Using Pop Culture to Teach Science

Our guest this week is Matt Brady.  Along with his wife Shari, these two high school science teachers have been working to bring pop culture into the classroom to increase student engagement and understanding of science.  Their website The Science Of helps broadcast these ideas and strategies with the goal of providing a place for popular culture to act as a springboard to […]

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Help Kickstart a New NOVA Science Special: Beyond the Elements

Our guest this week is David Pogue – tech critic for Yahoo Tech, correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, columnist for Scientific American and host of many NOVA science specials. In 2012, Pogue shared his exploration of the periodic table with the wildly popular NOVA special Hunting the Elements. He’d like to continue that story with Beyond the Elements, where he will explore […]

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Googling and MacGyvering

Making his third appearance on Lab Out Loud, we welcome Rhett Allain back to the show.  As an Associate Professor of physics at Southeastern Louisiana University, Rhett is also an avid blogger for Wired Science.  In addition to his consultant work for MythBusters, Rhett has recently added another impressive accolade to his resume: Technical Consultant for the TV show MacGyver (2106).  Rhett joins […]

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Episode 111: Watching the History Inside You with Your Inner Fish

This week we welcome Neil Shubin to the show.  As paleontologist and anatomy professor at the University of Chicago, Shubin has had some fantastic opportunities to hunt for fossils and use them to communicate stories of our own evolution. In 2008, he wrote these stories into Your Inner Fish – a national bestselling book that has now been adapted into a three-part series […]

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Episode 91 – BBC’s Bang Goes the Theory

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL91.mp3 This week we talk with Dr. Yan Wong – an evolutionary biologist and co-host of BBC’s “Bang Goes the Theory”.  Dr. Yan joins us to talk about the show (now available on BBC America), doing science in public, and gives us some ideas of science demonstrations you can do in your classroom. Bang Goes the Theory – Mondays @ 10:20/9:20C […]

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Episode 82 – Science of the Summer Olympics

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL82.mp3 As the school year begins, why not think back to the summer?  Join us as we kick off our sixth season by talking with Senior Producer Mark Miano about NBC Learn’s Science of the Summer Olympics.  NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, has been providing historic stories, images and primary source documents available on-demand to teachers, students […]

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Episode 78 – “Hunting the Elements” and other resources from NOVA

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL78.mp3 In anticipation of NOVA’s upcoming “Hunting the Elements” special and app, we got in touch with Rachel Connolly – NOVA’s Director of Education.  Rachel talks to us about the show and its accompanying app, NOVA’s Hunting the Elements periodic tweets, and other resources from NOVA.  Listen to the show and watch “Hunting the Elements”, airing 4/4/12 on PBS. Links: Hunting […]

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Episode 75 – Superbowl of the Mind

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL74.mp3 This week we talk with Jon Dudas, president of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).  Dudas talks to Lab Out Loud about their upcomingrobotics competitions, how they teach kids how to try, fail and succeed, and how hands-on robotic lessons can enhance the classroom experience and spark interest in science education and careers. Links: FIRST FIRST Robotics Competition About Jon […]

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Episode 67 – Take a Field Trip…In Your Classroom

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL67.mp3 Our guest this week is Jamie Loizzo, project manager for Purdue zipTrips™. A zipTrip is an electronic, interactive field trip that connects students across the country to scientists at Purdue University.  Through the experience, students are able to observe real-life science laboratories, research and science careers.  Listen to the interview and take your kids on a zipTrip! Links Purdue […]

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Episode 62 – The Sitcom Experiment

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL62.mp3   Bill Prady, Executive Producer and co-creator of the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, joins us to talk about one of our favorite science shows. Links: The Big Bang Theory on CBS The Big Bang Theory (IMDB) Follow Bill Prady on Twitter Bill Prady on Facebook The Biog Blog Theory (David Saltsberg) David Saltzberg (UCLA Physics) Interview with […]

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Episode 50 – Science We Can Watch

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL50.mp3   This week we discuss our favorite new science shows and talk to Mythbuster Kari Byron about her new show Head Rush on The Science Channel.  Airing after school and Saturdays, Head Rush provides a commercial free hour of MythBusters mashups. What science do you watch?  Comment below and share your favorite science TV shows, internet clips or other […]

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Episode 46 – Paleontologist Scott from “Dinosaur Train”

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL46.mp3       You may know this week’s guest as Paleontologist Scott from the PBS hit show “Dinosaur Train”. In episode 46, Paleontologist Scott talks about the show, being a paleontologist, and his new book Dinosaur Odyssey. Links: Scott Sampson’s Website Purchase Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life Dinosaur Train (PBS) Dinsosaur Train Videos Dinosaur Train […]

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Episode 28 – Who watches the Watchmen? Scientists Do!

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL28.mp3   Our guest this week is Jennifer Ouellette, director of the Science and Entertainment Exchange.  The Exchange provides entertainment industry professionals with access to top scientists and engineers to help bring the reality of cutting-edge science to creative and engaging storylines. Jennifer talks to us about her work with the Exchange, in how scientists advise pop culture – including […]

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Episode 20 – Ed Begley Jr. on Science and the Environment

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL20.mp3   In this episode, we talked with Ed Begley Jr.  Ed talks to us about science, the environment and his show Living with Ed. Preview from the Show: I think when people are armed with good knowledge about science, I think we’ve really got a shot.  It’s amazing to me when I talk to people – adults, people my […]

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Episode 14 – Bill Nye Talks About Energy and More

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/nstalol14.mp3   For our contribution to Earth Day, we had the opportunity to chat with Bill Nye about his new show on the new Planet Green channel called Stuff Happens. Preview from the Show: I’m doing this other thing called “Stuff Happens? for the Discovery Channel. It’s strictly for a new channel Discovery is re-purposing – they’re calling it “Planet […]

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