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a queer, brown MidWesterner and a rotating cast of co-host friends ponder life aka we all started in STEM adjacent career paths, got radicalized, and now we're all over north america being cute keep in touch at stemsandleaves.com

a queer, brown MidWesterner and a rotating cast of co-host friends ponder life aka we all started in STEM adjacent career paths, got radicalized, and now we're all over north america being cute keep in touch at stemsandleaves.com

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United States

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a queer, brown MidWesterner and a rotating cast of co-host friends ponder life aka we all started in STEM adjacent career paths, got radicalized, and now we're all over north america being cute keep in touch at stemsandleaves.com

Language:

English


Episodes

Columbus' legacy of urban racism aka what redlining did to our black neighbors

4/30/2022
Columbus Ohio is all too typical of the physical imprint of racism on urban spaces. Redlining, urban highways, white flite, prohibitive zoning... All of these things and more have manifested in the economic and racial segregation that plagues Columbus. This episode shares some insight on Columbus' "urban problems" and offers several resources for planners and non-planners alike to learn more and do better. Discussed in this episode: Strong Women Strong Places, Tamika Butler, Dr. Destiny...

Duration:00:17:34

Tea-ism, New Tunes Goofin', and A book that will chill you to your bones

10/5/2021
It's the end of August, the uniquely American Labor Day is almost upon us and we are sleepy. Moss procured an excellent bit of tea history and shares wisdom from the OGs. Ezra's got some music reccs featuring a nifty tool that Anchor gave us. Also recommended in this episode, 'The Power' by Naomi Alderman. The Book of Tea by Kakuso Okakura REI AMI Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/stemsandleaves/message

Duration:00:44:48

'Educated' Plant Parents aka Moss n' Ezra did their homework

8/17/2021
We set ourselves up for success with homework last episode,,, which Moss actually did while Ezra pulled two books off the shelf fifteen minutes before recording. The Moss Mixtape begins to take shape with Janelle Monae and Moses Sumney as standout artists. Ezra highlights two non-binary educators/creators/leaders that share accessible content to educate on a variety of topics. Moss comes in with plant knowledge and at least one science fact and Ezra supplements with a poem and resources for...

Duration:00:36:41

The Hero Dies at The End aka Book Recc ‘The Song of Achilles’

8/6/2021
It’s spoiler warnings on a several thousand year old myth, so there’s that. Lila is back on the mic as a cohost and we gush about Madeline Miller’s finest work ‘The Song of Achilles’. It touched both our hearts and we highly recommend this beautifully written, visceral retelling of one of myth and legend’s most tragic lovers. Ezra has lots of feelings and Lila has some erudite observations to share. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/stemsandleaves/message

Duration:00:27:46

2020 February | Appalachian Planning with Jason Pyles

8/2/2021
Planning in Appalachia, convincing a community that you’re not taking their jobs, and the future of autonomous vehicles in rural places. My guest this week, Jason Pyles, and I discuss all this in more in one of my favorite interviews yet. As a kick off to our discussions centered around Geography and Geographic Information Science, I turn to Jason for his expertise. Jason works for the Buckeye Hills Regional Council as one of two GIS professionals supporting the agency’s work. His position...

Duration:01:10:05

2019 July | Interview w/ Shauna

8/2/2021
[From the archive] Another interview out of DC this week, my guest Shauna has worked as a freelance programmer for 9 years. She left neuroscience after a long reckoning with the uncertainty. Shauna found herself challenged by a big question: How do we quantify and understand the vast potential of human behavior with hard tools? Maybe we can’t. Or at least not in the ways we want to. Shauna and I discuss these interesting ideas from her work and how she’s grown professionally. We also touch...

Duration:00:40:27

2019 August | Interview w/ Sujata Emani

8/2/2021
[From the archive] In this episode, Sujata Emani and I spend a good amount of time discussing women of massive determination and how we work everyday to emulate their example. Sujata also shares some insight into her identity as a caregiver for her grandmother; an identity that was chosen for her and certainly changed the trajectory of her life in her mid-twenties. Discussed in this episode: Beltway Science Podcast American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Department...

Duration:00:49:15

2019 June | Interview with Dr Woodburn McNair

8/2/2021
[From the archive] This episode features Dr Amber Woodburn McNair of the Ohio State University. She serves as an assistant professor in the Knowlton School as well as the Center for Aviation Studies (both within OSU's College of Engineering. We sat down to discuss Dr Woodburn's research and experiences in academia and how her identity and presentation as a woman has affected her journey. She also shared some wonderful advice about navigating the murky waters that await after graduation and...

Duration:00:30:41

A Lichen I Like aka Meet Moss

7/31/2021
Meet Moss, one of the hosts. A nature-loving cat parent with an affinity for tea and anime, Moss is one of my fave people. This episode contains (1) introductions (2) tea recommendations (3) indoor garden ideas (4) book recommendation (5) poetry recitation and a bit of other banter. | See more of STEMS and LEAVES at stemsandleaves.com https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781451666175 https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781982156947 https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781937865733 --- Send in a...

