298 episodes

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.

Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria Cara Santa Maria

    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.7, 794 Ratings

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.

    Episode 314 - Gaia Vince

    Episode 314 - Gaia Vince

    In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by science journalist and author Gaia Vince to talk about her newest book, "Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time." They discuss the importance of viewing the human evolutionary story as one that is inextricably linked with culture and kinship, and so much more. Follow Gaia: @WanderingGaia.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Episode 313 - Valerie Trouet

    Episode 313 - Valerie Trouet

    In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by University of Arizona dendrochronologist Dr. Valerie Trouet to talk about her new book, "Tree Story: The History of the World Written in Rings." They talk about the mysteries of planet Earth lying deep within the rings of trees, revealing evidence of climate change, wildfires, hurricanes, and even human activity. Follow Valerie: @epispheric.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 312 - Joel Sartore

    Episode 312 - Joel Sartore

    In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by world-renowned National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore. They talk about his impactful Photo Ark project, including his newest book on the series, the limited Earth Day edition of "The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals." Follow Joel: @joelsartore.

    • 58 min
    Episode 311 - Anne Harrington

    Episode 311 - Anne Harrington

    In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Harvard University science historian Dr. Anne Harrington to talk about her newest book, "Mind Fixers: Psychiatry's Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness." They take a fresh look at the history of mental illness, including the early asylum system, psychiatry's current relationship with neurobiology, and what the future of assessment, diagnostics, and treatment may hold.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Episode 310 - Eva Holland

    Episode 310 - Eva Holland

    In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Eva Holland, the author of "Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear." They talk about her experience navigating the waters of cognitive-behavioral therapy to face her crippling fear of heights, all while exposing some of her deepest vulnerabilities. Follow Eva: @EvaHolland.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 309 - Conor Knighton

    Episode 309 - Conor Knighton

    In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Conor Knighton, CBS Sunday Morning correspondent and author of "Leave Only Footprints: My Acadia-to-Zion Journey Through Every National Park." They talk about the beauty, humanity, and hilarity of the most epic road trip across the US, from glaciers to the high desert, and most of the Hampton Inns between. Follow Conor: @ConorKnighton.

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
794 Ratings

794 Ratings

HokieTechie ,

High Quality Conversational Interviews

Each episode is a high quality extended chat with a guest. Within this meandering format, Cara humanizes her guest and brings out the important ideas in the guest's research or occupation. About half the books I purchase come to my attention through this podcast.

OdieDenver ,

Always surprising and wonderful

Much like SGU (where I first was introduced to Santa Maria), I constantly find myself riveted by stories and ideas I had NO IDEA I would be interested in.

Cara’s enthusiastic, so amazing in her knowledge and analysis of complex ideas and is a developing into one of all of podcasting’s GREAT interviewers.

EvertheHumanist ,

Outstanding

Outstanding

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