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The Show About Science

Created by Nate when he was 5 years-old, The Show About Science is an awesome adventure into the wondrous world of scientific research and discovery! Over the last 7 years, Nate has filled each episode with fascinating information from scientists and educators from around the globe. Together, Nate and his guests explore everything from chemistry to climate change, evolution to extraterrestrials, and human brains to bat biology. If you’re curious about science, then this is the show for you!

Episodes

  • 091: Proteins and Proteomics with Neil Kelleher

    May 04 2022

    Proteins are one of the main drivers of human diseases. Scientists are now mapping all of the proteins in the human body in a similar way to how the Human Genome Project mapped genes. On this episode of The Show About Science, Neil Kelleher, PhD invites Nate to his lab on the campus of Northwestern University to explain how it all works. Learn more about Neil's work here: http://proteomics.northwestern.edu/

  • 090: The Tale of Tails with Bo Xia

    Feb 08 2022

    Why don't I have a tail? That's the question that Bo Xia asked himself when he was a little kid. Bo is now a PhD candidate at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Bo's latest research attempts to answer his childhood question by identifying the mutation that resulted in ancestral humans losing their tails. On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate and Bo talk about his work and why this mutation may have happened. Read more about Bo's work: www.nytimes.com/2021/09/21/scienc…-their-tails.html

  • 089: The Fungi Hunt with Ellen Holste

    Sep 21 2021

    Hidden ten miles south of Hastings, Michigan and only accessible via an old gravel road is the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, a nature center and biological field station. On this episode of The Show About Science, we meet Ellen Holste, PhD. Ellen is the Community Program Manager at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute and our tour guide into the amazing world of fungi. Be prepared to learn and have some fun as we scour the prairie for all sorts of fungus. Learn more about the Pierce Cedar Creek Ins...more

  • 088: Time Travel with Paul Davies

    Aug 11 2021

    Paul Davies is a theoretical physicist at Arizona State University where he leads the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science. His research focuses mainly on quantum gravity, the theory of quantum black holes and the nature of time. On this episode of The Show About Science, he joins Nate to talk about the science of time travel. Learn more about Paul Davies and the Beyond Center: http://beyond.asu.edu/ Listen to more episodes of The Show About Science: https://theshowaboutscience.com...more

  • 087: The Search in the Stars with Wael Farah

    Jun 24 2021

    Wael Farah is a research scientist at the SETI Institute, where he searches the stars for alien life. The Allen Telescope Array (ATA), where Wael conducts his research, is located at the Hat Creek Observatory in Northern California. The ATA is a collection of 42 relatively small dishes (antennas) that are designed to work together for SETI searches. In this episode of The Show About Science, Nate talks to Wael about how the Allen Telescope Array works, fast radio bursts, SETI, and what might lu...more

  • 086: How Dogs Think with Gregory Berns

    Apr 03 2021

    What do our dogs think about all day? Do dogs experience emotions like people do? Gregory Berns is a bestselling author and a professor at Emory University where he studies animal neuroscience. On this episode of The Show Show About Science, he joins Nate to talk about how he trained dogs to go into an MRI scanner—completely awake—so he could figure out what they think and feel. Learn more about Gregory's work here: http://gregoryberns.com/

  • 085: Firebeetles with Sara Lewis

    Feb 06 2021

    In some parts of the world they're known as fireflies. In other parts, they're called lightning bugs. On this episode of The Show About Science, Sara M. Lewis from the Department of Biology at Tufts University joins Nate to talk about these fascinating and mysterious creatures. Learn more about Sara's work: https://ase.tufts.edu/biology/labs/lewis/ Listen to more episodes of The Show About Science: http://theshowaboutscience.com/ Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts! Thanks!!...more

  • 084: The Serendipitous Zebrafish Discovery with Keith Cheng and Máté Varga

    Dec 11 2020

    A scientist from Budapest who immigrated to the US in the 1930s. A beloved and common pet store fish. And a researcher looking at genes that suppress the growth of cancerous tumors. On this episode of The Show About Science, these three worlds serendipitously collide to lead to a discovery that would help us understand one of the most important things in human history. Joining Nate on the show are Keith Cheng, the Principal Investigator of the Cheng Lab at the Penn State College of Medicine, an...more

  • 083: Supernovas with Sarafina Nance

    Sep 09 2020

    Sarafina Nance is an American astrophysicist and science communicator who is a PhD student in the Department of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley. She joins Nate on this episode of The Show About Science to talk about supernovas. Learn more about Sarafina at: https://starafina.com/ Get more episodes of The Show About Science at: https://theshowaboutscience.com/

  • Transmissions From the Quarantine: Remote Learning

    Sep 09 2020

    Want to be on the show? Call our hotline: (202)681-9144. You can also email your voice recordings to showaboutscience@gmail.com. I love hearing what people are doing, thinking and feeling as we continue to navigate COVID-19 together (at a distance). We want to share your transmissions on this new miniseries from Nate and The Show About Science!

