Podcast: Talk Nerdy

Cara Santa Maria
Cara Santa Maria
Cara Santa Maria is a science communicator, television host, producer, and journalist. She is excited to present "Talk Nerdy," a place for conversations with interesting people about interesting topics.
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Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy12 days ago
In this week's episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Thomas Seeley, professor of biology at Cornell University and international expert on bees. They talk about his new book, "The Lives of Bees: The Untold Story of the Honeybee in the Wild." Topics include honeybee physiology and behavior, backyard beekeeping, and what we can learn from wild bees to improve our relationship with these fascinating creatures.
Episode 290 - Thomas Seeley, Cara Santa Maria
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Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy19 days ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with American Museum of Natural History astrophysicist and science popularizer Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson about his new book, “Letters from an Astrophysicist.” They venture behind Neil’s public persona to discuss the deeply personal correspondence that makes up the book, focusing on themes like faith, philosophy, and skepticism. Follow Neil: @neiltyson.
Episode 289 - Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cara Santa Maria
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Lucinda Jackson, author of "Just a Girl: Growing Up Female and Ambitious." They discuss her personal experiences navigating the pernicious institutional sexism of academia and corporate America, as well as its implications for broader society. Follow Lucinda: @LucindaAJackson.
Episode 288 - Lucinda Jackson , Cara Santa Maria
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Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy2 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by clinical psychologist, journalist, and author of the new book, "All the Rage: Mothers, Fathers, and the Myth of Equal Partnership," Dr. Darcy Lockman. They discuss the inequities of gendered labor that persist to this day, as well as the physical and psychological burden wives and mothers are all too often forced to carry. Follow Darcy: @Darcy_Lockman.
Episode 287 - Darcy Lockman, Cara Santa Maria
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Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy2 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Robert P. Crease, Chair of the Philosophy Department at Stony Brook University. They dive into the important topics covered in his newest book, "The Workshop and the World: What Ten Thinkers Can Teach Us About Science and Authority," including history's lessons for restoring society's trust in the scientific community.
Episode 286 - Robert Crease, Cara Santa Maria
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Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy2 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Nick Haddad, Senior Terrestrial Ecologist in the Department of Integrative Biology at Michigan State University and Kellogg Biological Station. They discuss his newest book, "The Last Butterflies: A Scientist's Quest to Save a Rare and Vanishing Creature." Follow Nick: @nickmhaddad.
Episode 285 - Nick Haddad, Cara Santa Maria
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Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy2 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Vice-President and senior technical advisor of Underwriter Laboratories Inc, and founder of Air Quality Science Inc. as well as The GREENGAURD Environmental Institute, Dr. Marilyn Black. They talk about the science of assessing indoor and outdoor air quality, including the toxic chemicals often released by products like 3-D printers and furniture treated with flame retardants.
Episode 284 - Marilyn Black, Cara Santa Maria
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Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy2 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by writer and historian Dr. Lydia Pyne to talk about her new book, “Genuine Fakes: How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff.” Lydia describes the fuzzy line between what’s real and what’s fake, sharing stories about nature documentaries, art forgeries, fossil hoaxes, lab-grown diamonds, and everything in between. Follow Lydia: @LydiaPyne.
Episode 283 - Lydia Pyne , Cara Santa Maria
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Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy3 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by molecular cell biologist at the University of California Merced, Dr. Miriam Barlow. They talk about her research on antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including how they evolve, the impact on public health, and what we can do to prevent or mitigate the spread of infection. Follow Miriam: @Miriome.
Episode 282 - Miriam Barlow, Cara Santa Maria
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Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy3 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Sora Kim, Life and Environmental Sciences professor at UC Merced. They talk about the importance of diversity, mentorship, and collaboration in STEM fields. They also discuss her fascinating research examining stable isotopes in fossilized shark teeth in an effort to better understand global climate change. Follow Sora: @SoraLKim
Episode 281 - Sora Kim , Cara Santa Maria
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Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy3 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Joanna Andrecka, product marketing manager at Refeyn. They discuss an exciting new technology called mass photometry. This process uses light to analyze the mass of biomolecules in their native state, with no markers or labels. Follow Joanna: @AndreckaJoanna
Episode 280 - Joanna Andrecka, Cara Santa Maria
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Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy3 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by evolutionary psychologist Dr. Sarah E. Hill to talk about her new book, "This Is Your Brain on Birth Control: The Surprising Science of Women, Hormones, and the Law of Unintended Consequences." They discuss the long history of scientific inquiry that ignores women's bodies and minds, as well as what new research is telling us about birth control's sweeping effects. Follow Sarah: @sarahehillphd.
Episode 279 - Sarah Hill , Cara Santa Maria
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Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy4 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Daniel Z. Lieberman, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at George Washington University. They talk about new book, “The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity—and Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race.” Their conversation centers around the important role of dopamine in human behavior, relationships, and addiction.
Episode 278 - Daniel Lieberman, Cara Santa Maria
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Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy4 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara once again sits down with Caltech physicist Dr. Sean Carroll, this time to talk about his new book, “Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime.” They discuss what quantum mechanics is (and isn’t), its relation to psychology and philosophy, and how the many-worlds interpretation may just be the key to understanding the cosmos. Follow Sean: @seanmcarroll.
Episode 278 - Sean Carroll, Cara Santa Maria
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Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy4 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by novelist Laura Purcell to talk about her book, “The Poison Thread.” They discuss the science and psychology of Victorian England as well as the experiences of female characters living during the era. Follow Laura: @SpookyPurcell.
Episode 276 - Laura Purcell, Cara Santa Maria
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Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy4 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by author Craig Childs to talk about his new book, “Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America.” They discuss his intersecting interests of journalism, desert studies, adventure, and exploration. As an expert in ancient migration on foot, Craig also shares what its like to retrace the steps of ancient people in the Americas. Follow Craig: @CraigChilds_
Episode 275 - Craig Childs, Cara Santa Maria
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Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy5 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with extragalactic astrophysicist and host of the Everyday Einstein podcast, Dr. Sabrina Stierwalt about the nature of the cosmos. They discuss galaxy formation, black holes, and the fact that we are not, as we often like to believe, the center of the universe. Follow Sabrina: @qdteinstein.
Episode 274 - Sabrina Stierwalt, Cara Santa Maria
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Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy5 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by science journalist Kit Chapman to talk about his new book, "Superheavy: Making and Breaking the Periodic Table." They discuss all things chemistry, including the fascinating history of its discoveries. Follow Kit: @ChemistryKit.
Episode 273 - Kit Chapman, Cara Santa Maria
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Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy5 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with conservation biologist and author Dr. Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson about her new book, "Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects." They talk about the ecological importance of insects as well as the steps we can take to conserve their habitat the world over. Follow Anne: @annesver
Episode 272 - Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson, Cara Santa Maria
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Cara Santa Mariaadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Talk Nerdy5 months ago
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by mathematician and former NFL player, John Urschel. They talk about his passion for mathematics, including his current work as a doctoral candidate at MIT and his new book, "Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football." They also discuss his love of football, motivations for retiring from the sport, and the painful reality of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Follow John: @JohnCUrschel.
Episode 271 - John Urschel, Cara Santa Maria
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