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AMSEcast

Produced from the American Museum of Science and Energy, AMSEcast invites guests from the world of science, literature, and technology to share unique perspectives from the realm of the highly trained and curiously minded.

Tracks

AMSE Science Report with Laurence Smith
In Rivers of Power, geographer Laurence C. Smith explores the timeless yet underappreciated relationship between rivers and civilization as we know it. Rivers are of course important in many practical ways (water supply, transportation, sanitation, etc). But the full breadth of their influence on the way we live is less obvious. Rivers define and transcend international borders, forcing cooperation between nations. Huge volumes of river water are used to produce energy, raw commodities, and food. Wars, politics, and demography are transformed by their devastating floods. The territorial claims of nations, their cultural and economic ties to each other, and the migrations and histories of their peoples trace back to rivers, river valleys, and the topographic divides they carve upon the world. And as climate change, technology, and cities transform our relationship with nature, new opportunities are arising to protect the waters that sustain us. Beautifully told and expansive in scope, Rivers of Power reveals how and why rivers have so profoundly influenced our civilization and examines the importance this vast, arterial power holds for the future of humanity.
04:01 5/2/24
AMSE Science Report with Ben Goldfarb
Ben Goldfarb is an independent conservation journalist. The author of Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping The Future of Our Planet, named one of the best books of 2023 by the New York Times, and Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, winner of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.
04:01 5/1/24
AMSEcast with guest Guru Madhavan
Speaking to us during a visit for our Energy and Elements 2024 Gala the  Norman R. Augustine Senior Scholar and Senior Director of Programs, National Academy of Engineering spoke to us about his most recent book: Wicked Problems: How to Engineer a Better World.
59:56 5/1/24
AMSEcast with guest Jim Holt
In this intriguing episode of AMSEcast, Alan is Joined by Jim Holt to discuss the captivating question: Why does the universe exist? Jim Holt, an esteemed author known for his explorations into the depths of existence, navigates through the realms of science, philosophy, and mathematics to seek answers. From the possibilities of nothingness to the complexities of cosmic laws and the mysteries behind the Big Bang, this episode offers a comprehensive yet accessible look into the theories and thoughts that deliberate about the universe's very foundation. Join us on a fascinating journey to explore the existential detective story of our cosmos.
60:19 5/1/24
AMSE Science Report with Angela Creager
Dr. Angela Creager is the Thomas Siebel Professor in the History of Science at Princeton University and a member of AMSEF's National Advisory Committee.  She spoke with us about her book Life Atomic: A History of Radioisotopes in Science and Medicine.
04:01 4/30/24
AMSE Science Report David Rooney
AMSE Science Report David Rooney David chairs the Electrical Timekeeping group and acts as pass steward of the Worship- ful Company of Clockmaker.  David has authored several books, including Spaces of Congestion and Traffic, Politics and Technologies in 20th Century London Mathematics How It Shaped Our World.
04:00 4/30/24
AMSE Science Report with guest Dan Falk
Dan Falk is an award winning freelance writer and broadcaster specializing in science stories, and was a 2011/12 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT.
04:01 4/29/24
AMSE Science Report with guest Andrew Chaikin
Acclaimed science journalist and space historian Andrew Chaikin has written extensively about our exploration of space including his book, A Man on the Moon, which became the basis for HBO’s miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon.
04:01 4/28/24
AMSE Science Report with guest Will Carroll
I grew up watching the Big Red Machine, the wonderful Cincinnati Reds of the 1970’s, and have kept my love of baseball since those glory days. I was excited to talk on an episode of AMSEcast, our podcast, with Will Carroll about his books The Science of Baseball: The Math, Technology, and Data Behind the Great American Pastime, and The Science of Football: The Math, Technology, and Data Behind America’s Game. One area we talked about was the use of data in sports, including the incredible detail now possible in analyzing each and every baseball pitch.
04:01 4/27/24
AMSE Science Report with guest Alanna Mitchell
Remember playing with magnets when you were a kid and wondered what brought the opposite poles together and especially what kept the like poles apart. It turns out the force experienced is one of the most fundamental in the universe – electromagnetism. Along with gravity and the strong and weak nuclear forces, it comprises the foundation for, well, everything. We spoke about this topic on the podcast, AMSEcast, with Alanna Mitchell, author of The Spinning Magnet: The Electromagnetic Force that Created the Modern World – and Could Destroy It.
04:01 4/26/24
AMSE Science Report Bethany Brookshire
Welcome to the AMSE Science Report. I’m Alan Lowe, Executive Director of the American Museum of Science and Energy, and the K-25 History Center, both located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. On an episode of our podcast, AMSEcast, I had the pleasure of talking with Bethany Brookshire about her book Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains. In our discussion Bethany emphasized that defining a creature as a pest, whether it is something smaller like a rat or snake, or larger, like a coyote or an elephant, is based in large part on our culture. It is a subjective perspective, and because of that, Bethany argues that we can examine and change our views - if not eliminating our fears, at least gaining respect for many so-called pests. Here is Bethany:
