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Unexplainable takes listeners right up to the edge of what we know ... and then keeps right on going. This Vox podcast... more

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What's so funny?

Scientists are digging into what makes something funny. We compare their notes with comedians — including Atsuko Okatsuka, Josh Johnson,... more

22 Mar 2023 · 20 minutes
Origins: The meaning of “life”

For every definition of life, there’s a creature that sends us right back to the drawing board. This is the third... more

15 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
Origins: The first living thing

How did life on Earth start? To help answer that, researchers are trying to create some life for themselves. This is... more

08 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
Origins: How did Earth get its water?

Life as we know it needs water, but scientists can’t figure out where Earth’s water came from. Answering that question... more

01 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
What is love?

Can science help us predict whether a relationship will succeed? Or is it all just chaos? This episode originally ran on... more

15 Feb 2023 · 34 minutes
Why we hiccup

Listeners told us that eating baby carrots or telling lies can bring on the hiccups. Burping or kissing can make... more

08 Feb 2023 · 29 minutes
We booped an asteroid

Last fall, a NASA spacecraft slammed into an asteroid to test a way to avert a disaster on Earth. So... more

01 Feb 2023 · 22 minutes
Your creepy, crawly roommates

Our houses are homes to hidden worlds of bugs. And the more ecologists explore those worlds, the more they realize... more

25 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
Henrietta Leavitt and the end of the universe

In the early 1900s, Henrietta Leavitt made one of the most important discoveries in the history of astronomy: a yardstick... more

18 Jan 2023 · 32 minutes
Plants with eyes?

In the temperate rainforests of Chile, there is a vine that can shapeshift to copy the look of other plants.... more

11 Jan 2023 · 28 minutes
What's so funny?