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STEM-Talk

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The most interesting people in the world of science and technology


110 : Tommy Wood talks about nourishing developing brains and the importance of metabolic health
Aug 4 • 77 min
Dr. Tommy Wood is a UK-trained physician who is making his third appearance on STEM-Talk. Earlier this year before the COVID-19 outbreak, Tommy gave a well-attended lecture at IHMC about the latest research on building and preserving brain health across…
109: Robb Wolf discusses whether eating meat is bad for you and the environment … and his new book “Sacred Cow”
Jul 14 • 106 min
Today’s guest is Robb Wolf, who is making his third appearance on STEM-Talk. He has a new book, which is being released today, the same day as our interview with Robb goes live. His new book, “Sacred Cow: Why Well Raised Meat Is Good For You and Good For…
108: Ken and Dawn tackle questions ranging from AI to amino acids to methylene blue to ketosis to COVID-19
Jun 23 • 58 min
Because of the number of questions that keep pouring in, today we have another Ask Me Anything episode. We also have been receiving requests to do more of these shows, so we plan to record more frequent AMA episodes in the future. If you have questions…
107: Francisco Gonzalez-Lima discusses methylene blue and near-infrared light as therapies for cognitive disorders
May 26 • 58 min
Today we have part two of our interview with Dr. Francisco Gonzalez-Lima, a behavioral neuroscientist at The University of Texas at Austin. Francisco and his colleagues at the Gonzalez-Lima Lab are recognized as world leaders for their research on the…
106: Francisco Gonzalez-Lima talks about brain metabolic mapping and Alzheimer’s
Apr 29 • 53 min
Our guest today is Dr. Francisco Gonzalez-Lima, a professor in the department of psychology, pharmacology and toxicology and the department of psychiatry at The University of Texas at Austin. He also is a professor at the university’s Institute for…
105: Art De Vany talks about healthspan, lifespan and healing the wounds of aging
Apr 7 • 47 min
Our guest today is Dr. Arthur De Vany, who we interviewed three years ago on episode 30 of STEM-Talk. Art, who is perhaps best known as one of the founders of the Paleo movement, is the author of “The New Evolution Diet: What Our Paleolithic Ancestors Can…
104: Katherine Eban talks about the dangers associated with relying on generic drugs manufactured overseas
Mar 10 • 60 min
Today’s interview is with Katherine Eban, an investigative journalist who uncovered the widespread fraud that goes on overseas in the manufacturing of U.S. generic drugs. With the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, which originated in China but is now…
103: Abe Morgentaler talks about men’s health, sex drive and the benefits of testosterone therapy
Feb 19 • 108 min
Today’s interview is with Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, an internationally known pioneer in men’s sexuality and the founder of the first comprehensive center in the U.S. specializing in men’s health. Abe’s research has upended longstanding concepts regarding…
102: Adam Konopka talks about metformin’s effects on healthspan and lifespan
Jan 28 • 48 min
Our guest today is Dr. Adam Konopka, an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, who believes that aging is the greatest risk factor for just about every single chronic…
101: Rachel Yehuda talks about epigenetic inheritance, PTSD and the potential of MDMA therapies
Jan 7 • 64 min
Today we talk with Dr. Rachel Yehuda whose pioneering research on cortisol and brain function has revolutionized worldwide our understanding and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Rachel is also well-known for her studies on the…
100: Peter Attia gives an update on his views regarding longevity and health span
Dec 17, 2019 • 63 min
Today’s episode marks the 100th episode of STEM-Talk and the return of guest Peter Attia, who Ken and Dawn interviewed for episode one of STEM-Talk back in 2016. Peter is the founder of Attia Medical, a medical practice with offices in San Diego and New…
99 : Dave Rabin talks about how psychedelics and wearable devices can help improve people’s lives
Nov 26, 2019 • 81 min
Dr. David Rabin is the chief innovation officer and co-founder of Apollo Neuroscience. He also is the co-inventor of Apollo, a wearable device designed to improve focus, sleep and access to meditative states by gently delivering layered vibrations to the…
98: Steven Austad talks about aging and preserving human health
Nov 5, 2019 • 100 min
Our guest today is Dr. Steven Austad who studies virtually every aspect of aging. He is a distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Biology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. In addition to being recognized for his aging and longevity…
97: Francesca Rossi talks about AI ethics and the development of new AI systems
Oct 15, 2019 • 79 min
