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Factually! with Adam Conover

140 episodes - English - Latest episode: 12 days ago - ★★★★★ - 1.5K ratings

Comedian Adam Conover talks to exceptional experts, revealing shocking truths and thought-provoking new perspectives. It’s an investigative comedy podcast for curious people who never stop asking questions.

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Episodes

What is Weight Stigma? with Dr. Rebecca Puhl

January 06, 2021 05:00 - 1 hour - 85.8 MB

Dr. Rebecca Puhl, Deputy Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, joins Adam to deep dive into the concept of weight stigma and how often we misunderstand the science of weight gain. Rebecca covers the relationship between weight stigma and eating disorders, the role personal behavior does and does not play into weight gain, how “genes load the gun but environment pulls the trigger,” weight bias in the medical field, what to say to yourself when you look in the mirror, and more.

The History of Civilization (the Game) with Sid Meier

December 30, 2020 05:00 - 1 hour - 84.8 MB

Just in time for the lazy holiday break, legendary game designer Sid Meier joins Adam to discuss the genesis of his seminal game series “Civilization.” Sid and Adam explore how the early years of game design were driven by programmers following their passions, how good games need “interested decisions,” and the advice he gives budding young game designers.

“Crime-Free Housing” and Modern-Day Redlining with Liam Dillon

December 23, 2020 05:00 - 1 hour - 101 MB

LA Times reporter Liam Dillon joins Adam to discuss his recent exposé on how “crime-free housing” policies discriminate against black renters and deepen the housing crisis. They also break down the coming Covid-caused eviction wave, and how we might finally dig our way out of the housing crisis.

Prop 22 and Tech Companies that Write Their Own Laws with Meredith Whittaker

December 16, 2020 05:00 - 1 hour - 110 MB

Distinguished research scientist at NYU’s AI Now Institute and former Google employee/organizer Meredith Whittaker joins Adam to break down Prop 22.  They cover workers’ rights for tech companies like Uber and Doordash, why Uber and others spent 200 million dollars on Prop 22’s ad campaign, Meredith’s experience organizing at Google and pushing back at their foray into military tech, and the dangerous myths around artificial intelligence.

Unpacking Prop 22 with Meredith Whittaker

December 16, 2020 05:00 - 1 hour - 110 MB

Distinguished research scientist at NYU’s AI Now Institute and former Google employee/organizer Meredith Whittaker joins Adam to break down Prop 22.  They cover workers’ rights for tech companies like Uber and Doordash, why Uber and others spent 200 million dollars on Prop 22’s ad campaign, Meredith’s experience organizing at Google and pushing back at their foray into military tech, and the dangerous myths around artificial intelligence.

Understanding Asexuality with Angela Chen

December 09, 2020 05:00 - 1 hour - 84 MB

This week, journalist and author Angela Chen answers every question you have about asexuality. She and Adam discuss the difference between asexuality and aromanticism, explore how aces fit into the LGBTQ+ spectrum, share how pop-culture has influenced the growth of the ace community, and differentiate between asexuality and sexual dysfunction.

Why Is America’s Internet So Slow? with Susan Crawford

December 02, 2020 05:00 - 1 hour - 84.4 MB

Harvard law professor Susan Crawford joins Adam this week to discuss why America - the country that invented the internet - struggles to provide access to affordable, high-speed internet. She explains why just a few telecom companies monopolize the industry, fiber vs. wireless, the real deal with 5G, and why the internet should become a public utility.

The Psychology Behind Conspiracy Theories with Rob Brotherton

November 25, 2020 05:00 - 1 hour - 102 MB

Adam brings on author and academic psychologist Rob Brotherton to discuss why our brains are wired for conspiracy. They how classism and elitism shape our opinions about conspiracy theorists, how the word “fact,” and how humility is the key to meaningful conversations about truth.

A Coronavirus Update with Dr. Ashish Jha

November 18, 2020 05:00 - 44 minutes - 61.6 MB

The COVID-19 pandemic is worsening across the country, so past guest Dr. Ashish Jha is returning with more answers to Adam’s questions. They discuss what the scientific community has learned about Covid-19 since March, what we now understand to be safe and unsafe, the government’s failures, why certain activities are safer than you may think, and the light at the end of the tunnel.

The Myth of the Supreme Court

November 11, 2020 05:00 - 1 hour - 99.7 MB

Author and professor Eric J. Segall joins Adam to explode the myth that the Supreme Court makes decisions by a dispassionate evaluation of the law. In reality, he argues, the Justices actually just “make shit up.” Adam and Eric dig into the real history of Brown vs. Board of Education, the ways "originalism" mirrors religion, and why Segall believes the Court should ultimately be weaker than it is.

