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Factually! with Adam Conover podcast.

December 31, 2019

Comedian Adam Conover talks to exceptional experts, revealing shocking truths and thought-provoking new perspectives. It’s an investigative comedy podcast for curious people who never stop asking questions.



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Adam Winkler, professor of constitutional law at the UCLA School of Law and author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America, joins Adam on the premiere episode of Factually! to talk about the history of the 2nd amendment, corporations and the constitution and being a Nintendo loyalist. 


This episode is brought to you by Kiwi Co (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY) and Away (www.awaytravel.com/factually code: FACTUALLY).


Updated on June 01

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Experimental social psychologist, former Cornell University professor and current professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, David Dunning, joins Adam this week to discuss our brain's incredible power to be unaware of being wrong, the Dunning-Kruger Effect, and why the first rule of "Dunning-Kruger Club" is you don't know you're in the "Dunning-Kruger Club"!


This episode is brought to you by Dashlane (www.dashlane.com/factually), Bombas (www.bombas.com/factually), and No Such Thing as a Fish Podcast.


Updated on October 23

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Former Baltimore City police officer Larry Smith joins Adam to dig deep on the causes of police violence and racism, what stops fellow cops from speaking up about it and what needs to change about policing in America. 

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Author of Secondhand and Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter, joins Adam to talk about the hidden world of globalized recycling, where our trash actually goes, and the trash, recycling and secondhand economy.

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States, stores, and workplaces are reopening. But how can we tell which spaces and activities are safe, and which aren’t? UMass Dartmouth immunologist Erin Bromage joins Adam to reveal what situations to avoid, how to protect yourself, and which risky-seeming form of transportation is actually surprisingly safe.

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Writer for The Atlantic, Adam Serwer, joins the show to talk about why these protests go way beyond Trump, why the system behind systemic racist police abuse is the problem and how the state of the world could affect the November election. 

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In this special edition of Factually!, UPenn political scientist Daniel Gillion joins Adam to discuss the role that violence plays in protest movements both historical and present-day, the truth about what “the right way to protest” is, and gives an optimistic analysis of what’s going on in America right now. 

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James Forman Jr., Professor of Law at Yale Law School and author of the book Locking Up Our Own, joins Adam this week to discuss the history of how mass incarceration became so distorted, juvenile court, confronting problems in the criminal justice system, and more.

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American economist, professor and chief economist during the Obama administration, Michael Greenstone, joins Adam this week to discuss transitioning our economy during a pandemic, balancing safety with the economy and what the costs and benefits truly are, and how economics can clarify policy disputes.  

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All of us care about equality. (At least, most of us do.) But how do we achieve equality, when the nation is so divided? And how can advocates for equality best make their case in the courts? American University law professor Robert L. Tsai joins Adam to discuss his book “Practical Equality” and more.

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Dr. Josh Sharfstein, current Vice Dean for Public Health Practice at Johns Hopkins and former principal deputy commissioner of the FDA, joins Adam to discuss where we are, and where we need to go in terms of public health and the pandemic, how to build more confidence in the health and safety of our communities and reinventing the world we used to know. 

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The Grey Lady is the success story of the digital media age, but is it coming at the expense of other publications around the country? Veteran of online media, founding Editor-in-Chief of BuzzFeed News and now New York Times media columnist Ben Smith joins Adam this week to discuss the shockwaves that have rocked the media industry, and future prospects for the local journalism we desperately need.

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For generations, American life expectency has only improved. Then two economists discovered that for one group in particular, it’s actually falling: White Americans without a college degree. Nobel Prize winning economists Sir Angus Deaton and Anne Case join Adam this week to explain the causes of what they call “deaths of despair", and why capitalism is at the root of the problem.

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Delivery workers are more important than ever - so why are they getting screwed? Business and tech reporter for the LA Times, Johana Bhuiyan, joins Adam to how tech companies are bungling the pandemic, the importance of gig workers to our economy and what will happen to these employees if it tanks. 

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Political scientist and election forecaster Rachel Bitecofer joins Adam this week to discuss why “swing voters” don’t really exist, the dynamics that truly drive political trends, and how COVID-19 will affect the 2020 election.

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Entomologist and professor, Akito Kawahara joins Adam to discuss why insects are disappearing at an alarming rate, how humans must play a critical role in their survival, and how incredible insects truly are.

