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Episode 124 - Amber Straughn

Cara is joined by NASA Astrophysicist Dr. Amber Straughn, the Deputy Project Scientist for James Webb Space Telescope Science Communications. They dive into Amber's interests in deep sky objects like galaxies, as well as what the Hubble Space Telescope has taught us about the vast size of the universe. They focus on Hubble's successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, detailing just how it will aim to answer the biggest questions in astronomy, going beyond what Hubble can currently see. Follow Amber: @astraughnomer.

Episode 123 - Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

California Director of the National Wildlife Federation, Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, tells Cara the story of P-22, Hollywood's famous mountain lion. They also talk about ways we can all aid in conservation efforts, like inviting native wildlife into your home garden and supporting the Santa Monica Mountains wildlife corridor. To learn more, check out Beth's new book, "When Mountain Lions are Neighbors." 100% of the proceed go directly toward wildlife conservation. Follow Beth: @BethPratt.

Episode 121 - Luke Dittrich

Cara is joined by author Luke Dittrich to discuss his new book "Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets." They dive deeply into the story of famed neurological patient Henry Molaison, who, at the age of 27, received an invasive brain surgery that left him with profound memory loss. Luke's telling of the story is especially poignant since his very own grandfather was the lobotomist who performed the surgery back in 1953. Follow Luke: @LukeDittrich.

Episode 109 - Ben Hauck

Ben Hauck, creator of, joins Cara to discuss common arguments denialists use against anthropogenic climate change, and how we can be better armed to fight them. Also discussed: ocean acidification, alternative energy, and why it is so very important to engage in civic duty, like pressuring your representatives to speak up for the climate and going to the polls! Follow Ben: @FightDenial.

Generous support for this episode of #TalkNerdy was provided by Atomic Insights.

Episode 108 - Vanessa Hill

YouTuber Vanessa Hill (BrainCraft) joins Cara to talk about her journey from Australia to America and the brilliant work she does in science communication. Also discussed: the perils of being a woman on the internet, and how the USA could learn a thing or two from the land down under, specifically about elections and healthcare. Follow Vanessa: @NessyHill.

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Episode 107 - Neil Shubin 2

Cara is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue her conversation with paleontologist, geneticist, anatomist, and popular science author Dr. Neil Shubin (Your Inner Fish, The Universe Within). They discuss Tiktaalik's place in our evolutionary past, along with new technologies and techniques that continue to unify Darwin's prescient theory and provide new clues to the great tree of life here on Earth. Also included: answers to brilliant questions asked by previous Talk Nerdy guest, young Stella Krone. Follow Neil: @NeilShubin.