  • 082: Cockroaches with Dominic Evangelista

    Jul 25 2020

    Dominic Evangelista is an evolutionary biologist who studies how biodiversity originates through evolutionary processes. And what creature on this planet is more diverse then bugs? On this episode of The Show About Science, Dominic and Nate dive through the interesting world of cockroaches. Learn more about Dominic and his work at https://www.roachbrain.com/

  • 081: Ick! with Melissa Stewart

    Jul 07 2020

    Okay kids, prepare your parents for a totally gross and super awesome interview! On this episode of The Show About Science, author Melissa Stewart takes us on a gross journey through the animal world. Find out where the Bone-Eating Snot Flower Worm calls home, how the Northern Fulmar protects itself and why Nate loves the Asian Bombardier Beetle. Melissa's latest book is entitled ICK! Delightfully Disgusting Animal Dinners, Dwellings and Defenses. Learn more about Melissa and Ick! here: https:/...more

  • 080: Lemurs with Anne Yoder

    May 26 2020

    Anne Yoder is a biologist, researcher, and professor at Duke University. When Anne was in college, a serendipitous visit to the Duke Lemur Center inspired her fascination with lemurs, Madagascar, and all things evolutionary. She would later go on to become the Director of the Duke Lemur Center between 2006 and 2018. On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate and Anne discuss these fascinating creatures and the amazing place they call home. Learn more about Anne's work: http://yoderlab.org...more

  • 079: Planetary Geology with Bethany Ehlmann

    May 09 2020

    Bethany Ehlmann is a professor of planetary science at CalTech and a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She joins Nate on this episode of The Show About Science to talk about her work on the three Mars Rover missions (Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity) and to share what we can learn by studying the geological composition of other planets.

  • Transmissions From The Quarantine: What Day Is It?

    May 09 2020

    New transmissions! Call our hotline: (202)681-9144. You can also email your voice recordings to showaboutscience@gmail.com. I love hearing what people are doing, thinking and feeling as we continue to navigate COVID-19 together (at a distance). We want to share your transmissions on this new miniseries from Nate and The Show About Science!

  • Transmissions From The Quarantine: Day 8

    Mar 21 2020

    New transmissions on this episode from Kelton, Sharon, and Liv. Call our hotline: (202)681-9144. You can also email your voice recordings to showaboutscience@gmail.com. I love hearing what people are doing, thinking and feeling as we continue to navigate COVID-19 together (at a distance). We want to share your transmissions on this new miniseries from Nate and The Show About Science! • Subscribe to Kelton's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkg6MAOcVU59VF7N5ExrV0w • Follow Liv...more

  • Transmissions From The Quarantine: Day 5

    Mar 19 2020

    Call our hotline and let us know: (202)681-9144. You can also email your voice recordings to showaboutscience@gmail.com. We want to share your transmissions on this new miniseries from Nate and The Show About Science! New transmissions on this episode from Hope, Matt, Kylie and Brian. Some of the music on this episode was written by Sounds Like An Earful.

  • Transmissions From The Quarantine: Day 2

    Mar 15 2020

    We have transmissions from Hannah and Antonio in Italy (which has been on lockdown for a week) and Arlo in Virginia. What are you doing to keep busy? How are you feeling right now? Call our hotline and let us know: (202)681-9144. You can also email your voice recordings to showaboutscience@gmail.com. We want to share your transmissions on this new mini-series from Nate and The Show About Science!

  • Transmissions From The Quarantine: Day 1

    Mar 14 2020

    School has been shut down. People are working from home. Now more than ever, we need to stay connected. What are you doing to keep busy? How are you feeling right now? Call our hotline and let us know: (202)681-9144. You can also email your voice recordings to showaboutscience@gmail.com. We want to share your transmissions on this new miniseries from Nate and The Show About Science!

  • 078: The Coronavirus with Tara C. Smith

    Mar 11 2020

    Tara C. Smith has studied infectious diseases for twenty years in the U.S. and other countries around the globe. She currently leads the Smith Emerging Infections Laboratory at Kent State University which focuses on the transmission and evolution of zoonotic pathogens. She joins Nate on this episode to talk about a topic that's making everyone nervous - the coronavirus. Learn more about Tara and her work: http://www.taracsmith.com/

  • 077: The Cosmic Microwave Background with Sasha Rahlin

    Dec 18 2019

    The South Pole Telescope (SPT) is a 10-meter diameter telescope located in Antarctica that is taking pictures of our Universe. Sasha Rahlin is an observational cosmologist and part of the team at Fermilab collecting and analyzing data from SPT. On this episode, Nate visits Fermilab to talk with Sasha about what they're photographing down at the South Pole. Learn more about SPT and the Cosmic Microwave Background : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBJmY3bJdQ8 Music on this episode was written by...more

  • Introducing The Show About Titanic (Bonus Episode)

    Nov 14 2019

    I've been helping to produce a new podcast called The Show About Titanic. It's hosted by my friend Edward who knows everything there is to know about the Titanic. This episode is called "Halomonas Titanicae with Bhavleen Kaur" and all of you science fans are going to love it! Bhavleen Kaur is a Senior Scientist at the Ontario Science Centre. Dr. Kaur’s doctoral research into microbial life on the wreck of the Titanic led to the discovery of a new bacterial species, Halomonas titanicae. On this e...more

  • 076: The Global Genome Initiative with Vanessa González

    Oct 23 2019

    Everything that's alive has a genome. On this episode of The Show About Science, we go behind the scenes at The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History where scientists are working to preserve and catalog the DNA of life on Earth. Our guest is Vanessa González, a computational genomic scientist at The Smithsonian's Global Genome Initiative (GGI). Learn more about Vanessa and the work GGI is doing here: https://naturalhistory.si.edu/research/global-genome-initiative/about-ggi Listen ...more

  • 075: They Call Me Dr. Poop with Rachel Santymire

    Sep 16 2019

    What can we learn from studying poop? Who better to ask than Dr. Poop! Rachel Santymire, Ph.D., is director of Lincoln Park Zoo’s Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology, and she's earned her Dr. Poop nickname by studying the physiology of animals using biomaterials like poop! On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate visits her lab at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago to learn more.

