Adam Ruins Everything

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Synopsis

First, on the Adam Ruins Everything TV show, Adam Conover broke down widespread misconceptions about everything we take for granted. Now, join Adam as he sits down with the experts and stars from the show to go into even more detail.

Episodes

  • Ep 47: Rachel Weil on Femicom and the Value of Preserving Classic Girl Video Games

    Ep 47: Rachel Weil on Femicom and the Value of Preserving Classic 'Girl' Video Games

    08/03/2018 Duration: 56min

    Do you remember all of those video games that were made for girls back in the 90s? Well they're not being archived the same way that stereotypical boy games are being preserved. They don't have value in the gaming community and many of these games are being forgotten even though they were just as creative and innovative for the industry. Our guest Rachel Weil is trying to change that by preserving these 'girl' games by going around the world and collecting these games and talking to the people who made them. She is a software developer for Microsoft and the founder of the Femicom Museum, a hybrid physical/digital museum and archive dedicated to the preservation and reimagination of femininity, girlhood, and the aesthetics of cute within twentieth-century video games, computing, and electronic toys. Rachel did not appear on the Adam Ruins Everything TV show but her work reminded us of the themes we explored in our Adam Ruins Summer Fun episode. And since we're in the off-season of the TV show, we'll be inviti

  • Ep 46: Dr. Azra Raza on Mouse Model Misconceptions  Other Ways We Can Improve Cancer Research

    Ep 46: Dr. Azra Raza on Mouse Model Misconceptions & Other Ways We Can Improve Cancer Research

    22/02/2018 Duration: 01h10min

    When we think of conducting science experiments on subjects, we immediately think of mice models. But today's guest, Dr. Azra Raza, who appeared on Adam Ruins Science, says there's a more effective way. On the TV show Dr. Raza discussed how the mouse model scientists use for their research is actually ineffective; even though a medicine might work well on a rodent, the results don't translate as well as we thought to humans - especially when it comes to cancer research which is what Dr. Raza studies. Even though humans and mice share over 90 percent of their DNA with one another, our bodies still differ in numerous ways; we metabolize food and medicine differently and humans are significantly bigger than mice in size. This wastes money from the limited amount of funding that already exists and encourages clinical trials that ultimately go nowhere. On the podcast, Dr. Raza proposes a different research method that she has used herself, to much success. Dr. Raza is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the M

  • Ep 45: Dr. Kathryn Hall on the Surprising Power of Placebos

    Ep 45: Dr. Kathryn Hall on the Surprising Power of Placebos

    09/02/2018 Duration: 55min

    Placebos are commonly dismissed as "fake" treatments that have no real power on you or your body. But scientists are realizing more and more that placebos are more powerful than we realized. New research shows that while placebos may not cure diseases, they can reduce symptoms of our ailments like irritable bowel syndrome and even Parkinson's disease, and in the process actually make us feel better. Even traditional medicine takes advantage of the placebo effect, which could mean the placebo effect could play a significant role in treating diseases. On this episode we talk to Dr. Kathryn Hall, who appeared on Adam Ruins Spa Day, about how placebos can have such powerful effects on our brains and how placebos are changing the way we conduct science and treat patients. Kathryn is a molecular biologist and Director of Placebo Genetics at Harvard Medical School's Program in Placebo Studies. Adam is on Twitter @AdamConover and you can find past episodes and bonus content from the TruTV show at AdamRuinsEverything

  • Ep 44: Dr. Daniel Jolley on Why Conspiracy Theories Are Harmful

    Ep 44: Dr. Daniel Jolley on Why Conspiracy Theories Are Harmful

    24/01/2018 Duration: 53min

    What once seemed like a fringe movement, conspiracy theories appear more pervasive than ever. Our guest Dr. Daniel Jolley points out, conspiracy theories have been around for centuries; social media, however, has given them a wider platform and megaphone. Believing in such theories can seem like harmless speculation. But if enough people accept ideas like the faking of the moon landing or 9/11 being a government inside job, they'll feel they have no agency. This can lead to very dangerous effects like lower voter turnout and less civic engagement at large. Daniel, who appeared on Adam Ruins Conspiracy Theories, explains why people believe in conspiracy theories in the first place, how people can believe in two contradictory conspiracy theories, and how we can combat these theories to create a healthier democracy. He studies conspiracy theories at Staffordshire University in the United Kingdom. Adam is on Twitter @AdamConover and you can find past episodes and bonus content from the TruTV show at AdamRuinsEve

