Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria

By Cara Santa Maria

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Cara Santa Maria is a science communicator, television host, producer, and journalist. She is excited to present "Talk Nerdy," a place for conversations with interesting people about interesting topics.

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Episode 262 - Sahana Srinivasan
01:05:28

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with fellow Texan Sahana Srinivasan, host of Netflix’s “Brain Child.” They talk about what is was like to lead a show while finishing her college degree. In addition, they discuss the role of inclusion and diversity in science media, as Sahana is the first Indian-American woman to host a science television show in the United States.

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Jun 18, 2019
Episode 261 - Katie McKissick 2
01:12:10

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is once again joined in-studio by Katie McKissick, author and illustrator of Beatrice the Biologist. They talk about their mutual love of all things science and scicomm, including her newest book, “Everyday Amazing: Fascinating Facts About the Science that Surrounds Us.” Follow Katie: @BeatriceBiology.

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Jun 10, 2019
Episode 260 - Erin Clabough
01:13:33

In this week’s episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by neuroscientist and author, Dr. Erin Clabough. They talk about her new book, “Second Nature: How Parents Can Use Neuroscience to Help Kids Develop Empathy, Creativity, and Self-Control.” Also discussed: Erin’s path to science and motherhood, as well as evidence-supported insights for parents.

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Jun 03, 2019
Episode 259 - Elaine Weiss
01:15:31

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by the author of “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote,” Elaine Weiss. They talk about the fascinating history of women’s suffrage, including the brave individuals who fought against misogyny, racism, and corporate interests to secure the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Follow Elaine: @efweiss5.

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May 27, 2019
Episode 258 - Byron Pace
01:48:13

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with filmmaker, conservationist, hunter, and cohost of the “Into the Wilderness” podcast Byron Pace while attending a conference in Namibia. They discuss the controversial topic of African big game conservation, including the economic necessity of hunting programs in many regions. Follow Byron: @ByronJPace.

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May 20, 2019
Episode 257 - Maxi Louis
00:40:45

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, recorded in Windhoek, Namibia, Cara speaks with the Director of the Namibian Association of CBNRM (community-based natural resource management) Support Organisations, Maxi Louis. They talk about her work as an anti-apartheid activist, advocate for indigenous peoples in southern Africa, and champion for conservation.

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May 13, 2019
Episode 256 - Barry Sandrew
01:07:57

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Harvard neuroscientist-turned-visual effects pioneer Dr. Barry Sandrew. They talk about his innovative work in digital imaging for motion pictures, including his invention and later re-imagination of digital colorization. They also discuss what life is like living with prosopagnosia (face blindness). Follow Barry: @movieproducer.

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May 05, 2019
Episode 255 - Christie Aschwanden
01:13:40

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by science writer Christie Aschwanden to talk about her new book, “Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Sports Recovery.” They talk about the myths and pseudoscience often peddled within the exercise recovery industry, as well as the strength of the scientific evidence available. Follow Christie: @cragcrest.

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Apr 29, 2019
Episode 254 - Jeffrey Marlow
01:12:30

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Dr. Jeffrey Marlow, a science journalist, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and Geobiologist at Harvard University who studies deep-sea microbes. They talk about the importance of innovative technology to the scientific process, as well as the curious link between marine microbial communities and potential life on other worlds. Follow Jeffrey: @jj_marlow.

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Apr 24, 2019
Episode 253 - Stacey Finley
01:18:18

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara has an in-studio chat with Dr. Stacey Finley, head of the Computational Systems Biology Laboratory in the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering. They discuss the work she’s doing at the intersection of systems biology, chemical engineering, computer science, and materials science to develop novel mechanistic models of disease processes such as cancer. Follow Stacey: @USCSysBio_Lab.

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Apr 15, 2019
Episode 252 - Randi Hutter Epstein
01:18:46

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein, author of “Aroused: The History of Hormones and How they Control Just About Everything.” They talk about her work as a science and medicine writer, and her winding journey from M.D. to M.P.H. and everything in between. Then they focus on the topic of her new book, the fascinating history and current impact of human hormones. Follow Randi: @randihepstein.

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Apr 08, 2019
Episode 251 - Justin Shaifer
01:12:34

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Mr. Fascinate himself, Justin Shaifer. They talk about the work he’s doing to bring culturally responsive STEM curriculum to students and educators nationwide, as well as his animated series, ‘Hood Science. Follow Justin: @FascinateSci.

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Apr 01, 2019
Episode 250 - Rose Eveleth
00:34:33

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by producer, writer, and designer Rose Eveleth. They discuss the futuristic scenarios explored on Rose’s popular podcast, Flash Forward. They also spend an inordinate amount of time talking about archival footage and the importance of learning history, because, well, you know… Follow Rose: @roseeveleth.

