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Welcome to the Hurt Your Brain newsletter, a collection of podcasts and links for people who know the internet is still full of wonder. 

A new playlist is out, all about how awesome ants are: The Wild World of Ants.

Podcast Brunch Club: Ologies Host, Alie Ward [interview with great science communicator].
  • Ologies is a great science podcast, and Alie Ward is an amazing host. 
  • This is a delightful interview with her that will make you an instant fan.
  • Ward is full of quotable lines, but I liked this one the most. It's my new guiding principle. “If you go into a bookstore and you have an hour or two to kill, the subject that you want to go to first, look to that to maybe be a guiding force to what you want to do.”

The Allusionist: Alarm Bells [the language of climate change].
  • An excellent discussion from Helen Zaltzman around the importance of the words we use for discussing climate change. 
  • I've heard the argument many times from climate change deniers that the language keeps changing to suit the scientific "agenda". I couldn't believe to learn that it was in fact a politically powerful climate change denier who pushed hard for the alarmist sounding "global warming" to instead be "climate change."

Following Harriet: Becoming Harriet [short-run series on Harriet Tubman].
  • The excellent first episode of a series about Harriet Tubman.
  • She was never caught and most of her work on the underground railroad was saving her extended family from slavery.
  • She would take the train when traveling back south even as a wanted woman. Looking the part and having an open newspaper were all she needed to avoid any suspicion.
  • Her birth name was Araminta Ross.
  • She served in the Union army during the Civil War and was instrumental in several raids. 

Deep Tech: Why Google and IBM are feuding over the meaning of "quantum supremacy" [new science show from MIT].
  • This is the first of four free episodes of a newly launched show from MIT Technology Review. The rest will require a subscription. It also must be listened to via the link because it isn't listed in podcast players.
  • Host Wade Roush walks us through how quantum computers work using a pipe organ, in a segment that reminded me of the Colors episode from Radiolab (in a good way). 
  • Honestly a satisfying synopsis that delivers exactly what the headline promises.
What I'm excited about in my Queue: Sum of All Parts (new season!), On Point (NPR), The Lonely Palette, more Ologies.
The Wild World of Ants: An ant-appreciation playlist of podcasts, videos, and a book [featuring Ologies, Science Vs, Kurzgesagt, Smarter Every Day, and Richard Dawkins].

A crazy but useful flowchart of NPR's top 100 science fiction and fantasy books. [one page website].

What book/article/tweet-thread/podcast have you consumed that's actually changed your mind about something? [a popular Twitter thread with lots of great comments].

I will never not share amazing extreme-zoom-ins of other galaxies. [video on Twitter].

In case you missed it last week: 3 Years, 100 Issues, 30 Big Ideas [even my own email sent it to spam because the subject line last issue had a word that flagged it for junk].

For fun: When this happens, you really don't want a camera there, or Stephen Fry.

That's all for this week!

Connect with me @erikthejones on twitter and if you've learned anything interesting, please forward this link to any curious natured friends or family so they can subscribe. Many thanks!

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