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Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry's flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time sound off on all the things you're not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: science, religion, and politics. Guests have included Brian Greene, Susan Jacoby, Richard Dawkins, Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugenie Scott, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, and Francis Collins. Point of Inquiry is produced at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, N.Y.
 
An intimate conversation with the creators of some of the world's most remarkable games, hosted by comedian and life-long gamer Adam Conover. This season I will talk with the developers of Portal, Assassin's Creed, Hyper Light Drifter and many more about what it’s like to make video games for a living, how they come up with their ideas, and their first memory of the medium.
 
For the best in feminist Star Trek comedy, join Alice Wetterlund and Veronica Osorio as they watch Star Trek: The Next Generation episode by episode with guests and talk Picard, Troi, Data, Riker, sex, gender, fashion, and more. Includes SFX and Original Songs. Produced by the Forever Dog Podcast Network.
 
Comedians Paige Weldon and Emily Faye don’t think hanging out at the mall should stop in adulthood. Join them and a guest each episode as they discuss mall memories from their youth, current day mall-going habits, and classic stores like Spencer’s, Wet Seal, and PacSun. Follow Mall Talk on Twitter and Instagram @malltalkpod. Photo by Mandee Johnson Photography @mandeephoto
 
What comes to mind when you hear the word “forensics”? For many, the word evokes images of sterile labs and white coats. The reality, however, is quite different. In Shattered Souls veteran forensic investigator Karen Smith opens her detailed and poignant journals from her 11 years as a forensic detective in Jacksonville, Florida. She speaks of trudging through muddy swamps, dangling over crime scenes from a firetruck ladder, and the tremendous emotional toll that the horror of these crimes ...
 
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Voting rights are under assault around the country. And while we tend to see “democracy" as a big, abstract noun, it’s the smallest, most mundane details that determine whether or not people actually have the right to vote. This week Adam sits down with Tomas Lopez, executive director of Democracy North Carolina, a non-partisan organization that wo…
 
This week Christina Catherine Martinez zooms in to discuss faint memories of Birds of Prey, her parents’ 70s Glendale Galleria love story, working at Brea Mall’s psychosexual nerve center aka the Nordstrom Espresso Bar, a formative petting zoo moment at Whittwood Mall and, finally, dashed dreams of becoming a cool MAC girl. JOIN THE MALL TALK PATRE…
 
Writer and comedian Andrew Ti (Mixed-ish, Yo, Is This Racist?) returns to talk with Alice and Vero about trapping Maquis terrorists with some so-so tactics on the penultimate episode of TNG, "Preemptive Strike." Listen to Treks and the City Ad-Free on Forever Dog Plus: http://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus SUPPORT TREKS AND THE CITY ON PATREON: www.pa…
 
It had to happen eventually: We’re doing an episode about crypto. This week artist and technologist Everest Pipkin joins Adam to discuss Bitcoin, the blockchain, and the dire costs of crypto art, not only on our environment, but on the art community itself. Find Everest Pipkin’s art at https://everest-pipkin.com.…
 
Tommy McNamara (Stand By Your Band) joins us to talk about our new favorite Seattle-based bass player, buying a whole outfit at once at Uniqlo, loitering at the outdoor tables and attempting to see Saw II at Old Orchard in Skokie, IL, an unfortunate mishap involving an iPod Touch and Christmas shopping at Northbrook Court in Northbrook, IL, and goi…
 
Alice and Veronica EXCLUSIVELY unpack the last Holodeck episode and Picard's fast and loose handling of an emerging intelligence aboard the Enterprise in TNG S7E23 "Emergence." Listen to Treks and the City Ad-Free on Forever Dog Plus: http://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus SUPPORT TREKS AND THE CITY ON PATREON: www.patreon.com/treksandthecity FOLLOW TR…
 
The hilarious Jon Gabrus (High & Mighty, Action Boyz) zooms in to talk about the big ArcLight and Pacific Theatres news, walking to the Grove for the movies and farmers market, spending hours at Long Island malls Sunrise and Roosevelt Field, and of course, embodying the lifestyle that is Tommy Bahama. We also finally get to the bottom of why mall p…
 
Facebook pushes dangerous misinformation to billions of people every day. So why can’t it… stop? This week, MIT Technology Review’s Senior AI Reporter, Karen Hao, joins Adam to detail her blockbuster report on how Facebook’s internal AI teams were instructed to stop fighting misinformation because doing so interfered with Facebook’s growth. Read he…
 
A clip from last week's Patreon Plaza episode "Courtney 1986 Book Club: Friendship Superhero" in which we recap the latest totally tubular and totally mall American Girl book Courtney: Friendship Superhero. Get the full episode and access to the whole back catalog at https://www.patreon.com/malltalkpod…
 
Comedian and writer Biniam Bizuneh (Resident Alien, Jimmy Kimmel Live!) joins Alice and Veronica to unpack horny spelunkers, the legacy of Picard's one night stands, and long-delayed payoffs in TNG S7E22 "Bloodlines." Listen to Treks and the City Ad-Free on Forever Dog Plus: http://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus SUPPORT TREKS AND THE CITY ON PATREON: …
 
David Javerbaum is the guest on this week's episode of Point of Inquiry. David discusses his early writing career and his current gig as God. David discusses starting out with The Onion and what it was like working with David Letterman, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert. As former head writer and producer on the Daily Show, David gives his insights …
 
