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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 233 - David George Haskell

11/12/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Dr. David George Haskell, the author of “Songs of Trees: Stories of Nature’s Great Connectors,” They juxtapose the joyous relationship humanity has long had with nature against modern abuses, such as consumption, destruction, and shortsightedness. David’s verbal expression is as eloquent as his writing—this poetic conversation will have you thinking about your place in the great ecosystem we call Earth. Follow David: @DGHaskell. Support Talk...

Episode 232 - Tammy Ben-Yedidia

11/6/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, connects with Israeli-based immunologist and Chief Scientific Officer of BiondVax Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Tammy Ben-Yedidia. They discuss her incredible work developing and testing a multi-season, multi-strain “universal” flu vaccine. Follow Tammy’s work: @BiondVax. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is sponsored by Idagio. Try it free for 14 days by visiting podcast.idagio.com/nerdy! Talk Nerdy also thanks Hello Fresh for...

Duration:00:52:06

Episode 231 - Hannah Fry

10/29/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with mathematician Dr. Hannah Fry about her new book, “Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms.” They talk about her work as a television presenter for the BBC and a radio presenter for “The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry.” They also discuss the use on algorithms in modern society, including her own research into the mathematics of human behavior. Follow Hannah: @FryRsquared. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode...

Duration:01:09:26

Episode 230 - Kate Kenfield

10/23/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by speaker, writer, and empathy educator Kate Kenfield. They talk about her ingenious Tea & Empathy cards, which facilitate conversation in a non-confrontational and practical manner. They also discuss the necessity of empathy for effective interpersonal communication, with a special focus on social and emotional learning, consent, and gender differences. Follow Kate: @katekenfield. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of...

Duration:01:03:21

Episode 229 - Vince Beiser

10/16/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined in-studio by journalist Vince Beiser to talk about his new book, “The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How it Transformed Civilization.” They discuss the surprising and fascinating history of sand, from its foundational role in society to its dealings as a black market commodity. Follow Vince: @vincelb. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is sponsored by Calm. For 25% off a Calm Premium subscription,...

Duration:01:06:25

Episode 228 - Ryan North

10/8/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with the creator and author of “Dinosaur Comics,” computer programmer-turned-writer Ryan North. From his incredible new book “How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler,” they discuss how one might build a civilization from scratch (if, you know, it comes to that). Follow Ryan: @ryanqnorth. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey

Duration:01:08:15

Episode 227 - Alison Becker

10/1/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with actress Alison Becker (Parks and Recreation) about the ups and downs of the television industry with a special emphasis on the #MeToo era. They also discuss her work in sketch comedy, as well as her super cool side gig teaching improv to help people improve their communication skills. Follow Alison: @thealisonbecker. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey

Duration:01:43:21

Episode 226 - Kevin Hainline

9/24/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Kevin Hainline, a postdoctoral researcher in astrophysics at the Steward Observatory in Tucson, Arizona. They discuss the nature of black holes and galaxies, the value of science communication, and his work on the upcoming JWST NIRCam (the imager for the James Webb Space Telescope). Follow Kevin: @Kevin_Hainline. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey

Duration:01:24:10

Episode 225 - Mara Altman

9/17/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara sits down in studio with Mara Altman, author of the hilarious and enlightening new book, “Gross Anatomy: Dispatches from the Front (and Back).” They talk about the writing that originally inspired the book (her Kindle single “Bearded Lady”) as well as Mara’s journey to understand the origins of embarrassment and shame that often accompany our relationships with our bodies. Watch the trailer for her book here! Follow Mara: @maraaltman. Support Talk Nerdy...

Duration:01:07:41

Episode 224 - Sara MacSorley

9/10/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Sara MacSorley, the author of "Super Cool Scientists: A Coloring Book Celebrating Women in Science." They talk about her work in science communication, with a specific focus on what Sara is doing to promote inclusion and representation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Follow Sara: @SMacSorley. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is sponsored by the United States Army ROTC. To learn...

