by Science Friday

A podcast about the left turns, missteps, and lucky breaks that make science happen.

  • Spontaneous Generation

    Dec 11, 2019
    A famous “debunking” didn’t go exactly as the textbooks say.
  • Into The Ether

    Dec 4, 2019
    The great minds of 19th century physics all believed in the “luminiferous ether.” How did they get it so wrong?
  • Planet Of The Killer Apes

    Nov 27, 2019
    A broken jawbone inspired one of the most blood-spattered theories in all of paleontology: Man was born to kill.
  • Like Jerry Springer For Bluebirds

    Nov 20, 2019
    In the 1970s and 1980s, feminism and science are forced to contend with each other, and an evolutionary biologist finds her birds aren't playing by the sex rules.
  • Party Lines

    Oct 30, 2018
    A mathematician takes the stand in a court case that could decide the fate of gerrymandering in the U.S.