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The Best Of Our Knowledge #1523 "Genuine Fakes"


Whenever we hear the word fake these days, the mental reflex is to think the word news. But fakes have been a part of society, well pretty much forever. It’s the history of fakes that we’re talking about today with Dr. Lydia Pyne, a writer and historian of science, and currently a visiting researcher at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her new book is called “Genuine Fakes – How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff”.

We’ll also hear how becoming a fitness teacher saved a woman’s mental health…and spend an Academic Minute learning how beer is saving neighborhoods.