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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.

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.
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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.

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English


Episodes

Episode 269 - Michael Ruse

8/5/2019
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by philosopher and historian of science, Dr. Michael Ruse, to discuss his new book, "A Meaning to Life." They talk about the interplay between existential philosophy and Darwinian evolution, including his approach to atheism. Read several of Michael's other books here. Support Talk Nerdy Take The Talk Nerdy Survey Talk Nerdy thanks Mova for their support of the show. For 10% off your very own Mova Globe, visit www.movaglobes.com/NERDY and...

Duration:01:09:48

Episode 268 - Annaka Harris

7/30/2019
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Annaka Harris, science editor, consultant, and author of the new book, “Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind.” They talk about her work in the world of science writing as well as mindfulness meditation. Then the conversation turns to the topic of consciousness, a fascinating deep dive into the mysterious construct that has baffled and intrigued scientists and philosophers for centuries. Follow Annaka:...

Duration:01:36:43

Episode 267 - Kevin Holden

7/23/2019
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by the Head of Science at Synthego, Dr. Kevin Holden. They talk about new advances in genetic engineering technology, such as the CRISPR-CasX system. Also discussed: what the future holds for synthetic biology and related fields. Follow Kevin’s work: @Synthego. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is sponsored by Calm. For 25% off a Calm Premium subscription, visit Calm.com/NERDY. Talk Nerdy also thanks...

Duration:01:19:01

Episode 266 - Alexis Pedrick

7/15/2019
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Alexis Pedrick, the manager of public programs at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They talk about all things rare earths, including the Rare Earth Elements Project at the institute. They also discuss the podcast Alexis co-hosts, Distillations. Follow Alexis’s work: @SciHistoryOrg. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is supported by Mova. For 10% off your very own Mova Globe,...

Duration:01:04:52

Episode 265 - Lucy Jones

7/8/2019
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara sits down with Dr. Lucy Jones, founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society and author of the new book, “The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and What We Can Do About Them)”. They just so happened to record on the morning of July 5, 2019, between the magnitude 6.4 foreshock on July 4 and the magnitude 7.1 earthquake on July 5, 2019 in southern California. They discuss earthquake safety, seismology, and the psychological...

Duration:00:55:25

Episode 264 - Rob Ulrich

7/1/2019
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by UCLA biogeochemistry PhD student Rob Ulrich. They talk about his work as the founding president of Queers in STEM, including the institutional barriers faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals in the sciences and allied academic fields. They also discuss the upcoming international LGBTSTEM Day on July 5th! Follow Rob: @robertnulrich. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is sponsored by Calm. For 25% off a Calm...

Duration:01:16:26

Episode 263 - Ana Humphrey

6/24/2019
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Ana Humphrey, winner of the 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search. They talk about her $250,000 winning research calculating potential exoplanets using NASA’s Kepler data, as well as what’s next for this inspirational high school grad. Follow Ana: @AnaOnAPlanet. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is sponsored by Clear. Visit clearme.com/NERDY and use the offer code NERDY for two free months!

Duration:01:27:13

Episode 262 - Sahana Srinivasan

6/18/2019
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with fellow Texan Sahana Srinivasan, host of Netflix’s “Brain Child.” They talk about what is was like to lead a show while finishing her college degree. In addition, they discuss the role of inclusion and diversity in science media, as Sahana is the first Indian-American woman to host a science television show in the United States. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey

Duration:01:05:24

Episode 261 - Katie McKissick 2

6/10/2019
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is once again joined in-studio by Katie McKissick, author and illustrator of Beatrice the Biologist. They talk about their mutual love of all things science and scicomm, including her newest book, “Everyday Amazing: Fascinating Facts About the Science that Surrounds Us.” Follow Katie: @BeatriceBiology. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is sponsored by Calm. For 25% off a Calm Premium subscription, visit...

