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Podcast Profile: Unexplainable

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157 episodes
2021 to 2024
Median: 28 minutes
Collection: Science


Description (podcaster-provided):

Unexplainable takes listeners right up to the edge of what we know … and then keeps on going. Host Noam Hassenfeld and an all-star team of reporters — Byrd Pinkerton, Meradith Hoddinott, and Mandy Nguyen — tackle scientific mysteries, unanswered questions, and everything we learn by diving into the unknown. New episodes drop every Wednesday.


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Scientific mysteries • Unexplained phenomena • Space and astronomy • Environmental issues • Health research • Animal behavior • Technological advancements • Historical science events • Economics and society

"Unexplainable" is a podcast that delves into a wide array of scientific mysteries and unanswered questions, often pushing the boundaries of our current understanding. Hosted by Noam Hassenfeld and supported by a team of skilled reporters, this show takes listeners on journeys through the unknown, focusing on phenomena that challenge conventional wisdom across various fields of science and beyond.

The content in "Unexplainable" covers diverse subject matters, ranging from natural sciences and economics to astronomy and psychology. Listeners will encounter episodes exploring biological oddities such as why animals exhibit particular behaviors, the origins and mechanisms of diseases, and the phenomenon of self-reproducing species. Other episodes dive into cosmic questions, investigating the origins of our planet's water, the mysteries of the early universe, and the potential for technologically advanced ancient civilizations on Earth.

Economic and social themes also play a significant role in this podcast. For instance, it examines the chaotic nature of economies through the lens of scientific predictability and questions the fundamental mechanisms of inflation. Environmental concerns are addressed through discussions about the impact and value of natural ecosystems, as well as innovative methods scientists use to map and protect these areas, such as using microphones in rainforests or exploring ocean depths.

Psychological and physiological topics are widely represented, featuring discussions on the enigmatic phenomena of "yips" in skilled professionals, the causes of emotional crying, and the hidden depth of seemingly simple sensations like itching. The interplay between technology and humanity is another recurring theme, with some episodes tackling the implications of artificial intelligence's opaque decision-making processes and how AI might enable communication with animals.

Overall, "Unexplainable" offers a thought-provoking collection of explorations into the many facets of the unknown, blending hard science with speculative inquiry to provide a rich tableau of topics that invite listeners to think more deeply about the world and the mysteries that continue to elude us.


