Stuff you should know

by Robert Bond

When I was back home over the holidays a friend pointed me toward the Stuff You Should Know podcast. The podcast is, apparently, consistently one of the top 10 downloaded from iTunes. I checked it out and they are pretty interesting and entertaining. What really caught my eye, though, was a podcast from a while back about whether or not quitting smoking is contagious. While they discuss research from this paper, they don’t always get all the details right (they call the city where the data were collected “Farmington” instead of Framingham, for instance), but it is entertaining and informative nonetheless. They also have discussions of altruism, the ultimatum game, and pirates, among many other things.

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