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Deep Dive: Radiolab “G” Series – September 2019 Listening List

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Every so often we get a little crazy at PBC and do a deep dive into one podcast, rather than covering a thematic listening list. This is one of those times! You all weighed in on this decision – we posted a poll with three options on the PBC Facebook Group and you voted to do a deep dive into the Radiolab “G” series. The “G” series explores the concept of intelligence over the course of 6 episodes. This is a little longer than our typical thematic listening list, but I think you’ll really enjoy the series and we’ll have lots to talk about at our local chapter meetings.

Podcast Deep Dive on Radiolab’s “G” Series

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Podcast: Radiolab
Episode: G: The Miseduction of Larry P (June 2019, 1 hr 4 min)
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The case of Larry P v Riles made it illegal to administer IQ tests to Black children. This episode explores the story behind this case.

Podcast: Radiolab
Episode: G: Problem Space (June 2019, 40 min)
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This episode explores the impact of Larry P v Riles, a case from the 1970s that was examined in the previous episode, on families in California today.

Podcast: Radiolab
Episode: G: Relative Genius (June 2019, 1 hr 2 min)
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Follow the bizarre story of what happened to Einstein’s brain.

Podcast: Radiolab
Episode: G: Unfit (July 2019, 49 min)
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A law student discovers that laws allowing eugenics are still on the books and decides to find a way to rectify the situation.

Podcast: Radiolab
Episode: G: Unnatural Selection (July 2019, 34 min)
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What happens when we start conducting genetic intelligence tests on embryos?

Podcast: Radiolab
Episode: G: The World’s Smartest Animal (July 2019, 48 min)
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Two teams of two. Three judges (two humans and a dog). A live game show. This is clearly the only way that we will determine the answer to the age old question: what is the smartest animal in the world?

Conversation Starter Questions

Want to add your perspective to the PBC podcast? Answer any of the questions below and send the response (in written or audio format) to [email protected].

  1. Of all six episodes, which one did you enjoy the most?
  2. How would you define intelligence?
  3. Do you believe that intelligence can be measured?
  4. Do you believe that a genetic intelligence test on an embryo can be accurate? Do you believe it’s ethical?
  5. What do you think the smartest animal in the world is and why?

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