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Mar 26, 2019
Episode 249 - Stacey Espinosa
01:12:01

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with Stacey Espinosa, Global Product Development Senior Manager for Mints and New Benefits at Mars Wrigley Confectionary. They talk about her dream job as a chemical engineer developing new candy flavors, as well as ways we can all help inspire young women to pursue STEM careers.

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Mar 18, 2019
Episode 248 - Burcin Becerik-Gerber
01:15:54

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined in-studio by Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber, founding director of the Innovation in Integrated Informatics Lab and the Center for Intelligent Environments, Technology, and Society at the University of Southern California. They talk about her work developing adaptive built environments using machine learning and systems thinking. They also discuss an incredible course she teaches called “Innovation in Engineering Design for Global Challenges,” in which USC students travel to refugee camps around the world to work with their inhabitants to design sustainable, feasible solutions to critical problems. Follow Burcin: @Becerik-Gerber.

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Mar 11, 2019
Episode 247 - Kristina Ropella
01:03:15

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Kristina (Kris) Ropella, Dean of the College of Engineering and professor of biomedical engineering at Marquette University. They talk about her research in biosignal processing and medical imaging for diagnostic biomedical devices. They also discuss her role as Dean of Engineering, a position that is still incredibly rare to be held by a woman. Follow Kris: @DeanRopellaMU.

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Mar 04, 2019
Episode 246 - Gary Paul Nabhan
00:59:32

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan, founder of the Center for Regional Food Studies at the University of Arizona. They talk about sustainability, conservation, indigenous agriculture, and his newest of several books, “Mesquite: An Arboreal Love Affair.” Follow Gary: @Ferhat9282468.

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Feb 25, 2019
Episode 245 - Livia Eberlin
01:00:34

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Dr. Livia Eberlin, an analytical chemist at the University of Texas. They talk about her recognition as a 2018 Sloan Research Fellow, Moore Inventor Fellow, and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient. They also discuss her incredible work at the intersection of chemistry and medicine, including the invention of the MasSpec Pen, a handheld device allowing for rapid, nondestructive analysis of cancerous tissue during surgery. Follow Livia: @livia_se.

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Feb 19, 2019
Episode 244 - Ross MacPhee
01:14:21

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Dr. Ross MacPhee, Curator of the Department of Mammalogy in the Division of Vertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History. They talk about his newest book, “End of the Megafauna: The Weight of the World’s Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest, Animals.” In it, Ross discusses new and exciting theories underlying the multiple extinction events of Earth’s largest prehistoric mammals.

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Feb 12, 2019
Episode 243 - Sonya Pemberton
01:14:42

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with award-winning documentarian and creative director of Genepool Productions, Sonya Pemberton. They talk about her newest film, Vitamania, as well as other projects she’s produced and aired across the globe. They also discuss the challenges bringing Australian-made films to an American audience in the current science media landscape. Follow Sonya: @pembertonfilms.

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Feb 04, 2019
Episode 242 - William Irvine
01:05:15

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Wright State University professor of philosophy Dr. William Irvine about his new book, “You: A Natural History.” They discuss the various identities that make you, well, you, including perspectives from evolutionary biology, genetics, and physics. Then the conversation turns to classical philosophy and the perspective of the stoics.

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Jan 28, 2019
Episode 241 - Shawn Sheehy
01:07:29

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by author and artist Shawn Sheehy to talk about his newest book, “Beyond the Sixth Extinction: A Post-Apocalyptic Pop-Up.” They discuss his journey into the paper arts as well as the ecological and evolutionary science that goes into his work. Follow Shawn on Facebook here.

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Jan 21, 2019
Episode 240 - David Quammen
01:27:37

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara connects with science writer David Quammen to talk about his new book, “The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life.” They discuss the complexity of modern evolutionary theory, from classical Darwinian natural selection to recent discoveries in the field of molecular phylogenetics. Follow David: @DavidQuammen.

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Jan 15, 2019
Episode 239 - J.R. Becker
00:55:09

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by J.R. Becker, author of the “Annabelle and Aiden” children’s book series. They discuss how his transition into fatherhood inspired him to write books for kids that emphasize science, skepticism, and awe. Follow J.R.: @AnnabelleNAiden.

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Jan 08, 2019
Episode 238 - Shah Selbe
01:25:16

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined in studio by National Geographic Explorer and conservation technologist, Shah Selbe. They talk about his work as the founder of Conservify, a non-profit organization dedicated to the democratization of data and technology to aid in global conservation. Follow Shah: @ShahSelbe.