Our guest today is Francesca Rossi, who for the past three years has been an AI Ethics Global Leader at IBM Research as well as an IBM Distinguished Research Staff Member. Prior to her time at IBM, she was a professor of computer science at the University…
96: Dick Despommier discusses vertical farming and fly fishing
Sep 24, 2019 • 33 min
Today we have part two of our interview with Dr. Dickson Despommier, a microbiologist and ecologist who is the emeritus professor of public and environmental health at Columbia University. Today’s episode focuses on vertical farming, a concept that Dick…
95: Dickson Despommier talks about 30 years of research into intracellular parasitism
Sep 11, 2019 • 76 min
Our guest today is Dr. Dickson Despommier, a microbiologist and ecologist who is the emeritus professor of Public and Environmental Heath at Columbia University. Our conversation with Dick covered a variety of topics and ran so long that we divided his…
94: John Newman discusses how the ketogenic diet and fasting regulate the genes and pathways that control aging
Aug 27, 2019 • 88 min
Our guest today is Dr. John Newman, a geriatrician and researcher who is well-known for a 2017 study that found a ketogenic diet reduced the mid-life mortality of aging mice while also improving their memory and healthspan. John is an assistant professor…
93: Emma Wilson talks about Toxoplasma gondii infection and its consequences
Aug 6, 2019 • 71 min
Our guest today is Dr. Emma Wilson, a researcher who has spent the past 15 years studying Toxoplasma gondii, a protozoan parasite that infects about a third of the world’s population. She is a native of Scotland and a professor of biomedical science at…
92: Megan Roberts discusses the potential of a ketogenic diet to extend healthspan and lifespan
Jul 16, 2019 • 45 min
Our guest today is Megan Roberts, a research scientist who conducted an interesting study that showeda ketogenic diet extended the longevity and healthspan of adult mice. This study has been discussed in several earlier episodes of STEM-Talk. Megan…
91: Irina and Michael Conboy explain tissue repair and stem-cell rejuvenation
Jul 2, 2019 • 79 min
Our guests today are Drs. Irina and Michael Conboy of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California Berkeley. In their lab at Berkeley, the Conboys investigate the process of tissue repair in the body in an effort to determine why…
90: Dawn and Ken answer listener questions
Jun 12, 2019 • 61 min
Ken and Dawn return in today’s podcast to answer more listener questions. Back at the beginning year, Ken and Dawn hosted their first Ask Me Anything episode. In that episode, they promised not to wait another three years and 83 episodes before once again…
89: Robert Epstein reflects on his career and the threat big tech poses to privacy and democracy
May 21, 2019 • 86 min
Our guest today is Dr. Robert Epstein, a psychologist, professor and journalist who is the former editor of Psychology Today.Robert is currently a co-founder and the senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and…
88: Duane Mitchell talks about the uphill battle to treat aggressive brain tumors
May 7, 2019 • 56 min
Our guest today is Dr. Duane Mitchell, the Phyllis Kottler Friedman Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine.He’s also the co-director of the university’s Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor…
87: Dom D’Agostino reflects on his 10 years of research into ketogenic nutrition
Apr 23, 2019 • 82 min
Dr. Dominic D’Agostino returns to STEM-Talk to give Ken and Dawn an update on his research into ketogenic nutrition. Dom was the guest on episode 14 back in 2016 when ketogenic diets didn’t even show up on a list of the top-10 diets that people Googled.…
86: Matt Johnson talks about the power and future of human-machine teaming
Apr 9, 2019 • 33 min
Our guest today is Dr. Matt Johnson, another colleague who works with Ken and Dawn at IHMC. Matt is a research scientist who joined the institute in 2002 after a 20-year career as Naval aviator. He focuses on human-machine teaming as it relates to…
85: David Geary discusses our shrinking brains, cognitive development and sex differences
Mar 26, 2019 • 84 min
Today’s guest is Dr. David Geary, a cognitive developmental scientist whose wide-ranging interests are particularly focused on evolutionary psychology, sex differences and children’s mathematical development.He is a Curators’ Distinguished Professor and a…
84: Joe Gomes discusses optimizing human performance and resiliency in the NFL and elite warfighters
Mar 12, 2019 • 63 min
Today’s guest is Joe Gomes, the former head strength and conditioning coach for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, who today is IHMC’s new High Performance Director. Joe came to IHMC a little more than a year ago to be part of a new biological team that is…
83: Ken and Dawn host their first Ask Me Anything episode
Feb 19, 2019 • 53 min
It has only taken us nearly three years to get around to it, but we’re finally doing our first “Ask Me Anything” episode. It’s hard to believe, but Ken and Dawn sat down to interview their first STEM-Talk guest back in 2016. And during that time,…
