The Show About Science



Hosted by second grader Nate Butkus, The Show About Science is an awesome adventure into the wondrous world of scientific research and discovery! Each episode is filled with fascinating information from scientists and educators around the globe. Toge...Show More

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057: Happy Atoms with Jesse Schell

10:12 | Aug 15th, 2018

Jesse Schell is a video game designer and a professor of entertainment technology at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also the creator of “Happy Atoms,” a game that helps kids learn how atoms bond to form new molecules. Jesse joins Nate on this epis...Show More

056: 3D Printed Organs with Anthony Atala

11:27 | Aug 1st, 2018

When organs like kidneys and livers fail, it can be scary—especially for kids. But the science of regenerative medicine, where new organs are created from a patient's own cells and tissue, is a promising new field in medicine. Dr. Anthony Atala is th...Show More

055: Cicada Killer Wasps with Blake Newton

08:55 | Jul 18th, 2018

Last summer, Nate was walking to the train when he spotted a giant wasp carrying a cicada. Later he discovered that the insect he saw was a cicada killer wasp. These insects will paralyze cicadas with their venomous sting, but luckily rarely sting hu...Show More

034: Frontiers for Young Minds with Bob Knight

12:16 | Oct 1st, 2017

Frontiers for Young Minds is a scientific journal where the kids are in charge. Scientists submit research papers explaining their work and then kids do the peer review. Bob Knight is Field Chief Editor of Frontiers for Young Minds, and a professor a...Show More

033: Sea Turtle Inc. with Khrystyne Jamerson

13:32 | Sep 1st, 2017

South Padre Island, Texas is home to some amazing wildlife! It is also home to Sea Turtle Inc., a sea turtle hospital with a mission to rescue and rehabilitate injured sea turtles. Each year, mama sea turtles return to the beaches of South Padre to l...Show More

032: TRAPPIST-1 and Exoplanets with Michael Gillon

09:56 | Aug 1st, 2017

About 40 light-years (235 trillion miles) from Earth is a system of seven planets relatively close to the constellation Aquarius. Located outside of our solar system, these planets are scientifically known as exoplanets. This particular exoplanet sys...Show More

031: Organic Chemistry with Will Dichtel

15:34 | Jul 1st, 2017

Will Dichtel is a chemist at Northwestern University and a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. His research is focused on the development of porous polymers known as covalent organic frameworks. On this episode of The Show About Science, Will talks to Nate about ...Show More

030: We Love Science!

14:53 | Jun 2nd, 2017

On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate reports from the March for Science Chicago.  Over 60,000 Chicagoans marched on April 22, 2017 to show their love and support for the work that scientists do. Listen to this episode and then share your l...Show More

029: Marching for Science and Extraterrestrials with Luoth Chou

11:15 | Apr 19th, 2017

Luoth Chou studies organic geochemistry, microbiology and astrobiology. ​On this episode of The Show About Science, she joins Nate to talk about her research and The March for Science, a series of rallies and marches set to be held in Washington, D.C...Show More

Special Announcement: The Show About Science T-Shirts

00:30 | Apr 4th, 2017

We have just released the first Show About Science T-Shirt (and coffee mug, iPhone case, hoodie, shower curtain, etc.). It's our E=MC Goat design. Don't be afraid to buy 13. Each purchase helps support the show. Thanks for being a superfan! Just clic...Show More

028: Cracking the Genetic Code with Kevin Esvelt

11:12 | Apr 3rd, 2017

Kevin Esvelt leads the Sculpting Evolution Group at MIT. Their work explores “evolutionary and ecological engineering and responsive science.” Kevin joins Nate on the program to help him with some homework and to discuss a tool for gene editing calle...Show More

027: Brains On! with Sanden Totten

17:40 | Feb 28th, 2017

In our most ambitious episode to date, Nate visits KPCC, the home of Southern California Public Radio, for a tour of the station. Your tour guide for this episode is Sanden Totten, host of the popular kids science podcast, Brains On! Nate was rolling...Show More

