. Woah. Don't forget to tweet us @margieomero @ksoltisanderson @thepollsters. Poll of the week - Russia The Chicago Council https://www.thechicagocouncil.org/sites/default/...

43 min
Sep 28, 2017
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Trapped in a shipwreck on the ocean floor, running out of oxygen, body temperature falling, how long could you survive? The intrepid producers of the Outside Podcast set out to find out.

58 min
Sep 27, 2017
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Kristen is back! Which is great, because we only have about one zillion polls to discuss. Find us @ksoltisanderson @margieomero @thepollsters. Big news coming soon. Promise! Polls of the week: Alabama https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/will-alabama...

27 min
Sep 20, 2017
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Margie & Mark Murray talk about Texas Football, 2016 polling, & where media coverage of polling may go next. Be sure to read his piece on 2016's final stretch: "12 days that stunned a nation." http://nbcnews.to/2w2TDlc Find Mark on Twitter: @mmurr...

53 min
Sep 16, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Author Claire Messud on childhood, growing up, and how we contain the things that scare us.

24 min
Sep 14, 2017
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If you want to eat wild mushrooms—and lots of people do—you have to go into the forest and find them yourself. But that can get dangerous, fast.

45 min
Sep 14, 2017
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With Kristen away Margie is super-psyched to interview Cornell Belcher, Democratic pollster to Obama, the DNC, the DSCC and more. We get Cornell's take on the current climate around race, where the Democratic Party should go next, his mentors along the...

56 min
Sep 9, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Author Salman Rushdie on the secret life of cities and so much more.

45 min
Sep 6, 2017
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Welcome back! For people not ready to give up on summer just yet, we have a few segments just for you. For people who want to send us tweets, check out @ksoltisanderson @margieomero @thepollsters. How do you Labor Day? Gallup on labor unions http://w...

57 min
Sep 2, 2017
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The deepest, funniest, strangest moments from the past year of the Think Again podcast. Featuring Kory Stamper, Teju Cole, George Saunders, Slavoj Zizek, Jennifer Doudna, and Timothy Spall.

33 min
Aug 31, 2017
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Imagine you're a crusader, and have devoted your life to trying to bring Pacific sea turtles back from the brink of extinction. Now, imagine that to succeed you have to kill the very species you're trying to save.

49 min
Aug 26, 2017
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The deepest, funniest, strangest moments from the past year of the Think Again podcast. Featuring Daniel Dennett, Sarah Goldhagen, Ian McEwan, Alison Gopnik, Erik Kandel, and Alan Alda.

41 min
Aug 24, 2017
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It's almost National Red Wine Day. It can't come soon enough. Tweet us @margieomero @ksoltisanderson @thepollsters. Poll of The Week: Not Here To Make Friends McConnell’s Kentucky numbers http://ourlivesontheline.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Kentuc...

53 min
Aug 19, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Biologist Richard Dawkins on speaking plainly, animal cruelty, Christopher Hitchens and so much more.

47 min
Aug 17, 2017
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Somebody please come to the rescue. We’ll try anything at this point. In the meantime, tweet us @ksoltisanderson @margieomero @thepollsters. Poll of the week: Alabama pollsters take a bow: Polling average comes pretty close: https://fivethirtyeight...

22 min
Aug 17, 2017
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For those of you who are looking for an adventure, on a budget, Sam and Molly have composed a “guide” for would-be WWOOFers to think about before taking off.

56 min
Aug 12, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Comic Ari Shaffir talks about outrageousness in comedy, bipartisan e-rage on social media, and growing up and growing out of bad habits.

49 min
Aug 10, 2017
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Is it the end of the world as we know it? Well we're going to record literally from a bubble no matter what! Tweet us @ksoltisanderson @margieomero @thepollsters with your audio tips, prepping tips, and polling tips. Poll of the Week Gallup: P...

72 min
Aug 5, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Oxford historian Peter Frankopan on two millennia of the flow of germs, ideas, commerce, and more from East to West and vice versa.

22 min
Aug 3, 2017
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A high-tech, state of the art greenhouse operation finds itself at odds with a town.