  • Ep 43: Professor Teresa Ghilarducci on the Future of 401(k)s

    Ep 43: Professor Teresa Ghilarducci on the Future of 401(k)s

    10/01/2018 Duration: 01h03min

    As humans, our inclination is to live in the present - not save 40 years down the line - which makes saving money for retirement hard. In the 90s many companies began offering 401(k) programs, a retirement savings plan sponsored by an employer which lets workers save and invest a piece of their paycheck before taxes. It seemed like the perfect solution to our retirement woes. But 401(k)s aren't the full proof saving plan we once thought. Even judiciously setting aside money in a 401(k) might not be enough to maintain one's lifestyle into retirement. There are also so many outside factors that can still diminish one's savings, including unexpected healthcare costs, recessions, or lost jobs. So how do we set ourselves up for a secure financial future? Our guest Professor Teresa Ghilarducci, who appeared on Adam Ruins the Future, is going to tell us how we entered into this financial mess and how we can get out of it. She suggests we do the best we can to save through 401(k)s, live within our means, start plann

  • Ep 42: Professor Ellen Dunham-Jones on Retrofitting Suburbia

    Ep 42: Professor Ellen Dunham-Jones on Retrofitting Suburbia

    28/12/2017 Duration: 55min

    While they may sport perfectly manicured lawns and beautiful white picket fences, suburbs are not the idyllic neighborhoods we think they are. They make us more sedentary, sometimes less safe, and they can even perpetuate segregation. But instead of leaving the suburbs we can actually address these issues and improve our suburbs through redevelopment and retrofitting neighborhoods to make them greener, healthier, safer and more affordable. Our guest Ellen Dunham-Jones, who appeared on Adam Ruins the Suburbs, tells us all about it. She has spent her career studying how suburbs can adapt to these 21st century challenges. Ellen is a leading authority on suburban redevelopment and is the Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Georgia Tech. Adam is on Twitter @AdamConover and you can find past episodes and bonus content from the TruTV show at AdamRuinsEverything.com. Produced by Shara Morris for MaximumFun.org.

  • Ep. 41: Heather Jarvis on the Unsustainability of Student Loans

    Ep. 41: Heather Jarvis on the Unsustainability of Student Loans

    13/12/2017 Duration: 01h37s

    Student loans are an absolute necessity for many students in today's economy, but they're also among the worst forms of debt you can have, burdening students and sometimes permanently crippling their financial lives. Our guest Heather Jarvis, who appeared on Adam Ruins College, is going to tell us how we got here and give us practical tips on navigating the world of student loans. Heather is an attorney and student loan expert. She has practiced public interest law for more than a dozen years and has contributed to student debt relief policy for the House Education Committee and others in Congress. Adam is on Twitter @AdamConover and you can find past episodes and bonus content from the TruTV show at AdamRuinsEverything.com. Produced by Shara Morris for MaximumFun.org.

  • Ep 40: Dr. Arjun Srinivasan on Antibiotic Resistance

    Ep 40: Dr. Arjun Srinivasan on Antibiotic Resistance

    29/11/2017 Duration: 42min

    Is the antibiotic resistance apocalypse approaching? This week's guest, Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, who appeared on Adam Ruins the Hospital, says yes.

  • Ep 39: Jessica Huseman on Why Filing Taxes Is Unnecessarily Difficult

    Ep 39: Jessica Huseman on Why Filing Taxes Is Unnecessarily Difficult

    15/11/2017 Duration: 52min

    We all know how filing taxes is a pain. Every April Americans dig through receipts, meet with accountants, claim their expenses, and pray they're not audited.

