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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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Our dependency on cars isn’t just bad for traffic and the environment; it also forces many Americans to take on debt, or interact with our dangerous and deadly criminal justice system. Today on the show, Andrew Ross and Julie Livingston join Adam to talk about why cars, famously a symbol of freedom, actually consign many to imprisonment and death. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We know we’re going to die. So why don’t we act like it? This week, Adam is joined by Caitlin Doughty to discuss human composting, aquamation, green burial, how to reform the funeral industry, and how to finally accept the inevitable. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What are atmospheric rivers and bomb cyclones, and why are they mercilessly attacking us? This week climate scientist Daniel Swain joins Adam to discuss the meteorological events of the past month, and to explain the effect that climate change is having on the weather we face every day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What, exactly, do we owe to our fellow animals? Which animals are conscious, and how do we tell? How can we know what’s best for animals that cannot tell us their preferences and needs directly? This week, Adam is joined by one of the most eminent philosophers in the world, Martha Nussbaum, to discuss her new book Justice for Animals. Pick up a copy at http://factuallypod.com/books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
When the problems facing us are so massive and systemic, how can we ever hope to address them as individuals? This week’s guest, Ruha Benjamin, joins Adam to explain how small actions for justice can become contagious and create change on a larger scale. Pick up a copy of Ruha’s book at http://factuallypod.com/books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What exactly is a snitch, and why is the use of informants so corrosive to criminal justice? This week, Adam is joined by Alexandra Natapoff to talk about why the government cuts deals with informants, and how this practice lets the wealthy off the hook and puts marginalized people in harms’ way. Pick up a copy of Alexandra’s book at http://factuallypod.com/books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We’ve talked a lot about criminal justice reform, but this week, we’re discovering how it’s actually put into practice. Adam is joined by Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón to talk about the DA’s path to becoming a reformer, the nationwide backlash against criminal justice reform, and how to balance the needs of the people most affected by over-policing with the demands of those fearful of crime. -- Promo Code: FACTUALLY Listener Discount: 10% Vanity URL: hover.com/FACTUALLY Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Lotteries are the most popular form of gambling. So why the hell is the lottery run by our own government? And do they actually provide a windfall for public schools, or are they a scam that diverts money from the poorest taxpayers to a few giant companies? This week Adam is joined by Jonathan Cohen to explain how the government ended up taking over lotteries from organized crime syndicates, how they were then captured by a few large companies, and whether or not they actually pay off for society in the end. Pick up Jon’s book at http://factuallypod.com/books -- Promo Code: FACTUALLY Listener Discount: 10% Vanity URL: hover.com/FACTUALLY Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Viruses are everywhere. But what exactly ARE they, and why have they been able to reshape our world? This week Adam is joined by microbiologist Joseph Osmundson to for a fascinating deep dive into microbiology, the impact of viruses on the LGBT community, and how understanding viruses can help us better understand ourselves. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What does neuroscience tell us about music’s impact on our species? And why do humans enjoy music at all? This week, sound engineer and neuroscientist Susan Rogers joins Adam to talk about the effects that music has on humans as a species. They discuss why records we listen to at a young age become encoded into our auditory cortex, how falling in love with a record is like falling in love with a person, and how music relates to the default network which is firing circuits in our central nervous system to contribute to our self awareness. Buy Susan’s book at http://factuallypod.com/books Hover Promo Code: FACTUALLY Listener Discount: 10% Vanity URL: hover.com/FACTUALLY Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Workers are standing up for their rights across America, but to fight back against corporate power, they need help. This week Adam is joined by the General Counsel of the NLRB, Jennifer Abruzzo, to explain how the NLRB protects workers, and how to know YOUR rights in the workplace. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We’ve got a big one this week: best-selling historian and author of Sapiens and Unstoppable Us Yuval Noah Harari joins Adam to explain how humans took over the world, discuss his fears about A.I., and to respond to some prominent critiques. Pick up his books at http://factuallypod.com/books Promo Code: FACTUALLY Vanity URL: hover.com/FACTUALLY Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why is one of the most populous, diverse, interesting places on Earth barely covered in the media? Why isn’t the most violent conflict on Earth barely discussed in the US? And where do common stereotypes of Africa come from? Today, Adam is joined by author Dipo Faloyin to display the common misconceptions and explore the incredible dynamism and historical richness that exists in the biggest continent on Earth. Pick up a copy of Dipo’s book Africa Is Not a Country at http://factuallypod.com/books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Can you create the universe with nothing but mathematics? This week mathematician Manil Suri joins Adam to explain why and how math is fundamental to reality, and how to fall in love with a subject that many of us hated in school. Check out his new book at http://factuallypod.com/books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What does quantum physics have to tell us about the human experience? This week, Sabine Hossenfelder joins Adam to explain how quantum physics affects our notions of existence, time, and spirituality. Check out her book Existential Physics at http://factuallypod.com/books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Most science fiction about climate change is apocalyptic. But what if we actually used our imaginative powers to invent a universe in which we DO something about climate change? This week, renowned author and outdoorsman Kim Stanley-Robinson joins Adam to talk about his book Ministry for the Future, and to explain why the future may not be as dark as we think. -- Listen to Pretend: A True Crime Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pretend-a-true-crime-documentary-podcast/id1245307962 EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ https://nordvpn.com/factually Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Congress is at a historic low point of dysfunction and voter confidence. Today on the show, the Chair and Vice Chair of the Congressional Modernization, Reps. Derek Kilmer and William Timmons, join Adam to make their case for how their committee can help Congress evolve in the face of unprecedented polarization and the upheaval of the events of January 6th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What If? with Randall Munroe

