A Science Advocacy Podcast


  • Language Myths, Mysteries, and Magic

    18/07/2019 Duration: 01min

    Dr. Karen Stollznow is a linguist who earned her PhD at the University of New England, in Australia. She hosts the skeptical podcast Monster Talk with Blake Smith (subscribe, you’ll thank us!) She is also a prolific author, having published academic works, non-fiction as well as fiction. Dr. Karen Stollznow In this episode, we open with the ways in which we judge and stereotype each other based on the dialect and language that we use and move on to the meanings of words and how the change in time and space. Not only does the cafe lose the accent after a time, but bad words turn good and good words turn bad. It’s hysterical, how that works. We marked this episode “explicit” because we discuss some of the words that are not used in polite language and how the relative offense of using some words varies based on where the speaker is as well as how the audience may be. Check out her Amazon Author’s Page Here and also check out Monster Talk.

  • Episode 22 – Ethics, Conflict of Interest, and Science

    01/10/2018 Duration: 53min

    Anastasia Bodnar, PhD, is our guest on this episode.  This is her second stint on Ikonokast, and for a refresher or if you are new to the show, we welcome you to listen to Genetic Engineering and Food Security. At the White House Our topic for this show is the importance of disclosure of potential conflicts of interest while conducting and reporting on research.  Anastasia is a founding member and a director of Biology Fortified, an organization that presents information and research on the topic of genetic engineering.  Recently, Anastasia had a close up look at a potential conflict of interest, and we discuss that in depth. Also, there are opportunities for science communicators to join the Biofortified group and Anastasia, Greg and Mike talk about what volunteer needs can be filled. Biology Fortified Support Opportunities Top Cancer Researcher Fails to Disclose Corporate Financial Ties in Major Research Journals Conflicts of Interest Ethical Systems.org Finally, here’s a video describing the GMO Corn

  • Episode 21 – What messages go viral and reach millions?

    21/09/2018 Duration: 01h04min

    Today, Ikonokast visits with Joe Romm, author of How To Go Viral and Reach Millions: Top Persuasion Secrets from Social Media Superstars, Jesus, Shakespeare, Oprah, and Even Donald Trump. Romm is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and the founder of the widely read and well respected Climate Progress (a part of Think Progress). He was for a time Acting Assistant Secreatary of the US Department of Energy, and has published several books on climate change, energy, national security, and communication, some of which we link to below. In this interview, as well as in Romm’s book, you’ll learn about the tried and true methods of creating a message that sticks. You’ll also learn about the one thing Donald Trump is very good at (much to our collective peril). Books by Joe Romm: Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know Language Intelligence: Lessons on persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln, and Lady Gaga Hell and High Water: How Global Warming Will Forever Change

  • Episode 20 – When The Uncertainty Principle Goes To 11, with Philip Moriarty

    20/09/2018 Duration: 01h09min

     Nigel Tufnel, lead guitarist of the band Spinal Tap, modified his amplifier for a higher energy state.  Something that he could go to that was louder than the loudest, for when “10” wouldn’t do.  His amplifier goes up to “11.” And he needs it for that special moment in the song “Hell Hole,” I guess. Philip Moriarty is the guest for this episode of Ikonokast.  The interview is a wide-ranging tour of education in the US and the UK, where Professor Moriarty teaches physics and is delighted on the first day of term to see all of the t-shirts with the names of metal bands, as the students file into class. Molecules Music depends on waves.  Wave functions depend on, um, waves, too.  So music and quantum physics are naturally related in form, if not always function.  The humanities and science are not so easily separated.  In Moriarty’s book and in this podcast the two are firmly forged.   A selection if things mentioned in the podcast: Giants of the Infinitesima