51 min
Jul 26, 2017
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If the news is getting you down, take a moment to stop & smell the flowers. & then tweet us @ksoltisanderson, @margieomero or @thepollsters. Poll of the Week Delphi Analytica: Kid Rock wins in hypothetical Stabenow/Kid Rock Senate race http://bit.ly/...

37 min
Jul 22, 2017
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In one of our wildest episodes ever, comedian Jeff Garlin cuts the surprise clip short to call B.S. on neuroscience and complexity.

48 min
Jul 21, 2017
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No matter how you slice it, it's getting hot in Washington. Check out our latest & tweet us @ksoltisanderson @margieomero or @thepollsters. Poll of the Week: Smoker Discrimination Gallup: A majority of American smokers believe they are discriminated ...

30 min
Jul 20, 2017
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With a tattered history of institutional abuse, patchwork oversight, and absent legislation, is Wilderness Therapy too wild to be trusted?

36 min
Jul 15, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Authors Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland on blurring the lines between science and magic.

43 min
Jul 13, 2017
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Margie introduced Kristen to the world of kids' birthday parties & Dream Of The Blue Turtles. Tweet us your cold-war era tunes--we're going to need 'em! @thepollsters, @ksoltisanderson, & @margieomero. Poll of the Week: Fugghedaboutit Politico: New J...

39 min
Jul 8, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Actor and author Alan Alda on the art of communication (for good and evil), social anxiety, the mind of a billionaire, and more.

51 min
Jul 6, 2017
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This week we'll be on Left Right & Center to help them celebrate their new one-hour show, so make sure to listen. And follow us anytime @margieomero @ksoltisanderson @thepollsters. Poll of the Week Pew: Most Americans want to make it easier for all ...

23 min
Jul 6, 2017
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In 1982, Times Beach was wiped off the map by an environmental disaster. But once the houses and streets were gone, the town was erased again, this time in a way that may make it difficult to learn from the mistakes of the past.

53 min
Jul 1, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Geneticist Jennifer Doudna on the profound implications of her CRISPR-Cas-9 gene editing technology for the future of humanity.

50 min
Jun 28, 2017
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Updates from the UK & around the world. And we find a way to make even Harry Potter depressing. Follow us @ksoltisanderson @margieomero to get our tweets-of-conscience. Poll of the Week NPR/National Dairy Association: Questioning NPR’s use of a milk ...

58 min
Jun 24, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Actor Timothy Spall on the layers of contradictions and complexities that define a person, and what's underneath.

26 min
Jun 22, 2017
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This week we attempt to not only eat the invaders, but drink them as well. And this time, most of us were on board. Also, the Ask Sam hotline gets some attention as Sam answers questions about bird feeders, black flies, storm clouds, and dew.

40 min
Jun 21, 2017
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We write back sometimes! So follow us @thepollsters and @ksoltisanderson @margieomero. Don't forget to send Margie you're glastonbury reco's! Poll of the Week Planet Fitness/ Kelton Global: The Dad Bod is the “New Shape of Sexy” http://prn.to/2refN...

49 min
Jun 17, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Poet, playwright, and arts educator Liza Jessie Peterson on lessons learned teaching incarcerated youth on Rikers Island.

62 min
Jun 15, 2017
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We talk to Anna Palmer from Politico's Playbook, give h/t to all kinds of Wonder Women, and even read some breaking polling news about GIFs. Follow Anna at @apalmerdc & us @ksoltisanderson & @margieomero. Poll of the Week Politico/American Univ/Loyo...

61 min
Jun 10, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Writer Paul Theroux on tyrannical mothers, colonizing Mars, and an important difference between humans and cockroaches.

32 min
Jun 8, 2017
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Global Rescue is a business that, should you get yourself into trouble, will drop everything to come and save you, anywhere in the world. They employ former Navy Seals, helicopters, airplanes, and even yaks to get the job done. But this service comes a...

44 min
Jun 7, 2017
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Hey whaddya know, another slow news week. Just a UK election & another sleepy Comey hearing. Follow us for the latest @ksolitsanderson @margieomero and @thepollsters of course. Poll of the Week Billboard: ‘Despacito’ tops Songs of the Summer Chart ...

