Episode Sixteen: Maternity Leave, Ex Machina, Edison’s Electric

In the story from this week’s news, Tim and Tom discuss the recent announcement by Marissa Mayer of Yahoo regarding her choice for her upcoming maternity leave. In the arts segment, they discuss the science fiction film Ex Machina. And in history, they discuss the anniversary in 1882 of Thomas Edison turning on electric power in New York City for the very first time.

You can read the article Tim references about the Baby Bust in America here.

Episode Fifteen: All About Taboo

In this episode, Tim and Tom discuss the recent shooting in Roanoke, VA, and the taboo surrounding showing the footage, they talk about the taboos broken by the film Brokeback Mountain, and the observe the anniversary of the beginning of the media craze around the Jack the Ripper.

Summer Vacation

Summer time is short in New England so this week Tom and Tim are taking a vacation from the show. We’ll be back with a new episode next Sunday. If you are DESPERATE for some Critical Mass this week, we recommend going back to hear one of our previous shows.


Episode Thirteen: Sex Offenders, Walden, The Daily Show

This week, Tim and Tom discuss the case of an Indiana teen placed on a sex offender registry, they tip their hat to John Stewart’s departure, and they observe the anniversary of the publication of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden.

For those of you who prefer it when Tim and Tom disagree, this show is for you.


Episode Twelve: Philanthropy, The China Syndrome, The Bomb

This week, Tim and Tom use a recent gift to the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to talk about the role of philanthropy in both science and religion, talk about the 1977 film The China Syndrome, and look at the 70th anniversary of the decision to drop the first atomic bombs.

Episode Eight: JFK, The Abyss, Principia

In this special holiday episode, Tim and Tom take a break from the headlines, and spend some time talking about the sea. We listen to a famous quote from JFK, talk about the James Cameron film The Abyss, and celebrate the anniversary of the publication of Newton’s Principia.