  • Andrew & Polly from Ear Snacks Go for the Moon (Bonus Episode)

    Sep 09 2019

    Our podcasting pals, Andrew & Polly, have some awesome news and I'm super excited to share it with you! Award-winning children’s music duo Andrew & Polly “go for the moon” with their most adventurous sonic endeavor yet. Their fifth album, Go for the Moon, is set for lift-off on September 27, 2019. To celebrate, I'm sharing an interview that I recorded with them about the periodic table, elements, DNA, and RNA. It was originally aired on Ear Snacks in an episode entitled Letters! (Part II). Yo...more

  • 074: Forensic Science with Mike Haag

    Aug 11 2019

    Over on my other podcast, The Show About Politics & History, we've been visiting The Sixth Floor Museum to understand what happened when President John F. Kennedy visited Dallas in 1963. Before listening to this episode, I'd recommend listening to those episodes. Mike Haag is a forensic scientist for Forensic Science Consultants and a senior forensic scientist and supervisor at a crime laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mike started learning about forensic science at an early age from his ...more

  • 073: Asian Carp with Eve Barrs

    Jul 21 2019

    On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate visits the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago to talk about asian carp and the risks they pose to the Great Lakes. His guest, Eve Barrs, is an aquarist with the Shedd’s quarantine team. Eve uses her knowledge of freshwater fish husbandry to provide top-quality care for a range of native Great Lakes species that find homes at Shedd. Listen to more episodes of The Show About Science at https://theshowaboutscience.com.

  • 072: Nanotechnology with Mark Hersam

    Jun 13 2019

    Mark Hersam is a professor of Chemistry and Materials Science Engineering at Northwestern University. He joins Nate in The Show About Science studio to talk about nanotechnology, carbon nanotubes and how a pencil and some scotch tape led to the Nobel Prize winning discovery of graphene. This video on graphene from The Verge Science was really helpful when researching this episode: https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/10/17548362/graphene-material-breakthrough-science-technology-hype Learn more abou...more

  • 071: A Tumble Extravaganza

    May 31 2019

    On this episode of The Show About Science, we’re teaming up with Lindsay and Marshall, the hosts of Tumble, to listen back to some of their favorite moments from Season 4 of the show. This episode shares the stories behind the science and features clips from Rob Dunn (“Discover the Wildlife of Your Home”), Anne Hilborn (“The Secret to Cheetahs’ Super Speed”), Erika Rader (“What Would Earth Be Like If Volcanoes Didn’t Exist?”), and Robyn Grant (“The Science of Whiskers”). To hear the FULL episo...more

  • 070: Meet the Mesopredators with Laura Prugh

    May 12 2019

    Laura Prugh is an Associate Professor of Quantitative Wildlife Sciences at the University of Washington. There, she studies the dynamics of wildlife populations and communities, with a particular interest in facilitation, trophic interactions, and indirect effects. She joins Nate on this episode of The Show About Science to talk about mesopredators, apex predators and what we can learn by studying complex food webs. Learn more about Laura's work at http://www.prughlab.com/ If you're a fan of ...more

  • Why Are Kids Striking Against Climate Change? (Bonus Episode)

    Apr 29 2019

    Hey Show About Science fans! I've been working hard on a new podcast and I want to share a few episodes with you. It's called The Show About Politics and I know you're going to love it. If you do, please subscribe and leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts. On March 15, 2019, tens of thousands of students around the world skipped school to protest their governments inaction on climate change. On this episode, Nate meets up with Joe Hanson, the host of It's Okay To Be Smart and Hot Mess ...more

  • Talking (More Than) Politics With Jeb Bush (Bonus Episode)

    Apr 26 2019

    Hey Show About Science fans! I've been working hard on a new podcast and I want to share a few episodes with you. It's called The Show About Politics and I know you're going to love it. If you do, please subscribe and leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts. Governor Jeb Bush is the son of former President George H. W. Bush and younger brother of former President George W. Bush. Jeb joins Nate on this episode of The Show About Politics to talk about family, service and what it was like t...more

  • The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks (Bonus Episode)

    Apr 23 2019

    Hey Show About Science fans! I've been working hard on a new podcast and I want to share a few episodes with you. It's called The Show About Politics and I know you're going to love it. If you do, please subscribe and leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts. Author Cynthia Levinson joins Nate on this episode of The Show About Politics to tell the story of the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963. Cynthia published this story in 2017 ...more

  • 069: A Field Trip to the California Academy of Sciences

    Jan 21 2019

    It's time for a field trip! On this episode, Nate heads out of the studio to visit three scientists who work at The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. First, Nate interviews Terry Gosliner, who studies sea slugs and the coral reefs they call home. Next, Nate chats with Lauren Esposito, a scorpion biologist whose interest in entomology started at a very early age. Then Nate visits the office of Nathalie Nagalingum to learn about living fossils. At the end of the episode, Nate joins ...more

  • 068: Do House-Elves Clean Your Brain While You Sleep with Ken Paller

    Jan 16 2019

    "Do House-Elves Clean Your Brain While You Sleep?" That's the title of an exciting new article featured in Frontiers for Young Minds by Ken Paller. Ken is a professor at Northwestern University where he designs experiments that can provide insights into memory and our conscious experiences. On this episode, he visits The Show About Science Studios to talk about his article, cognitive neuroscience, memory and how sleep effects our brains.

