Broadcast Know-It-All

Ready your ears to get SCHOOLED, folks, ’cause I’m playing Fact Checker on Season 3 of the Tell Me Something I Don’t Know Podcast (starring Freakonomic’s Stephen Dubner)!

First Minneapolis episode, “Three Sheets to the Wind,” can be found HERE, with special guest John Moe. They named they episode after one of my facts! And about all the drunk talk featured in the episode.

Second Minneapolis Episode drops Sunday July 30, with special guest Krista Tippet. There’s a lot of sex talk in that episode.

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Science Comedy & Regular Comedy

Storytelling is a thing that I do, and here’s a video of a recent gig. The story I tell is not scientific––OR IS IT…?

It is also my pleasure to introduce Regret Labs, a Science/Comedy podcast to which my fellow comedians Levi Weinhagen and Aric McKeown invited me because they needed a little more science for their not-so-much-science.

This is the kind of podcast where people talk over each other sometimes. Into it? Not into it? Drop a comment on the site to let us know.

Episode #8 (#2.5 with Maggie):  Guest Scientist Dr. Michelle LaRue on Science Communication and Penguin Stank

I am the SciComm from Your Video

One more dispatch from my adventures with Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre & their Interrobang Festival of Questions. Click the below links for some primo procrastination-aiding video content!

A discussion of ocean vs. space travel & the public’s expectations of science*, among molecular biologist/science communicator Upulie Divisekera, sci-fi author & BoingBoing editor Cory Doctorow, & some “comedy science” lady (me)

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And What Future Do We Want and Deserve? With radical chef Adam Liaw, futurist Kristin Alford, author/editor Cory Doctorow, & that “comedy science” lady again, moderated by Wheeler Centre Director Michael Williams

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*Stay tuned for the above-referenced COMPETITIVE Q&A, plus my speech on what science & art tell us about the importance of words vs. actions.

 

 


I Am the SciComm from Your Radio

In Australia last month for the Interrobang Festival of Questions, I talked on the radio. It was a lot like talking on the radio here, only, as my dad would say, upside down.

The Triple R Breakfasters program is the single coolest morning show I’ve ever heard. They play good music & talk about good film & art & make good jokes AND: they have regular science segments. By choice. They are the future. Listen to us chat HERE.

And on ABC’s The Drawing Room, I got to talk science art, science ed, hip hop etymologies, & grammatical pet peeves with fellow geek Mary Norris, the Comma Queen (below, left).
Listen to us chat HERE. We really hit it off.
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In fact, look at all these great new Interrobang friends. Partake in their good work: (clockwise from the left) Nakkiah Lui, Adam Liaw, Steph Harmon, Present, Logan O’Neill (carpenter & archivist), Kristin Alford, Upulie Divisekera, Benjamin Law.

Coming soon: more from the Interrobang archives! Happy New Year to all, & to all a good night.

[UPDATE: January 4th, 2016] The internet just delivered me THIS long-lost gem from my guest spot on the Twin Cities Hit Show. Trigger warning: Talk Radio.

“Our Battle is More Full of Names Than Yours”

Somehow, I ended up in a situation where I am to compete for the title

         ULTIMATE MASTER OF WORDS

against some of the greatest writers and thinkers and talkers in town.

Well.

As a poet once said:  I intend to something something or die trying.

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Radio Interview: This Time in the Hot Seat

International Women’s Day is coming, and I’ll be interviewed on radio KFAI for the occasion.

The Subject: Women, comedy, and women in comedy.

The Women: writer/comedian Molly Knefel, writer/comedian Emily Schorr Lesnick, comedian/HUGE founder Jill Bernard, and writer/comedian me.

In addition to talking about myself and my views on lady issues, I’ll read two pieces of short fiction: “Dear Mother,” and “On the Subject of My Arrest: An Address to my Fellow Residents of Surrency, GA, July the 25th, 1866.”

UPDATE:  Listen to the interview at KFAI by clicking Listen Now or MP3 Stream next to “Finding the Female Funny.” Molly first, then Emily, and my segment starts at 35:19.


Why Dolphins Are Badass: A Semi-Academic Talk

Give & Take is a community experiment that breaks down barriers among disciplines, people, and ignorance vs. knowledge. …The perfect platform for a scientifically minded humorist (or comically minded scientist) to talk about their super-weird niche expertise.

My topic of choice: The Noble Dolphin. More specifically:  Why the dolphin deserves better than the corny, new age symbol of playful peacenickery it has come to represent, and is actually a complex, highly intelligent, and utterly badass beast.

The presentation was a success, and reinvigorated my belief that people both love learning about dolphins (as well as other big-brained mammals and cetaceans) and know relatively little about them. Look out, World. You’re about to learn way more about dolphin behavior than you even though you knew you wanted to but DID.

In a “Badass Dolphin” headdress, I explain the latest theories in dolphin evolution.

I explain “cetaceans,” just as Herman Melville did, before me.

The audience of “cetaceans” uses color-coordinated note cards to indicate how many of them are “dolphin species.”

I quiz the audience on their knowledge of dolphin behavior, aided by “Blue Dolphin,” ninja warrior/top scholar.