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Dec 18, 2018
Episode 237 - Martin Rees
00:47:40

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara joins Astronomer Royal and Emeritus Professor of Astronomy and Cosmology, Lord Martin Rees, in his office at Cambridge University. They talk about his new book, “On the Future: Prospects of Humanity,” as well as his work as the co-founder of the Center for the Study of Existential Risk. They discuss the hazards of short-term decision-making and the great potential modern science and technology offers us to secure the future of planet Earth for generations to come.

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Dec 10, 2018
Episode 236 - Anna Rothschild
01:09:19

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Anna Rothschild, the creator and host of the incredible Washington Post Youtube series “Anna’s Science Magic Show Hooray!” They talk about her lifelong interest in how stuff works (including the gross stuff that never ceases to amaze and fascinate), as well as the ins and outs of creating, writing, animating, and starring in your own science Youtube series. Follow Anna: @Anna_Rothschild.

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Dec 03, 2018
Episode 235 - Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster
01:08:04

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined in studio by documentarians Christina Costantini and Darren Foster. They talk about their wonderful new film, Science Fair, which Cristina describes as a “love letter to the subculture that saved” her and critics agree will restore your faith in humanity. Follow the film: @ScienceFairFilm.

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Nov 27, 2018
Episode 234 - Chris Impey
01:13:32

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Chris Impey, astrophysicist and author of “Einstein’s Monsters: The Life and Times of Black Holes.” They discuss black holes’ rich history of discovery, from Galilean telescopes to spectroscopy to gravitational wave detection. Follow Chris: @ImpeyChris.

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Nov 19, 2018
Episode 233 - David George Haskell
01:06:26

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Dr. David George Haskell, the author of “Songs of Trees: Stories of Nature’s Great Connectors,” They juxtapose the joyous relationship humanity has long had with nature against modern abuses, such as consumption, destruction, and shortsightedness. David’s verbal expression is as eloquent as his writing—this poetic conversation will have you thinking about your place in the great ecosystem we call Earth. Follow David: @DGHaskell.

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Nov 13, 2018
Episode 232 - Tammy Ben-Yedidia
00:52:07

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, connects with Israeli-based immunologist and Chief Scientific Officer of BiondVax Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Tammy Ben-Yedidia. They discuss her incredible work developing and testing a multi-season, multi-strain “universal” flu vaccine. Follow Tammy’s work: @BiondVax.

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Nov 06, 2018
Episode 231 - Hannah Fry
01:09:30

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with mathematician Dr. Hannah Fry about her new book, “Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms.” They talk about her work as a television presenter for the BBC and a radio presenter for “The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry.” They also discuss the use on algorithms in modern society, including her own research into the mathematics of human behavior. Follow Hannah: @FryRsquared.

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Oct 30, 2018
Episode 230 - Kate Kenfield
01:03:25

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by speaker, writer, and empathy educator Kate Kenfield. They talk about her ingenious Tea & Empathy cards, which facilitate conversation in a non-confrontational and practical manner. They also discuss the necessity of empathy for effective interpersonal communication, with a special focus on social and emotional learning, consent, and gender differences. Follow Kate: @katekenfield.

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Oct 23, 2018
Episode 229 - Vince Beiser
01:06:29

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined in-studio by journalist Vince Beiser to talk about his new book, “The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How it Transformed Civilization.” They discuss the surprising and fascinating history of sand, from its foundational role in society to its dealings as a black market commodity. Follow Vince: @vincelb.

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Oct 16, 2018
Episode 228 - Ryan North
01:08:19

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with the creator and author of “Dinosaur Comics,” computer programmer-turned-writer Ryan North. From his incredible new book “How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler,” they discuss how one might build a civilization from scratch (if, you know, it comes to that). Follow Ryan: @ryanqnorth.

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Oct 08, 2018
Episode 227 - Alison Becker
01:43:27

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with actress Alison Becker (Parks and Recreation) about the ups and downs of the television industry with a special emphasis on the #MeToo era. They also discuss her work in sketch comedy, as well as her super cool side gig teaching improv to help people improve their communication skills. Follow Alison: @thealisonbecker.

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Oct 01, 2018
Episode 226 - Kevin Hainline
01:24:15

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Kevin Hainline, a postdoctoral researcher in astrophysics at the Steward Observatory in Tucson, Arizona. They discuss the nature of black holes and galaxies, the value of science communication, and his work on the upcoming JWST NIRCam (the imager for the James Webb Space Telescope). Follow Kevin: @Kevin_Hainline.

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Sep 24, 2018
Episode 225 - Mara Altman
01:07:45

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara sits down in studio with Mara Altman, author of the hilarious and enlightening new book, “Gross Anatomy: Dispatches from the Front (and Back).” They talk about the writing that originally inspired the book (her Kindle single “Bearded Lady”) as well as Mara’s journey to understand the origins of embarrassment and shame that often accompany our relationships with our bodies. Watch the trailer for her book here! Follow Mara: @maraaltman.