  • 067: Youth v. Climate Part 2 with Dr. Sylvia Earle (Live)

    Jan 02 2019

    Nate returns to the Coal+Ice stage with his second guest, Sylvia Earle, for another live taping of The Show About Science. Dr. Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, and author working to protect the ocean and its wildlife. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at Fort Mason in San Francisco on September 15, 2018. Special thanks to Tom Corwin, Marlene Saritzky, and everyone at the Coal+Ice Festival. The Coal+Ice Festival is focused on amplifying the conversation about climate chan...more

  • 066: Youth v. Climate Part 1 with Captain Don Walsh (Live)

    Dec 19 2018

    Captain Don Walsh is a retired U.S. Navy submarine captain, who in addition to his work as an oceanographer has made 40 expeditions to the Arctic. On January 23, 1960, he and Jacques Piccard descended to the deepest point in the world, the Mariana Trench. Nate was able to interview Walsh in front of a live audience on September 15, 2018 as part of the Coal+Ice Festival in San Francisco. The Coal+Ice Festival is focused on amplifying the conversation about climate change through art and ideas. S...more

  • 065: Parasites and Viruses with Shannon Bennett (Live at the Apple Store 09/12/2018)

    Dec 09 2018

    Shannon Bennett is the Chief of Science and the Harry W. and Diana V. Hind Dean of Science and Research Collections at the California Academy of Sciences. When Shannon Bennett traveled to Liberia in college, she never guessed the experience would launch her lifelong fascination with microbiology. She shares that story with Nate on the first ever live episode of The Show About Science. This episode was recorded at the Apple Store in San Francisco on September 12th, 2018 as part of Coal+Ice, an ...more

  • 064: Space Junk with John Crassidis

    Nov 21 2018

    After graduating with his PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, John Crassidis went to work at the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center. Now he's a professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he builds satellites and researches the massive amount of man-made space junk. He joins Nate on this episode to talk about the trash orbiting the earth, and what might be done to clean it up.

  • 063: Be Straw Free with Milo Cress

    Nov 08 2018

    Milo Cress was 9 when he started the Be Straw Free project. Now 17, Milo's research and activism have convinced organizations like Starbucks and the Shedd Aquarium to stop offering customers plastic straws. Milo joins Nate on this episode of The Show About Science to talk about his interests in the environment and conservation, and explains how kids can act to change the world.

  • 062: Black Holes with Bob McNees

    Oct 24 2018

    In outer space, there are objects so powerful that nothing can escape their gravitational pull. They're called black holes. Bob McNees is a physicist at Loyola University who studies gravity, general relativity, and the physics of black holes. Bob joins Nate on this episode of The Show About Science to talk about quantum mechanics, the work of Stephen Hawking, and of course, black holes.

  • 061: Cryptokitties with Dieter Shirley

    Oct 10 2018

    CryptoKitties is a game centered around breedable, collectible, and oh-so-adorable creatures called CryptoKitties! CryptoKitties is one of the world’s first games to be built on blockchain technology—the same breakthrough that makes things like Bitcoin and Ethereum possible. The creator of CryptoKitties, Dieter Shirley, joins Nate on this episode to talk about creating games on the blockchain. Find out more about CryptoKitties at: https://www.cryptokitties.co/

  • 060: Organic Farming with Verd Nolan

    Sep 26 2018

    Verd has been growing food for as long as he can remember, beginning in his family’s backyard garden in Oak Park, Illinois. At age sixteen, he left home to live and work on a communal farm in Austin, Texas, where he stayed for ten years and met his future wife, Jeanne. In 2005, Verd and Jeanne started The Organic Gardener Ltd., a company that creates beautiful and productive organic edible gardens throughout the Midwest. Today, Verd lives on a little farm called Middlefork with Jeanne and famil...more

  • 059: Manatee Research with Sheri Barton

    Sep 19 2018

    Manatees are large marine mammals found in shallow coastal waters near Florida, Brazil, and the west coast of Africa. Manatees are occasionally called sea cows, because, like cows, they are slow, peaceful, and graze on plants. Sheri Barton is a Senior Biologist at the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Florida, where she studies these fascinating creatures. On this episode of The Show About Science, Sheri joins Nate to talk about her research.

  • 058: The Microbiome with Stefan Green

    Aug 29 2018

    Did you know that there are tiny microbes that call our bodies home? These microorganisms live on and inside of us. You can even take a test to learn which ones make up your microbiome. Stefan Green is a microbial ecologist who runs the DNA Sequencing Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Stefan joins Nate to talk about what the microbiome is and why these tiny little microbes are so important for our health.

  • 057: Happy Atoms with Jesse Schell

    Aug 15 2018

    Jesse Schell is a video game designer and a professor of entertainment technology at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also the creator of “Happy Atoms,” a game that helps kids learn how atoms bond to form new molecules. Jesse joins Nate on this episode to talk about how “Happy Atoms” uses technology like augmented reality to teach kids about chemistry.

  • 056: 3D Printed Organs with Anthony Atala

    Aug 01 2018

    When organs like kidneys and livers fail, it can be scary—especially for kids. But the science of regenerative medicine, where new organs are created from a patient's own cells and tissue, is a promising new field in medicine. Dr. Anthony Atala is the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and he joins Nate on this episode to talk about how new organs can be created in the lab using 3D printers.

  • 055: Cicada Killer Wasps with Blake Newton

    Jul 18 2018

    Last summer, Nate was walking to the train when he spotted a giant wasp carrying a cicada. Later he discovered that the insect he saw was a cicada killer wasp. These insects will paralyze cicadas with their venomous sting, but luckily rarely sting humans. Blake Newton is an entomologist at the University of Kentucky. He joins Nate on this episode of The Show About Science to talk about these fascinating creatures.

  • 054: Rust and Corrosion with David Shoesmith

    Jul 04 2018

    David Shoesmith is a professor of electrochemistry and corrosion science at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. He joins Nate on this episode of The Show About Science to explain why metal rusts and how it corrodes. They also talk about an experiment that you can conduct at home to see rust form.

  • 053: Amazing Kids Doing Amazing Things

    Jun 20 2018

    Kids can do amazing things. And if you need proof of that, look no further than this episode of The Show About Science! First up is kid inventor Allie Weber, the host of the YouTube channel Tech-nic-Allie Speaking. After that is the story of Sophia Spencer, who inspired the hashtag #BugsR4Girls and co-authored a research paper for Annals of the Entomological Society of America. Finally, Nate chats with Olivia Van Ledtje (better known as LivBit), who hosts The Kidlit Show on Pinna and is an Ambas...more

  • 052: Baby Teeth with Tanya Smith

    Jun 07 2018

    What can we learning from studying teeth? As it turns out, quite a bit! Dr. Tanya Smith is working to understand how teeth grow, why they vary, and how this information can advance the field of human evolutionary biology. Dr. Smith joins Nate on this episode to talk about her work.

