20 episodes

From archeology to zoology, real-world science is everywhere in Star Wars! Every episode includes an interview with an expert discussing how Star Wars relates to their field of study. Explore the many ways science is represented in a galaxy far, far away with hosts Melissa Miller and James Floyd, both freelance writers for Star Wars Insider magazine. Part of the Skywalking Network

Star Warsologies: A Podcast About Science and Star Wars part of the Skywalking Network

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From archeology to zoology, real-world science is everywhere in Star Wars! Every episode includes an interview with an expert discussing how Star Wars relates to their field of study. Explore the many ways science is represented in a galaxy far, far away with hosts Melissa Miller and James Floyd, both freelance writers for Star Wars Insider magazine. Part of the Skywalking Network

    Don Bies, Part 1

    Don Bies, Part 1

    The latest episode of Star Warsologies is part one of our interview with Don Bies, an actual Star Warsologist!  
    Don Bies joined James and Melissa just after Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2022 for an extensive chat about his time as an ILM model maker, Lucasfilm archivist, and all around Star Wars creative. Part one covers everything R2-D2 related. From operating the droid to character appearances, hear it straight from Don! R2 is his favorite character, and Melissa's too.
     
    Part 2 is coming soon with more of this wonderful interview. Topics include Don's on-screen appearances, including the infamous Boba Fett scene from Return of the Jedi's Special Edition!
     
    In Star Warsologies, hosts James Floyd and Melissa Miller combine their love of Star Wars with their keen interest in all things academic by asking experts about how their field is represented in a galaxy far, far away. It's a monthly podcast about science and Star Wars!
     
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    Reserve tickets for Don's program at the Academy Museum. And you can buy Don Bies autographed goodies.
     
    Don Bies on Instagram (@donbies)
     
    Got follow up questions for us or a suggestion for an -ology or expert? Email us at starwarsologies@gmail.com
     
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    • 39 min
    18: Celebration Panel - The Science of Attack of the Clones

    18: Celebration Panel - The Science of Attack of the Clones

    The latest episode of Star Warsologies is one of our panels from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2022!  
     
     
    Panel description: From clonetroopers to planetary rings to Anakin’s moral struggles, Attack of the Clones is full of connections to real world science. How might seismic charges work? Can you really accelerate clone growth? What would an ocean planet like Kamino be like? How healthy is Anakin and Padmé’s relationship? Our all-star lineup of experts include Fon Davis (prequel model maker, Fonco), Dr. Drea Letamendi (psychologist, Lattes with Leia podcast), Dr. Jim Lehane (geologist, Talkin' Tauntauns podcast), Dr. Lisa Will (astrophysicist), and J. Dianne Dotson (sci-fi author, science writer, and biologist). Join host James Floyd (Star Wars Insider regular contributor, Star Warsologies podcast) in celebrating the 20th anniversary of Episode II with a look into its science and technology.
     
    In Star Warsologies, hosts James Floyd and Melissa Miller combine their love of Star Wars with their keen interest in all things academic by asking experts about how their field is represented in a galaxy far, far away. It's a monthly podcast about science and Star Wars!
     
    Coming Soon to our YouTube channel!  
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    Got follow up questions for us or a suggestion for an -ology or expert? Email us at starwarsologies@gmail.com
     
    Subscribe and never miss an episode of Star Warsologies on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get podcasts.
     
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    Celebration Panel - Galactic Critters Big & Small

    Celebration Panel - Galactic Critters Big & Small

    The latest episode of Star Warsologies is one of our panels from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2022! Videos of the wildlife documentaries are available on our YouTube channel!
    From the desert of Tatooine to the abyss of Naboo, wildlife is everywhere in Star Wars. Creatures big and small capture our attention and leave us curious to know more. Science writer Melissa Miller (Nerdist, Star Wars Insider) brings together a panel of experts to speculate about everything from dianogas to porgs, womp rats to purgills, the Zillo beast to rathtars. Clips of these wonderful critters will be narrated in the style of a nature documentary and discussed by scientific experts including herpetologist Frank Santana (reptiles and amphibians), ophthalmologist Amit Patel (eye specialist), and paleoecologist Jim Lehane (prehistoric life). Conservation biologist Samantha Wynns will share how to help animals threatened by technology, invasive species, and even galactic war. Bring your questions and the panelists will discuss habits and lifestyles based on what we know about critters here on Earth.
     
    In Star Warsologies, hosts James Floyd and Melissa Miller combine their love of Star Wars with their keen interest in all things academic by asking experts about how their field is represented in a galaxy far, far away. It's a monthly podcast about science and Star Wars!
     
    Coming Soon to our YouTube channel!  
    Show Links  
    Got follow up questions for us or a suggestion for an -ology or expert? Email us at starwarsologies@gmail.com
     
    Subscribe and never miss an episode of Star Warsologies on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get podcasts.
     
    Follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter. Join our Facebook fan group!
     
    Did you miss an earlier episode? Catch up here!
     
