You're the Expert
By Chris Duffy
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This is You're the Expert, the show that brings academia out of the Ivory Tower and into your iPhone. Each episode features a guest expert. Some of the funniest comedians around try to figure out what our guest studies and to understand his/her findings. The only rule is that they’re not allowed to do any research ahead of time. You're the Expert is funny, it's surprising, and you might even actually learn something. If you're new to the podcast, we recommend starting with the most recent episode and working backwards. Hosted and produced by Chris Duffy and presented by WBUR.
||Super Massive Black Holes||What's inside of a black hole? How do you measure the universe? What was the first vegetable grown in space? We dive deep into these questions and more with Dr. Anca Constantin from James Madison University's Physics and Astronomy Department....||11/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Disco Clams||Live from the 2015 Bay Area Science Festival, this episode features UC Berkeley's Lindsey Dougherty, a marine biologist who studies disco clams, which light up underwater. Lindsey's trying to figure out why and how these clams act like underwater...||11/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bats, Vampires, and White Nose Syndrome||Nate Fuller studies bats. In this special Halloween show, we go deep into caves full of guano, get bitten by vampire bats, and hear about some extremely unusual first dates. Featuring comedians Jo Firestone, Josh Sharp, and Ken Reid. Hosted by Chris...||10/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Beautiful Throats and Emotional Doctors||Harvard Medical School's Dr. Jo Shapiro joins us to talk about her work as a throat surgeon and the head of Brigham and Women's Hospital's Center for Professionalism and Peer Support. Panelists Eugene Mirman, Scott Adsit, and Jo Firestone learn about...||10/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dictionaries & Phone Books at the Boston Book Festival 2015||Ammon Shea has read the entire Oxford English Dictionary and the phone book cover-to-cover and written books of his own about each. In this special book festival edition of the show, we cover exotic words, the most expensive phone book in the world,...||9/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Outhouse Archaeology||Joseph Bagley is the official Boston City Archaeologist. He's in charge of preserving Boston's many historic sites, but his real passion is digging up outhouses and privies to discover what secrets they contain. Panelists Steve Almond, Myq Kaplan, and...||8/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Inside a Dog's Brain||Dr. Alexandra Horowitz is the head of Barnard's Canine Cognition Lab. She's also our first ever repeat guest! She was so great the first time, we had to have her on again with our new format. Panelists Mara Wilson, H. Jon Benjamin, and Josh Gondelman...||8/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Laughter, Sneezing, and Farting||Dr. Robert Provine is a neuroscientist who studies "curious behaviors" like sneezing, yawning, laughter, farting, and the hiccups. He teaches comedians Maeve Higgins, Seaton Smith, and Rachel Rosenthal about the science behind his studies and why...||7/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Biological Clocks||Using studies on fire ants and business school students, Dr. Krista Ingram (Colgate) tries to understand how our bodies keep track of time. Panelists Eugene Mirman (Bob's Burgers), Elna Baker (This American Life), and Scott Adsit (30 Rock)...||7/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Forensic Archaeology (at the Philadelphia Science Festival)||From the Franklin Institute at the Philadelphia Science Festival, this episode is all about the real science behind shows like CSI. Kimberlee Sue Moran is a forensic archaeologist. She studies decomposing corpses, ancient fingerprints, and bomb...||5/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Robot-Human Teamwork||MIT's Dr. Julie Shah studies robot-human teamwork. Panelists John Hodgman, Wyatt Cenac, and Maeve Higgins get to the bottom of what Dr. Shah does all day and why her work matters. Will robots take over the world and kill us all? Will they write...||5/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Deadly Mushrooms||Dr. Anne Pringle studies the deadliest mushrooms on Earth. Panelists Jo Firestone (Broad City), Charlie Hankin (Comedy Central), and Ken Reid (TV Guidance Counselor) try to guess what Dr. Pringle studies and understand her findings. This episode...||5/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bacteria of the NYC Subway System||Dr. Chris Mason recently completed the first large scale genetic study of the NYC subway system. What he found will blow your mind. Panelists Zhubin Parang (The Daily Show), Jo Firestone (Broad City), and Maeve Higgins (Fancy Vittles) try to guess...||4/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Immunology and Cloning||Dr. Hidde Ploegh is an immunologist at MIT’s Whitehead Institute. He uses alpaca DNA and cloned mice to try and tackle some of the most difficult diseases affecting humans today. This episode features panelists Wyatt Cenac, Jo Firestone, and...||3/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Human Life Extension||Live from SF Sketchfest, we've got Dr. Cynthia Kenyon, a geneticist who discovered a technique to make mice live seven times as long as normal. She's currently working on the science of human life extension. Comedians Wyatt Cenac, Phoebe...||3/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||RNA Interference w/ Nobel Laureate Craig Mello||Dr. Craig Mello won the Nobel Prize in 2006 for his work on "RNA interference." In this episode, Dr. Mello explains what he actually discovered to comedians Myq Kaplan, Jo Firestone, and Anna Drezen. Recorded in front of a live audience at...||2/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Neuroscience of Fear||Dr. Joseph LeDoux is the director of the Emotional Brain Institute at NYU. He's the author of several groundbreaking studies on fear and anxiety. In this episode, Dr. LeDoux teaches comedians Janeane Garofalo, Zhubin Parang, and Phoebe Robinson...||2/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Coral Reefs and Conservation Biology||Dr. Joshua Drew, head of Columbia University’s Marine Conservation Biology program, joins us to talk about coral reefs, shark tooth swords, and what the book “JAWS” is really about. Featuring panelists Todd Barry, Julie Klausner, and...