  • Episode 19 – Science for Congress with Volcanologist Jess Phoenix

    28/04/2018 Duration: 34min

    Jess Phoenix, a geologist, announces her candidacy for the 2018 congressional race for Steve Knight’s 25th district seat at Vasquez Rocks in Agua Dulce on Monday, April 18, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal Jess Phoenix is running for California’s 25th District Congressional seat. Our Congress lacks expertise in science and how science works at a basic level, and as a result there are some poorly thought out decisions are being made. Even worse, Congress is allowed to engage in explicitly anti-science political activities, such as assembling activist science deniers as the so-called science committees or subcommittees in both houses. This would not be as easy if there were a few dozen actual scientists in the House and Senate. Jess Phoenix sees this as a challenge that must be met by scientists joining as active and influential members of the government. The seat she is running for is currently being held by a climate denialist. Please consider donating to the campaign. Even if you don’t li

  • Episode 18 – Unprecedented Crimes with Dr. Peter Carter

    01/04/2018 Duration: 01h38s

    Dr. Peter Carter is an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.Dr. Peter Carter and Elizabeth Woodworth co-wrote Unprecedented Crime: Climate Science Denial and Game Changers for Survival. Dr. Peter Carter is our guest for this episode. It is too late for the planet, and civilization, to not suffer serious consequences of climate disruption owing to human release of fossil carbon into the atmosphere for a century or too. But, perhaps it is not too late to reduce the effects to the point where we can maintain our civilization. But, Carter and Woodworth argue, for that to happen, we need to get past the criminals who are holding us back and get on with the changes that should be made.

  • Episode 17 – Strange Survivors with Dr. Oné Pagán

    22/03/2018 Duration: 56min

    Dr. One Pagan Our podcast returns with a fun interview of the author of Strange Survivors: How Organisms Defend and Attack in the Game of Life.  Oné Pagán is a researcher and professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania and he blogs at Bald Scientist. This is his second book and it is a fascinating tour of adaptations that work well to enhance the survival of organisms in, as he refers to it, the game of life. Here is an episode of another podcast interview he did at People Behind the Science.

  • Three things: Red Rocks, Science Blogs and a new Echo Skill

    07/11/2017 Duration: 49min

    http://ikonokast.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Echo-Skills-Red-Rocks-and-ScienceBlogs.mp3 Mike and Greg converse on the subject of the geology and geography of Arizona and the red rocks of Sedona. The rocks tell the story of the ages of the earth, and this is a pretty chapter.  We also talk about the end of ScienceBlogs, which has been a seminal collective that set the tone in many ways for a new means of science communication through social media.  And finally, Greg interviewed Shanthan Kesharaju, who has created an Amazon Echo Skill to tutor in mathematics.  There are implications for the future of how we use adaptive systems to teach skills and develop our minds, with the possibility of staving off dementia in patients as well.

  • Episode 15 – Discovering the Mammoth with John McKay

    20/09/2017 Duration: 38min

    http://ikonokast.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/0015-John-McKay-Discovering-the-Mammoth.mp3 In the podcast, you may hear Mike refer to John as a “Vulcan Historian.” What Mike meant to say is that John J. McKay is a historian with a specialty in the history of the Balkans, and that is an important distinction.  He is also interested in the many weird theories that abound to explain (often not very well) natural history of the earth.  He discovered that the mammoths are used as ersatz evidence in many of those theories, such as the idea that the ice build up at the poles became so heavy that the poles slid southward 40 degrees latitude and that pushed Atlantis to where Antarctica now freezes. There were many other strange ideas to explain the discovery of these giant bones and Mr. McKay relates how the process of discovering the mammoth is important to the development of science itself.  You can read more from John at Mammoth Tales, his blog, but we highly advise that you read his book! Said book yo

  • Episode 14 – Cannibalism, what’s it good for? Author Bill Schutt

    14/02/2017 Duration: 42min

    http://ikonokast.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Bill-Schutt-Cannibalism-A-Very-Natural-History.mp3 We don’t do too many shows on cuisine, but this week we asked scientist and author Bill Schutt to speak with us about his research in cannibalism. His new book, Cannibalism: A perfectly natural history, explores the behavioral and evolutionary biology of cannibalism in general, and within that context, examines cannibalism among humans. Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History