This week we’re joined by myrmecologist and all-around delight, Aaron Fairweather. Aaron joins us to talk ants, taxonomy hot-takes, and being a furry in science communication – our first furry guest, but certainly not our last.
Episode 35: Oh I Am What I Am (Roswell Fan), I’ll Watch What I Want (Roswell), But I Can’t Hide (That I Love Roswell)
In this episode we watched and discuss the first two episodes of the classic alien teen romance drama, Roswell (not the CW show from 2019). Aliens! Mysteries! Teen love! A perfect show, except for everything wrong with it.
We chat with astrophysicist Teal about the James Webb Space Telescope, their research on space, what makes an atmosphere, and whether there’s any controversy to what makes an atmosphere, among other topics. There’s also another long rumination on death, which isn’t even because we’re living through a pandemic, we’re just Like That.
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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.
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