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Ann Johnson and Johannes Lenhard, "Cultures of Prediction: How Engineering and Science Evolve with Mathematical Tools" (MIT Press, 2024)

June 24, 2024

Cultures of Prediction

Ann Johnson and Johannes Lenhard
Hosted by Nikki Stevens

A probing examination of the dynamic history of predictive methods and values in science and engineering that helps us better understand today's cultu…

Lisa M. P. Munoz, "Women in Science Now: Stories and Strategies for Achieving Equity" (Columbia UP, 2023)

June 16, 2024

Women in Science Now

Lisa M. P. Munoz

Women working in the sciences face obstacles at virtually every step along their career paths. From subtle slights to blatant biases, deep systemic pr…

Tessa Hill and Eric Simons, "At Every Depth: Our Growing Knowledge of the Changing Oceans" (Columbia UP, 2024)

June 14, 2024

At Every Depth

Tessa Hill and Eric Simons
Hosted by Vincent Yang

At Every Depth: Our Growing Knowledge of the Changing Oceans (Columbia UP, 2024) takes readers on a journey from California tidepools to Antarctic pol…

Duana Fullwiley, "Tabula Raza: Mapping Race and Human Diversity in American Genome Science" (U California Press, 2024)

June 13, 2024

Tabula Raza

Duana Fullwiley
Hosted by Reighan Gillam

In Tabula Raza: Mapping Race and Human Diversity in American Genome Science (University of California Press, 2024), Duana Fullwiley has penned an inti…

The Reality of Scientific Research: A Discussion with John W. Cave

June 10, 2024

The Reality of Scientific Research

John W. Cave
Hosted by Latent Knowledge

In this episode we speak with Dr. John W. Cave, a scientist and thought leader who has been in the research world for over 20 years. Dr. Cave has wor…

Bruce Watson, "Light: A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age" (Bloombury, 2016)

June 1, 2024

Light

Bruce Watson
Hosted by Garima Garg

From early myths to the latest LEDs, light has been "the magician of the cosmos." But what is light? Is it God? Truth? Particle or wave? This "rad…

Mona Simion, "Resistance to Evidence" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

May 19, 2024

Resistance to Evidence

Mona Simion

We have increasingly sophisticated ways of acquiring and communicating knowledge, but efforts to spread this knowledge often encounter resistance to e…

At Every Depth: Our Growing Knowledge of the Changing Oceans

May 16, 2024

At Every Depth

Tessa Hill and Eric Simons

Today’s book is: At Every Depth: Our Growing Knowledge of the Changing Oceans (Columbia UP, 2024), by Tessa Hill and Eric Simons, which takes readers …

Carl Zimmer, "Life's Edge: The Search For What it Means to be Alive" (Dutton, 2022)

May 10, 2024

Life's Edge

Carl Zimmer
Hosted by Renee Garfinkel

Carl Zimmer investigates one of the biggest questions of all: What is life? The answer seems obvious until you try to seriously answer it. Is the appl…

Thomas A. Garrity, "All the Math You Missed (But Need to Know for Graduate School)" (Cambridge UP, 2021)

May 10, 2024

All the Math You Missed

Thomas A. Garrity
Hosted by Cory Brunson

Graduate students in many programs besides mathematics will need to be familiar with the methods and results of a variety of mathematical topics. Just…

The Scientific Attitude

May 7, 2024

The Scientific Attitude

Lee McIntyre
Hosted by Daniel Shea

Listen to this interview of Lee McIntyre, Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science (Boston University) and Senior Advisor f…

Christian Hansel, "Memory Makes the Brain: The Biological Machinery That Uses Experiences To Shape Individual Brains" (World Scientific, 2021)

April 30, 2024

Memory Makes the Brain

Christian Hansel

If you're interested in memory, you'll find a lot in Memory Makes the Brain: The Biological Machinery That Uses Experiences To Shape Individual Brains…

Charan Ranganath, "Why We Remember: Unlocking Memory's Power to Hold on to What Matters" (Doubleday, 2024)

April 27, 2024

Why We Remember

Charan Ranganath

A new understanding of memory is emerging from the latest scientific research. In Why We Remember: Unlocking Memory's Power to Hold on to What Matters…

Bobby Cherayil, "The Logic of Immunity: Deciphering an Enigma" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2024)

April 16, 2024

The Logic of Immunity

Bobby Joseph Cherayil

Most of us appreciate the importance of the immune system yet have very little knowledge about how it actually works. If you fall into this camp and a…

Rasmus Winther, "Our Genes: A Philosophical Perspective on Human Evolutionary Genomics" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

April 14, 2024

Our Genes

Rasmus Winther
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

Situated at the intersection of natural science and philosophy, Our Genes: A Philosophical Perspective on Human Evolutionary Genomics (Cambridge Unive…

Guru Madhavan on Wicked Problems and Engineering a Better World

April 2, 2024

Wicked Problems and Engineering a Better World

Guru Madhavan
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

Peoples & Things host, Lee Vinsel, talks with Guru Madhavan, Norman R. Augustine Senior Scholar and Senior Director of Programs at the National Academ…

Max Bennett, "A Brief History of Intelligence: Evolution, Ai, and the Five Breakthroughs That Made Our Brains" (Mariner Books, 2023)

April 1, 2024

A Brief History of Intelligence

Max Bennett

A Brief History of Intelligence: Evolution, Ai, and the Five Breakthroughs That Made Our Brains (Mariner Books, 2023) tells two fascinating stories. O…

Claudia de Rham, "The Beauty of Falling: A Life in Pursuit of Gravity" (Princeton UP, 2024)

April 1, 2024

The Beauty of Falling

Claudia de Rham
Hosted by Mark Klobas

Claudia de Rham has been playing with gravity her entire life. As a diver, experimenting with her body's buoyancy in the Indian Ocean. As a pilot, soa…

Emma Frances Bloomfield, "Science V. Story: Narrative Strategies for Science Communicators" (U California Press, 2024)

March 30, 2024

Science V. Story

Emma Frances Bloomfield
Hosted by Daniel Shea

Listen to this interview of Emma Frances Bloomfield, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. We talk abou…

Brandon R. Brown, "Sharing Our Science: How to Write and Speak STEM" (MIT Press, 2023)

March 18, 2024

Sharing Our Science

Brandon R. Brown
Hosted by Daniel Shea

Listen to this interview of Brandon Brown, Professor of Physics at the University of San Francisco. We talk about factoring in both message-sender and…