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Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria

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Rank #60 in Natural Sciences category

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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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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.

iTunes Ratings

783 Ratings
Average Ratings
677
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Interesting variety

By cmyreview - May 16 2020
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Wide range of guests and in depth discussions of their area of expertise

Great Podcast!

By Emilygddthgddjb - Jul 04 2018
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I always learn some great stuff when I listen. Cara keeps it fun and interesting!

iTunes Ratings

783 Ratings
Average Ratings
677
57
15
14
20

Interesting variety

By cmyreview - May 16 2020
Read more
Wide range of guests and in depth discussions of their area of expertise

Great Podcast!

By Emilygddthgddjb - Jul 04 2018
Read more
I always learn some great stuff when I listen. Cara keeps it fun and interesting!
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Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria

Latest release on Jun 29, 2020

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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.

Rank #1: Episode 15 - Michael Shermer

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Dr. Michael Shermer ("Skeptic Magazine") answers the questions you submitted via Facebook and Twitter. He and Cara discuss skepticism (of course!), pseudoscience, and how he transitioned from born-again christian to atheist. Follow Michael: @MichaelShermer.

Jun 09 2014

59mins

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Rank #2: Episode 289 - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with American Museum of Natural History astrophysicist and science popularizer Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson about his new book, “Letters from an Astrophysicist.” They venture behind Neil’s public persona to discuss the deeply personal correspondence that makes up the book, focusing on themes like faith, philosophy, and skepticism. Follow Neil: @neiltyson.

Jan 07 2020

1hr 36mins

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Rank #3: Episode 242 - William Irvine

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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.

Jan 28 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #4: Episode 98 - Sarah Gossan

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Cara is joined by Caltech PhD candidate Sarah Gossan, a researcher in the LIGO Lab who contributed to the recent detection of gravitational waves. They discuss what this discovery means--not just for physics, but for humanity--and just how they were able to detect two black holes merging 1.3 billion light years away. Follow Sarah: @PrincssSuprnova.

Feb 17 2016

1hr 3mins

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Rank #5: Episode 250 - Rose Eveleth

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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.

Mar 26 2019

34mins

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Rank #6: Episode 217 - Eugenia Bone

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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.

Jul 24 2018

1hr 15mins

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Rank #7: Episode 27 - Sandra Daugherty

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Sex educator and podcaster Sandra Daugherty (Sex Nerd Sandra) joins Cara to discuss sexual health, struggles with motivation, and self-expression among millennials. Follow Sandra: @SexNerdSandra.

Sep 01 2014

1hr 29mins

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Rank #8: Episode 222 - Breanna Cox

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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_

Aug 27 2018

59mins

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Rank #9: Episode 268 - Annaka Harris

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Annaka Harris, science editor, consultant, and author of the new book, “Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind.” They talk about her work in the world of science writing as well as mindfulness meditation. Then the conversation turns to the topic of consciousness, a fascinating deep dive into the mysterious construct that has baffled and intrigued scientists and philosophers for centuries. Follow Annaka: @AnnakaHarris.

Jul 30 2019

1hr 36mins

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Rank #10: Episode 252 - Randi Hutter Epstein

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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.

Apr 08 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #11: Episode 187 - Anne Fausto-Sterling

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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.

Dec 04 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #12: Episode 304 - Philip Goff

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by philosopher and author of "Galileo's Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness," Dr. Philip Goff. They talk about the role of consciousness in modern science, including the philosophy of panpsychism, a view that consciousness is ubiquitous within the natural world. Follow Philip: @Philip_Goff.

Apr 20 2020

1hr 19mins

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Rank #13: Episode 204 - Lauren Ayton

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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.

Apr 23 2018

1hr 12mins

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Rank #14: Episode 277 - Sean Carroll

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara once again sits down with Caltech physicist Dr. Sean Carroll, this time to talk about his new book, “Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime.” They discuss what quantum mechanics is (and isn’t), its relation to psychology and philosophy, and how the many-worlds interpretation may just be the key to understanding the cosmos. Follow Sean: @seanmcarroll.

Oct 01 2019

1hr 25mins

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Rank #15: Episode 225 - Mara Altman

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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.

