Factually! with Adam Conover

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Jared Walter
 Sep 17, 2019
I really enjoy Adam Conover's personality & essay writing abilities but in podcast form he's kind of unbearable. Adam spends too much time prepping then ends up "spoiling" his guests' stories and stepping on everybody's points.

 Aug 15, 2019


Comedian Adam Conover talks to exceptional experts, revealing shocking truths and thought-provoking new perspectives. It’s an investigative comedy podcast for curious people who never stop asking questions.

Episode Date
The Science of How COVID-19 Affects Us Differently with Sabra Klein
How does COVID-19 affect men and women differently — and what the heck is a virus in the first place? Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health microbiologist Sabra Klein joins Adam this week to explain.
Jul 08, 2020
The Cult of Policing and What Defunding Means with Larry Smith
Former Baltimore City police officer Larry Smith joins Adam to dig deep on the causes of police violence and racism, what stops fellow cops from speaking up about it and what needs to change about policing in America. 
Jul 01, 2020
Where Does Our Second-Hand Stuff Actually Go?! with Adam Minter
Author of Secondhand and Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter, joins Adam to talk about the hidden world of globalized recycling, where our trash actually goes, and the trash, recycling and secondhand economy.
Jun 24, 2020
How to (Actually) Protect Yourself from COVID-19 with Immonologist Erin Bromage
States, stores, and workplaces are reopening. But how can we tell which spaces and activities are safe, and which aren’t? UMass Dartmouth immunologist Erin Bromage joins Adam to reveal what situations to avoid, how to protect yourself, and which risky-seeming form of transportation is actually surprisingly safe.
Jun 17, 2020
Why the Black Lives Matter Protests are Different with Adam Serwer
Writer and reporter Adam Serwer joins Adam to talk about why the protests of the past two weeks go way beyond Trump, why the system behind racist police abuse is the problem and how recent events could affect the November election. 
Jun 10, 2020
Do Violent Protests Work? with Daniel Gillion
In this special edition of Factually!, UPenn political scientist Daniel Gillion joins Adam to discuss the role that violence plays in protest movements both historical and present-day, the truth about what “the right way to protest” is, and gives an optimistic analysis of what’s going on in America right now. 
Jun 05, 2020
Mass Incarceration, Accountability and The Wire with James Forman Jr. (Re-release)
James Forman Jr., Professor of Law at Yale Law School and author of the book Locking Up Our Own, joins Adam this week to discuss the history of how mass incarceration became so distorted, juvenile court, confronting problems in the criminal justice system, and more.
Jun 03, 2020
The Cost of Doing Nothing with Michael Greenstone
American economist, professor and chief economist during the Obama administration, Michael Greenstone, joins Adam this week to discuss transitioning our economy during a pandemic, balancing safety with the economy and what the costs and benefits truly are, and how economics can clarify policy disputes.  
May 27, 2020
Practical Equality with Robert Tsai
All of us care about equality. (At least, most of us do.) But how do we achieve equality, when the nation is so divided? And how can advocates for equality best make their case in the courts? American University law professor Robert L. Tsai joins Adam to discuss his book “Practical Equality” and more.
May 20, 2020
Public Health and the Pandemic Two Months In with Dr. Josh Sharfstein
We're two months in to the pandemic, and some states are starting to reopen. Are we anywhere close to where we need to be to do so safely? Dr. Josh Sharfstein, current Vice Dean for Public Health Practice at Johns Hopkins and former principal deputy commissioner of the FDA, joins Adam to discuss the state of our fight against the pandemic, the importance of public health to our communities, and reinventing the world we used to know. 
May 13, 2020
Does the Success of the New York Times Threaten Local Journalism? with Ben Smith
The Grey Lady is the success story of the digital media age, but is it coming at the expense of other publications around the country? Veteran of online media, founding Editor-in-Chief of BuzzFeed News and now New York Times media columnist Ben Smith joins Adam this week to discuss the shockwaves that have rocked the media industry, and future prospects for the local journalism we desperately need.
May 06, 2020
The Stunning Decline of American Life Expectancy with Anne Case and Angus Deaton
For generations, American life expectancy has only improved. Then two economists discovered that for one group in particular, it’s actually falling: White Americans without a college degree. Nobel Prize winning economists Sir Angus Deaton and Anne Case join Adam this week to explain the causes of what they call “deaths of despair", and why capitalism is at the root of the problem.
Apr 29, 2020
The Gig Economy In the Time of COVID-19 with Johana Bhuiyan
Delivery workers are more important than ever - so why are they getting screwed? Business and tech reporter for the LA Times, Johana Bhuiyan, joins Adam to how tech companies are bungling the pandemic, the importance of gig workers to our economy and what will happen to these employees if it tanks. 
Apr 22, 2020
What Every Political Pundit Gets Wrong about the Election with Rachel Bitecofer
Political scientist and election forecaster Rachel Bitecofer joins Adam this week to discuss why “swing voters” don’t really exist, the dynamics that truly drive political trends, and how COVID-19 will affect the 2020 election.
Apr 15, 2020
The Mass Disappearance of Insects with Akito Kawahara
Entomologist and professor, Akito Kawahara joins Adam to discuss why insects are disappearing at an alarming rate, how humans must play a critical role in their survival, and how incredible insects truly are.
Apr 08, 2020
College Behind Bars with Max Kenner and Sebastian Yoon
The Bard Prison Initiative is a revolutionary program that provides a rigorous college education to men and women in prison. In one of our most power episodes ever, BPI’s founder Max Kenner and recent graduate Sebastian Yoon join Adam this week to discuss how lifechanging the program is, and how it proves that every person deserves an education, no matter the circumstances.
Apr 01, 2020
Why No One Understands Immigration, and Why We Need To with Jason De León

