Science Clear+Vivid Podcast podcast

Science Clear+Vivid Podcast

Alan Alda

With support from The Kavli Foundation, Clear+Vivid presents this special series on the power of basic scientific research – from the pure to the practical. What is curiosity-driven research? Why does it matter? How does it play a role in transforming our lives? Where does basic research take place and by whom? Why is investing in basic research essential to society?

Host Alan Alda leads conversations with 10 guests discussing these topics and more, each sharing their point of view and experience about basic science and their personal stories – what got them interested in or involved in science. Science Clear+Vivid runs concurrent with Clear+Vivid Season 10 (October - November) and will be released each Thursday.

35 Episodes

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    Anna Ploszajski: When Science Meets Craft

    42:06

    A scientist fluent in the atomic properties of materials like glass and steel and wood, Anna Ploszajski wanted the hands-on experience of how craftspeople use them. The result is her book, Handmade: A Scientist’s Search for Meaning Through Making. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Daphna Shohamy: Your Creative Memory

    39:21

    You may not realize it, but you are subtly revising and updating your memories all the time – to keep them, as Daphna Shohamy puts it, “nimble,” and so better able to help you chart both the present and the future. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Caterina Vernieri: Seeing What Can’t be Seen

    34:59

    As a young Italian physics student, Caterina Vernieri was lucky enough to join the team hunting for the most elusive and highly-prized fundamental particle of all – the Higgs boson – just as it was found. She is now leading a team building the detector that may reveal the Higgs’ secrets. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Marcelle Soares Santos: Capturing a Cosmic Explosion

    40:46

    Having helped develop and install a camera to gaze the heavens with unprecedented resolution, Marcelle Soares Santos was part of the team that used the camera to capture an unprecedented record of a massive cosmic explosion. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Lucy Aplin: Cockatoos have culture too

    42:39

    An unknown but very clever cockatoo in Sydney Australia invented a novel way of raiding trash bins. Teaming with citizen scientists, Lucy Aplin and her team tracked how cockatoos throughout the city soon picked up the same trick. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Kerri Cahoy: Hitchhiking to Space

    40:45

    Tiny satellites, catching a ride to space, can improve weather forecasting and even help spot planets outside the solar system. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Polina Anikeeva: Communing with the Brain

    41:17

    With ultra-thin fibers and minute magnetic particles, Polina Anikeeva and her team are developing new ways to tap into the brain. Her ultimate goal is to understand and treat brain diseases like Parkinson’s. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Abigail Vieregg: Seeking Cosmic Messengers

    41:42

    Dangling from a balloon the size of a football stadium miles above the South Pole, a payload built by astrophysicist Abby Vieregg peers down at the ice looking for messenger particles from the most energetic places in the universe. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Rae Wynn-Grant: Carnivore Champion

    43:28

    She not only cares passionately about the large and ferocious animals she studies. Rae Wynn-Grant also has a passion and a talent for getting the rest of us to care about them too. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Maya Fishbach: When Black Holes Chirp

    40:18

    The mightiest events in the entire universe – when black holes collide – create ripples in space-time now being detected by the most sensitive instruments ever built – and are opening up a new era in astronomy. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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