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Adam Ruins Everything

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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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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

42:31 | 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.
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04:24 | May 29th

Adam has a brand new podcast! Factually! is a show full of fascinating facts that will make you see the world in an entirely new way. Adam sits down with experts, journalists, and Pulitzer Prize winners to talk about topics like big tech, trans issue...Show More

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

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

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

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

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

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

52:40 | 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.

50:35 | 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.

52:49 | 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.

1:01:22 | 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.

53:30 | 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¬†Sch√ľll, many gamblers, and more specifically many slot¬†machi

00:22 | Sep 13th, 2017

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

58:57 | 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.

1:08:13 | Aug 16th, 2017

Professor Anne Curzan, who is this week's podcast guest, says it's normal to notice dialectical differences between different communities but we shouldn't shame people for talking as they do.

52:37 | 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.

1:19:33 | Jul 5th, 2017

Immigration is such a hot topic these days, but it's rare we actually get into the logistics of how the system works (or doesn't).

56:36 | Jun 21st, 2017

On Adam Ruins Hollywood, Pete Hammond explained how behind every award show is a whole lot of campaigning.

47:47 | 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!

51:47 | 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.

1:03:45 | 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.

1:02:58 | 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 housing.

54:26 | Mar 29th, 2017

Today's Adam Ruins Everything podcast guest is the go-to person when it comes to internet infrastructure: Susan Crawford.

54:02 | Mar 15th, 2017

If you wear clothes, you're going to love this Adam Ruins Everything podcast.

51:20 | Mar 1st, 2017

So much of what we've seen on TV and in 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.

58:34 | 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
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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

45:20 | Feb 1st, 2017

On Adam Ruins Hollywood, Adam shattered the facade of awards shows, red carpets, and reality TV.

1:35:31 | 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.

47:26 | 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.

40:01 | Dec 7th, 2016

On this week's podcast, Adam talks to Ethan Zuckerman from the MIT Media Lab.

1:01:20 | 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.

52:37 | 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

44:00 | Oct 26th, 2016

Rudy Salinas and Dorothy Edwards work for Housing Works LA, an organization which creates accessible housing and service options by actually giving people homes and ensuring they can stay in those homes.

52:36 | Oct 12th, 2016

Chris Fabricant is Director of Strategic Litigation at the Innocence Project. Adam and Chris discuss outdated forensic techniques such as bite mark analysis, why DNA analysis works, and Chris' bizarre deposition with bite mark "expert" Michael West.

54:13 | 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...

47:18 | 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

48:40 | Aug 31st, 2016

Professor Tamara Hew-Butler, who appears on the Adam Ruins Football episode of the TV show, explains why too much water while exercising can actually be dangerous.

59:50 | 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.

53:56 | Aug 3rd, 2016

Professor Elizabeth Loftus joins Adam to discuss collective memory, repressed memory, and even some of Adam's own memories.

49:07 | Jul 20th, 2016

Science journalist John Bohannon is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine and has a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Oxford University. John discusses his fake chocolate study, his latest expose on Sci-Hub, and much more.

53:27 | Jul 6th, 2016

Bruce is a brilliant cryptographer and security expert. He and Adam talk about current problems facing the TSA, gun control, and how data and security intersect.

46:29 | Jun 22nd, 2016

Emily Axford of Adam Ruins Everything Talks Mass Extinction and Video Game Music.

53:31 | Jun 8th, 2016

Adam talks to Caitlin Doughty, a death acceptance advocate, and the founder of the non-profit funeral home, Undertaking L.A. The two discuss the bizarre world of funeral conventions, body compositing, and get deep about the afterlife.

46:21 | May 24th, 2016

Adam is joined by Seleta Reynolds to talk about municipal transit and reducing our reliance on cars.