Duration:00:37:02

Wild City Food aka A brief history of urban foraging

7/24/2021
This episode we discuss the practice of urban foraging. That act of harvesting wild grown food is a practice as old as humanity. From society’s earliest days, we have depended on the fruits, nuts, berries, and herbs we’ve found along the way to secure our food supply. Although, a recent surge in popularity of foraging in cities and a lasting legacy of racist and classist laws often prevent some groups from foraging in public spaces. This episode unpacks why and how we forage and recommends...

Duration:00:13:05

Danceable Cities aka Research on urban dance phenomena in China

7/24/2021
This episode we chat about dance as a consideration in urban design. In China, millions of residents participate in urban dance as a way to enhance their health and foster social connection. These groups practice in parks and ‘waste spaces’ around cities, accompanied often by live music. However, this practice has run into some resistance from the central and city governments. Complaints of too much noise have forced cities to ban these dancing retirees to parking lots and bridge...

Duration:00:13:48

Book Recc: Trauma Stewardship aka How to Heal

7/24/2021
In this episode, I wanted to share a great book by Laura VanDernoot Lipsky and Connie Burk, ‘Trauma Stewardship: A guide to caring for self while caring for others’. The founders of the Trauma Stewardship Institute walk the reader through identifying trauma responses and offer helpful, introspective prompts to get you thinking about the work you do and how it affects you throughout the process. For folks involved in trauma work or just people that want to bolster their emotional resilience,...

Duration:00:17:12

Wrap 2020 with Lila aka I forgot that happened last year

7/24/2021
What's there to say? It was a year and we share, to the best of our memory's ability, to recall important events globally and locally that were personally impactful. Couldn't bring all this baggage into 2021 with us. Also fair warning, Asher and I recorded nearly 2 hours of audio and I was able to trim it down to a tight 40… Unfortunately, that means you won't get to hear us ponder luxury fruits, cat hygiene, or bean varieties. --- Send in a voice message:...

Duration:00:41:35

[19] Spring Clean: Nicotine

3/16/2021
Substance use disorders and addictions are one of the lingering taboos and unfortunate misunderstanding in society at large. Misuse of things like tobacco are alcohol share an incredible level of social tolerance, although tobacco had fallen out of popularity until vaping and e-cigs hooked the younger generation. In this episode, I share a bit of science about substance use disorders and what I learned about the brain and what happens when you develop a nicotine addiction. I also share some...

Duration:00:15:36

[18] 2020 wrap up with Lila Asher

2/6/2021
What's there to say? It was a year and we share, to the best of our memory's ability, to recall important events globally and locally that were personally impactful. Couldn't bring all this baggage into 2021 with us. Also fair warning, Asher and I recorded nearly 2 hours of audio and I was able to trim it down to a tight 40... Unfortunately, that means you won't get to hear us ponder luxury fruits, cat hygiene, or bean varieties. As always, thanks to Rosy Ross for use of our theme song...

Duration:00:41:35

17: Trauma Stewardship and Healing Changes

10/12/2020
In this episode, I wanted to share a great book by Laura VanDernoot Lipsky and Connie Burk, 'Trauma Stewardship: A guide to caring for self while caring for others'. The founders of the Trauma Stewardship Institute walk the reader through identifying trauma responses and offer helpful, introspective prompts to get you thinking about the work you do and how it affects you throughout the process. For folks involved in trauma work or just people that want to bolster their emotional resilience,...

Duration:00:17:12

[16] Columbus, Ohio: A Legacy of Planned Racism

7/15/2020
Columbus Ohio is all too typical of the physical imprint of racism on urban spaces. Redlining, urban highways, white flite, prohibitive zoning... All of these things and more have manifested in the economic and racial segregation that plagues Columbus. This episode shares some insight on Columbus' "urban problems" and offers several resources for planners and non-planners alike to learn more and do better. Discussed in this episode: Strong Women Strong Places, Tamika Butler, Dr. Destiny...

Duration:00:15:41

15: Public Transit in the pandemic, featuring Andrew N.

7/5/2020
Episode recorded May 2020. Public transit across the US and the world has been entirely disrupted by the COVID19 pandemic. Transit agencies have been forced to cancel service, adjust fare collections, and take aggressive measures to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers. The Central Ohio Transit Authority took early steps to curb the impact on regional transit. They eliminated fares, mandated new protocol for how many passengers can ride at one time, and altered how those riders may...

Duration:00:37:49

Episode 14: Bridget

5/11/2020
This episode is weird. Life is strange these days and one of my favorite gals is here to chat about life in a pandemic. We get personal about what we lost and learned as we both have graduated from university and look towards the future. We also talk about Survivor season 40 and how many beans is too many beans. Enjoy the beautiful mess! Bridget's LinkedIn More episodes and content @ STEMS and leaves Credits: Album Art and Show Theme Music Listen Now @: iTunesSpotifyGoogle...

Duration:00:47:17

Episode 13: Buying Time (COVID-19 Suppression Strategy)

3/27/2020
In this episode, we discuss an article posted on Medium by Tomas Pueyo, 'Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance'. It's an overview of the current state of COVID-19 and a summary of what measures should be implemented now in order to provide the world with our best fighting change against the virus. Pueyo presents three strategies: Do Nothing, Mitigation, and Suppression. The author presents a compelling case for Suppression and recommends that readers that are moved to sign a petition to the...

Duration:00:16:05