50 episodes

Tessa (astrobiologist) and Charles (entomologist) talk to each other and other trans scientists about science and science fiction.

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    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Tessa (astrobiologist) and Charles (entomologist) talk to each other and other trans scientists about science and science fiction.

    Episode 49: The Science of Our Flag Means Death

    Episode 49: The Science of Our Flag Means Death

    Like most gay people, we have now watched the HBO series Our Flag Means Death (full season 1 available now!). Unlike most gay people, Charles is a PhD candidate in history and philosophy of biology. In this episode, we touch on several topics in history of science touched on in the show: Linnaean taxonomy and binomial nomenclature, phrenology, and scurvy (caused by humans’ inability to synthesize our own Vitamin C, setting us apart from most vertebrates). 

    A transcript and show notes are available on our website here: https://asabpodcast.com/2022/05/09/episode-49/

    The show is on Twitter @ASABpod, Charles @cockroacharles, and Tessa @spacermase. 

    Our intro music is by Nicole Petkovich. 

    Thank you for listening!

    • 52 min
    Episode 48: Lucianne Walkowicz on Space - Who Does It Belong To? How Gay Is It?

    Episode 48: Lucianne Walkowicz on Space - Who Does It Belong To? How Gay Is It?

    In this episode we’re joined by science superstar (pun intended) Lucianne Walkowicz to talk about their research, who space belongs to (including whether it can ”belong” to anyone), and how gay space is. Charles also defends leeches (they probably won’t give you diseases!), the animal, but not leeches, metaphor for the capitalist class. 

    Lucianne is all over, but can be found on Twitter @RocketToLulu

    Show notes (including sources) and a transcript are at our website here: https://asabpodcast.com/2022/04/23/episode-48/

    The show is on Twitter @ASABpod, Charles @cockroacharles, and Tessa @spacermase. 

    Our intro music is by Nicole Petkovich. 

    Thank you for listening!

    • 52 min
    Episode 47: ”So, What’s In Your Pants?” (G******s, Part II)

    Episode 47: ”So, What’s In Your Pants?” (G******s, Part II)

    Warning for this episode that we are talking at length about reproductive anatomy and g******s, the effect of testosterone and genital reconstruction of the clitorophallus. 

    The second in our two-part series on g******s medical transition, in this one we talk about the history and procedures of metoidioplasty and phalloplasty, as well as possibilities for the future. 

    Show notes (including sources) and a transcript are at our website here: https://asabpodcast.com/2022/03/31/episode-47/

    The show is on Twitter @ASABpod, Charles @cockroacharles, and Tessa @spacermase. 

    Our intro music is by Nicole Petkovich. 

    Thank you for listening!

    • 58 min
    Episode 46: ”So, What’s In Your Pants?” (G******s Part I)

    Episode 46: ”So, What’s In Your Pants?” (G******s Part I)

    Warning for this episode that we are talking at length about reproductive anatomy and g******s, particularly vaginoplasty as a gender-affirming surgery. This episode includes frank discussion of vaginoplasty as a procedure, as well as Tessa’s personal experience. 

    The first in a two-part series on trans people and g******s, this episode focuses on vaginoplasty, with an explanation of embryonic sexual differentiation, a brief history of vaginoplasty in the 20th century as part of medical transition, and the primary method used up to the present day. 

    Show notes (including sources) and a transcript are at our website here: https://asabpodcast.com/2022/03/27/episode-46/

    The show is on Twitter @ASABpod, Charles @cockroacharles, and Tessa @spacermase. 

    Our intro music is by Nicole Petkovich. 

    Thank you for listening!

    • 46 min
    Episode 45: Lee Jaszlics’s Detransition Experience

    Episode 45: Lee Jaszlics’s Detransition Experience

    In this episode we spoke with nature photographer Lee Jaszlics about their experience of ”detransition.” Lee is nonbinary and took testosterone before choosing to end use, and reverse some of its effects. We talk about their experience of gender and transitioning, and also tapeworms. 

    Lee is on Twitter @taenia and has their wonderful photographer at Woodfern Studio. 

    Show notes and transcript are available on our website here: https://asabpodcast.com/2022/03/20/episode-45/

    The show is on Twitter @ASABpod, Charles @cockroacharles, and Tessa @spacermase. 

    Our intro music is by Nicole Petkovich. 

    Thank you for listening!

    • 37 min
    Episode 44: ASAB Presents the Science... Hormone Therapy

    Episode 44: ASAB Presents the Science... Hormone Therapy

    In this episode, motivated by the recent barrage of anti-trans legislation, we begin a dig into the science underlying gender-affirming care, beginning with hormones and hormone therapy. Topics include ”sex” hormones and how they work, chromosomal sex determination, and puberty blockers (mechanism and long-term health prospects). 

    Extensive show notes and transcript are available on our website here: https://asabpodcast.com/2022/03/12/episode-44/

    The show is on Twitter @ASABpod, Charles @cockroacharles, and Tessa @spacermase. 

    Our intro music is by Nicole Petkovich. 

    Thank you for listening!

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

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love the show

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Simply_Adoran ,

Art Major Approved

I’m an art history major, never watched Star Trek, but I absolutely love this podcast. I don’t quite understand everything the lovely hosts say, but it’s comforting to just listen to them talk.

A Couple in Tucson ,

Interesting Guests and Topics

Just the right amount of Star Trek, too. :-)

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