Introducing If/Then

Introducing If/Then

What gets you curious? Virtual experiences, celestial bodies, water worlds or maybe just the tiniest mysteries inside your brain? The endlessly curious and curiously funny, Gillian Jacobs (Community, Netflix's LOVE) and Diona Reasonover (NCIS), step off set to go on tangents with real-life astronauts, astrophysicists, science artists, mathematician-types and other really smart people that investigate what seems impossible. If/Then is OUT NOW. Subscribe in Stitcher, Pandora, the SiriusXM app or wherever you find podcasts. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

How to Know You’re Running Low on Vitamins
12min 57sec
Learn about how to tell when your body is running low on key vitamins; how Neanderthals mourned their dead; and why you should NOT pre-rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.  Ways Yo ...
What Getting Chills from Music Says About Your Brain
12min 18sec
Learn about a surprising benefit of adding humor to the news; what getting chills from music says about your brain; and how Volta’s electric eels that hunt in packs.  Young adults are more likely to r ...
This Artificial Sun Is Hotter Than The Real Sun
14min 41sec
Learn about an artificial sun that’s hotter than our actual sun; whether math really is a universal language; and what words like “fresh” really tell you about how fancy your food is.  South Korean re ...
What Science Says About Putting 2 Spaces After a Period
12min 27sec
Learn about how clocks and lightbulbs changed human health, with author and materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez. Plus: learn about that time a bunch of birds became milk bottle thieves and whether you ...
What Would Happen If You Stopped Time?
11min 37sec
Learn about how sleep may have evolved before the brain; why airports keep birds of prey on staff; and what would happen if you stopped time.  Sleep might have evolved before the brain by Cameron Duke ...
When to Worry About COVID-19 Variants
15min 10sec
Learn about what's going on with the new COVID-19 variants — and whether you should worry about them — with Dr. Syra Madad, nationally recognized epidemiologist and the senior director of the pathogen ...
“Popular Opinion” Isn’t What You Think
12min 27sec
Learn about why popular opinion might not be as popular as you thought; a new analysis that’s debunked the blood type diet; and a pool of water in Kidd Creek Mine in Timmins, Ontario, Canada, that’s 2 ...
Why Do I Cough When I Clean My Ears?
13min 4sec
Learn about how Arnold’s ear-cough reflex can make you cough when you clean your ears; why it’s important to teach your kids about giving when they’re learning about money; and a hidden letter in the ...
How Copper Changed Our Language (w/ Materials Scientist Ainissa Ramirez)
11min 57sec
Award-winning scientist and science communicator Ainissa Ramirez explains how copper changed our language. Then, learn about the surprising health benefits of brown fat.  Additional resources from Ain ...
‘Wanting’ and ‘Liking’ Are Different to Your Brain
12min 25sec
Learn about why just because you want something doesn’t mean you like it; why Esperanto is the world’s most successful universal language; and a gene therapy injection in one eye that improved vision ...
What Came Before the Big Bang?
12min 13sec
Learn about how hoarders’ brains see their belongings; why dolphins consciously lower their heart rates; and what scientists think happened before the big bang. How Hoarders' Brains See Their Belongin ...
The Dark Ages Weren’t Really Dark
11min 52sec
Learn about the “smellicopter,” a drone that can smell via a live moth antenna; why the “Dark Ages” weren’t as dark as you might think; and how simple word swaps can secretly trick your brain.  Introd ...
This Trait Could Be Key to Lasting Romance
13min 0sec
Learn about whether reading computer code is the same to your brain as reading another language; and a personality trait that could be key to lasting romance. Then, play along at home as we test your ...
Your Dog’s Personality Can Change Over Time
11min 2sec
Learn about how having hope for the future could protect you from risky behaviors like drinking and gambling; how your dog’s personality can change over time; and “limnic eruptions” — or, deadly explo ...
Biological Race Is a Myth (w/ Agustín Fuentes)
11min 21sec
Princeton University Anthropology Professor Agustín Fuentes explains why race is a social construct — as in, biological race isn’t real. Then, learn how plants pass down “bad” memories to their offspr ...
How Does Fever Help You Get Better?
11min 55sec
Learn about how a fever helps you get better; why the first reliable and widely available pregnancy test was the African clawed frog; and a potential breakthrough in the shockingly complicated traveli ...
Why Scientists Made Ants Walk on Stilts
11min 26sec
Learn about why people have illusions of control; that time scientists made desert ants walk on stilts to test the pedometer hypothesis; and how to reduce your chances of getting hurt when you fall.  ...
The Safest Way to Ride in a Car During the Pandemic
12min 6sec
Learn about the safest way to ride in a car with someone during a pandemic; the science of the "home team advantage" and the surprising impact time zones can have on sports performance; and the failed ...
Was Farming Really a Step Up for Hunter-Gatherers?
13min 2sec
Science journalist and author James Nestor explains how you can breathe better. Then, learn about the secret identity of Bitcoin creator “Satoshi Nakamoto” and whether farming really was a step up for ...
You’re Probably Breathing Wrong (w/ James Nestor)
13min 1sec
James Nestor, science journalist and author of the book "Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art,” explains how you might be breathing wrong. Plus: learn about the surprising way spiders spin their webs ...
This Ring May Detect COVID-19 Before You Feel It
12min 8sec
Learn about how the Oura smart ring could detect fever before you feel it; why there are no stars in moon landing photos; and why it “stinks” that honeybees have been documented using tools for the fi ...
Why Does February have 28 Days?
12min 31sec
Learn about why February only has 28 days; why early birds and night owls aren’t the only two chronotypes; and why the anchoring effect says you should always make the first offer when you’re negotiat ...
Why Do Wombats Poop Cubes?
12min 10sec
Learn about a newly discovered way to cut down on intrusive thoughts; why wombats poop cubes; and why UPS trucks almost never make left turns.  Cut down on intrusive thoughts by getting more sleep by ...
The Big Mistakes We Make in Virtual Gatherings (w/ Priya Parker)
12min 33sec
Author Priya Parker explains how to fix the biggest mistakes you’re making in your virtual gatherings. Plus: learn about how language can affect the amount of pain a bilingual person experiences; and ...
How to Make Gatherings More Meaningful (w/ Priya Parker)
15min 46sec
Author Priya Parker explains how you can make your next gathering more meaningful. But first, you’ll learn about TRPC1, a molecule that promotes muscle health when it’s magnetized.  Researchers find a ...
A Trick for Making Vaccinations Less Painful
9min 29sec
Learn about an easy trick for making needles less painful; how ancient Mayans used zeolite to filter water more than 2,000 years ago; and the story behind moonmoons, the hilarious name astronomers hav ...
Small Talk Is Important, and Remote Workers Aren’t Getting Enough
10min 11sec
Learn about why small talk is important for coworkers during the workday; why gossip is actually pretty good for you; and how some frogs survive the winter by literally becoming “frogcicles.”  Small t ...
Why Is Static Worse in Winter?
13min 7sec
Learn about why sensitive questions won’t make conversations as uncomfortable as you think; why static is worse in winter than in summer; and the “umami synergy” behind why bacon and eggs go together ...
A Distant Galaxy Is Warping the Milky Way
11min 9sec
Author Jen Sincero explains why it’s important to form and maintain habits. You’ll also learn about why phantom limb sensations are way more common than you think; and how the Large Magellanic Cloud, ...
What Most People Miss When Building Habits (w/ Jen Sincero)
10min 50sec
Author Jen Sincero explains how changing your thoughts, beliefs, and words can help you stick to your goals and successfully form new habits. Plus, learn how ancient Puebloans survived in the desert b ...
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