26 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.

Periodic Talks Gillian Jacobs & Diona Reasonover

    • Science
    • 4.8 • 229 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.

    Exploring The Universe With Invisible Light (w/ Nicole Gugliucci)

    Exploring The Universe With Invisible Light (w/ Nicole Gugliucci)

    Radio waves aren’t sound. They’re electromagnetic radiation and essentially a type of invisible light. Radio astronomer Nicole Gugliucci joins us to explain how it's used to observe the formation of galaxies, black holes and other objects in outer space. Then, Gillian and Diona go on a field trip to see a meteor shower! It’s pretty much a disaster, but kind of hilarious and most definitely a blast. Stick around until the very end for an important announcement.

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    • 48 min
    Do Birds Experience Love? (w/ Wenfei Tong, Olivia Scott Welch, Joel McHale)

    Do Birds Experience Love? (w/ Wenfei Tong, Olivia Scott Welch, Joel McHale)

    Birds are simply captivating. We take a deep dive into their relationship dynamics, parenting habits and other behaviors with biologist and conservationist Wenfei Tong. Then, actress Olivia Scott Welch (Fear Street) stops by to help us share an incredible story from the Apollo Era. We also get a voice memo from Gillian’s co-star on Community, Joel McHale!

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    • 45 min
    Why Cities Are Abandoned (w/ Annalee Newitz, Sarah Ramos)

    Why Cities Are Abandoned (w/ Annalee Newitz, Sarah Ramos)

    Cities aren’t meant to last, according to writer Annalee Newitz. In their book “Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age,” they explore the rise and fall of ancient sites. What can architecture tell us about how we live? What can urban planning tell us about our changing values? And ultimately, why are cities abandoned? Later, we also dive into the story of a scientist who helped us understand the very structure of our DNA. Plus, we get a voice message from actress Sarah Ramos (Parenthood).

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    • 49 min
    Making Our Show Music

    Making Our Show Music

    We’re off this week, but we wanted to share a bonus behind the scenes exclusive: Creating the sound for our show. We’re joined by senior audio engineer and musician Brendan Byrnes, who walks us through initial concepts and building the music you hear every week!



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    • 17 min
    Mysteries Of The Brain (w/ Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Mary Steenburgen)

    Mysteries Of The Brain (w/ Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Mary Steenburgen)

    Can you imagine hearing music all day, every day? Mary Steenburgen says that’s her reality. The Oscar-winning actress and songwriter joins us to share a mysterious, fascinating and moving story. How do you re-adjust to life when your brain plays music nonstop? Also, in a completely separate conversation, we learn about the functions and mysteries of the brain by talking to neurosurgeon Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa.

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    • 50 min
    How Do You Power A Space Station? (w/ Penni Dalton, Tracy Drain, Mikey Alfred)

    How Do You Power A Space Station? (w/ Penni Dalton, Tracy Drain, Mikey Alfred)

    A roughly 1-million pound space station orbits our planet every day. Wanna know how they keep the lights on? Battery Subsystem’s Manager Penni Dalton breaks down how it gets its power. Then, NASA engineer Tracy Drain returns to answer listener questions. We even get a question from actor Joel McHale! Plus, director Mikey Alfred sends us a math fact.

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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
229 Ratings

229 Ratings

MattJCamp ,

What a gift!

Great pod, love hearing from the people in the trenches doing the science work. The guest was inspiring!

MattVista ,

Miss this show

Do you have a favorite bird? 🐓🦃🦤🦜🦚🕊🦩🦢🪶

pkszxc ,

Lovely show

Very friendly, down to earth hosts - creatives who love the world of science. Pity the show ended. It had promise!

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