25 Min Released Sep 6, 2017

Technobabble

This week, I team up with Helen Zaltzman of The Allusionist podcast to help me figure out why one set of poorly understood pseudo-scientific terms can sink a scene, while another set of pseudo-scientific phrases can sell a sci-fi concept. We'll hear from physicist Katie Mack -- who hates technobabble -- and Jennifer Ouellette who plays matchmaker between scientists and Hollywood directors that want to sell their mumbo jumbo with real science. And "Timescape" author Gregory Benford tells the story of tachyons, and how an obscure theoretical particle became a technobabble meme. 

Imaginary Worlds

Imaginary Worlds

A show about fantasy genres - how we create them and why we suspend our disbelief.

Go To Show Page

More Episodes

Gist: What’s Bunk About Brainstorming

Slate Daily Feed

Maria Konnikova wonders, “How about we touch base later and piggyback on a few of these ideas?”

0 Min

Nov 30, 2016

Gist: We’re Going Into Labor

Slate Daily Feed

Journalist Steven Greenhouse says union membership has plummeted in the past 50 years, and Democrats haven’t done enough to fight Republican-backed anti-labor measures.

0 Min

Dec 20, 2016

What to Watch on Friday, March 10th

WSJ Minute Briefing

John Wordock reports on a much anticipated economic report, a new ad promoting GOP health plan, and U.S. household net worth hits record.

1 Min

Mar 10, 2017