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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
Worldbuilding, Magic and Adventures: Let’s Play Dungeons and Dragons!
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?
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
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
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
How do fossil hunters know where to dig? How is it possible dinosaurs are still flying in the sky? What are feathers? Paleontologist 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?
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
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.
36 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Mathematically Exquisite Coral Reefs
Why are coral reefs so mesmerizing? And what do they have to do with hyperbolic geometry? With delicate precision, science artist Margaret Wertheim helps crochet incredible reefs, explaining their connection to mathematics and conservation. Then later, we share a story about an early experiment to capture images of marine plants! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
40 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Diversifying Virtual Reality
Who gets to shape extended reality? We talk to Arwa Michelle Mboya, a young innovator from Kenya, about designing more inclusive virtual experiences and headsets. Plus, we share a story about the origins of computer science. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
UPDATE: Our Show Has A New Name!
Can we reintroduce ourselves? Hello. This is Periodic Talks! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
0 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
We'll Be Back Next Week!
We’re taking a little break to work on new stuff. We'll be back next week with a new episode and an exciting announcement. Talk soon! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
44 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
How Our Stuff Transforms Us
We shape inventions, and our inventions shape us. Everyday items, like clocks and lightbulbs, fundamentally transformed how we live, according to Dr. Ainissa Ramirez. We talk to her about working in material science and her book “The Alchemy of Us.” Plus, special guest Lilan Bowden (Andi Mack, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Parks and Rec) helps share the story of a Mexican-American botanist who explored the Americas. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
33 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Dr. Céline Gounder: 'I've Taken One Day Off'
We're making this show during the pandemic. It got us thinking: Who would choose to make infectious disease their life's work? And why? So, we called Dr. Céline Gounder who advised President Biden's transition team about COVID-19. Then later, we learn about a Black doctor who revolutionized how we use blood plasma today. You can hear more from Dr. Gounder on her podcasts, EPIDEMIC and AMERICAN DIAGNOSIS. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
52 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Jessica Meir Might Be The First Woman On The Moon
What if someone offered you a chance to go to outer space? When NASA called, Jessica Meir's response was "... really?" Gillian and Diona talk to her about her incredible adventures! From excursions in Antarctica, taking part in the first all woman space walk AND RETURNING TO EARTH DURING THE PANDEMIC. She's also training for another mission, and it might just make her the first woman to step foot on the moon. Then, special guest Keiko Agena (Prodigal Son, Gilmore Girls) reads the story of the first African American and Native American woman aviator, Bessie Coleman. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
43 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Tracy Drain: 'Yeah, NASA. That's Where I'm Going'
How do you land a job at NASA? How can you learn from failure? How do you pronounce Louisville? These are some of the questions we asked NASA engineer Tracy Drain. And later, we get into a story about a group of women who helped map the universe. Update: Since this interview was recorded, Tracy has been promoted to Lead Flight Systems Engineer for the Europa Clipper mission! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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