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Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria

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Rank #180 in Science category

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Social Sciences
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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

748 Ratings
Average Ratings
650
53
15
12
18

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!

!!

By Athena M Martinez - Jun 14 2018
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I love this podcast so much!

iTunes Ratings

748 Ratings
Average Ratings
650
53
15
12
18

Great Podcast!

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

!!

By Athena M Martinez - Jun 14 2018
Read more
I love this podcast so much!
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Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria

Latest release on Jan 13, 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 227 - Alison Becker

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with actress Alison Becker (Parks and Recreation) about the ups and downs of the television industry with a special emphasis on the #MeToo era. They also discuss her work in sketch comedy, as well as her super cool side gig teaching improv to help people improve their communication skills. Follow Alison: @thealisonbecker.

Oct 01 2018

1hr 43mins

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Rank #2: Episode 46 - Jay Novella

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After appearing on his podcast, Cara turns the tables on Jay Novella, co-host and producer of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe. They discuss the anti-intellectual movement that's taken hold in America, including anti-vaxxers, the stigmatism of depression and mental illness, and misogyny on the internet. Follow Jay and the rest of the SGU team: @SkepticsGuide.

Jan 26 2015

1hr 31mins

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Rank #3: Episode 54 - Shaun Maguire

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Cara gets a lesson in quantum information theory from Caltech graduate student and entrepreneur Shaun Maguire. Shaun schools her in the real definition of quantum, along with how new developments in Stephen Hawking's black hole information paradox are rocking the physics world. Follow Shaun: @shaunmmaguire

Mar 23 2015

1hr 18mins

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Rank #4: Episode 159 - Richard Prum

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Cara is joined in studio by Dr. Richard Prum, Yale ornithologist and author of the new book, "The Evolution of Beauty." They discuss the idea that sexual selection, as well as natural selection, drives evolution, and how this feminist choice gives autonomy back to the female of the species.

May 22 2017

1hr 13mins

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Rank #5: Episode 188 - Robert Sapolsky

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Cara is joined by famed neuroendocrinologist Dr. Robert Sapolsky, author of the new book "Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst." They discuss the interplay between neurobiology, environment, development, and evolution in our decision-making processes, for better or worse. In seeking to understand why we do what we do, Dr. Sapolsky describes the very essence of what it means to be human.

Dec 12 2017

46mins

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Rank #6: 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 #7: Episode 45 - Phil Plait

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The Bad Astronomer himself, Dr. Phil Plait, joins Cara to chat about chaos in weather, the recent QVC "is the moon a planet or a star?" debacle, and the politicization of anti-science views. Follow Phil: @BadAstronomer.

Jan 19 2015

1hr 22mins

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Rank #8: 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 #9: Episode 205 - Sharon Weinberger

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Sharon Weinberger, the executive editor for news at Foreign Policy. They talk about her new book, "The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency that Changed the World." They discuss DARPA's successes and failures, including the internet, drones, Agent Orange, mass surveillance, and its curious relationship with climate science. Follow Sharon: @weinbergersa.

May 01 2018

54mins

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Rank #10: Episode 4 - Sean Carroll

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Are there parallel universes beyond our own? Is time a human construct, or does it exist outside of us? And what the hell is the Higgs Boson, anyway? Dr. Sean Carroll (Caltech theoretical physicist and author) sheds light on these and other mysterious topics in cosmology. Follow Sean: @seanmcarroll.

Mar 24 2014

1hr 15mins

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Rank #11: 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 #12: Episode 145 - Helen Czerski

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Cara is joined in studio by physicist, oceanographer, and BBC television presenter Dr. Helen Czerski. They talk about the science of bubbles, the current science landscape in broadcast television, and Helen's wonderful new book, "Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life," in which she explores the foundational physics surrounding us in the simplest everyday objects and experiences. Follow Helen: @helenczerski.

Feb 13 2017

1hr 20mins

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Rank #13: Episode 31 - Lawrence Krauss

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Cara sits down with theoretical physicist Dr. Lawrence Krauss ("A Universe from Nothing") at Apostacon in Omaha, Nebraska to discuss his recent cover story in Scientific American magazine. Topics include the recent BICEP2 findings (including what gravitational waves are and what they mean for inflationary theory) as well as why it's important for scientists to communicate their work to the general public. Follow Lawrence: @LKrauss1.

