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A Scientist Walks Into A Bar

Via Productions

This show presents recordings of talks given by scientists at events held in bars and theaters in Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington. Featuring experts on topics ranging from the Neuroscience of Pleasure and Love to Forensic Anthropology, th...Show More
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1:08:36 | Dec 6th, 2016

This episode is a recording of the talk "You and Your Racist Brain: The Neuroscience of Prejudice" with Dr. Larry Sherman, a neuroscientist from OHSU. In this talk, Dr. Sherman explains how our brains have evolved to make judgments based on visual in...Show More

47:40 | Sep 8th

Humans naturally seek out novelty and new experiences, and for some people that can lead to drug addiction. In this episode, neuroscientist Dr. Barbara Sorg talks about what happens in the brain when we have new experiences, evidence showing that dru...Show More
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1:05:56 | Aug 26th

Can being in nature make us better? What is forest bathing, how can recess improve student behavior, and can 5 minutes outside really make a difference in your mood? Hear science writer Florence Williams talk about her book "The Nature Fix: Why Natur...Show More

48:46 | Aug 13th

Have you ever wondered how animals find and impress that special someone? From crazy dances to unanticipated sex changes, animals have some unusual strategies for attracting and keeping their mates. Join Dr. Allison Coffin, Associate Professor of Neu...Show More

52:11 | Jul 16th

We need all the tools we can find to fight climate change, and geologist Dr. Marcia Bjornerud offers some new perspective and insight. In this episode she talks about her book Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World, and su...Show More

57:35 | Jun 24th

Hormones don't just control things like puberty or sex; they control SO much more about our bodies, including sleep, metabolism, hunger, and the fight-or-flight response. Find out more about hormones in this talk by Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH abou...Show More

1:10:18 | Jun 10th

If you're a woman or you're someone who has ever been treated by a female medical professional, you should listen to this episode on the topic of Yes, I’m Really A Doctor: How Equity Eludes Women in Medicine and Science by Esther Choo, MD MPH. She is...Show More

1:11:22 | May 20th

Star Trek introduced us to the amazing technologies of a fictional future such as warp drive, replicators, and photon torpedoes, but it turns out that some of those technologies aren't so fictional anymore. In this episode hear theoretical physicist ...Show More

1:08:15 | May 6th

Are biological sex and gender the same thing? Do anatomy and genetics completely determine sex and/or gender? In this talk from June 2018, Dr. Lisa Sardinia, Associate Professor of Biology at Pacific University, talks about some of the so-called "ba...Show More

49:51 | Apr 22nd

Pain is the most important and misunderstood sensory system: you cannot live without it, yet we live every day trying to avoid it. In this episode, Dr. Michael Morgan, Professor of Psychology at Washington State University Vancouver, explains how you...Show More

54:58 | Apr 8th

How are actress Hedy Lamarr, GPS, and elephant seals all connected? Find out in this episode as Dr. Leslie New from WSU Vancouver celebrates women who have contributed to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, but who have b...Show More

1:07:40 | Mar 25th

If you have a sense of humor, Mary Roach is either already your favorite science author or she's about to be. She came to Portland in 2017 to talk about her latest book Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, and our onstage interview ranged fro...Show More

1:04:11 | Mar 11th

We're back! This episode is a recording of the talk "Evolution Under the Influence: Alcohol and the Coevolution of Humans and Yeast" by geneticist Dr. Kevin McCabe who works at Full Sail Brewing in Hood River, Oregon. In this talk, Kevin will take y...Show More

1:02:10 | Mar 24th, 2016

This episode is a recording of the talk "Parasites: A Global Health Problem", with Dr. Buddy Ullman, a parasitologist from OHSU. In this talk, Buddy describes a number of different human parasites, including tapeworms, hookworms, and plenty that you'...Show More

59:09 | Feb 23rd, 2016

This episode is a recording of the talk The Neuroscience of Trauma: From Trigger Warnings to PTSD with Dr. Larry Sherman, a neuroscientist at OHSU in Portland, Oregon. In this talk, Larry describes a lot of things related to trauma and PTSD, includin...Show More

1:22:47 | Jun 3rd, 2015

This episode is a recording of the talk Ignoble Rot: Food Scraps as Compost and Energy by David Allaway, senior policy analyst with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). David spoke about ways to reduce food waste, and also described ...Show More

1:05:06 | Dec 3rd, 2014

This episode features Theodore Gray talking about his new book "Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything." Theo is known for many things, including his periodic table, his Ig Nobel award, his column in Popular Science, his app devel...Show More

43:16 | Nov 24th, 2014

This episode features the talk Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana with author Michael Backes. The book gives "evidence-based information on using cannabis for ailments and conditions, plus a comprehensive guide to the most po...Show More

1:04:37 | Nov 10th, 2014

This episode features the talk Epigenetics: The Merger of Nature and Nurture, by Dr. Lisa Sardinia from Pacific University. Lisa teaches environmental science and biology, specializing in microbiology and genetics. In this talk she describes the emer...Show More

1:03:21 | Nov 3rd, 2014

This episode features the talk Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods, by Dr. Scott Burns from Portland State University. The Missoula Floods were a series of 80+ floods that happened in the Pacific Northwest during the last ice age ar...Show More

1:12:02 | Oct 30th, 2014

This episode features the talk I Dig Your Bones: Adventures in Forensic Anthropology, by Dr. Nici Vance, a forensic scientist and State Forensic Anthropologist for the Oregon State Police. In this talk she talks about what happens when bones are foun...Show More

49:03 | Oct 11th, 2014

This episode features Dr. Larry Sherman, a neuroscientist from OHSU in Portland, Oregon, talking about how our brains process pleasure and the special case of falling in love. Topics touched on during the talk include: ancient philosophy and the defi...Show More

14:41 | Sep 24th, 2014

This episode features an excerpt of a talk by Christine McKinley, mechanical engineer, musician, host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on History Channel, and author of Physics for Rock Stars: Making the Laws of the Universe Work for You. In this (hilarious...Show More

37:43 | Sep 20th, 2014

This is a recording of a talk given by Dr. Ivan Phillipsen on April 1, 2014, in Portland Oregon, at a Nerd Nite event hosted by Via Productions. Ivan has a PhD in zoology from Oregon State University and runs a nature tour company called Volcano Land...Show More