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Season 1: Loops – Life-cycle Loops (Part I)

All living creatures on earth reproduce themselves in some way or another. But there are so many different ways to make a baby, virtually the only commonality is that DNA inside one organism is copied and then passed on to an offspring organism. And usually, the offspring will grow, reproduce, and die in the same way, completing the same loop, as their parent. Today K+K, and guest co-host Paul Francis, explore some of the world's weirdest life-cycles, and the lengths some creatures will go...


Season 1: Loops – Wild Wolves & Feedback Loops

Kira and Keera are trying something new: seasons! With themes! In Season 1, they're exploring the idea that in nature, many processes happen in reoccurring patterns, or more specifically, loops. In today's episode, K+K dive into how important, and also difficult, it is to keep ecosystems in balance. They talk to Alma Frankenstein, Project Manager for the Cascadia Systems Institute, about how the natural world keeps itself from completely falling part, through the use of positive and negative...


Re-Release: The Science of Love (Edited & Updated)

Love. Some would say its the reason for being alive. So why does it make you feel sweaty, shaky and nauseous, like someone's forcing you to jump off a bridge at gunpoint? Join K+K to discover what's happening inside your body when you fall in love, why we give out little candy hearts on Valentine's Day instead of candy brains, and whether or not the characters from Wayne's World will ever find their true soulmates.


Re-Release: LAVA!! (Edited & Updated)

Kira & Keera explore the immense geological forces that help to shape our planet, and then share some of the places you can go to see them, right here in our own National Parks. LAVA! The discovery of plate tectonic theory The Cascadia Subduction Zone MORE LAVA! Crater Lake Yellowstone geysers and the ocean of magma beneath them The Missoula Floods and the creation of the Columbia Gorge EVEN MORE LAVA!


Re-Release: The Santa Species (Edited & Updated)

If you’re an avid pursuer of rare and unique species, this is a very exciting time for you. Christmas Eve is when you have the best chance of catching a glimpse of the elusive Santius Clausadae, more commonly known as the Santa Claus.


62. Hot-Topics Debate: GMOs and CRISPR

What do you get when you take 2 science nerds & 3 radio producers, and put them in a small room to discuss a hotly debated topic like Genetically Modified Organisms and their role in agriculture? Apparently you get today's episode of Everything is Interesting. After reading recent news stories explaining that the public should embrace "CRISPRing," a new(er) technology for engineering DNA, because its different from the topic of GMOs they've spent years protesting against (spoiler alert: its...


Re-Release: Hard Labor (Edited & Updated)

Your body is almost always using energy, whether you're going hard labor, or just sleeping. Play along with our Labor Quiz to see if you know the answers to questions like: True or False: When you sleep your body consumes the caloric equivalent of 1 tablespoon of ketchup. Thinking requires energy, so you burn a lot more calories thinking really hard Celery is a “negative calorie food,” because it takes more calories to digest celery than you absorb from eating it. It takes more energy to...


Re-Release: Science Fiction Movies, In Spaaaaace! (Edited & Updated)

Science Fiction movies are great. But for us, half the fun of watching them is how blatantly they misrepresent the actual science behind their plots. Its ridiculous, it’s inaccurate, and it’s a heck of a lot of fun to pick apart. On today’s show, we listen to a few clips from some of our favorite science fiction outer space movies, and focus in on one of the major inaccuracies, then give you three possible reasons why it wouldn’t have happened that way. Only one of the totally-plausible...


Re-Release: Metallic or Metallica?! (Edited & Updated)

Is it a metal? Or is it METAL?!? (Like, the music. You have to say it with a growl to get the joke.) In today’s show, K+K attempt to stump the XRAY DJs with phrases that might describe an actual scientific element and its metallic properties, or might be the name of a Metallica song. Think you know your metals? Play along!


61. All I Wanna Do Is… Bicycle! Part II

On part 2 of this series about bicycles, K+K answer: How do you build a frame that won't snap in half when you're doing sick bike tricks? What is Carbon Fiber, and why is it all the rage? How are air molecules like a McDonald's ball pit, and why are they a cycler's biggest nemesis? Plus, tricks and tips to help you counter air resistance, using SCIENCE!


