Episode 41: Competition, JPL Posters, The Telephone

This week, Tim and Tom talk about new social science research regarding competition, they look at a series of posters put out by the Jet Propulsion Lab, and they observe the anniversary of the invention of the telephone, and why it was spurned by its inventor. All that and the magic numbers.

Episode 40: Super Tuesday, Leap Year, The Oscars

In this week’s news segment, Tim and Tom talk about Super Tuesday. In history they look at Leap Year, and in the arts they talk about the Academy Awards. All that and the magic numbers.

Episode 38: Zika Virus, Super Bowl, Henry VIII

In this week’s news segment, the guys talk about the furor over the Zika virus. In entertainment, they talk about the frenzy over the “Big Game,” and in history, they look at the possible medical history of England’s King Henry VIII.

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 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 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.

Episode 26: Climate Data, Cradle Will Rock, Olympic Games

This week, Tim and Tom discuss the latest data about 2015 being (yet again) the warmest year on record, and what that might mean for the debate about climate change. In our arts segment, we discuss the 1999 Tim Robbins filmĀ Cradle Will Rock, and in history we observe the anniversary of the modern reinvention of the Ancient Olympic Games.