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Call me technologically challenged, but I have absolutely no idea how this episode of “This American Life” from 2011 popped up in my downloaded podcasts. But I’m lucky it did, as it made for an hour or so of entertaining, thought-provoking, insightful listening – on poultry. “Poultry Slam” is a sort-of annual tradition of TAL, an episode dedicated to all things chicken, turkey and other poultry. In this episode from 2011, expect stories on how a tic-tac-toe playing chicken was (nearly) used to get a wrongly convicted man off death row, how a wild turkey terrorized a sleepy town on Martha’s Vineyard, and how to make cruelty-free foie gras. And I wouldn’t blame you if you started craving roast chicken half-way through…


This American Life: Poultry Slam 2011

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So, John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser got a call from Stockholm yesterday morning. The Nobel Prize in Physiology 2014 is theirs, for the discovery of “the brain’s GPS”, as many like to call it. If you’d like to hear the Mosers themselves talk about their discovery of grid cells, and how they came to study them, this short podcast from the New York Times recorded back in April 2013 is worth listening to. Their enthusiasm is infectious – or how many scientists are likely to describe electrophysiological recordings from the brain as “like popping popcorn in the microwave”?


Science Times Podcast with May-Britt and Edvard Moser

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I spend 45 minutes driving to work in each direction every day. Podcasts are what keep my brain busy and happy while I drive. My recommendation for this week – a Radiolab podcast dedicated to the Galapagos islands. It’s classic Radiolab style, taking you on a journey through what many of us probably still think of as Darwin’s evolutionary garden of Eden. The reality is different: many species, including the iconic Galapagos tortoises, are on the brink of extinction. This episode includes one of the craziest stories I’ve ever heard about conservation efforts – Project Isabela, during which helicopters were used to hunt for goats on the island of Isabela.

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