Duration:01:03:30

Episode 223 - Adam Rutherford

9/3/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Dr. Adam Rutherford, author of "A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes." They dive deep into human genetics, including what consumer DNA tests can and can't tell you about your genetic history. They also discuss the sordid history of eugenics as a scientific discipline. Follow Adam: @AdamRutherford. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is sponsored by Calm. For...

Duration:01:39:06

Episode 222 - Breanna Cox

8/27/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Breanna Cox, the Quality Assurance Manager at MedCure, Inc., a whole-body donation program. They detail what happens when you donate your body for science (education and research), including the care that is taken to maintain compassion and respect for your remains after you die. Follow Breanna's work: @MedCure_ Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode is sponsored by KIN, a pulse-pounding crime thriller with a sci-fi twist...

Duration:00:59:11

Episode 221 - Ben Goldfarb

8/20/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Ben Goldfarb, environmental journalist and author of the new book "Eager: The Surprising Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter." Ben informs Cara of little-known beaver facts and she admits to having never seen one in the wild! They also talk about the ecological importance of this strange, magnificent creature. Follow Ben: @ben_a_goldfarb. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode is sponsored by Bombas, the most...

Duration:01:06:50

Episode 220 - Siva Kumari

8/13/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with the Director General of the International Baccalaureate (IB), Dr. Siva Kumari. They discuss her role as the first-ever woman to lead the IB, a 50-year-old multinational, not-for-profit foundation focused on delivering exceptional global education to students around the world. Follow Siva: @siva_kumari. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is sponsored by Blue Apron. For THREE free meals on your first order,...

Duration:01:10:22

Episode 219 - Adam Frank

8/6/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with Dr. Adam Frank, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Rochester. They talk about his new book, "Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth." Topics include: how we can shift our perspective on climate change to be better prepared for its challenges, and why we're likely not alone in the universe. Follow Adam: @AdamFrank4. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk Nerdy is sponsored by...

Duration:01:15:31

Episode 218 - Helen Pates Jamet

7/31/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Dr. Helen Pates Jamet, a medical entomologist who specializes in malaria prevention, research, and vector control product development. She works as the Global Head of Research and Market Access for Vestergaard, the world's largest producer of long-lasting insecticidal bed nets. They talk about the global impact of malaria, a devastating disease that infects over 200 million people and causes nearly half a million deaths annually. Helen shares...

Duration:01:18:41

Episode 217 - Eugenia Bone

7/24/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara chats with Eugenia Bone, author of the new book "Microbia: A Journey into the Unseen World Around You." They discuss Eugenia's journey back to school to learn about the microbiome, the vast collection of all the microbes (and their genes) living inside you. They also talk about her fascinating career as a nature and food writer. Follow Eugenia: @eugeniabone. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode is sponsored by Bombas, the most...

Duration:01:15:00

Episode 216 - Heather Burdick

7/16/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined in studio by Heather Burdick, the Director of Marine Operations for the Bay Foundation. They talk about her work supporting the Marine Team on various projects involving research, monitoring, and ecological restoration throughout the Santa Monica Bay. The specifically discuss the Palos Verdes Kelp Restoration Project and southern California abalone recovery efforts. Follow the Bay Foundation: @SMBRF. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey...

Duration:01:06:01

Episode 215 - Margot Mifflin

7/9/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Lehman College/City University of New York and CUNY's Newmark Graduate School of Journalism Professor Margot Mifflin. They talk about her research into feminist tattoo culture, including two of her books, "Bodies of Subversion" and "The Blue Tattoo." Follow Margot: @Msmifflin. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode is sponsored by Bombas, the most comfortable socks in the history of feet! For 20% off your first order, visit...

Duration:01:10:06

Episode 214 - Bertha Vazquez

7/2/2018
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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara speaks with Bertha Vazquez, the Director of the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, a division of the Center for Inquiry. They discuss her incredible work providing the tools and training necessary to effectively teach the science of evolution throughout middle schools in the United States. Follow TIES: @rdfrsTIES. Support Talk Nerdy Take the Talk Nerdy Survey This episode of Talk...

Duration:01:00:56