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Each week we bring you a new, in-depth exploration of the space where science and society collide. We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you though science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We want to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters.
 
Cadence is a podcast about music: how it affects your brain, your life, and the community in which you live. Join our host, cognitive neuroscientist and classically trained opera singer Indre Viskontas while we talk to scientists, musicians, musicologists, and composers to find answers to some of the biggest questions still surrounding the intersection of music and science. How much can we learn about the mind with music as the lens?
 
What gets you curious? Virtual experiences, celestial bodies, water worlds or maybe just the tiniest mysteries inside your brain? The endlessly curious and curiously funny, Gillian Jacobs (Community, Netflix's LOVE) and Diona Reasonover (NCIS), step off set to go on tangents with real-life astronauts, astrophysicists, science artists, mathematician-types and other really smart people that investigate what seems impossible.
 
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We need to talk about volcanoes. Seriously. From the Pacific Ring of Fire to Mount Erebus, which holds an active lava lake, volcanoes have altered the very landscape of our planet, according to volcanologist Kayla Iacovino. Then, actress Zazie Beetz (Atlanta, Joker) helps share the story of severe storm researcher Dr. Tetsuya ‘Ted’ Fujita, aka Mr. …
 
In the summer of 2019 - long before the world heard of COVID - author, researcher extraordinaire, and ‘Gastropod’ co-host, Nicola Tilley and her husband and co-author, Geoff Manaugh, told a rapt audience, “You and everyone around you is going to be quarantined, is going to experience quarantine in your lifetimes.” They had just presented their exte…
 
Spiders have been getting a bad wrap, according to expert Hannah Wood. We talk about how they’ve evolved over hundreds of millions of years, their species diversity and... the chelicerae (a.k.a., spider jaws). Then, we share a story about an animator and special effects artist who created an iconic horror movie monster. Plus, Gillian gets a shoutou…
 
Among COVID-19’s many side effects are two that seem to be in direct conflict – on the one hand we’ve all become armchair epidemiologists, and on the other, conspiracy theories are at an all time high. In the common search for answers regarding the virus, some have put all their faith in the certainties of science while others are just as committed…
 
Why is Hollywood obsessed with time travel? Theoretical physicist Dr. Clifford V. Johnson breaks down black holes, string theory, science consulting on Marvel flicks and how time travel to the future might not be total fiction. Then, a story about dark matter, and why actress Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Cruella, Killing Eve) thinks we’re all living on a…
 
Over the years, music producers have tried to predict what audiences want to hear while at the same time advances in science and technology have taught us a lot about what happens in the brain when we listen to music that we love. Now, David Rosen, CEO and Co-founder of Secret Chord Labs, has brought these two fields together to explore the potenti…
 
What are your thoughts regarding the relationship between the mind and the brain? For that matter, what are your thoughts? Iris Berent has definitely done some deep thinking on these questions, unearthing the stories we tell ourselves about what we know and who we are as well as the impact these stories can have. She shares her thoughts here today …
 
When was the last time you thought about geometry? Unless you're an architect or a kindergarten teacher, you probably don't spend a lot of time thinking about shapes. But mathematician Jordan Ellenberg wants to bring geometry back, and show us not just how shapes can measure the world, but how they can explain it. Support the show: https://www.patr…
 
Suzanne LaGrande speaks with journalist, writer, media educator Lisa Loving, author of Street Journalist:Understand and Report the News in Your Community. In this episode of Disobedient Femmes, Lisa talks about her career in grassroots journalism, the future of journalism and news media in general, and why it's important for ordinary people to unde…
 
Joining Indre on the podcast today is University of Virginia Professor, Leidy Klotz. A former professional soccer player, Leidy has gone on to pursue his interest in studying how we transform things from how they are to how we want them to be, and has written for a number of prominent publications including The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, …
 
Suzanne LaGrande interviews award-winning screenwriter, film director, and director Gemma Whelan. Whelan is the artistic director and founder of the Corrib theater, a theater in Portland Oregon dedicated to producing plays by contemporary Irish playwrights. In this episode of Disobedient Femmes, Whelan discusses immigrating from Ireland to study th…
 
How is our new digital media world is changing our world for better and for worse? How do we create, resist or change social norms around digital devices? Suzanne LaGrande interviews psychologist, activist, speaker Doreen Dogen-Magee, author of Deviced: Balancing Life and Technology in Today's Digital World. In this episode of Disobedient Femmes, D…
 
Suzanne LaGrande interviews Ayser Salman, writer, editor and author of The Wrong End of the Table: A Mostly Comic Memoir of a Muslim Arab American Woman Just Trying to Fit In. In this episode of Disobedient Femmes, Salman traces her unlikely journey from Baghdad to Hollywood, by way of Ohio, Saudi Arabia and Kentucky. First comes Immigration, then …
 