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The Bard Prison Initiative is a revolutionary program that provides a rigorous college education to men and women in prison. In one of our most power episodes ever, BPI’s founder Max Kenner and recent graduate Sebastian Yoon join Adam this week to discuss how lifechanging the program is, and how it proves that every person deserves an education, no matter the circumstances.

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UCLA Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Undocumented Migration Project, Jason De León, joins Adam to uncover the truth about immigration across our southern border, how border militarization has been counterproductive and why it’s so critical to develop a full understanding who the people crossing the border truly are.

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In this special episode, Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, Dr. Ashish Jha, joins Adam to explain the reality and dispel myths about the coronavirus pandemic, what must be done to combat the illness, and how long the road ahead truly is.

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Online security expert, Bruce Schneier, joins Adam this week to discuss the concept of "security theater", how the surveillance state makes us less secure, if we can change anything to help our vulnerability and more. 

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Sex expert and scientist Nicole Prause joins Adam this week to reveal the truth about sex "addiction", debunk popular misconceptions about the science of sex, and explain how difficult it is to measure whether or not a test subject has *really* had an orgasm.

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Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods, the forces behind the hit podcast Ear Hustle, join Adam this week to explain what it's like producing audio from inside San Quentin, shed light on misconceptions and myths about prison life, and how incarceration truly affects a human being.

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Writer and WGA West President, David Goodman joins Adam this week to discuss how the WGA is a typical union and in what ways it's different, plus examples of how they support their members and how actions from the guild could affect the future of labor and the entertainment industry.

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MacArthur fellow and UCLA professor, Kelly Lytle Hernández, joins Adam to explain how explictly racist policies of the past created the incarceration and immigration systems we still have today.

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Adam sits down with Celeste Kidd, Professor of Psychology and head of the Kidd Lab at UC Berkeley to discuss how humans form beliefs and knowledge, and how easily that process can be corrupted by outside forces.

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Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, Scott Soames, joins Adam this week to for a deep dive into how philosophy shaped the modern world, the relationship between philosophy and physics, and the age old question: “What are numbers?"

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Climate scientist Dr. Daniel Swain joins Adam this week to shed light on how climate change affects the chances of more extreme weather events, the main misconceptions surrounding weather and climate and the importance of weather science as climate change thunders forward. 

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UCLA Professor Safiya Noble joins Adam this week to discuss how racism is expressed through supposedly neutral algorithms, the real-life “Minority Report” technology that’s being used today in our cities, and why we all need to stop implicitly trusting technology just because it uses a lot of math.

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On a very special FACTUALLY! Adam sits down with political satirist, puppeteer, former children's show host and personal hero, Paul Zaloom aka Beakman of Beakman's World. Adam and Paul talk about the inspiration and development behind the show, the Children's Television Act, the environment today for comedic educational programming and much more!

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Heather Worthington, Director of Long Range Planning for the City of Minneapolis, joins Adam this week to talk about solving the housing crisis through urban planning, passing one of the most difficult and massive zoning projects, and how those implemented strategies address the housing crisis as a whole.

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Neuropathologist and Director of Boston University's CTE Center, Dr. Ann McKee, joins Adam to discuss CTE or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated head injuries that affects the NFL and other sports. Dr. McKee explains just how common and devastating CTE is, why we can't yet identify CTE in living patients, and the origins of her "Brain Bank."

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NYU professor Cailtin Zaloom joins Adam discuss the student debt industry, why we shouldn't force students to think about finances when pursuing their education, and what steps we can take to change higher education for the better.

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If you feel like you live in a world that’s more chaotic and unequal, than the one your parents did: You’re right. Political scientist Mark Blyth joins Adam to explain the how we got here and why, the true mistakes of the 2008 financial crisis, and the effects that climate change will have on the global economic and political system going forward.


 


 


This episode is brought to you by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Atlas Coffee Club (www.atlascoffeclub.com/factually), Acuity (www.acuityscheduling.com/factually).

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This week on Factually!, author Matt Stoller joins Adam to discuss corporate monopolies in entertainment, why we should be breaking up Disney and how concentrated power is so problematic. 

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Technology expert and UCLA professor of information studies Sarah T. Roberts joins Adam to discuss the oversold fantasy of artificial intelligence, the real humans who labor behind the scenes to moderate your social media feeds, and the psychological effects the work takes on them. 


 


This episode is sponsored by Acuity (www.acuityscheduling.com/factually), KiwiCo (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY), and Parcast - Natural Disasters (www.parcast.com/NATURALDISASTERS).

