For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature's positive effects on the brain.
In this informative and highly entertaining account, intrepid science reporter Florence Williams sets out to uncover the latest scientific findings from the fields of anthropology, biology, and medicine. Her investigation follows the life cycle of the breast from puberty to pregnancy to menopause, taking her from a plastic surgeon's office, where she learns about the importance of cup size in Texas, to the laboratory, where she discovers the presence of environmental toxins in her own breast milk.
"Every Person with Boobs Should Read This!"
Breasts have been bared, flaunted, measured, inflated, suckled, pierced, tassled -- and in every way fetishized by our society.
Even though we still live in a big-boob bubble, many women are voluntarily reducing their breast size. Others are happily deciding to “go flat” after cancer, while transgender parents are coaxing milk out of transformed breasts. Are we entering a post-boob universe, one in which women are taking more control over what their breasts look like? Can women ever really take back their breasts?
The little red hen could have used some help. She even asked for it. However, no help would come and even though it was difficult the hen invested in her future in the best way she knew how. A classic story that reinforces the idea of hard work and personal responsibility. Narrated by Glenn Hascall.
It can save babies’ lives and supply rarified fatty acids, antibodies and proteins. But breastmilk also contains tons of mysterious sugars not digestible by babies. So what are they for? And what can the answer teach us about the future of health and medicine, even for adults?
Mike Partain was born on a storied Marine Corps base in North Carolina. Thirty-nine years later, he was diagnosed with breast cancer. Then he started finding old neighbors who had been diagnosed, too. Thanks to these rare male outliers, scientists are learning more about what causes one of the deadliest women's diseases in the world.
Retailers are now selling bras with princess characters on them. Girls are reaching puberty earlier than ever before. In this episode, we talk to some families and experts at the center of the quest to understand how modern life is changing breasts, and what it means for our future.
In this episode, we talk to Chelsea Handler about her relationship with her large and well-publicized rack, and find out what chemicals she has coursing through her bloodstream that might endanger her (and everyone’s) prized organs.
Every mammal has mammary glands, but only humans have permanent, rounded, full-on breasts. Why? What are breasts really for, anyway? The answers matter, because they influence how we see each other and see ourselves. In this episode, Florence Williams climbs the largest breasts in the world (they’re in England) and talks to Oxford’s Desmond Morris, author of the classic book, The Naked Ape.
In modern-day America, we’re constantly bombarded with images of perfectly round, big, pneumatic knockers. Where did this ideal come from, and is it really everyone’s favorite boob type? Florence Williams administers the “Swami test” to find out which breast size most men prefer, and tries to get to the bottom of some of our most cherished and misguided myths.