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Science! with Friends is a podcast exploring life, the universe, and everything through the eyes of the scientists who study it. In interviews and discussion pieces, hosts Jocelyn Bosley (SciTalker) and Bradley Nordell (The Quantum Dude) highlight the personal side of science—the weird, awesome, surprising, humorous, and inspiring stories that make science meaningful in all our lives. What’s your science story?

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Science! with Friends is a podcast exploring life, the universe, and everything through the eyes of the scientists who study it. In interviews and discussion pieces, hosts Jocelyn Bosley (SciTalker) and Bradley Nordell (The Quantum Dude) highlight the personal side of science—the weird, awesome, surprising, humorous, and inspiring stories that make science meaningful in all our lives. What’s your science story?

    #52 | Alie Ward | Podcastology

    #52 | Alie Ward | Podcastology

    Happy birthday to us!!! We’re commemorating one fabulous year of science and friendship, and who better to help us celebrate than ICONIC science podcaster Alie Ward?!?

    In this episode, our favorite podcastologist shares highlights and insights from her wide-ranging adventures in science communication. Alie explains how her interests in science and in filmmaking converged; how she connects with ologists of all kinds by helping them to identify what gives them “glitter in their stomachs”; and how entertainment media can play an important role in helping to democratize access to science. The friends also discuss the power of not being afraid to embarrass oneself, and the value of “scicommedy” as a strategy for sharing science. It's PARTY TIME!!!

    You can find Alie on Twitter @alieward. You can also learn more about her amazing work on her website at https://www.alieward.com/ and at the links below.

    Ologies:
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ologies/id1278815517
    https://twitter.com/Ologies

    Did I Mention Invention?
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL15GihUisSLQDWzesFDPVz8WQ-JXOZIxF

    Innovation Nation: https://www.thehenryford.org/explore/innovation-nation/

    Netflix’s Brainchild: https://www.netflix.com/title/80215086

    Nerd Brigade: http://nerdbrigade.la/

    • 1 hr 21 min
    #51 | Alice MillerMacPhee | Science of the People

    #51 | Alice MillerMacPhee | Science of the People

    Black Lives Matter. Say Her Name. Defend DACA. Love is Love. How can science help us understand these calls for social justice, and what does it tell us about the movements behind the hashtags?

    This week, sociologist and Science Slam champion Alice MillerMacPhee talks with Jocelyn and Bradley about her research on the dynamics of social movements, sharing insights into this unique moment in the Movement for Black Lives, immigrant rights movement, and LGBTQ+ rights movement, among others. Alice helps us understand what systemic racism means and how it works, as well as how intersecting inequalities marginalize some identities and experiences more than others. The friends also discuss the sometimes-contested status of the social sciences within the scientific community, and the value of social science research to illuminate the process of science itself. Finally, Alice reflects on how her scholarship and her activism draw inspiration from one another, as she and her merry band of “unruly sociologists” aim to put their knowledge into action.

    You can follow Alice on Twitter @alicemilmac and learn more about her amazing work at the links below!

    Alice’s Science Slam presentations:
    Power to the People! Or, One Researcher’s Path to Science (2016): https://youtu.be/k1ZC_ZhpSOk
    A Scientist on Activist Terms (2018): https://youtu.be/pywzTp83IzQ
    There’s a Method for That (2019): https://youtu.be/KDIPvKKWkiw

    Colleen Ray’s Science Slam, Slamming the Stigma: https://youtu.be/nfKUbiXIsBw

    More about Science Slams:
    https://mrsec.unl.edu/science-slam
    https://youtu.be/5xJ8hYxeYUU

    Unruly Sociologists on Twitter: https://twitter.com/unrulysoc

    “It Really is Different This Time” (Politico): https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/06/04/protest-different-299050

    Joe Pinsker, “America is Already Different Than It Was Two Weeks Ago” (The Atlantic): https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/06/george-floyd-protests-already-changed/613000/

    Dr. Keisha Blain: http://keishablain.com/

    Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom: https://tressiemc.com/

    “Ibram Kendi, one of the nation’s leading scholars of racism, says education and love are not the answer” (The Undefeated): https://theundefeated.com/features/ibram-kendi-leading-scholar-of-racism-says-education-and-love-are-not-the-answer/

    Dr. Brittney Cooper: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/brief/294191/brittney-cooper

    Brittney Cooper, “Why Are Black Women and Girls Still an Afterthought in Our Outrage Over Police Violence?” (Time): https://time.com/5847970/police-brutality-black-women-girls/

    The #SayHerName campaign: https://aapf.org/sayhername

    Jocelyn Bosley, “From Monkey Facts to Human Ideologies:...

