Factually! with Adam Conover

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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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How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Went Mainstream with Tara Haelle

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Fear of vaccination has been around since the first vaccine over 200 years ago. But now the anti-vaccine has grown from a fringe phenomenon to a mainstream movement. How, and why? To help answer this question on the show this week is science journalist Tara Haelle.

The Joy of Sweat with Sarah Everts

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This week we're talking about sweat. Yes, sweat! Science journalist Sarah Everts is on the show this week to unpack her new book, The Joy of Sweat: The Strange Science of Perspiration. You can check out her book at factuallypod.com/books.

Labor under Big Tech with Veena Dubal

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The job market is now dominated by tech monopolies that are using their power to lower wages and squeeze workers. Luckily, the workers are finally fighting back. This week, UC Hastings professor Veena Dubal joins Adam to detail the future of workers’ rights in the gig economy.

Confronting a Future without Roe v. Wade with Mary Ziegler

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The right to an abortion has been in legal limbo in America for years. What does the passage of SB8 in Texas mean for abortion access in this country, and what is the future of Roe v. Wade? On the show this week to answer this question is Professor Mary Ziegler. You can check out her book, Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present, at factuallypod.com/books.

The Spectacular Social Lives of Crows with Anne B. Clark

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Crows may seem like garbage birds that only live to pick through trash on your street, but they're actually some of the most intelligent animals on Earth, with complex social relations and a bona fide culture. On the show this week Anne B. Clark, Professor at Binghamton University joins Adam to talk about what makes these feathered friends so freaking fascinating!

The Future of Money with Eswar Prasad

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With the rise of mobile payment services and cryptocurrencies, money is at a moment of profound transformation. What is happening to money now, and where is it headed? On the show this week is Senior Professor of Trade Policy at Cornell University Eswar Prasad. You can check out his book, The Future of Money: How the Digital Revolution is Transforming Currencies and Finance, at factuallypod.com/books.

Our Anti-Monopoly Moment with Zachary Carter

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We've suddenly gone from a world with little antitrust enforcement to one in which strong anti-monopoly action has broad bipartisan support. How did this happen? Today senior reporter at Huffington Post Zachary Carter is on the show to help answer this question. You can check out his book at factuallypod.com/books.

The Science of Addiction with Judith Grisel (Re-Release)

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This week on Factually we're re-releasing one of our favorite episodes, in which Adam and renowned behavioral neuroscientist Judith Grisel discuss their battles with addiction, the neuroscience of how substance dependence works in the brain, and how the brain changes after recovery.

Watching Paradise Burn to the Ground with Lizzie Johnson

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The California Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history. This week investigative reporter Lizzie Johnson is on the show to discuss her firsthand experience reporting on the fire and its destruction. You can check out her book, Paradise: One Town's Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire, at factuallypod.com/books.

What Happened in Hong Kong? with Victoria Hui

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In just a few years, the Chinese government has wiped out the political freedoms once promised to Hong Kong. How did this happen, and what is next for the city? On the show this week to help answer these questions is Notre Dame professor and Hong Kong native Victoria Hui. Check out her twitter @victoriatinbor and learn more about Hong Kong's fight to keep its autonomy at https://hkdc.us/

Is My ADHD Real? with Stephen Hinshaw

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Ever since he was diagnosed as a kid, Adam has wondered if ADHD is a serious psychological condition, or a false diagnosis pushed by an overzealous industry. This week Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley is on the show to help answer these questions. You can check out his book The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money, and Today's Push for Performance at factuallypod.com/books.

Is AI Really Inevitable? with Glen Weyl

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Everywhere you look, some pundit is claiming that AI is soon to replace humanity. But is that really inevitable - or are we choosing to make it happen? Technologist Glen Weyl joins Adam to discuss why he believes AI isn’t really a technology - it’s an ideology.

How The Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax with Jesse Eisinger

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Journalist Jesse Eisinger joins Adam to explain how he and his colleagues at ProPublica exposed how little billionaires pay in taxes – often, nothing at all – and the underhanded techniques they use to do it.

Your Ring Doorbell is Working with the Cops with Johana Bhuiyan

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LA Times reporter Johana Bhuiyan joins Adam to explain how Ring built a private surveillance empire by promising kickbacks to an unlikely accomplice: the cops.

