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May
20

S09:E02, “Living Sunlight” Edition, with Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm (video)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 20 May 2017

Streamed live 10 May 2017.

We finally got to talk again about science books for children, this time about the “Living Sunlight” series of books by award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, Molly Bang, and Dr. Penny Chisholm, a biological oceanographer at MIT.

We had a fun and lively time looking at pictures, talking about how kids look at pictures, the importance of cyanobacteria, and who is that kid that keeps showing up in the books’ illustrations. There are four books (so far) in this delightful and informative series: Living Sunlight (about photosynthesis), Ocean Sunlight (phytoplankton), Buried Sunlight (fossil fuels), and Rivers of Sunlight (ocean currents). And we’ll let you in on a secret: they make good reading for adults, too.

For more information about the series, visit their website: https://thesunlightseries.com/ .

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May
20

S09:E02, “Living Sunlight” Edition, with Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm (audio)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 20 May 2017

Streamed live 10 May 2017.

We finally got to talk again about science books for children, this time about the “Living Sunlight” series of books by award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, Molly Bang, and Dr. Penny Chisholm, a biological oceanographer at MIT.

We had a fun and lively time looking at pictures, talking about how kids look at pictures, the importance of cyanobacteria, and who is that kid that keeps showing up in the books’ illustrations. There are four books (so far) in this delightful and informative series: Living Sunlight (about photosynthesis), Ocean Sunlight (phytoplankton), Buried Sunlight (fossil fuels), and Rivers of Sunlight (ocean currents). And we’ll let you in on a secret: they make good reading for adults, too.

For more information about the series, visit their website: https://thesunlightseries.com/ .

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May
07

S09:E01, “Mindshift and Learning” Edition, with Barbara Oakley (video)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 7 May 2017

Streamed live 28 April 2017.

“Read Science!” began its fifth year with guest Dr. Barbara Oakley, the leader of one of the largest online classes (MOOCs), “Learning How to Learn”, and author of “A Mind for Numbers” and her latest, Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential.

While Mindshift was the centerpiece of our discussion, we covered a lot of ideas related to learning, how to learn, and the benefits of being a life-long learner.

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May
07

S09:E01, “Mindshift and Learning” Edition, with Barbara Oakley (audio)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 7 May 2017

Streamed live 28 April 2017.

“Read Science!” began its fifth year with guest Dr. Barbara Oakley, the leader of one of the largest online classes (MOOCs), “Learning How to Learn”, and author of “A Mind for Numbers” and her latest, Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential.

While Mindshift was the centerpiece of our discussion, we covered a lot of ideas related to learning, how to learn, and the benefits of being a life-long learner.

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May
07

S08:E06, “Family Genes: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” Edition (video)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 7 May 2017

Streamed live on 5 April 2017.

On this episode of “Read Science!”, Jeff and Joanne welcomed two authors of recent books to talk about genetics and genomics as they relate to our families of origin and our children. Bonnie Rochman is the author of The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids–and the Kids We Have, and Joselin Linder is the author of The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance Into a Hopeful Future. We tackle some of the big questions about the future of genetic engineering when it comes to humans, and we learn about what it’s like to be part of a family with its own genetic mutation.

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May
07

S08:E06, “Family Genes: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” Edition (audio)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 7 May 2017

Streamed live on 5 April 2017.

On this episode of “Read Science!”, Jeff and Joanne welcomed two authors of recent books to talk about genetics and genomics as they relate to our families of origin and our children. Bonnie Rochman is the author of The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids–and the Kids We Have, and Joselin Linder is the author of The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance Into a Hopeful Future. We tackle some of the big questions about the future of genetic engineering when it comes to humans, and we learn about what it’s like to be part of a family with its own genetic mutation.

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Feb
25

S08:E05, “Rockets & Calculators” Edition, with Nathalia Holt (video)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 25 February 2017

Streamed live on 15 February 2017.

For this stimulating episode of “Read Science!” we welcomed Nathalia Holt, author of Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars.

We talked about the days when “calculators” were people who calculated, the early days of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the “Suicide Squad”, the race to launch the first satellite for the US, and the extraordinary story of how the team of calculators at JPL came to be mostly women.

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Feb
25

S08:E05, “Rockets & Calculators” Edition, with Nathalia Holt (audio)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 25 February 2017

Streamed live on 15 February 2017.

For this stimulating episode of “Read Science!” we welcomed Nathalia Holt, author of Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars.

We talked about the days when “calculators” were people who calculated, the early days of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the “Suicide Squad”, the race to launch the first satellite for the US, and the extraordinary story of how the team of calculators at JPL came to be mostly women.

