Cara Santa Maria is a science communicator, television host, producer, and journalist. She is excited to present "Talk Nerdy," a place for conversations with interesting people about interesting topics.
Racism and Expertise w/ Eman Tadros
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Eman Tadros, Assistant Professor in the Division of Psychology and Counseling at Governor’s State University. They talk about the profound effects racism has on the perception of expertise as well as her research into incarceration and family systems. Follow Eman: @EmanTadros.
Who Gives a Poop? w/ Heather Montgomery
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by environmental educator and children’s book author Heather L. Montgomery to talk about “Who Gives a Poop? Surprising Science from One End to the Other.” They discuss the joys of gross science, why kids rule, and some of the strange and wonderful promises of, you guessed it, poop.
Great Adaptations w/ Kenneth Catania
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by neuroscientist Dr. Kenneth Catania to talk about his new book, "Great Adaptations: Star-Nosed Moles, Electric Eels, and Other Tales of Evolution's Mysteries Solved." They discuss Ken's groundbreaking research into some of planet Earth's most bizarre and incredible creatures, including star-nosed moles, electric eels, and more.
Blackwell Doctors w/ Janice Nimura
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by historian Janice Nimura to talk about her new book, "The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Women Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine." She shares the story of Elizabeth Blackwell and her younger sister Emily, the first and second women in America to receive an M.D. (medical degree).
Fire in Paradise w/ Dani Anguiano
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by The Guardian’s Dani Anguiano to talk about her new book, “Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy.” Dani tells the harrowing details of the November 8, 2018 Camp Fire that claimed the lives of 85 people and destroyed virtually every home in Paradise, California. They also discussed the reality of wildfires and the necessity of prescribed burns, how climate change is affecting their frequency and severity, and how we can address the societal ills that contribute to inequality in the face of natural disasters.
Beloved Beasts w/ Michelle Nijhuis
In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Michelle Nijhuis, author of "Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction." They discuss the nuanced efforts of individuals and organizations dedicated to global conservation, including the good, the bad, and the colonialist.
I’m into it!
Great interviews. Huge fan of Cara Santa Maria.
This show is always interesting and educational , great range in guests. Cara does great every week. Really enjoy it.
It’s ok, but could be phenomenal
Cara, is a highly charismatic, articulate, witty and brilliant individual. The problem I have is that she dominates every discussion. I subscribe to this podcast because I want to hear from her interesting guests, but Cara routinely interjects with her own anecdotes and even interrupts her guests to talk about her experiences, excessively. I understand it’s a dialogue and not a traditional interviewer/interviewee format, but it’s very frustrating to hear more from Cara than her guest. Case in point, in the episode with Katherine Mack, Katherine had the opportunity to only explain one of her myriad theories on the end of the universe. Instead the discussion evolved to center on existential psychology; a topic I still found fascinating but obviously one that caters to Cara’s knowledge and less so Katherine’s. Please let your guests speak!