Episode 36: Stereotype Threat, The Original Mac, Anthology Films

In this week’s news, Tim and Tom pick up on a story about an Ohio State researcher who examined the stereotypes about Christians and science, and how they might lead to self-fulfilling prophecies. In the arts, they look at the nature of film anthologies, and in history, they observe the anniversary of the arrival of the first Macintosh computer.

Episode 35: Scientific Transparency, Aaron Swartz, Neil Tyson Cartoons

In this week’s news segment, Tim and Tom talk about a recent NY Times editorial that advocates for better scientific transparency. In the arts they talk about a new cartoon poking fun at Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and in history, they pay tribute to the life and work of the late Aaron Swartz.

Episode 34: North Korean H-Bomb, Baseball Hall of Fame, The First Lottery

This week, Tim and Tom discuss the (possibly exaggerated) claims that North Korea detonated a Hydrogen Bomb. In the arts, they talk about recent inductions to the baseball Hall of Fame, and whether it signals a shifting attitude toward performance enhancing drugs. In history, the observe the anniversary of the first lottery.

Episode 33: Philosophical Physics, The Force Awakens, Federal Holidays

This week, Tim and Tom respond to a listener question about a recent physics conference that asks whether modern physics needs help from philosophy. In the arts, we talk about The Force Awakens, and what it means for the Star Wars franchise. And in history, we look through the list of federal holidays, and discuss where they came from, and whether or not some of them need to go. All that, and the magic numbers.

Episode 31: Paris Agreement, Jamestown, It’s a Wonderful Life

This week, Tim and Tom look at the historic climate agreement signed last week in Paris, and discuss what impact it might have in years to come. In our arts segment (befitting the season) we talk about the Frank Capra classic,¬†It’s a Wonderful Life. And in history, they talk about the anniversary of the founding of the English colony at Jamestown, Virginia. All that, plus the magic numbers.

Episode 30: Trump on Muslims, In the Heart of the Sea, The Council of Trent

In this week’s news, Tim and Tom discuss the science of fear, and how it plays into recent comments about Islam in America.

In the arts, they talk about the forthcoming film In the Heart of the Sea, and the events that inspired it.

And in history, Tom schools Tim on the Council of Trent, and how it helped shape the modern world.

Episode 29: CRISPR, Tesla Model S, Encyclopedia Brittanica

This week, in honor the Gene Summit, Tim and Tom talk about CRISPR-Cas9, and it’s implications for the future of our species. In the arts, Tim sings the praises of the Tesla Model S, and in history, the guys observe the anniversary of the first edition of the Encyclopedia Brittanica. All that and the magic numbers.

Episode 28: All About Food

This week, in honor of the holiday season, Tim and Tom devote the whole show to food. In the news they discuss the recent decision by the FDA to approve the first genetically modified animal for human consumption, before delving into the larger questions of the role of the culinary arts in religious traditions. And in history, Tom tells Tim about the Nativity Fast. All that and the magic numbers, this week.

Episode 27: Paris Attacks, NASA Colony Paintings, The First Thanksgiving

This week Tim and Tom talk about the reaction in the news to the attacks in Paris last week. For the arts they look at a series of sketches from the NASA archives about what future space colonies might look like. And in history, they discuss the first Thanksgiving.