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First, on the Adam Ruins Everything TV show, Adam Conover broke down widespread misconceptions about everything we take for granted. Now, join Adam as he sits down with the experts and stars from the show to go into even more detail.

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Ep 43: Professor Teresa Ghilarducci on the Future of 401(k)s

1:03:25 | Jan 10th, 2018

As humans, our inclination is to live in the present - not save 40 years down the line - which makes saving money for retirement hard. In the 90s many companies began offering 401(k) programs, a retirement savings plan sponsored by an employer which ...Show More

Ep 40: Dr. Arjun Srinivasan on Antibiotic Resistance

42:32 | Nov 29th, 2017

Is the antibiotic resistance apocalypse approaching? This week's guest, Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, who appeared on Adam Ruins the Hospital, says yes. On the podcast, Adam and Arjun discuss how doctors are overprescribing antibiotics, an incredibly dangero...Show More

Ep 47: Rachel Weil on Femicom and the Value of Preserving Classic 'Girl' Video Games

56:59 | Mar 8th, 2018

Do you remember all of those video games that were made for girls back in the 90s? Well they're not being archived the same way that stereotypical boy games are being preserved. They don't have value in the gaming community and many of these games ar...Show More

Ep 46: Dr. Azra Raza on Mouse Model Misconceptions & Other Ways We Can Improve Cancer Research

1:10:14 | Feb 22nd, 2018

When we think of conducting science experiments on subjects, we immediately think of mice models. But today's guest, Dr. Azra Raza, who appeared on Adam Ruins Science, says there's a more effective way. On the TV show Dr. Raza discussed how the mouse...Show More

Ep 45: Dr. Kathryn Hall on the Surprising Power of Placebos

55:34 | Feb 9th, 2018

Placebos are commonly dismissed as "fake" treatments that have no real power on you or your body. But scientists are realizing more and more that placebos are more powerful than we realized. New research shows that while placebos may not cure disease...Show More

Ep 44: Dr. Daniel Jolley on Why Conspiracy Theories Are Harmful

53:42 | Jan 24th, 2018

What once seemed like a fringe movement, conspiracy theories appear more pervasive than ever. Our guest Dr. Daniel Jolley points out, conspiracy theories have been around for centuries; social media, however, has given them a wider platform and megap...Show More

Ep 42: Professor Ellen Dunham-Jones on Retrofitting Suburbia

55:33 | Dec 28th, 2017

While they may sport perfectly manicured lawns and beautiful white picket fences, suburbs are not the idyllic neighborhoods we think they are. They make us more sedentary, sometimes less safe, and they can even perpetuate segregation. But instead of ...Show More

Heather Jarvis on the Unsustainability of Student Loans

1:00:36 | Dec 13th, 2017

Student loans are an absolute necessity for many students in today's economy, but they're also among the worst forms of debt you can have, burdening students and sometimes permanently crippling their financial lives. Our guest Heather Jarvis, who app...Show More

Ep 39: Jessica Huseman on Why Filing Taxes Is Unnecessarily Difficult

52:41 | Nov 15th, 2017

We all know how filing taxes is a pain. Every April Americans dig through receipts, meet with accountants, claim their expenses, and pray they're not audited. It takes a significant amount of time and energy, and frankly, it doesn’t make that much se...Show More

Ep. 38: Professor Brian Nosek On Science's Reproducibility Crisis and Opportunity

50:36 | Nov 1st, 2017

We've seen it time and time again. A journal publishes a seemingly significant scientific study which gains traction in the press only to be subsequently deemed irreproducible. This pattern is known as the reproducibility crisis, and our guest, Unive...Show More

Ep 37: Professor Stephan Lewandowsky on the Backfire Effect

52:50 | Oct 18th, 2017

On Adam Ruins Everything, we're all about using persuasive, rational arguments to bring awareness to a topic and hopefully change some minds along the way. But as our expert Professor Stephan Lewandowsky points out, that can lead to the opposite resu...Show More

Ep 36: Nikole Hannah-Jones on the Rippling Effects of Redlining and Segregation

1:01:23 | Oct 4th, 2017

Many people have an idyllic view of the suburbs. You can have a lawn! Access to good schools! Safety! But much of that American dream has been historically reserved for white people. On this week's episode, Nikole Hannah-Jones, who appeared on Adam R...Show More

