Episodes

Episode 354 with Dr. Ria Lina!

PhD-having comedian Ria Lina (@rialina_) joins Matt and Andy to talk about bioinformatics, her research in viruses, specifically the herpes family of viruses, predicting this year's flu, the definition of life, the other kind of beach bodies, pathology, terrorism hypotheticals, herd immunity, viral ontology and Ria's ukulele song for Alabama.

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Episode 352 with "How To" author and xkcd creator Randall Munroe!

Cartoonist/author/engineer Randall Munroe of the Hugo Award-winning webcomic xkcd joins Matt and Andy to talk about his new book How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems, in which he gives novel, ridiculous and technically correct tips on doing everything from digging a hole to winning an election. You can catch Randall in person on his book tour running through September 19th.

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Episode 351 with Chris Martin and Hanna Stanbridge!

Comedians Chris Martin (@ChrisMcomedy) and Hanna Stanbridge (@HannaStanbridge) join Andy and Matt to talk about our Wired video, soap on a rope, some scientist listeners’ corrections, burp-free cows and seaweed, July being the hottest month ever, how tongue rolling isn’t fully genetic, vaccine-delivering Congo drones, asparagus pee, boney boners, Will Smith’s penis, water-powered space craft and peeing in space.

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Episode 350 with Pollyanna McIntosh!

Actor/director Pollyanna McIntosh (@PollyAMcIntosh) of The Walking Dead, Lodge 49 and her directorial debut Darlin' joins Matt and Andy to discuss Dennis dentists, human-sized penguins, gay penguins with an egg, an ebola cure, good environmental news, bad environmental news and tails for old people.

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Episode 348 with Jordan Doll!

Comedian Jordan Doll (@razorlou) joins Andy and Matt to discuss old UK comedy, field archaeology, being a shovel bum, King Arthur’s various swords, massive parrots, the periodic table of Jeopardy!, tardigrades on the moon, disinfecting Mars, water-filtering wood, toxic Paris, Maya Angelou ads, problematic pics and The Mechanical Turk.

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Episode 347 with KT Tatara!

Episode 345 with Caitlin Weierhauser and TJ Chambers!

Comedian and recent Portland transplant Caitlin Weierhauser (@UncleCait) joins returning guest TJ Chambers (@tjchambersLA) to talk about the surprisingly extensive history of McDonaldland characters, how dogs' eyes evolved to appeal to humans, a notably droopy dog breed, a recently scrapped Indian space mission, female jockeys being underestimated by the betting public , a recent study critical of psychiatric diagnosis and a magical island where the koalas are free of chlamydia.

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Episode 344 - Earthquake Talk with Jacob Margolis!

Jacob Margolis (@JacobMargolis), KPCC science reporter and host of the podcast The Big One, talks with Andy about the two recent major California earthquakes, what they mean for those living on nearby faultlines, what to do to prepare yourself for future quakes, FEMA's earthquake safety checklist, Jacob's supply shopping list and and his podcast detailing the repercussions of a hypothetical catastrophic earthquake in Los Angeles.

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Episode 341 with Bri Pruett!

Comedian Bri Pruett (@bripruett) joins Andy and Matt to discuss the invisible world, witchy things, a mosquito-killing GM fungus, saving the wasps, anxiety and gut bacteria, making kombucha, real plastic recycling and the resilience of tardigrades. And come and see Matt in NYC!

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Episode 340 with Ismo Leikola!

Episode 337 with Zach Reino!

Episode 335 with Doug Mellard!