Sep 17 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #16: Episode 200 - Cara Santa Maria (feat. Alie Ward)

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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.

Mar 24 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #17: Episode 287 - Darcy Lockman

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by clinical psychologist, journalist, and author of the new book, "All the Rage: Mothers, Fathers, and the Myth of Equal Partnership," Dr. Darcy Lockman. They discuss the inequities of gendered labor that persist to this day, as well as the physical and psychological burden wives and mothers are all too often forced to carry. Follow Darcy: @Darcy_Lockman.

Dec 09 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #18: Episode 240 - David Quammen

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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.

Jan 15 2019

1hr 27mins

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Rank #19: Episode 226 - Kevin Hainline

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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.

Sep 24 2018

1hr 24mins

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Episode 314 - Gaia Vince

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by science journalist and author Gaia Vince to talk about her newest book, "Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time." They discuss the importance of viewing the human evolutionary story as one that is inextricably linked with culture and kinship, and so much more. Follow Gaia: @WanderingGaia.

Jun 29 2020

1hr 34mins

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Episode 313 - Valerie Trouet

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by University of Arizona dendrochronologist Dr. Valerie Trouet to talk about her new book, "Tree Story: The History of the World Written in Rings." They talk about the mysteries of planet Earth lying deep within the rings of trees, revealing evidence of climate change, wildfires, hurricanes, and even human activity. Follow Valerie: @epispheric.

Jun 22 2020

1hr 2mins

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Episode 312 - Joel Sartore

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by world-renowned National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore. They talk about his impactful Photo Ark project, including his newest book on the series, the limited Earth Day edition of "The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals." Follow Joel: @joelsartore.

Jun 15 2020

58mins

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Episode 311 - Anne Harrington

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Harvard University science historian Dr. Anne Harrington to talk about her newest book, "Mind Fixers: Psychiatry's Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness." They take a fresh look at the history of mental illness, including the early asylum system, psychiatry's current relationship with neurobiology, and what the future of assessment, diagnostics, and treatment may hold.

Jun 08 2020

1hr 33mins

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Episode 310 - Eva Holland

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Eva Holland, the author of "Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear." They talk about her experience navigating the waters of cognitive-behavioral therapy to face her crippling fear of heights, all while exposing some of her deepest vulnerabilities. Follow Eva: @EvaHolland.

Jun 01 2020

1hr 4mins

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Episode 309 - Conor Knighton

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Conor Knighton, CBS Sunday Morning correspondent and author of "Leave Only Footprints: My Acadia-to-Zion Journey Through Every National Park." They talk about the beauty, humanity, and hilarity of the most epic road trip across the US, from glaciers to the high desert, and most of the Hampton Inns between. Follow Conor: @ConorKnighton.

May 26 2020

1hr 20mins

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Episode 308 - Mario Livio

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Mario Livio, astrophysicist and author of the new book "Galileo and the Science Deniers." They talk about the pernicious anti-science sentiment that has persisted from Galileo Galilei's time all the way to the present, including its effect on the planet and on human lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow Mario: @Mario_Livio.

May 18 2020

1hr 16mins

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Episode 307 - Susan Vinocour

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Susan Vinocour, the author of "Nobody's Child: a Tragedy, a Trial, and the History of the Insanity Defense." They talk about her history as both a lawyer specializing in child abuse and victims' rights as well as a clinical and forensic psychologist. In addition, they dive into the nebulous waters of insanity as a legal term and how it relates to mental illness.

May 11 2020

1hr 13mins

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Episode 306 - David Shariatmadari

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by David Shariatmadari, editor at the Guardian and author of "Don't Believe a Word: The Surprising Truth About Language." They talk about the science of modern linguistics, including a lengthy discussion of how language may be changing during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Follow David: @D_Shariatmadari.

May 04 2020

1hr 42mins

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Episode 305 - Merlin Tuttle

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by ecologist and author of "The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World's Most Misunderstood Mammals," Dr. Merlin Tuttle. They talk about his lifelong work in bat conservation, including ways you can contribute to the preservation of bat species worldwide. They also discuss how fear has strained our relationships with bats and how this relates to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Follow Merlin: @merlinsbats.