Episodes:
Is good posture actually good?
2024-Jul-17
21 minutes
Embracing economic chaos
2024-Jul-03
26 minutes
We still don’t really know how inflation works
2024-Jun-26
30 minutes
Can you put a price on nature?
2024-Jun-19
23 minutes
The deepest spot in the ocean
2024-Jun-12
28 minutes
What’s the tallest mountain in the world?
2024-Jun-05
28 minutes
Did trees kill the world?
2024-May-22
26 minutes
Can we stop aging?
2024-May-15
37 minutes
Who's the daddy? There isn't one.
2024-May-08
20 minutes
Itch hunt
2024-May-01
18 minutes
How did Earth get its water?
2024-Apr-24
25 minutes
Is Earth alive?
2024-Apr-17
28 minutes
The alpha myth
2024-Apr-10
40 minutes
The eclipse chasers
2024-Apr-03
19 minutes
The Yips
2024-Mar-27
27 minutes
The bleeding edge, part two
2024-Mar-20
24 minutes
The bleeding edge
2024-Mar-13
18 minutes
Aliens from Earth?
2024-Mar-06
26 minutes
How scientists are searching for aliens
2024-Feb-28
16 minutes
A universal virus-killer?
2024-Feb-21
24 minutes
Why do we cry?
2024-Feb-14
24 minutes
Should you quit Diet Coke?
2024-Feb-07
25 minutes
The case for cursing
2024-Jan-31
27 minutes
The math problem that could break the internet
2024-Jan-24
38 minutes
Garbage patch kids
2024-Jan-17
20 minutes
A stethoscope for the rainforest
2024-Jan-10
26 minutes
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
2024-Jan-03
30 minutes
Something weird near the beginning of time
2023-Dec-20
21 minutes
The tallest mountains on Earth are ... underground?
2023-Dec-13
19 minutes
Weaponizing uncertainty
2023-Dec-06
25 minutes
Can we live in space?
2023-Nov-29
32 minutes
The ice cream effect
2023-Nov-15
29 minutes
The data vigilantes
2023-Nov-08
31 minutes
Trouble on Pickles Reef
2023-Nov-01
26 minutes
Redefining death
2023-Oct-25
33 minutes
The Orcanizing
2023-Oct-18
22 minutes
Unexplainable or Not with Wyatt Cenac
2023-Oct-04
34 minutes
Rogue waves
2023-Sep-27
28 minutes
Does garlic break magnets?
2023-Sep-20
30 minutes
How to decode a thought
2023-Sep-13
31 minutes
It’s getting harder to see
2023-Aug-30
20 minutes
Jumping the gun
2023-Aug-23
33 minutes
Can we talk to animals?
2023-Aug-16
34 minutes
Unexplainable or Not: Beach day!
2023-Aug-09
29 minutes
Who let the wolves in?
2023-Aug-02
24 minutes
Why do we have a moon?
2023-Jul-26
27 minutes
Episode Image The Black Box: In AI we trust?
2023-Jul-19
30 minutes
Episode Image The Black Box: Even AI’s creators don’t understand it
2023-Jul-12
34 minutes
Do animals grieve?
2023-Jun-28
26 minutes
Why do we dream?
2023-Jun-21
23 minutes
Cracking the Indus code
2023-Jun-14
24 minutes
Awestruck
2023-Jun-07
24 minutes
Episode Image Expecting: Weed and pregnancy
2023-May-24
30 minutes
Episode Image Expecting: Baby brain
2023-May-17
27 minutes
Episode Image Expecting: Pregnancy souvenirs
2023-May-10
36 minutes
The tornado problem
2023-May-03
24 minutes
How to resurrect a mammoth
2023-Apr-26
32 minutes
Live show, dead dinosaurs
2023-Apr-19
37 minutes
Talking trees
2023-Apr-12
23 minutes
Your questions, unexplained
2023-Apr-05
28 minutes
What's so funny?
2023-Mar-22
20 minutes
Origins: The meaning of “life”
2023-Mar-15
26 minutes
Origins: The first living thing
2023-Mar-08
29 minutes
Origins: How did Earth get its water?
2023-Mar-01
27 minutes
What is love?
2023-Feb-15
34 minutes
Why we hiccup
2023-Feb-08
29 minutes
We booped an asteroid
2023-Feb-01
22 minutes
Your creepy, crawly roommates
2023-Jan-25
27 minutes
Henrietta Leavitt and the end of the universe
2023-Jan-18
32 minutes
Plants with eyes?
2023-Jan-11
28 minutes
Unexplainable or Not: Bikes, planes, ice skates
2023-Jan-04
30 minutes
Your gut's feelings
2022-Dec-21
28 minutes
Nuclear fusion breaks through
2022-Dec-14
30 minutes
Basic instinct
2022-Dec-07
28 minutes
Why we cry
2022-Nov-30
24 minutes
Can we live in space?
2022-Nov-16
31 minutes
Holding on to power
2022-Nov-09
31 minutes
Redefining death
2022-Nov-02
34 minutes
Episode Image Talking to ghosts
2022-Oct-26
31 minutes
Why is everyone getting food allergies?
2022-Oct-19
26 minutes
Introducing The Gray Area
