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Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria

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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.

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721 Ratings
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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!

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

iTunes Ratings

721 Ratings
Average Ratings
626
54
14
12
15

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

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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 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
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #2: 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
1 hour 36 mins
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Rank #3: 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
1 hour 43 mins
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Rank #4: Episode 64 - Jaclyn Glenn

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Cara chats with YouTuber Jaclyn Glenn about her departure from the Catholic Church and subsequent rise as an atheist advocate. Also discussed: hate comments on YouTube and how life would be different if there were no religion. Follow Jaclyn: @JaclynGlenn.
Jun 01 2015
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #5: Episode 60 - Aaron Pomerantz

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Cara talks nerdy with entomologist Aaron Pomerantz about his work at thenextgenscientist.com, exploring the Amazonian rainforest, and how researching bugs can have far-reaching implications--including global health benefits. Follow Aaron: @AaronPomerantz.
May 04 2015
1 hour
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Rank #6: 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
46 mins
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Rank #7: Episode 85 - Ryan Bell

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Cara is joined by ex-Seventh Day Adventist pastor Ryan Bell to talk about his "Year Without God" and how he's now spending his "Life After God." Also discussed: how secular individuals can be community leaders by practicing the empathy we all possess. Follow Ryan: @ryanjbell.
Nov 02 2015
1 hour 28 mins
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Rank #8: 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
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #9: 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
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #10: 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
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #11: Episode 140 - Phil Plait 2

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Everyone's favorite astronomer Dr. Phil Plait (Death From the Skies!) is back on #TalkNerdy! He and Cara talk "Bad Astronomy," the movie "Arrival," and what lovers-of-science may have to work against during the new Trump administration. Follow Phil: @BadAstronomer.
Jan 10 2017
1 hour 30 mins
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Rank #12: 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
34 mins
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Rank #13: Episode 237 - Martin Rees

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara joins Astronomer Royal and Emeritus Professor of Astronomy and Cosmology, Lord Martin Rees, in his office at Cambridge University. They talk about his new book, “On the Future: Prospects of Humanity,” as well as his work as the co-founder of the Center for the Study of Existential Risk. They discuss the hazards of short-term decision-making and the great potential modern science and technology offers us to secure the future of planet Earth for generations to come.
Dec 10 2018
47 mins
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Rank #14: 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
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #15: 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
1 hour 27 mins
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Rank #16: 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
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #17: Episode 221 - Ben Goldfarb

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Ben Goldfarb, environmental journalist and author of the new book "Eager: The Surprising Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter." Ben informs Cara of little-known beaver facts and she admits to having never seen one in the wild! They also talk about the ecological importance of this strange, magnificent creature. Follow Ben: @ben_a_goldfarb.
Aug 20 2018
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #18: Episode 146 - Brian Wecht

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On a particularly rainy Los Angeles day, Cara is joined in studio by Dr. Brian Wecht, a theoretical physicist-turned YouTuber and musician (Ninja Sex Party, Game Grumps). They talk about his work in string theory, the intersection of science and music, and the incredible work he does as a co-founder and producer of Story Collider. Follow Brian: @bwecht.
Feb 20 2017
1 hour 22 mins
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Rank #19: Episode 220 - Siva Kumari

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with the Director General of the International Baccalaureate (IB), Dr. Siva Kumari. They discuss her role as the first-ever woman to lead the IB, a 50-year-old multinational, not-for-profit foundation focused on delivering exceptional global education to students around the world. Follow Siva: @siva_kumari.
Aug 13 2018
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #20: Episode 256 - Barry Sandrew

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Harvard neuroscientist-turned-visual effects pioneer Dr. Barry Sandrew. They talk about his innovative work in digital imaging for motion pictures, including his invention and later re-imagination of digital colorization. They also discuss what life is like living with prosopagnosia (face blindness. Follow Barry: @movieproducer.
May 05 2019
1 hour 7 mins
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