• Colored scanning electron micrograph image showing SARS-CoV-2 emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab.

    Episode 41: This One’s About COVID

    Bad news: Tessa got COVID. Good news: She’s fine! And so is her wife, and presumably her lizard. We talk through her experience, give a PSA on sexually transmitted HPVs, advocate for a new max vax movement, and talk about which animal we would least hate to be stuck as if we got stuck in morph à la Tobias in Animorphs. 

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  • An illustration of a bonsai tree followed by three question marks.

    Episode 40: Román Ramos Báez on PLANTS

    Román Ramos Báez (Romi) joins us to talk about PLANTS! Plant hormones, plants living their best and worse lives, and the mysteries of plant development.

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  • " The region around the center of our Milky Way galaxy glows colorfully in this new version of an image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope."

    Episode 39: Emily Hunt on GALAXIES

    In this episode we’re joined by astronomer Emily Hunt to talk about space, galaxies, the taxonomy of celestial bodies, and whether to put your brain in a robot body, and why. We had some connectivity issues so the audio isn’t perfect, but it was such a delightful conversation, we couldn’t scrap it. 

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  • A still from Repo! The Genetic Opera showing an illustration of a fake insect in a book.

    Episode 38: Repo! The Genetic Opera (Super Spooky Halloween Special Part II)

    Regress to your emo years and revisit with us Repo! The Genetic Opera, a cult classic – but deservedly? We’re not so sure. It may be Halloween but it feels like Christmas for Charles, who got to trap Tessa in a podcast about musical theatre. Also we talk about organs a lot. 

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  • An illustration of an anglerfish in profile, with a monocle.

    Episode 37: The Horrors of the MIND (Super Spooky Halloween Special Part I)

    On this week’s episode, we discuss different science-fictional (and some fact-ional) scenarios that are our own personal nightmares. Subjects include alien abduction, brain implants, space travel, and fish wearing glasses. 

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Entomology (Charles's focus)

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