Podcast Episodes

Podcast episodes are available via SoundcloudiTunesStitcher, and Google Play. Season two episodes can also be downloaded in mp3 format via figshare.

Pilot Interviews

The Hardest Science with Mona Xu

This, the first of four pilot episodes, features a conversation with Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu, an assistant professor of experimental psychology at Idaho State University. Topics covered include the teaching, interdisciplinary research, and the neuroscience of romantic love.

Person to Person with Julie Riederer

This episode features a conversation with Julie Riederer, a research director at Sachs Insights. Topics covered include user experience (UX) research, transitioning out of academia, Mad Men, and applying principles from cognitive psychology to market research.

Antibiotic Resistance Resistance with Kellie Vinal

This episode features a conversation with Kellie Vinal, a PhD candidate at Emory University. Topics covered include antibiotic resistance (and antibiotic resistance resistance), science communication, and the lived experience of working in a biochemistry laboratory.

88 MPH with Sean Hladick

This episode features a conversation with Sean Hladick, a director of production and graphic design for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Topics covered include science fiction, experiencing science as a non-scientist, and learning about genetics by watching X-Men cartoons.

Season 1 

The Venerable Vaquita with Matt Podolsky

This episode features an interview with Matt Podolsky. Matt is a co-founder of Wild Lens, a not for profit video production company focused on addressing wildlife conservation issues. In the interview we talk about the definition of conservation science, the challenges of documentary film-making, and our shared history with paleontology.

Worm School with Beth Waters

This episode features Beth Waters. Beth is the lead scientist in Rockefeller University’s Science Outreach program and also works with the Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology led by Bruce McEwen. In the interview we talk about how she came to a career in science, the difference between an education in science and science education, and the Worm School she runs at Rockefeller.

The Best of Both Worlds with Phil Borghi

This episode features an interview with Phil Borghi (the younger, non-scientist, brother of a certain podcast host. Phil is a high school history teacher and an expert in all things Marvel Comics and kaiju-related. In our interview we talk about the intersection of science and science fiction, experiencing science as a non-scientist, using science fiction in an educational setting, and also a bunch of nerdy stuff about Batman and Green Lantern.

Subway Science with Jeanne Garbarino

This week’s episode features an interview with Jeanne Garbarino. Jeanne is the director of Rockefeller University’s Science Outreach Program. In the interview we talk about how she’s been a scientist basically since birth, the large number of entry (and exit) points to a career in science, inclusivity in STEM, and mapping the microbiome of New York.

Biosafety Level 3 with Meredith Wright

This episode features an interview with Meredith Wright. Meredith is a microbiology graduate student at Weill Cornell Medical College. In the interview, we talk about the science of tuberculosis, graduate school qualifying exams, and science literacy.

Dinosaurs Gone Viral with Joe Luna

This episode features an interview with Rockefeller University graduate student Joe Luna. In our interview we discuss the influence Jurassic Park had on his career in virology, the advantages and disadvantages of scientific narratives, and all about the history and philosophy of science.

Pipetting Clear Liquids with Gabrielle Rabinowitz

This interview is with Gabrielle Rabinowitz. Gabrielle is a 4th year graduate student at The Rockefeller University where she works in the the Laboratory of Molecular Neuro-Oncology. In our interview we talk about microbiology, her work with Fragile X, and how to read articles about science.

Ghost Cognition with Michael Greenstein

This episode features an interview with Michael Greenstein, a visiting professor of cognitive psychology. In our interview we talk about life as an underpaid grad student and adjunct, the two body problem, and what it’s like when your peers are also your teaching assistants.

Mentors and Mentees with Zuri Sullivan

This week’s interview is with Zuri Sullivan. Zuri is an immunology graduate student at Yale University and is the co-editor of Because-Science. In the interview we talk about doing science in different settings and at different levels of distance from human disease and the benefits of being both a mentor and a mentee.

Mining Neutrinos with Steve Maguire

This week’s interview is with Steve Maguire. Steve is a researcher at SNOLAB (aka Canada’s neutrino mine!) and a science communicator. In our interview we talk about chemistry, life as a graduate student, working as a scientist without a PhD, and about Steve’s webseries “Science Isn’t Scary.“

Season 2 

Down by the Riparian Area with Liz Perkin

This episode features a conversation with ecologist Liz Perkin. Liz is currently a visiting biology professor at Willamette University. In our interview we talk about life as a riparian ecologist, doing science communication in a famous nightclub, and about the curious similarities in the lab work done by someone studying rivers and someone studying the human brain.

Publication Bias with Thiago Carvalho

This episode features a conversation with Thiago Carvalho, currently a scientific editor at Rockefeller University Press. In our interview we talk about scientific publishing, setting up a new laboratory, university, and museum exhibit, and handling the bureaucratic side of science.

Interstellar Nanomachines with Joseph Meany

This episode features a conversation with analytical chemist Joseph Meany. In our interview we talk about nanotechnology, the The Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, and learning to commit murder at Dragoncon.

Partially Psychodynamic with Katie Thorpe Blaha

We ring in 2016 by striking up a conversation with psychologist Katie Thorpe Blaha that covers everything from clinical psychology training and office feng shui to the value of adding a smidgen of psychodynamics to evidence-based interventions and the difficulty of doing research with human participants.

Pet Scanning with Greg Perryman

We saccade over to cognitive psychology with an episode that features an interview with Greg Perryman, a research support specialist for SR Research. In our conversation we discuss psycholinguistics, “alternate” careers, eye-tracking, some really awesome dogs, and science’s service industry.

