Inquiring Minds


Each week Inquiring Minds brings you a new, in-depth exploration of the place where science, politics, and society collide.

We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you though science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We endeavor to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters with weekly coverage of the latest headlines and probing discussions with leading scientists and thinkers.

Produced in partnership with Climate Desk, a journalistic collaboration dedicated to exploring the impact of a changing climate and consisting of The Atlantic, Center for Investigative Reporting, Grist, The Guardian, Mother Jones, Slate, and Wired.


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Title: The Poison Squad

A Totally Fictional but Essentially True Silicon Valley Story

February 25th, 2020

We talk to Jessica Powell, a writer and former VP of Communications for Google, about her new book The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional but Essentially… Go to Episode

Up To Date | Ancient Dates; Mummy Voices; Mouse Memories

February 12th, 2020

This week: scientists successfully germinated 2,000-year-old date palm seeds and we might soon know what 2,000-year-old dates taste like; another group… Go to Episode

The Poison Squad

February 3rd, 2020

We talk to science journalist Deborah Blum about her new book The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the… Go to Episode

The Hidden World of the Fox

January 28th, 2020

We talk to wildlife researcher and writer Adele Brand about her new book The Hidden World of the Fox. Go to Episode