Ep 35: Professor Natasha Dow Schüll On How Casinos & Slot Machines Are Designed to Facilitate Gambling Addiction

53:31 | Sep 20th, 2017

When it comes to gambling, there's a perception people get addicted because there's always that glimmer of hope they can hit the big jackpot. But according to our podcast guest, Natasha Dow Schüll, many gamblers, and more specifically many slot machi...Show More

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00:23 | Sep 13th, 2017

We'll be back next week with a brand new Adam Ruins Everything podcast episode. Thanks for tuning in!

Ep 34: Dr. Joann Elmore and Dr. Janie Lee on Why Mammogram Screenings are More Complex Than We Imagined

58:58 | Aug 30th, 2017

For decades women have been told that they should start getting yearly mammograms at age 35. We think of it as a no-brainer, and mammograms do save lives. But their effects are much more complicated than we originally anticipated. Dr. Joann Elmore, w...Show More

Ep 33: Anne Curzan Talks Grammar and the Flexibility of Language

1:08:14 | Aug 16th, 2017

We've all done it. Corrected someone for saying 'literally' when they weren't being literal or for saying 'good' instead of 'well'. Professor Anne Curzan, who is this week's podcast guest, says it's normal to notice dialectical differences between di...Show More

Ep 32: Kevin Hall Gives Us the Skinny - Losing Weight and Keeping it Off is Hard

52:38 | Aug 2nd, 2017

It's rare to hear about a researcher from the National Institute of Health collaborating with a reality TV show. But that's exactly what Dr. Kevin Hall, a clinical researcher at the NIH, did after watching episodes of The Biggest Loser. Kevin's lab i...Show More

Ep 31: Courtney Jung on the History of Formula Feeding and Why It Gets a Bad Rap

59:13 | Jul 19th, 2017

One of the most controversial topics is whether mothers breastfeed their babies versus formula feed. In a society that is so obsessed with being natural and organic, formula feeding is seen as unhealthy and irresponsible. In fact, the benefits of bre...Show More

Ep 30: Jackie Stevens Exposes the Bizarre World of Immigrations Courts and Detention Centers

1:19:34 | Jul 5th, 2017

Jackie Stevens, a Political Theory Professor at Northwestern University, has seen first-hand how detention centers and immigration courts violate every assumption we have about how a fair justice system is supposed to work. Contrary to many people's ...Show More

Ep 29: Pete Hammond Pulls Back the Curtain on Awards Shows

56:37 | Jun 21st, 2017

On Adam Ruins Hollywood, Pete Hammond explained how behind every award show is a whole lot of campaigning. TV networks can spend between two to four million dollars on 'For Your Consideration' shipping costs alone. Pete now joins us on the podcast t...Show More

Ep 28: Jean Twenge and Adam Discuss Their Differences on Generational Differences

1:02:52 | Jun 7th, 2017

Professor Jean Twenge appears on the upcoming season two premiere of the Adam Ruins Everything TV show called Adam Ruins Having a Baby. But the reason Jean's on this week's podcast is to talk about something very different: generations.   Last year A...Show More

Ep 27: Hayley Marie Norman Gets Existential After her TV Death

47:48 | May 24th, 2017

On season one of the Adam Ruins Everything TV show, Hayley Marie Norman played Adam's foil and budding love interest until she faced her untimely TV death in the season finale. But on this week's podcast, Hayley is back! And she's just as charming i...Show More

EP 26: Dr. Josh Sharfstein on the Dangers of Supplements and Why Health Regulation is Important

51:48 | May 10th, 2017

Dr. Josh Sharfstein has been working for decades to keep Americans safe - he's the guy who took Four Loko off the market and ensured transparency at the FDA. He also appeared on Adam Ruins Shopping Malls and told us all about the shadiness of herbal...Show More

Ep 25: Bud Hammes on Why Talking About Death Is Life-Changing

1:03:46 | Apr 26th, 2017

Death is one of the hardest things to talk about, but our guest today encourages us to get real about the end. Bud Hammes joins us on today's episode to discuss his work with advanced care planning - the idea that as we get older, we should have disc...Show More