    • 1 hr 29 min
    #50 | Katie Mack | Cosmos: Endgame

    #50 | Katie Mack | Cosmos: Endgame

    We’re marking our 50th episode with a visit from the extraordinary Dr. Katherine (Katie) Mack— known to her more than 350,000 Twitter followers as AstroKatie— who joins Jocelyn and Bradley for a fascinating and surprisingly jovial discussion of the end of the universe. In the words of Randall Munroe, Katie combines “deep thinking about physics and big-picture awe in the style of Carl Sagan,” outlining the possible fates of our cosmos, from Big Crunch to Big Rip to Big Bounce. She explains how “cosmic eschatologists” like her are evaluating the evidence for these competing scenarios, and what dark energy has to do with it. The friends also discuss how cosmological theories inflect the narratives from which humans create meaning, and why we are so emotionally invested in how the universe ends. Finally, Katie shares highlights of her science journey and some crucial insights about science communication. It’s the end of the universe as we know it, and we feel fine!

    You can find Katie on Twitter @AstroKatie. You can also learn more about her amazing work on her website at http://www.astrokatie.com/ and at the links below.

    Pre-order The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking): http://www.astrokatie.com/book

    2018 UNL Science Slam keynote address: https://youtu.be/twws01vxYZw

    “Disorientation” by Katie Mack: https://youtu.be/2wT1-bRj9wI

    A Conversation with Katie Mack (The Perimeter Institute): https://youtu.be/q4a1bzrR65Q

    North Carolina State Leadership in Public Science Cluster: https://facultyclusters.ncsu.edu/clusters/leadership-in-public-science/

    • 1 hr 20 min
    #49 | Attabey Rodríguez Benítez | Enzymes Where the Party’s At

    #49 | Attabey Rodríguez Benítez | Enzymes Where the Party’s At

    If you’ve ever wondered if Beyoncé has a scientific counterpart, wonder no more: it’s Attabey Rodríguez Benítez, a.k.a. Science Bey! Attabey is a chemical biologist and bilingual science communicator with a passion for understanding Nature’s power and sharing it with others. She explains how her research is helping us learn about the many tricks enzymes can do, as well as teaching them novel tricks that can be used in disease therapies. She also shares her journey as a first-generation college student, telling us how her work as a scientific illustrator is harnessing the power of images to communicate science more effectively, especially across linguistic barriers. The friends also discuss Attabey’s AAAS Mass Media Fellowship with Science Friday, and how her work with the Women in Red WikiProject is helping to increase awareness of Latinas in STEM.

    You can find Attabey on Twitter and Instagram @ScienceBey. You can also learn more about her amazing work on her website at https://science-bey.com/ and at the links below.

    https://linkedin.com/in/attabey
    https://www.chembio.umich.edu/
    https://www.lsi.umich.edu/profiles/alison-narayan-phd
    https://www.lsi.umich.edu/profiles/janet-smith-phd
    https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=_63IT70AAAAJ&hl=en

    Attabey’s Ultimate Guide for Figure-Making:
    https://science-bey.com/science-illustration-eng

    Yale Ciencia Academy Fellows:
    https://www.cienciapr.org/en/blogs/yale-ciencia-academy/meet-2020-yale-ciencia-academy-fellows

    AAAS Mass Media Fellows:
    https://www.aaas.org/programs/mass-media-fellowship/2020-mass-media-fellows

    Science Friday:
    https://www.sciencefriday.com/

    Women in Red WikiProject:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Women_in_Red

    Adriana Ocampo:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adriana_Ocampo

    • 57 min
    #48 | Diandra Leslie-Pelecky | The Science Fiction of the Next 5 Minutes

    #48 | Diandra Leslie-Pelecky | The Science Fiction of the Next 5 Minutes

    In the final installment of May’s “scientists who sci-fi” series, Jocelyn and Bradley are joined by Dr. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, who takes us along on her journey from high-school dropout to condensed matter physics Ph.D., nanotechnology researcher, and NASCAR physicist. Diandra tells us how she made the decision to step away from academia to become a full-time writer of genre-bending scientific nonfiction and fiction works, and how her “speculative fiction” approach explores the social, cultural, and ethical aspects of scientific advances that are already underway or are likely to come to fruition in the near future. The friends also discuss how an engagement with storytelling can help scientists to become not only better communicators but also better thinkers.

    You can find Diandra on Twitter @drdiandra. You can also learn more about her amazing work on her website at https://www.drdiandra.com/ and at the links below.

    The Physics of NASCAR:
    https://www.amazon.com/Physics-Nascar-Science-Behind-Speed/dp/0452290228
    https://www.vox.com/2016/2/19/11065240/daytona-500-2016-nascar-200-mph-physics-drafting-strategy
    https://youtu.be/bbMCypdr-I4

    Science Saturday: She's Got a Ticket to Ride (Jennifer Ouellette & Diandra Leslie-Pelecky):
    https://youtu.be/cZmf5nS_xrw

    “Physics is a Survival Skill”: https://youtu.be/rxKLAh977HY

    Biomedical Applications of Nanotechnology: https://www.amazon.com/Biomedical-Applications-Nanotechnology-Vinod-Labhasetwar/dp/0471722421

    Further reading:

