Archive for 'Podcast'

How Many Kids Can One Man Father in his Lifetime? [podcast]

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

The Improbable Research podcast begins life anew, with our new collaborator, Scientific American. Here’s the first new episode:

How Many Kids Can One Man Father in his Lifetime?

Every day was Father’s Day for Ismael the Bloodthirsty, the emperor of Morocco, who reportedly fathered 888 children. Ig Nobel Prize-winning biologist Lisa Oberzaucher tells why Moulay quite possibly had lots more than that. Recorded at Imperial College London.

PEOPLE IN THIS EPISODE

  • Elizabeth Oberzaucher, Ig Nobel Prize winner (mathematics, 2015), biologist based at the University of Vienna, Austria and at Ulm University, Germany.
  • Marc Abrahams, founder of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, and editor of the magazine Annals of Improbable Research

RELATED STUDY

PREVIOUS EPISODES: Dip into the pile of previous Improbable Research podcast episodes! Beginning with today’s episode we’ll be tossing some new formats into the mix.

WE WILL HAVE INFO SOON  about HOW TO SUBSCRIBE  to the podcast. (The gears for that are being put in place, filed to perfection, and lubricated to a nicety.)

Triskaidekaphobia When People Buy a House (podcast 102)

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

*** NEWS!! This podcast episode is the FINAL episode that we’ll be doing together with CBS. After this, the Improbable Research podcast will have a NEW broadcast collaborator! (You will always be able to find it here at  Improbable.com, of course!) We’ll have details for you soon, about that. ***

IN THIS EPISODE: Does a house fall in value if its street address includes the “unlucky” number 13? A research study explores that very question, and we explore that study, in this week’s Improbable Research podcast.

This week, Marc Abrahams discusses a published triskaidekophobia study. Physicist Melissa Franklin lends her voice, and her scientific expertise, and her opinions —with dramatic readings from a research study you may have overlooked.

For more info about what we discuss this week, go explore:

The mysterious John Schedler or the shadowy Bruce Petschek perhaps did the sound engineering this week.

The Improbable Research podcast is all about research that makes people LAUGH, then THINK — real research, about anything and everything, from everywhere —research that may be good or bad, important or trivial, valuable or worthless.

*** As mentioned above, THIS episode is the FINAL episode we are doing with CBS. We want to thank CBS, and in particular, Greg Herman, for the two happy years we’ve worked together.

We’ll have details soon about our new broadcast home for this podcast. We expect everything will be up and running, with new episodes, a few weeks from now. IF the technology cooperates, your podcast subscription will transfer automatically, and you won’t have to do anything to keep getting new Improbable Research podcast episodes automatically. But technology has its mischievous side, and one never knows when it will do something unexpected, or fail to do anything at all. That’s the magic of technology.  (You will always be able to find the podcast right here at Improbable.com, of course!) ***

Egg in Your Eye (podcast 101)

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Can the public focus on the medical dangers of egg-throwing at Halloween? A research study explores that very question, and we explore that study, in this week’s Improbable Research podcast.

SUBSCRIBE on Play.it, iTunes, or Spotify to get a new episode every week, free.

This week, Marc Abrahams discusses a published egg-in-your-eye study. Psychologist Jean Berko Gleason lends her voice, and her scientific expertise, and her opinions —with dramatic readings from a research study you may have overlooked.

For more info about what we discuss this week, go explore:

The mysterious John Schedler or the shadowy Bruce Petschek perhaps did the sound engineering this week.

The Improbable Research podcast is all about research that makes people LAUGH, then THINK — real research, about anything and everything, from everywhere —research that may be good or bad, important or trivial, valuable or worthless. CBS distributes it, on the CBS Play.it web site, and on iTunes and Spotify).

Bottle-Cork in Your Eye (podcast #100)

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

What’s the damage from a sparkling-wine cork whanging into a merrymaker’s eye? A research study explores that very question, and we explore that study, in this week’s Improbable Research podcast.

SUBSCRIBE on Play.it, iTunes, or Spotify to get a new episode every week, free.

This week, Marc Abrahams discusses a published here’s-cork-in-your-eye study. Physicist Melissa Franklin lends her voice, and her scientific expertise, and her opinions —with dramatic readings from a research study you may have overlooked.

For more info about what we discuss this week, go explore:

  • Bottle-Cork Injury to the Eye: A Review of 13 Cases,” G.M. Cavallini, N. Lugli, L. Campi, L. Pagliani L, and P. Saccarola, European Journal of Ophthalmology, vol. 13, no. 3, April 2003, pp. 287-91.

The mysterious John Schedler or the shadowy Bruce Petschek perhaps did the sound engineering this week.

The Improbable Research podcast is all about research that makes people LAUGH, then THINK — real research, about anything and everything, from everywhere —research that may be good or bad, important or trivial, valuable or worthless. CBS distributes it, on the CBS Play.it web site, and on iTunes and Spotify).

Can Consumers Recognize the Taste of their Favorite Beer? (podcast #99)

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Do people delude themselves about prizing — or even recognizing — recognizing the taste of their favorite beer? A research study explores that very question, and we explore that study, in this week’s Improbable Research podcast.

SUBSCRIBE on Play.it, iTunes, or Spotify to get a new episode every week, free.

This week, Marc Abrahams discusses a published taste-this-beer, taste-that-beer study. Yale/MIT/Harvard biomedical researcher Chris Cotsapas lends his voice, and his scientific expertise, and his opinions —with dramatic readings from a research study you may have overlooked.

For more info about what we discuss this week, go explore:

The mysterious John Schedler or the shadowy Bruce Petschek perhaps did the sound engineering this week.

The Improbable Research podcast is all about research that makes people LAUGH, then THINK — real research, about anything and everything, from everywhere —research that may be good or bad, important or trivial, valuable or worthless. CBS distributes it, on the CBS Play.it web site, and on iTunes and Spotify).