What If? with Randall Munroe

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Would leaving your freezer door open help climate change? What would happen if you slid down a fire pole from the Moon down to Earth? And how has creativity on the Internet changed over the past few decades? Legendary XKCD cartoonist and author Randall Munroe joins Adam today to ask and answer some of the most mind-blowing questions you’ve ever heard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Iran is currently being rocked by protests against the oppressive theocratic regime that rules the country. What is happening there, and what brought us to this point? Writer and scholar Reza Aslan joins Adam to explain how decades of bad American foreign policy created the Iran we know today, dispel media myths about the country and its people, and tell us the amazing story of martyr Howard Baskerville, an American missionary who joined the fight for freedom in Iran.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The housing crisis seems like one of the most intractable problems threatening America. But slowly and surely, we’re solving it, and you can be a part of the solution. President of California YIMBY, Brian Hanlon, joins Adam to explain how his group is building a movement for fair housing, how to organize for your rights as a renter, and the two pieces of legislation that could dramatically expand housing in California. Check out welcomingneighbors.us to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Golden boy

Prime example of why lefty comedy sucks.

Oct 12th
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Jeanie Mummert Kent

Some of these options are very difficult for larger bodied people. Inclusiveness needs to a part of this discussion.

Sep 11th
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Ricardo Cruz de Carvalho

Exactly! This absurd racism in the USA is crazy. The so called "real Americans" should be designated as Euro-Americans. 😁 Great work Adam!

Aug 28th
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yaztrue

While I agree that we need to holistically change the systems we have in place in order to address the issues that are plaguing animals, we still ultimately need large numbers of people to change their individual behavior in order to make such systematic changes. This is why I still advocate for people to make concrete changes in their lives because if no one changes anything, nothing will happen. And one of the go-to changes I advocate for is to adopt a vegan lifestyle. Sure, it definitely doesn't address all of the issues mentioned in this episode, but it's one of the biggest single impacts that individuals can have in terms of changing these systems. If enough people were to refuse to buy products from any of the industries that directly use animals for food, clothing, entertainment, etc., those industries would no longer be able to stay afloat and they would have to either fundamentally change their products or go bankrupt. Not only would that greatly reduce suffering, but removing our reliance on using animals would make the conversation about animal rights much easier to have. Currently, asking governments, corporations, and individuals to give animals more rights is incredibly difficult because their income and lifestyles greatly depend on animals not having said rights. We need to address these issues in carefully coordinated phases, or else we will just sit here spinning our wheels. And the first phase is to remove our reliance on animal use.