Sep 29 2014

37mins

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Rank #14: Episode 201 - Melissa Dahl

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with journalist and editor Melissa Dahl about her new book, “Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness.” They talk about what makes us shudder, from the sound of our own voices to the prospect of starting a conversation with strangers on the New York City subway. Follow Melissa: @melissadahl.

Apr 02 2018

45mins

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Rank #15: Episode 25 - Paul Gilmartin

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In light of the tragic news of Robin Williams's death, comedian Paul Gilmartin joins Cara to talk candidly about depression, suicide, and the important work he's doing to reduce stigma on his podcast, "The Mental Illness Happy Hour." Follow Paul: @mentalpod.

Aug 18 2014

1hr 32mins

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Rank #16: Episode 249 - Stacey Espinosa

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with Stacey Espinosa, Global Product Development Senior Manager for Mints and New Benefits at Mars Wrigley Confectionary. They talk about her dream job as a chemical engineer developing new candy flavors, as well as ways we can all help inspire young women to pursue STEM careers.

Mar 18 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #17: Episode 148 - Jason Goldman 3

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Cara is joined for the third time by her dear friend and colleague Dr. Jason Goldman. They talk about the relationship between ecology and cognitive science, including the massive influence human beings have on the planet's wildlife. They also discuss one of Jason's recent stories about a brilliant decoy that could one day defeat sea turtle poachers in Nicaragua. Follow Jason: @jgold85.

Mar 07 2017

1hr 9mins

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Rank #18: Episode 178 - Caitlin Doughty

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Cara is joined in-studio by mortician and death-acceptance advocate, Caitlin Doughty. They talk about her new book, “From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death,” as well as her work revolutionizing the funeral industry with her non-profit mortuary “Undertaking LA.” Follow Caitlin: @TheGoodDeath.

Oct 02 2017

1hr 14mins

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Rank #19: 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 #20: Episode 223 - Adam Rutherford

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Dr. Adam Rutherford, author of "A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes." They dive deep into human genetics, including what consumer DNA tests can and can't tell you about your genetic history. They also discuss the sordid history of eugenics as a scientific discipline. Follow Adam: @AdamRutherford.

Sep 03 2018

1hr 39mins

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Episode 290 - Thomas Seeley

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In this week's episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Thomas Seeley, professor of biology at Cornell University and international expert on bees. They talk about his new book, "The Lives of Bees: The Untold Story of the Honeybee in the Wild." Topics include honeybee physiology and behavior, backyard beekeeping, and what we can learn from wild bees to improve our relationship with these fascinating creatures.

Jan 13 2020

1hr 10mins

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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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Episode 288 - Lucinda Jackson

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Lucinda Jackson, author of "Just a Girl: Growing Up Female and Ambitious." They discuss her personal experiences navigating the pernicious institutional sexism of academia and corporate America, as well as its implications for broader society. Follow Lucinda: @LucindaAJackson.

Dec 16 2019

1hr 23mins

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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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Episode 286 - Robert Crease

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Robert P. Crease, Chair of the Philosophy Department at Stony Brook University. They dive into the important topics covered in his newest book, "The Workshop and the World: What Ten Thinkers Can Teach Us About Science and Authority," including history's lessons for restoring society's trust in the scientific community.

Dec 03 2019

1hr 10mins

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Episode 285 - Nick Haddad

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Nick Haddad, Senior Terrestrial Ecologist in the Department of Integrative Biology at Michigan State University and Kellogg Biological Station. They discuss his newest book, "The Last Butterflies: A Scientist's Quest to Save a Rare and Vanishing Creature." Follow Nick: @nickmhaddad.

Nov 26 2019

53mins

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Episode 284 - Marilyn Black

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by vice president and senior technical advisor of Underwriter Laboratories Inc. and founder of Air Quality Science Inc. as well as The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, Dr. Marilyn Black. They talk about the science of assessing indoor and outdoor air quality, including the toxic chemicals often released by products like 3-D printers and furniture treated with flame retardants.