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Sep 17, 2018
Episode 224 - Sara MacSorley
01:03:34

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Sara MacSorley, the author of "Super Cool Scientists: A Coloring Book Celebrating Women in Science." They talk about her work in science communication, with a specific focus on what Sara is doing to promote inclusion and representation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Follow Sara: @SMacSorley.

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Sep 10, 2018
Episode 223 - Adam Rutherford
01:39:06

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Dr. Adam Rutherford, author of "A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes." They dive deep into human genetics, including what consumer DNA tests can and can't tell you about your genetic history. They also discuss the sordid history of eugenics as a scientific discipline. Follow Adam: @AdamRutherford.

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Sep 03, 2018
Episode 222 - Breanna Cox
00:59:14

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Breanna Cox, the Quality Assurance Manager at MedCure, Inc., a whole-body donation program. They detail what happens when you donate your body for science (education and research), including the care that is taken to maintain compassion and respect for your remains after you die. Follow Breanna's work: @MedCure_

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Aug 27, 2018
Episode 221 - Ben Goldfarb
01:06:54

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Ben Goldfarb, environmental journalist and author of the new book "Eager: The Surprising Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter." Ben informs Cara of little-known beaver facts and she admits to having never seen one in the wild! They also talk about the ecological importance of this strange, magnificent creature. Follow Ben: @ben_a_goldfarb.

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Aug 20, 2018
Episode 220 - Siva Kumari
01:09:56

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with the Director General of the International Baccalaureate (IB), Dr. Siva Kumari. They discuss her role as the first-ever woman to lead the IB, a 50-year-old multinational, not-for-profit foundation focused on delivering exceptional global education to students around the world. Follow Siva: @siva_kumari.

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Aug 13, 2018
Episode 219 - Adam Frank
01:15:01

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with Dr. Adam Frank, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Rochester. They talk about his new book, "Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth." Topics include: how we can shift our perspective on climate change to be better prepared for its challenges, and why we're likely not alone in the universe. Follow Adam: @AdamFrank4.

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Aug 07, 2018
Episode 218 - Helen Pates Jamet
01:18:16

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Dr. Helen Pates Jamet, a medical entomologist who specializes in malaria prevention, research, and vector control product development. She works as the Global Head of Research and Market Access for Vestergaard, the world's largest producer of long-lasting insecticidal bed nets. They talk about the global impact of malaria, a devastating disease that infects over 200 million people and causes nearly half a million deaths annually. Helen shares the incredible work she and others like her are doing to reduce transmission. Follow Helen's work: @vestergaard.

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Jul 31, 2018
Episode 217 - Eugenia Bone
01:15:00

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with Eugenia Bone, author of the new book "Microbia: A Journey into the Unseen World Around You." They discuss Eugenia's journey back to school to learn about the microbiome, the vast collection of all the microbes (and their genes) living inside you. They also talk about her fascinating career as a nature and food writer. Follow Eugenia: @eugeniabone.

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Jul 24, 2018
Episode 216 - Heather Burdick
01:06:05

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined in studio by Heather Burdick, the Director of Marine Operations for the Bay Foundation.  They talk about her work supporting the Marine Team on various projects involving research, monitoring, and ecological restoration throughout the Santa Monica Bay.  The specifically discuss the Palos Verdes Kelp Restoration Project and southern California abalone recovery efforts. Follow the Bay Foundation: @SMBRF.

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Jul 16, 2018
Episode 215 - Margot Mifflin
01:10:06

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Lehman College/City University of New York and CUNY's Newmark Graduate School of Journalism Professor Margot Mifflin. They talk about her research into feminist tattoo culture, including two of her books, "Bodies of Subversion" and "The Blue Tattoo." Follow Margot: @Msmifflin.

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Jul 10, 2018
Episode 214 - Bertha Vazquez
01:00:56

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Bertha Vazquez, the Director of the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, a division of the Center for Inquiry. They discuss her incredible work providing the tools and training necessary to effectively teach the science of evolution throughout middle schools in the United States. Follow TIES: @rdfrsTIES.

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Jul 02, 2018
Episode 213 - Michael Lemonick
01:07:19

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Michael Lemonick, the Opinion Editor at Scientific American.  They talk about his book, "The Perpetual Now: A story of amnesia, memory, and love."  He shares the tale of a woman whose brain was ravaged by encephalitis, disrupting her ability to form new memories and destroying her recollections from the past. However, her intellect and artistic ability remained relatively intact, providing researchers with insights into the wonders of the human mind. Follow Michael: @MLemonick.