The Shocking Decline in Child Mortality with Dr. Perri Klass

November 04, 2020 19:16 - 1 hour - 84.2 MB

Just a century and change ago, it wasn’t a given that children would actually survive childhood. Dr. Perri Klass and Adam discuss the shocking decline in child mortality since, what life was like in a time when the deaths of children were routine, and the pressures still facing parents in a now child-friendlier world.

Everything Boomers Told You about the 60s Was Wrong with Rick Perlstein

October 28, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 94.7 MB

In the final episode before the American election, Adam explores the history of conservative reactionary politics in America with acclaimed historian Rick Perlstein, who explains where the false narrative of the hippies “winning” the 60s came from, the historical “hinge” moments which bring progress, and how progressive and reactionary politics have evolved through the decades.

Why Voting Isn't an American Right with Daryl Atkinson

October 21, 2020 04:00 - 54 minutes - 74.7 MB

Daryl Atkinson joins Adam to break down a recent partial-victory in voter rights in North Carolina, the historic disenfranchisement of black voters, why it is unconstitutional to connect someone’s right to vote with their ability to pay off fines, the set precedents for allowing felons the right to vote, and the work Atkinson’s group Forward Justice is currently doing in voter rights advocacy. To learn more about Forward Justice and support the work they do, visit forwardjustice.org.

The Fight for the Right to Vote with Daryl Atkinson

October 21, 2020 04:00 - 54 minutes - 74.7 MB

Daryl Atkinson joins Adam to break down a recent partial-victory in voter rights in North Carolina, the historic disenfranchisement of black voters, why it is unconstitutional to connect someone’s right to vote with their ability to pay off fines, the set precedents for allowing felons the right to vote, and the work Atkinson’s group Forward Justice is currently doing in voter rights advocacy. To learn more about Forward Justice and support the work they do, visit forwardjustice.org.

How to Think Like A Feminist with Carol Hay

October 14, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 124 MB

Philosopher and author, Carol Hay, joins Adam to discuss the intellectual history of feminism, its challenges (including what she calls its historic “PR problem”), and how it’s evolved as a system of thought in the 21st century. 

America’s Other Epidemic with Vikram Krishnasamy, M.D.

October 07, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 88.5 MB

Physician Vikram Krishnasamy joins Adam to discuss his work fighting the opioid epidemic at the CDC, for which he won the 2020 Service to America Medal, and why he decided to devote himself to public service.

Why Local Elections Really, Really Matter with Nithya Raman

September 30, 2020 16:35 - 1 hour - 91.4 MB

While the national election hogs the spotlight, the low-turnout, little-covered local election in your city or county can have just as big an impact on your life. Nithya Raman, candidate for Los Angeles City Council joins Adam this week to explain why the best way to make a difference is to focus on the candidates right in your own backyard.

The Economic Fallout of COVID-19

September 23, 2020 17:48 - 1 hour - 84.7 MB

What’s worse than a pandemic? The economic consequences on the poorest Americans. Indi Dutta-Gupta of the Georgetown Center on Poverty & Inequality talks with Adam this week about how the pandemic has affected those already struggling with poverty, and how things look moving forward. 

Where Oh Where is the COVID-19 Vaccine? with Derek Lowe

September 16, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 94.7 MB

Drug discovery chemist Derek Lowe joins Adam to break down why producing an effective COVID-19 vaccine is so challenging, the science of how vaccines work, and the issues that arise when pharmaceutical research is conducted for profit.

How Can Musicians Make a Living? with Open Mike Eagle

September 09, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 92.7 MB

Hip-hop artist Open Mike Eagle joins Adam this week to speak candidly on what it's really like to be a musician in the midst of a pandemic, how rapidly the industry has changed and if you can really have a career in music in 2020.

Technology and Race with Ruha Benjamin

September 02, 2020 18:16 - 1 hour - 85.6 MB

Princeton University professor Ruha Benjamin joins Adam to reveal the issues at play at the intersection of technology and race, her concept of the “New Jim Code", digital redlining and and how the technology can’t be relied on to solve what are ultimately social problems.

Philosophize Your Life with Stephen West.

August 26, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 97.2 MB

Philosophy has the reputation for being dry and technical, but this week Stephen West, the host of Philosophize This! and self-taught philosophy expert joins Adam to explain how discovering philosophy transformed his life, and how it can improve yours. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Philosophize Your Life with Stephen West

August 26, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 97.2 MB

Philosophy has the reputation for being dry and technical, but this week Stephen West, the host of Philosophize This! and self-taught philosophy expert joins Adam to explain how discovering philosophy transformed his life, and how it can improve yours.

