Bat shit: David Quammen
Zombified: Your Source for Fresh Brains
by Athena Aktipis
3M ago
Where do pandemics come from? In this Zombified episode, author and science communicator David Quammen talks with us about the origins of viral diseases and the stories behind how pandemics start and spread. We talk about bats and their role in zoonotic diseases, the origins of AIDS, and David presciently warns of the Zombie Apocalypse by way of single stranded DNA viruses (despite the fact that we recorded this episode before the COVID19 outbreak ..read more
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Microchimeric mombie: Amy Boddy
Zombified: Your Source for Fresh Brains
by Athena Aktipis
3M ago
While you were in the womb, cells from your mom took up residence inside you. And cells from your baby body transferred to your mom as well, settling down in her tissues and organs. In this episode we talk with evolutionary biologist Amy Boddy about this phenomenon - called maternal-fetal microchimerism - and what it means for our understanding of who we are. If you've had a baby (or a few babies), cells from those babies may be inside your body and brain right now, proliferating and interacting with the rest of you. What are they doing and why? Listen and find out ..read more
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Pill brain: Sarah Hill
Zombified: Your Source for Fresh Brains
by Athena Aktipis
3M ago
Has the birth control pill zombified you? Sarah Hill, author of "This is your brain on birth control," shares her personal experience with the pill, her expert knowledge as a hormone researcher and her also perspective on the politics of the pill in this episode. Yes, the pill fucks with us, she says, from messing with our stress system to changing our mating and dating preferences - but that doesn't mean we should get rid of it. If you've struggled with finding birth control that doesn't mess with your brain, dated somebody who has, or you're simply interested in the biology and politics of h ..read more
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Loving exploitation: Mark Flinn
Zombified: Your Source for Fresh Brains
by Athena Aktipis
3M ago
In this episode, Anthropologist and hormone expert Mark Flinn give us his unique perspective on love: That love is essentially when you enjoy being exploited. He talks about how this 'loving exploitation' plays a role in our romantic relationships and our families. Is Mark's view of love cynical or undyingly romantic? You'll have to listen to find out ..read more
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Dave's mindfulness
Zombified: Your Source for Fresh Brains
by Athena Aktipis
3M ago
In this tasty brain snack, we follow up on Mary Davis' suggestions in the Mindfulness Cure episode. Dave reports back about his attempts to de-zombify himself by implementing greater mindfulness in his life and work. Dave and Athena also discover they have very different attitudes about the social implications of distributing muffins in the office ..read more
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The Rise of AI: Andrew Maynard
Zombified: Your Source for Fresh Brains
by Athena Aktipis
3M ago
The Dawn of AI is here! But where does that leave us? Will it improve our lives, zombify us, or completely replace us? We talk to tech expert, thought leader and futurist Andrew Maynard about whether or not we can peacefully coexist with the advancing algorithms or whether we are at the beginning of the robot apocalypse ..read more
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Russian Shenanigans: Scott Ruston
Zombified: Your Source for Fresh Brains
by Athena Aktipis
3M ago
Who is that person saying awful things to you on-line? A Russian agent? A zombified member of the opposite political party? Or just your own crazy relatives? We talk to Research Professor and strategic communications expert Scott Ruston about ways enemies of the state may actually be turning us against each other ..read more
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The Sound of the Apocalypse: Lee Miles
Zombified: Your Source for Fresh Brains
by Athena Aktipis
3M ago
Hungry for a brain snack between Zombified seasons? In our first ever mini-episode, we take a deep dive into Zombified's theme song, Psychological, with artist Lee Miles ..read more
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Parasitized: Kelly Weinersmith
Zombified: Your Source for Fresh Brains
by Athena Aktipis
3M ago
Do you like the idea that bugs could crawl right out of your eyes, and that fungus could control your brain? That's weird, but this episode is for you! Join us for a rollicking fun conversation with parasitologist and science communicator extraordinaire, Kelly Weinersmith, about the weird and wonderful world of parasites ..read more
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Insatiable: Mark Mannucci
Zombified: Your Source for Fresh Brains
by Athena Aktipis
3M ago
Mark Mannucci is voraciously curious about the kind of creepy, deathly, science-gone-wrong stories that you can’t help but pay attention to. As a producer and director, he has been making movies and TV series about the morbid for decades, offering up his brains for projects about death, dying and darker side of science. In this episode we talk about brains in vats, living mortuaries, zombified narcissists, and the perils of insatiable curiosity ..read more
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