UCLA Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Undocumented Migration Project, Jason De León, joins Adam to uncover the truth about immigration across our southern border, how border militarization has been counterproductive and why it’s so critical to develop a full understanding who the people crossing the border truly are.

Mar 25, 2020
The Truth about COVID-19 and the Next 18 Months

In this special episode, Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, Dr. Ashish Jha, joins Adam to explain the reality and dispel myths about the coronavirus pandemic, what must be done to combat the illness, and how long the road ahead truly is.

Mar 20, 2020
Feeling Secure with Bruce Schneier

Online security expert, Bruce Schneier, joins Adam this week to discuss the concept of "security theater", how the surveillance state makes us less secure, if we can change anything to help our vulnerability and more. 

Mar 18, 2020
The Myth of Sex Addiction and the Science of Sex with Nicole Prause
Sex expert and scientist Nicole Prause joins Adam this week to reveal the truth about sex "addiction", debunk popular misconceptions about the science of sex, and explain how difficult it is to measure whether or not a test subject has *really* had an orgasm.
Mar 11, 2020
Podcasting from Prison with Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods

Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods, the forces behind the hit podcast Ear Hustle, join Adam this week to explain what it's like producing audio from inside San Quentin, shed light on misconceptions and myths about prison life, and how incarceration truly affects a human being.

Mar 04, 2020
The Writers Guild and the Future of American Labor with David Goodman

Comedy writer and WGA West President David Goodman joins Adam for a deep dive into one of the most interesting labor unions in the country - the Writers Guild of America. They also cover what it's like when your boss is Seth MacFarlane and a member of your union, how solidarity powers the Guild's negotiations, and how the Guild is fighting back against the corporate consolidation that's transforming the entertainment industry.

Feb 26, 2020
The Racist Roots of America’s Incarceration and Immigration Laws

MacArthur fellow and UCLA professor, Kelly Lytle Hernández, joins Adam to explain how explictly racist policies of the past created the incarceration and immigration systems we still have today.

