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49 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Exploring The Universe With Invisible Light (w/ Nicole Gugliucci)
Radio waves aren’t sound. They’re electromagnetic radiation and essentially a type of invisible light. Radio astronomer Nicole Gugliucci joins us to explain how it's used to observe the formation of galaxies, black holes and other objects in outer space. Then, Gillian and Diona go on a field trip to see a meteor shower! It’s pretty much a disaster, but kind of hilarious and most definitely a blast. Stick around until the very end for an important announcement. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
46 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Do Birds Experience Love? (w/ Wenfei Tong, Olivia Scott Welch, Joel McHale)
Birds are simply captivating. We take a deep dive into their relationship dynamics, parenting habits and other behaviors with biologist and conservationist Wenfei Tong. Then, actress Olivia Scott Welch (Fear Street) stops by to help us share an incredible story from the Apollo Era. We also get a voice memo from Gillian’s co-star on Community, Joel McHale! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
BONUS: Gillian Interviews Diona
Here’s part two of our interview practice session. How far has Gillian grown as an interviewer? This time, she interviews Diona! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
Why Cities Are Abandoned (w/ Annalee Newitz, Sarah Ramos)
Cities aren’t meant to last, according to writer Annalee Newitz. In their book “Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age,” they explore the rise and fall of ancient sites. What can architecture tell us about how we live? What can urban planning tell us about our changing values? And ultimately, why are cities abandoned? Later, we also dive into the story of a scientist who helped us understand the very structure of our DNA. Plus, we get a voice message from actress Sarah Ramos (Parenthood). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Making Our Show Music
We’re off this week, but we wanted to share a bonus behind the scenes exclusive: Creating the sound for our show. We’re joined by senior audio engineer and musician Brendan Byrnes, who walks us through initial concepts and building the music you hear every week! This exclusive is part of a series of bonus episodes, which includes peeks behind the scenes and extended guest conversations. You can hear more bonus episodes by signing up for Stitcher Premium. Just subscribe through the Stitcher app, use the promo code PERIODIC and then you can listen to the rest of our bonus content for free for 30 days! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
BONUS: Diona Interviews Gillian
How far have we grown as interviewers? This week, Diona tests her skills. She does background research, preps questions and then interviews Gillian! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
51 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
Mysteries Of The Brain (w/ Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Mary Steenburgen)
Can you imagine hearing music all day, every day? Mary Steenburgen says that’s her reality. The Oscar-winning actress and songwriter joins us to share a mysterious, fascinating and moving story. How do you re-adjust to life when your brain plays music nonstop? Also, in a completely separate conversation, we learn about the functions and mysteries of the brain by talking to neurosurgeon Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
48 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
How Do You Power A Space Station? (w/ Penni Dalton, Tracy Drain, Mikey Alfred)
A roughly 1-million pound space station orbits our planet every day. Wanna know how they keep the lights on? Battery Subsystem’s Manager Penni Dalton breaks down how it gets its power. Then, NASA engineer Tracy Drain returns to answer listener questions. We even get a question from actor Joel McHale! Plus, director Mikey Alfred sends us a math fact. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
BONUS: Making Our Show Music
Here’s another behind the scenes exclusive: Creating the sound for our show. We’re joined by senior audio engineer and musician Brendan Byrnes. We reminisce about the process that got us from initial concepts all the way through to the music you hear every week! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
52 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
EXCLUSIVE: Jack Black’s Mother Helped Get Apollo 13 Astronauts Home (w/ Astronaut Victor Glover, Jack Black, Neil Siegel)
Astronaut Victor Glover joins us after an extended stay on the International Space Station. He gets personal, sharing his launch day music playlist and what it's like being a dad in space. Then, actor Jack Black and his brother Neil Siegel do their first joint interview. In a one-of-a-kind conversation, they reminisce about the life and career of their late mother, aerospace engineer Judith Love Cohen. We hear unbelievable stories, like the day Judith left for work, went into labor, delivered Jack and still finished the problem she was working on. And yep, she also worked on a system that helped get Apollo 13 astronauts home. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
69 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Roman Mars On The Anatomy Of A Good Story (w/ Michelle Fournet, Roman Mars, Pedro Pascal)
This week, we’re immersed into the world of sound. First, we’re deep in the ocean with acoustic ecologist Michelle Fournet. She shares some truly mind-blowing audio of humpback whales and bearded seals, and then analyzes what they’re probably saying. Later, we have an extended conversation with Roman Mars, host and creator of the show 99% Invisible. He breaks down telling visual design stories through sound, and how to teach yourself to see stories everywhere. Also, actor Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, The Mandalorian) leaves us a voice memo that has us wishing he’d work on a nature documentary. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
BONUS: Making Our Pilot Episode
We want to take you behind the scenes into the making of our show! So, let’s start at the beginning. We’re joined by Kimmie Gregory, the producer who helped us make the original pilot back in 2019. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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.
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