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44 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
Genetics 101, And Thinking Critically About Our DNA (w/ Dr. Janina Jeff, Mary H.K. Choi, Danny Pudi)
Humans are about 99.9% the same genetic material. The little that makes us different tells fascinating stories about our ancestors and histories, according to geneticist Dr. Janina Jeff. She joins us to share some basics about our genes, and to have a critical conversation about race and facing the harmful history of genetics. Then, New York Times best selling author Mary H.K. Choi helps share the story of a man who built the precursor to our modern day traffic signal. We also get a fun voice message from actor Danny Pudi (Community, Mythic Quest) and his daughter that has us smiling from ear to ear. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
59 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
A Beginner’s Guide To Astonishing Volcanoes (w/ Kayla Iacovino, Zazie Beetz, Robin Tunney)
We need to talk about volcanoes. Seriously. From the Pacific Ring of Fire to Mount Erebus, which holds an active lava lake, volcanoes have altered the very landscape of our planet, according to volcanologist Kayla Iacovino. Then, actress Zazie Beetz (Atlanta, Joker) helps share the story of severe storm researcher Dr. Tetsuya ‘Ted’ Fujita, aka Mr. Tornado. We also get a delightful voice memo from actress Robin Tunney (The Mentalist, The Craft) about raindrops. Stick around until the very end for a post-credit treat! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
BONUS: Volcanologist Kayla Iacovino
How did the moon form? Why is there so much water on the Earth? Volcanologist Kayla Iacovino shares some theories. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
48 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Assassin Spiders Are Wild (w/ Hannah Wood, Cast of Fear Street)
Spiders have been getting a bad wrap, according to expert Hannah Wood. We talk about how they’ve evolved over hundreds of millions of years, their species diversity and... the chelicerae (a.k.a., spider jaws). Then, we share a story about an animator and special effects artist who created an iconic horror movie monster. Plus, Gillian gets a shoutout from Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch and Benjamin Flores Jr., her co-stars from the Netflix film trilogy, Fear Street! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
47 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Mind Bending Theories About Space-Time (w/ Dr. Clifford V. Johnson, Kirby Howell-Baptiste)
Why is Hollywood obsessed with time travel? Theoretical physicist Dr. Clifford V. Johnson breaks down black holes, string theory, science consulting on Marvel flicks and how time travel to the future might not be total fiction. Then, a story about dark matter, and why actress Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Cruella, Killing Eve) thinks we’re all living on a massive made up set. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
Season 2 Is Coming July 13th!
Did you miss us? The wait is almost over! We're back with all new episodes beginning Tuesday, July 13th. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
BONUS: Neuroscientist and Singer Indre Viskontas
Why is music so good at distracting us? Neuroscientist and singer Indre Viskontas dives deep into how music impacts our brain. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
BONUS: Paleontologist Jingmai O’Connor
It’s mind boggling how much we learn from fossils! In this bonus chat with paleontologist Jingmai O’Connor, she tells us in which parts of the world fossils are plentiful. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
BONUS: Extended Chat With Actor Ken Jeong
Gillian and Ken reminisce about early days working on the show Community. Plus, Ken shares his journey from advanced academia, his days as Dr. Ken to acting in projects like The Hangover. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8 minutes | May 27, 2021
BONUS: Material Scientist Ainissa Ramirez
Dr. Ainissa Ramirez really wants a food replicator. Find out why in this casual chat with one of our favorite humans. We also talk about the moon, material science and her book “The Alchemy of Us.” See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
48 minutes | May 25, 2021
Let’s Play Dungeons and Dragons! (w/ Felicia Day, Erika Ishii, Jasmine Bhullar)
This is literally our most fun episode yet. Listen to our full game of D&D with Felicia Day (Supernatural, Buffy), Erika Ishii (Apex Legends) and Jasmine Bhullar (Twitch). Warning: After you hit play, you may spend the next 45 minutes with a smile on your face. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
56 minutes | May 18, 2021
Why Do We Play Games? (w/ Mitu Khandaker, Felicia Day, Erika Ishii, Jasmine Bhullar)
What can games tell us about who we are? Game designer Mitu Khandaker sees a connection between the earliest forms of play and modern day virtual reality. It’s head spinning! Plus, we play a little unofficial Dungeons and Dragons with Felicia Day (Supernatural, Buffy), Erika Ishii (Apex Legends) and Jasmine Bhullar (Twitch)! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13 minutes | May 13, 2021
BONUS: Astronaut Jessica Meir
How do astronauts pee in space? Come on, I know you want to know too. Astronaut Jessica Meir is kind enough to share the answer to this and all kinds of other fun questions. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
46 minutes | May 11, 2021
Your Brain On Music (w/ Dr. Indre Viskontas, Jessie Ennis, Brie Larson)
Why do we put on sad songs for a good cry? Why do certain melodies give us the chills? We get the details from neuroscientist and singer Dr. Indre Viskontas, who looks at how music affects the brain. Then, we’re joined by special guests Jessie Ennis (Mythic Quest) and Brie Larson (Captain Marvel). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
42 minutes | May 4, 2021
The Science Of Cooking (w/ J. Kenji López-Alt)
Food writer J. Kenji López-Alt gets us thinking about cooking as a science. A kitchen is kind of like a lab. So, what experiments do you do? Then later, we fall down a rabbit hole on Google investigating an often misunderstood ingredient. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
BONUS: Bill Nye & Corey S. Powell
We are talking to THE Bill Nye the Science Guy. Yes, this actually happened. We got to grill him with questions, alongside his co-host Corey S. Powell from the podcast Science Rules. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
46 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Birds Are Tiny Dinosaurs (w/ Dr. Jingmai O'Connor, Ken Jeong)
How do fossil hunters know where to dig? How is it possible dinosaurs are still flying in the sky? What are feathers? Paleontologist Dr. Jingmai O'Connor talks to us about the connection between modern day birds and avian dinosaurs.Then later, actor Ken Jeong (The Hangover, Community) helps tell a story about the mysteries at the center of the Earth! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
BONUS: Episode Extras Coming Soon!
Making this show is truly a joy! But we’re recording SO MUCH STUFF. So, beginning April 29, we’ll begin releasing bonus episodes through Stitcher Premium. Listen for exclusive Q&As and extended conversations with guests. Want to listen for free? For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcher.com/premium, select a monthly plan and then enter the promo code PERIODIC. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
42 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
What Does A Scientist Look Like? (w/ Raven Baxter, Sasheer Zamata)
Raven Baxter, aka Raven The Science Maven, is a rapper, YouTube personality and yes, a scientist. She answers our every question about molecular biology, and offers an unforgettable lesson in how to stay true to yourself. Later, special guest Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live, Home Economics) helps share the story of a doctor who battled a tough genetic disorder. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
36 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Designs For Life (w/ Camila Chiriboga, Briana Venskus)
It’s beyond time to think about how we live in what we wear, according to Camila Chiriboga, an emerging clothing designer from Ecuador. We talk to her about designing for people with disabilities, including people who are blind or visually impaired. Then, special guest Briana Venskus (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sorry For Your Loss) helps share the story of a midwife who brought healthcare to an entire community. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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