6 episodes

A podcast about the sisterhood of science. A healthy mix of issues facing women in STEM, good solid chit chat, and belly laughs.

Female of the Species Female of the Species

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    • 4.9 • 8 Ratings

A podcast about the sisterhood of science. A healthy mix of issues facing women in STEM, good solid chit chat, and belly laughs.

    Episode 6: Shaena Montanari

    Episode 6: Shaena Montanari

    For this episode of Female of the Species we’re joined by Shaena Montanari, a paleontologist and science writer living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Shaena and Phoebe met on twitter where they share a love of fossils, nerdy jokes, and complaining. We talk about success and failure, bringing dinosaurs into a hospital, the dating life of academics, and more.

    Music used:
    Dave Depper, "Pop Time Machine"
    Paolo Pavan, "What's Up"
    Queen, "We Are The Champions"

    • 30 min
    Episode 5: Nakita VanBiene

    Episode 5: Nakita VanBiene

    For this episode of Female of the Species we’re joined by Nakita VanBiene, a science educator and student in New York City. We talk about melting crayons for science, how to sneak on to the roof of the American Museum of Natural History, and social justice in the classroom.

    • 26 min
    Episode 4: Hannah Carliner

    Episode 4: Hannah Carliner

    In this episode of Female of the Species we are joined by Dr. Hannah Carliner, an epidemiologist and all around super cool gal. Join us as we chat about public health, toddlers as stress therapy, if Shine Theory is easier with people we don't actually know (here's lookin' at you Hillz and Beyoncé), and the feminization of scientific fields.

    Music:
    Lee Rosevere, "Max Flashback"
    Heftone Banjo Orchestra, "Peaceful Henry"
    Beyoncé, "Run the World (Girls)"

    • 29 min
    Episode 3: Anne Marie Wissman

    Episode 3: Anne Marie Wissman

    For Episode 3 of Female of the Species we're joined by Anne Marie Wissman, who studies drug addiction in rodents. Weee!! We talk about addiction, lifting weights, educating ourselves about racism, caffeinated gum, and OBGYNs. What's not to love?!

    Music used:
    Vukuvar, "The Three Shades"
    Jesse Spillane, "Sinking Feeling"
    Eric Clapton, "Cocaine"

    • 31 min
    Episode 2: Robin Kodner

    Episode 2: Robin Kodner

    In our second episode we are joined by Dr. Robin Kodner, Phoebe's first 'sister of science' from way back in grad school. They discuss mojitos as therapy, grading in a hot tub, "book" clubs, and the joys of mentoring students (really!).

    Music for this episode from:
    BenSound, "Badass" www.bensound.com
    BenSound, "Sexy" www.bensound.com
    Wang Chung, "Dance Hall Days"

    • 27 min
    Female of the Species Episode 1: Christy Visaggi

    Female of the Species Episode 1: Christy Visaggi

    The first episode of Female of the Species, a podcast for the sisterhood of science. For our kick-off, we're joined by the amazing, multitalented Dr. Christy Visaggi. We discuss work life balance, Hope Jahren's book Lab Girl, accidentally eating cheeseburgers, and more.

    Music used:
    Jason Leonard, "Ritual Twelve"
    Michael Howard, "The Tallest Man in Idaho"
    Bluegrass bumpers care of The Joy Drops

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Faceupandsing ,

Where the lady scientists are at

Female of the Species is like getting to silently conference call into the best conversations ever. Phoebe brings out the best in her guests, and the result is a snappy, smart, soulful discussion on important issues surrounding what it is to be a woman, a scientist, an academic, and a thinking human being. Enjoy!

science mic ,

A winner!

Great and thoughtful conversation! Recommended listening for women or men alike interested in learning about the issues that face young scientists!

jimdaphdyl ,

an honest, engaging look into being a woman scientist

As a research scientist myself, I was intrigued when I heard about this podcast and finally listened to the first episode this morning. The casual banter is great. The two scientists were openly honest and took a whole person approach to everything they talked about. I appreciated the diversion toward children, though encourage them not to always go there, or to reign it in, because not all scientists have kids. Everyone needs to understand the unique tugs children result in, but those who wanted -- and can't -- might find those bits painful. In the first episode one of the main topics was about who influenced them and why, and the answer was a little bit surprising: someone in college who just noticed, advocated, and supported. A somewhat minor but critically important and lasting imprint that is echoing through her life to this day as she mentors her students. I also enjoyed the conversation about Lab Girl. I haven't read that book yet, but was glad to hear the pros and cons and what cautionary words these scientists give when they share the book with their students. I loved hearing about the clever use of plants as metaphors (now I'm intrigued to read it!), and that the descriptions of instrumentation was unique and wonderful. Overall, this a very interesting and good first episode. I'm looking forward to listening to episode number two!

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