82: Stu Phillips discusses the importance of dietary protein and its role in muscle
Feb 5, 2019 • 76 min
Our guest today Dr. Stuart Phillips, a professor of kinesiology at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, who is best known for his research into muscle health and the benefits of dietary protein. Stu is the director of the McMaster Physical Activity…
81: Charles Brenner discusses NR and the benefits of boosting NAD as we age
Jan 22, 2019 • 64 min
Our guest today is Dr. Charles Brenner, the Roy J. Carver Chair of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa. Charles is one of the world’s leading experts on nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, commonly referred to as NAD, which is an essential molecule…
80: Butler Hine talks about paving the way for robotic space exploration
Jan 1, 2019 • 57 min
Our guest today is Dr. Butler Hine, the Flight Project Manager and Chief Technologist for Engineering at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Butler is also a senior research scientist and a colleague of Ken and Dawn at IHMC. Butler…
79: Satchin Panda discusses circadian rhythms and time-restricted eating to improve health and even reverse disease
Dec 18, 2018 • 92 min
Dr. Satchin Panda is a professor and researcher at the Salk Institutewho has become recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on circadian rhythm. In today’s wide-ranging interview, he discusses how the body’s natural day-night cycle can help us…
78: Jeff Phillips talks about physiologic episodes among tactical aircrew
Dec 5, 2018 • 58 min
Today’s interview is with IHMC Research Scientist Dr. Jeff Phillips. Jeff joined IHMC a year ago after spending six years as a research psychologist at the Naval Medical Research Unit in Dayton, Ohio. He worked almost exclusively on hypoxia in tactical…
77: John Ioannidis discusses why most published research findings are false
Nov 20, 2018 • 84 min
Our guest today is Dr. John Ioannidis, a Stanford professor who has been described by “BMJ” as “the scourge of sloppy science.” Atlantic magazine has gone so far as to refer to him as one of the world’s most influential scientists. John is renowned for…
76: Dava Newman on getting humans to Mars and creating the next-generation spacesuit
Nov 8, 2018 • 43 min
Today’s episode features Dr. Dava Newman, the first female engineer to serve as NASA’s deputy administrator. Dava is currently the Apollo Professor of Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For more than 20 years, she has worked…
75: Rob Mueller: Using the resources of space to build lunar outposts on the Moon and Mars
Oct 26, 2018 • 64 min
Today’s guest today is Rob Mueller, one of NASA’s senior technologists who is leading an effort to establish a base station on the Moon, and eventually Mars, as well as other destinations in the solar system. Rob is the senior technologist for the…
74: Robert Whitaker: the drug-based paradigm of psychiatric care in the U.S.
Oct 9, 2018 • 74 min
Today’s guest is a science journalist and author who has written extensively about the pharmaceutical industry. Robert Whitaker is also the founder of Mad in America, a nonprofit organization that focuses on getting people to rethink psychiatric care in…
73: Michael Okun talks about the complexity and treatment of Parkinson’s disease
Sep 25, 2018 • 99 min
Nearly 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every year in the U.S. The disease is an incredibly complex disorder that affects more than 10 million people worldwide. Our guest today is Dr. Michael Okun, who is considered the world’s…
72: Peter Norvig talks about working at Google, digital privacy, fake news, killer robots and AI’s future
Sep 11, 2018 • 75 min
Today’s episode features a timely interview with Google’s Director of Research, Peter Norvig. He is also the co-author of “Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach,” which is in its third edition and is a leading AI textbook. In today’s interview, we…
71: Elizabeth Nance talks about using nanotechnology to understand and treat brain diseases
Aug 28, 2018 • 76 min
Our guest today has been described by Forbes magazine as one of the “most disruptive, game-changing and innovating young personalities in science.” Dr. Elizabeth Nance is known for her passionate search to find ways to more efficiently connect resources…
70: David Sabatini on the discovery of mTOR and its role in disease, longevity & healthspan
Aug 14, 2018 • 76 min
Peter Attia, who was our very first guest on STEM-Talk, describes David Sabatini’s discovery of mTOR as one of his two favorite science stories. Today, Dr. David Sabatini joins us and gives us a first-hand account of how his research into rapamycin in…
69: David LeMay talks about countering inflammation with SPMs
Jul 31, 2018 • 76 min
Dr. David LeMay is a sports medicine and rehabilitation physician who is a consultant for the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals, which won the Stanley Cup this year, their first in the…
