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Bad Science: the Bogus Case for More Cops

https://open.spotify.com/episode/6NgIVsHQS56ts00eAufGiX?si=O_q9O7uLRca3my3nJmoHIg In this bonus episode of In Plain English, I talk with defense lawyer Alec Karakatsanis about the paper "The Injustice of Under-policing in America," by Christopher Lewis and Adaner Usmani. We cover the undisclosed assumptions, missing statistics, and cynical worldview behind this piece of propaganda masked as a scientific paper. You can read Alec's… Continue reading Bad Science: the Bogus Case for More Cops

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Bonus Episode: The Politics of Space

https://open.spotify.com/episode/5862HkPFqmRLa1nu6Phq3Y?si=4hfYdJh-Q8KuudquhONkqg On this special episode of In Plain English, Brendan Ziebarth, Nick Wolslegel, and I talk about the political side of space travel: billionaire joy rides, corporate asteroid mining, climate impact, and more. This episode was inspired by our conversation on Season 1, Episode 4: Where did Earth's Water Come From? You can listen to… Continue reading Bonus Episode: The Politics of Space

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Season 2, Episode 3: Virus Evolution: from Local Outbreak to Global Pandemic

https://open.spotify.com/episode/2IS63qox8L55OxPsAf7zAh?si=b8Y6PyYmQC2hxhiZ4rY5EQ Join expert SB Pye and guests Tania Lintz and Hannah Trettenero for a deep dive on virus outbreaks, and why some new viruses spread like wildfire while others peter out. If you liked this episode and want to learn more about viruses, you can send questions to SB at e.pye@wustl.edu, or submit them via… Continue reading Season 2, Episode 3: Virus Evolution: from Local Outbreak to Global Pandemic

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Season 2, Episode 2: Exhausted Immune Cells: the Weary Veterans of Chronic Infection

https://open.spotify.com/episode/330IoVkTN6udEMaRlbbxXZ?si=C0PgkMQDTla_nT2CLy74Ig Join expert Christina Niavi and guests Alex Barrett and David Latchman to learn what happens to our immune cells during chronic infections and cancer, and how we can harness our understanding of the immune system to develop better treatments for these diseases. If you liked this episode, be sure to follow Christina Niavi on… Continue reading Season 2, Episode 2: Exhausted Immune Cells: the Weary Veterans of Chronic Infection

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Season 2, Episode 1: Do You Wanna Dance? Why Music Makes Us Move

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4Ho8xA0pcGtY1UHM0t2is1?si=-o2ek41gQNKQnwDuSzFAiA Join expert Alex Albury and guests SB Pye and Sasha Dmytrenko to find out what kinds of music make us want to tap our feet, and why! If you liked this episode, be sure to follow Alex Albury on Twitter @albury_alex and check out his recent article in the conversation on why you know more about… Continue reading Season 2, Episode 1: Do You Wanna Dance? Why Music Makes Us Move

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Episode 13: When Research Gets it Wrong, Part 2

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1cYIWnyWLBoqJkv7PPH6me?si=SFZMz6upS3WbKlBW6AthAg Join expert Vera Thornton and guests Doris Meinerding and Hannah Waterhouse for Part 2 of a thought-provoking look "behind the scenes" of scientific research, to answer the question "Why are research findings sometimes wrong?" Click here to listen to Part 1. Remember to follow In Plain English on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the latest… Continue reading Episode 13: When Research Gets it Wrong, Part 2

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Episode 12: When Research Gets it Wrong, Part 1

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1w3zWD9vbIdEjpvltLJa0l?si=1D55w2snST2H6JMntynOXw Join expert Vera Thornton and guests Doris Meinerding and Hannah Waterhouse for Part 1 of a thought-provoking look "behind the scenes" of scientific research, to answer the question "Why are research findings sometimes wrong?" Part 2 will air on the first Tuesday of September. Remember to follow In Plain English on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram to keep up… Continue reading Episode 12: When Research Gets it Wrong, Part 1

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Episode 11: The Drug War: A Violent Situation

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0HrAUS8Ky1fzTKRtXoN6ec?si=frltZQuEQCSUPAscFS2H9w Join expert Hilary Agro and guests Vera Thornton and Brigid Lydon as they discuss the far-reaching impacts of the drug war and the importance of harm reduction. Scroll to the bottom of this page for harm reduction resources! Remember to follow In Plain English on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the latest announcements! If you… Continue reading Episode 11: The Drug War: A Violent Situation

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Episode 10: Pathogen Wars: How Gut Bacteria Protect Against Cholera

https://open.spotify.com/episode/7h14fB4CIw9ybXz8AtrwLJ?si=r9XHGYkoSjSY4J20mT8lKA Join expert Jonathan Mitchell and guests Nicolas Scrutton Alvarado and Raymond Uymatiao to learn about the beneficial bacteria in your gut that can help protect against diseases like cholera. You can download the paper on our website at inplainenglishpod.org. Check out Jonathan's podcast Microbe Moment! Check out Nicolas's podcast In the Spotlight! Remember to… Continue reading Episode 10: Pathogen Wars: How Gut Bacteria Protect Against Cholera

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Episode 9: Climate Change, Corporations, and Cap-and-Trade

https://open.spotify.com/episode/5b8HASK2YZDiBDWrp5308c?si=Y96pMAU8Qdyx4-walbM_9A In the 9th episode of In Plain English, expert Kelly-Anne Moffa and guests Leenah Abugisisa and Alexander Albury delve into the ups and downs of California's cap-and-trade policy and its impact on climate change. Remember to follow In Plain English on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the latest announcements! And check out our Discord server to… Continue reading Episode 9: Climate Change, Corporations, and Cap-and-Trade