It's Factually's 100th episode! To celebrate, Adam is joined by Full Frontal host Sam Bee to discuss the art of combining fact with farce. They talk the importance (or total unimportance) of informational comedy, consider what lies ahead in their careers, and dunk on sitcoms. Sam Bee's podcast "Full Release" launches May 4th. Listen wherever you ge…
 
Fellow Aerie-head Anna Hossnieh (Ethnically Ambiguous, Deckheads) joins us for the long-awaited Mall Talk Aerie episode! Will they finally sponsor us? TBD. But first, we discuss the Glendale Galleria, a perhaps mid-2000s Olsen twins accessory line, the value of just-in-case stores, a beautiful moment in a Johnny Rockets and Northern California mall…
 
Treks and the City will be back in one week! Listen to Treks and the City Ad-Free on Forever Dog Plus: http://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus SUPPORT TREKS AND THE CITY ON PATREON: www.patreon.com/treksandthecity FOLLOW TREKS AND THE CITY: https://www.instagram.com/treksandthecity https://www.twitter.com/treksandthecity TREKS AND THE CITY IS A FOREVER …
 
This week Emily and Paige are joined by Erin Mallory Long, who always goes into Macy’s and gets a lemonade at Hot Dog on a Stick if she’s at the Americana/Glendale Galleria. We cover the possibly haunted Rotterdam Square Mall in Rotterdam, NY, nearby Crossgates Mall and the concerted effort it took to get there, really living it up at the calendar …
 
There are a lot of causes of the declining global birth rate – education, freedom, and even the decline of subsistence agriculture. But what if one of the biggest factors was … plastic? Epidemiologist and author Dr. Shanna Swan joins Adam this week to break down why phthalates affect our fertility as well as our overall health. They cover her scien…
 
Comedian and writer Adam Conover (Adam Ruins Everything, BoJack Horseman) joins Alice and Veronica to discuss Alex episodes, Klingon rituals, and brushing by incredible time travel technology in TNG S7E21 "Firstborn." Listen to Treks and the City Ad-Free on Forever Dog Plus: http://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus SUPPORT TREKS AND THE CITY ON PATREON: …
 
Griffin Newman (Blank Check podcast) zooms in to talk missing out on the teenage mall experience in Manhattan, making up for it at Valencia Town Center in Valencia, CA for a brief period in college, an epic bicoastal Dave & Buster’s-based quest and finally, an escape to the magic of the movies as we cover all things AMC Theatres. Pre-roll videos wi…
 
Clothes today cost a fraction of what they cost our grandparents — but why, and at what cost? Journalist and author Dana Thomas joins Adam to break down how fast fashion has made the industry explode into a one-trillion dollar industry, how dismal the working conditions are in many overseas factories, and how to shop and dress more sustainably. To …
 
Have you wondered what it's like to get caught up in a conspiracy theory? QAnon, the 9/11 truth movement, lizard people who want to take over the world. What does it take for rational humans to believe such outstandingly irrational beliefs? In this week's episode, Leighann Lord speaks to Stephanie Kemmerer about her personal journey falling in and …
 
Actor and musician Gary Farmer (Dead Man, Resident Alien), joins Alice and Veronica to talk forcible Native American removal and long-delayed character payoffs in TNG S7E20 "Journey's End." Listen to Treks and the City Ad-Free on Forever Dog Plus: http://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus SUPPORT TREKS AND THE CITY ON PATREON: www.patreon.com/treksandthec…
 
Spring Mental Health Check-In (Presented by BetterHelp) BetterHelp presents a bonus episode for your mental wellness. Veronica talks about the ups and downs of the current stage of the pandemic and reopening anxieties while Alice discusses getting vaccinated. We hope this episode makes you feel a little less alone during this difficult time. And, i…
 
Opey Olagbaju joins us to talk Columbia Mall, Arundel Mills and Laurel Mall in Maryland, sneaking into movies that weren’t even that good, getting banned from the Apple Store, a “graffiti” incident at Hecht’s department store, waiting in line for Space Jam Jordans in 2009 and, of course, all things Downtown Locker Room. Plus, Emily reports from the…
 
We’re flooded with misinformation, and new research shows that cliches about “thinking critically” and “doing your own research” are counterproductive at best. Writer and educator Michael Caulfield joins Adam this week to explain his SIFT method for evaluating misinformation, why expertise is so important, and how we should approach unclear ideas l…
 
Writer and comedian Emily Heller (Barry, Ice Thickeners), joins Treks to talk the crew's mysterious devolution and scientific confusion in TNG S7E19 "Genesis." Production note: Vero was unable to record this week, but she will be back soon! Listen to Treks and the City Ad-Free on Forever Dog Plus: http://foreverdogpodcasts.com/plus SUPPORT TREKS AN…
 
This week Paige and Emily welcome Caitlin Peluffo (Good Time Gal podcast, Colbert) to talk about looking for a boyfriend at Hillsdale mall in San Mateo, CA, getting Abercrombie on clearance and pairing it with a Costco cami, and the perfect holiday shopping destination for moms: Crate & Barrel. Plus another exciting round of Name That Store and som…
 
Why is America's health care system so effed up, and what can be done to fix it? Author, physician, and civil servant Dr. Abdul El-Sayed joins Adam to discuss how we got here, his belief in single-payer healthcare, and why he's hopeful for the road ahead. His book Medicare For All: A Citizen’s Guide is available wherever books are sold.…
 
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