Rbutr? Dr Paul Willis? How About A Science Engagement-Filled New Token Skeptic Episode? All Out Now!

This photo best represents me at this moment:

A flat-out cat.

This is mostly because I spent today flying frantically around the city, collecting essays for grading, picking up a new book I’d ordered, trying to track down odd items on a shopping list…

[I swear – I walked into one department store and stopped dead in the entryway after my bag randomly set off the alarm system.

The very nice security guard said “It’s okay, we’ll just check your bag when you leave,

And I responded: “That’s not the problem. I honestly can’t remember what I walked in here to get in the first place…

And she laughed and suggested that I walk around a bit until I remembered. Turned out the store didn’t have what I was looking for anyway, which didn’t help my flustered state much. I really am a hectic mess these days.]

Then I dashed home to do an impromptu interview and then kind of crashed for what was left of the day. At the moment, I’m kind of covered in taco sauce (which isn’t depicted in the photo, so I’ll leave that to your imagination) and I’m going to spend the rest of the weekend:

– Attending the Perth Roller Derby Grand Final: Bloody Sundaes vs Mistresses of Mayhem.
– Seeing Looper with friends
– Cycling around as much of my town as I can to get in some exercise and fresh air in between all the essays I’ll be reading.

But! I have definitely achieved three things today, and they’re all here for you:

The Pod Delusion Episode #155 – featuring my interview with Shane Greenup of Rbutr

Dr Paul Willis of RiAus talking about ScienceRewired on AudioBoo (very excited about this!)

Token Skeptic #138 – On Science Engagement: Interviews With Bec “Running Ponies” Crew, Blogger Alex Brown and Cara Santa Maria of Huffington Post’s “Talk Nerdy To Me

Now, all the Pod Delusion episodes are fantastic, but this one I particularly recommend… there’s a scoop on the latest book by Ben Goldacre; the 40 Days for Life return (I interviewed Liz Lutgendorff about the Forty Days Of Treats response last year) – a great chat with Richard Dawkins… and my interview with Shane Greenup about Rbutr!

* Ben Goldacre Interview (2:10) by Liz Lutgendorff
* 40 Days For Life Are Back (21:30) by James O’Malley (ft Lucy Porter & Kerry J)
* Dawkins at the NSS Conference (26:12) by James O’Malley (ft Richard Dawkins)
* Nature Deficit Disorder (34:13) by Martin Saban-Smith
* Whooping Cough Vaccine (42:26) by Peter English
* Rbutr (53:08) by Kylie Sturgess (ft Shane Greenup)

I try very hard (sometimes my schedule is just awful and I never get in audio quite on time) to submit content to the Pod Delusion – I very much support crowd-sourced initiatives and I think it’s a great way to get Australian content noticed internationally.

So, do check out the whole show and I hope you enjoy the segment with Shane Greenup – the full interview will feature on the Token Skeptic some time in the future. DO pass on the news about Rbutr to as many people as you can and please consider donating to the Pod Delusion to help keep it going.

Next podcast! The latest AudioBoo for ScienceRewired:

ScienceRewired – happening very soon! Dr Paul Willis is a wonderful scientist and a great popular figure in the Australian media – and the Director of RiAUS! Check out his contribution and all the others at the AudioBoo ScienceRewired site. They’re also all downloadable via iTunes as well.

As for the Token Skeptic? Here’s all the links for the interviewees:

Bec Crew – of the Scientific American blog Running Ponies – her newly-released book “Zombie Tits, Astronaut Fish and Other Weird Animals” is available via New South Press.Becky Crew is a Sydney-based science writer, award-winning blogger and former online editor. Twitter @BecCrew.

Alexander Brown – Blogger and science communication student working at CERN – recently wrote the viral posts “I Fucking Hate Sexism In Science” and “Mac For Dummies. Female Dummies” which went viral after they were reported in a blog post for The Atlantic, for Jezebel.com, and Mumsnet forums. Twitter @alex_brovvn.

Cara Santa Maria – Huffington Post’s senior science correspondent and host of the “Talk Nerdy to Me” series. She is a North Texas native who currently lives in Los Angeles, who prior moving to the west coast taught biology and psychology courses to university undergraduates and high school students in Texas and New York. Her published research has spanned various topics, including clinical psychological assessment, the neuropsychology of blindness, neuronal cell culture techniques, and computational neurophysiology. Cara has appeared on Larry King Live (CNN), Parker/Spitzer (CNN), Geraldo at Large (Fox News), and I Kid (TLC). She also co-produced and hosted a science talk show pilot for HBO and recently, co-hosted an episode of StarTalk Radio with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Twitter @CaraSantaMaria.

 Enjoy them, because of all the essay grading and the forthcoming ScienceRewired conference, it’s entirely possible that I won’t be coming out with many podcast episodes in October – I should be taking a break for the second half of the month at this rate.

Which isn’t so bad; I’m overdue for a holiday and I have plans for a few new projects in the works…  Stay tuned!


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