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Spiderwoman

An interview with arachnologists Eileen Hebets and Lisa Taylor. Two women that defy the convention that women are all afraid of spiders. Listen in as Dr. Biology learns there are no Miss Muffets in this show.

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Topic Time
Intro - Little Miss Muffet 00:00
What got you interested in spiders? [Eileen] 02:14
What got you interested in spiders? [Lisa] 03:58
What are invertebrates and vertebrates? 04:35
Spiders are not insects. 05:17
How high and or far do jumping spiders jump? 06:19
Why do jumping spiders jump? 07:26
Eileen why are you working on wolf spiders? [dancing spiders] 07:57
Spider ornamentation, drumming, and attracting a mate. 08:43
Wolf spider genus you work on - and what they look like. [Eileen] 10:35
Why do wolf spiders use both sight and sound to attract a mate? 11:58
What is the genus of jumping spider you study? [Lisa] 13:45
What do your jumping spiders look like? 14:00
Spider colors and iridescence. 14:19
School of Life Sciences, Frontiers in Life Sciences - Iridescence Conference. [artist - fashion designers] 15:32
What do spiders like to eat? 16:32
Do female spiders eat their male mates? 17:08
Are female spiders larger than male spiders? 17:45
Spider venom. 18:10
Do spiders have good vision? [color vision] 18:38
How do spider keep from getting stuck in their own web? 19:03
How long have you been studying spiders and do you travel to collect your spiders? [Eileen] 20:14
Any interesting stories or adventure while out colleting spiders? [Eileen - snake encounter] 21:18
Any interesting collecting stories you can share? [Lisa - amazing growing male jumping spider] 23:28
How do spiders grow bigger? [molting - the story of the multiplying tarantula] 24:16
When did you first know you wanted to be a biologist? [Lisa] 25:43
When did you first know you wanted to be a biologist? [Eileen] 26:12
What would you be if you were not a biologist? [Eileen] 26:37
What would you be if you were not a biologist? [Lisa] 27:48
What advice do you have for someone wanting to become a biologist? [Lisa] 28:20
What advice do you have for someone wanting to become a biologist? [Eileen] 29:50
Spider Camp [Big Red Summer Camps - Discover Spiders] 30:20
Sign-off 31:01

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Spiderwoman

Audio editor: Charles Kazilek

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