026: Biology and Tarantula Hawks with Coyote Peterson

14:16 | Feb 12th, 2017

Coyote Peterson is the host of The Brave Wilderness Channel on Youtube. His passion for wildlife has driven him to embark upon a quest to make animal conservation and education entertaining for the next wave of explorers. On this episode, Nate and Co...Show More

025: Alphanatomy with Karen Bucher

10:05 | Jan 28th, 2017

On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate chats with Karen Bucher. Karen is the senior medical illustrator for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and a faculty member of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Biomedical Vis...Show More

024: Climate Change, Evolution and Bacon with John Wiens

12:01 | Jan 7th, 2017

Dr. John Wiens runs the Wiens Lab at the University of Arizona. In his research, he focuses on evolution and ecology, primarily using reptiles and amphibians as model systems. He joins Nate on the show to talk about what climate change is, it’s impac...Show More

The Show About Science Raffle!

01:32 | Dec 18th, 2016

Hey Show About Science super fans! We’re having a raffle!! We’re giving away 4 prizes to 4 lucky listeners. The fourth place prize is a set of 8 butterflies drawn by Nate. The second and third place prizes are Star Wars toys. And the grand prize is a...Show More

023: Maker Lab with Jack Challoner

12:44 | Dec 5th, 2016

On this episode, Nate talks to author Jack Challoner about his latest book, Maker Lab. Created in association with the Smithsonian Institution and supporting STEM education initiatives, Maker Lab includes 28 kid-safe projects and crafts that will get...Show More

022: Fake Sugar and Fruit Flies with Monica Dus

09:50 | Nov 15th, 2016

On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate interviews Monica Dus, PhD, a molecular biologist at the University of Michigan. She is an expert in fruit fly genetics and her research explores how high-sugar diets may lead to obesity by altering our...Show More

021: Ants with Mikey Bustos

12:43 | Oct 16th, 2016

In this episode of The Show About Science, Nate interviews Mikey Bustos, the owner of AntsCanada Ant Store, an online shop which specialises in ant-keeping. Mikey is also the host of the AntsCanada youtube channel. The two met face to face on one of ...Show More

020: Butterflies with Doug Taron

12:36 | Oct 11th, 2016

On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate takes the show on the road to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago to visit the Butterfly Haven there. Later in the episode, he interviews Doug Taron, PhD, Chief Curator of the Chicago Academy o...Show More

019: Evolution with Cliff Tabin

16:01 | Aug 24th, 2016

On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate interviews Cliff Tabin, PhD., the Chairman of the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. His work ranges from studying the process by which embryos form to how life evolved into all the diff...Show More

018: Physics with Dianna Cowern

10:30 | Jun 27th, 2016

Dianna Cowern is better known as Physics Girl on youtube. And her videos are filled with amazing experiments that you can try at home. Dianna joins Nate to talk about Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton and everyday physics. They try to figure out how ...Show More

017: Vultures with Corinne Kendall

06:54 | Jun 6th, 2016

We just moved and my dad needed some time to setup the podcast studio at our new house. While he was doing that, I was playing in my new backyard! But now we're back with a new episode of The Show About Science. Today on the podcast, Corinne Kendall ...Show More

016: Radiation with Huban Gowadia

13:24 | May 14th, 2016

The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office is a small department within Homeland Security with a big mission to protect the public from nuclear terrorism. DNDO is composed of scientists, military, former law enforcement, and policy analysts and their work...Show More

015: Alligators with Adam Rosenblatt

12:46 | May 3rd, 2016

If you've ever wanted to know how to catch an alligator, this is the podcast you've been waiting for. In this episode of The Show About Science, Nate talks to Adam Rosenblatt, a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University and alligator expert. Adam’s r...Show More

014: Recycling with Rick Zultner from Terracycle

11:35 | Apr 9th, 2016

There’s two very exciting days in the month of April. One is my birthday and the other is Earth Day. So in honor of Earth Day later this month, I interviewed my friend Rick Zultner from Terracycle. Terracycle is developing new ways to recycle more th...Show More

0XX: Triskaidekaphobia and Superstitions

08:17 | Apr 3rd, 2016

This is the 13th episode of The Show About Science, and people with triskaidekaphobia might be afraid to listen. Triskaidekaphobia is an extreme superstition regarding the number 13. In this episode, I talk to Stuart Vyse, a behavioral scientist, tea...Show More

012: Bat Biology with Stephanie Findlay

10:36 | Mar 5th, 2016

In this episode of The Show About Science, Nate talks to Stephanie Findlay about bats. You'll be amazed at how little you know about these amazing nocturnal creatures. Stephanie is a masters student at the University of Calgary studying bat biology u...Show More

011: Fossils and Rocks with Duncan Findlay

10:52 | Feb 27th, 2016

In this episode of The Show About Science, Nate talks to geologist Duncan Findlay. Duncan has a PhD in reconstructing the palaeoenvironment using geochemistry, sedimentaology, macropalaeontology and modern analogues and an MSc degree in micropalaeont...Show More

010: Bees, Mosquitoes and Dragons with Joe Hanson

13:18 | Feb 13th, 2016

In this episode of The Show About Science, Nate interviews Joe Hanson, the creator/host/writer of PBS Digital Studios’ It’s Okay To Be Smart. Nate talks to Joe about woolly mammoths, bees, mosquitoes and the science behind HBO's Game of Thrones. Make...Show More

009: Cells and Viruses with The Amoeba Sisters

12:14 | Jan 30th, 2016

When I was 2, one of the first science videos I ever watched was by the Amoeba Sisters - two amorphous amoebas that teach science. I think the topic of that video was viruses. I played it over and over and over. Then I watched the next one. Fast forw...Show More

008: How to Become an Astronaut with Mike Mongo

12:57 | Jan 15th, 2016

Mike Mongo dreamed of becoming an astronaut when he was young, but making those dreams a reality can be challenging. Now Mike is an astronaut instructor who encourages kids to follow their interstellar dreams. In this episode of The Show About Scienc...Show More

007: Chemistry with Ian and Greg from Stop. Think. Science!

08:40 | Jan 6th, 2016

In this episode, Ian and Greg, the hosts of Stop. Think. Science! join Nate to talk about molecules, chemical compounds and dangerous chemical reactions. Later in the program, Nate talks about his favorite TED-Ed videos and the one he just can't brin...Show More

006: Santa Science and the Physics of Christmas

15:11 | Dec 17th, 2015

In this very exciting episode of The Show About Science, Nate talks to Santa Claus about the science behind his workshop and what happens when kids send drawings of new toys for Santa to produce in his present factory. Santa than suggests that Nate t...Show More

005: Punk Rock Medicine with Dr. Daryl

08:23 | Oct 29th, 2015

In this episode of the Show About Science, Nate talks to Dr. Daryl. Dr. Daryl is an emergency medicine doctor who also fronts Chicago's famed punk rock band, The Bollweevils. Nate and Daryl talk about fractures, broken bones, blood pressure and the "...Show More

004: Gross Science with Anna Rothschild

07:35 | Oct 18th, 2015

On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate interviews Anna Rothschild, the host of Nova's Gross Science. Nate asks Anna what she knows about cow and kangaroo burps, ribbon worms, and infections. He also gets more information on everyone's favori...Show More

003: Food Science with Shannon

06:04 | Oct 4th, 2015

On this episode of the Show About Science, Nate talks about making food, candy and Starbursts with Shannon the food scientist. Later in the episode, Nate describes some of his recent food science creations.

002: Sea Creatures with Adam

04:02 | Aug 12th, 2015

Nate talks to Adam about Marine Biology and Sea Creatures. Nate also discovers why his pet sea snail isn't poisonous.

001: Science with Mom

03:26 | Jul 18th, 2015

Hi. I'm Nate and the host of The Show About Science. I'm 5 years old. This is an awesome show about Science. On my first episode, I interviewed my Mom about Science.