13 episodes

What gets you curious? Virtual experiences, celestial bodies, water worlds or maybe just the tiniest mysteries inside your brain? The endlessly curious and curiously funny, Gillian Jacobs (Community, Netflix's LOVE) and Diona Reasonover (NCIS), step off set to go on tangents with real-life astronauts, astrophysicists, science artists, mathematician-types and other really smart people that investigate what seems impossible.

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    • 4.8 • 136 Ratings

What gets you curious? Virtual experiences, celestial bodies, water worlds or maybe just the tiniest mysteries inside your brain? The endlessly curious and curiously funny, Gillian Jacobs (Community, Netflix's LOVE) and Diona Reasonover (NCIS), step off set to go on tangents with real-life astronauts, astrophysicists, science artists, mathematician-types and other really smart people that investigate what seems impossible.

    Your Brain On Music

    Your Brain On Music

    Why do we put on sad songs for a good cry? Why do certain melodies give us the chills? We get the details from neuroscientist and singer Dr. Indre Viskontas, who looks at how music affects the brain. Then, we’re joined by special guests Jessie Ennis (Mythic Quest) and Brie Larson (Captain Marvel).

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    • 46 min
    The Science Of Cooking

    The Science Of Cooking

    Food writer J. Kenji López-Alt gets us thinking about cooking as a science. A kitchen is kind of like a lab. So, what experiments do you do? Then later, we fall down a rabbit hole on Google investigating an often misunderstood ingredient.

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    • 42 min
    Birds Are Tiny Dinosaurs

    Birds Are Tiny Dinosaurs

    How do fossil hunters know where to dig? How is it possible dinosaurs are still flying in the sky? What are feathers? Paleontologist Jingmai O'Connor talks to us about the connection between modern day birds and avian dinosaurs.Then later, actor Ken Jeong (The Hangover, Community) helps tell a story about the mysteries at the center of the Earth!

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    • 46 min
    What Does A Scientist Look Like?

    What Does A Scientist Look Like?

    Raven Baxter, aka Raven The Science Maven, is a rapper, YouTube personality and yes, a scientist. She answers our every question about molecular biology, and offers an unforgettable lesson in how to stay true to yourself. Later, special guest Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live, Home Economics) helps share the story of a doctor who battled a tough genetic disorder.

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    • 41 min
    Designs For Life

    Designs For Life

    It’s beyond time to think about how we live in what we wear, according to Camila Chiriboga, an emerging clothing designer from Ecuador. We talk to her about designing for people with disabilities, including people who are blind or visually impaired. Then, special guest Briana Venskus (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sorry For Your Loss) helps share the story of a midwife who brought healthcare to an entire community.

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    • 36 min
    Mathematically Exquisite Coral Reefs

    Mathematically Exquisite Coral Reefs

    Why are coral reefs so mesmerizing? And what do they have to do with hyperbolic geometry? With delicate precision, science artist Margaret Wertheim helps crochet incredible reefs, explaining their connection to mathematics and conservation. Then later, we share a story about an early experiment to capture images of marine plants!

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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
136 Ratings

136 Ratings

Anastasia Frosf ,

Podcast Perfection & A Recommendation

I’ve never written a review for a podcast before, but I felt it necessary to do so for this podcast, because it’s an absolute delight! Gillian and Diona are genuinely wonderful to listen to and clearly love the subject matter. They make the topics so accessible and every episode leaves me more and more curious about the world around me. I listen to this podcast on my commute to and from work, and it makes the drive time go by so quickly! And when I do get home, I share everything I learned on this podcast with my partner. Though I’m not in a STEM/STEAM field myself, this podcast allows me the opportunity to live vicariously through others and to get my much needed geeky science fix. I can’t thank Gillian and Diona enough for creating this podcast, and I can’t wait for more and more episodes! Long live Periodic Talks!

Lastly, I saw a super cool article about a pine rock land trapdoor spider this week, and I just want to make sure Gillian knows about it! Also you should consider having Dr. Rebecca Godwin on your show to dispel the misinformation spread about spiders! After all, spiders are amazing!

CousinSue ,

Periodic Talks…Birds are dinosaurs

The latest episode was the first one I had listened to and was so excited that I was introduced to Periodic Talks by my cousin. Was a great format for peaking interest in Science and others topics through banter between Gillian and Diona. I learned a lot about the evolution of birds. So many interesting facts. Also, loved Ken and learning some interesting personal facts about his early career.
Gillian and Diona make a terrific team, enjoyed their enthusiasm and energy during their exchanges with their guests. Now I have to go back and listen to the previous Talks to catch up.
This was great new find.

WhiskeyBiscuiteer ,

Endlessly Enjoyable

Diona and Gillian have a wonderful chemistry that is a delight to listen too. I’ve loved all the interviews with amazing women in STEM careers and the audible joy that is expressed during these conversations. Periodic Talks is both entertaining and effortlessly educational.

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