Jokes from the good old days

There’s a reason why you spent twelve hours mainlining every episode of House of Cards -- your brain can’t tell the difference between fiction and reality. Cognitive scientist Jim Davies explains the science behind why we laugh, why we cry, and why we binge watch. Read More...

Wonder Woman

For Women's History Month, Innovation Hub takes a look at innovative women past and present, and the work that still needs to be done. Read More...

wooden figures

 
Here are three things to know about this week's show:

1. Personal robots are going to sell you drugs in your living room. James Percelay, Thinkmodo co-founder, and professor Edward Boches explain how a new generation of Mad Men will tap into your desires.

2. Your town's school probably isn't named after Bill Gates or Sam Walton, but maybe it should be. Wealthy donors are making more and more of an impact in education, explains Elizabeth Green, Chalkbeat's editor-in-chief.

3. Cat comics. John Updike short stories. Literary reviews. The New Yorker’s celebrating 90 years and yeast gave rise to it all.

Advertisements in Times Square, NYC

The days of passive consumers are long gone. If advertisers want to engage today’s audiences, they need to create shareable experiences, say Thinkmodo co-founder James Percelay and advertising professor Edward Boches. Read More...

Box for Human Resources

Your HR department may be in for a massive change. But instead of destroying HR, automation could actually save it, says Steve Miranda, Managing Director of Cornell University’s Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies. Read More...

Melinda Gates watches a student

Private foundations are now pouring billions into public education. But Elizabeth Green, CEO and editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat, says that this may not fix the system. Read More...

New Yorker wallpaper

The Great Depression, World War II, 9/11 — the New Yorker has published through all of it. David Remnick, the magazine’s editor, looks at what the future holds — and why print’s not dead. Read more...

Nerds and Star Wars

We're embracing our inner nerd here at Innovation Hub, and we want you to geek out with us. Read More...

Valentine's Day love

 
Here are three things to know about this week's show:

1. Sorry, single folks. Even computers are better at flirting than you. Melissa Dahl of New York Magazine shows how scientists taught computers the social cues you never picked up on.

2. Biology and physics classes are way more boring and difficult than they should be. Science educator Ainissa Ramirez tells us what STEM classes need to change, and why teaching the next generation of scientists is so important.

3. Forget every romantic comedy ever. Apparently, most older men aren't actually that interested in dating around. Sociologist Pepper Schwarz and OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder explain what else online dating reveals about us.     

Cooking and fire

If you want cutting edge cuisine, try deer leg aged in beeswax. Corby Kummer, senior editor at The Atlantic, talks about the big food trends we’ll see in 2015 — and how the work of the world’s most creative chefs filters down the rest of us. Read More...

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