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Four images of one fly, Xanthacrona bipustulata, showing its head, habitus, thorax, and scutellum.

Episode 28: Y’all Heard of the Picture-Winged Flies (Ulidiidae)?

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. 

Photo from an excavation site at the ancient city Çatalhöyük,

Episode 27: Annalee Newitz on “Lost Cities” and the Nature of Self

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).

Photograph of a fake human skull sitting on a lop in a forest in winter. It's wearing a blue surgical mask.

Episode 21: Caitlin Hobbs on Life and Death During a Pandemic

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.

[INSECT GENITALS] white text against black

Episode 20: Bug Dicks Revisited (Valentine’s Day Special)

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.

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