Nov 19 2019

1hr 14mins

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Episode 283 - Lydia Pyne

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by writer and historian Dr. Lydia Pyne to talk about her new book, “Genuine Fakes: How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff.” Lydia describes the fuzzy line between what’s real and what’s fake, sharing stories about nature documentaries, art forgeries, fossil hoaxes, lab-grown diamonds, and everything in between. Follow Lydia: @LydiaPyne.

Nov 12 2019

1hr 10mins

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Episode 282 - Miriam Barlow

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by molecular cell biologist at the University of California Merced, Dr. Miriam Barlow. They talk about her research on antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including how they evolve, the impact on public health, and what we can do to prevent or mitigate the spread of infection. Follow Miriam: @Miriome.

Nov 04 2019

1hr 16mins

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Episode 281 - Sora Kim

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Sora Kim, Life and Environmental Sciences professor at UC Merced. They talk about the importance of diversity, mentorship, and collaboration in STEM fields. They also discuss her fascinating research examining stable isotopes in fossilized shark teeth in an effort to better understand global climate change. Follow Sora: @SoraLKim

Oct 28 2019

1hr 25mins

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Episode 280 - Joanna Andrecka

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Joanna Andrecka, product marketing manager at Refeyn. They discuss an exciting new technology called mass photometry. This process uses light to analyze the mass of biomolecules in their native state, with no markers or labels. Follow Joanna: @AndreckaJoanna

Oct 22 2019

55mins

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Episode 279 - Sarah Hill

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by evolutionary psychologist Dr. Sarah E. Hill to talk about her new book, "This Is Your Brain on Birth Control: The Surprising Science of Women, Hormones, and the Law of Unintended Consequences." They discuss the long history of scientific inquiry that ignores women's bodies and minds, as well as what new research is telling us about birth control's sweeping effects. Follow Sarah: @sarahehillphd.

Oct 14 2019

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Episode 278 - Daniel Lieberman

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Daniel Z. Lieberman, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at George Washington University. They talk about new book, “The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity—and Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race.” Their conversation centers around the important role of dopamine in human behavior, relationships, and addiction.

Oct 08 2019

1hr 8mins

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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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Episode 276 - Laura Purcell

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by novelist Laura Purcell to talk about her book, “The Poison Thread.” They discuss the science and psychology of Victorian England as well as the experiences of female characters living during the era. Follow Laura: @SpookyPurcell.

Sep 24 2019

1hr 2mins

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Episode 275 - Craig Childs

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by author Craig Childs to talk about his new book, “Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America.” They discuss his intersecting interests of journalism, desert studies, adventure, and exploration. As an expert in ancient migration on foot, Craig also shares what its like to retrace the steps of ancient people in the Americas. Follow Craig: @CraigChilds_

Sep 16 2019

1hr 8mins

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Episode 274 - Sabrina Stierwalt

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with extragalactic astrophysicist and host of the Everyday Einstein podcast, Dr. Sabrina Stierwalt about the nature of the cosmos. They discuss galaxy formation, black holes, and the fact that we are not, as we often like to believe, the center of the universe. Follow Sabrina: @qdteinstein.

Sep 09 2019

1hr 13mins

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Episode 273 - Kit Chapman

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by science journalist Kit Chapman to talk about his new book, "Superheavy: Making and Breaking the Periodic Table." They discuss all things chemistry, including the fascinating history of its discoveries. Follow Kit: @ChemistryKit.

Sep 02 2019

1hr 9mins

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Episode 272 - Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with conservation biologist and author Dr. Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson about her new book, "Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects." They talk about the ecological importance of insects as well as the steps we can take to conserve their habitat the world over. Follow Anne: @annesver

Aug 26 2019

1hr 1min

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Episode 271 - John Urschel

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by mathematician and former NFL player, John Urschel. They talk about his passion for mathematics, including his current work as a doctoral candidate at MIT and his new book, "Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football." They also discuss his love of football, motivations for retiring from the sport, and the painful reality of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Follow John: @JohnCUrschel.

Aug 19 2019

1hr 38mins

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iTunes Ratings

748 Ratings
Average Ratings
650
53
15
12
18

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!

!!

By Athena M Martinez - Jun 14 2018
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I love this podcast so much!