68: Steve Anton talks about diet, exercise, intermittent fasting and lifestyle interventions to improve health
Jul 17, 2018 • 67 min
What’s the best way to eat and the right way to exercise to ensure a healthy lifespan? Our guest today is Dr. Stephen Anton, a psychologist who has spent his career researching how lifestyle factors can influence not only obesity, but also cardiovascular…
67: Doug Wallace talks about mitochondria, our human origins and the possibility of mitochondria-targeted therapies
Jul 3, 2018 • 104 min
Today’s guest is Dr. Douglas Wallace, the director of the Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is internationally known as the founder of mitochondrial genetics. Mitochondria are tiny structures…
66: Peter Neuhaus talks about exoskeletons, robotics, and the development of exercise technologies for space and Earth
Jun 19, 2018 • 43 min
In today’s episode, Ken and Dawn interview their colleague Dr. Peter Neuhaus, a senior research scientist here at IHMC. Peter is an engineer well-known for his work on wearable robotic devices. In particular, Peter has focused on lower extremity…
65: Dr. Brendan Egan talks about the importance of muscle and his research into exogenous ketones
Jun 5, 2018 • 75 min
Dr. Brendan Egan is an Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Physiology at Dublin City University who is well known for research that shows resistance training can improve strength, muscle mass, reduce falls in older people, and perhaps even extend…
64: Valter Longo talks about the fasting-mimicking diet and the keys to longevity
May 22, 2018 • 59 min
Today’s episode features Dr. Valter Longo, director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California. Valter is best known for his research on stem cells and aging as well as his fasting-mimicking diet. Often referred to as FMD, the…
63: Keith Baar talks about collagen synthesis, ketogenic diet, mTORC1 signaling, autophagy, post strength training nutrition, and more…
May 8, 2018 • 62 min
Dr. Keith Baar joins Ken and Dawn today for the second of his two-part interview for STEM-Talk. Keith is a renowned scientist in the emerging field of molecular exercise physiology who has made fundamental discoveries on how muscles grow bigger, stronger,…
62: Keith Baar talks about muscle and explains mTOR, PGC-1a, dystrophin, and the benefits of chocolate
Apr 24, 2018 • 63 min
Today’s episode is the first of a two-part interview with Dr. Keith Baar, the head of the Functional Molecular Biology Laboratory in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior at the University of California, Davis. In his capacity as a…
61: Chris McCurdy discusses kratom and the opioid crisis
Apr 10, 2018 • 63 min
More than 90 Americans a day are dying from opioid abuse. Today’s guest, Dr. Christopher McCurdy, is at the forefront of research designed to help the U.S. deal with this drug overdose crisis. Chris is a medicinal chemist and behavioral pharmacologist at…
60: Marie Jackson talks about the amazing endurance of Roman concrete
Mar 27, 2018 • 49 min
Why is it that modern marine concrete structures crumble and corrode within decades, but 2,000-year-old Roman piers and breakwaters endure to this day? Episode 60 of STEM-Talk features Dr. Marie Jackson, a scientist who has spent the past two decades…
59: Stephen Cunnane discusses the role of ketones in human evolution and Alzheimer’s
Mar 13, 2018 • 56 min
Nearly five million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease. In 30 years, that number is estimated to be 16 million In today’s episode, Ken and Dawn interview Dr. Stephen Cunnane, a Canadian physiologist whose extensive research into…
58: Flora Hammond discusses traumatic brain injuries and how treatments are evolving
Feb 27, 2018 • 45 min
Today’s episode features one of the nation’s leading physicians and researchers who has spent years studying and treating traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Flora Hammond is a professor and chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at…
57: Lauren Jackson discusses radiation exposure, including the effects of a nuclear strike
Feb 13, 2018 • 71 min
Today’s interview features Dr. Lauren Jackson, a nationally known expert in the field of tumor and normal-tissue radiobiology. She is especially recognized for her expertise in medical countermeasure development for acute radiation sickness and delayed…
56: Jon Clark talks about NASA, supersonic jumps from the edge of space, and humans in extreme environments
Jan 30, 2018
Today’s episode is the second of a two-part interview with IHMC Senior Scientist Dr. Jonathan Clark, a six-time Space Shuttle crew surgeon who has served in numerous roles for both NASA and the Navy. Part one of our interview, episode 55, ended with Jon…
55: Jon Clark looks back at his Naval and NASA careers and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster
Jan 16, 2018 • 63 min
