Episode 203 – Condor or Condon’t

A face only a mother could love. Except that's not its mom, it's a puppet.00:00:00 – This week is dedicated to an interview Ryan did with PhD student Zeka Kuspa, who studies environmental toxicology as it affects California condor restoration. The first part of the interview covers the basics of California condors, their conservation history, and the problems they face due to lead poisoning.

00:39:01 – It take us a little bit but we do finally get to the drinks. Zeka, per her policy of only drinking beers with animals on the label, is enjoying a Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing. Ryan, thinking that raptors often have those cool little hoods on, has the Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

00:43:17 – The second part of our interview focuses a bit about their project called Condor Watch which is part of Zooniverse and helps researchers get the public involved in analyzing the data from California condor camera traps. You, yes you, can sign up today to be a part of helping keep California’s burgeoning condor population healthy and growing strong!

00:47:15 -PaleoPOWs are a lot like vultures, they scavenge the really tasty bits, and tend to live in groups. In the except that proves the rule, only one PaleoPOW this week in the form of a recurring donation from Francis D. Thanks for supporting the show, Francis!


Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts!


Music for this week’s show:

My Turtledove – Zeka Kuspa (definitely the first and probably only time a guest will provide the song for their interview)


Image Credit: Wikipedia


Episode 202 – Sausage-shaped But Lumpy

What did the city of Bristol do to deserve this?00:00:00 – Dr. John Pohl MD joins Kelly and Ryan to talk about his work as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Ever think that kids and adults have the same sort of digestive problems? Well you were wrong! John explains some of the key differences, but he’s much nicer than my exclamation point would suggest.

00:30:00 – Having drunk with Ryan before, John is no stranger to our drinking segment. He’s keeping it local with a Belgian-style white ale with orange peel from Wasatch Brewery. Ryan, in honor of John’s home state, has a FULL STRENGTH (it’s a big deal in Utah) Black Imperial IPA from Moab Brewery. Kelly has water. Kelly is responsible. Let us all be more like Kelly in the future. Stay hydrated, kids!

00:37:07 – Next John tells us about his research about how your pancreas could try to kill you. Sounds important. And he helped put together a book on his field of pediatric gastroenterology. Sounds prestigious. We end with John telling us a bit about how he came to be both a man of science and a man of faith. Sounds deep. Be sure to follow John on both Twitter and Tumblr!

01:09:42 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like pancreases; few people are sure why they’re there, and hopefully they never turn against you. Kelly has a donation from Jeff M., who wants us to buy a 6-pack of beer. We usually don’t use donations for booze, but if you insist… Thanks, Jeff! Ryan reads an e-mail from Heather E., who listens to all the Bracula (her plural for Brachiolope, which we kind of love) on Stitcher and loves them but her husband thinks it’s weird when Ryan and Ben talk for an hour about penises. Different strokes, I suppose.


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Music for this week’s show:

Young Folks – Peter Bjorn and John

Moab – Conor Oberst

We’re All In This Together - Old Crow Medicine Show


Image credit: Wikipedia


Episode 201 – Pontificating Upon Paleo Pigments

A no prize for whomever identifies the molecule!00:00:00 - For our first segment we head back to Panama so Ryan can chat with fellow paleontologist Caitlin Colleary about her Masters’ work looking into the coloration of fossils. They share a ‘cervezarita’ made with the national beer of Colombia, Aguila.

01:01:02 – Back up north, everyone is still drinking. Ben takes point to talk about his pennywort juice drink, whereas Ryan goes crazy with a Reineart Wild Ale.

01:08:04 – While it shouldn’t be a controversial topic, there are still a lot of issues facing women in science. Having established that Caitlin is both a woman and a scientist, she and Ryan chat about some of the challenges facing her gender. Ryan also reveals a second secret beer, a Bavaria Dark he brought back from Costa Rica!

01:47:46 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like gender politics, the ultimate goal is to treat everyone equally. Ryan is thankful for a new recurring donation from Denise C. Victor C. (no relation) sets up a recurring donation too as well as coming to the aid of the recently maligned Ben Tippett. Thanks Denise and Victor!


Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts!