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Jun 27, 2018
Episode 212 - Nick Pyenson
01:16:31

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History paleobiologist and Curator of Fossil Marine Mammals Dr. Nick Pyenson about his new book, "Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures." They talk about the similarities between cetaceans and land-dwelling mammals, along with what makes them unique among Earth's creatures (extinct and extant). Follow Nick: @PyensonLab.

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Jun 18, 2018
Episode 211 - Angela Garbes
01:00:09

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with Angela Garbes, author of Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy. Angela tells Cara about her own experiences as a writer and a mother, including the ways women lack pre- and postnatal support in American society. Follow Angela: @agarbes.

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Jun 12, 2018
Episode 210 - Carl Zimmer
00:53:44

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by celebrated science writer Carl Zimmer, author of "She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potentials of Heredity." They discuss the promises of modern genetics research and applications, as well as the dark history of the eugenics movement. Carl also tells of his personal journey to uncover the secrets that lie within his own genome. Follow Carl: @carlzimmer.

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Jun 04, 2018
Episode 209 - George Hrab
01:27:08

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by jack-of-all-trades and skeptic extraordinaire George Hrab. They talk about his work as the drummer of the Philadelphia Funk Authority and the producer/host of the Geologic Podcast. They also discuss the fun he has emceeing skeptic events across the globe. Follow George: @georgehrab.

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May 28, 2018
Episode 208 - Kari Byron
00:56:21

On this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Kari Byron to talk about her new book, "Crash Test Girl: An Unlikely Experiment in Using the Scientific Method to Answer Life's Toughest Questions." They talk about her time on Mythbusters, the importance of the scientific method, and how her work on television is empowering her daughter and other young girls to be who they really are. Follow Kari: @KariByron.

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May 21, 2018
Episode 207 - Samantha Yammine
01:12:48

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with science communicator and Ph.D. student Samantha Yammine, better known as Science Sam. They discuss the importance of the public dissemination of science, the special role social media has to play, and the difficulties facing some science communicators within their own institutions. They also talk about her research in stem cell biology and neuroscience! Follow Sam: @heysciencesam.

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May 15, 2018
Episode 206 - Robert Kurson
01:14:00

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with Robert Kurson, the author of "Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon." He describes the trials and tribulations of the Apollo 8 mission as well as the bravery and fortitude of the men and women who made it happen. In addition, they discuss the impact of the odyssey, during arguably one of the worst years in American history, 1968. Follow Robert: @robertkurson.

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May 07, 2018
Episode 205 - Sharon Weinberger
00:54:21

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Sharon Weinberger, the executive editor for news at Foreign Policy. They talk about her new book, "The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency that Changed the World." They discuss DARPA's successes and failures, including the internet, drones, Agent Orange, mass surveillance, and its curious relationship with climate science. Follow Sharon: @weinbergersa.

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May 01, 2018
Episode 204 - Lauren Ayton
01:12:43

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Lauren Ayton, the Director of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at Bionic Eye Technologies. They talk about all things vision, including how the eye works and what can go wrong with it. Then they discuss incredible bionic implants and prostheses that are offering the gift of sight to those who've been living without it. Follow Lauren: @DrLaurenAyton.

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Apr 23, 2018
Episode 203 - Lone Frank
01:13:05

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined in studio by science journalist Dr. Lone Frank, author of "The Pleasure Shock: The Rise of Deep Brain Stimulation and Its Forgotten Inventor." They discuss her work as a Danish science communicator and her history in academic neurobiology.  Then, Lone tells Cara about the fascinating history of Robert G. Heath, the Tulane psychiatrist who performed controversial surgeries and experiments while developing a groundbreaking procedure that was surely ahead of its time. Follow Lone: @Lone_Frank.

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Apr 16, 2018
Episode 202 - Mark O'Connell
1:09:29

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with author Mark O'Connell about his new book "To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death." They talk about the process of writing a book, a well as the things he learned during his investigation of the fascinating and sometimes troubling transhumanist movement. Follow Mark: @mrkocnnll.

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Apr 10, 2018
Episode 201 - Melissa Dahl
00:45:11

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with journalist and editor Melissa Dahl about her new book, “Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness.” They talk about what makes us shudder, from the sound of our own voices to the prospect of starting a conversation with strangers on the New York City subway. Follow Melissa: @melissadahl.

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Apr 02, 2018
Episode 200 - Cara Santa Maria AMA
01:10:00

It's the 200th episode of Talk Nerdy! To celebrate, Cara brings back the Ask Me Anything (AMA) format, with a twist! This week, Cara is joined in studio by friend of the show and host of the Ologies podcast, Alie Ward. She scans the brilliant questions provided by you, the Talk Nerdy listeners, and selects her favorites to turn the tables and interview Cara! They cover ground from space travel to science communication to Killer, of course! And Cara answers her famous final two questions. THANK YOU for an incredible 200 episodes! Talk Nerdy wouldn't be possible without the support of incredible listeners like you. Follow Alie @alieward and Cara @CaraSantaMaria.

