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23 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
Food and Nutrition: Supplements
This week we're continuing our exploration of food and nutrition by talking with Neal Fortin, professor and director of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations at Michigan State University. We wanted to know about food supplements- what they are, why we add them, and what are the regulations that govern them.
30 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
Food and Nutrition: Diets
We're back! After taking some time to regroup with all of the changes in our world, we're diving back in to investigate the food we eat. With stay-at-home orders in place and recommendations for social distancing and small groups, many of us have been spending more time in our kitchen. While it is an opportunity to learn to cook more meals at home, it might also be an opportunity for greater snacking. We talked with Deanne Kelleher about diets and how we think about what we eat. We asked her about if diets even work and how we think about healthy eating.
14 minutes | Apr 20, 2020
Global Diseases: Seasonal Flu
This week is the final episode looking at global diseases. In the fall every year, you probably see signs for flu shots. It's a disease that we deal with every year, but there's still a lot of questions that we had about it. What sickness actually is the flu? What does the flu shot do? How contagious is it? Why do we always get sick every winter? This week we talk with Dr. Mason Meyer, Michigan State's pharmacist, to answer all our questions!
16 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
Global Diseases: African Swine Fever
While COVID-19 might be making current headlines, not too long ago, another disease was making the news. African Swine Fever recently broke out (again) in 2019 and was devastating pig populations, especially in China. We talked with Dr. Rachel Rheams from Michigan State's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. We learned about sad purple-earred pigs, and (more importantly) what African Swine Fever is, why it is important to learn about, and how it impacts our daily lives.
23 minutes | Mar 16, 2020
Global Diseases: Coronavirus
We actually started planning this series a while ago and couldn't have foreseen how current events have played out. Today's episode is actually the second episode in this series, but we felt that it was important to address the current epidemic. There's a lot of information out there and we wanted to give you an opportunity to hear our conversation with an expert, Dr. Stuart Weston. We ask questions like "What is coronavirus?," "Where did it come from?," "How contagious is it?". We hope this helps you understand what is going on in the world around us and gives you tools to help those around you.
12 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
Forensic Science: Anthropology
Today we're wrapping up our series looking at different parts of forensic science by investigating forensic anthropology. You might have seen the show "Bones" where Dr. Temperance Brennan uses forensic anthropology to solve crimes with Seeley Booth. We talked with Dr. Todd Fenton to see how similar reality is to fiction and what the work of a forensic anthropologist looks like.
13 minutes | Feb 17, 2020
Forensic Science: Chemistry
This week we move onto another part of forensic science- chemistry. This discipline looks at most of the non-DNA analysis that goes on at crime scenes. This week we're talking to Dr. Ruth Smith from Michigan State University to learn about what a forensic chemist does, how they identify difference samples, and the research that Dr. Ruth is doing to help make this process even better.
18 minutes | Feb 3, 2020
Forensic Science: DNA
For the next three episodes, we're going to look at what goes into forensic science. Many of us have watched Bones, CSI, or NCIS. The high-tech labs, the lightning-fast diagnostics, and the autopsy pros are what help the police catch the bad guy. But, is this what's it's like in real life? We talked to Ken Jones, Deputy Director of Analytical Science for the Baltimore Police Department, about how DNA plays a role in criminal investigations.
28 minutes | Nov 26, 2019
We're back at it this week with another one of our favorite beverages- coffee! We wanted to know how we get the perfect cup, so grab your favorite blend, sit back, and enjoy as we talk to Kelsie Gibbs to find out more.
38 minutes | Nov 13, 2019
We grab a drink all the time- water, pop, juice. So, what goes into making them? This week we're starting to explore some of the most popular beverages and the science behind them. We're kicking off by looking at beer with Dr. Jim Bruckner, a microbiologist who works in breweries on quality control and beer science. We got to hear about what goes into brewing beer, what choices you need to make to get to different tastes, and some of the more creative types of beer that use some unique science!
