Episode 23 – Hollywood: The Ancient Curse

Grab some popcorn, pull up a chair, and refill your sodas, everyone, because it’s time to talk silent films with our Very Special Guest, Kaitlyn Thompson! Who may or may not have stolen the entire podcast pleasesendhelp.

Science finds the unfindable. Clio watches Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds on mute. Kaitlyn throws shade at Thomas Edison. Rissa finishes a novel.

Episode 22 – It’s Fiction-ception!

We’re bucking the trend! We’re breaking the pattern! We’re not talking about Turkey! It’s more philosophy with Rissa, plus some major announcements!

Science trashes George Lucas. Rissa disagrees with the experts. Clio sends dinosaur memes.

Go check out the amazing Alysa at Best Forevers! https://www.bestforeverspod.com/podcast/

Episode 21 – Release an Albatross At Your Wedding

How many times can Rissa sneak Lara Croft and Commander Shepherd into a professional academic thesis? Find out in this episode where we finally hear why Oxford gave her a degree for playing video games.

Clio contacts a local beekeeper. Rissa defines EVERYTHING. Science falls asleep.

Special thanks to our friends Taylor and Jacob at Good Taste! Check them out here: https://www.spreaker.com/show/good-taste


Episode 20 – Guys, I’m a Coffee Plant

What’s the worst way to make coffee? Imagine it now. Got it? You’re wrong, this is way worse. Today Science talks the history, culture, and science of coffee.

Rissa shushes middle schoolers. Science pronounces three names wrong and one name right! Clio needs a fish.

The book Science mentioned is Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed the World, by Mark Pendergrast. Check it out!

Golden Age of Resources

Hello friends and listeners, it’s Clio. Thanks for your patience on this latest episode. While you’re waiting for it to air, I thought I would leave you with some fun information. Rissa pointed out that in my excitement for this colloquium I forgot to name the sources I was quoting from. So when you hear me reading direct quotes, they’re from the following books:

The Great Caliphs: The Golden Age of the Abbasid Empire by Amira K. Bennison

The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization by Jonathan Lyons

Medieval Robots: Mechanism, Magic, Nature and Art by E.A. Truitt

Two books I also enjoyed reading in preparation for this episode were:

When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World: The Rise and Fall of Islam’s Greatest Dynasty by Hugh Kennedy

Islam in Historical Perspective by Alexander Knysh

If you’re wishing like us that someone would make a museum exhibit out of all these cool inventions then check out the 1001 Inventions youtube channel and their website full of even more information. 

Episode 19 – DO Pay Attention to the Man Behind The Curtain!

I’ll tell you, folks, this was a hard episode to name. Other contenders included, “Spell It For Her In Greek,” “My New Favorite Science Man,” and “My Weight In Gold? Very Good.”

Science falls in love. Clio talks…science? Rissa has never been in a public school in her life.

Here’s the article that spurred Clio into action: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/on-this-indian-reservation-locals-are-in-survival-mode-during-the-winter_us_5a54ddd0e4b003133ecca7bb?utm_campaign=hp_fb_pages&utm_source=main_fb&utm_medium=facebook&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

And here’s Rissa’s Ragnarok playlist: