419 episodes

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.

Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria Cara Santa Maria

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 67 Ratings

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.

    Punk Rock Paleontology w/ Jingmai O'Connor

    Punk Rock Paleontology w/ Jingmai O'Connor

    In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Jingmai O'Connor, also known as the Punk Rock Paleontologist. They talk about her work as Associate Curator of Fossil Reptiles at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, including the transition from dinosaurs to birds, flying dinosaurs, and the importance of science communication.

    • 54 min
    Museum Science w/ Olivia Castellini

    Museum Science w/ Olivia Castellini

    In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Olivia Castellini, Senior Exhibit Developer at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. They talk about her incredible science museum installations, including a 40-foot interactive tornado!

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Other Dark Matter w/ Lina Zeldovich

    The Other Dark Matter w/ Lina Zeldovich

    In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by journalist Lina Zeldovich to talk about her new book "The Other Dark Matter: The Science and Business of Turning Waste into Wealth and Health." They discuss the value of human excerement, including ways we can better care for our planet and make smarter economic decisions while doing so.

    • 59 min
    Art and Space w/ Jancy McPhee

    Art and Space w/ Jancy McPhee

    In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by neuroscientist Dr. Jancy McPhee, the Founder and Executive Director of SciArt Exchange. They talk about SciArt Exchange's mission to engage people around the intersection of science and art, as well as her work as the Multidisciplinary Program Scientist in the NASA Human Research Program's Chief Scientist's Office.

    • 55 min
    Beauty Science w/ Rolanda Wilkerson

    Beauty Science w/ Rolanda Wilkerson

    In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Rolanda Wilkerson, Principle Beauty Scientist at Procter & Gamble. They talk about the chemistry of skin and hair products, including her role in developing and testing them for safety and efficacy. They also discuss the importance of representation and product diversity, especially for varied skin colors and hair textures.

    • 56 min
    Vagina Obscura w/ Rachel E. Gross

    Vagina Obscura w/ Rachel E. Gross

    In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by award-winning science journalist Rachel E. Gross to talk about her new book, "Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage." They discuss the incredible anatomy and physiology of women (and trans men, nonbinary, and intersex folx!), with an emphasis on biomedical science's minimizations and misunderstandings. Cara also opens up about her upcoming hysterectomy.

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

Mousey🐭🐱 ,

Amazing

You are such an amazing pet who talks about such important and interesting topics with equally interesting people ❤️

Peter C Parsons ,

Great Interviews Lead to More Books

Be careful when you listen to Talk Nerdy.

Cara habitually interviews interesting guests, many of whom have written books.
I am increasingly finding myself compelled to buy the books, and all have been great reads!

Thanks Cara for your engaging and enthusiastic interviews. I hope I can thank you personally in Melbourne later this year.

Viola47 ,

Representation matters

I started listening to this podcast for the science, and have continued listening for the incredible diversity of interviewees.
Thank you!

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