Smarty Pants Podcast

From the Horse’s Mouth

True tales of horse historians, mad bombers, and infinite jam jars

By Stephanie Bastek | June 9, 2017
Flickr/Defense Images/Sergeant Adrian Harlen
Flickr/Defense Images/Sergeant Adrian Harlen


Susanna Forrest takes us down the bridle path of our long relationship with horses; Michael Cannell tells the story of New York’s mad bomber and the invention of criminal profiling; and Eugenia Cheng shares her infinite enthusiasm for the link between mathematics and art.

Go beyond the episode:

• Susanna Forrest’s The Age of the Horse, and her blog about horse history and news
• Michael Cannell’s Incendiary
Track the mad bomber through New York City on this map
• Eugenia Cheng’s Beyond Infinityand her attempt to teach Stephen Colbert how to make puff pastry
Natalie Angier’s review of How to Bake Pi (delicious!)

Tune in every two weeks to catch interviews with the liveliest voices from literature, the arts, sciences, history, and public affairs; reports on cutting-edge works in progress; long-form narratives; and compelling excerpts from new books. Hosted by Stephanie Bastek.

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