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The History of Being Human

Feb 6, 2022

Today we cover the story of Charles Whitman, the erstwhile normal and successful young scout, altar boy, and marine sharpshooter who, in the course of 24 hours, killed his mother and wife, climbed the tower at UT Austin, and sniped at innocent civilians for an hour and a half. After he was killed, his autopsy revealed,...


May 14, 2019

Today we introduce our series on Mob Madness and Mass Delusions.

I speak to Rob Henderson, PhD student in psychology and Gates scholar studying moral psychology (not his own) at Cambridge University.

Topics include the physical pain of social ostracism, herd mentality, moral foundations theory, whether members of...


Mar 25, 2019

Our relationship with microorganisms is *ahem* complicated...mostly symbiotic, but often combative and, yes, fatal.

In this episode I speak with a physician on the front lines of the battle to the death between viruses, amoebas, and bacteria and their human victims.  

Dr. Mark Crisplin in an infectious disease doctor in...


Mar 18, 2019

The Adapt or Die Series goes Viral...

Egyptians, Hittites, Athenians, Romans -- outbreak after outbreak Variola major has been a pox on our house from time immemorial.

No other disease has weakened and crippled empires and wiped entire peoples off the earth like smallpox. It killed 400-500 million in the 20th Century...


Mar 7, 2019

The puking flea apocalypse! This is one of the rare events in history where the death toll is constantly being revised HIGHER as new data comes in. By recent estimates, possibly 40% of THE WORLD killed by the Great Plague.

What was it like to live during the end of the world? What did the dying -- and those who remained...