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Mar 24, 2018
Episode 199 - Adam Becker
01:26:33

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined in studio by astrophysicist Dr. Adam Becker to talk about his new book, "What is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics." They talk about the important role philosophy plays in understanding the scientific process as well as what happens when you question one of the sacred cows of quantum physics, the Copenhagen interpretation. Follow Adam: @FreelanceAstro.

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Mar 19, 2018
Episode 198 - Alanna Mitchell
00:57:47

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with science journalist Alanna Mitchell about her new book, “The Spinning Magnet.” They examine magnetismʼs long history of discovery, including the hundreds of times the Earthʼs poles have flipped. Follow Alanna @amitchelltweets.

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Mar 12, 2018
Episode 197 - David Huntsberger
01:37:13

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined in studio by stand-up comedian David Huntsberger. They talk, among other random things, about the wonderful work he's doing on his science podcast, "The Space Cave."  Also discussed: the frustrating and fantastic world of freelance content creation. Follow Dave: @huntsbergerjunk.

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Mar 05, 2018
Episode 196 - Laurie Winkless
01:00:56

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara re-records her lost episode with scientist and author Laurie Winkless!  They bemoan the loss of Cara's laptop while discussing Laurie's new book, "Science and the City: The Mechanics Behind the Metropolis." Topics include how cities manage increasing water demand, Laurie's favorite feats of engineering, and a disgusting byproduct of human refuse, the "fatberg." Follow Laurie: @laurie_winkless.

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Feb 27, 2018
Episode 195 - Clifford Johnson
01:17:51

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara sits down with Dr. Clifford Johnson, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Southern California. They talk about his new book, "The Dialogues: Conversations About the Nature of the Universe," a graphic novel that explains physics for everyday people. Follow Clifford: @asymptotia.

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Feb 19, 2018
Episode 194 - Amanda Hendrix
00:57:18

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by planetary scientist Dr. Amanda Hendrix to talk about her book, “Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets” (coauthored by Charles Wohlforth). They dive deep into the fascinating moons of Saturn and all of the scientific (and potentially life-supporting!) information they have to offer. Follow Amanda: @arh_moons.

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Feb 13, 2018
Episode 193 - Ian Harris
01:21:02

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by comedian Ian Harris to talk about his new special, "ExtraOrdinary." They also discuss his work throughout the years as a so-called "skeptic comedian" and his work in the world of mixed martial arts. Follow Ian: @comediocre.

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Feb 05, 2018
Episode 192 - Kelly Loudenberg
00:48:59

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by filmmaker Kelly Loudenberg to discuss her new Netflix docuseries, "The Confession Tapes." They talk about the psychology of false or coerced confessions, including unethical police practices like the "Reid technique."

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Jan 30, 2018
Episode 191 - James Askew
01:18:07

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by James Askew, a PhD candidate in evolutionary biology at the University of Southern California’s Jane Goodall Research Center. They discuss his contributory work toward the recognition of a newly described species of Sumatran orangutan, the Tapanuli. They also talk about conservation of this critically endangered species, whose population numbers an estimated 800 individuals, making it the rarest great ape on the planet. Follow James: @jamesaaskew.

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Jan 21, 2018
Episode 190 - Natalie Newell
01:05:24

This week, Cara is joined by Natalie Newell, filmmaker and cohost of the Science Enthusiast Podcast. They discuss her new film “Science Moms” and just why skepticism is so important within the parenting community. Topics include GMOs, vaccines, and evidence-based thinking. Follow Natalie: @ncnewell.

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Jan 15, 2018
Episode 189 - Nate Blakeslee
00:55:29

In this episode, Cara is joined by Nate Blakeslee, author of “American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West.” They talk about the trials of O-Six, a Yellowstone wolf who symbolizes the modern struggle between hunters, ranchers, politicians, conservationists, and the wildlife that existed long before human beings came on the scene. Follow Nate: @Nate_Blakeslee.

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Jan 08, 2018
Episode 188 - Robert Sapolsky
00:46:07

Cara is joined by famed neuroendocrinologist Dr. Robert Sapolsky, author of the new book "Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst." They discuss the interplay between neurobiology, environment, development, and evolution in our decision-making processes, for better or worse. In seeking to understand why we do what we do, Dr. Sapolsky describes the very essence of what it means to be human.