  • Ep. 38: Professor Brian Nosek On Sciences Reproducibility Crisis and Opportunity

    Ep. 38: Professor Brian Nosek On Science's Reproducibility Crisis and Opportunity

    01/11/2017 Duration: 50min

    We've seen it time and time again. A journal publishes a seemingly significant scientific study which gains traction in the press only to be subsequently deemed irreproducible.

  • Ep 37: Professor Stephan Lewandowsky on the Backfire Effect

    Ep 37: Professor Stephan Lewandowsky on the Backfire Effect

    18/10/2017 Duration: 52min

    On Adam Ruins Everything, we're all about using persuasive, rational arguments to bring awareness to a topic and hopefully change some minds along the way.

  • Ep 36: Nikole Hannah-Jones on the Rippling Effects of Redlining and Segregation

    Ep 36: Nikole Hannah-Jones on the Rippling Effects of Redlining and Segregation

    04/10/2017 Duration: 01h01min

    Many people have an idyllic view of the suburbs. You can have a lawn! Access to good schools! Safety! But much of that American dream has been historically reserved for white people.

  • Ep 35: Professor Natasha Dow Schüll On How Casinos  Slot Machines Are Designed to Facilitate Gambling Addiction

    Ep 35: Professor Natasha Dow Schüll On How Casinos & Slot Machines Are Designed to Facilitate Gambling Addiction

    20/09/2017 Duration: 53min

    When it comes to gambling, there's a perception people get addicted because there's always that glimmer of hope they can hit the big jackpot. But according to our podcast guest, Natasha Dow Schüll, many gamblers, and more specifically many slot machi

  • See You Soon

    See You Soon

    13/09/2017 Duration: 23s

    We'll be back next week with a brand new Adam Ruins Everything podcast episode. Thanks for tuning in!

  • Ep 34: Dr. Joann Elmore and Dr. Janie Lee on Why Mammogram Screenings are More Complex Than We Imagined

    Ep 34: Dr. Joann Elmore and Dr. Janie Lee on Why Mammogram Screenings are More Complex Than We Imagined

    30/08/2017 Duration: 58min

    For decades women have been told that they should start getting yearly mammograms at age 35. We think of it as a no-brainer, and mammograms do save lives. But their effects are much more complicated than we originally anticipated.

  • Ep 33: Anne Curzan Talks Grammar and the Flexibility of Language

    Ep 33: Anne Curzan Talks Grammar and the Flexibility of Language

    16/08/2017 Duration: 01h08min

    Professor Anne Curzan, who is this week's podcast guest, says it's normal to notice dialectical differences between different communities but we shouldn't shame people for talking as they do.

  • Ep 32: Kevin Hall Gives Us the Skinny - Losing Weight and Keeping it Off is Hard

    Ep 32: Kevin Hall Gives Us the Skinny - Losing Weight and Keeping it Off is Hard

    02/08/2017 Duration: 52min

    It's rare to hear about a researcher from the National Institute of Health collaborating with a reality TV show. But that's exactly what Dr. Kevin Hall, a clinical researcher at the NIH, did after watching episodes of The Biggest Loser.

  • Ep 31: Courtney Jung on the History of Formula Feeding and Why It Gets a Bad Rap

    Ep 31: Courtney Jung on the History of Formula Feeding and Why It Gets a Bad Rap

    19/07/2017 Duration: 59min
  • Ep 30: Jackie Stevens Exposes the Bizarre World of Immigrations Courts and Detention Centers

    Ep 30: Jackie Stevens Exposes the Bizarre World of Immigrations Courts and Detention Centers

    05/07/2017 Duration: 01h19min

    Immigration is such a hot topic these days, but it's rare we actually get into the logistics of how the system works (or doesn't).

  • Ep 29: Pete Hammond Pulls Back the Curtain on Awards Shows

    Ep 29: Pete Hammond Pulls Back the Curtain on Awards Shows

    21/06/2017 Duration: 56min

    On Adam Ruins Hollywood, Pete Hammond explained how behind every award show is a whole lot of campaigning.

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