Feb 19, 2020
Where Beliefs Come From with Celeste Kidd

Adam sits down with Celeste Kidd, Professor of Psychology and head of the Kidd Lab at UC Berkeley to discuss how humans form beliefs and knowledge, and how easily that process can be corrupted by outside forces.

Feb 12, 2020
The World Philosophy Made with Scott Soames

Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, Scott Soames, joins Adam this week to for a deep dive into how philosophy shaped the modern world, the relationship between philosophy and physics, and the age old question: “What are numbers?"

Feb 05, 2020
The Flood, the ARkStorm and Why Weather Science is Amazing with Daniel Swain

Climate scientist Dr. Daniel Swain joins Adam this week to shed light on how climate change affects the chances of more extreme weather events, the main misconceptions surrounding weather and climate and the importance of weather science as climate change thunders forward. 

Jan 29, 2020
Why Search Engines Aren’t Unbiased with Safiya Noble

UCLA Professor Safiya Noble joins Adam this week to discuss how racism is expressed through supposedly neutral algorithms, the real-life “Minority Report” technology that’s being used today in our cities, and why we all need to stop implicitly trusting technology just because it uses a lot of math.

Jan 22, 2020
Adam Meets Beakman with Paul Zaloom

On a very special FACTUALLY! Adam sits down with political satirist, puppeteer, former children's show host and personal hero, Paul Zaloom aka Beakman of Beakman's World. Adam and Paul talk about the inspiration and development behind the show, the Children's Television Act, the environment today for comedic educational programming and much more!

Jan 15, 2020
Actually Solving the Housing Crisis with Heather Worthington

Heather Worthington, Director of Long Range Planning for the City of Minneapolis, joins Adam this week to talk about solving the housing crisis through urban planning, passing one of the most difficult and massive zoning projects, and how those implemented strategies address the housing crisis as a whole.

Jan 08, 2020
The Truth about Brain Injuries and Football with Dr. Ann McKee

Neuropathologist and Director of Boston University's CTE Center, Dr. Ann McKee, joins Adam to discuss CTE or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated head injuries that affects the NFL and other sports. Dr. McKee explains just how common and devastating CTE is, why we can't yet identify CTE in living patients, and the origins of her "Brain Bank."

Jan 01, 2020
How the Student Debt Complex Crushes Students Potential with Caitlin Zaloom

NYU professor Cailtin Zaloom joins Adam discuss the student debt industry, why we shouldn't force students to think about finances when pursuing their education, and what steps we can take to change higher education for the better.

Dec 25, 2019
Why Our Economy and Democracy Have Gone Haywire with Mark Blyth

If you feel like you live in a world that’s more chaotic and unequal, than the one your parents did: You’re right. Political scientist Mark Blyth joins Adam to explain the how we got here and why, the true mistakes of the 2008 financial crisis, and the effects that climate change will have on the global economic and political system going forward.



This episode is brought to you by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Atlas Coffee Club (www.atlascoffeclub.com/factually), Acuity (www.acuityscheduling.com/factually).

Dec 18, 2019
Why Monopoly Power is Killing Hollywood with Matt Stoller

This week on Factually!, author Matt Stoller joins Adam to discuss corporate monopolies in entertainment, why we should be breaking up Disney and how concentrated power is so problematic. 

Dec 11, 2019
A.I. Doesn’t Run the Internet; Exploited Humans Do, with Sarah T. Roberts

Technology expert and UCLA professor of information studies Sarah T. Roberts joins Adam to discuss the oversold fantasy of artificial intelligence, the real humans who labor behind the scenes to moderate your social media feeds, and the psychological effects the work takes on them. 


This episode is sponsored by Acuity (www.acuityscheduling.com/factually), KiwiCo (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY), and Parcast - Natural Disasters (www.parcast.com/NATURALDISASTERS).

