From Beethoven's DNA to Cosmic Chemistry: This Week's Must-Listen Podcast Episodes!

Welcome to the first edition of Dr. Pawd’s newsletter where we will discuss the latest episodes of some of Dr. Pawd’s favorite podcasts as well as news about Dr. Pawd. So let’s get started.

This Week’s New Episodes

Stuff You Should Know

Stuff You Should Know came out with 4 new fascinating episodes in the past week.

Beethoven’s DNA

In this short episode, hosts Josh and Chuck take us on a journey into the world of classical music history. They explore the fascinating research on Beethoven's DNA by biological anthropology student Tristan Begg. Using fragments of Beethoven's hair, Begg discovered some surprising information about the iconic composer's health and lifestyle. Tune in to discover what he found out!

How Jet Lag Works

In this episode of "Stuff You Should Know", the hosts delve into the science of jet lag. In "How Jet Lag Works", they explain the symptoms of jet lag, the science behind our biological clocks, and remedies available to help alleviate its effects. They also touch on the history of commercial air travel, including the iconic Concord jet, and share expert advice on how to minimize its negative effects.

What Caused the Late Bronze Age Collapse?

In this episode, "Stuff You Should Know" takes us back in time to the bronze age. The hosts explore the Bronze Age and its impact on human civilization, from metallurgy to centralized governments. They unravel the mystery behind the Bronze Age's collapse and the rise of the Iron Age, discussing various theories and lessons we can learn from history.

What's the deal with dowsing? Stuff You Should Know has another episode where the hosts explore the mysterious world of dowsing in "What's the deal with dowsing?" Discover the history and science behind this controversial practice, which involves using sticks or metal rods to locate water, minerals, or even buried bodies underground. From its origins in 16th century Germany to its use in agriculture and urban areas today, the hosts cover it all. Discover the different explanations behind how dowsing works and whether it's a useful tool or simply pseudoscience. You won't want to miss this fascinating episode!

The Huberman Lab Podcast

In the latest episode of The Huberman Lab Podcast, Dr. Andrew Huberman talks about stress management with Dr. Elissa Epel. They discuss non-drug strategies for combating stress, including relaxation methods, mindfulness, and exercise. Dr. Eppel highlights the importance of short-term bursts of stress in promoting stress resilience and shares her lab's research on the physiological effects of stress interventions. They also delve into the Wim Hof method and its potential impact on cell aging. If you're looking for science-based insights into stress management, this episode is a must-listen.


StarTalk released two new exciting episodes last week.

Cosmic Chemistry

Get ready for an exciting episode of Star Talk, where Neil deGrasse Tyson and Matt Kirshen are joined by Kate the Chemist from the University of Texas at Austin. They tackle some of the most intriguing questions from Patreon members, including whether chemistry existed after the Big Bang, the possibility of the periodic table of elements differing in other parts of the universe, and whether hydrogen can become a metal. Kate also delves into the fascinating world of hydrogen and how it can exhibit metallic properties under extreme pressure - like in the core of Jupiter! The hosts also explore the possibility of extraterrestrial life, the use of ultraviolet light for sterilization, and the potential for hydrogen as a clean energy source. So, if you're looking for a fun and informative podcast to listen to, look no further than StarTalk!

The Ethics of Genetic Testing

Get ready to explore the fascinating interplay between genetics and sports! In this episode of StarTalk Sports Edition, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Gary O'Reilly are joined by Dr. Stuart Kim, a leading expert in the genetics of muscular skeletal injuries. Discover how genetics can help athletes avoid injury and optimize their performance, and how large data sets and AI play a crucial role in analyzing genetic information. The episode also raises interesting ethical questions about the use of genetics in sports, and the potential impact on athletic achievement. Don't miss out on this thought-provoking episode!

The Drive

Get ready to have your mind blown in this episode of The Drive podcast! In this episode, host Peter Attia interviews neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Huberman about how the brain works and Andrew’s fascinating backstory. The speakers delve into the fascinating intersections between exercise physiology and neuroscience, taking a deep dive into the complex workings of the human brain and how it affects our behavior and performance. The conversation covers a wide range of topics, from the role of the prefrontal cortex in rule-setting and context, to the power of mindset effects and belief systems in regulating our physiology. The speakers also share personal anecdotes and experiences, providing insight into the challenges of adolescence, the impact of community involvement and support, and the importance of mentors in the field of science. Whether you're a casual listener or a neuroscience enthusiast, this episode is sure to provide a thought-provoking and engaging experience. That's it for this week's edition of the newsletter. We hope you enjoyed it and found some new podcasts to add to your list. Don’t forget to check out Dr. Pawd - a podcast search engine, which finds answers for your questions from podcast episodes and helps you discover new content. Thanks for reading Dr. Pawd's Newsletter! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.