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Science Talk is a weekly science audio show covering the latest in the world of science and technology. Join Steve Mirsky each week as he explores cutting-edge breakthroughs and controversial issues with leading scientists and journalists. He is also an articles editor and columnist at Scientific American magazine. His column, "Antigravity," is one of science writing's great humor venues. Also check our daily podcast from Scientific American : "60-Second Science." To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

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Science Talk is a weekly science audio show covering the latest in the world of science and technology. Join Steve Mirsky each week as he explores cutting-edge breakthroughs and controversial issues with leading scientists and journalists. He is also an articles editor and columnist at Scientific American magazine. His column, "Antigravity," is one of science writing's great humor venues. Also check our daily podcast from Scientific American : "60-Second Science." To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

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By tatter87 - Jul 22 2019
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This podcast is awesome like it’s topic (SCIENCE)

Good science podcast

By Lisa Gunner - Sep 18 2016
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Overall a very good science podcast.

iTunes Ratings

415 Ratings
Average Ratings
239
82
32
22
40

WOW

By tatter87 - Jul 22 2019
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This podcast is awesome like it’s topic (SCIENCE)

Good science podcast

By Lisa Gunner - Sep 18 2016
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Overall a very good science podcast.
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Science Talk

Latest release on Feb 13, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Remembering Martin Gardner, with Douglas Hofstadter

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Martin Gardner died May 22nd at 95. He wrote the Mathematical Games column for Scientific American magazine for 25 years and published more than 70 books. Podcast host Steve Mirsky talks with Gardner's friend Douglas Hofstadter, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, about Martin Gardner

May 24 2010

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Rank #2: Michael C. Hall Analyzes His Dexter's Mind, Part 1

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Actor Michael C. Hall , TV's Dexter , talks with psychologist Kevin Dutton , author of The Wisdom of Psychopaths , at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City

Jan 24 2013

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Rank #3: Mary Roach Is Packing for Mars, Part 2

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Podcast host Steve Mirsky talks with author Mary Roach about her new book "Packing For Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void." Part 2 of 2. (Part 1 is at http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=mary-roach-is-packing-for-mars-10-08-20). Web sites related to content of this podcast include www.maryroach.net.

Aug 21 2010

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Rank #4: Mining for Online Game Gold and Other Amazing Stories

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Scientific American magazine Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina talks about the January issue, including articles on the chances of conditions conducive to life elsewhere in the multiverse and the growing practice of virtual gold farming, in which legions of online game players in developing countries acquire currency in the game that they sell to other players for real money. Web sites related to this episode include www.snipurl.com/nobelfrank; www.redcross.org; www.pih.org

Jan 16 2010

23mins

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Rank #5: What's So Funny?: The Science of Humor

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Cognitive neuroscientist Scott Weems talks about his book HA!: The Science of When We Laugh and Why

Jul 07 2014

32mins

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Rank #6: Copenhagen and Everywhere Else

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ScientificAmerican.com 's David Biello is in Copenhagen at the climate conference, and he'll tell us what's going on there. And the Wildlife Conservation Society's Steven Sanderson discusses his Foreign Affairs article, "Where the Wild Things Were," worldwide conservation and the Everglades. Web sites related to this episode include www.snipurl.com/sanderson; www.twitter.com/dbiello

Dec 18 2009

36mins

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Rank #7: Killer Chimps and Funny Feet: Report from the AAPA Conference

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Scientific American editor Kate Wong talks about the recent conference of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Portland, Ore., where subjects included killer chimps, unprecedented fossil sharing among researchers and divergent hominid foot forms

Apr 27 2012

13mins

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Rank #8: Photograph 51: Rosalind Franklin and the Race For The Double Helix of DNA (Part 2 of 2)

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Photograph 51 is a new play about Rosalind Franklin, Watson and Crick, and the race to determine the structure of DNA, at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City, running through November 21st. A panel discussion about the play on November 2nd featured crystallography expert Helen Berman, biologist and Franklin scholar Lynne Osman Elkin, science journalist Nicholas Wade, playwright Anna Ziegler and moderator Stuart Firestein

Nov 06 2010

37mins

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Rank #9: Migratory Birds: What a Long-Range Trip It's Been

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Ornithologist Eduardo Inigo-Elias, senior research associate with the conservation science program at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, talks about the challenges of studying migratory birds and how improved relations between the U.S. and Cuba will help his field

Jun 19 2015

21mins

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Rank #10: Nuts, Bolts, Photons and Electrons of Solar Energy

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Jeff Wolfe, the CEO and co-founder of groSolar, talks about solar energy's present and future. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.grosolar.com

Jul 24 2009

28mins

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Rank #11: Movie Magic (<i>Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs</i>), Part 3

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In this series of episodes, we talk to many of the scientists at Blue Sky Studios, which created the Ice Age series of animated features, including the recently released Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs . In episode 3, we hear from co-director Mike Thurmeier, art director Mike Knapp and head of lighting Andew Beddini. Special thanks to Hugo Ayala. Web sites related to this episode include www.blueskystudios.com and www.iceagemovie.com

Jul 14 2009

29mins

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Rank #12: Chemistry Nobel: Keeping DNA in Good Repair

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The 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar for discoveries of the mechanisms by which cells maintain the integrity of their DNA sequences

Oct 07 2015

19mins

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Rank #13: Anna Deavere Smith: Let Me Down Easy

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Actor, playwright and journalist Anna Deavere Smith talks about the health care crisis and her play about people dealing with illness, health and the health care system, Let Me Down Easy

Jan 14 2012

35mins

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Rank #14: High Achievement High Schoolers

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High school scientists Sruti Swaminathan, Maia ten Brink, Alyssa Bailey, Moyukh Chatterjee and Fedja Kadribasic, all winners of state competitions sponsored by the American Junior Academy of Sciences, talk about their research. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news

May 19 2009

28mins

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Rank #15: Where There Was Smoke, There's Science

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Wake Forest University School of Medicine neuroscientist Dwayne Godwin talks about the the Winston-Salem area's adoption of biomedical research as well as meetings with Congress about science funding and his comic strip contributions to Scientific American Mind . Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news

Sep 09 2009

22mins

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Rank #16: Physics Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg

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Nobel physicist Steven Weinberg spoke to an audience of science journalists, and then to podcast host Steve Mirsky

Nov 16 2010

16mins

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Rank #17: <i>The Poisoner's Handbook</i>: The Sinister Side of Chemistry

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Deborah Blum talks about her new work, The Poisoner's Handbook, a look at how easy it used to be to kill someone with poison and the researchers who made poisoning much harder to get away with. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include blog.deborahblum.com

Feb 25 2010

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Rank #18: The Truth about Cats and Dogs

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Scientific American magazine Editor in Chief John Rennie talks about the contents of the June issue, including articles on the evolution of cats and the physiology of sled dogs. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news

May 29 2009

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Rank #19: Sean M. Carroll Looks at The Big Picture

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Caltech theoretical physicist Sean M. Carroll talks about his new book The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself . (Dutton, 2016)

May 12 2016

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Rank #20: Evolution Still on Trial 10 Years after Dover

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Evolutionary biologist Nicholas Matzke talks about the Kitzmiller v. Dover evolution trial on the 10th anniversary of the decision. He advised the plaintiffs while working for the National Center for Science Education. He also discusses the continuing post- Dover attempts to get creationist narratives taught in public school science classrooms.

Dec 20 2015

31mins

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