Music for this week’s show:

Colorblind – Counting Crows

Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf

The Power of Equality – Red Hot Chili Peppers


Image Credit: Science in the Kitchen


Episode 200 – The Big Two-Hundo

That's the new brachiolope. He's so hot right now.00:00:00 – Since we spend so much time promoting everyone else’s work, we decided to be a bit selfish and spend the first segment talking about our own science.

  • Charlie has a paper coming out in Nature Climate Change about moving forward into a low-carbon, sustainable energy future. No big deal.
  • Patrick has 2 papers (show off) to talk about. The first is about how to not mess up your samples by using bleach. And the second is about paleodiet using everyone’s favorite atoms: the stable isotopes!
  • Ryan has a paper in Journal of Mammalogy of teeth of sloths, armadillos, and cats. Listen in to find out how that’s all actually connected.

00:39:55 – Since it’s a special occasion, the Paleopals decide to have a drink. Ryan’s beer embodies an aspect of each of them: Odell’s Fernet Aged Porter. Patrick goes back to the beginning with a Guinness. And Charlie, recovering from jaw surgery, revels in the palatable bitterness of a Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point.

00:47:36 – The preview doesn’t give away much, but that doesn’t mean that the guys don’t have plenty to say about the upcoming sci-fi thriller Coherence. We also announce the partial retirement of Trailer Trash Talk. You had a good run, segment, and you’ve earned a break.

00:58:29 – Now we’ve talked about our own science, we take some time to talk about the state of science in general. Topics include: women in science, problems with peer review and open access, social networks and science, and trends within science outreach.

01:31:32 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like anniversaries. They happen regularly and we always remember them. Patrick begins with an oh so generous donation from Cameron L. Thanks, Cameron! Ryan has a new batch of Supramystic Saga cards from Jonathan Horn of Blue Dot Prints! These cards are available to anyone who’s ever been a recurring donor, but to get them you have to answer the following trivia question: do you want these cards? Please send your answer to paleopals@sciencesortof.com to see if you’ve gotten it right! Finally, Charlie has a question from Matt J. about the energetics of zombie metabolisms. Charlie somehow turns this into an existential crisis. And we end the show thanking, in particular, Thomas Queen, who designed our brand new logo! We love it and hope you do too.


Thank you to everyone who showed us love on Facebook and Twitter to celebrate this milestone. We hope you’ll stick around with us and all the other Brachiolope Media Network shows for another 200 weeks of science… sort of!


Music for this week’s show:

Salute Your Solution – The Raconteurs

Drinkin’ Again – Corey Smith

Party At The End of The Universe – SonicPicnic (from the game Awesomenauts)

Forward Motion – Relient K


Image Credit: Our new logo!


Episode 199 – Swinging Over A Canal

The same backwards as it is forwards.00:00:00 - Patrick interviews someone by the name of Ryan Haupt who has been doing paleontology along the Panama Canal. How does that work? Listen and find out!

00:21:44 - The Panama Canal transports goods around the world, allowing us to purchase all manner of things, such as drinks! Abe is drinking some homebrew that he thought would be well served with the name Bill & Bob’s Boiled Basil Belgian Beer. Ben is having yet another ginger ale, this time with Godzilla on it. And Ryan is also drinking homebrew with the much simpler name of Regular & Rich.

00:36:48 – Trailer Trash Talk has a hard time staying on topic when it comes to The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Especially since our own Dr. Tippett has some science to drop whne it comes to web-slinging speeds.

00:57:25 - In the second part of  Canal Talk, Patrick and Ryan discuss what paleontology in the tropics is like, as well as some of the engineering history that went into making the canal work in the first place. For more on the history, check out this book.

01:24:58 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like canals, they’re a lot of work to make but ultimately lead us all to a better place. Ben tries mightily amidst distraction to thank Craig C. (of Canada) for his donation to the show. Thanks, Craig! Abe has an e-mail from Les I. who takes issue with the hard rock vs. soft rock rivalry in geology. And Ryan has his knowledge of the derogatory term “creeker,” in reference to episode 182, expanded in an e-mail from Allie W.


Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts!


Music for this week’s show:

Diggin’ – Billarabi

La Bière – Jacques Brel

Swing, swing – The All-American Rejects

Dig Deeper – The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker


Image Credit: Ryan Haupt


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