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The radio extension of Modern Notion, a website for the ultra-curious that finds the science behind the story and the truth in every tale. It’s your middlebrow library for highbrow ideas. We tell stories about history, science, technology, culture and life.


Zack Christenson and Dara Katz are the co-hosts of Modern Notion Daily, and the editor-in-chief and editor of Modern Notion.

The Science of Hedonism, Loneliest Whale, This Is Your Life

This hour we talk to author Zoe Cormier about her book, Sex, Drugs, + Rock and Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science. She tells us why humans are special in the ways we have sex, do drugs, and derive pleasure from music. We’re also in the studio with Modern Notion contributor…

America’s Obsession with Weight, an Enslaved Muslim Prince, DIY Space Gear

We talk with Harriet Brown, author of How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight–and What We Can Do About It (Da Capo Press, March 2015). Brown argues that focusing on weight as a measure of health is misguided and dangerous. Mark Hay, contributing editor to Modern Notion, joins us in the studio…

The Invaders—Humans & Wolf-Dogs, Cardiff Giant, World’s Deadliest Sniper

We talk with author and retired anthropology professor Pat Shipman about her book, The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction (Harvard University Press, March 2015). Shipman theorizes that the combination of early humans and wolf-dogs was an unstoppable force. We hear about the Cardiff Giant hoax in central New York and…

The Unpersuadables, Radium Girls, Typewriters, Iron Lung

This hour host Dara Katz talks to Will Storr, author of The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science (Overlook Books, March 2015). Storr spent time with creationists, past life regression analysts, and Holocaust deniers to find out why they believe what they do, despite all evidence to the contrary. We sit down with Erin…

North Korea, Mary Pickford Films, Mars One

We talk with Blaine Harden about his book The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom. We also hear how never-before-seen Mary Pickford films were uncovered in a New Hampshire barn, and we talk with Mark…

Savage Harvest and A Tale of Cannibals

We talk with Carl Hoffman about his book, Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art. We also learn about the checkered past of the cyclotron, or proton accelerator, and we have the latest installment of People Are Strange.