Everything Explained

What Is The Zika Virus?

What Is The Zika Virus?

We’ve all heard plenty about the Zika virus by now, but it’s hard to know how worried to be. What are our chances of getting it? Should we postpone travel plans? Donald G. McNeil Jr. is a science writer for the New York Times, and he attempts to answer those questions and more in his new book Zika: The Emerging Epidemic. WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with the author about the virus.

What Is The Electoral College?

What Is The Electoral College?

For our third episode, we talk to Victoria Bassetti, fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School about the electoral college.

What Is High Fructose Corn Syrup?

What Is High Fructose Corn Syrup?

Everything Explained is a podcast aimed at helping to decipher what we talk about in the news. We always start off with a basic question before the deeper dive into figuring out the gritty details in what something is. In our first episode, we talk to Dr. Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics and Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University about high fructose corn syrup.

What Is Citizens United?

What Is Citizens United?

It’s 2010. The Supreme Court is hearing the infamous case that decided elections law in the United States… Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. You’ll often hear political candidates cite the case when talking about how campaigns are funded and thus sometimes unjustly balanced. This week’s episode comes from WAMC Programming Intern, Stefan Lembo Stolba.

 

What Is A Podcast?

What Is A Podcast?

A podcast within a podcast. Is it a podcastception? Maybe we can get into dreams a little later on. For our second episode, we talk to WNYC’s Chief Content Officer Dean Capello about podcasts.

What Is A Clown?

 

It hasn’t been a great season for those with a fear of clowns. But what is a clown? Like what really makes a clown… a clown? I talked to Ragliacci, a clown out of Troy, New York about his experiences as a clown, the fear behind the clown epidemic and some of the history regarding where clowns came from.

What Are GMOs?

Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs are controversial at their roots. But what exactly are they? Listen to WAMC’s Joe Donahue on the Roundtable talk with a journalist and author of a new book on the subject.