Our Past Episodes


From asteroids to artificial intelligence, dinosaurs to DNA...

Since our start in 2018, A Scientist Walks into a Bar has interviewed experts in all sorts of topics. You can listen to and/or watch some of our past shows below.

Brittany Towers - 11.9.21

We ere joined again by Brittany Towers, also known as @theblackfoodscientist. Brittany told us all about the science behind different cooking techniques and flavor pairings and gave us the inside scoop on how food scientists develop everything from new ice cream recipes to energy drink flavors.


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Trevonne Thompson - 10.12.21

Dr. Trevonne Thompson told us all about poison. A professor and the director of the medical toxicology program in the UIC College of Medicine, Trevonne will talk with us about how poisons work, the history of toxicology, and what it's like for doctors to race against time to help people who have been poisoned.


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Beronda Montgomery - 6.8.21

We hosted botanist Beronda L. Montgomery, a professor at Michigan State, whose book Lessons from Plants came out this year. We asked Beronda about the creative behaviors and adaptations of plants, what we can learn from them beyond facts and data, and what it's like to write a meditative look at these beings so different, but so similar, to ourselves.

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Wami Ogunbi and Eva Mungai - 5.11.21

We spoke with with Wami Ogunbi and Eva Mungai, roboticists and PhD candidates at the University of Michigan. Wami and Eva explained how they teach robots to walk, how robots can help people with disabilities, and what they hope the future of robotics might hold.

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Jonathan Meiburg - 4.13.21

We chatted with ornithologist Jonathan Meiburg about his book: A Most Remarkable Creature, which explores the wild and fascinating history, origins, and possible future of caracaras. We switching it up a little, with both Kate and Noah sitting down to ask Jonathan about what makes these birds so special, his time writing the book, and his other day job as the frontman for the rock band Shearwater.

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Vedran Lekić - 3.9.21

We spoke with Vedran Lekić, a seismologist at the University of Maryland who uses seismic waves to learn what's under the Earth's surface. Our talk touched on earthquakes, tectonic plates, and how we know what we know about the world beneath our feet.

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Clara Sousa-Silva - 2.9.21

We chatted with Clara Sousa-Silva, a quantum astrochemist who recently helped discover possible signs of life on Venus. The conversation focused our closest planetary neighbor and how light and chemistry can help us learn about the make-up of other planets (and potentially, life on those planets).

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Allen Helm - 1.12.21

Dr. Allen Helm, the senior biosafety officer at the University of Chicago told us us how labs safely handle dangerous microbes so that scientists can do life-saving research, and what you need to wear when you're working with the bubonic plague.

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Nina Kraus - 12.8.20

We chatted with Nina Kraus, a Professor of Neurobiology at Northwestern, about why carols get stuck in our heads, how songs are connected to learning, and how she invented new ways to observe the biology of sound processing in humans.

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Stephanie Smith - 9.11.20

We were joined by Stephanie Smith, a postdoctoral researcher at the Field Museum, will be on deck to talk about what bones are and how they work, the weirdest bones in fossil animals and mammals alive today, and why shrews are, in fact, the best animals.

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Renée Hlozek and Kimmy Wu - 8.11.20

We chatted with cosmologists Renée Hlozek (University of Toronto) and Kimmy Wu (University of Chicago and Stanford) about the cosmic microwave background: electromagnetic radiation left over from the beginning of the universe.

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Corrie Moreau - 5.12.20

We spoke with Corrie Moreau, an organismal evolutionary biologist at Cornell and our old colleague at the Field Museum. A true badass, Corrie studies the DNA of ants to learn about how species co-evolve.

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Jingmai O'Connor - 4.21.20

A discussion with paleontologist Jingmai O'Connor on The Hideout's Twitch channel. Jingmai is a specialist on how dinosaurs evolved into birds, and helped discover a new family of creatures called "bat-wing dinosaurs."

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