Today’s episode is the first of two-part interview with IHMC Senior Scientist Dr. Jonathan Clark, a six-time Space Shuttle crew surgeon who has served in numerous roles for both NASA and the Navy. In a wide-ranging conversation with Ken and Dawn, Jon…
54: Brianna Stubbs talks about ketone esters and their application in sport
Jan 2, 2018 • 95 min
Late in 2017, a San Francisco startup company brought one of the commercial ketone esters to market. Today’s episode features an interview with a scientist and world-class athlete who has spent the past year helping develop and rollout HVMN Ketone, an…
53: Brian Caulfield on wearable technologies and the potential of electrical muscle stimulation
Dec 19, 2017 • 80 min
Today’s interview is with Dr. Brian Caulfield, the dean of physiotherapy at the University College Dublin, where he also is one of the directors of Ireland’s largest research center, the INSIGHT Center for Data Analytics. Brian is especially known for the…
52: Nina Teicholz on saturated fat, U.S. dietary guidelines, and the shortcomings of nutrition science
Dec 5, 2017 • 90 min
Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz joined Ken and Dawn remotely from a studio in New York City in mid-September for a fascinating discussion about the history and pitfalls of nutrition science. Teicholz is the author of the international bestseller,…
51: Roger Smith talks about bears, raptors, and life as a field biologist
Nov 21, 2017
Today’s episode features field biologist Roger Smith, the founder and chair of the Teton Raptor Center, a rehabilitation facility in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, that annually cares for more than 130 injured birds. Roger and his wife, Margaret Creel, who also…
50: Ken Ford talks about ketosis, optimizing exercise, and the future direction of science, technology, and culture
Nov 7, 2017 • 66 min
Today’s episode features the second of Dawn Kernagis’ two-part interview with her STEM-Talk co-host and IHMC Director Ken Ford. This episode marks a milestone for STEM-Talk. It’s our 50th episode and follows Ken’s formal induction into the Florida…
49: Ken Ford talks about AI, its critics, and research at IHMC
Oct 24, 2017
On the eve of Ken Ford’s induction into the Florida Inventor’s Hall of Fame, co-host Dawn Kernagis convinced IHMC’s director and CEO that it was the perfect time to have the chairman of STEM-Talk’s double secret selection committee take a turn as a guest…
48: Dr Tommy Wood, part 2, discusses insulin resistance and the role of diet in athletic performance
Oct 10, 2017 • 66 min
Today’s episode features the second of our two-part interview with Dr. Tommy Wood, a U.K. trained MD/PhD who now lives in the U.S. Part one covered Tommy’ background and education and what led him spend most of his academic career studying multiple…
47: Dr. Tommy Wood talks about neonatal brain injuries and optimizing human performance
Sep 26, 2017 • 47 min
Dr. Tommy Wood is a U.K. trained MD/PhD who now lives in the U.S. He has spent most of his academic career studying ways to treat babies with brain injuries, but has also published papers on multiple sclerosis, as well as nutritional approaches to sports…
46: NASA’s Chris McKay talks about the search for life in our solar system and travel to Mars
Sep 12, 2017
Today’s guest on STEM-Talk is Dr. Chris McKay, a leading astrobiologist and planetary scientist with the Space Science Division of the NASA Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. Chris’s interview covers a diverse range of topics ranging…
45: David Spiegel talks about the science of hypnosis and the many ways it can help people
Aug 29, 2017 • 79 min
Today’s interview features one of the nation’s foremost hypnotists who is also the associate chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University Medical School. In this episode, Dr. David Spiegel talks about how hypnosis can help people…
44: Jerry Pratt discusses the evolution and future of humanoid robots and bipedal walking
Aug 15, 2017 • 53 min
Today’s podcast features Ken Ford and Dawn Kernagis interviewing their colleague, Dr. Jerry Pratt, a senior research scientist at IHMC who heads up the institute’s robotics group. In 2015, Jerry led an IHMC team that placed second out of 23 teams from…
43: Jeff Volek explains the power of ketogenic diets to reverse type 2 diabetes
Aug 1, 2017 • 67 min
Today’s episode features an important interview with Dr. Jeff Volek, a researcher who has spent the past 20 years studying how humans adapt to carbohydrate-restricted diets. His most recent work, which is one of the key topics of today’s interview, has…
42: Tom Jones discusses defending Earth against the threat of asteroids
Jul 18, 2017
Frequent STEM-Talk listeners will more than likely recognize today’s guest, veteran NASA astronaut Tom Jones, who joins us today to talk about the threat of near-Earth asteroids. Tom occasionally helps co-host STEM-Talk. But for episode 42, regular…
41: Dr. David Diamond talks about the role of fat, cholesterol, and statin drugs in heart disease
Jul 4, 2017
