Helen Zaltzman, host of "The Allusionist" podcast, explains how U.K. spies have been abusing a surveillance database to look up the birth dates of their loved ones... in order to send them birthday cards and arrange passports for personal travel.
Atlas Obscura Editor-in-Chief Reyhan Harmanci fills us in on how lab temperatures are screwing up study results by making the mice too cold. If only scientists thought more like Frank Zappa.
Helen Rosner, executive editor of "Eater" and co-host of "The Eater Upsell," fills us in on how robotic animals are helping wildlife officers hunt hunters.
The hosts of "Another Round" tell Brendan and Rico why they're the wrong people to ask about #OscarsSoWhite and why Hollywood needs to get a little more creative.
Brittany Luse, host of "Sampler" and co-host of "For Colored Nerds," fills us in on how a computer glitch sparked an epic competitive price war between two gas stations in Toledo, Ohio.
Shereen Marisol Meraji, who reports on race issues for NPR's "Code Switch" team, breaks down the clunky and corny ways politicians have been trying to court Latino voters. She also shares the story of one man's quest to get back at the British Board of Film Classification by making them watch paint dry for 607 minutes. Yes, really.
The Mash-Up Americans co-host Rebecca Lehrer tells us about Airly, a new service that offers unlimited travel to major cities in exchange for AU$2,500 a month (that's $1,711.23 in the U.S). Maybe New Yorkers should consider living on planes?