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Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria

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Rank #55 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

751 Ratings
Average Ratings
652
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19

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

751 Ratings
Average Ratings
652
53
15
12
19

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 21, 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 83 - Chad Hanson

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Dr. Chad Hanson, ecologist with the John Muir Project, informs Cara about current legislative efforts to deregulate logging in America's forests. Myths are also busted regarding forest fires (hint: they're necessary for this habitat to thrive!).

Oct 12 2015

1hr 17mins

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Rank #2: Episode 88 - Raquel Nuno

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Cara is joined by graduate student Raquel Nuno, from UCLA's Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences. They talk science communication, water in our solar system, and how a non-traditional academic path can sometimes lead to exactly where you wanted to be all along. Follow Raquel: @raquelnuno.

Nov 23 2015

1hr 18mins

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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 92 - Evan Bernstein

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Cara is joined by fellow "The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe" rogue Evan Bernstein! They talk exorcisms, politics, and how Evan came to become a skeptical activist. Follow Evan: @EvanSGU.

Dec 21 2015

1hr 7mins

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Rank #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: Episode 269 - Michael Ruse

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by philosopher and historian of science, Dr. Michael Ruse, to discuss his new book, "A Meaning to Life." They talk about the interplay between existential philosophy and Darwinian evolution, including his approach to atheism. Read several of Michael's other books here.

Aug 05 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #8: 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 #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 238 - Shah Selbe

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined in studio by National Geographic Explorer and conservation technologist, Shah Selbe. They talk about his work as the founder of Conservify, a non-profit organization dedicated to the democratization of data and technology to aid in global conservation. Follow Shah: @ShahSelbe.

Dec 18 2018

1hr 25mins

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Rank #11: 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 #12: 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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Rank #13: 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 #14: 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 #15: 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 #16: Episode 155 - Steven Strogatz

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Cara chats with Dr. Steven Strogatz ("The Joy of X") about his work as an applied mathematician at Cornell University. They talk about nonlinear dynamics and complex systems, mathematics in popular media, and just how important math is to a functional society. Follow Steve: @stevenstrogatz.

Apr 25 2017

1hr 13mins

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Rank #17: Episode 16 - Max Lugavere

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Media personality Max Lugavere ("Acting Disruptive") is optimistic yet skeptical about futurism and nutrition. Follow Max: @maxlugavere.

Jun 15 2014

1hr 12mins

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Rank #18: Episode 219 - Adam Frank

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with Dr. Adam Frank, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Rochester. They talk about his new book, "Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth." Topics include: how we can shift our perspective on climate change to be better prepared for its challenges, and why we're likely not alone in the universe. Follow Adam: @AdamFrank4.

Aug 07 2018

1hr 15mins

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Rank #19: Episode 233 - David George Haskell

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Dr. David George Haskell, the author of “Songs of Trees: Stories of Nature’s Great Connectors,” They juxtapose the joyous relationship humanity has long had with nature against modern abuses, such as consumption, destruction, and shortsightedness. David’s verbal expression is as eloquent as his writing—this poetic conversation will have you thinking about your place in the great ecosystem we call Earth. Follow David: @DGHaskell.

Nov 13 2018

1hr 6mins

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Rank #20: Episode 150 - Kelvin Bates

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Cara is joined in studio by Caltech PhD candidate Kelvin Bates. They talk about his work in atmospheric chemistry, including how isoprene contributes to smog. They also talk about the importance of creativity and the arts when working in a strict academic environment, as well as the issues facing LGBTQ individuals in academia.

Mar 21 2017

1hr 12mins

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Episode 291 - Hilary Scheppers & Daniel Couceiro

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Hilary Scheppers and Daniel Couceiro, both of whom previously worked at Rainforest Expeditions in the Tambopata National Reserve of the Peruvian Amazon.

Jan 21 2020

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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iTunes Ratings

751 Ratings
Average Ratings
652
53
15
12
19

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
Read more
I love this podcast so much!