43 min
Jun 3, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Writer Ariel Levy on the silence around the animal facts of women's physical lives, her comically awkward experience with the shamanic hallucinogen Ayahuasca, and much more.

45 min
May 31, 2017
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Margie's twitter poll shows covfefe twitter is the best twitter. Don't forget to tweet us @ksoltisanderson or @margieomero. Poll of the Week Gallup: Majority of Americans view all branches of military very favorably http://bit.ly/2rElRTX Pew: US V...

0 min
May 31, 2017
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DogSmarts: Coming Soon!

44 min
May 27, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on the mind-boggling awesomeness of space.

29 min
May 25, 2017
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Up along the banks of the Damariscotta River in Maine there used to be two stadium-sized piles of oyster shells. Where did they come from? Why are they there? What can they tell us about the people that created them? There are mysteries abound in the m...

45 min
May 24, 2017
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We're back from a teensy weensy break where Margie went to the AAPOR conference. We love your reviews! And often dislike your misplaced pitches. Follow us on @thepollsters, @ksoltisanderson & @margieomero for more polls & yuks. Poll of the Week Roll...

46 min
May 20, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Author Mary Gaitskill on vulnerability, alienation, and Cerebus the Aardvark.

16 min
May 19, 2017
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Margie talks to queen of the Huffington Post fempire Ariel Edwards-Levy, and she recounts the vibe from the AAPOR conference, the role of gender in 2016 polling, and her favorite pun. Follow her immediately @aedwardslevy.

18 min
May 18, 2017
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If you're a long-time listener of the podcast, you might remember this as Episode 6: Champagne on the Rocks. But if you're new around here, we thought you'd like to hear one of our favorite episodes from the archives, complete with an update at the end...

57 min
May 13, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Physicist Lawrence Krauss on why neutrinos are his favorite particles, light as the protagonist of modern physics, and more.

26 min
May 11, 2017
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Ever wonder where those flowers in the grocery come from and why, no matter what time of year, there are always roses available? Just in time for Mother's Day—the second busiest floral day behind Valentine's Day—we look inside the billion dollar flower...

42 min
May 10, 2017
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Come(y) at us, reviewers! If you want more "what happened in 2016?" then today is your day. And follow us on @thepollsters, @ksoltisanderson & @margieomero for more polls & yuks. Poll of the Week University of Virginia Center for Politics/Public Opi...

48 min
May 6, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Neuroscientist Dean Buonomano on how the brain tells time and whether time exists at all.

41 min
May 3, 2017
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(Recorded 5/2/17) What's more popular than polls? Cats! Plus where should the Democrats go next? Thanks for the lovely reviews, don't forget to find us @ksoltisanderson & @margieomero. You know you love free stuff! Check out www.ziprecruiter.com/fr...

48 min
Apr 29, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Architecture critic Sarah W. Goldhagen on how the built environment shapes our lives.

19 min
Apr 27, 2017
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Since we launched the toll free version of our Ask Sam hotline, 1-844-GO-OTTER (844-466-8837), we've seen a real healthy uptick in queries. This time around we decided to ask Chris Martin of the New Hampshire Audubon, and Dave Anderson from the Forest ...

57 min
Apr 26, 2017
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Take a bow, pollsters! We read crazy PR pitches & lovely reviews. Don't forget to tweet us @ksoltisanderson @margieomero. Poll of the Week The Telegraph: French presidential election tracker http://bit.ly/2nE955W The New York Times: How the election...

54 min
Apr 22, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Lexicographer Kory Stamper on the slipperiness of language and how the sausage of dictionaries is made.

46 min
Apr 20, 2017
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What's wackier than twitter trolls about our Easter candy preferences? This 5-year-old clip of Kristen & Margie introducing Bill O'Reilly to Nate Silver. Like free stuff? Check out our ZIPRECRUITER free trial at http://www.ziprecruiter.com/freetrial ...

52 min
Apr 15, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Joyce Carol Oates on America, idealism, and the shackles we can and can't shake off.