Dr. David Diamond is a University of South Florida professor in the departments of psychology, molecular pharmacology and physiology and director of the USF Neuroscience Collaborative. He is well known for research that looks at the effects of stress on…
40: Allan Savory talks about the global importance of restoring the earth’s grasslands
Jun 20, 2017 • 68 min
Joining us for this special edition of STEM-Talk is Robb Wolf, who will co-host today’s show with Ken Ford, STEM-Talk’s regular co-host and chairman of the Double-Secret Selection Committee which selects all the STEM-Talk guests. Wolf is the New York…
39: Suzana Herculano provides a new understanding of how our brains became remarkable
Jun 6, 2017 • 80 min
Prior to Dr. Suzana Herculano-Houzel’s research, scientists assumed that the brains of all mammals were built in the same way and that the overall brain mass as compared to body mass was the critical determinant of cognitive ability. It was to resolve…
38: Dr. Mark Lupo discusses thyroid nodules and cancer
May 23, 2017 • 97 min
Thyroid cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States, especially among women. In Florida, thyroid cancer trails only melanoma skin cancer as the state’s fastest rising cancer. Today’s guest on episode 38 of STEM-Talk has made it his…
37: Gary Taubes discusses low-carb diets and sheds light on the hazards of sugar
May 9, 2017 • 120 min
The front pages of Gary Taubes’ new book on sugar feature a blurb excerpted from the magazine Scientific American: “Taubes is a science journalist’s science journalist who researches topics to the point of obsession – actually, well beyond that point –…
36: Jeff “Skunk” Baxter Discusses His Life in Rock ‘n’ Roll and the U.S. Intelligence Community
Apr 25, 2017 • 67 min
In a rare departure from interviews with scientists and engineers, STEM-Talk Host Dawn Kernagis and IHMC Director Ken Ford interview Jeffrey “Skunk” Baxter about his life as a musician and founding member of Steely Dan, and how he went on to become a…
35: Stuart McGill explains the mechanics of back pain and the secrets to a healthy spine
Apr 11, 2017 • 117 min
Back pain has become the world’s leading cause of disability. Stuart McGill has been at the forefront of non-surgical approaches to addressing back pain for many years. His 2015 book “Back Mechanic: The Secrets to a Healthy Spine Your Doctor Isn’t Telling…
34: Jim Stray-Gundersen explains how blood flow restriction training builds muscle and improves performance
Mar 28, 2017 • 83 min
Blood-flow-restriction training is a topic of growing interest. But as IHMC director and STEM-Talk co-host Dr. Ken Ford points out, there’s also a great deal of misinformation about the training. Episode 34 of STEM-Talk addresses some of that…
33: Dr. Natalie Batalha talks about exoplanets and the possibility of life in our Milky Way and beyond
Mar 14, 2017 • 94 min
Dr. Natalie Batalha’s STEM-Talk interview was so contagious that Dawn Kernagis said it made her dream of returning to school to get a second graduate degree in astronomy. “Hearing Natalie talk about her research had all of us in the STEM-Talk studio…
32: Dr. Claire Fraser explains how our gut microbes improve our health, prevent disease and even play a role in our mental health
Feb 28, 2017 • 82 min
Women who are pregnant often talk how careful they are about what they eat and drink. They’re careful, points out Dr. Claire Fraser, because they’re feeding their baby. “Well, we should all think about diet in the same way that pregnant women do,” says…
31: Dr. Michael Turner, who coined the phrase ‘dark energy,’ talks about the deepest issues in cosmology
Feb 14, 2017
Dr. Michael Turner makes a “big bang” in the world of theoretical cosmology. Translation: He’s an expert on the universe—what it’s made of, what’s in its future, and how it came to be. Turner is the Rauner Distinguished Service Professor and Director of…
30: Art De Vany Talks About Hollywood Economics, the Paleo Way, and the Role of Fitness and Diet in Aging
Jan 31, 2017 • 83 min
Dr. Art De Vany is an American economist known for his work on the Hollywood film industry. He is perhaps best known, however, as the grandfather of the paleo diet, a high-protein, high-fiber way of eating similar to the way our hunter-gather ancestors…
29: Leonard Wong Discusses a Culture of Dishonesty in the Army
Jan 17, 2017
Dr. Leonard Wong, a research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the U.S. Army War College, led an important study titled: “Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession.” The study, which was published in 2015 generated much…
28: Mike Gernhardt Discusses the Overlapping Challenges of Working Undersea and in Space
Jan 3, 2017 • 52 min
Mike Gernhardt’s career epitomizes the scientific overlap between the depths of the ocean and Outer Space. A NASA astronaut, Gernhardt started his career as a professional diver and engineer on subsea oil field construction and repair projects around the…
27: Robb Wolf Discusses the Paleo Diet, Ketosis, Exercise, Nicotine … and Much More!
