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We take a critter’s eye view to explore how animal behavior parallels humans. Join comedians and science-lovers as we get inside the minds of animals... Show More

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November 20, 2019 82 min

Today we’re talking about virtual reality, but ditch those computer goggles and just listen with your brain meats, because we’re talking about a more organic, squishy form of virtual reality. What happens when the human or animal brain takes some creative license? Or when your own hand rebels against you? Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: if you call a fish four-eyes, is that science or just bullying? With s... Read more

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November 13, 2019 72 min

Today on the show, PLAYTIME! It’s time to have fun in the sun, or the sea, or, you know, in a rotting carcass or whatever! Dogs fetch balls, rats giggle with glee when you tickle them, birds like to snowboard, spiders like to fool around… wait, spiders? We’re going to talk about all the animals who love to play, and the list is more extensive than you may think. With special guest Kimia Behpoornia. FOOTNOTES: Beluga playing rugby ... Read more

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November 6, 2019 95 min

Today on the show, we’re talking about animals who are BACK FROM THE DEAD! Animals who were previously thought to be gone from the face of the earth get rediscovered: reports of these animals’ extinction have been greatly exaggerated. With special guest Forrest Galante from Animal Planet's Extinct or Alive. Extinct or Alive TV show The Pinocchio Lizard The Horned Frog Giant Extinct Crocodiles Thylacosmilus was a Bit of a... Read more

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October 30, 2019 78 min

Happy Creatureween everyone! Today on the show, it’s a Monster Mash! All the classic horror movie monsters, brought to life through the very real world of science! We’re looking at animals who can truly call themselves Dracula, real life Frankenstein’s monsters, and ghoOOost sharks! Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: can a dog lick you to death? With special guest Jamie Loftus. FOOTNOTES: Halloween crab &am... Read more

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October 23, 2019 69 min

We love horror movies and horror stories, but when it comes to pure blood-curdling terror, there’s no competing with mother nature. We’ll compare some classic horror tropes to their real-life counterparts, and let me tell ya: when it comes to evolution, the director’s cut holds nothing back. Parasites that contort your body and mind to their will, evil flowers and even more evil worms! With special guest Emily Yoshida of the Night ... Read more

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October 16, 2019 73 min

Today on the show, SUPERSTITION! Black cats, crows, ravens, and a mysterious demonic monster… where do superstitions come from? What are the facts behind the superstition? And are crows really conspiring against us. Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question, do satanists like to kiss cat butt? With special guest Joey Clift. FOOTNOTES: 1. 50% of polled Americans are superstitious 2. The Papal Bull behind black cat sup... Read more

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October 9, 2019 68 min

Happy October everyone! This week: Dunanunanunanuna BAT FACTS! Why do bats hang upside down? How did bats become associated with Dracula? What are some of the craziest bat species in the world? Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: If Batman was bitten by a radioactive bat, what powers would he have? With special guest Molly Lambert from the Night Call Podcast. FOOTNOTES: 1. Bats in folklore2. Common vampire b... Read more

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October 2, 2019 82 min

Giant bugs, animals that clone themselves, things that come back to life after being eviscerated... if you're looking for aliens, you can find them under the sea. And later on the show, we’ll be speaking to a professor of marine biology who invited an octopus into his home! With special guests comedian Chris Crofton and Professor of Marine Biology David Scheel. FOOTNOTES: 1. Goblin Sharks (they look like MR. BURNS not MR. SMITH... Read more

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September 25, 2019 77 min

Today on the show we’re talking PSEUDOSCIENCE! Did you know that sometimes people claim things are scientific, but whoops, they’re not? We’ll be looking at some scammers, some flim-flammers, some people who claim things are scientific but they’re maaaaaaybe not really. With special guests Katy Stoll and Cody Johnston. FOOTNOTES: 1. Study on redness and association with sex 2. Snub nosed monkeys 3. Bearded vulture makeup 4. Baboon... Read more

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September 18, 2019 64 min

Today on the show we’re talking WEIRD DIETS! Animals eating other animals eating other animals! Humans eating well… some pretty freaky things. Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: is cannibalism good for you? With special guest Smart Mouth's Katherine Spiers. FOOTNOTES: 1. A lotl Axolotl 2. Greenland sharks 3. Horrifying Fine Dining Lovers article 4. Vilhjalmur Stefansson 5. Butterflies drinking turtle te... Read more