  • 051: Learning to See the World Around Us with J Steele-Louchart

    May 24 2018

    J Steele-Louchart is a Perceptual Navigation Instructor with World Access for the Blind. Blind from the age of 12, J began teaching himself Perceptual Navigation based on materials published online by World Access For The Blind Lead Founder and President Daniel Kish. Now J teaches others how to see the world around them using their ears and a technique called flash sonar. He joins Nate on this episode to explain how it all works.

  • 050: Ice Cream Science with Rich Hartel

    May 09 2018

    What could be more fun than learning about the science of ice cream? Eating it of course! Rich Hartel is a professor and food engineer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he runs the Hartel Lab. He joins Nate on the show today to talk about the science behind everyone's favorite dessert.

  • 049: Thermophiles with Tim McDermott

    Apr 25 2018

    A thermophile is an organism that thrives in very high temperatures. You can find them living in the hot springs at Yellowstone National Park. These geothermal pools draw visitors to the park each year because of their beautiful colors. Tim McDermott is a soil and environmental biologist at Montana State University who has been researching the thermophiles in Yellowstone for the past 20 years. He joins Nate on the show today to talk about these amazing microbes.

  • 048: The Science of Science Podcasts with Tim Howard

    Apr 11 2018

    Tim Howard turned a vacation to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands into an amazing hour of great audio for WNYC's Radiolab. He now works as an editor on Reply All, a podcast about the internet. Tim joins Nate on this episode to talk about the science of audio storytelling, his trip to Galapagos and a mysterious NYC performance artist named Zardulu. Are Darwin’s finches being threatened by invasive species? Is “pizza rat” and “selfie rat” a hoax? Find out on this episode of The Show About Science....more

  • 047: The Sea Otter Food Court with Patrick Webster

    Mar 30 2018

    Patrick Webster visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California as a young, curious kid. There he fell in love with the sea otters that called the aquarium home. After studying marine biology and volunteering with the otters for 4 and a half years, Patrick now works at the aquarium as a member of the social media team. On this episode, Patrick takes us on a behind the scenes look at the sea otter program at the aquarium. If you can’t make it to the aquarium in person, you can watch the live sea ...more

  • 046: DNA Testing with 23andMe’s Jhulianna Cintron

    Mar 14 2018

    A few months back, Nate spit into a tube and put it in the mail to have his DNA analyzed by a company called 23andMe. On this episode of The Show About About Science, Nate travels to the headquarters of 23andMe in Mountain View, California to learn more about his results and to discover what DNA can tell us about our ancestry. Joining Nate on this episode is Jhulianna Cintron, the Senior Product Specialist at 23andMe. You can learn more about 23andMe and order your own DNA kit at http://23andme....more

  • 045: Exploring the Ocean with Samantha Wishnak

    Feb 28 2018

    Hey future ocean explorers! Do you dream of discovering new species of squids, octopuses and cuttlefish? Well stop dreaming, because on this episode of The Show About Science, we (virtually) go aboard the Nautilus, a deep sea exploration ship and the home of two robot operated vehicles (ROVs) called Hercules and Argus. Samantha Wishnak, the Digital Media Coordinator for the Ocean Exploration Trust, explains how kids can join the Nautilus scientists via their 24-7 live stream and help them make n...more

  • 044: How To Study the Brain with Marc Berman

    Feb 14 2018

    Marc Berman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago. He recently conducted a study that looks at whether a walk in the park can actually improve memory and attention. The results may surprise you. In this episode, Nate talks to Marc about that study and learns how scientists study the brain. For more episodes of The Show About Science, try the Pinna iOS app for free today! Pinna is the home of quality audio stories and podcasts for kids ages 4-12 (...more

  • 043: What in the World are Salps with Larry Madin

    Jan 31 2018

    Larry Madin is a Senior Scientist and the Deputy Director and Vice President for Research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Woods Hole, MA. He’s also an expert on Salps, an amazing tube shaped sea creature that feeds on phytoplankton and uses a form of underwater jet propulsion to move around. On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate talks to Larry about these mysterious animals and their fascinating connection to humans. Make sure to check out this website on The Wate...more

  • 042: Treating Childhood Cancer with Beth Stewart

    Jan 17 2018

    Every day, 42 families in the U.S. learn that their child or teen has cancer. Elizabeth A. Stewart, MD is a doctor at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital researching ways to improve pediatric cancer treatments. She joins Nate on The Show About Science to talk about her work and how kids can help. Learn more at https://www.stjude.org/. For more episodes of The Show About Science, try the Pinna iOS app for free today! Pinna is the home of quality audio stories and podcasts for kids ages 4-12 (...more

  • 041: Deep Look with Josh Cassidy and Lauren Sommer

    Jan 04 2018

    How do caddisflies use underwater tape to protect themselves from predators? What is a palm weevil and why are they destroying all of the palm trees in Southern California? How do baby dragonfly’s eat? These are just a few of the questions answered on the KQED YouTube Channel, Deep Look. Producer Josh Cassidy and host Lauren Sommer join Nate to talk about the amazing creatures featured in Deep Look and explore some big scientific mysteries by going incredibly small. Subscribe to Deep Look at h...more

