Guests and Interviews
These people have all been interviewed on or co-hosted Science… sort of. They may all wind up living on an island together after their plane crashes.
We’ve also created a Twitter list featuring guests of the show if you wan to follow their continued adventures in real time!
- The popular astrophysicist joins the Paleopals to talk about the NASA budget, exploration, and his new book Science Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier.
- Artist Brynn Metheney hops on the show talk about her new art project The Red Valley as well as her limited edition Peaches the Brachiolope print!
- Bora wants to change the way science conferences are run and how scientists communicate online. These are both good things, and Jacquelyn is happy to be on board. Jacquelyn also sticks around to talk about how plant evolution has shaped the globe.
Abraham Padilla in Episode 121 – Diamonds are for Feather
- Creating a diamond is no small feat. Abraham Padilla returns to the show to discuss a new paper exploring how diamonds travel from the mantle to the crust.
- The author of the Why Sharks Matter blog stopped by to explain the recent discovery of a hybrid shark in Australia.
- Physicist Alessandro Farsi attempts to make sense of his lab’s new temporal cloaking technique.
- Jai comes by for a #SciFund update!
- Science writer Brian Switek sits down with Ryan to chat about the goings on of SVP and how social media can move science forward.
- Philosopher of science Massimo Pigliucci talks about his latest book, Nonsense on Stilts, as well as the meaty subject of scientific philosophy itself.
- Cartoonist Jorge Cham talks with the Paleopals about his web series PHD comics and about his upcoming movie.
- Giacomo found a fish using tools and got it on video. What more could you possibly need to know?!
- Who better than a yeti to help us debunk a kraken?
- Jacquelyn spends her days looking for dung fungus in lake sediment. If that sounds awesome, welcome aboard, if not, prepare to be convinced.
- The concept for the new TV show Terra Nova has much potential. Did the premier live up to the hype? Science writer Brian Switek joins to break down the first episode.
Abraham Padilla in Episode 104 – Shrouded in Darkness
- Abraham Padilla comes on the show to talk about the land of the ice and snow, i.e. the volcanoes of Iceland!
- Prolific contributor to the Paleobiology Database Jered Karr joins the Paleopals to explain just what the PBD is and how it can help science.
- Jai Ranganthan of the podcast Curiouser and Curiouser comes on the show to talk about his newest initiative the #SciFund Challenge!
Brandon Murphy in Episode 98 – Climate and Compromise
- Newly minted PhD Brandon Murphy talks to the Paleopals about his paleo-oceanographic research as well as what its like to live on a scientific research vessel.
- Dr. Pyenson has some cool theories concerning right whale survival during periods of climate change, and he comes on the show to explain them!
- The cohost of the Oklahoma Atheists sits down with Ryan and Jacob for a beer. Things get silly from there.
- Author Daniel H. Wilson stops by to talk about his new novel, Robopocalypse, as well as his time as a working robotocist. And yes, there is an Asimov rant.
- Julia returns to talk about her own research exploring the interplay between genetics and social behavior!
- We know science happens in Antarctica, but what’s like to actually live there? Beverly Walker breaks down the basics of life in the deepest south.
Kevin Uno in Episode 90 – Our Oldest Paleopals
- Kevin Uno comes by to clear up confusion surrounding the possibly inappropriately named “nutcracker man.”
- Hox genes have confounded Patrick and Ryan since they first learned what they were, good thing Julia Saltz is here to explain this genetic conundrum to everyone.
- Kelly comes aboard to talk about brood parasitism but also to announce her promotion from beloved guest to full-fledged Paleopal! And there was much rejoicing throughout the land. No more listing her as a guest, but there a plenty more shows with her down the road.
- Debunkatron Brian Dunning of Skeptoid.com comes aboard to talk about the facts of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
- The president of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology joins the Paleopals for a quick chat about a creationism bill rearing it’s head in the Volunteer State.
- Fear mongering with geology is no laughing matter, so Dr. Christie Rowe comes on the show to take the disingenuous and disrespectful to task.
- In Episode 77 we made some errors. Dave Hone wanted to set the record straight, and we were happy to have him and Ross Eglin explain our pterosaur pterrors.
Justin Wood in Episode 77 – Terrorism & Pterosaurs
- The Paleopals were look for a different perspective concerning the dangers facing biomedical researchers, and Justin was there to provide just that (perspective, not terrorism).
- Kelly freaks everyone out with stories of parasites turning ants into zombies, or something like that.
