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Science... sort of

Jun 27, 2013

00:00:00 - Scifund is expanding into more than just funding, now they're teaching scientists how to do outreach to the public! Patrick and Ryan sit down with two of the instructors (Jai and Kelly) and two of the students (Jane and Meg) to hash out how it all went down. Part 1 of the conversation focuses on the instructors and just how they put this class together.

00:23:55 - Drinks can lead to outreach, but also fights, so be careful out there in outreach-land. Patrick sets the tone with Batch 19, which he and Ryan agree was a dirty trick by MillerCoors, but could have been worse. Meg made the beer that she, Jane, and Ryan are all enjoying. Ryan is having a doppelbock, while Jane and Meg sup a maibock. Which Jai confuses with a Maybach. But that confusion may be because he's having methanol, which is not OK. And now that DOMA is unconstitutional, Kelly is reconsidering her relationship with Guinness. Fun fact: Guinness is also the home of the Student's t-test in addition to tasty beers, chronicled in a book Meg enjoyed called The Lady Tasting Tea.

00:33:28 - Trailer Trash Talk has roughly 100% less Idris Elba than last week, a fact repeatedly noticed by Jai as he and everyone else try to make sense of the preview for Europa Report. Jai, in between Elba-love, also mentions the implausibility of the entire premise based on a book he read called Mankind Beyond Earth.

00:51:59 - Part 2 of our discussion is all about the participants. So post-docs Jane Zelikova and Meg Mobley talk about just what they got out of taking this class, and how that will affect their own outreach down the line.

01:29:32 - PaleoPOWs comprise 1 of the 4 best segments of the podcast. Kelly starts us off with a donation from Robert M., who wants to know how distributed his donation will be in support of the rest of the Brachiolope Media Network. Patrick presents an idea from Matthew P. concerning extra frog legs and parasites. Much discussion ensues, indicating that it was very likely a good point. Ryan finishes out the segment with a Facebook post from Andrew S. all about his podcast fidelity. We'd love to believe you Andrew, but we've been hurt before.


Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts!


Music for this week's show:

Come Downstairs And Say Hello - Guster

I Go Blind - Hootie and the Blowfish

Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival

I Can Learn - The White Stripes