  • 040: Coral Reef Restoration with Dave Vaughan

    Dec 30 2017

    Coral reefs are important for the health of our oceans and planet. These reefs produce much of the oxygen that we breath and provide a habitat for the fish we eat. Recently, there’s been a lot of reporting on how climate change is causing the widespread death of these ecosystems. Dave Vaughan is Executive Director of Mote's Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration in Summerland Key, Florida. On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate talks to Dr Vaughan ab...more

  • 039: Chemical Safety with Maureen Wood

    Dec 13 2017

    Maureen Wood studies chemical accident prevention for the European Union. On this episode of The Show About Science, she talks to Nate about how government scientists work to prevent dangerous accidents in factories and what a trip to the pool can teach us about chemical safety. For more episodes of The Show About Science, try the Pinna iOS app for free today! Pinna is the home of quality audio stories and podcasts for kids ages 4-12 (and their adults!). For unlimited access to ad-free, immersi...more

  • 038: Animal Inventions with Professor Gizmo Gearloose

    Nov 29 2017

    Since 1989, Professor Gizmo Gearloose (aka Christine Buik) has been providing programs to delight and inspire people of all ages with live animals, storytelling, music and audience participation. Christine joins Nate on this episode of The Show About Science to imagine what man made inventions may have been inspired by plants and animals. Plus, Nate visits the Sycamore Public Library to see Professor Gizmo Gearloose in action. Music on this episode was written by Jeffrey and Theresa Brooks. F...more

  • 037: Great Apes and Humans with Jim Calcagno

    Nov 15 2017

    Jim Calcagno is a biological anthropologist with research and teaching interests in paleoanthropology, dental anthropology, primate behavioral ecology, and evolutionary anthropology. On this episode of the Show About Science, Nate talks to Dr. Calcagno about gorillas, anthropology and what makes us human. We also learn more about one of Dr. Calcagno’s former students with a connection to the show. For more episodes of The Show About Science, try the Pinna iOS app for free today! Pinna is the ho...more

  • 036: The Field Museum with Emily Graslie

    Nov 01 2017

    Emily Graslie is the the host of The Brain Scoop and the Chief Curiosity Correspondent at The Field Museum in Chicago. The Brain Scoop is an educational YouTube channel devoted to exploring all aspects relating to the curious world of natural history museums, and the culture of animal preservation. On this episode of The Show About Science, Emily gives Nate a behind the scenes tour of the Field Museum and introduces him to some of the scientists that work there. Music on this episode was writt...more

  • 035: Sloths with Nadia Moraes-Barros

    Oct 18 2017

    If you’re ever in a tropical forest in South or Central America, look up into the trees and you just might spot a sloth. But don’t go too early, these lazy creatures like to sleep late. On this episode, Nate talks about Sloths with Nadia Moraes-Barros, a researcher at CIBIO/InBIO, Laboratório Associado in Portugal and the Deputy Chair of the IUCN/SSC Anteater, Sloth and Armadillo Specialist Group. Find out more about Nadia’s work at: https://cibio.up.pt/people/details/nmbarros. For more episo...more

  • 034: Frontiers for Young Minds with Bob Knight

    Oct 02 2017

    Frontiers for Young Minds is a scientific journal where the kids are in charge. Scientists submit research papers explaining their work and then kids do the peer review. Bob Knight is a professor at UC Berkeley with a research program focused on human neuroscience and the Field Chief Editor of Frontiers for Young Minds. On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate talks to Bob about the journal, the scientific process and how kids, scientists and PhD students can all get involved in the journ...more

  • 033: Sea Turtle Inc. with Khrystyne Jamerson

    Sep 01 2017

    South Padre Island, Texas is home to some amazing wildlife! It is also home to Sea Turtle Inc., a sea turtle hospital with a mission to rescue and rehabilitate injured sea turtles. Each year, mama sea turtles return to the beaches of South Padre to lay their eggs. In this episode, Nate talks to Khrstyn Jamerson, an Educator at Sea Turtle Inc., about her work with these amazing creatures. After listening to this episode, make sure to visit their website at http://seaturtleinc.org. Music on this ...more

  • 032: TRAPPIST-1 and Exoplanets with Michael Gillon

    Aug 01 2017

    About 40 light-years (235 trillion miles) from Earth is a system of seven planets relatively close to the constellation Aquarius. Located outside of our solar system, these planets are scientifically known as exoplanets. This particular exoplanet system, called TRAPPIST-1, was recently discover by Michael Gillon and his team. Michael chats with Nate about his team’s discovery and whether or not life could exist on these planets. Our theme music was composed by Jeff and Theresa Brooks.

  • 031: Organic Chemistry with Will Dichtel

    Jul 01 2017

    Will Dichtel is a chemist at Northwestern University and a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. His research is focused on the development of porous polymers known as covalent organic frameworks. On this episode of The Show About Science, Will talks to Nate about his work and gives him a tour of his organic chemistry lab. You can find out more about Will and the Dichtel Research Group on his website: http://sites.northwestern.edu/dichtel/.

  • 030: We Love Science!

    Jul 01 2017

    On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate is reporting from the March for Science in Chicago (http://sciencemarchchicago.com). Over 60,000 Chicagoans marched on April 22, 2017 to show their love and support for the work that scientists do. Listen to this episode and then share your love of science with your friends and family! Chicago! Science!! Music on this episode was provided by FreeSFX.com. Our theme music was composed by Jeff and Theresa Brooks.

  • 029: Marching for Science and Extraterrestrials with Luoth Chou

    Apr 19 2017

    Luoth Chou studies organic geochemistry, microbiology and astrobiology. ​On this episode of The Show About Science, she joins Nate to talk about her research and The March for Science, a series of rallies and marches set to be held in Washington, D.C. and over 400 cities across the world on April 22, 2017.

