Best science history podcasts we could find (Updated April 2018)
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Each episode of Distillations podcast takes a deep-dive into a moment of science-related history in order to shed light on the present.
 
Monthly interviews on important moments in the history of science.
 
History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
 
an Ottoman History Podcast Series
 
The Museum of the History of Science houses an unrivaled collection of historic scientific instruments in the world's oldest surviving purpose-built museum building, the Old Ashmolean on Broad Street, Oxford. By virtue of the collection and the building, the Museum occupies a special position, both in the study of the history of science and in the development of western culture and collecting.
 
The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com
 
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Witness
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History as told by the people who were there.
 
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The History Hour
Weekly
 
An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.
 
All good stories have a twist, and all great storytellers are just a little twisted. Join Mike Rowe for a different take on the people and events that you thought you knew, from pop culture to politics, Hollywood to History… The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe is a series of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span.
 
The Museum of the History of Science houses an unrivaled collection of historic scientific instruments in the world's oldest surviving purpose-built museum building, the Old Ashmolean on Broad Street, Oxford. By virtue of the collection and the building, the Museum occupies a special position, both in the study of the history of science and in the development of western culture and collecting.
 
Museum of the History of Science
 
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Life Of Caesar
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A podcast about the life of Gaius Julius Caesar.
 
A History of Appalachia, One Story at a Time
 
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The History Chicks
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Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour. Go.
 
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Presidential
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The Washington Post's Presidential podcast explores how each former American president reached office, made decisions, handled crises and redefined the role of commander-in-chief. It was released leading up to up to Election Day 2016, starting with George Washington in week one and ending on week 44 with the president-elect. Hosted by Lillian Cunningham, the series features Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers like David McCullough and Washington Post journalists like Bob Woodward. New episode ...
 
The BHP is a chronological retelling of the history of Britain with a particular focus upon the lives of the people. You won’t find a dry recounting of dates and battles here, but instead you’ll learn about who these people were and how their desires, fears, and flaws shaped the histories of England, Scotland, and Wales.
 
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Tides of History
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Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. From Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.
 
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BackStory
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BackStory is a weekly public podcast hosted by U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly and Joanne Freeman. We're based in Charlottesville, Va. at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.Each week we take a topic that people are talking about and explore it through the lens of American history. Through stories, interviews, and conversation with our listeners, we make history engaging and fun.
 
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History of Japan
Weekly
 
A weekly podcast on Japanese history, covering everything from prehistory to the modern era. Additional information available at the podcast blog, at www.historyofjapan.wordpress.com
 
Interviews with Historians about their New Books
 
First we follow the Russian rulers from Rurik to Putin then take to recounting all aspects of Russian history.
 
Join students in college classrooms to hear lectures on topics ranging from the American Revolution to 9-11.
 
We examine the lives and deaths of prominent people who changed history and influenced pop culture. We tell you their story, their achievements, their struggles, their secrets and take you on dramatic journey through the life and ultimate tragic death of those who have had an impact on society. With the help of voice actors, we attempt to honor these individuals by bringing their stories to life. New episodes are released every Wednesday. Remarkable Lives, Tragic Deaths is part of the Parcas ...
 
Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds take on one subject from American history each week.
 
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This show will detail the biographies and interesting facts of the Papacy of Rome. It will start in the beginning, but will not go straight through. There will be many side tracks and detours along the way. We will investigate the backstreets of the Papacy where the tour normally doesn't go.
 
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Origin Stories
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Origin Stories is The Leakey Foundation's podcast about how we became human.
 
A podcast on the history of Germans.
 
Objects hold history. They're evocative of stories stamped in time. As part of The Washington Post's coverage of the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture, people submitted dozens of objects that make up their own lived experiences of black history, creating a "people's museum" of personal objects, family photos and more. The Historically Black podcast brings those objects and their stories to life through interviews, archival sound and music. The Washingt ...
 
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The History Chicks
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Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour. Go.
 
Barbarians, political breakdown, economic collapse, mass migration, pillaging and plunder. The fall of the Roman Empire has been studied for years, but genetics, climate science, forensic science, network models, and globalization studies have reshaped our understanding of one of the most important events in human history. PhD historian and specialist Patrick Wyman brings the cutting edge of history to listeners in plain, relatable English.
 
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The History of China
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An audio journey through the 5000 year history of one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations.
 
Professor Bob tells the fascinating stories of history's people, places, and cultures.
 
New York City history is America's history. It's the hometown of the world, and most people know the city's familiar landmarks, buildings and streets. Why not look a little closer and have fun while doing it?
 
