Factually! with Adam Conover

Factually! with Adam Conover

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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.


The Cost of Doing Nothing with Michael Greenstone
May 27 • 80 min
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…
Practical Equality with Robert Tsai
May 20 • 62 min
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…
Public Health and the Pandemic Two Months In with Dr. Josh Sharfstein
May 13 • 59 min
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…
Does the Success of the New York Times Threaten Local Journalism? with Ben Smith
May 6 • 59 min
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…
The Stunning Decline of American Life Expectancy with Anne Case and Angus Deaton
Apr 29 • 62 min
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…
The Gig Economy In the Time of COVID-19 with Johana Bhuiyan
Apr 22 • 66 min
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…
What Every Political Pundit Gets Wrong about the Election with Rachel Bitecofer
Apr 15 • 81 min
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.
The Mass Disappearance of Insects with Akito Kawahara
Apr 8 • 54 min
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.
College Behind Bars with Max Kenner and Sebastian Yoon
Apr 1 • 65 min
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…
Why No One Understands Immigration, and Why We Need To with Jason De León
Mar 25 • 87 min
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…
The Truth about COVID-19 and the Next 18 Months
Mar 20 • 35 min
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.
Feeling Secure with Bruce Schneier
Mar 18 • 56 min
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.
The Myth of Sex Addiction and the Science of Sex with Nicole Prause
Mar 11 • 62 min
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…
Podcasting from Prison with Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods
Mar 4 • 42 min
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…
The Writers Guild and the Future of American Labor with David Goodman
Feb 26 • 62 min
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…
The Racist Roots of America’s Incarceration and Immigration Laws
Feb 19 • 46 min
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.
Where Beliefs Come From with Celeste Kidd
Feb 12 • 91 min
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.
The World Philosophy Made with Scott Soames
Feb 5 • 53 min
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…
The Flood, the ARkStorm and Why Weather Science is Amazing with Daniel Swain
Jan 29 • 75 min
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…
Why Search Engines Aren’t Unbiased with Safiya Noble
Jan 22 • 68 min
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…
Adam Meets Beakman with Paul Zaloom
Jan 15 • 39 min
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…
Actually Solving the Housing Crisis with Heather Worthington
Jan 8 • 53 min
Think the housing crisis is intractable? Heather Worthington, Director of Long Range Planning for the City of Minneapolis, is here to prove to you that it’s not. She joins Adam to tell us how she helped pass the revolutionary Minneapolis 2040 Plan, how it…
The Truth about Brain Injuries and Football with Dr. Ann McKee
Jan 1 • 63 min
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…
How the Student Debt Complex Crushes Students Potential with Caitlin Zaloom
Dec 25, 2019 • 73 min
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.
Why Our Economy and Democracy Have Gone Haywire with Mark Blyth
Dec 18, 2019 • 60 min
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…
Why Monopoly Power is Killing Hollywood with Matt Stoller
Dec 11, 2019 • 59 min
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.
A.I. Doesn’t Run the Internet; Exploited Humans Do, with Sarah T. Roberts
Dec 4, 2019 • 71 min
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…
The Reawakening of American Labor Unions with Steven Greenhouse
Nov 27, 2019 • 75 min
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…
The Extraordinary History of the Disability Rights Movement with Judy Heumann
Nov 20, 2019 • 75 min
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…
Why It’s Legal to Kill Someone with Your Car, and Other Ways Our Laws Make Driving Mandatory with Greg Shill
Nov 13, 2019 • 72 min
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…
Online Extremism, White Supremacy and the Myth of the “Lone Wolf” with J.M. Berger
Nov 6, 2019 • 69 min
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…
The Model Minority Myth with Ellen Wu
Oct 30, 2019 • 57 min
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…
Why It’s Not Too Late to Fight Climate Change, Weather Science, and Overcoming Denialism with Michael Mann
Oct 23, 2019 • 67 min
Eminent climatologist and geophysicist Michael Mann joins Adam to explain the science behind climate change, how to fight denialism, and much more! This episode is brought to you by The Next Big Idea podcast, Kiwi Co (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY), and Acuity…
Why Incompetent People Don’t Know They Suck and Other Brain Biases with David Dunning
Oct 16, 2019 • 58 min
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…
When Modern Medicine is Wrong, Evidence-Based Care, and Trusting Our Doctors with Dr. Vinay Prasad
Oct 9, 2019 • 57 min
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…
Our Three Crises: Affordable Housing, Minimum Wage and Homelessness with Dr. Sam Tsemberis
Oct 2, 2019 • 72 min
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…
The Search for New Planets, Sun Blobs and Hot Jupiters w/ Sara Seager
Sep 25, 2019 • 57 min