Apr 27 2020

1hr 14mins

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Episode 304 - Philip Goff

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by philosopher and author of "Galileo's Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness," Dr. Philip Goff. They talk about the role of consciousness in modern science, including the philosophy of panpsychism, a view that consciousness is ubiquitous within the natural world. Follow Philip: @Philip_Goff.

Apr 20 2020

1hr 19mins

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Episode 303 - Ayana Young

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by the founder, executive director, and host of For the Wild, Ayana Young. They talk about her mission to effect ecological change through conservation efforts, advocacy, and storytelling, all through the lens of intersectional social and environmental justice. Follow Ayana: @ForTheWild_.

Apr 13 2020

1hr 9mins

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Episode 302 - Kevin Hand

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Kevin Hand, planetary scientist and astrobiologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, director of the Ocean Worlds Lab, and pre-project scientist for NASA's Europa Lander mission concept. They talk about his new book, "Alien Oceans: the Search for Life in the Depths of Space." Follow Kevin: @AlienOceans.

Apr 06 2020

1hr 37mins

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Episode 301 - Lydia Denworth

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by science writer Lydia Denworth to talk about her new book, "Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond." They discuss the science of friendship, from genetics to anthropology and beyond, as well as its extraordinary effects on our physical and mental health. Follow Lydia: @LydiaDenworth.

Mar 30 2020

1hr 22mins

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Episode 300 - Ann Druyan

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In this very special episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara celebrates her 300th episode with award-winning science communicator Ann Druyan. They talk about her life and work with her late husband Carl Sagan as well as her role as the creator, writer, and director of Cosmos: Possible Worlds (the new book and television series). Finally, they discuss the dire consequences of a planet without compassion, empathy, and deep humanity--characteristics we need now more than ever.

Mar 24 2020

1hr 10mins

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Episode 299 - Ramesh Srinivasan

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Ramesh Srinivasan, Professor in the UCLA Department of Information Studies and Director of the UC Digital Cultures Lab. They talk about his newest book, "Beyond the Valley: How Innovators around the World are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow." Follow Ramesh: @rameshmedia.

Mar 16 2020

1hr 7mins

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Episode 298 - Lawrence Millman

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Lawrence Millman, world-renowned mycologist and author of "Fungipedia: A Brief Compendium of Mushroom Lore." They talk about his fascinating journey from Ph.D. in English Literature to explorer and ethnographer to global expert on fungi. And of course, there's a ton of mushroom talk. Follow Larry: @LawrenceMillman.

Mar 10 2020

1hr 14mins

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Episode 297 - Donna Jackson Nakazaw

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Donna Jackson Nakazawa, award-winning author of the new book, "The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine." They talk about new discoveries in microglia research, revealing the role of these previously misunderstood cells in a wide range of neurological disorders. Follow Donna: @DonnaJackNak

Mar 02 2020

1hr 3mins

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Episode 296 - Tony Gingiss

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In this special episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara sits down with Tony Gingiss, the CEO of OneWeb Satellites, just before OneWeb's second rocket launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They talk about OneWeb's mission to connect the world to the internet using a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites. Then, listen as Cara captures the sounds of the Soyuz rocket when it blasts off, carrying 34 satellites into space! Follow Tony: @TGingiss.

Feb 24 2020

50mins

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Episode 295 - Kayla Drescher

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by magician and podcaster Kayla Drescher. They discuss the barriers women face in the world of magic, including how Kayla and her co-host Carisa are making waves through their podcast, Shezam! They also talk about Kayla's unique approach to performing, the science of magic, and why it is so fun to let go and enjoy a good trick. Follow Kayla: @MagicInHeelsKD.

Feb 17 2020

1hr 38mins

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iTunes Ratings

783 Ratings
Average Ratings
677
57
15
14
20

Interesting variety

By cmyreview - May 16 2020
Read more
Wide range of guests and in depth discussions of their area of expertise

Great Podcast!

By Emilygddthgddjb - Jul 04 2018
Read more
I always learn some great stuff when I listen. Cara keeps it fun and interesting!