  • 028: Cracking the Genetic Code with Kevin Esvelt

    Apr 03 2017

    Kevin Esvelt leads the Sculpting Evolution Group at MIT. Their work explores “evolutionary and ecological engineering and responsive science.” Kevin joins Nate on the program to help him with some homework and to discuss a tool for gene editing called CRISPR.

  • 027: Brains On! with Sanden Totten

    Feb 28 2017

    In our most ambitious episode to date, Nate visits KPCC, the home of Southern California Public Radio, for a tour of the station. Your tour guide for this episode is Sanden Totten, host of the popular kids science podcast, Brains On! Nate was rolling tape from the moment he arrived and you’re not going to want to miss what happens when these two veteran science podcasters meet for the first time. Music in this episode provided by Jeff Brooks, Theresa Brooks and Sounds Like An Earful (http://soun...more

  • 026: Biology and Tarantula Hawks with Coyote Peterson

    Feb 12 2017

    Coyote Peterson is the host of The Brave Wilderness Channel on Youtube. His passion for wildlife has driven him to embark upon a quest to make animal conservation and education entertaining for the next wave of explorers. On this episode, Nate and Coyote talk about tarantula hawks, snapping turtles, wolverines and the incredible habitats these animals call home.

  • 025: Alphanatomy with Karen Bucher

    Jan 28 2017

    On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate chats with Karen Bucher. Karen is the senior medical illustrator for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and a faculty member of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Biomedical Visualization graduate program. She is also the author/illustrator of Alphanatomy, a children’s book that showcases a different anatomical feature for each letter of the alphabet. Alphanatomy is perfect for your aspiring doctor or your average curious k...more

  • 024: Climate Change, Evolution and Bacon with John Wiens

    Jan 07 2017

    Dr. John Wiens runs the Wiens Lab at the University of Arizona. In his research, he focuses on evolution and ecology, primarily using reptiles and amphibians as model systems. He joins Nate on the show to talk about what climate change is, it’s impact on evolution and what we can do to help prevent it.

  • The Show About Science Raffle!

    Dec 18 2016

    Hey Show About Science super fans! We’re having a raffle!! We’re giving away 4 prizes to 4 lucky listeners. The fourth place prize is a set of 8 butterflies drawn by Nate. The second and third place prizes are Star Wars toys. And the grand prize is a Show About Science bobblehead! Here’s how you enter. Go to iTunes and subscribe to The Show About Science. Then leave us a review. Then email my Dad at showaboutscience@gmail.com letting us know that you want to be entered into the raffle. Make sure...more

  • 023: Maker Lab with Jack Challoner

    Dec 05 2016

    On this episode, Nate talks to author Jack Challoner about his latest book, Maker Lab. Created in association with the Smithsonian Institution and supporting STEM education initiatives, Maker Lab includes 28 kid-safe projects and crafts that will get young inventors' wheels turning and make science pure fun.

  • 022: Fake Sugar and Fruit Flies with Monica Dus

    Nov 15 2016

    On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate interviews Monica Dus, PhD, a molecular biologist at the University of Michigan. She is an expert in fruit fly genetics and her research explores how high-sugar diets may lead to obesity by altering our brain chemistry. In this episode, she discusses how the brain "sees" real and fake sugar differently.

  • 021: Ants with Mikey Bustos

    Oct 16 2016

    In this episode of The Show About Science, Nate interviews Mikey Bustos, the owner of AntsCanada Ant Store, an online shop which specialises in ant-keeping. Mikey is also the host of the AntsCanada youtube channel. The two met face to face on one of Mikey's recent visits to Chicago.

  • 020: Butterflies with Doug Taron

    Oct 11 2016

    On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate takes the show on the road to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago to visit the Butterfly Haven there. Later in the episode, he interviews Doug Taron, PhD, Chief Curator of the Chicago Academy of Sciences about the different species of butterflies in the haven.

  • 019: Evolution with Cliff Tabin

    Aug 24 2016

    On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate interviews Cliff Tabin, PhD., the Chairman of the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. His work ranges from studying the process by which embryos form to how life evolved into all the different types of animals on Earth. In this interview, Nate learns how Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace arrived at one of the most influential and important ideas in history - Evolution.

  • 018: Physics with Dianna Cowern

    Jun 27 2016

    Dianna Cowern is better known as Physics Girl on youtube. And her videos are filled with amazing experiments that you can try at home. Dianna joins Nate to talk about Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton and everyday physics. They try to figure out how these two physicists came up with so many fascinating equations. Along the way, Nate tells Dianna about an equation of his own that he has been working on.

  • 017: Vultures with Corinne Kendall

    Jun 06 2016

    We just moved and my dad needed some time to setup the podcast studio at our new house. While he was doing that, I was playing in my new backyard! But now we're back with a new episode of The Show About Science. Today on the podcast, Corinne Kendall joins me to talk about vultures. Corinne oversees all of the research done on zoo animals at the North Carolina Zoo and she also does international conservation work focused on education and anti-poaching efforts in Africa. These scavenging birds of ...more

  • 016: Radiation with Huban Gowadia

    May 14 2016

    The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office is a small department within Homeland Security with a big mission to protect the public from nuclear terrorism. DNDO is composed of scientists, military, former law enforcement, and policy analysts and their work requires a lot of science! In this episode, Nate talks to the Director of DNDO, Dr. Huban Gowadia, about radiation, radioactive bananas, Albert Einstein and how scientists solve crimes.

  • 015: Alligators with Adam Rosenblatt

    May 03 2016

    If you've ever wanted to know how to catch an alligator, this is the podcast you've been waiting for. In this episode of The Show About Science, Nate talks to Adam Rosenblatt, a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University and alligator expert. Adam’s research focuses on the ecological roles of top predators and the impacts of climate change on predator-prey interactions and ecosystem dynamics.