This is literally our most fun episode yet. Listen to our full game of D&D with Felicia Day (Supernatural, Buffy), Erika Ishii (Apex Legends) and Jasmine Bhullar (Twitch). Warning: After you hit play, you may spend the next 45 minutes with a smile on your face. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Why do we love music? Why do we turn to music to comfort us after a breakup? Why does music have the power to unite a group of people? In this episode of Disobedient Femmes, Suzanne LaGrande interviews opera singer and neuroscientist Indre Viskontas, author of How Music Can Make Us Better. Viskontas discusses the connection between neuroscience and…
 
What can games tell us about who we are? Game designer Mitu Khandaker sees a connection between the earliest forms of play and modern day virtual reality. It’s head spinning! Plus, we play a little unofficial Dungeons and Dragons with Felicia Day (Supernatural, Buffy), Erika Ishii (Apex Legends) and Jasmine Bhullar (Twitch)! See omnystudio.com/list…
 
Suzanne LaGrande interviews researcher, editor and writer Katherine Rowland, author of The Pleasure Gap: American Women and the Unfinished Sexual Revolution. In this episode of Disobedient Femmes, Rowland discusses why how American culture is more sexually liberal than ever, yet millions of American women experience the sexual malaise clinically kn…
 
Why do we put on sad songs for a good cry? Why do certain melodies give us the chills? We get the details from neuroscientist and singer Dr. Indre Viskontas, who looks at how music affects the brain. Then, we’re joined by special guests Jessie Ennis (Mythic Quest) and Brie Larson (Captain Marvel). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information…
 
Suzanne LaGrande speaks with award-winning composer, singer, performance artist and founder of the Big Mouth Society, Emily Lau. In this episode of Disobedient Femmes, Lau discusses her career as a professional classically trained singer, the life-changing event that lead her to composing and her work as director of Big Mouth Society, a community-s…
 
Food writer J. Kenji López-Alt gets us thinking about cooking as a science. A kitchen is kind of like a lab. So, what experiments do you do? Then later, we fall down a rabbit hole on Google investigating an often misunderstood ingredient. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.By Stitcher & Gillian Jacobs, Diona Reasonover
 
Between 2014 and 2016 Google spent $265 million dollars to diversify their workforce, but their percentage of black employees remains at 2%. In this episode of Disobedient Femmes Suzanne LaGrande talks to award- winning journalist, professor at New York University, and author of the recently published book, Diversity Inc, The Failed Promise of a Bi…
 
How do fossil hunters know where to dig? How is it possible dinosaurs are still flying in the sky? What are feathers? Paleontologist Dr. Jingmai O'Connor talks to us about the connection between modern day birds and avian dinosaurs.Then later, actor Ken Jeong (The Hangover, Community) helps tell a story about the mysteries at the center of the Eart…
 
Suzanne LaGrande interviews journalist, writer and editor Lily Dancyger about her recently published collection of essays, Burn It Down: Women Writing about Anger. The twenty-two essays in this collection from writers of diverse ages and backgrounds explore the things that make the writers angry, and represent the varieties of women's anger and the…
 
Raven Baxter, aka Raven The Science Maven, is a rapper, YouTube personality and yes, a scientist. She answers our every question about molecular biology, and offers an unforgettable lesson in how to stay true to yourself. Later, special guest Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live, Home Economics) helps share the story of a doctor who battled a tough …
 
Suzanne LaGrande talks with journalist, teacher and renowned feminist writer Ariel Gore about her new book, Hexing The Patriarchy: 26 Potions, Spells and Magical Elixirs to Embolden Resistance. In this episode of Disobedient Femmes, Gore talks about how magic has always been a resource for the disenfranchised and the different ways it may be used t…
 
It’s beyond time to think about how we live in what we wear, according to Camila Chiriboga, an emerging clothing designer from Ecuador. We talk to her about designing for people with disabilities, including people who are blind or visually impaired. Then, special guest Briana Venskus (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sorry For Your Loss) helps shar…
 
Why are coral reefs so mesmerizing? And what do they have to do with hyperbolic geometry? With delicate precision, science artist Margaret Wertheim helps crochet incredible reefs, explaining their connection to mathematics and conservation. Then later, we share a story about an early experiment to capture images of marine plants! See omnystudio.com…
 
This week: New research on the first known interstellar object in our solar system, A/2017 U1—or Oumuamua—suggesting it’s probably a chunk of a Pluto-like planet, and not from aliens; research that used 2,000 microphones to get super detailed recordings of hummingbirds and learn how they make the sounds they make; the impact of alcohol consumption …
 
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