American History Untucked is a podcast conversation with American Historians, hosted by Dr. David Silkenat
 
Recordings from the popular public lecture series on intellectual history in all its forms and across all ages. From 2014 held at the University of St Andrews, and between 2010 and 2013 held at the University of Sussex.
 
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Second Decade
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This is a historical show examining the momentous events and interesting people of the second decade of the 19th century, the 1810s. From Jefferson to Napoleon, from Iceland to Antarctica, historian Sean Munger will give you a tour of the decade's most fascinating highlights.
 
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Twice Removed
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A new family history podcast hosted by A.J. Jacobs. They say we’re one big family: this is the show that proves it. You will be filled with delight… or abject horror. You never know. It’s family.
 
A weekly podcast tracing the rise, decline and fall of the Roman Empire.
 
A podcast on European conflicts from the perspective of each side to provide an alternative to the traditional national narratives. Going chronologically from the Ancient Greeks onwards I will describe to some extent how each battle was won or lost by particular decisions, tactics, technology or fortune. But the aim of each main narrative will be to place each battle in the context of the overall history of Europe.
 
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Mafia
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Journey into the underworld of American organized crime and the stories behind the rise and fall of the most notorious mobsters in history. From Charles “Lucky” Luciano and John Gotti, to Donnie Brasco, “Bugsy” Siegel and Dutch Schultz–this podcast explores the lives of our greatest gangsters and the cops and attorneys who worked to bring them down.
 
The Thomas Jefferson Hour features conversations with Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, as portrayed by the award-winning humanities scholar and author, Clay Jenkinson. The weekly discussion features Mr. Jefferson’s views on events of his time, contemporary issues facing America and answers to questions submitted by his many listeners. To ask President Jefferson a question visit his website at www.jeffersonhour.com
 
What happened on this date in the history of the Blues?
 
All good stories have a twist, and all great storytellers are just a little twisted. Join Mike Rowe for a different take on the people and events that you thought you knew, from pop culture to politics, Hollywood to History… The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe is a series of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span.
 
The Irish History Podcast brings you on a journey through Ireland's fascinating past. This podcast is not just dates but an enthralling account of Ireland's history, looking at daily life through the ages. The show is currently focused on the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s (see below), while the archive contains the stories of Ireland's ancient High Kings, Viking raiders and the Norman Invasion of the Middle Ages. The story of the Great Famine has proved the most popular to date,Between 184 ...
 
In "Hardcore History" journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his "Martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This isn't academic history (and Carlin isn't a historian) but the podcast's unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions ...
 
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Christmas Past
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Christmas Past is a podcast that tells the stories behind your favorite holiday traditions.
 
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The Eastern Border
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The other side of the cold war - talking about politics in the EU, history of the USSR and the Eastern European region in general. Mostly for Americans, who also happen to be history geeks. Also, we're all friends here, and have beer!
 
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Futility Closet
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Forgotten stories from the pages of history. Join us for surprising and curious tales from the past and challenge yourself with our lateral thinking puzzles.
 
Host FRDH podcast. Radio essayist and documentarist for the BBC and NPR. Historian and author of Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace and Emancipation.
 
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A conversation with Jim Brass, Bruce Coffland from NASA and Susan Benjamin USGS director of the Western Geographic Science Center. They discuss the shared history between NASA and the USGS in remote sensing.
 
A conversation with Jim Brass, Bruce Coffland from NASA and Susan Benjamin USGS director of the Western Geographic Science Center. They discuss the shared history between NASA and the USGS in remote sensing.
 
Dr. Duncan is back on Discovering the Truth with Dan Duval for round 3. Dr. Stephen Duncan is the founder of House of Gilead Renewal Centers. He practices naturopathic medicine. He has a Doctor of Chiropathy, a Ph.D. in Sacred Philosophy, He has a Doctor of Pastoral Science from the Pastoral Medical Association. He is an ordained minister. He h ...…
 
Let's go to Space Church! This week on the Poz Button, Borzoi brings on half the Godcast to talk about religion and science fiction in the mediocre Ridley Scott Alien prequels. Get ready for a lot of faith talk and contentious statements. Be sure to leave angry comments using stale memes and weak banter! RSS Feed Check out the Poz Button websit ...…
 
City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes features photographs from the collection of The Vancouver Sun and The Province which capture moments in history when Vancouverites showed up, stepped up, and made some noise—or exploded in anger— about a wide range of issues.Kate Bird is the author of City on Edge: A R ...…
 
