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In Plain English: Science Made Simple

In Plain English: Science Made Simple

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In Plain English is a podcast where we discuss scientific research in terms that are accessible to everyone, not just the experts. Every episode will feature an expert in a particular field of science, such as genetics or anthropology. The expert will then present a paper in their field, and the podcast guests--people without much knowledge of the subject--ask questions and discuss the research. Each episode will conclude with a broader discussion of how the paper’s findings impact society as a whole.
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Pathogen Wars: How Gut Bacteria Protect Against Cholera
Join expert Jonathan Mitchell and guests Nicolas Scrutton Alvarado and Raymond Uymatiao to learn about the beneficial bacteria in your gut that can help protect against diseases like cholera. You can download the paper on our website. Check out Jonathan's podcast Microbe Moment! Check out Nicolas's podcast In the Spotlight! Remember to follow In Plain English on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the latest announcements! If you are able, please consider becoming a Patron to help support In Plain English! And check out our Where to Listen page to subscribe to our podcast on your favorite platform! Image Credit: "Beneficial Gut Bacteria" by National Institutes of Health (NIH) is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.
45:49
June 07, 2022
Climate Change, Corporations, and Cap-and-Trade
In the 9th episode of In Plain English, expert Kelly-Anne Moffa and guests Leenah Abugisisa and Alexander Albury delve into the ups and downs of California's cap-and-trade policy and its impact on climate change. You can find the paper, "Leakage from Sub-national Climate Policy: The Case of California’s Cap-and-Trade Program", on our website. Remember to follow In Plain English on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the latest announcements! And check out our Discord server to talk science with other listeners, experts, and guests! If you are able, consider supporting us on Patreon. Becoming a patron gets you cool perks like early access to episodes, bonus content, and monthly AMAs, and it helps In Plain English keep growing and improving. And check out our Where to Listen page to subscribe to our podcast on your favorite platform!
01:09:47
May 03, 2022
Parasites: Master Puppeteers
In the 8th episode of In Plain English, expert Abby Kimball and guests Jakayla Folarin and Olayinka Idowu discuss the fascinating world of parasites and the surprising ways in which they connect all life, from ants to elephants. You can download the paper for this episode on our website. If you want to learn more about this topic, check out the book Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer. Remember to follow In Plain English on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the latest announcements! If you are able, consider supporting us on Patreon. Becoming a patron gets you cool perks like early access to episodes, bonus content, and monthly AMAs, and it helps In Plain English keep growing and improving. And check out our Where to Listen page to subscribe to our podcast on your favorite platform! Featured image credit: "Larvae from the parasitic worm that causes schistosomiasis" by ZEISS Microscopy is marked with CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
01:00:22
April 05, 2022
Is the Standard History of Domestication Wrong?
In the 7th episode of In Plain English, expert Grace Ward and guests Caitlin Murphy and Marc Blanc discuss why the history of domestication we think we know is wrong, and what that says about our world today. You can find the paper, "Reconsidering Domestication from a Process Archaeology Perspective" by Bogaard et. al., on our website. If you want to learn more about this topic, check out the book The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow. Remember to follow In Plain English on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the latest announcements! And check out our Where to Listen page to subscribe to our podcast on your favorite platform!
01:02:23
March 01, 2022
The Aging Brain: the Good, the Bad, and the Unknown
In the 6th episode of In Plain English, expert Teodora Stoica and guests Emma Sward and Abby Kimball explore what we know about how the brain changes with age, how we study the aging brain, and how we can promote healthy cognitive aging. If you liked this episode, be sure to check out Teodora's blog Curious Cortex! Remember to follow In Plain English on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the latest announcements! And check out our Where to Listen page to subscribe to our podcast on your favorite platform!