Jul 27th
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Mope.Lament.Ennui.

my MIL was scammed $75,000 so far from a romance scam that uses a fake crypto site. she thinks she's investing and making hundreds of thousands and that this guy is going to marry her. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Jul 7th
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Mope.Lament.Ennui.

It's a scam. that's all there is to it.

Mar 24th
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Where It Counts

The guest shouldn't speak on what was and wasn't effective with regards to the civil rights movement, especially considering at every policy point of that movement things are worse.

Mar 20th
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Happy⚛️Heritic

I used to watch his tv show & thought he was looking through an objective lens...but I'm done. His anecdotal, unqualified OPINIONS are biased & subjective. NOT FACTS! Try looking up the "scientific studies" he lists on his TV show & these worthless podcasts; Most are not double-blind or peer reviewed! It's not difficult to pick & choose "research studies" to suit any particular objective. This episode is further proof of his agenda & his butt-hurt self whining about how he couldn't handle smoking & drinking in his 20's. Yeah, blame the Adderall for all your problems. How about you're just a douche??

Dec 29th
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Ricardo da Cruz de Carvalho

Good episode! 😊

Dec 24th
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Debbie D

A wonderful discussion that dispels the very simplistic narrative Americans have been fed for generations. cuba has a fascinating and nuanced history. Very interesting.

Dec 13th
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Debbie D

Hinshaw does a great job of explaining how stimulants affect dopamine levels(S"D"RI), how marketing manipulates us -including doctors- into buying into this, why there is a perceived epidemic, how our current society sets us up to have difficulties when the same "symptoms" 200 years ago may not have been a problem. cool interview.

Sep 27th
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kevin willems

Of course it fucking is what kind of question is what Adam?

Aug 5th
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Aaron Jacobson

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Aug 4th
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CJ

😍

Aug 2nd
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ID19126261

Adam I love you work this one is bull. I see some one hanging around my house with my three ring cameras. It's not because of his color of his skin it's because he has no response to be around my house. This lady is way over PC and needs to get a grip on our reality. Cameras make our community safer.

Jul 20th
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Cody Buttron

This is difficult to find on a normal Google search try Google Scholar for more info

Apr 7th
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Micheal Elion

Your guest stated that the cops are afraid for their lives when dealing with people of color even when they aren't in possession of a weapon. I'm just curious, why aren't they afraid for their lives when they encounter a white person THAT IS IN POSSESSION OF A WEAPON and that weapon is trained and drawn on the police and they still don't use deadly force???? There have been videos showing a white person wrestling with a policeman and the cop is running from that individual! That person eventually takes the policeman's weapon and the car and the policeman does nothing! No deadly force no backups called.... Nothing!

Mar 28th
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Rai Varyn

I'm kinda disappointed. This would be a great discussion, but I felt a lot of important things fell through the cracks (what happens when the majority consensus IS what's suspect for people like conspiracy theorists who use that popularity to validate themselves?). Guest was really interesting but had trouble communicating clearly.

Mar 25th
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Sara Underwood

ah man, this is really interesting to listen to almost a year later and how it all played out. record numbers of voters, mail ins, economic disaster, crazy conduct....

Mar 22nd
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DrLogan

One comment regarding the “cracked rib” story: the US is so litigious, NOT getting a chest XR puts you at risk for a lawsuit. I agree, the patient is likely fine so why put them through additional testing, and we (as physicians) should be allowed to make that clinical judgement. On the 1-2% chance his presentation was more insidious and led to more serious events, we’d get sued to next Sunday. There’s a push to reduce spending in healthcare, though that responsibility is usually placed upon the physician (not the system, administration, insurance companies, or pharmaceutical) without any additional protection. (Maybe this is touched on later in the episode, but I haven’t finished yet)

Mar 17th
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