     
     
     

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Economics

    Economics

    It's the long-awaited economics episode of Star Warsologies on exploring the taxation of trade routes in outlying systems!  
    This time we examine various aspects of economics in the galaxy far, far away with not one, but two economists, Alex Parret, PhD (econometrics), and Elizabeth Molly Maloney, PhD candidate (microeconomics and labor market discrimination). How does the galactic economy work? Can you hide the money trail on a project as big as the Death Star? Will Republic credits do fine in the Outer Rim or do you need a better currency? And the big question everyone is dying to know the answer to: can you explain the taxation of trade routes in outlying systems! Check out this episode on Star Wars & economics and find out!
     

     
    In Star Warsologies, hosts James Floyd and Melissa Miller combine their love of Star Wars with their keen interest in all things academic, scientific, or technological by asking experts about how their field is represented in a galaxy far, far away. It's a monthly podcast about science and Star Wars!
     

     
     
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    Discussed in the episode: "It's a Trap: The Emperor's Poison Pill" by Zachary Feinstein, a scholarly examination of the financial repercussions of the destruction of two Death Stars and the dissolution of the Empire. The Economics of Star Wars: How the Empire Collapses covers the basics of Feinstein's paper.
     
    Discussed in the episode: Star Warsologies episode 8: Journalism
     
    Website of Molly Maloney: www.elizabethmollymaloney.com/
     
    Alex Parret on Twitter: @adparret
     
    Molly Maloney on Twitter: @emmaloney314
     

     
    Got follow up questions for us or a suggestion for an -ology or expert? Email us at starwarsologies@gmail.com
     
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    • 43 min
    Religion and Star Wars

    Religion and Star Wars

    This episode of Star Warsologies explores faith, religion, and the Force   This time we examine religious beliefs and practices in the galaxy far, far away with Fr. Andrew Kinstetter, a Roman Catholic priest in the diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming. What is monasticism and how do the Jedi practice it? Why would the Ewoks worship C-3PO as a golden god? How does spirit of the law vs. letter of the law play out with Din Djarin's Children of the Watch sect? What's wrong with the Jedi Code? We also learn how Catholic priests have a master/apprentice connection! Check out this episode on Star Wars & religion and find out!
     

     
    In Star Warsologies, hosts James Floyd and Melissa Miller combine their love of Star Wars with their keen interest in all things academic, scientific, or technological by asking experts about how their field is represented in a galaxy far, far away. It's a monthly podcast about science and Star Wars!
     

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    Or listen on YouTube with relevant screen shots and photos!  
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    Fr. Andrew's podcast, The Secrets of Star Wars on SQPN
     
    Fr. Andrew Kinstetter on Instagram: @fatherfett
     
    Fr. Andrew Kinstetter on Twitter: @akinstetter
     
    Got follow up questions for us or a suggestion for an -ology or expert? Email us at starwarsologies@gmail.com
     
    Subscribe and never miss an episode of Star Warsologies on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get podcasts. Please subscribe, like, and rate our show!

    • 44 min
    Wildlife Conservation

    Wildlife Conservation

    This episode of Star Warsologies explores the world of conservation biology.  
    Joining us in our discussion of wildlife conservation in the galaxy far, far away is Sam Wynns, a conservation biologist and science educator for Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego. In a huge galaxy, how would you select which places and species to protect? With all the interplanetary travel, are there any native species left? How do sarlaccs reproduce? Is there a real world explanation for why wampas and tauntauns are so large? We also learn why New Zealand is tops in protecting their unique habitats, and see who can make better tauntaun sounds! Check out this episode on Star Wars & conservation biology and find out!
     

     
    In Star Warsologies, hosts James Floyd and Melissa Miller combine their love of Star Wars with their keen interest in all things academic, scientific, or technological by asking experts about how their field is represented in a galaxy far, far away. It's a monthly podcast about science and Star Wars!
     

     
    Or listen on YouTube with relevant screen shots and photos!  
    https://youtu.be/M00tDZ-NzzA
     
    Show Links  
    National Park Service: Cabrillo National Monument
     
    Cabrillo National Monument website
     
    2022 BioBlitz at Cabrillo National Monument
     
    2022 EcoLogik Summer Day Camp at Cabrillo National Monument
     
    Sam Wynns on Instagram: @steambosssammie
     
    Got follow up questions for us or a suggestion for an -ology or expert? Email us at starwarsologies@gmail.com
     
    Subscribe and never miss an episode of Star Warsologies on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get podcasts. Please subscribe, like, and rate our show!

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Underrated. Gem in a sea of podcasts

I’ve worked in Oceanography for nearly 2 decades, and now working as a defense contractor; and just a huge nerd in terms of sci-fi. This podcast beautifully merges both of my professional fields of interest, and lays it on you in concise terms with an amazing interviewing team that keeps the flow going. I just discovered this, and I lament the fact that I haven’t discovered it sooner. The latest episode was just so well done (military history and Star Wars). Both interviewers are just so knowledgeable in many things, that they bring up very very excellent questions to who they interview.

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Endless possibilities

Maybe I’m biased but I think this is the greatest idea for a podcast ever. Will never run out of ideas!

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