Seashells Contain an Ocean with Cynthia Barnett

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Seashells may seem like a small topic for a book, or a podcast. But when we look into them deeply, we find that they reveal startling truths about our oceans, our planet, and ourselves. This week Cynthia Barnett joins Adam to talk about the surprising history of seashells and her new book The Sound of The Sea. You can check out her book at factuallypod.com/books.

What Do We Owe Wild Animals? with Emma Marris

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What are our moral obligations to nature, and the wild animals that live in it? Should we vaccinate them? Should we feed them when they're starving? Should we kill so called "invasive" species? Emma Marris is back this week to discuss her new book Wild Souls and the complex ethical dilemmas surrounding our relationship with wild animals. You can check out her book at factuallypod.com/books.

Why Self-Driving Cars Aren’t Coming Any Time Soon with Dr. Missy Cummings

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Tesla and other automakers have convinced the public that fully automated vehicles are just around the corner. But what if … they aren’t? Dr. Missy Cummings, AI researcher and director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory at Duke, joins Adam to detail the massive gap between Silicon Valley's promises and the technology’s limitations, and explain the real benefits that might come when we use AI to enhance human capability rather than replace us.

12,000 Years of Humans Altering Earth with Dr. Jacquelyn Gill

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As nature lovers, we prize the idea of places untouched by human influence. But new research shows that such places were few and far between as long as 12,000 years ago. This week paleo-ecologist Dr. Jacquelyn Gill is on the show to talk about the surprisingly strong effect humans have had on nature for thousands and thousands of years, and how knowing this changes our relationship with the natural world.

The Unheralded Story of Native Americans in Comedy with Kliph Nesteroff and Adrianne Chalepah

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Despite their limited representation in the media, Native Americans have had a profound influence on American comedy. So why isn't Charlie Hill a household name? This week historian Kliph Nesteroff and comic Adrianne Chalepah chat with Adam about their new book We Had A Little Real Estate Problem, which tells the fascinating story of Native American comedy. Check it out at factuallypod.com/books.

Making Sense of Quantum Mechanics with Carlo Rovelli

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Quantum mechanics is over a century old, yet most of us still struggle to truly understand it. This week theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli is on the show to discuss his new book Helgoland and help Adam begin to truly understand how quantum physics can fit into a broader picture of reality. Check out Carlo's book at factuallypod.com/books.

Why Trust Science? with Naomi Oreskes

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We know that not all American trust science. But why, exactly, should they, when scientists are fallible humans, just like the rest of us? Acclaimed science historian and author Naomi Oreskes is on the show this week to answer exactly that. Check out her new book, Why Trust Science?, at factuallypod.com/books.

Premium Preview: Questions & Adam

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Today we're bringing you a FREE episode of Adam's STITCHER PREMIUM show, Questions & Adam. In it, Adam chats and answers questions with comedian friends. Listen to the rest of the bonus episodes exclusively on Stitcher Premium. For a free month, go to stitcher.com/premium, select a monthly plan, and enter the code FACT.

The Truth about the Americas in 1491 with Charles C. Mann

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This week Adam welcomes an author whose book blew his mind more than perhaps any other. Americans are typically taught that prior to the arrival of European settlers, indigenous communities were sparsely populated, lacked technology, and did little to shape the natural landscape. But as this week’s guest Charles C. Mann’s 1491 tells Adam, the most recent research reveals that the American indigenous civilizations were sophisticated, dynamic, and massively populated. Purchase his books 1491 and 1493 at http://factuallypod.com/books.

Toil and Turmoil in the Video Game Industry with Jason Schreier

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If you love video games, working in game development sounds like a dream job — especially since the industry now grosses more than movies and sports combined. But the reality is a lot less… fun than you might think. This week journalist Jason Schreier joins Adam to discuss his latest book Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry. In it, Jason sheds new light on the strenuous, sometimes-abusive work environments behind some of the world's most popular and beloved games. Purchase Jason's book Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry at http://factuallypod.com/books

Democracy is in the Details with Tomas Lopez

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Voting rights are under assault around the country. And while we tend to see “democracy" as a big, abstract noun, it’s the smallest, most mundane details that determine whether or not people actually have the right to vote. This week Adam sits down with Tomas Lopez, executive director of Democracy North Carolina, a non-partisan organization that works to expand ballot access and protect voting rights in one of the most gerrymandered states in the country. Learn more by visiting https://democracync.org.

What is Crypto Art, and Why? with Everest Pipkin

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It had to happen eventually: We’re doing an episode about crypto. This week artist and technologist Everest Pipkin joins Adam to discuss Bitcoin, the blockchain, and the dire costs of crypto art, not only on our environment, but on the art community itself. Find Everest Pipkin’s art at https://everest-pipkin.com.

