44 episodes

A KPBS Explore series taking listeners on a journey through the lives and discoveries of San Diego's raddest scientists — researchers pushing the frontiers of human knowledge. Hosted and produced by Margot Wohl.

Rad Scientist KPBS

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 71 Ratings

A KPBS Explore series taking listeners on a journey through the lives and discoveries of San Diego's raddest scientists — researchers pushing the frontiers of human knowledge. Hosted and produced by Margot Wohl.

    The Leaky Pipeline

    The Leaky Pipeline

    Academia has a problem. Underrepresented minorities fall off at every step along the path to becoming a STEM professor. What we are left with is a professoriate that does not reflect the diversity of the general population. In this episode, we dive into what is known about this issue and how we can make the environment of STEM education more equitable.


    Episode Music:
    Rad Scientist Theme Motif - Grant Fisher
    And So Then - Blue Dot Sessions
    Bivly - Blue Dot Sessions
    Bauxite - Blue Dot Sessions
    Hedgeliner - Blue Dot Sessions
    Illway - Blue Dot Sessions
    Setting Pace - Blue Dot Sessions
    Building the Sled - Blue Dot Sessions
    The Yards - Blue Dot Sessions
    Rambling - Blue Dot Sessions
    Lamprey - Blue Dot Sessions
    Lean - Blue Dot Sessions

    • 32 min
    Pathways: The Professor And The Proteins

    Pathways: The Professor And The Proteins

    Gentry Patrick was born in South Central Los Angeles to a 16-year-old single mother. Through grit, serendipity, mentorship, and wits, he went on to study science at some of the most reputable institutions and ultimately earned his doctoral degree and landed a job as a professor of biology at UC San Diego. There he studies how proteins in the brain get recycled while also paving the way for underserved students to follow in his footsteps.

    Gentry’s Convocation Speech [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeboCHowDFM]

    PATHways to STEM homepage [https://paths.ucsd.edu/]

    Message from Gentry as Director of Mentorship and Diversity for Biological Sciences [https://biology.ucsd.edu/diversity/directors-message.html]

    Episode Music:
    Rad Scientist Theme Motif - Grant Fisher
    Jazz Chords Piano Loop 120 bpm - Orange Free Sounds
    Buzzy Minuet - Chad Crouch
    Hip Hop Bass Instrumental - Titibles
    Greylock - Blue Dot Sessions
    Near and Within - Zifhang
    Air Hockey Saloon - Chris Zabriskie
    Lamprey - Blue Dot Sessions
    Platformer - Chad Crouch
    Parallel Universe - Andrew KN
    Mr Mole and Son - Blue Dot Sessions
    Sunday Morning Sun - Ryan Andersen

    • 27 min
    Sounds Of The Sea

    Sounds Of The Sea

    When you listen to the ocean, you realize that there is a whole world of sound that our ears aren't made to hear. Goldie Phillips tells us what we can hear off the waters of San Diego, and what is threatening the rich soundscape of the Pacific Ocean.

    This episode first aired in January 2019.

    • 15 min
    Listen to "Port of Entry"

    Listen to "Port of Entry"

    From KPBS and PRX, "Port of Entry" tells cross-border stories that connect us.Subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen, or here: www.portofentrypod.org.

    • 3 min
    Brain Waves And Rough Waves

    Brain Waves And Rough Waves

    Austin Coley was told he was not “PhD worthy” while getting his masters. That didn’t stop him from getting his doctorate and continuing to research a mental illness that affected his uncle.

    Follow "Rad Scientist" on Facebook: www.facebook.com/radscientistpod

    Episode Music:
    Rad Scientist Theme Motif - Grant Fisher
    Golden Bunny - Daniel Birch
    crystal life - Ketsa
    Dontletthemin - Ketsa
    Kitty In The Window - Podington Bear
    Splash In The Ocean - Daniel Birch
    Bossa Nova - Podington Bear
    Gentle Sea Swell - Daniel Birch
    On A Wing - Podington Bear
    Keith in 1987 - Ketsa

    • 18 min
    The Grass Is Always Greener

    The Grass Is Always Greener

    When you ask Chandler Puritty who she is, she’ll give you many answers: Ecologist, social justice advocate, plant lover, cat mother, artist, psychic medium.

    She cares deeply about the environment and climate change. Her thesis charted the resilience of exotic versus native plants of Southern California after drought. But she also cares about the environment, or culture, within STEM that makes Black scientists feel uncomfortable. Chandler takes many steps as a writer, professor, and healer to make the experiences of early career Black scientists better.

    Chandler sells artwork and Tarot sessions at https://www.housepuritty.com/

    Episode Music:
    Rad Scientist Theme Motif - Grant Fisher
    Nocturnal - Podington Bear
    Entwined Oddity - Blue Dot Sessions
    Sad Marimba Planet - Podington Bear
    Shines Through Trees - Podington Bear
    Tollhouse - Podington Bear
    Gruyere - Podington Bear
    The Secret to Growing Up
    Dimmy - Podington Bear
    Purple Butter - Breakmaster Cylinder
    Sunset - Podington Bear
    Flowing Bells - Daniel Birch
    Closet Interlude- Blue Dot Sessions
    De Facto - Chad Crouch
    Coming Round - Modus
    The Speed of Life - Podington Bear

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

AllHailMonolith ,

Great science storytelling!

Rad Scientist does such a great job of balancing storytelling not only on the science itself, but superbly weaves in the inspiring stories of the San Diego scientists themselves. Each episode also highlights some of the important but often overlooked parts of being in science, such as social barriers, luck, failures, and perseverance.

Jae Alyson ,

Must-listen for scientists and educators!

As an astronomy/physics professor teaching in a community college that serves a diverse population, I found the episode on the Leaky Pipeline so helpful on how we can better serve our students. It provided helpful insights and multiple points of discussion on how we can make stem education more equitable.

dahlia H ,

Fun and interesting!

I enjoyed having the science explained and getting to know the back story about the scientist. Enjoyed the light heartedness. And sound effects. Will be fun to meet new scientists and hear about their research on this series. LOVE THE 2nd Season- engaging and relevant and fun! 3rd Season is relevant, insightful and fun! Thanks.

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