24 minutes | Oct 29, 2019
Water: Treatment and Purification
Did you ever read Magic School Bus at the Waterworks? In this episode we got our own tour through the water works and how water is cleaned up from Dr. Dan Zitomar. We talked about how safe water gets to our faucets, how we treat it, and how we manage it. Rachel especially loved this episode!
21 minutes | Oct 15, 2019
Water: Plastics and Waste
Last week we talked about how important clean and accessible water is. This week, we talk to an expert who thinks about how do we keep water clean. Dr. Anne Schauer-Gimenez works with Mango Materials to produce materials that are biodegradable. These products come from waste products of cleaning water and, when broken down, help keep the environment more clean that other alternatives. She tells us about her work and what else we can do to help protect our water.
21 minutes | Oct 1, 2019
Water: Quality and Pollution
Right now both Rachel and Alyssa live in Michigan, a state surround by thousands of miles of shoreline and four of the five Great Lakes. Our state was also recently affected by the Flint water crisis. Being in an area where water is thought about frequently, we wanted to learn more about how our water gets to us, how its treated, and how we can care for it better. This week we talk to Joan Rose to learn about all the aspects that go into the quality of our water and where it comes from.
11 minutes | Sep 17, 2019
We made it one year with Speaking Science! To commemorate, we recorded a special episode with just the two of us talking about our favorite episodes, what we hope for this next year, and what exciting episodes might be coming up.
30 minutes | Sep 17, 2019
Artificial Intelligence: Self-Driving Cars
We're familiar with cars- whether we are driving them, riding them, or dodging them in the crosswalks. But what happens when you take the driver out of the car? This week we got to take a field trip to May Mobility in Grand Rapids, MI to learn about self-driving cars. We wanted to know how they work, how safe they are, and why they're so important.
36 minutes | Sep 3, 2019
Artificial Intelligence: Video Games
Video games are a part of daily life for many of us. From Mario Kart with friends to Legend of Zelda to old-school Snake. We've been innovating and challenging ourselves with different scenarios, worlds, and game type over the years. So what's the next big leap in gaming? We talked with Dr. Arend Hintz from MSU who works on applying artificial intelligence to video games. He explains how the artificial intelligence he works on is different from what we discussed last week, some of the fun applications of it, and some of the questions we need to bear in mind as we move into the future. Sci-fi fans- you'll love this week's episode!
21 minutes | Aug 19, 2019
Artificial Intelligence: Biomedicine
Many of us have heard of Tony Stark's JARVIS in the Iron Man movies or have used Siri or Alexa to look up information. But what else can we use artificial intelligence for? Over the next three episodes, we're taking a look at how we interact with A.I. on a daily basis and how that might be changing in the future. We're starting off by looking at its use in medicine. David Hollinger, from MSU, explained how A.I. can be used to make more accurate diagnosis, make doctors more available for time with patients, and help make bedside care more efficient.
16 minutes | Aug 7, 2019
For one week we're taking a break from posting our usual series to focus on a topic that's made headlines in the news over the last few years. From battles in the court of law to "gene-edited babies", CRISPR is an emerging technology that has made a lot of waves. We wanted to talk to an expert, Dr. Doxen, and we asked him about what CRISPR is, what ethics we have to consider when using this technology, and how can we use this in a safe way in the future.
13 minutes | Jul 23, 2019
Faking It: Additives
This week we finish our Faking It series. To conclude, we talked with Robert Freeborn, a graduate student at Michigan State University in the Rockwell Lab. He's looked at how the presence of a food additive effects the efficacy of flu vaccines. While we were talking about his research, we also asked a few other questions about food additives: why are they there, are they all bad, and what can we do to learn more?
17 minutes | Jun 26, 2019
Faking It: Food Flavors
We're returning to a series that we began a few weeks ago: Faking It. We're looking at how artificial colors, flavors, and additives affect our foods. This week we're talking to Dr. Gary Reineccius about the artificial flavors that get added to our food. How do we discover artificial flavors? Why do we add them? Are they safe? We talked about all these and more and are excited to share our conversation with you!
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