  • 014: Recycling with Rick Zultner from Terracycle

    Apr 09 2016

    There’s two very exciting days in the month of April. One is my birthday and the other is Earth Day. So in honor of Earth Day later this month, I interviewed my friend Rick Zultner from Terracycle. Terracycle is developing new ways to recycle more than just paper, glass, plastic and aluminum. In this episode, Rick talks about how recycling works, the benefits of composting and answers the question “what is a nurdle?”. Happy Earth Day from The Show About Science!

  • 0XX: Triskaidekaphobia and Superstitions

    Apr 03 2016

    This is the 13th episode of The Show About Science, and people with triskaidekaphobia might be afraid to listen. Triskaidekaphobia is an extreme superstition regarding the number 13. In this episode, I talk to Stuart Vyse, a behavioral scientist, teacher, and writer. Stuart explains the science behind superstitions and phobias - so don’t be afraid to press play. A big big thanks to my Mom for recording this episode. “Triskaidekaphobia” by Jimmy Sutton’s Four Charms is available at http://www.his...more

  • 012: Bat Biology with Stephanie Findlay

    Mar 05 2016

    In this episode of The Show About Science, Nate talks to Stephanie Findlay about bats. You'll be amazed at how little you know about these amazing nocturnal creatures. Stephanie is a masters student at the University of Calgary studying bat biology under Dr. Robert Barclay. Ebola, the evolution of bats, vampire bats, dog sized bats - this episode has it all. Get ready to dig into some serious bat biology!

  • 011: Fossils and Rocks with Duncan Findlay

    Feb 27 2016

    In this episode of The Show About Science, Nate talks to geologist Duncan Findlay. Duncan has a PhD in reconstructing the palaeoenvironment using geochemistry, sedimentaology, macropalaeontology and modern analogues and an MSc degree in micropalaeontology. What exactly does all of that mean? You’ve got to listen to find out! You can find out more about Duncan on his website (http://www.realisticgeoscience.com/) or by following him on twitter @realisticgeo.

  • 010: Bees, Mosquitoes and Dragons with Joe Hanson

    Feb 13 2016

    In this episode of The Show About Science, Nate interviews Joe Hanson, the creator/host/writer of PBS Digital Studios’ It’s Okay To Be Smart. Nate talks to Joe about woolly mammoths, bees, mosquitoes and the science behind HBO's Game of Thrones. Make sure to check out all of Joe’s amazing science videos on the It’s Okay To Be Smart youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH4BNI0-FOK2dMXoFtViWHw). Also checkout my new website (http://theshowaboutscience.atavist.com) and follow me on T...more

  • 009: Cells and Viruses with The Amoeba Sisters

    Jan 30 2016

    When I was 2, one of the first science videos I ever watched was by the Amoeba Sisters - two amorphous amoebas that teach science. I think the topic of that video was viruses. I played it over and over and over. Then I watched the next one. Fast forward 3 years and here I am talking to Brianna and Sarina (the two real life sisters behind the Amoeba Sisters). How cool is that!!! In this episode, we discuss mitosis, DNA replication, viruses and so much more! You can watch all of the Amoeba Sister...more

  • 008: How to Become an Astronaut with Mike Mongo

    Jan 15 2016

    Mike Mongo dreamed of becoming an astronaut when he was young, but making those dreams a reality can be challenging. Now Mike is an astronaut instructor who encourages kids to follow their interstellar dreams. In this episode of The Show About Science, Mike tells Nate that "when he grows up, he can live, work and play in space." Nate wants to know more about space and what sort of creatures humans might encounter as they explore this new frontier. Mike Mongo is the author of The Astronaut Instru...more

  • 007: Chemistry with Ian and Greg from Stop. Think. Science!

    Jan 06 2016

    In this episode, Ian and Greg, the hosts of Stop. Think. Science! join Nate to talk about molecules, chemical compounds and dangerous chemical reactions. Later in the program, Nate talks about his favorite TED-Ed videos and the one he just can't bring himself to like. Stop. Think. Science! currently has just over 25 episodes on topics ranging from Sharks, to Geophysics to NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. You can find out more information and listen to episodes at stopthinkscience.com.

  • 006: Santa Science and the Physics of Christmas

    Dec 17 2015

    In this very exciting episode of The Show About Science, Nate talks to Santa Claus about the science behind his workshop and what happens when kids send drawings of new toys for Santa to produce in his present factory. Santa than suggests that Nate talk to Roger, his Head of Research and Development. Roger gives Nate an inside glimpse into the science behind reindeer flight and the tech that allows Santa to deliver his presents in one night. Roger is also the author of The Physics of Christmas: ...more

  • 005: Punk Rock Medicine with Dr. Daryl

    Oct 29 2015

    In this episode of the Show About Science, Nate talks to Dr. Daryl. Dr. Daryl is an emergency medicine doctor who also fronts Chicago's famed punk rock band, The Bollweevils. Nate and Daryl talk about fractures, broken bones, blood pressure and the "elephant" that sent Nate's mom to the emergency room.

  • 004: Gross Science with Anna Rothschild

    Oct 18 2015

    On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate interviews Anna Rothschild, the host of Nova's Gross Science. Nate asks Anna what she knows about cow and kangaroo burps, ribbon worms, and infections. He also gets more information on everyone's favorite topic, cheese mites. You can find episodes of Gross Science at www.youtube.com/user/grossscienceshow. Ewwww!

  • 003: Food Science with Shannon

    Oct 04 2015

    003: Food Science with Shannon by Nate / The Company Making Podcasts

  • 002: Sea Creatures with Adam

    Aug 08 2015

    002: Sea Creatures with Adam by Nate / The Company Making Podcasts

  • 001: Science with Mom

    Jul 18 2015

    The very first episode of The Show About Science!