Scienticians and Informationists with Matt Covey

Our accidental series on “alternate” careers in science continues with an episode featuring science informationist Matt Covey. In our conversation we talk about neuroscience research, the nebulous space inhabited by postdocs, public access and data management, and about working in a library as a scientist.

Advanced Solar Sailing with Les Johnson

This week we go to space with an episode that features an interview with real life rocket scientist and science fiction author Les Johnson. In our interview we discuss what it’s like to get a job and work at NASA, the strongly reciprocal relationship between Star Trek and our space program, and how to sail to asteroids using light.

Freelance Ethology with Jason Goldman

This week we mind the mind with an episode featuring an interview with cognitive scientist and science writer Jason Goldman. We discuss studying human behavior with chickens and navigating the ever evolving landscape of freelance science writing.

Bylines and Deadlines with Tina Saey

This week we cover the who, what, where, why, when, and how in a conversation with geneticist turned science writer Tina Hesman Saey. Tina covers the molecular biology beat for Science News. In our conversation we discuss the logistics of writing at a place like Science News, talking about science to non-scientists and journalism to scientists, and the difference between blogging and journalism.

Surveying Evolution with Amanda Glaze

This week on the podcast we survey the science of science communication with Amanda Glaze. Amanda is a population geneticist turned science educator who studies why people accept or reject science-related topics including evolution, stem cells, and global warming. In our conversation we discuss how her interest in criminal justice prepared her for a career in science, the variety of clever backronyms involved in studying evolution, and the immense value of empathy and perspective taking.

Adolescent Brain Stuff with Rosa Li

This week on the podcast we decide to jump into the developing brain with PhD student Rosa Li. In our conversation we discuss the difficulty of scanning the brains of children (and adolescents, and adults, everyone really), the extended negotiation that is a dissertation proposal, and the organizational side of science communication. Also: Nonsensical neuroscience, behavioral economics, and the most ridiculous RA position of all time.

Sensation and Perception with Jens Foell

This week we dive headfirst into the complexities of the brain and behavior with post-doctoral fellow and self described “fMRI Guy” Jens Foell. In our conversation we discuss studying phantom limbs and psychopaths, the portrayal of neuroimaging in TV and film, and the (neuro)ethics of applying neuroscience research to (neuro)law.

Academic Intersections with Liz Wayne & Xine Yao

This week it’s a podcast two for one as we cross the STEM/humanities divide with cancer scientist Liz Wayne and literary critic Xine Yao. Together they host of PhDivas, a podcast about academia, culture, and social justice. In our conversation we discuss how people across the scholarly spectrum perceive one another, the locus and character of research in the humanities, and the necessity of being interdisciplinary.

Brainy Programming with Chris Madan

This week we examine the relationship between emotion and memory with psychology and neuroscience researcher Christopher Madan. In our conversation we discuss everything from computational modeling and machine learning, to learning how to program in grad school, to navigating the uncertain terrain that is scientific jargon.

Science in the Field with Kate Clancy

We return to our regularly scheduled programming with an episode featuring a conversation with biological anthropologist Kate Clancy about what anthropology research actually entails, how neuroscience and biological anthropology can share so many methods but vary so greatly in perspective, and about Kate and her colleagues’ important research into the pervasiveness and effects of sexual harassment and assault in science.

Advocacy and Diplomacy with Science Soapbox

This week we take a look at the big board of science diplomacy with Devon Collins, Avital Percher, and Maryam Zaringhalam- the team behind Science Soapbox, a podcast about the intersection of science, policy, and advocacy. In a freewheeling interview, we discuss everything from researching biology from multiple perspectives, to the semantics of the cancer “moonshot”, to the complex interactions between science and politics.

Of Identity and Diversity with Devon Collins & Molly Liu

This week we look at science through the lens of identity and diversity with an episode featuring neuroscientists Devon Collins and Molly Liu. In our interview we discuss working at the intersection of neuroscience and social justice, the formation and mission of PRISM (People at Rockefeller Identifying as Sexual Minorities), and the personal and social realities wrapped up in self-identifying as a scientist.

Stories Behind Stories with Siri Carpenter

This week we look at some writing about science writing in an episode featuring Siri Carpenter, the editor and chief of The Open Notebook. In our interview we discuss learning about the world about science writing by e-mailing science writers, starting projects as a means to ask interesting people interesting questions, and about what it actually means to edit an article about science.

Pain Management with Sandra Kamping

This week on Bold Signals it’s all about pain and the brain with an episode featuring Sandra Kamping- a neuroscientist and psychotherapist working in the field of chronic pain. In our interview we discuss about the (few) upsides and (many) downsides of applying to grad school because of an interest in blobs, how studying pain brought her to some rather unexpected places, and about the unique challenges of doing research with placebos.

Human Enterprises with Deborah Blum

After 20 episodes and 23 guests we’ve finally reached the end of season two! But, before we go on sabbatical, we’ve got an episode featuring an interview with fantastic science writer and Pulitzer Prize winning science journalist Deborah Blum. In our interview we discuss literally burning out of a career in chemistry, structuring narratives about science, and about the taxonomy of professions and activities that fall under the term “science communication”.

Special Episodes 

The 2015 Holiday Special with Phil Borghi

This episode features a quick conversation with Phil Borghi about Star Wars