John Siracusa educates Jason Snell about what is, and what is not, a robot.

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Salad

From leafy greens to sugary Jell-O concoctions, all sorts of things are called salads.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


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115

Barbecue

Continuing our confused series of episodes about food-related topics, it’s time for John and Jason to talk about Jason’s favorite food style and what happens when you put food on a grill.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


114

Smoothie

If everything can be a smoothie, then nothing is. So we try to define what makes a smoothie and acts as a bulwark against the milkshake.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


113

Art

I don’t know what it is, but I know it when I see it.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


112

Donuts

We don’t know quite what an old-fashioned donut is, but we know what we like… and what we don’t.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


111

Artificial Intelligence

What makes machine intelligence “real AI”? And what is the difference between strong and weak AI?

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


110

Anime and Kaiju

The very definition of video entertainment from Japan.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


109

Sport

What makes something a sport, and not an exercise or a game?

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


108

Condiments and Favorite Foods

Exploring Jason’s favorite food, what a “favorite food” even is, and the hazy dividing line between condiments and other edibles.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


107

Science Fiction

What’s science fiction? And more importantly, is Star Wars science fiction, fantasy, or something else?

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


106

Computer Chips

Is everything a computer chip? Is nothing a computer chip? Jason thinks this is gonna be good. John thinks it’s obvious.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


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