The Problem with Mind-Uploading and Transhumanism with Susan Schneider.

August 19, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 103 MB

Is it really possible to upload your mind to the cloud, or is the entire idea fatally confused? Philosopher Susan Schneider joins Adam to explain how your brain differs from a computer, the limits of AI, and why philosophy must be an essential part of the study and development of artificial minds. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

The Problem with Mind-Uploading and Transhumanism with Susan Schneider

August 19, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 103 MB

Is it really possible to upload your mind to the cloud, or is the entire idea fatally confused? Philosopher Susan Schneider joins Adam to explain how your brain differs from a computer, the limits of AI, and why philosophy must be an essential part of the study and development of artificial minds.

How the Internet is Transforming Language with Gretchen McCulloch.

August 12, 2020 17:27 - 1 hour - 114 MB

Internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch joins Adam to break down how technology has changed the way we write, reveal the hidden truth about what your texting style says about you, and finally solve the mystery of why boomers can’t stop using… ellipses. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

How the Internet is Transforming Language with Gretchen McCulloch

August 12, 2020 17:27 - 1 hour - 114 MB

Internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch joins Adam to break down how technology has changed the way we write, reveal the hidden truth about what your texting style says about you, and finally solve the mystery of why boomers can’t stop using… ellipses.

The Surprising Path to Women's Suffrage with Ellen Carol DuBois

August 05, 2020 04:00 - 58 minutes - 80.9 MB

Just in time for the 100 year anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, author and professor Ellen Carol DuBois joins Adam to discuss the history of the women's suffrage, the movement’s difficult history with the issue of race, how the temperance movement helped the cause, and the winding path America took to win women the power to vote. 

The Surprising Path to Women's Suffrage with Ellen Carol DuBois.

August 05, 2020 04:00 - 58 minutes - 80.9 MB

Just in time for the 100 year anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, author and professor Ellen Carol DuBois joins Adam to discuss the history of the women's suffrage, the movement’s difficult history with the issue of race, how the temperance movement helped the cause, and the winding path America took to win women the power to vote.  See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Why Giving Cash Works with GiveDirectly’s Michael Faye

July 29, 2020 06:12 - 1 hour - 98.8 MB

So many charities try to fix poverty by giving away goods, services, and training. But why not address the actual problem and give away… money? Michael Faye, President and co-founder of the charity GiveDirectly, joins Adam to explain the evidence behind direct cash giving, and wrestles with the question of whether philanthropy can ever create systemic change.

Why Philosophy is like Comedy with Quill Kukla.

July 22, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 107 MB

Philosophy isn't exactly a science; so what is it? In this fascinating interview, Georgetown philosopher Quill Rebecca Kukla argues that it's more like comedy than you might think, and explains what being an amateur competitive boxing has taught them about how to think. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Why Philosophy is like Comedy with Quill Kukla

July 22, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 107 MB

Philosophy isn't exactly a science; so what is it? In this fascinating interview, Georgetown philosopher Quill Rebecca Kukla argues that it's more like comedy than you might think, and explains what being an amateur competitive boxing has taught them about how to think.

Immersion Journalism with Ted Conover.

July 15, 2020 18:38 - 1 hour - 98.6 MB

Journalist Ted Conover joins Adam to talk about his experience becoming a prison guard to report on Sing Sing Prison, and how his unique form of immersion can help develop empathy in his audience and encourage real change. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Immersion Journalism with Ted Conover

July 15, 2020 18:38 - 1 hour - 98.6 MB

Journalist Ted Conover joins Adam to talk about his experience becoming a prison guard to report on Sing Sing Prison, and how his unique form of immersion can help develop empathy in his audience and encourage real change.

The Science of How COVID-19 Affects Us Differently with Sabra Klein

July 08, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 88.5 MB

How does COVID-19 affect men and women differently — and what the heck is a virus in the first place? Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health microbiologist Sabra Klein joins Adam this week to explain.

The Science of How COVID-19 Affects Us Differently with Sabra Klein.

July 08, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 88.5 MB

How does COVID-19 affect men and women differently — and what the heck is a virus in the first place? Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health microbiologist Sabra Klein joins Adam this week to explain. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

The Cult of Policing and What Defunding Means with Larry Smith.

July 01, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 112 MB

Former Baltimore City police officer Larry Smith joins Adam to dig deep on the causes of police violence and racism, what stops fellow cops from speaking up about it and what needs to change about policing in America.  See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

The Cult of Policing and What Defunding Means with Larry Smith

July 01, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 112 MB

Former Baltimore City police officer Larry Smith joins Adam to dig deep on the causes of police violence and racism, what stops fellow cops from speaking up about it and what needs to change about policing in America. 