55:41
February 01, 2022
How Estrogen Affects Prostate Cancer
In the fifth episode of In Plain English, expert Ralph White III and guests Maura Lydon and Alexa Ruel explore the unexpected ways in which estrogen can affect the growth and spread of prostate cancer. If you liked this episode, check out Ralph's podcast Scientifically Sound on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1549609843 and follow Scientifically Sound on Twitter @4theSci_Sound and Instagram @scientificallysound. And check out Alexa's podcast Brainstorm: Exploring Minds and Behaviors, and follow her podcast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook! You can catch up on our previous episodes, download the papers, and send us questions at our website: inplainenglishpod.org. Remember to follow In Plain English on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest announcements! This will be the last podcast of 2021, and we won't have a full episode in January 2022, but be on the lookout for a fun compilation of clips that didn't make it into the first five episodes. We'll be back in February 2022 with a new episode!
01:06:15
December 07, 2021
Where did Earth's Water Come From?
In the fourth episode of In Plain English, we discuss the potential cosmic origins of Earth's oceans. Expert Will Saunders and guests India Bland and Nick Wolslegel delve into the paper "How much water was delivered from the asteroid belt to the Earth after its formation?" by Rebecca Martin and Mario Livio, exploring whether asteroids could have brought all this water to Earth. If you like this episode, check out Will Saunders's podcast Astro[sound]bytes: https://astrosoundbites.com Follow astrosoundbites on Twitter @astrosoundbites You can catch up on our previous episodes, download the papers, and send us questions at our website: inplainenglishpod.org Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest announcements! In Plain English airs the first Tuesday of every month on Anchor, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
59:32
November 02, 2021
Are Humans Rational?
Join our expert Alexa Ruel and our guests Kelly-Anne Moffa and Mo Carr to discuss the paper "Interplay of Approximate Planning Strategies". During our discussion, we touch on whether the human brain works like a computer, why people avoid large negative outcomes even when they could lead to even larger positive ones, and more! You can catch up on our previous episodes, download the papers, and send us questions at our website: inplainenglishpod.org Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest announcements! In Plain English airs the first Tuesday of every month on Anchor, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
01:16:04
October 05, 2021
EPISODE 3 TEASER: Are Humans Rational?
Teaser for In Plain English Episode 3: Are Humans Rational?  Tune in on Tuesday, October 5th to learn about decision-making, brain cookies, and whether or not humans make choices rationally. Website: InPlainEnglishPod.org Twitter: twitter.com/plainenglishsci Facebook: facebook.com/plainenglishsci
00:32
October 03, 2021
Everyone is Mistaken About Cancer
In Episode 2 of In Plain English, presenter Gloria Marino and guests Teodora Stoica and Jacob Walker discuss the paper "Tumor Microenvironment Components: Allies of Cancer Progression" by Pablo Igor Ribeiro Franco, Arthur Perillo Rodrigues, et. al. They discuss the ways in which cancer cells can modify their environment to grow, multiply, and spread; the importance of individualized medicine for cancer treatment, and why equitable access to healthcare may be our best tool in the fight against cancer. You can download the paper on our website: https://inplainenglishpod.org Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlainEnglishSci Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PlainEnglishSci Follow Gloria on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Glo_rious and https://twitter.com/_BareBonesBio Bare Bones Bio: https://barebonesbio.wordpress.com Follow Teodora on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CuriousCortex Curious Cortex: http://www.curiouscortex.com Follow Jacob on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BankOnJake St. Louis Quarantine Support: https://www.facebook.com/STLQuarantineSupport/
01:13:58
September 07, 2021
EPISODE 2 TEASER: Everyone is Mistaken About Cancer
A quick teaser for tomorrow's episode on the paper "Tumor Microenvironment Components: Allies of Cancer Progression." You can download the paper on our website: https://inplainenglishpod.org Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlainEnglishSci Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PlainEnglishSci
01:00
September 06, 2021
Opioids, Marijuana, and Pain Relief
In the first ever episode of In Plain English, presenter Jamie Moffa and guests Brendan Ziebarth and Alex Marshall discuss the paper “Impact of co-administration of oxycodone and smoked cannabis on analgesia and abuse liability” by Ziva Cooper, et. al. They go over the promising possibility of using cannabis to lower the dose of oxycodone needed for pain relief, the tests the authors did to measure abuse likelihood, the importance of looking at funding sources, and more.
59:35
August 03, 2021