Podcast: Talk Nerdy

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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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by science journalist and editor at The Conversation, Bijal Trivedi, to talk about her newest book, "Breath from Salt: A Deadly Genetic Disease, a New Era in Science, and the Patients and Families Who Changed Medicine Forever." They discuss the history of cystic fibrosis as well as the incredible advancements in its treatment that may one day provide a path to curing a host of rare genetic diseases.
Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy15 days ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Reuters senior reporter David K. Randall to discuss his newest book, "Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague." In telling of the similarities between the 1900 plague and today's coronavirus pandemic, he shares stories about racism, science, and the individual personalities who shaped public policy for better or worse.
Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy22 days ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Ben Cohen, a sports reporter for the Wall Street Journal and author of "The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks." They talk about whether and when the "hot hand" is a cognitive bias or an actual phenomenon, including its effect on the player who thinks they are on a streak.
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Caitlin Doughty (mortician, death positive activist, and author of "Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? And Other Questions About Dead Bodies." They talk about the denial of death in modern western culture, ways to improve mortality salience, and of course, whether or not your cat will actually eat your eyeballs when you die.
Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdylast month
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Mara Hvistendahl, Pulitzer Prize finalist, investigative reporter for the Intercept, and author of “The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage.” Mara tells the thrilling story of a Chinese company’s conspiracy to steal trade secrets from Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer as well as the ethical dangers of America’s counterintelligence efforts.
Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdylast month
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by the President and CEO of the Society for Science and the Public, as well as the publisher of Science News, Maya Ajmera. They talk about the Society’s mission to promote the understanding and appreciation of science. They also discuss the challenges of such a mission in America’s current landscape of fake news, distrust in scientific institutions, anti-vaccine rhetoric, and politicization of scientific principles. Follow Maya: @MayaAjmera. Follow the Society for Science and the Public: @Society4Science.
Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy2 months ago
Cara is pleased to welcome science diplomat Dr. Marga Gual Soler to the podcast to discuss how evidence-based diplomacy can be used to achieve peace through the universal language of science. Follow Marga: @margagual.
Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy2 months ago
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.
Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy2 months ago
Cara catches up with biology professor Dr. PZ Myers at the Skepticon Conference in Springfield, MO. He shares how he balances research, teaching and public outreach. They also talk about the importance of animal research and the contentious comments section on his popular blog, Pharyngula. Follow PZ: @pzmyers.
Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy2 months ago
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.
Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy2 months ago
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_
Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy2 months ago
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. Hilary is a former volunteer for the Macaw Project, focused on the conservation and management of large parrots in the Amazon rainforest. After her service, Hilary's poem Unbridled received an honorable mention for the Thomas Merton Poetry Prize (Published in Parabola Magazine, Winter Issue 2018).Daniel Couceiro is a National Geographic Explorer working in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. He is currently developing an avian environmental education program for rural youth in the area. While at Rainforest Expeditions, he was the project lead for the Wired Amazon project.
Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy2 months ago
Dr. Steven Novella (The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe, NeuroLogica) joins Cara to talk about the history of the SGU and his 20+ year involvement in the skeptic movement. Also discussed: the importance of science-based medicine and the impact universal healthcare would have on the US. Follow Steven: @SkepticsGuide.
Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy2 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with filmmaker, conservationist, hunter, and cohost of the “Into the Wilderness” podcast Byron Pace while attending a conference in Namibia. They discuss the controversial topic of African big game conservation, including the economic necessity of hunting programs in many regions. Follow Byron: @ByronJPace.
Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy2 months ago
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.
Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy2 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Ana Humphrey, winner of the 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search. They talk about her $250,000 winning research calculating potential exoplanets using NASA’s Kepler data, as well as what’s next for this inspirational high school grad. Follow Ana: @AnaOnAPlanet.
Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy2 months ago
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.
Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy2 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Dr. Jeffrey Marlow, a science journalist, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and Geobiologist at Harvard University who studies deep sea microbes. They talk about the importance of innovative technology to the scientific process, as well as the curious link between marine microbial communities and potential life on other worlds. Follow Jeffrey: @jj_marlow.
Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy2 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by science writer Christie Aschwanden to talk about her new book, “Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Sports Recovery.” They talk about the myths and pseudoscience often peddled within the exercise recovery industry, as well as the strength of the scientific evidence available. Follow Christie: @cragcrest.
Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy2 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by the author of “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote,” Elaine Weiss. They talk about the fascinating history of women’s suffrage, including the brave individuals who fought against misogyny, racism, and corporate interests to secure the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Follow Elaine: @efweiss5.
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