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September 11, 2019 68 min

We’re going to explode some myths about human and animal biology & psychology, and discover that the truth really is stranger than fiction. With special guest comedian and Nerdificent co-host Ify Nwadiwe. Footnotes: 1. Komodo dragon venom 2. Bees are angered by the color red 3. Mathematician & grandfather of the scientific method, Ḥasan Ibn al-Haytham 4. Unihemispheric slow wave sleep 5. Lionesses synchronize their "per... Read more

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September 4, 2019 65 min

The truth behind Mothman, The Chupacabra, and Bigfoot! Today, we’ll be looking at the facts behind cryptids, what it would mean if they actually existed, and the real animals that are just as crazy as the cryptids themselves. With special guest Tess Lynch of the Night Call podcast. FOOTNOTES: 1. Mothman 2. Sandhill crane 3. Barred owl 4. Owls or aliens? 5. Owl without feathers (artistic rendering) 6. Do those legs go owl the way u... Read more

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August 28, 2019 82 min

Right now, the Amazon is burning — we’re going to talk about why this is happening, what’s at stake, and what you can do to help. With special guest Miles Gray. FOOTNOTES: How you can help the Amazon! 1. WWF 5 Ways To Help The Amazon 2. Donate to protect an acre of rainforest 3. Rainforest Trust 4. Defend Indigenous rights and protect the rainforest by donating or signing a pledge 5. Signal boost the Indigenous Women's March... Read more

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August 21, 2019 93 min

Today we’re talking about getting bamboozled, pulling shenanigans, getting conned by caterpillars and hoaxed by horses. With special guest Laci Mosley. FOOTNOTES: 1. Chinstrap penguin stealing rocks 2. Gelada male 3. Firefly femme fatale 4. Hawk moth caterpillar mimics viper 5. Passion flower mimicry 6. Automimicry 7. Conformity elevator experiment 8. Jumping spider ant mimics 9. Jumping spider mimicking one ant carrying another (... Read more

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August 14, 2019 62 min

Today, we’re going to talk about CUTENESS! Why do we love baby animals? Do baby animals love us? What are some of the cutest studies in science? Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: yikes, what’s it like to give birth to a baby porcupine? With special guest Bridgett Greenberg. FOOTNOTES: 1. Peak-a-boo researcher 2. Sea turtle swim suits 3. Cutest age for a dog study 4. Sea lion puppy covered in sand 5. Prehens... Read more

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August 7, 2019 77 min

Join us today as we talk about the history and stories behind mythological creatures, and find out that they have real-life animal counterparts who are just as magical. With special guest Alex Shifman. FOOTNOTES: 1. Bombardier Beetles 2. Warsaw Basilisk 3. Basilisk lizard running on water 4. Argentavis Magnificens 5. Terror Birds 6. Detachable penis 7. Horrible picture of a Stegodyphus lineatus spider being eaten by her babies 8. A... Read more

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July 31, 2019 92 min

We’re answering some of the weirdest questions about evolution and anatomy, like how do woodpeckers keep from scrambling their brains? What animals have not one, not two, but three vaginas? Why would a doctor want to sew your leg on backwards? Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: what are some of the most bodacious boobs in the animal kingdom. With special guests hosts of the podcast Ridiculous History, Noel Br... Read more

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We’re going to look at some wild animal teams, how they compare to humans, and what the robot-dominated future may hold! Discover this and more as we answer the age old riddle: what animal doesn’t feel pain and loves eating poop? With special guest comedian Blake Wexler. FOOTNOTES: 1. Dog frees friends from a kennel 2. Dog frees tied up dog 3. Do Dogs Know Other Dogs Are Dogs? 4. More info on nake mole rats than you even want to ... Read more

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Today we’re talking about some adorable animals who look so sweet and cute, and who want to murder you to death. We’re talking the most surprisingly scary animals you should be afraid of. Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: what the heck is catfish noodling? With special guest Sofiya Alexandra. FOOTNOTES: 1. World's Weirdest: Killer Cone Snail 2. Noodling for catfish 3. Poison pass: the man who became imm... Read more

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July 10, 2019 72 min

Today we’ll be talking about tools! Tools of the trade, tools of torture, and tools of, well, hehe, you know. Bow-chika-wa-wah! What’s a butcher, a tailor, and a bendy-stick maker got in common? They’re all birds! Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: what’s the most humiliating thing to happen to an eel? With special guest Carmen Angelica. FOOTNOTES:  1. Bottlenose dolphins wielding sponges 2. Video of a tailo... Read more

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