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When Experts Attack!

Fighting misinformation, zapping half-truths, putting pseudoscience in a headlock, and setting the record straight — one podcast at a time. Each episode of “When Experts Attack!” is a conversation with a knowledgeable specialist in politics, science, art, business, society, health and more. Listeners get to know these experts’ stories, discover why they’re super credible and hear them answer the pivotal question: What does everybody get wrong about what you do? And then experts play a jam on the Theremin — just for kicks. Hosted by Brendan Lynch, “When Experts Attack!” is produced by the KU News Service and presented by Kansas Public Radio.

Thursday, July 1st

Increasingly, people are learning about historical events via video games. Guest Andrew Denning looks at just what versions of history are depicted in video games and considers how historians...

Tuesday, June 1st

People might think it’s inappropriate to discuss recent Anti-Asian and Anti-Asian American discrimination and violence in the classroom. In this episode, researcher Hyesun Cho explains why school...

Monday, February 22nd

The next time you go for a job interview, you might want to ditch the Che Guevara shirt or the MAGA hat — because what you reveal about your political leanings could determine if you land the gig...

Saturday, January 16th

Guest Teri Finneman, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas, recounts the problematic history of media covering women in U.S. politics...

Tuesday, December 22nd

Molecular biologist and coronavirus researcher Anthony Fehr discuss the rollout of the new vaccines and what’s understood about COVID transmission at this point. He also says the coronavirus...

Thursday, December 17th

We might think of it today as a wasteland of ice and penguins, but Antarctica once was covered in greenery. Paleobotanist Brian Atkinson explains how to look for ancient plant fossils in...

Thursday, December 10th

Could the social and economic pressures faced by essential workers during the current pandemic be similar to those faced by women in the porn industry? Guest Akiko Takeyama, author and associate...

Wednesday, November 18th

The pandemic has changed how we use libraries. So has the internet. So what? Libraries have been evolving for 4,000 years in how they store and create knowledge.

Thursday, October 22nd

Thomas Frank, author of “What’s the Matter with Kansas” and more recently “The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism,” explains that populism — a term invented in Kansas — has been...

Tuesday, October 13th

For Jane Barnette, Halloween is a thrilling time of year.

Tuesday, October 6th

Margaret Kelley is interested in firearms, and why people own them. In this episode, the University of Kansas researcher tells our own Jon Niccum it’s not just the fear of violence or belief in...

Wednesday, September 23rd

When you’re racing to a hospital emergency room, you’re not thinking about all of the steps it took to make that ER available in a moment of need. But for the past two decades, our guest Frank...

Thursday, September 10th

Guest Steve Leonard, a retired senior U.S. Army strategist, is program director in organizational leadership at the University of Kansas School of Business.

Friday, August 7th

Recently, the United States Supreme Court deemed it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees for sexual orientation or transgender status.

Wednesday, July 8th

Bragging, complaining, criticizing. Donald Trump’s rhetoric is a drastic departure from that of past US presidents.

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