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Science For the Rest of Us
66 minutes | 3 months ago
Attempt at Reboot with Ty Walker
Covid has put too much on Alex's plate and this conversation with Lydia Foundation Board Member Ty Walker is an attempt at reboot. We cover mental health during the pandemic, Stoic philosophers and why Alex does the podcast.
88 minutes | 8 months ago
What Do We Know About Hate?
Dr. Peter Simi from Chapman University describes the research surrounding violent extremism and right wing domestic extremism in particular.
68 minutes | 10 months ago
Good Cop, Bad Cop: Understanding Police Use of Force
A great conversation with University of Nebraska - Omaha Professor Justin Nix about police use of force, bias in policing, how we compare to other countries and alternative models of law enforcement.
67 minutes | a year ago
To Be or Not to Be: Mental Health and Wellbeing
Guest Host and Lydia Foundation Board Member Ty Walker interviews Dr. Christine Chasek from University of Nebraska - Kearney about the science behind mental health and wellbeing.
59 minutes | a year ago
Is Homework Worth Doing?
Dr. Janine Bempechat from Boston University helps us understand who homework helps and if we should we should make our kids do it.
60 minutes | a year ago
Would You Like Some Nutrients with Your Water?
"Nutrient Pollution" is becoming a(nother) major flashpoint between rural and urban communities and we discuss the farm contribution to the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico, algal blooms in our surface waters, what it means for our drinking water, and the difficulty of decreasing this fertility-laden runoff. Dr. Matthew Helmers is the Director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and he helps us understand a complex issue with no simple answers.
74 minutes | 2 years ago
High or Healthy? The Science of Medical Marijuana
Forty-seven states have legalized some form of Medical Marijuana, but Idaho, South Dakota and Nebraska have yet to join the party. Dr. Bia Carlini of the University of Washington's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute discusses the current state of research into cannabis and what it has to offer therapeutically.
86 minutes | 2 years ago
The Science of Recycling Podcast Content
The podcast has been slacking as our farming season has come on strong, but here is a recap with some highlights from Season 1, a short update on where the podcast is heading in Season 2 and details on our new sponsor, The Lydia Foundation for Social Engagement.
82 minutes | 2 years ago
Don't Get All Agro(ecology) On Me: Alternative Agriculture
A wide ranging discussion with Dr. Chuck Francis from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln about alternative approaches to farming. We discuss organic agriculture, cover crops, soil health, "feeding the world" and Chuck takes a well-earned opportunity to wax poetic.
50 minutes | 2 years ago
Eructation Inflation: Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Livestock
Put your nerd hat on -- we cover a lot of ground in this fast-paced discussion with Dr. Frank Mitloehner of the University of California-Davis about the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the meat and dairy we consume. We consider how livestock emissions compare to other sectors of the US and global economies, the carbon footprint of vegetarian diets and what is the most effective way to reduce individual carbon emissions.
70 minutes | 2 years ago
Here a Gun, There a Gun: The Science of Gun Violence
Dr. David Hemenway from Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health takes us through what's known about gun violence and what can be done to decrease it. We discuss suicide, gun access, mental health, video games and much more.
58 minutes | 2 years ago
Nerd to the Nth Degree: BIG Numbers
Dr. Matthew Peavy talks math, encryption technologies and really, really, really, really, really, really, reallyreallyreally big numbers. This will seriously blow your mind and we have some fun along the way too.
92 minutes | 2 years ago
Powered By Dinosaurs: Understanding Electrical Energy
How is electricity generated? Coal, Nuclear, Hydro, Wind, Solar -- how do all of these create the power we are so dependent on? How is power stored and delivered? We tackle these subjects and work to understand the intricate challenges of increasing our renewable energy portfolio with Dr. Jerry Hudgins of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
90 minutes | 2 years ago
One's Too Many, A Hundred's Not Enough: Addiction and Treatment
Dr. K. Michelle Peavy of Evergreen Treatment Services in Seattle, Washington helps us understand opioid, methamphetamine and alcohol addiction. Plus the science of treatment -- what actually works to break the cycle of addiction?
67 minutes | 2 years ago
The Health Impact of Agricultural Chemicals
Dr. Jenna Gibbs of the University of Iowa’s Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health discusses a sampling of common agricultural chemicals and their impact on human health.
89 minutes | 3 years ago
Regulate This!: How Genetic Engineering is Regulated
Dr. Jennifer Kuzma from NC State walks us through the complicated world of regulations that control how genetically engineering plants and animals make into our world and onto our plates. Really interesting conversation with broad implications for how society regulates complex technologies.
68 minutes | 3 years ago
Whiskey Is For Drinkin' - Water is For Fightin'
Many parts of the world struggle with limited water resources and seemingly unlimited demands on them. We discuss water laws nationwide with Don Blankenau, of Blankenau, Wilmoth and Jarecke (even more boring than a scientist: a lawyer!). We have a specific focus on Nebraska to understand issues like surface water and groundwater rights, river compacts between states, and priority of use between cities, agriculture and industry, but also learn about novel cases working their way toward the Supreme Court.
80 minutes | 3 years ago
The Meat We Eat: Antibiotics, Hormones and Animal Welfare
A conversation with Dr. Dan Thomson, Professor of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, about production livestock agriculture and cattle in particular. How are antibiotics and hormones used? How do they affect human health? How is "animal welfare" defined in livestock agriculture? Do Confined Animal Feed Operations (CAFOs) meet standards of animal welfare?
72 minutes | 3 years ago
Is It Getting Hot in Here?: Understanding our Climate
Dr. Don Wilhite discusses climate science and addresses ongoing misinformation while detailing the impacts to Nebraska agriculture in particular.
50 minutes | 3 years ago
To Edit or Not To Edit: Genetic Engineering
A broad discussion of genetic editing with Dr. Tom Clemente, University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
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