29 min
Apr 13, 2017
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Beaver (Castor canadensis), have been kicking around in North America for 2 million years. Ecologically they do all sorts of great things: their ponds ease flooding downstream, and support large numbers of bird species, fish, amphibians, and otters. Th...

54 min
Apr 12, 2017
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Try not to get into any PR disasters on the way to the parking lot. & don't forget to follow us @thepollsters @margieomero @ksoltisanderson. We write back! (sometimes.) Poll of the week Morning Consult: People react to Pepsi’s ad in real time http:...

47 min
Apr 8, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Social Psychologist Adam Alter on the behavioral addictions we all now live with.

36 min
Apr 6, 2017
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Don't forget to follow us @thepollsters @margieomero @ksoltisanderson. We write back! (sometimes.) Poll of the Week Huffington Post: A poll finds most Americans don’t trust public opinion polls http://huff.to/2nEEeDt Pew Research Center: Are teleph...

47 min
Apr 1, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Turkish-American writer Elif Batuman on truth in fiction, how language shapes us, and more.

39 min
Mar 30, 2017
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Nature documentaries and wildlife films transport us to places in the world that still feel wild, but what if the wilderness they present is staged? What if, in order to capture nature’s unvarnished beauty and conflict, filmmakers have to engage in a b...

59 min
Mar 29, 2017
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Don't forget to follow us @thepollsters @margieomero @ksoltisanderson. We write back! (sometimes.) Poll of the Week Axios: Ad trust rises as news trust sinks http://bit.ly/2nptU2a YouGov Poll: America's trust in advertising grows http://bit.ly/2nhf...

47 min
Mar 25, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Philosopher of mind Daniel Dennett waxing wise and wicked about consciousness, dolphins, and more.

45 min
Mar 23, 2017
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In tough political times like these, we want to vote for both pizza and soup. Meanwhile, how deep is your love, America? We really need to know. Don't forget to follow us @thepollsters @margieomero @ksoltisanderson. We write back! (sometimes.) And for...

55 min
Mar 18, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Comedy writer and producer Scott Aukerman on Michael Bolton, transgression in comedy, and cultural turmoil in the USA.

52 min
Mar 16, 2017
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Pollsters take a bow. Well, Dutch pollsters that is. And is polling giving you the munchies? We got you. Don't forget to follow us @thepollsters @margieomero @ksoltisanderson. We write back! (sometimes.) Poll of the week Edison Research: Podcastin...

18 min
Mar 16, 2017
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When he was just 38 years old, Mackie Branham Jr., a coal miner, was diagnosed with progressive massive fibrosis, a debilitating and terminal form of black lung, a disease that was thought to be a relic of the past; a problem when coal mining was at it...

51 min
Mar 11, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. NY Times bestselling author George Saunders on ghosts and ego and loving your enemy.

18 min
Mar 9, 2017
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This is a follow-up to Episode 30: The Death Machine.

42 min
Mar 8, 2017
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Kristen didn't get Margie anything for #IWD. Awkward. Well, we do have lots of polls about the future of democracy to cheer us up. Don't forget to follow us @thepollsters @margieomero @ksoltisanderson. We write back! (sometimes.) Poll of the week ...

49 min
Mar 4, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Fiction writer and essayist Gish Jen on how fundamental East-West differences in the sense of self play out in art, culture, business, education, and more.

32 min
Mar 2, 2017
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Is skiing a sport reserved for rich people? Producers Maureen and Jimmy think so, and Sam wants to prove them wrong. In this episode, Sam takes his skeptical colleagues skiing for the very first time to show that it doesn’t have to be a fancy endeavor....

44 min
Mar 2, 2017
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It's our two year anniversary of hatching The Pollsters plot! And we have a special dedication, Casey Kasem style. Don't forget to follow us @thepollsters @margieomero @ksoltisanderson. We write back! (sometimes.) And for your zip recruiter free trial ...

47 min
Feb 25, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Historian Yuval Noah Harari, bestselling author of Sapiens and Homo Deus, on the dizzying ethical questions that surround what's coming next.