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Digital Studios: It’s Okay to Be Smart

This is a show about science. But it's probably not about science the way you're used to it. Hosted by Joe Hanson, author of the science blog, It's Okay to be Smart. Part of the PBS Digital Studios network.

Episodes

Season 5
Eating turkey this holiday season? Chowing down on a roast chicken? You’re eating a...
Season 5
The edge of everything used to be the edge of the map. But now, thanks to what we know...
Season 5
The flu might feel like some minor illness that you don’t need to worry about much, but...
Season 5
What’s the largest river on Earth? If you said “the Amazon”… you’re only half right....
Season 5
Teeth. We’ve all got ‘em (most of us, anyway). But how do they grow? Teeth are made from...
Season 5
What do raindrops look like? Exactly how we drew them as kids, right? Wrong! Teardrop-...
Season 5
I’m tall. Most of the people in my family are tall. Does that mean my son will be tall?...
Season 5
Have you ever noticed that warning about raw or undercooked seafood at the bottom of...
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Got a bad habit you just can’t seem to break? That’s because it’s literally wired into...
Season 5
English is a confusing language for many reasons. But the irregular verbs might be the...
Season 5
I noticed something weird about Disney Princesses lately. Naturally, I had to examine it...
Season 5
Humans are special, and we got that way thanks to evolution and natural selection. The...
Season 5
Why do we cry? It’s weird. Humans leak water out of their faces when they get sad. Are we...
Season 5
People who live near the equator use more spices per recipe than people who live far from...
Season 5
Farting is hilarious and gross and everyone is doing it so why can’t we talk about the...
Season 5
Are humans really Earth’s most dominant species? Let’s put all of the planet’s living...
Season 5
The hottest and coldest temperatures in our universe are rarely witnessed, but in these...
Season 5
Until the early 20th century, Tasmania was home to a very weird wolf-like creature....
Season 5
Why is Earth is a blue planet? Because it’s covered in water! Where did Earth’s water...
Season 5
Axolotls are special salamanders. Not only to they stay in their juvenile form their...
Season 5
It’s one of the most annoying sensations our bodies can feel, but does anything feel...
Season 5
How does memory work? And how does… un-memory work? Our brain does a lot of remembering...
Season 5
Do 97% of climate scientists really agree that humans are the main cause of climate...
Season 5
The origin of life is one of the most important mysteries in all of science. When did...
Season 5
The other day I got bored and noticed this weird thing happened when I held my finger up...
Season 5
Do you remember having a cold in 5th grade? Or the flu a couple years ago? Your immune...
Season 5
In almost every animal species on Earth, equal numbers of males and females are conceived...
Season 5
Is overpopulation real? Is Earth filling up with too many humans? How many people can...
Season 5
During the 2017 Project For Awesome livestream, I promised I’d make a tuatara video if we...
Season 5
What have we learned from exploring Earth’s harshest locations? That pretty everywhere we...
Season 5
You might think that computers are the only things that run algorithms, but you’re wrong...
Season 5
Among living things, the color blue is oddly rare. Blue rocks, blue sky, blue water, sure...
Season 5
It’s been estimated that 1 in 10 works of fine art are forged or misattributed. The truth...
Season 5
Why do we love people we’re related to? Compared to strangers, why do we feel such a deep...
Season 5
Living things have engineered some pretty awesome materials, but I’m not sure anything...
Season 5
Where do glaciers and icebergs get their beautiful blue color? This unique blue might be...
Season 5
Organisms of all shapes and sizes synchronize their behaviors using biological clocks....
Season 5
Asteroid mining sounds like something out of a bad space movie, but harvesting materials...
Season 5
An intermittent fasting diet is one of the hippest new nutrition and fitness philosophies...
Season 5
Ever notice how cereal clumps up in your bowl, or how cereal sticks to the edges of the...
Season 5
How did we come up with our system of telling time? Why do we divide the day into 24...
Season 5
Nuclear weapons represent the darker side of E=mc^2. Science has given us the ability to...

Specials

As we get ready to watch that big football game that my lawyers tell me I’m not allowed...
Ever wonder where your favorite Thanksgiving foods come from? Well the truth may be...
Joe brings in a few friends to look at death in the animal kingdom.


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A show about science, but probably not science the way you're used to it.

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