60. All I Wanna Do Is… Bicycle! Part I

Here in Portland, we love our bicycles! But what is it about these seemingly ordinary machines that makes us so energetically efficient? Join Kira & Keera (and Keera's mom!) to learn how the pedals, tires, and gears of a bike work together to propel you 3x as fast as walking, without you having to put in any more effort!


59. Fat & Ashes – The Science of Soap & Bubbles - Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira

Based on the way it gets your dishes sparkling clean, and makes all those fanciful rainbow-colored bubbles, one could be forgiven for thinking that soap is actually magic! But like pulling the curtain back on the Great Wizard of Oz, K+K explain how all of soap's greatest tricks work, like: How soap traps grease and dirt Why slimy fat and burnt ashes are premium soap ingredients How soap bubbles escape the sink How bubbles give birth to rainbows


59. Fat & Ashes – The Science of Soap and Bubbles

Based on the way it gets your dishes sparkling clean, and makes all those fanciful rainbow-colored bubbles, one could be forgiven for thinking that soap is actually magic! But like pulling the curtain back on the Great Wizard of Oz, K+K explain how all of soap's greatest tricks work, like: How soap traps grease and dirt Why slimy fat and burnt ashes are premium soap ingredients How soap bubbles escape the sink How bubbles give birth to rainbows


58. Sauer Power! (The Joys of Fermenting Cabbage)

So you're ready to take the big leap, and start fermenting your own vegetables at home. Congratulations! This is an important time in any person's life, and K+K want to make sure you have the support you need. In this episode, you'll learn: A fast, easy, and SAFE method for making sauerkraut How to acquire good bacteria in your sauerkraut jar, without inviting in the pathogenic (a.k.a. icky) kind What a "fermenting bacteria" is, and how they work their ferment-y magic The epic-micro...


57. Qualitative Analysis of a Dank Nug – Revisiting Weed Science

Back when they were young, nervous, and pressed for on-air time, Kira & Keera did an episode of Everything of Interesting about the science of cannabis and its constituent chemicals. Today they revisit the subject, armed with a lot more knowledge and far more confidence. In this episode, K+K cover the difference between Indica & Sativa, how THC and CBD affect your brain, and whether or not nature wants us to get high.


56. The Science Behind Old Wives Tales

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning. What can i say, sometimes its just easier to follow advice when it's delivered in a rhyme scheme. On today's show, K+K & guest host Emily Gilliland explore some of the more modern Old Wives Tales, and discuss the science behind why they are or aren't true.


55. Telepathy & Other Fun Party Tricks You Can Do With A Computer In Your Brain!

Have you ever moved things with your mind? How about communicated a thought telepathically, from your brain, directly to someone else's brain? If you've used Brain-Computer Interface technology, (or if you're a Jedi) the answer is probably... yes! But if there were wires and a computer involved, does that count as true telepathic or telekenetic abilities? And will they let you into Jedi Academy with something like this on your head? Thank you so much to Joel Murphy from OpenBCI for...


54. Artisanal Bug Soup – the Life of Carnivorous Plants

Science Fact or Science Fiction (the quiz game™) is back! On today's episode, K+K test Keiren Bond on her carnivorous plant knowledge, with questions like: Can a Venus Fly Trap count? Would any plant eat bugs if you mushed them into an artisanal organic soup? Would a pitcher plant prefer to eat a Montane Tree Shrew, or its poop?


53. Black Holes Part 2 – Slow Motion Somersaults in Space

In part 2 of their exploration of these space oddities, K+K talk to guest host Emily Gilliland about what would happen if our sun spontaneously imploded, how anyone falling into a black hole would turn into spaghetti, and what it means to exist in time, but not in space. They even attempt to explain how, to an observer moving faster, time (literally!) moves slower, by making Emily do (proverbial) back-flips in space.