- The Paleopals wrangle the Yeti back on for another show to talk about solar powered wasps and the mathematics of eusociality!
- Giving us the hot and heavy details on her new book The Science of Kissing
- Charles Doarn is working with NASA to make sure our astronauts can keep themselves alive and well as far away as Mars. There was so much to talk about we split it over two shows!
- Need more? Here’s a thick (and we mean THICK) book that should give you your Martain fill!
- Max Brooks wrote the Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z
- Prof. Robert Smith? has written several papers about zombie epidemics which are open access (i.e. free)
- Talking Innumeracy (the book and the concept) as well as the power of math and statsitics
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comics and Weinersmith blogging grad research interviwed as a couple. A couple of awesome people that is!
- Brian comes on to talk about the unique challenges faced by those wanting to blog about professional academic meetings like SVP 2010
- Brian also wrote the book Written in Stone, a step above pop press but good for the laymen!
- Earth’s premiere science comedian is back for some fun conversation spanning two shows with the Paleopals.
- Brynn Metheney stops by to tell the guys about the shirt she designed to celebrate a full year of Science… sort of!
- Dr. Shostak thinks we should consider focusing our alien search efforts on AI instead of squishy EBEs and comes on the show to tell the Paleopals all about it!
- Ryan North writes Dinosaur Comics, dudes. He talks to us about being a computational linguist and how to think like a T. rex.
- Explaining things to the media with the Science & Entertainment Exchange as well as telling the guys (ok, really just Ryan) about his comic Berserker
- The host of Skeptoid, joins us to talk about skepticism, the universe, and everything.
- Mary Roach is an author that writes about science… sort of. Perfect.
- Her books: Stiff, Spook, Bonk, and Packing for Mars
Sr. Niño – Episode 32 in Gets It Together
- The man, the myth, the mystery stops back by to update us on the happenings of El Niño.
- Professor Charles Bamforth teaches us why beer is superior to wine and why it might even be good for you.
- He’s also written numerous books on the subject of beer, check some of them out over on Amazon.
- Matt Sturges is an author of comics and fantasy novels and he gives us his take on science… sort of.
- Geophysicist Megan Avants gives us the skinny on the Chilean quake and subsequent small Hawaiian tsunami.
- Joh Lopez hosts the Nerd List podcast and stops in to tell us about his 2nd favorite superhero.
- Dr. Neil Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in NYC, talks to the Paleopals about wine, space and how biologists don’t know nearly as much as they think they do.
- Dr. Tyson, however, knows enough to have written a few books. Check them out on Amazon.
- Comedian Brian Malow uses science to make people laugh. He co-hosts, keeps us off task, and generally makes hilarity ensue.
- The Paleopals talk to Sora Kim about the sharks she keep and studies. She feeds us cephalopod snacks, just like her sharks like.
- Shawn Hart works for NASA and keeps up the One Hundredth Monkey Blog. He stops by to co-host and to tell us about HIRISE, a big space camera.
- Dr. Steven Novella is a noted skeptic and the host of Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe. We have a long chat with Steve about when and when not to be skeptical.
Ryan Lipscomb in Episode 19 – Nuclear Giants and Ethical Infants
- Ryan Lipscomb teaches the Paleopals not to fear the full body scanner and about what kinds of radiation we should watch out for.
- Tennessee isn’t necessarily the first state you think of when you think about fossils, but Paleontologist Professor Blaine Schubert sits down with Patrick to tell you why you should think otherwise.
Bruce Haupt in Episode 17 – Lengthening our Listeners
- The Paleopals consult with Dr. Bruce Haupt. about how to lengthen bones for fun and profit.
- Ryan talks with Professor Richard Greenberg, who makes a compelling case for finding life on Jupiter’s moon, Europa.
- Read more about his ideas in his book: Unmasking Europa: The Search for Life on Jupiter’s Ocean Moon
- The Paleopals talk to Professor Kena Fox-Dobbs about her African termite research, and how they hold the key to the nitrogen you’ve been looking for.
- Logistics get out of hand in this episode, but the Acid Queen steps in to save the episode and maybe the ocean.
- Paleopals interview talented artist and creator of the Morae River, Brynn Metheney.
- Ryan catches up with comics writer and science aficionado, James Robinson, over a drink.
Sr. Niño in Episode 7 – The Butterfly Effect
- The first of our anonymous guests, Sr. Niño comes to learn us about the weather phenomenon, El Niño.