Keeping with last weeks theme and the run up to Infinity War we're taking a close look at Thanos and the first few of his comic book quests as a cosmic supervillain. From the 70's, including his possession of the cosmic cube, versus Captain Marvel and the Avengers leading to his first death, into the 90's and his reappearance with the Silver Su ...…
 
Fixing Alzheimer's, Finger Bone Finding, Birds Of A Feather, Wall Downfall?, Smart Lemurs, Of Bathrooms And Bacteria, Scrubbing Memzymes, Carbon XPrize, Bloodless Monitoring, Viral Rich History, Immunity Migrations, SlaveMakers, And Much More...
 
Fixing Alzheimer's, Finger Bone Finding, Birds Of A Feather, Wall Downfall?, Smart Lemurs, Of Bathrooms And Bacteria, Scrubbing Memzymes, Carbon XPrize, Bloodless Monitoring, Viral Rich History, Immunity Migrations, SlaveMakers, And Much More...
 
A new MP3 sermon from Community Bible Church of Highlands is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details: Title: Islam Part 1: The 411 Subtitle: LifePoints - Truth on Trial Speaker: Gary Hewins Broadcaster: Community Bible Church of Highlands Event: TV Broadcast Date: 9/19/2014 Length: 4 min. Overview: Humanity is now searching, ...…
 
Trump's threat to attack Syria and the growing tensions between the US and Russia Ray McGovern served as an Army intelligence officer and a CIA analyst for 27 years under 7 presidential administrations, from John F. Kennedy to George H. W. Bush. Among his duties was preparing the President’s Daily Brief, which was a one-on-one to President Rona ...…
 
There are three ways to do an internship. Each has different benefits, but competition is stiff. Experts, employers interns and your hosts, both former interns, guide you through what employers expect and what interns get out of the experience. Hosts, Buffy Gorrilla and Ben Pawson, explore the internship landscape in detail. If you know nothing ...…
 
Perhaps America's most esteemed Central and Eastern European historian and academic, Timothy Snyder is the author of the no. 1 bestseller On Tyranny, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, Wall Around the West, and an impressive array of other books, articles, and essays about that continent's contentious and complicated past. His m ...…
 
On Dear Science with AUT’s Allan Blackman we talk about power cuts and the science TV series Connections, proteins on old documents that tell us about the environment the writer was in at the time, and the separation of Hydrogen and Oxygen.
 
Graduated from Chengdu TCM University Registered TCM Practitioner Tai Chi Quen and Qi Kung Master In 2011, Master Stanley was invited by Guangxi TCM University in China to help perform western research to prove the effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine in healing a wide range of conditions. During this time, he amassed invaluable data a ...…
 
Social Immune Systems The Hidden Psychology of High-Stakes Organizational Decisions Some of the very best critical thinking research in the world has been done with flight crews and medical teams. There is an almost endless number of fascinating cases to explore. There’s one, though, that I’ve become more obsessed with than others. It happened ...…
 
The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer's Next Superstars by Sebastian AbbotThe gripping story of a group of boys discovered in what may be the largest talent search in sports history.Over the past decade, an audacious program called Football Dreams has held tryouts for millions of 13-year-old boys across Africa looking for soccer’s next supe ...…
 
Intro: American history, African American spirituals, and the consent to dream for freedomComics, Black Panther, and Octavia Butler: Talking science fiction and reframing consent narratives with Clarence Haynes! https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/clarence-haynesT.A.M. Thoughts: Live your fantasy, just like Ziggy Stardust!Songs:"Freedom Highw ...…
 
Dr. David Reich - Who We Are, The New Science of DNA Smithsonian Associates, Interview Series Welcome to The Not Old Better Show, Smithsonian Associates, Inside Science series, I’m your host Paul Vogelzang, this is episode #198. As part of our Smithsonian Associates, Inside Science series, our guest today on the Not Old Better Show is Dr. David ...…
 
Dr. David Reich - Who We Are, The New Science of DNA Smithsonian Associates, Interview Series Welcome to The Not Old Better Show, Smithsonian Associates, Inside Science series, I’m your host Paul Vogelzang, this is episode #198. As part of our Smithsonian Associates, Inside Science series, our guest today on the Not Old Better Show is Dr. David ...…
 
An interview with Dr. Francesca Degiuli, Assistant Professor of Sociology and the director of the Gender Studies Minor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is also a Visiting Fellow in the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at NYU. She has written numerous articles on the topics of gender, globalization and migration throughout the ...…
 
