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Do you have a curious mind? Do you sometimes daydream about having a PhD in literature, science, or history? Go inside the minds of PhDs at Harvard University with the Veritalk podcast. Veritalk is produced at Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In each three-episode miniseries of Veritalk, you’ll hear how PhD students from different fields are trying to answer really big questions about the world.

Latest Episodes

Plumage Episode 1: Love is a Battlefield

In our first episode about plumage, Harvard PhD student Dakota McCoy tries to find out why some birds make super-black feathers.

16 MIN2018 FEB 9
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Plumage Episode 1: Love is a Battlefield

Plumage Episode 2: The Wild Blue Yonder

Victoria Hwang and Annie Stephenson, PhD students in applied physics, use bird plumage as the inspiration for their work on structural color.

18 MIN2018 FEB 16
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Plumage Episode 2: The Wild Blue Yonder

Plumage Episode 3: Puttin' on the Ritz

Ever wonder why we think of a suit as "masculine" and a dress as "feminine?" American Studies PhD student Chloe Chapin has wondered that, too - and she's digging back into history to figure out where our ideas about human "plumage" began.

22 MIN2018 FEB 23
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Plumage Episode 3: Puttin' on the Ritz

Displacement Episode 1: The Rohingya

Cresa Pugh, a sociology PhD student, visits the camps in Burma where more than 140,000 Rohingya Muslims are forced to live, and learns how a minority group became marginalized and persecuted.

17 MIN2018 JUL 6
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Displacement Episode 1: The Rohingya

Displacement Episode 2: The Shipwreck

Argyro Nicolaou, a PhD student in Comparative Literature, wants us to take a second look at the literature and art that displaced people produce, particularly in the Mediterranean. Can we find common ground between displaced Greeks in World War II, and displaced Syrians today?

14 MIN2018 JUL 13
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Displacement Episode 2: The Shipwreck

Displacement Episode 3: The Estranged

PhD graduate in Sociology Monica Bell’s interviews with poor youth of color in Baltimore led her to formulate the idea of “legal estrangement.” While the press focuses on a “trust gap” between black youth and the police, Monica believes that the issue is far deeper. Her interviews revealed a generation of young Americans who feel both stateless and powerless.

17 MIN2018 JUL 20
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Displacement Episode 3: The Estranged

Monsters Episode 1: Mermaids

Mermaids: They’re cute, innocent, and great singers, right? Think again! PhD candidate in Celtic Languages and Literatures Greg Darwin explains why you wouldn’t want to meet a mermaid in a dark aquatic alley. He also talks about selkie tales – and legendary creatures that live at the edge of humanity.

15 MIN2018 OCT 19
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Monsters Episode 1: Mermaids

Monsters Episode 2: Parasites

Some monsters live inside us. PhD candidate in Biological Sciences in Public Health Maddy McFarland studies Trypanosoma cruzi, a parasite that transforms its shape to sneak inside our cells and makes us sick. The scariest part: Our cells can’t signal that they’re infected until it’s too late.

17 MIN2018 OCT 26
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Monsters Episode 2: Parasites

Monsters Episode 3: King Kong vs. Gravity

Why isn’t King Kong scaling the Empire State Building right now? Should we worry about Godzilla rising from the depths of the Pacific Ocean? Shane Campbell-Staton, co-host of the podcast The Biology of Superheroes and Harvard PhD ’15 in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, talks about our favorite movie monsters, and some of the biological processes that could make them come to life.

18 MIN2018 NOV 2
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Monsters Episode 3: King Kong vs. Gravity

4.1 Hello, you’ve reached. . . Manila?

One jetlagged night in Manila leads PhD candidate Justin Stern into the world of business process outsourcing. The first episode in Veritalk's series on the Secret Lives of Cities.

17 MINJAN 25
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4.1 Hello, you’ve reached. . . Manila?

Latest Episodes

Plumage Episode 1: Love is a Battlefield

In our first episode about plumage, Harvard PhD student Dakota McCoy tries to find out why some birds make super-black feathers.

16 MIN2018 FEB 9
Comments
Plumage Episode 1: Love is a Battlefield

Plumage Episode 2: The Wild Blue Yonder

Victoria Hwang and Annie Stephenson, PhD students in applied physics, use bird plumage as the inspiration for their work on structural color.

18 MIN2018 FEB 16
Comments
Plumage Episode 2: The Wild Blue Yonder

Plumage Episode 3: Puttin' on the Ritz

Ever wonder why we think of a suit as "masculine" and a dress as "feminine?" American Studies PhD student Chloe Chapin has wondered that, too - and she's digging back into history to figure out where our ideas about human "plumage" began.

22 MIN2018 FEB 23
Comments
Plumage Episode 3: Puttin' on the Ritz

Displacement Episode 1: The Rohingya

Cresa Pugh, a sociology PhD student, visits the camps in Burma where more than 140,000 Rohingya Muslims are forced to live, and learns how a minority group became marginalized and persecuted.

17 MIN2018 JUL 6
Comments
Displacement Episode 1: The Rohingya

Displacement Episode 2: The Shipwreck

Argyro Nicolaou, a PhD student in Comparative Literature, wants us to take a second look at the literature and art that displaced people produce, particularly in the Mediterranean. Can we find common ground between displaced Greeks in World War II, and displaced Syrians today?

14 MIN2018 JUL 13
Comments
Displacement Episode 2: The Shipwreck

Displacement Episode 3: The Estranged

PhD graduate in Sociology Monica Bell’s interviews with poor youth of color in Baltimore led her to formulate the idea of “legal estrangement.” While the press focuses on a “trust gap” between black youth and the police, Monica believes that the issue is far deeper. Her interviews revealed a generation of young Americans who feel both stateless and powerless.

17 MIN2018 JUL 20
Comments
Displacement Episode 3: The Estranged

Monsters Episode 1: Mermaids

Mermaids: They’re cute, innocent, and great singers, right? Think again! PhD candidate in Celtic Languages and Literatures Greg Darwin explains why you wouldn’t want to meet a mermaid in a dark aquatic alley. He also talks about selkie tales – and legendary creatures that live at the edge of humanity.

15 MIN2018 OCT 19
Comments
Monsters Episode 1: Mermaids

Monsters Episode 2: Parasites

Some monsters live inside us. PhD candidate in Biological Sciences in Public Health Maddy McFarland studies Trypanosoma cruzi, a parasite that transforms its shape to sneak inside our cells and makes us sick. The scariest part: Our cells can’t signal that they’re infected until it’s too late.

17 MIN2018 OCT 26
Comments
Monsters Episode 2: Parasites

Monsters Episode 3: King Kong vs. Gravity

Why isn’t King Kong scaling the Empire State Building right now? Should we worry about Godzilla rising from the depths of the Pacific Ocean? Shane Campbell-Staton, co-host of the podcast The Biology of Superheroes and Harvard PhD ’15 in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, talks about our favorite movie monsters, and some of the biological processes that could make them come to life.

18 MIN2018 NOV 2
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Monsters Episode 3: King Kong vs. Gravity

4.1 Hello, you’ve reached. . . Manila?

One jetlagged night in Manila leads PhD candidate Justin Stern into the world of business process outsourcing. The first episode in Veritalk's series on the Secret Lives of Cities.

17 MINJAN 25
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4.1 Hello, you’ve reached. . . Manila?
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