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Best Flatow podcasts we could find (updated August 2020)
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Updated August 2020
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As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread, it’s become clear certain populations are particularly at risk—including those serving sentences in prisons and jails. The virus has torn through correctional and detention centers across the U.S., with more than 78,000 incarcerated people testing positive for COVID-19 as of July 28, according to the Marshall Pr…
 
Astronauts have conducted all sorts of experiments in the International Space Station—from observations of microgravity on the human to body to growing space lettuce. But recently, cosmonauts bioengineered human cartilage cells into 3D structures aboard the station, using a device that utilizes magnetic levitation. The results were recently publish…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODE Leah Aharoni is a business consultant, long-time Israeli olah, mother of seven, and much more. She is also the founder of Women For the Wall, a grassroots activist organization promoting traditional prayer roles at Western Wall. Her story is fascinating and, to some, perhaps provocative. Regardless of one's perspective, Leah forc…
 
Science Diction is back! This time around, the team is investigating the science, language, and history of food. First up: Digging into America's favorite condiment, ketchup! At the turn of the 20th century, 12 young men sat in the basement of the Department of Agriculture, eating meals with a side of borax, salicylic acid, or formaldehyde. They we…
 
As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, your news feed is likely still overflowing with both breaking research and rumors. Virologist Angela Rasmussen of Columbia University joins Ira once again to Fact Check Your Feed, discussing everything from two vaccine trials’ hopeful early results to what antibody production might mean for long-term protection ag…
 
Since the beginning of the pandemic, hospitals have been treating and triaging an influx of COVID-19 patients. Hundreds of thousands of seriously ill patients have been hospitalized, with some having to stay and receive care for months at a time. But now as some of those patients return home, hospitals are opening post-COVID clinics to help with th…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODE Moshe Friedman grew up in a strictly Chareidi (Ultra-Orthodox) home in Israel, in a family with 42 straight generations of rabbis! He has remained fully faithful to these ideals, while also blazing a trail in the Israeli hi-tech world, offering access to talented men and women from his community. KamaTech, the accelerator and edu…
 
How we smell has been a bit of a mystery to scientists. Other senses are easier to understand: For example, it’s possible to predict what a color will look like based on its wavelength. But predicting what a new molecule will smell like is more difficult. Our sense of smell can be quite complex. Take the delicious smell of morning coffee—that aroma…
 
As we approach August, many of our young listeners and their parents are starting to think about going back to school. Usually, that might mean getting new notebooks and pencils, and the excitement of seeing classmates after a summer apart. But COVID-19 makes this upcoming school year different. Big districts, including Los Angeles and San Diego pu…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODE Janice Weinman has enjoyed a celebrated career in academia and administration, as well as a long history of Jewish volunteerism. In her current role as CEO of Hadassah, one of the largest Jewish organizations in the world, she leverages the prodigious skills she acquired over decades of experience, in service of Israel and the Je…
 
A whole lot of folks’ summer plans have been cut short this season. Maybe you were planning a family road trip to visit a national park. Or your local science museum. Now, you can watch from home, as Emily Graslie, executive producer, host, and writer for the PBS series “Prehistoric Road Trip,” takes us along for the ride to some of the big geologi…
 
Over the past months, our Degrees of Change series has looked at some of the many ways our actions affect the climate, and how our changing climate is affecting us—from the impact of the fashion industry on global emissions to the ways in which coastal communities are adapting to rising tides. But beyond the graphs and figures, how do you get peopl…
 
The pandemic has nixed many summer vacation plans, but our summer science book list will help you still escape. While staying socially distant, you can take a trip to the great outdoors to unlock the mysteries of bird behaviors. Or instead of trekking to a museum, you can learn about the little-known history of lightbulbs, clocks, and other inventi…
 
It’s the start to a holiday weekend, which often means spending time outdoors, whether that’s going to the beach, on a hike, or grilling in a park. But not everyone feels safe enjoying the great outdoors—and we’re not talking about getting mosquito bites or sunburns. In late May, a white woman, Amy Cooper, called the police on a Black bird watcher …
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODE Mitchell (Moyshe) Silk is one of the highest ranking officials in the United States Department of Treasury, as the Assistant for International Markets, with a special expertise in China. He is also a Chassidic Jew. Learn about his background, his nomination and his travels on this week's episode. -------------------- ABOUT THIS P…
 
This past year was a strange one for beekeepers. According to a survey from the nonprofit Bee Informed Partnership, U.S. beekeepers lost more than 40% of their honey bee colonies between April of 2019 and April of 2020. That’s significantly more than normal. The Bee Informed Partnership has surveyed professional and amateur beekeepers for the past …
 
In the U.S., we’re heading into the fourth month of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing and lockdowns have taken a toll on everyone’s mental and emotional well-being—including children and teens, many of whom may be having trouble processing what’s going on. Psychologists Archana Basu and Robin Gurwitch discuss the unique issues the pandemic b…
 
Earlier this month, three major tech companies publicly distanced themselves from the facial recognition tools used by police: IBM said they would stop all such research, while Amazon and Microsoft said they would push pause on any plans to give facial recognition technology to domestic law enforcement. And just this week, the city of Boston banned…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODE Raised in El Paso, Texas, Russell Robinson was an unlikely candidate to one day lead the Jewish National Fund. But as CEO of this massive and high-impact organization for over two decades, he has left his indelible mark on both the Land and People of Israel. -------------------- ABOUT THIS PODCAST Jews You Should Know introduces …
 
Protests Shine Light On Facial Recognition Tech Problems Earlier this month, three major tech companies publicly distanced themselves from the facial recognition tools used by police. IBM CEO Arvind Krishna explained their company's move was because of facial recognition’s use in racial profiling and mass surveillance. Facial recognition algorithms…
 
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