Duration:01:12:06

Episode 260 - Erin Clabough

6/3/2019
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In this week’s episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by neuroscientist and author, Dr. Erin Clabough. They talk about her new book, “Second Nature: How Parents Can Use Neuroscience to Help Kids Develop Empathy, Creativity, and Self-Control.” Also discussed: Erin’s path to science and motherhood, as well as evidence-supported insights for parents. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey

Duration:01:13:29

Episode 259 - Elaine Weiss

5/27/2019
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by the author of “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote,” Elaine Weiss. They talk about the fascinating history of women’s suffrage, including the brave individuals who fought against misogyny, racism, and corporate interests to secure the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Follow Elaine: @efweiss5. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is sponsored by Myro. For 50% off your first order,...

Duration:01:15:26

Episode 258 - Byron Pace

5/20/2019
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with filmmaker, conservationist, hunter, and cohost of the “Into the Wilderness” podcast Byron Pace while attending a conference in Namibia. They discuss the controversial topic of African big game conservation, including the economic necessity of hunting programs in many regions. Follow Byron: @ByronJPace. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is sponsored by Calm. For 25% off a Calm Premium subscription, visit...

Duration:01:48:07

Episode 257 - Maxi Louis

5/13/2019
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, recorded in Windhoek, Namibia, Cara speaks with the Director of the Namibian Association of CBNRM (community-based natural resource management) Support Organisations, Maxi Louis. They talk about her work as an anti-apartheid activist, advocate for indigenous peoples in southern Africa, and champion for conservation. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is sponsored by Landish. Visit landish.co and use the code NERDY for...

Duration:00:40:43

Episode 256 - Barry Sandrew

5/5/2019
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Harvard neuroscientist-turned-visual effects pioneer Dr. Barry Sandrew. They talk about his innovative work in digital imaging for motion pictures, including his invention and later re-imagination of digital colorization. They also discuss what life is like living with prosopagnosia (face blindness). Follow Barry: @movieproducer. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is sponsored by Everykey. For 20% off...

Duration:01:07:53

Episode 255 - Christie Aschwanden

4/29/2019
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by science writer Christie Aschwanden to talk about her new book, “Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Sports Recovery.” They talk about the myths and pseudoscience often peddled within the exercise recovery industry, as well as the strength of the scientific evidence available. Follow Christie: @cragcrest. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is sponsored by Calm....

Duration:01:13:35

Episode 254 - Jeffrey Marlow

4/24/2019
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Dr. Jeffrey Marlow, a science journalist, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and Geobiologist at Harvard University who studies deep-sea microbes. They talk about the importance of innovative technology to the scientific process, as well as the curious link between marine microbial communities and potential life on other worlds. Follow Jeffrey: @jj_marlow. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is...

Duration:01:12:26

Episode 253 - Stacey Finley

4/15/2019
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara has an in-studio chat with Dr. Stacey Finley, head of the Computational Systems Biology Laboratory in the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering. They discuss the work she’s doing at the intersection of systems biology, chemical engineering, computer science, and materials science to develop novel mechanistic models of disease processes such as cancer. Follow Stacey: @USCSysBio_Lab. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy...

Duration:01:18:18

Episode 252 - Randi Hutter Epstein

4/8/2019
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein, author of “Aroused: The History of Hormones and How they Control Just About Everything.” They talk about her work as a science and medicine writer, and her winding journey from M.D. to M.P.H. and everything in between. Then they focus on the topic of her new book, the fascinating history and current impact of human hormones. Follow Randi: @randihepstein. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of...

Duration:01:18:34

Episode 251 - Justin Shaifer

4/1/2019
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Mr. Fascinate himself, Justin Shaifer. They talk about the work he’s doing to bring culturally responsive STEM curriculum to students and educators nationwide, as well as his animated series, ‘Hood Science. Follow Justin: @FascinateSci. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is sponsored by Mova. For 10% off your very own Mova Globe, visit www.movaglobes.com/NERDY and use the coupon code NERDY at...

Duration:01:12:29