Ep 24: Roy Samaan on Why Airbnb is Bad for Housing Markets

1:02:59 | Apr 12th, 2017

As our country is mired in a nation-wide housing crisis right now, we decided to dive into one of the many causes of this crisis: short-term rental companies like Airbnb. On this week's podcast, Roy Samaan of LAANE, the Los Angeles Alliance for a New...Show More

Ep 23: Susan Crawford On Investing in Internet Infrastructure

54:27 | Mar 29th, 2017

Today's Adam Ruins Everything podcast guest is the go-to person when it comes to internet infrastructure: Susan Crawford. Susan is a professor at Harvard Law School and the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the ...Show More

Ep 22: Why Fast Fashion Fails Us

54:03 | Mar 15th, 2017

If you wear clothes, you're going to love this Adam Ruins Everything podcast. Our guest, Professor Laura McAndrews, appeared on Adam Ruins Shopping Malls where she discussed the deceptions surrounding outlets malls. But on the podcast, Laura really...Show More

Ep 21: Jan MacKell Collins On How Prostitution Built The Wild West

51:21 | Mar 1st, 2017

So much of what we've seen on TV and film about the Wild West depicts the rugged cowboy who is always ready for a showdown. But the Wild West was much more nuanced than that. In fact, many of the towns in the Wild West thrived because of the women wh...Show More

Ep 20: Doug Massey Gives Us the Facts on Immigration

58:35 | Feb 15th, 2017

From the push to build a border wall to the recent executive order temporarily banning immigrants from Muslim-majority countries, there are so many emotions associated with the current immigration policy proposals. But what are the real facts regardi...Show More

Ep 20: Doug Massey Gives Us the Facts on Immigration

0:00 | Feb 15th, 2017

From the push to build a border wall to the recent executive order temporarily banning immigrants from Muslim-majority countries, there are so many emotions associated with the current immigration policy proposals. But what are the real facts regardi...Show More

Ep 19: Rachel Bloom On Why Awards Shows and Red Carpets Aren't As Glamorous As You Think

45:21 | Feb 1st, 2017

On Adam Ruins Hollywood, Adam shattered the facade of awards shows, red carpets, and reality TV. So now that we're steeped in the awards show season, we brought Rachel Bloom onto the podcast, who appeared on the TV show, and is a red carpet expert!...Show More

Ep 18: Game Designer Jonathan Blow Unpacks 'The Witness'

1:35:32 | Jan 18th, 2017

On the Adam Ruins Everything podcast, Adam typically brings experts who appeared on the TV show to further expand on the arguments they make on the show. But during the off-season of the TV show, we thought we'd try something new. We are going to sta...Show More

Ep 17: Dale Jamieson Tells Us Why 'Going Green' Won't Stop Global Warming (And Why He Still Has Hope for Our Planet)

56:19 | Jan 4th, 2017

On the season finale of Adam Ruins Everything, Adam ruins 'going green', the idea that individual choices such as recycling, driving hybrid cars, or reusing plastic bags are not enough to combat climate change. Today's podcast guest, Dale Jamieson, w...Show More

Ep 16: The Failure of the War on Drugs

47:27 | Dec 21st, 2016

Just say no...to the War on Drugs! On this week's Adam Ruins Everything, we talk to Sheriff John Urquhart who appeared on the Drugs episode of the TV show. John is the sheriff for all of King County, Washington, which includes Seattle. He has seen...Show More

Ep 15: Ethan Zuckerman On Why the Internet is a Less Creative Place

40:02 | Dec 7th, 2016

While you're using the internet to stream this podcast, Adam and this week's guest Ethan Zuckerman are talking about how we're actually ruining the internet. Things are getting meta here. Ethan, who appeared on Adam Ruins the Internet, is a fascinat...Show More

Ep 14: Voting Rights and Criminal Justice Reform with Daryl Atkinson

1:01:21 | Nov 23rd, 2016

On this week's podcast Adam talks to Daryl Atkinson, who appeared on not one but two episodes of Adam Ruins Everything the TV show - Adam Ruins Voting and Adam Ruins Prison! Daryl is a Staff Attorney for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, ...Show More

