Positively Pessimistic

Jeff found an article in the Atlantic that posits that a certain type of negative thinking, called defensive pessimism, might actually be more conducive to productivity and well-being than thinking positively.  Anthony, of course, is all over this idea, and calls it pragmatic.  Could expecting the worst actually be beneficial?  What about if you’re seven years old?  More Details/Download MP3 →

The Sun is Yellow and Other Lies

Anthony found an article explaining how astronomers gussy up space photography to convey the scope and beauty of the cosmos, and now he has to break it to Jeff that every image he’s ever seen of the galaxy isn’t really as rich and vibrant as depicted.  Is it important for science to be strictly accurate, or does artistic license play into scientific method?  More Details/Download MP3 →


Telepathy is Real! (kinda)

Researchers have now successfully transferred words from one conscious mind to another over long distances… is a sentence that is technically true, but the details of how they did it reveal that true telepathy is still a long way off.  That doesn’t stop Anthony and Jeff from proposing ways real telepathic communication could be great and/or terrible.  Who needs the Apple Watch when you’ve got a brain-to-brain interface!  More Details/Download MP3 →


Cobra Soup

Cooking a Chinese delicacy, a chef in Guangdong province died when the head of a cobra he was preparing bit his hand – long after it had been severed from its body.  This freak accident has Jeff and Anthony pondering the safety procedures necessary for serving venomous snakes in a restaurant, the weirdest foods they’ve eaten, and, of course, GI Joe.

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Mayo on Displayo

A museum in Japan devoted entirely to mayonnaise prompts Anthony and Jeff to discuss the proper ways to consume condiments, the joys of seeing mundane “attractions”, and the usefulness of obsession.  Also, Indiana Jones shows up.  More Details/Download MP3 →

follow your dreams

Follow Your Dreeeeeeam!

An article about how one Chinese gamer turned his “gaming addiction” into a profitable business prompts Anthony and Jeff to discuss dreams, responsibility, passion, and choosing the right career.  Also, Sir Patrick Stewart’s hidden love of crude oil.  More Details/Download MP3 →


Biome Sweet Home

There is evidence to suggest that a microbe that lives inside the human stomache may be the key to ending deadly peanut allergies.  Indeed, the microbiome that each of us carries around all the time may have far more to do with our physical and mental health than previously realized.  This makes Anthony and Jeff think twice about who they’d like to share bacteria with, and how exactly these microbes are getting into our bodies.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Robot Baby Photoshop Microchip

Robo Baby Buggy Bumpers

Several high profile colleges have teamed up to create a universal index of basic knowledge for robots.  The theory is that robot brains will need to know how to process even the most elementary interactions with everyday objects, and one consolidated resource for this information could be used in all future robot AI. How are they doing it?  Stock photos and YouTube. Anthony just hopes the plans include robot dogs, while Jeff worries that this may lead to a world of Minecraft-addicted robots.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Know More Data

Plug your email address into a particular part of Google and you’ll see a map of everywhere you (and your smartphone) have been in the last month.  Anthony isn’t surprised and thinks anyone who is worried must be 70 years old.  Jeff envisions a world of massive amounts of searchable history of your life – a giant online diary.  Who’s naive and who’s paranoid?  Is this kind of record keeping useful, or will it lead to the subjugation of the public?  More Details/Download MP3 →

monkey selfie

Free Monkey Smiles

When a monkey grabbed his camera in Indonesia, snapped the perfect selfie, and the photo went viral, British photojournalist David Slater assumed he’d make a pretty penny from the iconic image.  But the in a 1,222 page report, the US Copyright Office just announced that any picture taken by an animal, plant, or deity is cannot be owned by man.  This makes Anthony and Jeff wonder what kind of crazy photography is going on inside the US Copyright Office.  More Details/Download MP3 →