Did you study hard in science class? Neither did comics Aric and Levi. Regret Labs is their attempt to make up for lost time. In each episode they attempt to explain a scientific concept and then invite a guest expert to join them and tell them how very wrong they are. There’s learning, laughing, science, and redemption. You may get a better understanding of the world or you may just get entertained. But you wont regret listening.
Dr Michelle LaRue on Science Communication | Regret Labs Episode: 8
“We all, to some extent, are scientists. I just do it for a living.”
Dr. Michelle LaRue’s work has been covered internationally by hundreds of media outlets including BBC, NBC Nightly News, Wall Street Journal and National Geographic. As a research ecologist at the University of Minnesota, Dr. LaRue focuses on interdisciplinary tools to study spatial and population dynamics of penguins, seals, cougars and polar bears. She is also a science communicator who loves to work with young people and regularly engages on social media.
In this episode of Regret Labs, Dr. LaRue talks about being a science communicator and what kind of expectations people have when they think about a “scientist.” She talks about ecology, climate, ecosystems, penguins and the relationship between intelligence and play. She also explains why Antarctica is gaining ice while the Arctic loses ice. And encourages listeners to tweet at her , @DrMichelleLaRue, with their questions on scientific accuracy in television commercials with the hashtag #ThisAdDumb.
Our New Co-host | Regret Labs: Mini Episode
Aric and Levi are super excited to welcome in the new co-host of Regret Labs, Maggie Ryan Sandford. Maggie writes about science and researches how humans learn about science. Also, she has produced work for TV and radio and writes fiction. She was also the first guest of this here podcast!
In this mini ep, the gang get’s to know a bit about Maggie’s science background and then quickly pivots into talking about science movies. Maggie explains the plot to a bizarre dolphin film, Aric reveals his love for science fiction romance and Levi wont shut up about Val Kilmer. Also, Maggie learns something new and the gang inevitably gets into a chat about gender.
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Extreme Weather with Kenny Blumenfeld | Regret Labs: Episode 7
Kenny Blumenfeld is a Senior Climatologist at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He also works for Hennepin County Emergency Management, gives public scientific storytelling performances and helped make the documentary “The Story of Winter.”
With Kenny’s help, Aric and Levi get at the complex scientific question, what is weather? Kenny explains why severe weather is so difficult to measure and categorize. He also talks about his most commonly asked weather questions, explains how hail really works and gets into the challenges of relying on anecdotal evidence when studying weather.
Levi breaks out his Patch Adams impersonation, Aric tries to articulate the difference between cyclones and hurricanes and Kenny is incredibly patient through it all.
Musician Adam Svec of the band Camp Dark joins Aric and Levi to teach them about pitch perception and hearing. They also get to the bottom of some deep truths about Ghostbusters 2 and learn what some medical cadavers are used for.
Camp Dark‘s debut album is available now. Get it.
TigerCIS, for examples of how cochclear implants sound.
What Does It Mean to Sound Gay?, a podcast from Slate.
An Introduction to the Psychology of Hearing by Brian Moore
The Sense of Hearing by Christopher Plack
Fundamentals of Hearing: An Introduction by William Yost
Mirror MIR | Regret Labs: Mini Episode
Levi and Aric return after seven some months of absense! They take and discuss a short science quiz from the Mirror UK and share details of the upcoming live Regret Lab show, which is part of the quickly approching NoisePicnic Podcast Festival held at the Phoenix Theater in Minneapolis! Get your tickets now! And list to the podcast, of course.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, otherwise known as Undercooked Turkey Day, Regret Labs and food scientist Lainey Black take you through the wonderful world of foodborne illness and food poisoning. Learn all about why you shouldn’t eat sprouts, what kind of diarrhea E. coli 157 will give you, why everyone in on a cruise ship is getting the norovirus, how to summon the elder god of shiga toxin, and why none of the antics in Dumb and Dumber are considered food poisoning.
Really, thought. Don’t eat sprouts. Listen to this Regret Labs podcast episode if you like. But even if you don’t, quit eating sprouts. And raw hamburgers.
If you do listen, you get to hear the five different kinds of diarrhea foodborne illness can give you. If nothing else, this episode of Regret Labs will give you a severe case of the giggles.
This show is funny and educational. My favorite science movie is Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!
Fun podcast by funny people.
Finally, a podcast about science that both piques my interest and doesn't make me feel like an idiot. Aric and Levi are smart enough to admit when they're not smart enough and that great.