This week’s episode is an exploration of the modest but fascinating family Ulidiidae, the “picture-winged flies.” Tangents include fly phylogenies (fly-logeny), sperm and the distribution thereof, and whether there’s any truly correct way to pronounce scientific names.
This week we are ecstatic to share our conversation with Annalee Newitz, author of fiction (Autonomous, Future of Another Timeline) and nonfiction (most recently Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age) and podcaster (Our Opinions are Correct, which they host with Charlie Jane Anders).
This week we have Kaitlin Rasmussen, “stellar astrophysicist and exoplaneteer,” on to talk about their research in exoplanets, planets in general, spectrographs, and telescopes. We get a lengthy interlude about history of scientific methodology, which delights Charles.
On this episode we have Cel Welch, founder of Queer Engineer, on to talk about Cel’s research and background in medical diagnostics. We talk about what goes on in there and the process of developing new diagnostic tools.
In this episode we tackle two Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes about Ferengi and their weird gender stuff: “Rules of Acquisition” (a classic “women dresses as man to pursue opportunity” plot) and “Profit and Lace” (a well-intentioned? disaster of ’90s transmisogyny).
Our second episode with Gabi Fleury. In this one, we talk more specifically about their experiences being non-binary, Black, and queer in conservation, and include only one tangent to talk about cool bugs.
We’re joined in this week’s episode by conservation biologist Gabi Fleury. Gabi works on wildlife-human conflict, primarily with African mammals. We talk about their work, doing conservation responsibly, conservation in space, and Gabi’s many varied accomplishments.
In this episode, we talk to recently graduated bioanthropology student Caitlin Hobbs on their thesis research investigating responses to death during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Tangents include what we want done with our bodies after death, how Victorians were very goth, and whether human bodies can be composted.
In this episode, we explore the four species of Neotrogla (Insecta: Psocodea: Prionoglarididae) and their unique genitalia. Females in these species have a penis-like organ which penetrates the male, retrieves sperm, and deposits it back in their own body. We discuss the genital mechanism here, the broader genital landscape in animals, the meaning of sex and sexual adaptations, and some of the human context in language and definitions.
Episode 19: Carolyn P. Hutchinson on rodenticides and Their Effect on Rodents, Large Mammals, Waste Water, the Environment… and You
In this episode, analytical chemist Dr. Carolyn P Hutchison, professor at St. Bonaventure, talks to us about their research in anticoagulant rodenticides and wastewater. Topics include rodenticides, bioaccumulation, environmental chemistry, a brief tangent about insects, and Carolyn’s post-apocalyptic plans.
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