    “Narrative Style Influences Citation Frequency in Climate Change Science,” PLOS ONE: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0167983


    Digital Storytelling Lab@ Columbia: http://www.digitalstorytellinglab.com/

    The Story Grid: https://storygrid.com/books/


    “A biomimetic eye with a hemispherical perovskite nanowire array retina,” Nature: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2285-x

    Nanodiamonds & nanoparticles for cancer treatment: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5253274/
    https://phys.org/news/2015-01-nanodiamonds-chemoresistant-cancer-stem-cells.html

    The End of October: https://www.amazon.com/End-October-novel-Lawrence-Wright/dp/0525658653

    • 1 hr 13 min
    #47 | Kaitlin Rasmussen | Ancient Stars of Tomorrow

    #47 | Kaitlin Rasmussen | Ancient Stars of Tomorrow

    Have you heard the one about the astrophysicist who's afraid of the dark? Trust us, friends, you haven't heard anything yet! This week, Jocelyn and Bradley hit the hyperdrive with Dr. Kaitlin Rasmussen (a.k.a. C.M. Fields): astrophysicist, Animal Crossing enthusiast, and writer of horror and science fiction. Kaitlin shares her research into the secrets of ancient stars, her work as a science fiction consultant, and the most significant influences on her science and her stories. In addition, the friends discuss the complexity of space travel, the importance of LQBTQ+ representation in science fiction, and what makes something truly scary.

    Find more Information on Kaitlin Rasmussen at:

    Website: http://sites.nd.edu/kaitlin-c-rasmussen/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/C_M_Fields and https://twitter.com/toomanyspectra

    Art: https://www.redbubble.com/people/toomanyspectra/shop

    Consulting: https://moralesmanuscripts.com/

    Story Links:

    Even the machines are eaten in the end (forthcoming from Selene Quarterly Magazine)
    Nothing in the Dark (forthcoming from Decoded Pride Month Anthology)
    The Quiet City: https://www.prismaticamagazine.com/issue-9
    Every Star is Mad: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087L8RGWV
    Hang Up: https://gumroad.com/swamphousepress#kZnHZ
    A Brief History of Us: http://bewilderingstories.com/issue818/history_us.html
    The Accelerated: https://www.vulturebonesmag.com/05_09_theaccelerated_cmfields

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    Contact Science! With Friends (especially if you are a scientist interested in a lively conversation about your science and science story) at Gmail or Twitter!
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    Science! With Friends Podcast is created and hosted by Jocelyn Bosley (@SciTalker) and Bradley Nordell (@bradleynordell), Produced and edited by Vince Ruhl.

    • 1 hr 29 min

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22 Ratings

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What a GREAT podcast!

Of all the science podcasts out there (many)
I enjoy listening to this the BEST ... like I’m a member of the family.
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TopekaCPA ,

Not a scientist

I am not a science person per se but really enjoy this podcast. They do a great job of explaining everything for us layman. They talk about many topics within the science realm.

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AUDITORY HEROINE

Listen here. (I didn't mean that to sound commanding, just to convey a sense of urgency and importance). You want to listen to this show. First hit's free, so why not try. They're actually all free and I can't even believe what an insane deal that is.
OK, so this show is incredible and I'm prepared to list, in great detail, why I believe this to be true.
1. The hosts of this show are so likeable. It feels like you are just hanging out and having a great time with your buddies, Brad and J (that's my nickname for Jocelyn because that's how much it feels like we're friends after listening to this show). In fact they could just as easily call this show "Hanging with Brad and J" or "Yelly Time in the Car With Friends," since I like to participate in their lively discussions. Even though no one listens to me. Sad emoji. I am also somewhat normal, I promise.
2. They spread the science word! I learn something interesting with every single episode. So I've learned at least 17 things already. And all for free and all while cry laughing on the freeway. Who has a good time on the freeway?? Well, I do, that's for sure.
2a. Yeah, it's my list so I get a 2a if I want. The science topics they cover are awesome sauce. There's a lot of physics, which goes over my head, but they are great about grounding conversations and making them interesting. With Jocelyn's training in the history of science, we always get to hear interesting context for the science being discussed. They make excellent points about science communication and how we can try to bridge the gap.
3. The funny factor. As mentioned in 2, I always laugh during this show. From an unnecessary obsession with Nicholas Cage to a random detailed synopsis of NBC's hit show Frasier, there's always something to laugh about.
4. Scientist origin stories. One of the problems we tackle in science communication is that there is a lack of awareness that scientists are just people. They are not scary weirdos that hide in underground labs to reanimate monsters. Not all of them, anyway. Some of them are completely normal people. Each interviewee is asked about how they became interested in science. It's great fun to hear about how they chose their paths.
All in all, this podcast has become a staple for me. Brad and Jocelyn pair extremely well together and really deliver education with entertainment and humor. They make me feel the opposite of how you feel when you eat peaches and drink milk. (listen to the causation episode if you want to understand what that means). Go forth and enjoy!

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