Dec 20, 2016 • 95 min
For fitness and Paleo Diet aficionados—and perhaps regular STEM-talk listeners—Robb Wolf is the type of esteemed guest who needs no introduction. Many people already know him by his best-selling book, “The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet,”…
26: Richard Moon discusses deep-sea and high-altitude medicine
Dec 6, 2016
Dr. Richard Moon had an unusual inspiration to practicing medicine: a television show, in black and white, entitled, “Medicine in the ‘60s.” He remembers being blown away by watching live surgeries performed on the show. This eventually led him to a…
25: James Briscione discusses the art & science of food & flavor
Nov 22, 2016
James Briscione’s stellar cooking career began humbly: As a teenager, he washed dishes at a now defunct restaurant (named Jubilee) on Pensacola Beach. He quickly rose through the ranks, at age 24 becoming the chef de cuisine at the Highlands Bar and Grill…
24: Doug McGuff talks about resistance training, myokines, strength and health
Nov 8, 2016 • 94 min
One could say that Dr. Doug McGuff is one of the pioneers of BMX motocross bike racing in Texas. He built the state’s first race track, having gotten hooked on the sport as a teenager in the 1970s. The sport also triggered a deeper interest in fitness. As…
23: Michael Griffin discusses his tenure as NASA administrator and the challenges of space exploration
Oct 25, 2016
On March 11, 2005, President George W. Bush announced his intention to nominate Griffin to serve as the 11th Administrator of NASA. He was confirmed by the Senate on April 13, 2005 and served until January 20, 2009. Griffin knew NASA well. He had been…
22: Dr. Kerry Emanuel Discusses Hurricane Prediction and Projection
Oct 11, 2016
Hurricanes are a leading source of insured losses, and a major cause of human and economics loss in the world. But from an insider’s view, they are also breathtakingly beautiful. Dr. Kerry Emanuel, a leading hurricane expert, compares flying into the eye…
21: Yorick Wilks Discusses the History and Future of Natural Language Processing
Sep 27, 2016 • 61 min
In this episode of STEM-Talk, we talk to one of our own senior research scientists, Dr. Yorick Wilks, renowned for his work in natural language processing. Wilks is also a professor of artificial intelligence at the University of Sheffield in England, and…
20: Dr. Alessio Fasano discusses the gut microbiome and how it affects our health
Sep 13, 2016 • 60 min
When Alessio Fasano entered medical school at the University of Naples (Italy) School of Medicine, his goal was to eliminate childhood diarrhea. Working with a mentor who’d studied the physiology of the gut, Fasano decided to focus on the microorganisms…
19: Dr. Dawn Kernagis talks about life undersea during NASA’s NEEMO-21 Mission
Aug 30, 2016
For this special episode of STEM-Talk, IHMC Research Scientist and STEM-Talk Host Dawn Kernagis sits on the other side of the microphone. This summer, Dawn was one of six divers selected for NASA’s NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations) 21…
18: Dr. Colin Champ talks about how the right nutrition and exercise can help treat cancer
Aug 16, 2016 • 90 min
As STEM-Talk Host Dawn Kernagis points out in this interview, guest Colin Champ looks like he could be featured on the television show “The Bachelor.” But the striking young doctor (who alas, is in a serious relationship) is a radiation oncologist at the…
17: Dr. Pascal Lee talks about preparing for the exploration of Mars & its moons
Aug 2, 2016 • 83 min
Dr. Pascal Lee is not the first Renaissance man to be interview on STEM-Talk, but his impressive biography merits that moniker. “An artist, helicopter pilot, polar researcher, planetary scientist, and a pioneer in thinking about possible human futures in…
16: Joan Vernikos discusses the effects of gravity on humans in space and on earth.