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Labor and workplace journalist, Steven Greenhouse, joins Adam this week to explain the comeback of labor unions in recent times, the disconnect between politicians and common workers, the advantages of unionizing and much more.


 


This episode is sponsored by Atlas Coffee Club (www.atlascoffeeclub.com/factually) and Exploding Kittens (www.ExplodingKittens.com/factually code: FACTUALLY).

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Disability rights activist, Judy Heumann, joins Adam this week to discuss the mentality shift and history of disability rights and the Americans with Disabilities Act, acts of protest and the Ugly Laws. 


 


 


This episode is sponsored by Atlas Coffee Club (www.atlascoffeeclub.com/factually), KiwiCo (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY), and Acuity (www.acuityscheduling.com/factually).

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Associate Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law, Greg Shill, talks with Adam this week to discuss why the production, use and overall system of vehicular transportation is damaging us as a society.


 


This episode is sponsored by Exploding Kittens (www.explodingkittens.com/factually code: FACTUALLY) and Dashlane (www.dashlane.com/factually code: FACTUALLY)

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Author and extremism researcher J.M. Berger joins Adam this week to discuss the surprising similarities between white supremacist and Islamist extremists, the ways extremist groups frame their hatred to seem more appealing and what social media services need to do to stop its spread.  


 


This episode is sponsored by KiwiCo (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY).

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History professor and director of Asian Studies at Indiana University Ellen Wu joins Adam this week to discuss the model minority myth, how the stereotype has shifted over history and why it still exists today.


This episode is brought to you by Acuity (www.acuityscheduling.com/factually) and The Next Big Idea podcast.

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This week, climatologist and geophysicist, Michael Mann, joins Adam to discuss the drastic impact of climate change, denialism, solving the problem at the source, the greenhouse effect and much more! 


 


This episode is brought to you by The Next Big Idea podcast, Kiwi Co (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY), and Acuity (www.acuityscheduling.com/factually).

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Hematologist-oncologist, author and evidence-based medicine expert Vinay Prasad MD MPH, joins Adam this week to talk about medical reversals, the addiction of helping someone while making money, decision-making with suboptimal evidence, what questions to ask your doctor, and much more.


This episode is brought to you by Acuity (www.acuityscheduling.com/factually).


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Founder and executive director of Pathways to Housing, a Housing First program, Dr. Sam Tsemberis joins Adam this week to discuss the misconceptions about how to address the homelessness crisis, the economics of homelesness and why there are people on the street when we know how to fix it. 

This episode is brought to you by Kiwi Co.


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Astrophysicist and planetary scientist at MIT, Prof. Sara Seager, joins Adam on earth this week to discuss the process of finding and looking for Earth cousins, the chance of discovering life on other planets, liquid lava lakes, "Star Shade" and so much more! 



This episode is brought to you by Acuity (www.acuityscheduling.com/factually).


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Renowned behavioral neuroscientist, recovering addict and author of the NY Times Bestseller Never Enough, Judith Grisel joins Adam to discuss her early battle with addiction, the neuroscience on how the brain adapts negatively to substance abuse, ending up in treatment by mistake and how life can be wonderful after recovery. 



This episode is brought to you by Kiwi Co (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY), Bombas (www.bombas.com/FACTUALLY), and Invitae (www.invitae.com).


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Science journalist and author of the book The Intelligence Trap – Why Smart People Make Stupid Mistakes, David Robson joins Adam this week to discuss how being intelligent can actually amplify your errors, the definition of disrationalia, how to stay intellectually humble, and more! 


This episode is brought to you by Super Size Me 2, Invitae (www.invitae.com), Acuity (www.acuityscheduling.com/factually), and Dashlane (www.dashlane.com/factually).


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Historian and author of the book "Are We There Yet?: The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless", Dan Albert joins Adam this week to talk about what led to the universal car, the 1890's bike craze, selling more than just a mode of transportation, and more!


This episode is brought to you by Kiwi Co (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY).


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Nick Turner and Nick Vatterott clumsily try every get-rich-quick scheme under the sun in an attempt to profit while teaching listeners the ins and outs of each money-making endeavor. With a new scheme every week and interviews with friends/specialists, we will see if the Nicks can get rich beyond their mildest dreams.


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Political scientist, Occidental College professor and former Cambodian refugee, Sophal Ear, joins Adam this week to discuss his journey escaping Cambodia with his family, the price people are willing to pay to find freedom, the immigration system after WWII, and what it means when you turn people away.


