After appearing on his podcast, Cara turns the tables on Jay Novella, co-host and producer of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe. They discuss the anti-intellectual movement that's taken hold in America, including anti-vaxxers, the stigmatism of depression and mental illness, and misogyny on the internet. Follow Jay and the rest of the SGU team: @SkepticsGuide.
Cara sits down with engineer, entrepreneur, and founder of A Human Right, Kosta Grammatis. They talk about his non-traditional path from developing a bionic eye, to working at SpaceX and MIT, to creating a non-profit with the goal of bringing internet access to everyone on the planet. Follow Kosta: @kgram.
Cara catches up with biology professor Dr. PZ Myers at the Skepticon Conference in Springfield, MO. He shares how he balances research, teaching and public outreach. They also talk about the importance of animal research and the contentious comments section on his popular blog, Pharyngula. Follow PZ: @pzmyers.
Cara is joined by Hemant Mehta (FriendlyAtheist.com; the Atheist Voice). They talk about how he sold his soul on Ebay (sort of), why common core isn’t all bad (at least in math), and what inspirational young atheists are doing to affect change in their schools and communities. Follow Hemant: @hemantmehta.
Optical engineer Holly Bender speaks with Cara about making and using cool imaging spectrometers (for science!) at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, why it’s important for women to have strong role models in STEM fields, and just how much science and creativity go hand-in-hand. Follow Holly: @HollyAprilB.
Cara is joined by Dr. Paul Debevec, Chief Visual Officer at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies. (His cutting-edge science made Avatar, Gravity, District 9, Benjamin Button, and a bunch of other films possible!) He shares the process of making a digital character, the importance of crossing the uncanny valley, and how you can tell that the moon landing was not a hoax. Follow Paul: @debfx.
Cara sits down with theoretical physicist Dr. Lawrence Krauss ("A Universe from Nothing") at Apostacon in Omaha, Nebraska to discuss his cover story in Scientific American magazine. Topics include the recent BICEP2 findings (including what gravitational waves are and what they mean for inflationary theory) as well as why it's important for scientists to communicate their work to the general public. Follow Lawrence: @LKrauss1.
Cara digs deep into GMOs (genetically modified organisms) with Dr. Kevin Folta, a preeminent researcher and science communicator. They discuss the risks and benefits of transgenic foods, the three most common reasons for creating GMOs, and how "golden rice" could have saved millions of lives. Follow Kevin: @kevinfolta.