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The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week
The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week
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At Popular Science, we report and write dozens of science and tech stories every week. And while a lot of the fun... more

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Screaming Frogs, "Talking" Mushrooms, Nonbinary Birds

Sociolinguist Erica Brozovsky joins the show to discuss talkative fungi, Amanda Reed chats about nonbinary birds, and Rachel gets into... more

08 May 2024 · 49 minutes
Traveling Barber Uprising, Rats Taking Selfies, Honeyguide Helpers

Maritime archaeologist and historian Joel Cook joins the show to spin the tale of how traveling barbers almost coordinated an... more

24 Apr 2024 · 57 minutes
Lotion Spider Brouhaha, ADHD Superpowers, Earth's Evil Twin

Scientist and Twitch streamer Knimbley joins the show today to talk about how astronomy and Elden Ring intertwine! Plus, Jess... more

10 Apr 2024 · 59 minutes
Freaky Eclipse Rituals, Cosmic Serendipity, Solar Mysteries

Scientific American's Lee Billings and Clara Moskowitz join Rachel this week to talk all things eclipse. The Weirdest Thing I Learned... more

27 Mar 2024 · 45 minutes
Stargazing Poop Bugs, Ancient Beer Ladies, Secret Internet Slang

Christie Taylor joins the show to talk about dung beetles who love to stargaze. Plus, Laura explains how early beer... more

13 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Bird Milk, Space Lube, Hermit Crab Housing Crisis

Liz Clayton Fuller rejoins the show to talk all things bird milk (yum!), and Amanda Reed spins the tale of... more

28 Feb 2024 · 54 minutes
Government Cheese, Mitochondria NOT Powerhousing, Dawn of the Cockroach

This time, Laura Baisas explains the dawn of the cockroach in New York, Rachel discusses a situation when the mitochondria... more

14 Feb 2024 · 1 hour,
Nature's Weirdest Sleepers, Iron Maiden Myths, Parking Psychology

Welcome to Season 8! Producer Jess Boddy joins the show to talk about the mythical iron maiden (as inspired by... more

28 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
LIVE SHOW: Trees are Fake, Fortune-Telling Cheese, Sunscreen Secrets, Magical Misogyny

In our live show from August of 2023, Rachel talks about magicians' tricks and their hidden misogyny, Sara explains how... more

20 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Eating The Rich, Menopausal Chimps, Darwin's Taxidermy Teacher

Divya Anantharaman joins the show to talk about the history of taxidermy dating back to Charles Darwin! Plus, Rachel talks... more

06 Dec 2023 · 1 hour,
The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week
Screaming Frogs, "Talking" Mushrooms, Nonbinary Birds
The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week