Episode 2 It’s Alive!

danah boyd and contestant Helen Beilinson confer during the Wheel of Maximum Danger round. (Photo: Lucy Sutton)

Tales from the natural world: the mule lobby; marine animals that will either live forever or kill you (or both); and the wonders of poop soup. Featuring a panel of three relatively bright people:

Danah Boyd, social media scholar at New York University and principal researcher at Microsoft Research, who has a past full of pageantry.

Chris Gethard, comedian and playwright/star of the new off-Broadway show, Career Suicide. When not on stage, you’ll find him in abandoned mental hospitals.

Simon Winchester, author of many nonfiction books, including The Professor and the Madman, which is in the process of getting the big-screen treatment. Possibly the first ex-con to be a TMSIDK panelist. Possibly.

Our Real-Time Fact Checker is Jody Avirgan of FiveThirtyEight.