Where Does Our Second-Hand Stuff Actually Go?! with Adam Minter.

June 24, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 104 MB

Author of Secondhand and Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter, joins Adam to talk about the hidden world of globalized recycling, where our trash actually goes, and the trash, recycling and secondhand economy. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Where Does Our Second-Hand Stuff Actually Go?! with Adam Minter

June 24, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 104 MB

Author of Secondhand and Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter, joins Adam to talk about the hidden world of globalized recycling, where our trash actually goes, and the trash, recycling and secondhand economy.

How to (Actually) Protect Yourself from COVID-19 with Immonologist Erin Bromage.

June 17, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 99.5 MB

States, stores, and workplaces are reopening. But how can we tell which spaces and activities are safe, and which aren’t? UMass Dartmouth immunologist Erin Bromage joins Adam to reveal what situations to avoid, how to protect yourself, and which risky-seeming form of transportation is actually surprisingly safe. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

How to (Actually) Protect Yourself from COVID-19 with Immonologist Erin Bromage

June 17, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 99.5 MB

States, stores, and workplaces are reopening. But how can we tell which spaces and activities are safe, and which aren’t? UMass Dartmouth immunologist Erin Bromage joins Adam to reveal what situations to avoid, how to protect yourself, and which risky-seeming form of transportation is actually surprisingly safe.

The System of Systemic Racism with Adam Serwer

June 10, 2020 21:15 - 1 hour - 70.7 MB

Writer for The Atlantic, Adam Serwer, joins the show to talk about why these protests go way beyond Trump, why the system behind systemic racist police abuse is the problem and how the state of the world could affect the November election. 

Why the George Floyd Protests are Different with Adam Serwer

June 10, 2020 21:15 - 1 hour - 70.7 MB

Writer and reporter Adam Serwer joins Adam to talk about why the protests of the past two weeks go way beyond Trump, why the system behind racist police abuse is the problem and how recent events could affect the November election. 

Why the Black Lives Matter Protests are Different with Adam Serwer

June 10, 2020 21:15 - 1 hour - 106 MB

Writer and reporter Adam Serwer joins Adam to talk about why the protests of the past two weeks go way beyond Trump, why the system behind racist police abuse is the problem and how recent events could affect the November election. 

Why the Black Lives Matter Protests are Different with Adam Serwer.

June 10, 2020 21:15 - 1 hour - 106 MB

Writer and reporter Adam Serwer joins Adam to talk about why the protests of the past two weeks go way beyond Trump, why the system behind racist police abuse is the problem and how recent events could affect the November election.  See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Do Violent Protests Work? with Daniel Gillion

June 05, 2020 19:19 - 1 hour - 98.6 MB

In this special edition of Factually!, UPenn political scientist Daniel Gillion joins Adam to discuss the role that violence plays in protest movements both historical and present-day, the truth about what “the right way to protest” is, and gives an optimistic analysis of what’s going on in America right now. 

Do Violent Protests Work? with Daniel Gillion.

June 05, 2020 19:19 - 1 hour - 98.6 MB

In this special edition of Factually!, UPenn political scientist Daniel Gillion joins Adam to discuss the role that violence plays in protest movements both historical and present-day, the truth about what “the right way to protest” is, and gives an optimistic analysis of what’s going on in America right now.  See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Mass Incarceration, Accountability and The Wire with James Forman Jr. (Re-release).

June 03, 2020 19:16 - 1 hour - 83.1 MB

James Forman Jr., Professor of Law at Yale Law School and author of the book Locking Up Our Own, joins Adam this week to discuss the history of how mass incarceration became so distorted, juvenile court, confronting problems in the criminal justice system, and more. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Mass Incarceration, Accountability and The Wire with James Forman Jr. (Re-release)

June 03, 2020 19:16 - 1 hour - 83.1 MB

James Forman Jr., Professor of Law at Yale Law School and author of the book Locking Up Our Own, joins Adam this week to discuss the history of how mass incarceration became so distorted, juvenile court, confronting problems in the criminal justice system, and more.

Guests

Ben Smith
2 Episodes
Greg Shill
2 Episodes
Bruce Schneier
1 Episode
Dan Albert
1 Episode
David Robson
1 Episode
Emma Marris
1 Episode
Safiya Noble
1 Episode
Sara Seager
1 Episode
Scott Galloway
1 Episode
Sophal Ear
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