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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by natural history writer, photographer, and wildlife tour guide Jon Dunn to talk about his newest book, "The Glitter in the Green: In Search of Hummingbirds." They talk about his journey across the globe to witness the beauty and splendor of different hummingbird species, as well as the lessons he lear…
 
Eric Lyons recently finished a BA in Science and Technology at Colorado State University and is now enrolled in a graduate program. He’s also a comedian, an interesting person, a searcher, and lots more. We chat about all this and more. A call to Daniel Alberto starts things off. Music at the end from Beach Fossils with Sugar.…
 
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by neurologist and author Dr. Suzanne O’Sullivan to talk about her new book, “The Sleeping Beauties: And Other Stories of Mystery Illness.” They discuss the fascinating and complex phenomenon of psychogenic disease, including how changes to the culture of medicine could improve biopsychosocial wellness.…
 
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Andy Norman, director of the Humanism Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University and founder of the Cognitive Immunology Research Initiative (CIRCE). They talk about his new book, “Mental Immunity: Infectious Ideas, Mind Parasites, and the Search for a Better Way to Think.”…
 
The wonderful Jim Browning joined me this week to talk about his very admirable cause of trying to stop those awful telephone scammers in their tracks. We chat about how he does it, and some of the more popular scams to watch out for as well as his experiences with those pesky conspiracy theorists. Jim's channel can be found here: https://www.youtu…
 
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Natalia Pasternak, Brazilian microbiologist, skeptic, and popularizer of science. They talk about her work fighting back against the blatant anti-science rhetoric of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.By Cara Santa Maria
 
Gav from the brilliant Slow Mo Guys joined us this week to talk about his fantastic channel and of course THAT video of the spinning ball with water on, which the flat Earthers always use. He also faces off against Catz in The Scientist Game. You can find the Slow Mo Guys here: https://www.youtube.com/user/theslowmoguys Thank you all for listening!…
 
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara has the opportunity to speak with her favorite living author, Mary Roach. They talk about her newest book, “Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law,” as well as her illustrious career reporting on and writing about the quirky, profound, and bitingly funny vicissitudes of human experience.…
 
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by writer-in-residence at the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute, adrienne maree brown. They talk about her two newest books, “Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation” and “We Will Not Cancel Us: And Other Dreams of Transformative Justice.” Topics discussed include: rac…
 
TikTok debunker Alexander Steward joined us this week on the podcast to talk about his rise on the short video platform, as well as all the conspiracies he's come across. And he faces off against Catz in the scientist game! You can find him here on TokTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@awrstewart?lang=en And here on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/a…
 
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by physicist Dr. Walter E. Massey to talk about his long and distinguished career as the past head of the National Science Foundation, president and chairman of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, director of Argonne National Laboratory, and president of Morehouse College, among cou…
 
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Eliza VanCort, author of “A Woman’s Guide to Claiming Space: Stand Tall. Raise Your Voice. Be Heard.” They talk about her harrowing childhood and recovery from a traumatic brain injury, which influenced her work in women’s empowerment and anti-racism.By Cara Santa Maria
 
Astronomer Phil Plait joined us this week to talk Bad Astronomy, his work on the Hubble space telescope and he participates in a very close game of The Scientist game with Catz. Here is Phil's website: https://www.syfy.com/tags/bad-astronomy And the crash course astronomy playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtPAJr1ysd5yGIyiSFu…
 
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by astrophysicist Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi to talk about his new book, "A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars." They discuss his work in both theoretical cosmology and applied astrophysics as well as the absolute necessity of representation in the sciences.…
 
Robin Ince joined us this week to tell us all about how he got his interest in science, the birth of the Infinite Monkey Cage Podcast AND he faces off against Catz in a fake flat Earth debate! It really is epic! You can find the infinite monkey cage podcast here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00snr0w/episodes/downloads And you can find all the …
 
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by science communicator Ginny Smith to talk about her new book, “Overloaded: How Every Aspect of Your Life is Influenced by Your Brain Chemicals”. They discuss the importance of neurotransmission, the role different neurochemicals play in brain function, and when we shouldn’t believe the hype.…
 
The wonderful Cara Santa Maria joined us this week to chat all things skeptical, how she got her start in science and of course she faces off against Catz in the Scientist game. You can find Cara here on twitter: @CaraSantaMaria And of course on The Skeptics Guide to the Universe too: https://www.theskepticsguide.org/ And here is her Talk Nerdy Pod…
 
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by award-winning mathematician Dr. Jordan Ellenberg to talk about his newest book, "Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy, and Everything Else." They discuss the importance of mathematics education, as well as the geometry that lies beneath the scientific, political, an…
 
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