Jul 19, 2016 • 68 min
If you want to feel like an astronaut, lie in bed all day. That may seem counter-intuitive, but the body experiences the two scenarios in a similar way. The absence of gravity in space mimics the affects of lying down flat—and not using gravity to our…
15: Brian Shul talks about piloting the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane
Jul 5, 2016 • 58 min
Brian Shul speaks softly and carries a big stick. The American war hero every bit worthy of Roosevelt’s words flew 212 missions in the Vietnam War before his nearly fatal crash. With his body severely burned, Shul was in so much pain that he wanted to…
14: Dominic D’Agostino discusses the physiological benefits of nutritional ketosis
Jun 21, 2016 • 115 min
Dominic D’Agostino looks like a bodybuilder. But that doesn’t mean that he eats a diet typical for that sport; on the contrary, the research scientist—and amateur athlete—can go an entire day without eating and says his performance—both in the lab and in…
13: Kelvin Droegemeier talks about the past, present and future of weather prediction
Jun 7, 2016 • 69 min
When Kelvin Droegemeier watched the Wizard of Oz as a child, the tornado scenes scared him so much that he didn’t want to look. Today, the esteemed meteorologist watches storms for a living—with a particular interest in tornados. From his upbringing in…
12: Dale Bredesen discusses the metabolic factors underlying Alzheimer’s Disease
May 24, 2016 • 85 min
Dr. Dale Bredesen says Alzheimer’s Disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Dr. Bredesen has developed a novel therapeutic approach that addresses the underlying metabolic changes leading to development of the disease. Dr.…
11: Kirk Parsley discusses why good sleep is more important than nutrition and exercise
May 10, 2016 • 75 min
If we could only sell people on the importance of sleep as successfully as we sell them on the pleasures of sex, we’d have a much healthier—and happier bunch. This is one of sleep expert Kirk Parsley’s messages. Parsley calls sleep “the greatest elixir,”…
10: Barry Barish discusses gravitational waves, LIGO, and the scientists who made it happen
May 3, 2016 • 62 min
In many respects, Barry Barish is the quintessential scientist: soft-spoken and modest, he is also completely dedicated to the pursuit of pure science. Barish is currently the Linde professor of physics at Caltech. He’s a leading expert on gravitational…
9: Rusty Schweickart discusses asteroids and planetary defense
Apr 26, 2016 • 49 min
Rusty Schweickart remembers when getting a man on the moon was at the top of the national agenda. JFK’s single minded decision to do that, according to Schweickart, “was perhaps the gutsiest, goal-setting episode in human history.” And Schweickart was…
8: Greg Smith discusses the herpes virus
Apr 19, 2016 • 61 min
Roughly 80 percent of the U.S. population is infected with the herpes virus. While the virus is very easy to get, it remains dormant in many people, who never even know they have it. This is partly because it effectively evades the immune system, taking…
7: Mark Mattson talks about benefits of intermittent fasting
Apr 12, 2016 • 56 min
Intermittent fasting—alternating days in which you fast or eat only a few hundred calories a day—may have significant long-term health benefits, according to some researchers. Dr. Mark Mattson is a leading expert on intermittent fasting, and one of its…
6: Michael Turner discusses LIGO & the detection of gravitational waves
Apr 5, 2016 • 52 min
Michael Turner is best known for having coined the term “dark energy” in 1998. A theoretical cosmologist at the University of Chicago, Turner has dedicated his career to researching the Big Bang, dark energy and dark matter. He wrote his Ph.D. thesis on…
5: Margaret Leinen discusses health of the oceans
Mar 29, 2016 • 68 min
Margaret Leinen is a big name in oceanography. She’s the director of the Scripps Oceanographic Institute and vice chancellor of marine sciences at Scripps. She was previously assistant direct of the National Science Foundation, where she worked with IHMC…
4: Harrison Schmitt discusses being the first scientist on the moon
Mar 22, 2016 • 65 min
In this episode, we talk with Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, the first and only scientist to land on the moon. Schmitt was part of the Apollo 17 Mission in 1972, the last Apollo mission. The geologist turned NASA Astronaut, turned U.S. senator, talks about…
3: Rhonda Patrick discusses why your genes influence what you should eat
Mar 15, 2016 • 45 min
Before Rhonda Perciavalle Patrick “stumbled into research”—at the renowned Salk Institute—the Southern California native was a biochemistry major and a passionate surfer. She’s still an avid surfer, but of her college major, Patrick said, “I wasn’t…
2: Br. Guy Consolmagno: The Vatican Astronomer
Mar 8, 2016 • 58 min
Guy Consolmagno is not your typical scientist. The director of Vatican Observatory is also a Jesuit Brother, astronomer extraordinaire, MIT graduate, former Peace Corp volunteer and self-described science fiction geek. The second-generation…
1: Peter Attia on how to live longer and better
Mar 1, 2016 • 80 min
Dr. Peter Attia, the guest for this episode of STEM-Talk, is a modern-day “Renaissance man,” says IHMC CEO Ken Ford. That term gets tossed around a lot, but in Attia’s case, it’s true. He is a top-notch physician, a former McKinsey consultant, and an…