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You have been reading about the biologists behind the Ask A Biologist website. Now you can listen to them in our popular biology podcast show. Dr. Biology has been speaking with many of the biologists that are discovering new worlds and exploring new frontiers in biology. There are over 80 episodes and we continue to add more interviews. Each show includes a full written transcript and content log.

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Angela Goodacre with Painting by Doug Chandler

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Inner Space the Final Frontier

You hear that space is the final frontier, but could we have another frontier right here on Earth? The microscopic world offers a limitless opportunity to explore amazing places and life forms. You just need the right tool for the trip – a microscope. Guests Angela Goodacre and Doug Chandler have a conversation with Dr. Biology about the instruments that let us journey into inner space.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 31:32 | Vol 81
iTunes | MP3 download | 16MB

Pediatrician Paul Turke

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Rebooting the Immune System

Remember your last paper cut, or the bad cold that had you coughing and blowing your nose? It was your immune system that was busy trying to make you better by battling the bacteria or virus that was attacking your body. How your immune system works is the discussion Dr. Biology has with pediatrician Paul Turke. They also talk about how our immune systems have to reboot to keep up with evolving bacteria and viruses.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 31:21 | Vol 80
iTunes | MP3 download | 15MB

Biologist Arianne Cease

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Swarm Science

During a plague year, locusts can swarm over 20 percent of the world’s landmass, affecting one out of every 10 people on the planet. Sounds bad – right? Enter biologist Arianne Cease who has been studying why these insects swarm and how to control them. Dr. Biology learns about her work and an interesting research area called telecoupling.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 30:29 | Vol 79
iTunes | MP3 download | 15MB

Biologist Raghavendra Gadagkar

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Queen Switcharoo

According to an old German proverb the animal that is the subject of this show was made by the devil. Dr. Biology gets a lesson about this devilish study subject from biologist Raghavendra Gadagkar. They talk about what he has learned from years of observing these misunderstood animals. There is even a surprise ending that we call the 'Queen Switcharoo'.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 31:17 | Vol 78
iTunes | MP3 download | 15MB

David McConville

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Science-Powered Games

What is a media artist doing developing games based on large science data sets? It turns out he is looking into how the planet ticks and also what David McConville calls global weirding. Listen as Dr. Biology learns how a media artist makes his home in the world of science, biology, and and mountains of scientific data, which we call big data.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 31:25 | Vol 77
iTunes | MP3 download | 15MB

Charlie Arntzen with tobacco plant

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Tobacco Plant to the Rescue

If you are a tobacco plant, you have a bad reputation. The link to cancer and other health related diseases is cause for any person to avoid you. But there is another side to this plant. Dr. Biology sits down with biologist Charlie Arntzen to talk about how tobacco plants are helping scientists produce treatments for viruses like Ebola.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 29:24 | Vol 76
iTunes | MP3 download | 15MB

Entomologist, Barbara Thorn

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Tales of Termites

"Your home has termites" – is not something anyone wants to hear. But these insects are really important for our survival. Dr. Biology learns about these insects from entomologist, Barbara Thorn. It turns out that these critters are like tiny 'green machines' and one of the best recyclers for the planet.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 29:13 | Vol 75
iTunes | MP3 download | 14MB

Paleontologist Richard Fortey holding trilobite fossil.

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Secret Life of the Natural History Museum

Natural history museums may not come to life as they do in a Hollywood movie, but they do have some amazing stories. They also have all kinds of cool stuff that many of us never get to see. Paleontologist Richard Fortey talks about the life and some of the treasures hidden behind locked doors at natural history museums that are also part of his book Dry Store Room No.1.

 

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 23:59 | Vol 74
iTunes | MP3 download | 12MB

Ashleigh Gonzales demonstrating tactile learning tiles

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Putting the Touch into Biology

If you think of the instruments used to study and explore the world of biology it is clear that most are visual.  So what if you cannot see? How would you understand the structure of – say a cell?   Dr. Biology discusses a new tool for learning about biology with newly graduated student and biologist Ashleigh Gonzales.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 30:18 | Vol 73
iTunes | MP3 download | 15MB

Astronaut Scott Parazynski in space

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Space Physiology

Extreme environments can be found on Earth, in space, and in the depths of the ocean. Dr. Biology and physiologist, astronaut, and mountain climber Scott Parazynski sit down and talk about what life is like to explore these environments. So hold on to your seat as we blast off for a fun trip. Did we mention the Vomit Comet?

 

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 31:52 | Vol 72
iTunes | MP3 download | 15MB

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Podcast contest winner in action

Podcast contest

Calling all students in the Phoenix area, the Ask A Biologist co-host contest is here...

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.