A Science Advocacy Podcast. We get great interviews with science writers, and scientists, on their specialties. Rather than focus on topicality, we talk to our guests on the implications of their research and writings with regards to larger issues. Dr. Greg Laden is an anthropologist with extensive research in Africa, as well as on climate change. With his expertise as a research and as a professor, he and Mike Haubrich, engage wtih our guests and audience to ensure meaningful content.

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Ikonokast

Episode 31 - The Range, the North Shore And More

This is an overlapping continuation of episode 31, including the part about Silver Bay.  Greg Laden and Mike Haubrich spoke a bit more, about our travels and experiences along the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota.  We also talked about the Iron Range in some greater detail, we talked about the gas fires in a flooded Grand Forks in 1997, how Hibbing had to move for the mines in the 1920's and how even the mountains in Minnesota are almost flat. This is how our conversations go when we get together.  You should join us sometime.
00:00:00 11/19/2022

Past Episodes

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In this interview, Megan Bond talks extensively with Greg Laden about the importance of the watershed to Minnesota's Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park as well as the Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario; but more importantly, the watershed flows out from a contintal "trivide" to Hudson's Bay, The Atlantic Ocean's East Coast through the St. Lawrence Seaway and to the Gulf Of Mexico through the Mississippi River. More information at Ikonokast.com https://ikonokast.com/2022/10/28/episode-30-protecting-the-watershed-with-megan-bond/
01:00:42 10/28/2022
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In this wide-ranging episode, we explored ideas in agriculture on how to make it both more productive and ecologically friendly. Our guest is Laurent Penet, PhD, a researcher with the French National Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment. While we strayed from the initial question, we did cover a lot of ground on maintaining our ability to continue to produce food in the tropics and the temperate zones, how to encourage biodiversity by not killing all the weeds, why we need pollinators, and reiterated that farmers are great resources because they know the land they are working.
00:00:00 6/5/2022
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Ethan Siegel is a primo science communicator, with a blog at Starts With a Bang, a podcast of his own of the same name, and articles that he has published in a diverse array of magazines.  He's an enthusiastic interpreter of science, and we assure you there is no math required to listen to this podcast. The episode post is at https://ikonokast.com/2022/05/08/fourteen-questions-with-ethan-siegel/
00:00:00 5/8/2022
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Especially since Covid-19, everyone you argue with either in person or on the internet about masks or vaccines, or climate change, or evolution, or whether the earth is flat or round, or whatever people fight about, there's going to be a demand to produce the science to support your argument. That's not always as easy as you might think.
00:00:00 4/17/2022
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In this episode, Mike and Greg are each other's guests, and we go over things you can do both at home and in talking to your local and national government representatives to help restore carbon balance to nature.   https://ikonokast.com/2022/04/10/episode-26-seven-simple-rules-for-saving-the-planet/
57:30:00 4/10/2022
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The wait is over! Bill Schutt, auther of Pump: A Natural History of the Heart This is the second part of Greg Laden's interview with Bill Schutt, whose book Pump: A Natural History of the Heart, is available on Amazon in multiple formats. If you haven't listened to the first part of this interview yet, catch up on that one first. Don't forget to listen to our interview with Dr. Schutt on Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History. Here are the links to the articles in both parts of this interview: Pump: A Natural History of the Heart Meteorite Crash-Landed in Canada Woman's Bed COVID-19 slows birth rate in U.S., Europe Bat guts become less healthy through diet of 'fast food' from banana plantations Threatened rattlesnakes' inbreeding makes species more resistant to bad mutations
00:48:08 11/11/2021
Ikonokast

We are back! [caption id="attachment_321" align="alignright" width="199"]Bill Schutt Bill Schutt, auther of Pump: A Natural History of the Heart[/caption] Join us with part one of an interview with zoologist and author Bill Schutt, as we discuss his latest book, Pump: A Natural History of the Heart, a delightful and informative exploration of the heart, in all its (anatomical) forms. We have changed our format a little, and hope you enjoy it. Feedback is welcome as long as you are nice about it. Material discussed in this and the next episode: Pump: A Natural History of the Heart Meteorite Crash-Landed in Canada Woman's Bed COVID-19 slows birth rate in U.S., Europe Bat guts become less healthy through diet of 'fast food' from banana plantations Threatened rattlesnakes' inbreeding makes species more resistant to bad mutations

00:51:36 11/11/2021
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Dr. Karen Stollznow is a linguist who earned her PhD at the University of New England, in Australia. She hosts the skeptical podcast Monster Talk with Blake Smith (subscribe, you'll thank us!) She is also a prolific author, having published academic works, non-fiction as well as fiction.

Karen Stollznow
Dr. Karen Stollznow

In this episode, we open with the ways in which we judge and stereotype each other based on the dialect and language that we use and move on to the meanings of words and how the change in time and space. Not only does the cafe lose the accent after a time, but bad words turn good and good words turn bad. It's hysterical, how that works.

We marked this episode "explicit" because we discuss some of the words that are not used in polite language and how the relative offense of using some words varies based on where the speaker is as well as how the audience may be.

Check out her Amazon Author's Page Here and also check out Monster Talk.

00:00:00 7/17/2019
Ikonokast

Anastasia Bodnar, PhD, is our guest on this episode. This is her second stint on Ikonokast, and for a refresher or if you are new to the show, we welcome you to listen to Genetic Engineering and Food Security.

Anastasia Bodnar
At the White House

Our topic for this show is the importance of disclosure of potential conflicts of interest while conducting and reporting on research. Anastasia is a founding member and a director of Biology Fortified, an organization that presents information and research on the topic of genetic engineering. Recently, Anastasia had a close up look at a potential conflict of interest, and we discuss that in depth.

Also, there are opportunities for science communicators to join the Biofortified group and Anastasia, Greg and Mike talk about what volunteer needs can be filled.

Biology Fortified Support Opportunities

Top Cancer Researcher Fails to Disclose Corporate Financial Ties in Major Research Journals

Conflicts of Interest Ethical Systems.org

Finally, here's a video describing the GMO Corn Experiment discussed during the podcast:

00:53:55 10/1/2018
Ikonokast

Today, Ikonokast visits with Joe Romm, author of How To Go Viral and Reach Millions: Top Persuasion Secrets from Social Media Superstars, Jesus, Shakespeare, Oprah, and Even Donald Trump.

Romm is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and the founder of the widely read and well respected Climate Progress (a part of Think Progress). He was for a time Acting Assistant Secreatary of the US Department of Energy, and has published several books on climate change, energy, national security, and communication, some of which we link to below.

In this interview, as well as in Romm's book, you'll learn about the tried and true methods of creating a message that sticks. You'll also learn about the one thing Donald Trump is very good at (much to our collective peril).

Books by Joe Romm:

Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know

Language Intelligence: Lessons on persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln, and Lady Gaga

Hell and High Water: How Global Warming Will Forever Change

01:04:55 9/21/2018

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