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Factually! with Adam Conover
79 minutes | a day ago
Why Facebook Refuses to Fix the Misinformation Crisis It Created with Karen Hao
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/
33 minutes | 6 days ago
Questions & Adam with Rhea Butcher
Actor, writer, and podcast host Rhea Butcher joins Adam to answer one question on what products they put in their hair. Then they launch into a conversation on barbers, that Starbucks cup in Thrones, and the benefits of the physical world over the virtual.
76 minutes | 8 days ago
100th Episode! Samantha Bee Talks Comedy and Information
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.
70 minutes | 15 days ago
Why Is the Fertility Rate Falling? with Dr. Shanna Swan
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.
36 minutes | 20 days ago
Questions & Adam with Emily Axford
Actor and podcaster Emily Axford joins Adam to answer listener questions about valid conspiracy theories, childhood curiosity, and favorite works of non-fiction they've read this year.
72 minutes | 22 days ago
The High Cost of Cheap Clothes with Dana Thomas
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.
102 minutes | a month ago
Why “Critical Thinking” Can’t Beat Misinformation, and How to Fight It with Michael Caulfield
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/
26 minutes | a month ago
Questions & Adam with Arden Myrin
Comedian, author, and podcaster Arden Myrin joins Adam this week to answer listener questions about what they believe they are experts in, what are their preferred news sources, and who has changed how they think about things.
70 minutes | a month ago
The Case for Medicare for All with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
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.
75 minutes | a month ago
How Amazon Reshaped America with Alec MacGillis
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.
37 minutes | 2 months ago
Questions & Adam with Emily Heller
Comedian and writer Emily Heller joins Adam this week to answer listener questions about which social media is best, how to find hope when dealing with heavy topics, and what major topic they think has not been given enough political attention.
78 minutes | 2 months ago
Humans Are An Invasive Species with Elizabeth Kolbert
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.
1 minutes | 2 months ago
Questions & Adam Trailer
This new Stitcher Premium bonus series features Adam Conover chatting and answering listener questions with comedian friends. Listen to them cover topics like "which is the best social media platform," "how to stay hopeful in hard times," and "the importance of California's watershed." Normal friend stuff! Questions & Adam premieres Friday, March 5th only on Stitcher Premium.
82 minutes | 2 months ago
Why is Border Patrol Exempt from the Fourth Amendment? with Todd Miller
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
9 minutes | 2 months ago
Factually! Presents: If/Then
Infinite curiosity? Check. Obsessed with outer space, Nat Geo and mysteries inside the brain? Check. Gillian Jacobs and Diona Reasonover are beyond ready for this gig. On their new show “If/Then,” they talk with really smart people about stuff that makes you look out the window with wonder. In this clip, Gillian interviews NASA engineer Tracy Drain. Find out what a systems engineer does and how Tracy got her dream job at NASA! The first episode is out now! Check it out and subscribe.
96 minutes | 2 months ago
Ending Climate Change with Saul Griffith
We often frame the fight against climate change as one of endless sacrifice. But the truth is, the real solutions to climate change would both save money and make our lives better. Scientist, inventor, and energy expert Saul Griffith joins Adam to walk us through why electric power is more efficient, powerful, and affordable long-term; how the “scarcity mentality” is a flawed way to view fighting climate change; and how a “wartime mobilization” to electrify our society would both fight the COVID economic slump as well as combat climate change. Saul Griffith's book Rewiring America is available wherever books are sold.
86 minutes | 2 months ago
Four Lost Cities with Annalee Newitz
Where do cities… come from? Are they created by committee? Or do they just spring up out of the earth? Adam explores this question with journalist Annalee Newitz, author of the new book Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age. They take an audio tour from Cahokia, an indigenous city near St. Louis that somehow got left out of American textbook; the Neolithic city of Çatalhöyük, where people buried their ancestors under their living room floors; Angkor, which declined due to lack of government care of infrastructure; and everyone’s favorite lost city - Pompeii! You can find Four Lost Cities wherever books are sold.
92 minutes | 3 months ago
Humankind’s Hopeful History with Rutger Bregman
Is humanity innately good or bad? Historian and author Rutger Bregman joins Adam to discuss his decidedly optimistic answer to this question. They discuss research showing that people are more likely to help each other during national disasters, the true story behind Kitty Genovese, and how the real-life Lord of The Flies had a very different ending. You can find Rutger Bregman’s book, Humankind: A Hopeful History, wherever books are sold.
86 minutes | 3 months ago
Decriminalizing Drugs with Dr. Carl Hart
This week, Dr. Carl Hart - professor of neuroscience and psychology at Columbia - joins Adam to argue that we’ve been approaching recreational drugs all wrong. Together they discuss how we have historically exaggerated the harmful effects of drugs on the brain, how stigma and criminalization create greater adverse effects than the drugs themselves, and more. Dr. Hart’s new book, Drug Use for Grown Ups, is out now.
67 minutes | 3 months ago
Medical Myths and How to Fight Them with Dr. Seema Yasmin
To stop a deadly disease, you need more than medicine -- you need to change people’s minds. Journalist and doctor Seema Yasmin joins Adam this week to discuss how to combat harmful medical myths. They discuss how much more powerful narratives are than statistics, the difference between being anti-vaxx and being vaccine-hesitant, and why you shouldn’t eat your placenta after giving birth no matter what the celebrities tell you. Dr. Seema Yasmin's book - Viral BS: Medical Myths and Why We Fall For Them - is out now.
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