Episode 1:

Welcome to Critically Speaking, Where we separate fact from fallacies at the intersection of science and society

Episode 2

Is ADHD real?

Interview with Dr. Stephen Faraone

Episode 3:

Toking Up:

Dr. Deborah Hasin on changing marijuana laws and what they mean for you

Episode 4:

Toking Up: Dr. Jodi Gilman on marijuana and your brain

Episode 5:

Sperm counts are declining! Dr. Grace Centola discusses the details and where they are going

 Episode 6: Before you were born.

Dr. Catherine Lebel discusses prenatal effects on the developing fetal brain

Episode 7:

Puberty in primary school? Little girls reaching puberty at 7 or 8 years of age! Pediatrician and Medical School professor Dr. Frank Biro discusses this trend, its causes and consequences

Episode 8:

Puberty in primary school part two. Long term risks for these little girls are discussed with Dr. Jane Mendle

Episode 9:

You go girl! Naturally high testosterone levels in elite female athletes. Dr. Alan Rogol discusses the origins of these conditions and their implications for eligibility to compete.

Episode 10:

Before you were born Part 2. Dr. Masha Gartstein, Director of the Infant Temperament Laboratory at Washington State University discusses the factors, especially prenatal ones, that affect your baby’s temperament.

Episode 11:

Dr. Hanna Stevens: Before You Were Born Part 3 Evidence is emerging that inflammation during pregnancy is associated with a higher risk for disorders such as autism and schizophrenia in the developing fetus, disorders that sometimes appear much later in the individual's life. Dr. Hanna Stevens, Child Psychiatrist, Division Director of Child Psychiatry and Head of the Psychiatry and Early Neurobiological Development Lab (PENDL) at the Carver College of Medicine University of Iowa, discusses the relationship between material inflammation and later psychiatric outcomes.

Episode 12:

Should we vaccinate? After the elimination of measles in the USA in 2000, the first six months of 2019 has seen over 1000 cases. Vaccination does not cause autism, but lack of vaccination can result in serious long-term consequencesin some infected children. Today, Dr. Walter Orenstein, Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine andDirectorof the Emory-UGA Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance, provides a sound basis for making informed decisions about this currently controversial topic.

Episode 13:

Many changes to the K-12 teaching strategies have occurred during the last decades. These include, most recently, the "No Child Left Behind" program and the "Common Core" curriculum.  At the same time, the ways in which students are tested also have changed. Have these changes really produced students that are better prepared for their chosen careers?  Dr. Richard Phelps, author of four books on standardized testing and the editor of the Nonpartisan Education Review, discusses the problems associated with these changes and their effects on the declining performance of our students.

Episode 14:

Dr. Joan Chrisler on “SIZEISM” In this episode, Therese Markow and Dr. Joan Chrisler discuss the definition and origins of sizeism, as well as its intersection with other forms of prejudice and discrimination in the world today.


Costs of the obesity epidemic. With over 70% of Americans falling into the categories of being overweight or having #obesity, and the increasing health decrements associated with these conditions, Dr. Hugh Waters, Health Economist with the Milken Foundations discusses their economic costs of 1.7 trillion dollars in a single year.

Episode 16:

Dr. Brent McFerran, holder of the W.J. VanDusen Professorship of Marketing, at Simon Fraser University discusses his studies about consumer psychology and marketing as they relate to the obesity epidemic.

Episode 17:

Evidence emerging from a number of studies that obesity can affect #cognition and educational performance, even at a young age.  In this episode, Dr. Nan Li, of the Institute for Environment and Society at Brown University discusses her work on the relationship between obesity and cognitive performance in young school #children. 

Episode 18:

Dr. Hugh Waters, Director of Health Economics Research at the Milken Foundation discusses various intervention strategies for mitigating the obesity epidemic. #Taxation on #sugary foods and beverages has been shown to reduce consumption.

Episode 19:

A teacher speaks his mind on the failures of reform #education. Michael Zwaagstra, teacher and author, discusses the importance of teaching content in order to prepare students to critically think.

Episode 20:

Memorization improves the brain! Neuroscientist Dr. Boris Konrad explains