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Mary Roach

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Bonus: Angry Birds and Hairbrained Humans with Mary Roach

Crazy Town

In her latest book "Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law," Mary Roach approaches the topic of human-wildlife conflict with entertaining stories, scientific insight, and a healthy dose of wit and humor. There are plenty of animal stories in this episode, from marauding mountain lions to bothersome bears, from macaques who are jerks to gulls who are dicks, and of course that most meddlesome of all species – the human being. The phrase "going out clubbing" takes on a decidedly macabre meaning when the context is U.S. military attempts to control albatrosses living their lives near an air base. And find out if a scenario seemingly cribbed from an unaired "Breaking Bad" script portends the collapse of civilization. Hiding amidst all the stories and fun are big implications for ecosystems, biodiversity conservation, and human society. For episode notes and more information, please visit our website.Support the show


12 Oct 2022

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Mary Roach

City Arts & Lectures

Mary Roach is the author of the books Stiff, Spook, Bonk, Gulp, Grunt, and Packing for Mars, all of which bring her distinctly funny voice to popular science subjects. Her new book Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law, combines little-known forensic science and conservation genetics with a motley cast of laser scarecrows, trespassing squirrels, and more of “nature’s lawbreakers,” offering hope for compassionate coexistence in our ever-expanding human habitat. Roach has written for National Geographic, Wired, and The New York Times Magazine. Malia Wollan is director of the UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She co-founded the fellowship in 2013 with Michael Pollan. Wollan is also a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine where she writes the weekly Tip column. This program was recorded live at the Sydney Goldstein Theater on September 29, 2021.

1hr 8mins

4 Sep 2022

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From the Vault: "Fuzz" with Mary Roach

Stuff To Blow Your Mind

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe welcome acclaimed science writer Mary Roach back to the show to discuss her new book "Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law." (originally published 09/14/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


11 Aug 2022

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Exploring sex science and pseudo-science (with Mary Roach)

Clearer Thinking with Spencer Greenberg

What are some surprising discoveries in the science of sex? What should we do when animals break human laws (e.g., when they commit manslaughter, steal, or even jaywalk)? Is a capacity for suffering the primary characteristic — or perhaps even the sole characteristic — that imbues an animal with moral status? How do science writers ensure faithful and accurate accounts of fields in which they may not be experts? Is there any evidence that humans could have psychic abilities like telepathy, telekinesis, etc.? People often err by being too credulous or too skeptical; so what level or shape of skepticism should be brought to bear on claims that are surprising, counterintuitive, or outlandish?Mary Roach is the author of the New York Times bestsellers STIFF, SPOOK, BONK, GULP, GRUNT, and PACKING FOR MARS. Her newest book FUZZ: When Nature Breaks the Law, debuted in September 2021. Mary has written for National Geographic, Wired, and The New York Times Magazine, among others, and her TED talk made the TED 20 Most Watched list. She has been a guest editor for Best American Science and Nature Writing, a finalist for the Royal Society's Winton Prize, and a winner of the American Engineering Societies' journalism award, in a category for which, let's be honest, she was the sole entrant. Find more about her at maryroach.net.

1hr 3mins

29 Jun 2022

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Mary Roach: Packing for Mars for Kids

Commonwealth Club of California Podcast

Mary Roach is back again and witty as ever in the young readers adaption of her best-selling book Packing for Mars. From the awe-inspiring and curiously gross details, Roach unpacks the facts about space.A beloved authority on all things science, Mary Roach provides a humorous, accessible, exciting and perfect resource for students and curious minds alike.SPEAKERSMary RoachAuthor, Packing for Mars for KidsIn Conversation with Kara PlatoniU.S. Science Editor, Wired.com; Twitter @KaraPlatoniIn response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently hosting all of our live programming via YouTube live stream. This program was recorded via video conference on April 12th, 2022 by the Commonwealth Club of California. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 3mins

21 Apr 2022

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Mary Roach on How to Write About Topics You Know Nothing About

Write About Now

Mary Roach has written several books that dive into the weirdness of science topics like dead bodies, sex, and digestion. But how does she use her curiosity to write a full-fledged book, especially when she doesn’t have a background on the subject? This week, Mary joins the pod and talks about the firsthand experiences and research that goes into her books, especially in her book Packing for Mars and its adaptation Packing for Mars for Kids. She touches on how she comes up with book-worthy ideas to explore and why she approaches nonfiction with a distinctive, humor-filled voice. Plus, she discusses some of the questions you may have about space exploration, like puking in your spacesuit, whether people bathe in space, and what it feels like to be in zero gravity.


12 Apr 2022

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Author Mary Roach on 'Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law'

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

Mary Roach is a science writer who covers very specific branches of research: sex in space, cadaver handling, that sort of thing. Her newest book is called Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law. It's a book about how humans have tried – and failed to manage nature. Bears that break into dumpsters. Moose stepping into traffic. Gulls that eat papal flower arrangements. We'll talk with her about how the book impacted how she interacts with animals in her day-to-day life.


5 Apr 2022

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Mary Roach's Cheap and Lazy Rice Bowl with Seaweed and Burdock

The Amateur Gourmet Podcast

The Washington Post calls Mary Roach "America's funniest science writer" and the fact that she's the author of six NYT bestselling books (including Stiff, Gulp, and her latest, Fuzz), pretty much confirms it. I fell in love with her voice recently when I picked up Gulp on a whim -- the book is disgusting, hilarious, and fascinating -- so imagine my delight when she agreed to come on my Lunch Therapy. In today's session, Mary talks about her "reckless" adventures, including the time she became somebody's "pee buddy" to study bashful bladders, the time she accidentally chatted up a Yakuza in Tokyo, eating fetal duck bills at a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco, and bungee jumping (which she says is way safer than skiing). We also cover rebelling against her traditional family, cursing at the dinner table, whether or not her mother farted (spoiler alert: she didn't), how her palate expanded when she moved to San Francisco, and what, exactly, a narwhal tastes like. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you'd like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit amateurgourmet.substack.com/subscribe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


7 Feb 2022

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Mary Roach: When Animals Break the Law

Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda

An author with a thing for one syllable titles – Stiff, Gulp, Bonk – Mary Roach’s latest book, Fuzz, is a quirky exploration of how animals are indifferent to laws made for people, laws like manslaughter, breaking and entering, home invasion, jaywalking, littering. They may not care, but we do.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid


1 Feb 2022

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Ep. 721: Snarge with Mary Roach

Jordan, Jesse, GO!

Mary Roach (Author of Grunt, Gulp, and now Fuzz) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jordan's magical sweatshirt, the time Mary got mugged by some monkeys, and what it's like chasing bears through the back allies of Aspen.  Plus, Mary has a new book out called Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law!GET MARY'S NEW BOOK "FUZZ: WHEN NATURE BREAKS THE LAW"

1hr 14mins

18 Jan 2022