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Episode 167 - Jodi McNeill

Cara has an in-studio chat with Jodi McNeill, Technical and Policy Analyst at the Pembina Institute. They talk about the massive environmental impact of the Alberta oil sands and their associated tailings ponds. Jodi shares her insight as a climate and energy policy professional, working to mediate between fossil fuel industries, environmental activists, and the public at large. Follow Jodi: @jodi_lm3.

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Episode 165 - Olivia Koski and Jana Grcevich

Cara is joined in studio by the dynamic duo Olivia Koski and Dr. Jana Grcevich. They work together at the Intergalactic Travel Bureau, where they help you plan your dream space vacation! They also co-wrote a beautiful new book, "Vacation Guide to the Solar System," so you can travel to distant planets from the safety of your home. Follow Oliva: @oliviakoski and Jana: @janagrc.

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Episode 161 - Ron Garan

Cara is honored to be joined this week by former NASA astronaut and current Chief Pilot for World View Enterprises, Ron Garan. They talk about the wonder and awe of seeing Earth from space, and how that translates to what Ron calls the "Orbital Perspective" -- something we can all maintain in our relationship with humanity and our home planet. Follow Ron: @Astro_Ron.

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Episode 157 - Shannon Stirone

Cara is joined by science writer Shannon Stirone (Motherboard, Popular Science, Discover Magazine, etc.) to talk about the highs and lows of the freelance life. They also discuss her incredible work reporting on astronomy, including a recent piece about what happens to your body when you die in space. Follow Shannon: @shannonmstirone.

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Episode 156 - Ariel Waldman

Cara chats with "What's It Like in Space?" author Ariel Waldman about her incredible career improving accessibility of science and space exploration for anyone and everyone. They discuss her work on the council for NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts and her previous work at NASA's Colab program, along with her two flagship initiatives, Spacehack.org and Science Hack Day. Follow Ariel: @arielwaldman.

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Episode 153 - Marcus Du Sautoy

Cara is joined by the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Oxford Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Marcus Du Sautoy, to talk about his new book "The Great Unknown: Seven Journeys to the Frontiers of Science." They discuss his role as a professional science communicator, as well as his take on the very edges of modern science understanding, from chaos to consciousness to infinity. Follow Marcus: @MarcusduSautoy.

Episode 152 - Annabelle Gurwitch

Cara is joined in studio by the ever charming, hilarious, and insightful Annabelle Gurwitch to talk about her new book, "Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories About My Family You Might Relate To." They discuss how to find joy and humor in all of our families, biological and chosen, including our parents and siblings, friends, coworkers, and even our social and religious communities. Sprinkled in are conversations about the marginalization of science and scientists in Trump's America, and why it's important to poke fun at even the most sensitive of topics. Follow Annabelle: @AnnabelGurwitch.

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Episode 150 - Kelvin Bates

Cara is joined in studio by Caltech PhD candidate Kelvin Bates. They talk about his work in atmospheric chemistry, including how isoprene contributes to smog. They also talk about the importance of creativity and the arts when working in a strict academic environment, as well as the issues facing LGBTQ individuals in academia.

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Episode 149 - Christie Wilcox

Cara chats remotely with Dr. Christie Wilcox, a conservation biologist and science writer. They focus on the topic of her new book, "Venomous," including the difference between venom and poison, the vast number of animals that have evolved venom as a predation or defensive mechanism, and how the toxins in venom are being used in modern medicine to treat a variety of diseases. Follow Christie: @NerdyChristie