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Dec
28

S08:E04, “Lab Girl” Edition, with Hope Jahren (video)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 28 December 2016

Streamed live on 23 November 2016.

Hope Jahren’s splendid book, Lab Girl, is already on most every list of notable books for 2016. Told in the form of a memoir, it’s an amazing tour of an adventurous and eventful career (so far), the surprising lives of plants, and what the frustrations and joys of scientific investigation and discovery really feel like. It’s not really possible to capture in this tiny space the wealth of information and insight that Hope’s book offers its readers. We talked about as much as we could fit into our hour and it felt like we barely got started. We also got to wave our arms around a couple of times when the lights went out.

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Dec
28

S08:E04, “Lab Girl” Edition, with Hope Jahren (audio)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 28 December 2016

Streamed live on 23 November 2016.

Hope Jahren’s splendid book, Lab Girl, is already on most every list of notable books for 2016. Told in the form of a memoir, it’s an amazing tour of an adventurous and eventful career (so far), the surprising lives of plants, and what the frustrations and joys of scientific investigation and discovery really feel like. It’s not really possible to capture in this tiny space the wealth of information and insight that Hope’s book offers its readers. We talked about as much as we could fit into our hour and it felt like we barely got started. We also got to wave our arms around a couple of times when the lights went out.

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Dec
28

S08:E03, “Spaceflight before NASA” Edition, with Amy Shira Teitel, (video)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 28 December 2016

Streamed live on 8 September 2016.

NASA was created when the US Congress passed the “National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958” and it was signed by President Eisenhower. It was the time of the Cold War, nuclear anxiety, and Sputnik, and American felt like it had “lost the space race” already. Soon enough the US launched its first satellite, Explorer 1, built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

But before that happened, there was an interesting and exciting few decades of rocket research that made it all possible. In this episode of RS, Amy Shira Teitel, science historian and author of Breaking the Chains of Gravity : The Story of Spaceflight Before NASA, talked to us all about it. The stories were nearly ballistic and our time was over almost before we got launched.

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Dec
28

S08:E03, “Spaceflight before NASA” Edition, with Amy Shira Teitel, (audio)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 28 December 2016

Streamed live on 8 September 2016.

NASA was created when the US Congress passed the “National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958” and it was signed by President Eisenhower. It was the time of the Cold War, nuclear anxiety, and Sputnik, and American felt like it had “lost the space race” already. Soon enough the US launched its first satellite, Explorer 1, built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

But before that happened, there was an interesting and exciting few decades of rocket research that made it all possible. In this episode of RS, Amy Shira Teitel, science historian and author of Breaking the Chains of Gravity : The Story of Spaceflight Before NASA, talked to us all about it. The stories were nearly ballistic and our time was over almost before we got launched.

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Aug
31

S08:E02, “Venomous” Edition, with Christie Wilcox (video)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 31 August 2016

Streamed live on 24 August 2016.

There are a lot of venomous creatures on Earth, way more species than most of us realize, and they’ve invented an amazing and vast array of venoms and technique for injecting it into their enemies, and their dinners. Still, scientists are learning interesting and wondrous things from venomous animals, and also using their knowledge to create new drugs that work in marvelous ways.

In this episode we talked about all these things with Christie Wilcox, author of Venomous : How Earth’s Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry and enthusiastic scientist who studies venomous creatures. We even learned what “sodium channels” are, what they have to do with nerve cells and pain, and how they can be blocked. It was another fascinating hour that went by much too quickly.

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Aug
31

S08:E02, “Venomous” Edition, with Christie Wilcox (audio)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 31 August 2016

Streamed live on 24 August 2016.

There are a lot of venomous creatures on Earth, way more species than most of us realize, and they’ve invented an amazing and vast array of venoms and technique for injecting it into their enemies, and their dinners. Still, scientists are learning interesting and wondrous things from venomous animals, and also using their knowledge to create new drugs that work in marvelous ways.

In this episode we talked about all these things with Christie Wilcox, author of Venomous : How Earth’s Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry and enthusiastic scientist who studies venomous creatures. We even learned what “sodium channels” are, what they have to do with nerve cells and pain, and how they can be blocked. It was another fascinating hour that went by much too quickly.

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Aug
10

S08:E01, “Wild Sex” Edition, with Carin Bondar (video)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 10 August 2016

Streamed live 8 August 2016.

Sex! Sex! Sex! That’s all we talked about with Carin Bondar, author of Wild Sex: The Science Behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom. Topics included sexual selection among blue-footed boobies (i.e., the birds), the human preoccupation with NOT talking about sex while thinking about it all the time, and the bizarre sexual practices of some slugs kept coming up, too. Natural selection gave Carin a great deal to write about in her book, and we did our best to fit it all in to one suddenly short episode.

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