Dec 04, 2019
The Reawakening of American Labor Unions with Steven Greenhouse

Labor and workplace journalist, Steven Greenhouse, joins Adam this week to explain the comeback of labor unions in recent times, the disconnect between politicians and common workers, the advantages of unionizing and much more.


This episode is sponsored by Atlas Coffee Club (www.atlascoffeeclub.com/factually) and Exploding Kittens (www.ExplodingKittens.com/factually code: FACTUALLY).

Nov 27, 2019
The Extraordinary History of the Disability Rights Movement with Judy Heumann

Disability rights activist, Judy Heumann, joins Adam this week to discuss the mentality shift and history of disability rights and the Americans with Disabilities Act, acts of protest and the Ugly Laws. 



This episode is sponsored by Atlas Coffee Club (www.atlascoffeeclub.com/factually), KiwiCo (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY), and Acuity (www.acuityscheduling.com/factually).

Nov 20, 2019
Why It’s Legal to Kill Someone with Your Car, and Other Ways Our Laws Make Driving Mandatory with Greg Shill

Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, Greg Shill, sits down with Adam to explain about why our legal system prioritizes car travel and punishes those who don’t or aren’t able to drive.


This episode is sponsored by Exploding Kittens (www.explodingkittens.com/factually code: FACTUALLY) and Dashlane (www.dashlane.com/factually code: FACTUALLY)

Nov 13, 2019
Online Extremism, White Supremacy and the Myth of the “Lone Wolf” with J.M. Berger

Author and extremism researcher J.M. Berger joins Adam this week to discuss the surprising similarities between white supremacist and Islamist extremists, the ways extremist groups frame their hatred to seem more appealing and what social media services need to do to stop its spread.  


This episode is sponsored by KiwiCo (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY).

Nov 06, 2019
The Model Minority Myth with Ellen Wu

History professor and director of Asian Studies at Indiana University Ellen Wu joins Adam this week to discuss the model minority myth, how the stereotype has shifted over history and why it still exists today.

This episode is brought to you by Acuity (www.acuityscheduling.com/factually) and The Next Big Idea podcast.

Oct 30, 2019
Why It’s Not Too Late to Fight Climate Change, Weather Science, and Overcoming Denialism with Michael Mann

This week, climatologist and geophysicist, Michael Mann, joins Adam to discuss the drastic impact of climate change, denialism, solving the problem at the source, the greenhouse effect and much more! 


This episode is brought to you by The Next Big Idea podcast, Kiwi Co (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY), and Acuity (www.acuityscheduling.com/factually).

Oct 23, 2019
Why Incompetent People Don’t Know They Suck and Other Brain Biases with David Dunning

Experimental social psychologist, former Cornell University professor and current professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, David Dunning, joins Adam this week to discuss our brain's incredible power to be unaware of being wrong, the Dunning-Kruger Effect, and why the first rule of "Dunning-Kruger Club" is you don't know you're in the "Dunning-Kruger Club"!

This episode is brought to you by Dashlane (www.dashlane.com/factually), Bombas (www.bombas.com/factually), and No Such Thing as a Fish Podcast.

Oct 16, 2019
When Modern Medicine is Wrong, Evidence-Based Care, and Trusting Our Doctors with Dr. Vinay Prasad

Hematologist-oncologist, author and evidence-based medicine expert Vinay Prasad MD MPH, joins Adam this week to talk about medical reversals, the addiction of helping someone while making money, decision-making with suboptimal evidence, what questions to ask your doctor, and much more.

This episode is brought to you by Acuity (www.acuityscheduling.com/factually).

Oct 09, 2019
Our Three Crises: Affordable Housing, Minimum Wage and Homelessness with Dr. Sam Tsemberis

Founder and executive director of Pathways to Housing, a Housing First program, Dr. Sam Tsemberis joins Adam this week to discuss the misconceptions about how to address the homelessness crisis, the economics of homelesness and why there are people on the street when we know how to fix it. 

