This week we decided to be almost timely for once, and talked about “Helicopter Story” by Isabel Fall, recently nominated for a Hugo in two categories. We talk about the story itself, backlash, counter-backlash, and managed to get Chuck Tingle in there.
In this episode, Theo Tiffney – recent PhD, crucial figure in ASAB history, and our friend – tells us about hepatitis C. We go through the disease itself, its treatment, and how drug companies once again screwed people over.
For our first Pride Month episode, we’re joined by biologist Fayth Tan, whose work focuses on regeneration. We talk about what the heck regeneration really is, why we see it in some organisms and not others, the lies told to us by pop culture, and our most beautiful “is it gay if it’s in space?” yet.
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.
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