298 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

    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.9, 58 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.

    Episode 315 - Keith Cooper

    Episode 315 - Keith Cooper

    In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by science journalist and editor Keith Cooper to talk about his new book, "The Contact Paradox: Challenging Our Assumptions in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence." They talk about the history of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), and how attempts at understanding potential alien civilizations may help us better know ourselves. Follow Keith: @21stCenturySETI.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 314 - Gaia Vince

    Episode 314 - Gaia Vince

    In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by science journalist and author Gaia Vince to talk about her newest book, "Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time." They discuss the importance of viewing the human evolutionary story as one that is inextricably linked with culture and kinship, and so much more. Follow Gaia: @WanderingGaia.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Episode 313 - Valerie Trouet

    Episode 313 - Valerie Trouet

    In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by University of Arizona dendrochronologist Dr. Valerie Trouet to talk about her new book, "Tree Story: The History of the World Written in Rings." They talk about the mysteries of planet Earth lying deep within the rings of trees, revealing evidence of climate change, wildfires, hurricanes, and even human activity. Follow Valerie: @epispheric.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 312 - Joel Sartore

    Episode 312 - Joel Sartore

    In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by world-renowned National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore. They talk about his impactful Photo Ark project, including his newest book on the series, the limited Earth Day edition of "The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals." Follow Joel: @joelsartore.

    • 58 min
    Episode 311 - Anne Harrington

    Episode 311 - Anne Harrington

    In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Harvard University science historian Dr. Anne Harrington to talk about her newest book, "Mind Fixers: Psychiatry's Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness." They take a fresh look at the history of mental illness, including the early asylum system, psychiatry's current relationship with neurobiology, and what the future of assessment, diagnostics, and treatment may hold.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Episode 310 - Eva Holland

    Episode 310 - Eva Holland

    In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Eva Holland, the author of "Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear." They talk about her experience navigating the waters of cognitive-behavioral therapy to face her crippling fear of heights, all while exposing some of her deepest vulnerabilities. Follow Eva: @EvaHolland.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 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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