Ep 13: Trophy Hunting with Rosie Cooney

52:38 | Nov 11th, 2016

On this week's podcast, Adam and guest Rosie Cooney discuss how trophy hunting can actually preserve wild species. It sounds insane and paradoxical, but countries that actually manage trophy hunting well can save species like rhinos from extinction. ...Show More

Ep 12: Solving Homelessness with Rudy Salinas and Dorothy Edwards

44:01 | Oct 26th, 2016

Homelessness is a chronic problem we see everyday, and we might feel hopeless in our efforts to fix it. But today's guests actually have a solution that has been proven to curb homelessness. And it's been right in front of the whole time -- literally...Show More

Ep 11: Bad Forensic Science with Chris Fabricant

52:37 | Oct 12th, 2016

If it weren't for the Innocence Project's Chris Fabricant, we might not even have an Adam Ruins Everything Podcast! After he and Adam met of the set of Adam Ruins Forensic Science, Adam found his work so fascinating that he felt he had to talk to Chr...Show More

Ep 10: Parking with Donald "Shoup Dogg" Shoup

54:14 | Sep 28th, 2016

If you have any questions about parking, Donald Shoup will definitely know the answer. The Distinguished Research Professor at UCLA's Department of Urban Planning is the author of The High Cost of Free Parking and studies how parking policies affect...Show More

Ep 9: Matrimony Myths with Stephanie Coontz

47:19 | Sep 15th, 2016

You've seen it from rom-coms to Hallmark cards - our society is obsessed with everyone finding their soulmate. But did you know the idea of 'the one' is a relatively new concept in our culture? In fact, marriage and love were completely separate enti...Show More

Ep 8: Hydration and Hyponatremia with Tamara Hew-Butler

48:41 | Aug 31st, 2016

You've heard the phrase plenty of times in your life: "Drink more water!" But our guest on this week's show dispels that myth. Professor Tamara Hew-Butler, who appears on the Adam Ruins Football episode of the TV show, studies how too much water wh...Show More

Ep 7: Elections and Voting Rights with Ed Ayers

59:51 | Aug 17th, 2016

Adam is joined by historian Ed Ayers to talk about our forefathers' democratic vision for the United States, the historical implications of our current election, and misconceptions about the discipline of history. Since we're experiencing one of the ...Show More

Ep 6: The Malleability of Memory with Elizabeth Loftus

53:57 | Aug 3rd, 2016

Professor Elizabeth Loftus is a pioneering and legendary cognitive psychologist who first appeared on the forensic science episode of Adam Ruins Everything. Her ground-breaking work studies how memories can be changed and altered. She's specifically...Show More

Ep 5: Science Journalism with John Bohannon

49:08 | Jul 20th, 2016

Science journalist John Bohannon, who appeared on the nutrition episode of Adam Ruins Everything, joins us on this week's podcast! John is fascinating - he's a contributing correspondent for Science magazine and has a Ph.D. in molecular biology from ...Show More

Ep 4: Security and Big Data with Bruce Schneier

53:28 | Jul 6th, 2016

Adam is joined by Bruce Schneier to talk about current problems facing the TSA, gun control, and how data and security intersect. One of the topics that resonated deeply with last season's Adam Ruins Everything viewers was Bruce Schneier's take on se...Show More

Ep 3: Mass Extinction and Video Game Music with Emily Axford

46:30 | Jun 22nd, 2016

Emily Axford plays Adam's foil on Adam Ruins Everything, but on this week's podcast, Emily's front and center. She also happens to be just as hilarious and charming in person as she is on the show. Adam and Emily go way back -- they began working tog...Show More

Ep 2: Death Acceptance with Caitlin Doughty

53:32 | Jun 8th, 2016

Adam talks to Caitlin Doughty, who appeared on the Death episode of the TV show. Caitlin is a mortician, a death acceptance advocate, and the founder of the non-profit funeral home, Undertaking L.A. She's also the author of The New York Times bestsel...Show More

Ep 1: Municipal Transit with Seleta Reynolds

46:22 | May 24th, 2016

Adam is joined by general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Seleta Reynolds to talk about municipal transit and reducing our reliance on cars. Seleta appears on the Cars episode of the Adam Ruins Everything TV show. You can fin...Show More