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Dec 12, 2017
Episode 187 - Anne Fausto-Sterling
01:03:49

Cara dives deep into gender biology with Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling, the Nancy Duke Lewis Professor Emerita of Biology and Gender Studies in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Brown University. They talk frankly about gender and sexuality, including a discussion of its scientific, political, and social influences. Follow Anne: @Fausto_Sterling.

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Dec 04, 2017
Episode 186 - Scott Bembenek
01:06:30

Cara chats with computational chemist Dr. Scott Bembenek, author of "The Cosmic Machine: The Science That Runs Our Universe and the Story Behind It." They dig deep into the process of writing before exploring the history and systems of physics, from Galileo to Newton to Einstein and beyond. Follow Scott: @sbembenek18.

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Nov 27, 2017
Episode 185 - Morra Aarons-Mele
01:00:01

This week, Cara chats with Morra Aarons-Mele, the author of "Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert's Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You'd Rather Stay Home)." They discuss her work as the founder of "Women Online," a digital marketing agency that brings brands to a powerful audience: women. They also talk about the problems of the conference culture, and what women and introverts alike can do to overcome them. Follow Morra: @morraam.

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Nov 21, 2017
Episode 184 - Aurelie Beatley
01:09:52

Cara chats with illustrator and animator Aurelie Beatley about the new Smithsonian Earth series they worked on together, “The Secret World of Animal Sleep.” They discuss Aurelie’s background in science illustration as well as the fascinating process of animating this breathtaking science series. Bonus: lots of cool tidbits about animal slumber! Follow Smithsonian Earth: @SmithsonianErth.

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Nov 13, 2017
Episode 183 - Daniel Price
01:12:03

Cara chats with science fiction author Daniel Price about his newest book, "The Song of the Orphans." They talk about the deep process of creating alternative worlds on the written page. They also discuss themes of time and mortality, including very personal struggles Daniel has had with both. Follow Daniel: @SilversGuy.

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Nov 06, 2017
Episode 182 - Kelly Weinersmith
01:29:26

Cara chats with Dr. Kelly Weinersmith, co-author of "Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything." They talk about her work as a biologist and ecologist, focusing on parasitic agents that manipulate host behavior. Then the conversation shifts to her new book (co-written with her husband, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic creator Zach Weinersmith). You should read it. It's really good. Follow Kelly: @FuSchmu.

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Oct 31, 2017
Episode 181 - Tara Smith
01:02:54

Cara is joined by Professor of Epidemiology at Kent State University College of Public Health, Dr. Tara Smith. They talk about her work on zoonotic infectious (those that spillover from non-human animals to humans), with a specific focus on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) arising in livestock. Cara also shares her own tale of MRSA infection. Follow Tara: @aetiology.

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Oct 24, 2017
Episode 180 - Rachel Ignotofsky
01:13:10

Cara is joined by author and graphic designer Rachel Ignotofsky to talk about her two books, “Women in Science” and “Women in Sports.” They discuss the important contributions of the badass women featured in her books, as well as the importance of role modeling in modern society. Follow Rachel: @RachelIgnotofsky.

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Oct 17, 2017
Episode 179 - Tristan Gooley
01:04:36

Cara chats with Tristan Gooley, author of the new book, “How to Read Nature: Awaken Your Senses to the Outdoors You’ve Never Noticed.” They talk about the lost art of natural navigation, including the worldview that opens up when you begin to “intuit” your course. Follow Tristan: @NaturalNav.

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Oct 11, 2017
Episode 178 - Caitlin Doughty
01:14:51

Cara is joined in-studio by mortician and death-acceptance advocate, Caitlin Doughty. They talk about her new book, “From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death,” as well as her work revolutionizing the funeral industry with her non-profit mortuary “Undertaking LA.” Follow Caitlin: @TheGoodDeath.

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Oct 02, 2017
Episode 177 - Lee Dugatkin
01:18:24

Cara chats with evolutionary biologist, behavioral ecologist, and science historian Dr. Lee Dugatkin about his new book "How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog)" (coauthored with Lyudmila Trut). They discuss the famed Siberian silver fox experiment, learning a lot about evolution along the way. Follow Lee: @LeeDugatkin.

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Sep 26, 2017
Episode 176 - Rebeca Atencia
01:11:47

Cara connects across the globe with Dr. Rebeca Atencia, the Executive Director of the Jane Goodall Institute in the Congo and the Manager and Head Veterinarian at the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center. They talk about the joys and sorrows of working with orphaned chimpanzees, including our minor differences and profound similarities as species.

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Sep 18, 2017
Episode 175 - Kathryn Miles
01:02:01

Cara chats with journalist and author Dr. Kathryn Miles about her new book, "Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake." They talk about the natural history of disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes, how human activity is increasing their numbers and ferocity, and what we can do to be better prepared when disaster inevitably strikes. Follow Kathryn: @Kathryn_Miles.