This episode is brought to you by Kiwi Co.

Oct 03, 2019
The Search for New Planets, Sun Blobs and Hot Jupiters w/ Sara Seager

Astrophysicist and planetary scientist at MIT, Prof. Sara Seager, joins Adam on earth this week to discuss the process of finding and looking for Earth cousins, the chance of discovering life on other planets, liquid lava lakes, "Star Shade" and so much more! 

This episode is brought to you by Acuity (www.acuityscheduling.com/factually).

Sep 25, 2019
The Science of Addiction, How Brains React to Substance Abuse and Crossword Puzzles on Adderall with Judith Grisel

Renowned behavioral neuroscientist, recovering addict and author of the NY Times Bestseller Never Enough, Judith Grisel joins Adam to discuss her early battle with addiction, the neuroscience on how the brain adapts negatively to substance abuse, ending up in treatment by mistake and how life can be wonderful after recovery. 

This episode is brought to you by Kiwi Co (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY), Bombas (www.bombas.com/FACTUALLY), and Invitae (www.invitae.com).

Sep 18, 2019
The Intelligence Trap, Moral Algebra and Disrationalia with David Robson

Science journalist and author of the book The Intelligence Trap – Why Smart People Make Stupid Mistakes, David Robson joins Adam this week to discuss how being intelligent can actually amplify your errors, the definition of disrationalia, how to stay intellectually humble, and more! 

This episode is brought to you by Super Size Me 2, Invitae (www.invitae.com), Acuity (www.acuityscheduling.com/factually), and Dashlane (www.dashlane.com/factually).

Sep 11, 2019
The Origin of Car Culture, “Horse Busses” and Sexy Bicycles! with Dan Albert

Historian and author of the book "Are We There Yet?: The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless", Dan Albert joins Adam this week to talk about what led to the universal car, the 1890's bike craze, selling more than just a mode of transportation, and more!

This episode is brought to you by Kiwi Co (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY).

Sep 04, 2019
Get Rich Nick Trailer

Nick Turner and Nick Vatterott clumsily try every get-rich-quick scheme under the sun in an attempt to profit while teaching listeners the ins and outs of each money-making endeavor. With a new scheme every week and interviews with friends/specialists, we will see if the Nicks can get rich beyond their mildest dreams.

Aug 30, 2019
Immigration, Being an International Refugee and the Price of Freedom with Sophal Ear
Aug 28, 2019
How To Do Nothing with Jenny Odell
Aug 21, 2019
How the Political Parties Have Changed Over Time, Conservativism and Bipartisan Cooperation w/ Dave Hopkins
Aug 14, 2019
The Truth About Violent Video Games (...They Don't Cause Violence) with Dr. Patrick Markey
Aug 07, 2019
Skewed Civil War Stories with Christy Coleman
Jul 31, 2019
All Things Sleep, the Circadian Clock of Cells and Hormones of Darkness w/ Dr. Judith Owens
Jul 24, 2019
Solving the Climate Crisis, Preserving Biodiversity and the 6th Extinction with Emma Marris
Jul 17, 2019
Mass Incarceration, Accountability and The Wire with James Forman Jr.
Jul 10, 2019
Big Tech, Workism and Killing Companies in the Crib with Scott Galloway
Jul 03, 2019
Homelessness, Building Empathy and the Lizard Man of Hollywood Blvd with Mark Horvath
Jun 26, 2019
Poverty, the Housing Crisis and Lobster on Food Stamps w/ Matthew Desmond
Jun 19, 2019
Trans Misconceptions, the Military and Space Force w/ Brynn Tannehill
Jun 12, 2019
Transportation, Autonomous Cars and Nerdy Commuter Fantasies w/ Seleta Reynolds
Jun 05, 2019
Guns, Corporations & The Constitution w/ Adam Winkler 
May 29, 2019
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May 13, 2019