04:01 4/25/24
AMSE Science Report with guest Raphael Rosen
Today I want to discuss mathematics! I’m sure some of you love math and see not only its usefulness but also its beauty. I have not counted myself among that number. Ever since bouts with trigonometry and calculus, I have steered as clear as possible from math. But as the executive director of two museums devoted to teaching STEM, I feel hypocritical in not embracing the last part of that acronym. So I calculated that by talking to experts on our podcast, AMSEcast, about this topic, I would find a new appreciation of math and that was indeed the case when I spoke to Raphael Rosen about his book, Math Geek: From Klein Bottles to Chaos Theory, a Guide to the Nerdiest Math Facts, Theorems, and Equations.
04:02 4/24/24
AMSEcast with guest Peter Alagona
Peter Alagona is a professor of environmental studies, with an affiliation in Geography, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA and completed postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard and Stanford. His work explores what happens when humans share their space and resources (habitats) with other species: how we interact with non-human creatures, how we make sense of these interactions, why we fight so much about them, what we can learn from them, and how we might use these lessons to foster a more just, humane, and sustainable society.
57:10 4/1/24
AMSEcast with guest Joel Levy
Renowned author and science historian, Joel Levy, shares his expertise on consciousness, intelligence, and the delicate dance between nature and nurture. Through his latest work, "Psychology for Busy People," the discussion traverses psychology's extensive history, from its origins to contemporary challenges and applications. Joel offers captivating perspectives on thought experiments, the core of consciousness, the nature-nurture debate, and the subtleties of mental health. Tune in as Alan and Joel guide us through the intriguing and complex realm of psychology.
62:03 4/1/24
AMSEcast with guest Kathy McCarthy
Working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory McCarthy works on the integration and deployment of next-generation fission technology, from concept to industry and regulatory adoption.
39:46 4/1/24
AMSEcast with guest Dr. Andrew Knoll
Dr. Andrew Knoll is a professor of Natural History and Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University, renowned for his research on the evolution of life and Earth's surface environments. His work, particularly focused on the Archean and Proterozoic eons, delves into paleontology, biogeochemistry, and the critical transitions in life's history, such as the rise of eukaryotic organisms and complex life forms. Additionally, Dr. Knoll explores the causes and effects of mass extinctions and the development of early microbial life. His expertise extends to astrobiology, where he contributes to Mars exploration, applying his understanding of Earth's ancient life to the search for life on other planets. Through his research and publications, Dr. Knoll plays a pivotal role in advancing our comprehension of life's intricate history on Earth and beyond.
62:41 4/1/24
AMSEcast with guest Dr. Paul Kearns
Join us for a thrilling journey into the future of science with Dr. Paul Kearns, Director of Argonne National Laboratory, on this episode of AMSEcast. Discover Argonne's historic contributions to nuclear energy, biosciences, and quantum computing, and delve into how they're tackling global challenges like climate change.This episode is not just a conversation; it's a gateway to the future of scientific exploration and discovery. Join us for an insightful and inspiring journey through the world of scientific innovation with a true visionary in the field.
39:49 2/6/24
AMSEcast with guest Katie McKissick
Explore the fascinating world of genetics with Katie McKissick, as she takes us on a journey through the wonders of genetics in this episode of AMSEcast. Using her unique blend of expertise and humor, Katie walks us through the complex fundamental elements of genetic structure, including DNA and RNA, and through the fascinating mechanisms behind genetic traits and inheritance. Join us for an entertaining learning experience!
50:18 2/6/24
AMSEcast with guest Catherine Musemeche
A pediatric surgeon for over three decades Catherine Musemeche is also the award winning author of Hurt The Inspiring Untold Story of Trauma, Small Life and Death on the Frontlines of Pediatric Surgery. Our discussion covers her book is Lethal Tides, Mary Seers and the marine scientist who helped win World War Two.
27:29 2/6/24
AMSE Science Report with Simon Winchester
AMSE Science Report with Simon Winchester
03:35 1/17/24
AMSE Science Report with Stephen Heard
AMSE Science Report with Stephen Heard
04:01 1/17/24
AMSE Science Report with Stefano Sandrone
AMSE Science Report with Stefano Sandrone
04:01 1/17/24
AMSE Science Report with Sam Kean
AMSE Science Report with Sam Kean
04:01 1/17/24
AMSE Science Report with Paul Sen
AMSE Science Report with Paul Sen
04:01 1/17/24
AMSE Science Report with Michael Hiltzik
AMSE Science Report with Michael Hiltzik
04:01 1/17/24
AMSE Science Report with Matt Richtel
AMSE Science Report with Matt Richtel
04:01 1/17/24
ASME Science Report with John Tresch
ASME Science Report with John Tresch
04:01 1/17/24
AMSE Science Report with James Poskett
AMSE Science Report with James Poskett
04:01 1/17/24
AMSE Science Report with Gino Segre
AMSE Science Report with Gino Segre
04:01 1/17/24
AMSE Science Report with Doug Tallamy
AMSE Science Report with Doug Tallamy
04:01 1/17/24