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…
The Science of Addiction, How Brains React to Substance Abuse and Crossword Puzzles on Adderall with Judith Grisel
Sep 18, 2019 • 69 min
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…
The Intelligence Trap, Moral Algebra and Disrationalia with David Robson
Sep 11, 2019 • 63 min
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…
The Origin of Car Culture, “Horse Busses” and Sexy Bicycles! with Dan Albert
Sep 4, 2019 • 68 min
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…
Get Rich Nick Trailer
Aug 30, 2019 • 4 min
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…
Immigration, Being an International Refugee and the Price of Freedom with Sophal Ear
Aug 28, 2019 • 90 min
Political scientist, Occidental College professor and former Cambodian refugee, Sophal Ear, joins Adam this week to discuss his journey escaping Cambodia with his family, the price people are willing to pay to find freedom, the immigration system after…
How To Do Nothing with Jenny Odell
Aug 21, 2019 • 84 min
Artist, writer and author of the book “How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy” Jenny Odell, joins Adam this week to discuss different types of attention, art and contemplation being challenged, how doing nothing is doing something, and the…
How the Political Parties Have Changed Over Time, Conservativism and Bipartisan Cooperation w/ Dave Hopkins
Aug 14, 2019 • 82 min
Political scientist, professor at Boston College and author of Red Fighting Blue: How Geography and Electoral Rules Polarize American Politics Dave Hopkins, joins Adam this week to discuss the structure of America’s political parties, partisanship and…
The Truth About Violent Video Games (…They Don’t Cause Violence) with Dr. Patrick Markey
Aug 7, 2019 • 71 min
Professor of Psychology at Villanova University and author, Dr. Patrick Markey, joins Adam this week to discuss the real science and research behind violent video games and violent behavior, how correlation doesn’t mean causation, and whether or not video…
Skewed Civil War Stories with Christy Coleman
Jul 31, 2019 • 66 min
Public historian and CEO of the American Civil War Museum, Christy Coleman, joins Adam this week to discuss skewed stories from the Civil War and their influence in history, the real success story of reconstruction and what else we’re missing in history.…
All Things Sleep, the Circadian Clock of Cells and Hormones of Darkness w/ Dr. Judith Owens
Jul 24, 2019 • 77 min
Dr. Judith Owens, the Director for the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Boston Children’s Hospital, joins Adam this week to discuss sleep deprivation and mortality, the circadian clock of cells, jet lag tips and more. Plus, Judith answers burning…
Solving the Climate Crisis, Preserving Biodiversity and the 6th Extinction with Emma Marris
Jul 17, 2019 • 74 min
Environmental journalist and thinker, Emma Marris, joins Adam this week to discuss how drastic our impact is on the natural environment, being a “reducetarian”, the issues with purism in conservation, and herons! This episode is brought to you by Away…
Mass Incarceration, Accountability and The Wire with James Forman Jr.
Jul 10, 2019 • 55 min
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 criminal justice system,…
Big Tech, Workism and Killing Companies in the Crib with Scott Galloway
Jul 3, 2019 • 86 min
Author, public speaker, and clinical professor of marketing at NYU’s Stern School of Business, Scott Galloway, joins Adam to talk about breaking up big tech, billionaires being the new Jesus Christ, a Hunger Games economy and Amazon lobbyists. Plus, The…
Homelessness, Building Empathy and the Lizard Man of Hollywood Blvd with Mark Horvath
Jun 26, 2019 • 79 min
As the founder of Invisible People, Mark Horvath conducts intimate, groundbreaking interviews with people experiencing homelessness. This week he joins Adam to talk about homelessness as a symptom not a cause, the stress and anxiety of sleeping rough, and…
Poverty, the Housing Crisis and Lobster on Food Stamps w/ Matthew Desmond
Jun 19, 2019 • 73 min
Pulitzer Prize winning sociologist, professor at Princeton University and author of the book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond joins Adam this week to discuss the physical effects poverty has on the people living in it, the…
Trans Misconceptions, the Military and Space Force w/ Brynn Tannehill
Jun 12, 2019 • 77 min
Brynn Tannehill, former naval aviator, Senior Defense Analyst, leading trans activist and author of “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Trans* joins Adam this week to discuss trans and gender identity problems in the military, her journey with…
Transportation, Autonomous Cars and Nerdy Commuter Fantasies w/ Seleta Reynolds
Jun 5, 2019 • 80 min
Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of the LADOT joins Adam this week to talk about Elon Musk’s boring tunnel, the “vomit rule” and induced demand. Plus, learning from The Lord of the Rings, the issues with Uber and Lyft and being a subway boy vs a bus boy.…
Guns, Corporations & The Constitution w/ Adam Winkler
May 29, 2019 • 75 min
Adam Winkler, professor of constitutional law at the UCLA School of Law and author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America, joins Adam on the premiere episode of Factually! to talk about the history of the 2nd amendment,…
Factually! with Adam Conover - Sneak Peek!
May 13, 2019 • 3 min
You might know Adam Conover from his hit show “Adam Ruins Everything”, but now he’s going deeper as the host of the new show FACTUALLY!, where Adam interviews exceptional experts to reveal shocking truths and thought-provoking new perspectives. It’s a…