All Episodes

How Illusions Can Explain Reality

Illusions teach us how our brain constructs a three-dimensional reality using 2-D images.

Can Life Really Be Explained By Physics?

Joe talks biology with science communicator extraordinaire Prof. Brian Cox.

Why Don't Big Animals Get More Cancer?

We explore why animals like whales, elephants, and other large animals not get cancer.

What’s Actually on the Other Side of a Mirror?

The real magic of mirrors is far stranger and more interesting, as you’re about to learn.

About Be Smart

This is a show about science. But it's probably not about science the way you're used to it. Hosted by Joe Hanson, author of the science blog, It's Okay to be Smart. Part of the PBS Digital Studios network.

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