Why Facebook Refuses to Fix the Misinformation Crisis It Created with Karen Hao

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Facebook pushes dangerous misinformation to billions of people every day. So why can’t it… stop? This week, MIT Technology Review’s Senior AI Reporter, Karen Hao, joins Adam to detail her blockbuster report on how Facebook’s internal AI teams were instructed to stop fighting misinformation because doing so interfered with Facebook’s growth. Read her reporting at: https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/03/11/1020600/facebook-responsible-ai-misinformation/

100th Episode! Samantha Bee Talks Comedy and Information

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It's Factually's 100th episode! To celebrate, Adam is joined by Full Frontal host Sam Bee to discuss the art of combining fact with farce. They talk the importance (or total unimportance) of informational comedy, consider what lies ahead in their careers, and dunk on sitcoms. Sam Bee's podcast "Full Release" launches May 4th. Listen wherever you get your podcasts.

Why Is the Fertility Rate Falling? with Dr. Shanna Swan

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There are a lot of causes of the declining global birth rate – education, freedom, and even the decline of subsistence agriculture. But what if one of the biggest factors was … plastic? Epidemiologist and author Dr. Shanna Swan joins Adam this week to break down why phthalates affect our fertility as well as our overall health. They cover her scientific research into phthalates, how they get into our systems, how they disrupt the development of reproductive organs, and what this means for the continuation of the human race. For Dr. Swan's book Count Down, as well as other books written by guests of this podcast, go to  http://factuallypod.com/books.

The High Cost of Cheap Clothes with Dana Thomas

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Clothes today cost a fraction of what they cost our grandparents — but why, and at what cost? Journalist and author Dana Thomas joins Adam to break down how fast fashion has made the industry explode into a one-trillion dollar industry, how dismal the working conditions are in many overseas factories, and how to shop and dress more sustainably. To check out Dana’s newest book Fashionopolis, visit http://factuallypod.com/books.

Why “Critical Thinking” Can’t Beat Misinformation, and How to Fight It with Michael Caulfield

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We’re flooded with misinformation, and new research shows that cliches about “thinking critically” and “doing your own research” are counterproductive at best. Writer and educator Michael Caulfield joins Adam this week to explain his SIFT method for evaluating misinformation, why expertise is so important, and how we should approach unclear ideas like COVID-19 “lab leak” hypothesis. Learn more about SIFT at https://infodemic.blog/

The Case for Medicare for All with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed

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Why is America's health care system so effed up, and what can be done to fix it? Author, physician, and civil servant Dr. Abdul El-Sayed joins Adam to discuss how we got here, his belief in single-payer healthcare, and why he's hopeful for the road ahead. His book Medicare For All: A Citizen’s Guide is available wherever books are sold.

How Amazon Reshaped America with Alec MacGillis

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Journalist and author of "Fulfillment", Alec MacGillis, joins Adam this week to discuss how Amazon’s unprecedented and wide-spread growth has reshaped our economy and society. They cover the economic changes that created a vacuum for Amazon to fill; how economic concentration hurts both "winners" and losers; the lack of community and dignity Amazon jobs create, and why Alec is still hopeful for change. Check out Alec MacGillis’ book  FULFILLMENT: Winning & Losing in One-Click America wherever you get your books.

Humans Are An Invasive Species with Elizabeth Kolbert

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Adam is thrilled to introduce one of his absolute favorite journalists and authors to the show: Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert. They discuss how humans have transformed the planet even more profoundly than we imagine; the dirty work of eliminating invasive species; how even getting to net zero emissions only stabilizes, rather than reverses, climate change, and how to carry the psychic weight of knowing we are destroying the things we love. Look for Elizabeth Kolbert's newest book, Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future, wherever books are sold.

Why is Border Patrol Exempt from the Fourth Amendment? with Todd Miller

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No feature of the American landscape is more absurd than the border. It cuts across natural landscapes, is highly militarized, and possesses the largest law enforcement agency in America. Why? Journalist and Author Todd Miller joins Adam to explain why the heck Border Patrol got involved with the BLM protests last June, what “check point trauma” means, and why we need to build solidarity, rather than division with the people who share the continent with us. Todd Miller’s book - Build Bridges Not Walls - is out at the end of March, and can be pre-ordered at citylights.com