2022-Oct-15
54 minutes
Let’s play Unexplainable or Not
2022-Oct-05
30 minutes
The math problem that could break the internet
2022-Sep-28
38 minutes
Jumping the gun
2022-Sep-21
33 minutes
An Alzheimer's uproar
2022-Sep-14
37 minutes
Salamander search party
2022-Aug-31
28 minutes
What did dinosaurs sound like?
2022-Aug-24
39 minutes
Can ovaries make new eggs?
2022-Aug-17
29 minutes
Will the eel (slim, shady) please have sex?
2022-Aug-10
47 minutes
Yawn baby yawn
2022-Jul-27
38 minutes
What’s the James Webb telescope searching for?
2022-Jul-20
49 minutes
Vitamin X
2022-Jul-13
35 minutes
Episode Image Lost Worlds: What killed Venus?
2022-Jun-29
29 minutes
Episode Image Lost Worlds: Life on Mars?
2022-Jun-22
31 minutes
Episode Image Lost Worlds: Why do we have a moon?
2022-Jun-15
27 minutes
Episode Image Lost Worlds: Aliens from Earth?
2022-Jun-08
27 minutes
Dropping like flies
2022-May-25
27 minutes
Is telepathy real?
2022-May-18
26 minutes
Why do we dream?
2022-May-11
24 minutes
Should I take a DNA ancestry test?
2022-May-04
29 minutes
My octopus friend?
2022-Apr-27
24 minutes
Glow in the dark ocean
2022-Apr-20
30 minutes
When reality broke
2022-Apr-13
26 minutes
Episode Image Making Sense: The sixth sense
2022-Apr-06
27 minutes
Episode Image Making Sense: Sight unseen
2022-Mar-30
25 minutes
Episode Image Making Sense: The Umami Mama
2022-Mar-23
38 minutes
Episode Image Making Sense: No one nose
2022-Mar-16
30 minutes
Episode Image Making Sense: The healing power of touch
2022-Mar-09
29 minutes
Episode Image Making Sense: How sound becomes hearing
2022-Mar-02
41 minutes
The methane hunters
2022-Feb-16
23 minutes
What is love?
2022-Feb-09
33 minutes
A sonic tour of the solar system
2022-Feb-02
22 minutes
Finding asteroids before they find us
2022-Jan-26
31 minutes
Skeleton Lake
2022-Jan-19
29 minutes
Are humans running out of sperm?
2022-Jan-12
28 minutes
The quest to build a star
2022-Jan-05
29 minutes
BONUS: The 2021 song
2021-Dec-31
5 minutes
The building blocks of the universe
2021-Dec-22
54 minutes
99% of ocean plastic is missing
2021-Dec-15
30 minutes
How medicine mansplained women’s health
2021-Dec-08
26 minutes
How Venus went to hell
2021-Dec-01
28 minutes
Mind readers
2021-Nov-17
33 minutes
A brainless yellow goo that does math
2021-Nov-10
26 minutes
Why whales get beached
2021-Nov-03
22 minutes
Episode Image Talking to ghosts
2021-Oct-27
32 minutes
Honey, we shrunk the birds
2021-Oct-20
28 minutes
Nobel Prize 2.0
2021-Oct-06
26 minutes
The James Webb Time Machine
2021-Sep-29
29 minutes
The James Webb Space Telescope
2021-Sep-22
27 minutes
What causes Alzheimer’s?
2021-Sep-15
31 minutes
Havana syndrome
2021-Sep-01
29 minutes
Getting to the bottom of butts
2021-Aug-25
26 minutes
The mysteries of endometriosis
2021-Aug-18
31 minutes
A 150-year-old human
2021-Aug-11
30 minutes
How low can you go?
2021-Aug-04
27 minutes
The tornado problem
2021-Jul-28
25 minutes
Moon poop
2021-Jul-21
25 minutes
Hot pink flying squirrels
2021-Jul-14
30 minutes
Henrietta Leavitt and the end of the universe
2021-Jun-30
32 minutes
How do animals know where to go?
2021-Jun-23
28 minutes
Invasion of the jumping worms
2021-Jun-16
25 minutes
The many heights of Mount Everest
2021-Jun-09
29 minutes
Unexplainable Flying Objects
2021-Jun-02
33 minutes
The hunt for a new Pluto
2021-May-26
32 minutes
Cloudy with a chance of chaos
2021-May-19
29 minutes
A new force of nature?
2021-May-12
25 minutes
Placebos work. Why?
2021-May-05
26 minutes
Episode Image A virus that could heal people
2021-Apr-28
24 minutes
Episode Image The Twilight Zone of the ocean
2021-Apr-21
27 minutes
The viral ghosts of long Covid
2021-Apr-14
26 minutes
Is a ton of psychology just ... wrong?
2021-Apr-07
30 minutes
It’s ball lightning!
2021-Mar-31
27 minutes
Skeleton Lake
2021-Mar-24
27 minutes
Journey Toward the Center of the Earth
2021-Mar-17
29 minutes
No one nose
2021-Mar-10
30 minutes
Most of the universe is missing
2021-Mar-10
34 minutes
Episode Image Introducing Unexplainable
2021-Feb-19
2 minutes