This episode is brought to you by Beach Too Sandy, Water Too Wet Podcast, The Great Courses Plus (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/FACTUALLY), and Bombas (www.bombas.com/FACTUALLY).


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Artist, writer and author of the book "How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy" Jenny Odell, joins Adam this week to discuss different types of attention, art and contemplation being challenged, how doing nothing is doing something, and the mysterious bowerbird! 


This episode is brought to you by Blinkist (www.blinkist.com/FACTUALLY), The Great Courses Plus (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/FACTUALLY), Hawthorne (www.hawthorne.co code: FACTUALLY), and Kiwi Co (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY).


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Political scientist, professor at Boston College and author of Red Fighting Blue: How Geography and Electoral Rules Polarize American Politics Dave Hopkins, joins Adam this week to discuss the structure of America's political parties, partisanship and party loyalty, how conservatism has changed, and more!

This episode is brought to you by KiwiCo (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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Professor of Psychology at Villanova University and author, Dr. Patrick Markey, joins Adam this week to discuss the real science and research behind violent video games and violent behavior, how correlation doesn't mean causation, and whether or not video games are "release valves" for violent behavior. 

This episode is brought to you by Kiwi Co (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY) and The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/FACTUALLY).


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Public historian and CEO of the American Civil War Museum, Christy Coleman, joins Adam this week to discuss skewed stories from the Civil War and their influence in history, the real success story of reconstruction and what else we’re missing in history.



This episode is sponsored by KiwiCo (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY), Blinkist (www.blinkist.com/FACTUALLY), and The Great Courses Plus (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/FACTUALLY).


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Dr. Judith Owens, the Director for the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Boston Children's Hospital, joins Adam this week to discuss sleep deprivation and mortality, the circadian clock of cells, jet lag tips and more. Plus, Judith answers burning sleep questions from the Factually! crew. 


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Environmental journalist and thinker, Emma Marris, joins Adam this week to discuss how drastic our impact is on the natural environment, being a "reducetarian", the issues with purism in conservation, and herons! 


This episode is brought to you by Away (www.awaytravel.com/factually code: FACTUALLY), Blinkist (www.blinkist.com/FACTUALLY), and The Great Courses Plus (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/factually).


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James Forman Jr., Professor of Law at Yale Law School and author of the book Locking Up Our Own, joins Adam this week to discuss the history of how mass incarceration became so distorted, juvenile court, confronting problems in criminal justice system, and more.  



This episode is brought to you by Kiwi Co (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY) and The Great Courses (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/factually).


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Scott Galloway is an NYU marketing professor, tech business expert, entrepreneur, and author of the new book “The Algebra of Happiness: Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love, and Meaningjoins Adam this week to discuss how tech companies are counting regulation violations as normal business expenses, western capitalism in 2019, and Adam goes into his own sobriety. 


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As the founder of Invisible People, Mark Horvath conducts intimate, groundbreaking interviews with people experiencing homelessness. This week he joins Adam to talk about homelessness as a symptom not a cause, the stress and anxiety of sleeping rough, and how he survived homelessness himself.


This episode is brought to you by Kiwi Co (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY) and Helix Sleep (www.helixsleep.com/factually).


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Pulitzer Prize winning sociologist, professor at Princeton University and author of the book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond joins Adam this week to discuss the physical effects poverty has on the people living in it, the lack of a national conversation about the housing crisis, and how the "American Dream" story is hurting us.


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Brynn Tannehill, former naval aviator, Senior Defense Analyst, leading trans activist and author of "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Trans* joins Adam this week to discuss trans and gender identity problems in the military, her journey with gender dysphoria, misconceptions about trans issues, and more.


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Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of the LADOT joins Adam this week to talk about Elon Musk's boring tunnel, the "vomit rule" and induced demand. Plus, learning from The Lord of the Rings, the issues with Uber and Lyft and being a subway boy vs a bus boy.

This episode is brought to you by Kiwi Co (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY).


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You might know Adam Conover from his hit show “Adam Ruins Everything”, but now he’s going deeper as the host of the new show FACTUALLY!, where Adam interviews exceptional experts to reveal shocking truths and thought-provoking new perspectives. It’s a podcast for curious people who never stop asking questions. Subscribe now and get ready for the premiere on Wednesday, May 29th on Earwolf!


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