||1/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sleep, Dreams, and Memory||Dr. Robert Stickgold is the head of Harvard's Center for Sleep and Cognition. In this episode, he tells comedians Myq Kaplan, Robert Woo, and Ken Reid about his groundbreaking work on how dreams can affect learning and memory. He also tells us about...||1/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Neanderthal Bones||Live from the Boston Comedy Festival! Harvard's Dr. Terrence Capellini tells us about the evolution of the human skeleton, how to spot a cave man, and why we all have "pelvic girdles." Featuring panelists Ted Alexandro, Myq Kaplan, and Jo...||12/10/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Turkey Locomotion||It's a special Thanksgiving episode with Brown University's Dr. Thomas Roberts. He's the world's leading expert on turkey locomotion. Listen as Dr. Roberts talks turkeys on a treadmill, robot legs, and Thanksgiving with Zhubin Parang (writer for The...||11/25/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Marine Mammals and Dolphin Drugs||Live from the Bay Area Science Festival! Dr. Claire Simeone works at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA. She's the first scientist to study painkillers for dolphins and she helps comedians Myq Kaplan, Anna Drezen, and Nato Green learn...||11/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Science Outreach and Beauty Pageants||Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle is a leading science educator and biochemist. She's also the 2004 winner of the Miss Massachusetts pageant. In this episode, panelists Ken Reid, Christine Cuddy, and Kelly MacFarland try to guess what Erika does and then learn...||11/5/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Live at the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival||Dr. Katie Hinde is the head of Harvard's Comparative Lactation Lab. That's a real thing. Panelists Eugene Mirman (Bob's Burgers), Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show), and Sarah Vowell (This American Life) try to guess what Dr. Hinde studies and learn...||10/22/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Vocal Cords||Dr. Thomas Carroll (Tufts) is a voice doctor who takes care of famous singers and studies how to maintain a healthy voice. A panel of three hilarious comics tries to guess what Dr. Carroll studies and learns about vocal cords, voice boxes, and what's...||10/9/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Pigeon-Human Interactions||Dr. Colin Jerolmack (NYU) is a sociologist who studies pigeon-human interactions. He's traveled the world studying the ways that city dwellers interact with these ubiquitous birds. Comedians Anna Drezen, Emmy Blotnick, and Myq Kaplan learn about...||9/24/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Stem Cells||Dr. Jonathan Garlick is one of the world's leading experts on stem cells. In this episode, Dr. Garlick teaches comedians Myq Kaplan, Zach Sherwin, and Anna Drezen about the science behind stem cells and their potential uses, what most...||8/27/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Natural Selection||Dr. Pardis Sabeti has been called "the rollerblading, rock star scientist of Harvard." She invented an important new technique for genetic sequencing and looking at natural selection. Her research might even help cure Ebola. Comedians Josh Gondelman,...||8/13/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Endangered Languages||Ross Perlin is the Assistant Director of the Endangered Language Alliance. He's a linguist who specializes in Yiddish and the languages of Southwest China. In this episode, he talks with host Chris Duffy about his work to save the world's languages....||7/30/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Climate Change||Dr. Richard Primack (Boston University) has spent his career studying the effects of climate change on Walden Pond, comparing modern conditions to those Thoreau observed. Comedians Myq Kaplan, Ken Reid, and Lori Strauss try to guess what Richard...||7/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Exploding Whales||Dr. Joy Reidenberg, the world's leading expert on whale blowholes, explains the secrets of cetology to comedians Christian Finnegan (Comedy Central), Anna Drezen (MTVu), and Harrison Greenbaum (ABC). What causes a whale to explode? How can you avoid...||7/2/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Poisonous Toads||Comedians Maria Bamford, Jackie Kashian, and Myq Kaplan try to guess what professor Dr. Chris Tracy studies all day. Recorded in front of a live audience on the campus of California State University Fullerton, this episode answers age-old...||6/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Big Data||Live from the 2014 Cambridge Science Festival at the MIT Museum, this special episode features Dr. Sam Madden, co-director of MIT's Big Data Initiative. Trying to guess about Dr. Madden's work are comedians Nikki Glaser, Myq Kaplan, and Lori...||6/4/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Compulsivity and Impulsivity||Dr. Heather Berlin, a neuroscientist at Mt. Sinai, studies why we do the things that we do. Comedians Matt Koff (The Daily Show), Myq Kaplan (Comedy Central), and Rachel Rosenthal (North Coast) try to guess what Dr. Berlin studies and then learn about...||5/7/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Granular Materials||Live from Caltech's campus in Pasadena, CA! This episode features Dr. Jose Andrade, a researcher who studies earthquakes and also works with NASA to understand the surface of Mars. Jose helps our comedians understand why the...||4/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Fish Noises||Dr. Phil Lobel, an ichthyologist at Boston University, studies the noises that fish make. He's also the most interesting man in the world. Hear about his battles with sharks, his discovery of a new "dinosaur," and his discoveries about the noises...||3/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
hilarious, smart, and engaging
This show is hilarious, smart, and engaging. It's like a cross between the Daily Show and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. Definitely worth subscribing!
NPR's Future Hit
Fits right in with my favorite podcasts: This American Life, Radiolab, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. Wouldn't be surprised if this is picked up by NPR!
Great show, great host!
Chris Duffy is a great host and the shows are all tight, informative and funny. Looking forward to following the evolution of the show and hearing from more experts!