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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.

Want to watch some of our biologists in action? We are also building a collection of biologists in the lab and the field. Pick the "Watch" tab and pick one of the shows featuring our biologists.

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Spiderman meets Spider-Man

World expert arachnologist Norman Platnick sits down with Dr. Biology to talk about his favorite eight legged animal. Sometimes scary to people, learn what the world might be like without spiders and if the current action hero Tobey Maguire is actually afraid of the animal who made him famous.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 28:50 | Vol 031
iTunes | MP3 download | 14MB

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Math Biology

Dr. Biology visits with two young mathematicians that also have a love for biology. Cassie Pawling and Genevieve Toutain talk about how their passion for numbers have blended with biology as well as how they have gotten where they are and future plans. Be sure to listen in if for no other reason than to learn some great math tricks you can use to impress friends and family including some mind boggling mind reading?

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 30:53 | Vol 030
iTunes | MP3 download | 15MB

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Panda-monium

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hold a baby Giant Panda in your lap? Listen in while Dr. Biology talks with two scientists who have gotten up close and personal with Pandas. Andrew Smith is a returning guest and WEI Fuwen is a visiting scientist from China that has been studying pandas in the wild. He has even caught the sounds of these elusive animals in the wild.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 29:51 | Vol 029
iTunes | MP3 download | 14MB

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Birds of a Feather

Listen in while Dr. Biology talks with two leading Arizona bird experts. Biologist Dave Pearson and Audubon Environmental Educator Cathy Wise let us in on these amazing animals. After listening to these two birders, as they call them selves, you will want to try out birding yourself. Did we mention the Philippine Monkey-eating Eagle? Let's just say, be glad you're not a monkey living in Philippines.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 30:55 | Vol 028
iTunes | MP3 download | 15MB

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Hulking Biology

When you think of the comic character the Hulk, you think BIG and that's what Dr. Biology does in this episode- he learns about a building-size instrument being used by a group of scientists. This monster instrument is called a synchrotron and is an important part of the XM2 microscope that is being built to look inside cells in a new way. Find out what biophysicist Gerry McDermott has to say about this powerful tool and also its link to the Hulk. Really there is a connection!

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 31:19 | Vol 027
iTunes | MP3 download | 15MB

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Cell CAT Scans

Dr. Biology travels to the National Center for X-ray Tomography in Berkeley California to learn about a new microscope being built by cell biologist Carolyn Larabell and a team of scientists that provides a new way to look inside cells. Using a building sized instrument called a synchrotron for its light source the XM2, as it is called, uses X-rays to look inside cells - in fact it is so new it is the only one of its kind in the world!

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 31:55 | Vol 026
iTunes | MP3 download | 15MB

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NSDL

Have you ever wished for a place on the Web where you could find quality science content that you can count on and trust? Your wish has been granted. Learn about the National Science Digital Library and all the projects and resources created just for science, technology, engineering and math. It's as close to one-stop shopping for learning materials and activities as one can find on the Web today.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 30:56 | Vol 025
iTunes | MP3 download | 15MB

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Bee Movie Maker

Bee Movies are not just for Hollywood. Dr. Biology catches up with bee movie maker and neurobiologist Brian Smith who uses film and video to unlock the mystery behind bees and how they sense and communicate with the environment. This movie director may not bee up for an Academy Award, but he will let you in on the life of bees including bee vomit and their interesting dance steps. Bees Dance?

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 43:42 | Vol 024
iTunes | MP3 download | 21MB

Sections
Part 1 | Length - 26.15 | 13MB
Part 2 | Length - 19.92 | 10MB

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Tiny Matter

The tiny world of nanobiology is the topic of this show. Dr. Biology sits down with nanobiologist and physicist Stuart Lindsay to learn about nanobiology and some of the cool and strange things that happen when things are so small.

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 25:10 | Vol 023
iTunes | MP3 download | 12MB

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You Say Dirt, I Say Soil

What could possibly be the difference between a cup of dirt and a cup of soil? Dr. Biology talks with microbiologist Ferran Garcia-Pichel about why he avoids the dirty word and prefers to say soil. Could it be there is more in a cup of dirt - excuse me a cup of soil than meets the eye?

Content Info | Transcript | Length - 30:55 | Vol 022
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.