Special Announcement

After a brief hiatus tackling the vagaries of busy schedules and the addition of Tim’s newest little member to the Why You’re Wrong team, we’re going to be making some tweaks to the podcast format to be able to release episodes a little more consistently. We’re still planning on making the long-form episodes you’ve come to love (or at least tolerate obediently), but in the event we won’t be able to plan, research, record, and edit them in a timely fashion we’re introducing ‘Give Me 5’ episodes where we cover a single topic. It could be a specific fallacy, misconception, pet peeve, or anything else that can be explored in an individual five minute episode.

What we want from you, dear listener, are suggestions! Anything and everything, throw it at us. If it can’t be digested into a Give Me 5, they will still keep us full of ideas for those longer episodes. Send it our way here: feedback@whyyourewrongpodcast.com

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Ep 108 – Folk Psychology (part 2)

Common expressions in folk psychology and whether or not they’re true. In part 2, we look at if the best revenge is living well, the pitfalls of being a borrower or lender, if it’s better to give than to receive, and if money can buy happiness.

Ep 108 – Folk Psychology (part 2)

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Further reading:

The Economist on money/satisfaction across the world

Time on the $75000 happiness threshold

Study on giving behaviour in toddlers

Psychology Today on giving vs receiving

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Questions to ask? About anything at all? E-mail us: feedback@whyyourewrongpodcast.com

Ep 107 – Folk Psychology (part 1)

Common expressions in folk psychology and whether or not they’re true. In part 1, we look at if you should prefer sticks and stones breaking your bones over words that never hurt, if opposites attract, and if you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Ep 107 – Folk Psychology (part 1)

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Further reading:

APA on whether opposites attract

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Questions to ask? About anything at all? E-mail us: feedback@whyyourewrongpodcast.com

Ep 106 – Science in the News (part 2)

A guide to writing and reading science news. In part 2, we talk about using science as a noun, choosing experts, making good analogies, what specific words mean in science vs everyday use, and sum up the ten commandments of science reporting.

Ep 106 – Science in the News (part 2)

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Further reading:

Berkeley’s Understanding Science on vocabulary mixups in scientific use vs colloquial use

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Questions to ask? About anything at all? E-mail us: feedback@whyyourewrongpodcast.com

Ep 105 – Science in the News (part 1)

A guide to writing and reading science news. In part 1, we talk about the proper context for facts, questions as headlines, and false balance in science media and journalism.

Ep 105 – Science in the News (part 1)

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Further reading:

Carl Zimmer on beginner science writers

Tim Radford’s science journalism manifesto

Columbia Journalism Review’s hard numbers on science reporting

Berkley’s Understanding Science on false balance

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Questions to ask? About anything at all? E-mail us: feedback@whyyourewrongpodcast.com

Ep 104 – Solving World Problems (part 2)

Why You’re Wrong answers profound listener questions. In part 2, answering the vital questions regarding pizza, quenching thirst, human immortality, and why people cheer for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Ep 104 – Solving World Problems (part 2)

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Ep 103 – Solving World Problems (part 1)

Why You’re Wrong solves the world’s problems. In part 1, the vastly underqualified hosts solve obesity through making informed dietary choices and highway traffic.

Ep 103 – Solving World Problems (part 1)

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Further reading:

Business Insider on traffic costs to the US in 2011

Texas A&M Transportation Institute on traffic effects and cost

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Questions to ask? About anything at all? E-mail us: feedback@whyyourewrongpodcast.com

Ep 102 – WYW At The Movies (part 2)

Why you’re wrong about movies and the movie industry. In part 2, why movie theaters charge so much for popcorn and whether piracy is really hurting the movie business.

Ep 102 – WYW At The Movies (part 2)

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Ep 101 – WYW At The Movies (part 1)

Why you’re wrong about movies and the movie industry. In part 1, Hollywood accounting, why hugely successful movies don’t make money, and why studio meddling and interference can be a double edged sword.

Ep 101 – WYW At The Movies (part 1)

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If you think we’re doing a great job and can help support the show, please consider subscribing or making a one time donation with the buttons to your right. Your donations help cover equipment and other incidentals that we pay for to create the podcast, like this poor mic stand. Won’t someone think of the mic stands?

Ep 100 – Legal Eagles (part 2)

Common misconceptions about the law and popular legal cases, as expounded on by two wholly underqualified legal eagles. In part 2, the McDonalds hot coffee lawsuit, the difference between copyrights, trademarks, and patents, and movie/tv tropes you’ve probably guessed by now aren’t true.

Ep 100 – Legal Eagles (part 2)

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Further reading:

Legal Myths: The McDonald’s “Hot Coffee” Case

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If you think we’re doing a great job and can help support the show, please consider subscribing or making a one time donation with the buttons to your right. Your donations help cover equipment and other incidentals that we pay for to create the podcast, like this poor mic stand. Won’t someone think of the mic stands?