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Sep 13, 2017
Episode 174 - Agustin Fuentes
01:12:36

Cara is joined by Dr. Agustin Fuentes, author of “The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional.” They discuss the similarities we share with non-human animals, as well as what makes us special, including the great responsibility we hold as shepherds of planet Earth. Follow Agustin: @AnthroFuentes.

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Sep 05, 2017
Episode 173 - Mary Ellen Hannibal
01:02:16

Cara chats with Mary Ellen Hannibal, author of "Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction." They talk about the power of citizen science in a world experiencing a stunning loss of biodiversity, as well as Mary Ellen's personal journey as a writer, a daughter, and a citizen scientist. Follow Mary Ellen: @mehannibal.

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Aug 29, 2017
Episode 172 - Carrie Nugent
01:06:24

Cara sits down with the author of "Asteroid Hunters," Dr. Carrie Nugent (professional asteroid hunter and Staff Scientist at Caltech/IPAC). They discuss recent and historical asteroid impacts and misses, as well as future plans for preventing an asteroid collision with Earth. Follow Carrie: @listen2spacepod.

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Aug 22, 2017
Episode 171 - Mario Livio
01:11:32

Cara is joined by renowned astrophysicist Dr. Mario Livio to talk about his new book, "Why?: What Makes Us Curious." They discuss the science behind curiosity, its uniquely human elements, and the fresh perspective a lifelong learner in astrophysics has to offer on the subject. Follow Mario: @Mario_Livio.

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Aug 14, 2017
Episode 170 - Joshua Rappoport
01:22:15

Cara is joined in studio by Dr. Joshua Rappoport, the Director of the Center for Advanced Microscopy and Nikon Imaging Center at Northwestern University. They dive into his new book, “The Cell: Discovering the Microscopic World that Determines Our Health, Our Consciousness, and Our Future.” 

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Aug 07, 2017
Episode 169 - Ivan Oransky
01:10:34

Cara is joined Ivan Oransky, MD, cofounder of “Retraction Watch.” They discuss his path from medicine to science journalism and the important work he’s doing shedding light on falsified, fabricated, fraudulent, and plagiarized articles in the scientific literature. Follow Ivan: @ivanoransky.

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Aug 01, 2017
Episode 168 - Britt Marie Hermes
01:28:28

Recording from the 2017 NECSS conference in New York City, Cara is joined by former naturopath Britt Marie Hermes. They talk about her journey from practicing naturopathic “doctor” to skeptical activist, including the dangers of alternative medicine practices like homeopathy, alternative cancer treatment, and other forms of pseudoscience. Follow Britt: @NaturoDiaries

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Jul 25, 2017
Episode 167 - Jodi McNeill
01:20:20

Cara has an in-studio chat with Jodi McNeill, Technical and Policy Analyst at the Pembina Institute. They talk about the massive environmental impact of the Alberta oil sands and their associated tailings ponds. Jodi shares her insight as a climate and energy policy professional, working to mediate between fossil fuel industries, environmental activists, and the public at large. Follow Jodi: @jodi_lm3.

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Jul 18, 2017
Episode 166 - Adam Piore
01:17:39

Cara speaks with journalist and author Adam Piore about his new book, “The Body Builders: Inside the Science of the Engineered Human.” Adam shares some his favorite stories from the book, including a “bionic man” and a blind woman who can “see” with her ears. Follow Adam: @adampiore.

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Jul 11, 2017
Episode 165 - Olivia Koski and Jana Grcevich
01:11:11

Cara is joined in studio by the dynamic duo Olivia Koski and Dr. Jana Grcevich. They work together at the Intergalactic Travel Bureau, where they help you plan your dream space vacation! They also co-wrote a beautiful new book, "Vacation Guide to the Solar System," so you can travel to distant planets from the safety of your home. Follow Oliva: @oliviakoski and Jana: @janagrc.

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Jul 04, 2017
Episode 164 - Ron Miscavige
01:15:04

Cara has a candid conversation with Ron Miscavige, author of “Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me,” about his life as a Scientologist and the difficulty he faced (and continues to face) after escaping the cult. They also talk about the messages and motivations of L Ron Hubbard and the ascendancy of his son, David, the leader of Scientology. Follow Ron: @MiscavigeRon.

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Jun 28, 2017
Episode 163 - Kavin Senapathy
01:04:13

Cara chats with skeptic, author, and science activist Kavin Senapathy about all of the things! They discuss health and food (with a special focus on GMOs), parenting, vaccines, and many other “contentious” topics every good skeptic should know. Follow Kavin: @ksenapathy.

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Jun 19, 2017