This is a New Series of PodCasts from me to talk about Humanity, Inventions, News and many other different subjects, that I think, you will enjoy. They will be inspiring or sad, exiting or debatable. It is about humanity’s ways, and what maybe we should do or not, to improve.Our society is constantly evolving and changing, sometimes not always ...…
 
Christopher Federici from the New Jersey based band Hedera SOJO sits down to discuss all things music. Hear strait from a working musician what it's like to break into the music industry. We discuss humble beginnings, inspiration, and the daily grind. But of course, it wouldn't be a Maximum Mediocrity Podcast if we didn't first get him drunk an ...…
 
Jeffrey W. Metrick served 4 years in the US Army from 2002-2006. In 2006 Jeff got out of the Army to help his dad battle cancer and run a 120 acre farm with the help of his sister. In 2007 Jeff went to Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL to study Political Science with two minors History and Economics, while at Western Jeff joined Iota Ph ...…
 
On today's Joshua T Berglan's Morning Gratitude, Mr.Jeffrey W. Metrick ! Jeffrey served 4 years in the US Army from 2002-2006. In 2006 Jeff got out of the Army to help his dad battle cancer and run a 120 acre farm with the help of his sister. In 2007 Jeff went to Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL to study Political Science with two mino ...…
 
Published on 01 Dec 2016. We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.…
 
Polls never take a holiday. Check us out anytime @margieomero @ksoltisanderson @thepollsters. Poll of the Week Kids are cute poll Trumplandia HP on Trump approval MC/Politico on Stormy CNN on NK & Russia Taxes & Economy CNBC on taxes Pew on the economy Facebook Reuters/Ipsos on FB Axios/Survey Monkey Tech worker "Blind" survey Census Census in ...…
 
Ep. 293: Do I Have to Be Gluten-Free Forever? In this episode, Stacy and Sarah talk about if a little gluten now and then is so terrible for most people. Plus, they discuss genetic susceptibility to having issues with gluten. Click here to listen in iTunes If you enjoy the show, please review it in iTunes!The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 293: Do I ...…
 
This is a two hour interview that contains some of the most mind blowing material and complex deep discussion that has ever been recorded. Gregory Lessing Garret is the author of a new book which exposes the hidden history of Lucifers effect on our modern science. The book he wrote “The Scientism Delusion” maps out the Luciferian conquest of ou ...…
 
Today on everyone's favorite podcast for conspiracy, the paranormal, & the all around fringe:Alright Higherside Chatters, it's no surprise that the public has seen the needle on rocket and jet propulsion technology move very little, in a series of decades that have shown rapid advancements in nearly all other technological areas.Because we know ...…
 
This week Science in Action looks at the history of chemical weapons and in particular the development of novichok agents. Roland Pease speaks to Will England from the Washington Post who first reported on the new type of chemical weapons in the early 1990’s. We also hear from Vil Mirzayanov, the scientist who first disclosed information about ...…
 
Science Some of your favorite products have absurd medicinal histories When men were men and sodas were cocaine-laced nerve tonics.
 
Episode 6 of National Life Stories podcast features Paul Merchant talking to Charlie Morgan about his work on the project Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum. The oral histories conducted by Paul were part of a much larger project run out of Newman University, York University and the University of Kent and led by Dr Fern Elsdon Baker a ...…
 
Published on 01 Dec 2016. We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.…
 
Published on 01 Dec 2016. We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.…
 
Published on 01 Dec 2016. We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.…
 
Published on 01 Dec 2016. We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.…
 
Published on 01 Dec 2016. We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.…
 
Published on 01 Dec 2016. We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.…
 
Published on 01 Dec 2016. We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.…
 
Published on 01 Dec 2016. We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.…
 
Published on 01 Dec 2016. We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.…
 
Published on 01 Dec 2016. We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.…
 
Published on 01 Dec 2016. We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.…
 
Published on 01 Dec 2016. We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.…
 
Published on 01 Dec 2016. We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.…
 
Published on 01 Dec 2016. We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.…
 
Published on 01 Dec 2016. We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.…
 
Published on 01 Dec 2016. We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.…
 
Fox pundit, world renowned war-hawk, and now Trump’s National Security Advisor. We take a look at John Bolton, and the bomb first ask questions second kind of policy he advocates. Plus Stormy Daniels goes on 60 Minutes, we’ve got the highlights, some discussion, and questions about the bigger picture. Then it’s a celebrity high-note, and a pack ...…
 
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