Freakonomics Radio
Freakonomics Radio
Aug 21, 2020
Introducing “People I (Mostly) Admire"
45 min
A new interview show with host Steve Levitt. Today he speaks with the Harvard psychologist and linguist Steven Pinker. By cataloging the steady march of human progress, the self-declared “polite Canadian” has managed to enrage people on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Levitt tries to understand why.
Future Perfect
Future Perfect
Vox
Rethinking meat
How can we convince people to change their relationship with meat? Melanie Joy has been grappling with this question for a long time. To answer it, she takes us back to other points in history when new technology helped make social change palatable. She digs into how the invention of the washing machine and other household appliances, for example, helped make feminism easier to imagine. Then, she looks to the future, at our latest meat technologies — plant-based meat and lab grown meat — and asks: Could they make it easier for us to move away from meat altogether?  Further listening and reading:  Joy’s books, Powerarchy: Understanding the Psychology of Oppression for Social Transformation and Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows.  Vox’s Ezra Klein interviewed Joy for an episode of The Ezra Klein Show in 2018. Hear that interview and read her book recommendations here. We always want to hear from you! Please send comments and questions to futureperfect@vox.com.  Subscribe to Future Perfect on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app to automatically get new episodes of the latest season each week. This podcast is made possible thanks to support from Animal Charity Evaluators. They research and promote the most effective ways to help animals. Featuring: Melanie Joy (@DrMelanieJoy) Host: Sigal Samuel (@SigalSamuel), staff writer, Vox  More to explore: Follow all of Future Perfect’s reporting on the Future of Meat. Subscribe to Vox’s Future Perfect newsletter, which breaks down big, complicated problems the world faces and the most efficient ways to solve them. Follow Us: Vox.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22 min
Curiosity Daily
Curiosity Daily
Discovery
Why It’s Relaxing to Breathe in Through Your Nose
Learn about why it’s relaxing to breathe in through your nose and the first woman who’s ever been struck by a meteor. We’ll also answer a listener question about why smacking electronics helps to make them work again. Why do relaxation exercises have you breathe in through your nose? Two words: nitric oxide by Grant Currin Hirschlag, A. (2020, July 14). Breathing Through Your Nose Is Healthier for You | Elemental. Medium; Elemental. https://elemental.medium.com/how-nasal-breathing-keeps-you-healthier-3695bb5c6cd1  Ignarro, L. J. (2020, June 19). The right way to breathe during the coronavirus pandemic. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/the-right-way-to-breathe-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic-140695  ‌Lundberg, J. O. N., & Weitzberg, E. (1999). Nasal nitric oxide in man. Thorax, 54(10), 947–952. https://doi.org/10.1136/thx.54.10.947  ‌Ritz, T., Trueba, A. F., Vogel, Pia. D., Auchus, R. J., & Rosenfield, D. (2018). Exhaled nitric oxide and vascular endothelial growth factor as predictors of cold symptoms after stress. Biological Psychology, 132, 116–124. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2017.11.006  Only One Woman Has Ever Been Struck by a Meteor by Mae Rice Clipping from Enterprise-Journal - Newspapers.com. (2019). Newspapers.com. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28689668/enterprise-journal/ ‌George, A. (2019, November 26). In 1954, an Extraterrestrial Bruiser Shocked This Alabama Woman. Smithsonian Magazine; Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/1954-extraterrestrial-bruiser-shocked-alabama-woman-180973646/ This Meteorite Hit an Alabama Woman While She Was Napping on Her Couch. (2015). Slate Magazine. http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2015/06/02/the_hodges_meteorite_is_one_of_the_few_space_to_ever_strike_a_human.html?wpisrc=obnetwork The True Story of History’s Only Known Meteorite Victim. (2013, February 20). Nationalgeographic.com. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/2/130220-russia-meteorite-ann-hodges-science-space-hit/ LISTENER Q: Why does smacking electronics make them work again? by Ashley Hamer  Engber, D. (2014). Can You Fix A Machine By Smacking It? Popular Science. https://www.popsci.com/article/technology/can-you-fix-machine-smacking-it/  ‌TV Troubles. (2017). Nasa.Gov. https://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/alsj/a12/a12.tvtrbls.html  ‌It’s not stupid, if it works - why percussive maintenance is a legit repair method. (2019, March 29). It’s not stupid, if it works - why percussive maintenance is a legit repair method? Technology Org. https://www.technology.org/2019/03/29/its-not-stupid-if-it-works-why-percussive-maintenance-is-a-legit-repair-method/  Why Does Smacking A Remote Control Sometimes Make It Work Again? (2017, November 14). Science ABC. https://www.scienceabc.com/eyeopeners/why-does-smacking-a-remote-control-sometimes-make-it-work-again.html  https://www.facebook.com/modernsurvivalblog. (2019, September 13). Battery Corrosion | Why They Leak And How To Prevent It. Modern Survival Blog. https://modernsurvivalblog.com/preps/battery-corrosion-why-they-leak-and-how-to-prevent-it/ Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Ashley Hamer and Natalia Reagan (filling in for Cody Gough). You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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