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Science Policy with Congressman Rick Larsen

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 8:37am

For our Season Three Finale we interviewed our national representative from the 2nd Congressional District of WA State, Rick Larsen.  The guest cohost was Planetary Society’s Director of Space Policy and friend of the show, Casey Dreier.

 

We did our first cross over podcast with Planetary Radio – Space policy edition and talked about Congressman Larsen’s love of science, how science gets funded, how politicians get their scientific information and what is the role of scientists and science enthusiasts in politics.

 

We hope you enjoyed season three and come back for season four in 2018.

Science Policy with Congressman Rick Larsen

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 8:37am

For our Season Three Finale we interviewed our national representative from the 2nd Congressional District of WA State, Rick Larsen.  The guest cohost was Planetary Society’s Director of Space Policy and friend of the show, Casey Dreier.

 

We did our first cross over podcast with Planetary Radio – Space policy edition and talked about Congressman Larsen’s love of science, how science gets funded, how politicians get their scientific information and what is the role of scientists and science enthusiasts in politics.

 

We hope you enjoyed season three and come back for season four in 2018.

Spacecraft Chronicles: Photography on Mars

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 9:41am

There are thousands of beautiful images of and from the surface of Mars.  In this episode we talk about how and why these images are taken by rover photographers.  From the taking images in black & white images verses color to church glass, how we study Mars through photography is fascinating.

 

Special thanks to Emily Lakdawalla, Melissa Rice, Nicole Schmitz and resources from KMRE – Spark Radio & Western Washington University

 

Image Courtesy of NASA

Spacecraft Chronicles: Photography on Mars

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 9:41am

There are thousands of beautiful images of and from the surface of Mars.  In this episode we talk about how and why these images are taken by rover photographers.  From the taking images in black & white images verses color to church glass, how we study Mars through photography is fascinating.

 

Special thanks to Emily Lakdawalla, Melissa Rice, Nicole Schmitz and resources from KMRE – Spark Radio & Western Washington University

 

Image Courtesy of NASA

Science of Soccer / Physics of Futbol

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 9:59am

Do you love Soccer?  Is Futbol part of your life?  If so, we have an episode for you.  

Student intern Taylor Raybould requested a show on the physics of the almost universally beloved sport.  Our guest today is Dr. Andreas Riemann, the chair of the WWU physics department.  Dr. Riemann teaches physics of sports course and has a great time talking to Taylor about the world of soccer/futbol.

 

Note: This episode has a bit of an audio issue.  We hope it isn't too distracting

 

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2017 Solar Eclipse PSA

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:21pm

Enjoy this short PSA about the Solar Eclipse coming August 21, 2017 produced for Spark Radio, KMRE in Bellingham, WA.

 

For more information go to 

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

 

Thank you to Spark Radio and WWU's own Robert Clark for production and editing

 

Image Courtesy of NASA

Science, Pseudoscience & Society

Sun, 08/06/2017 - 9:54am

In this episode we have a round table discussion about what disaster and horror movies say about our society with WWU medical anthropology professor Dr. Sean Bruna and a couple of anthropology students.  

  The first student works under Dr. Bruna's and also happens to be the Spark Science video editor, Kyle Mullins.  The second student continues the Spark Science tradition of family member co-hosts, Dr. Barber DeGraaff's father Ramon Barber Jr.  Ramon is finishing a degree in Anthropology at SDSU.   Enjoy this short pop culture filled episode.

 

Image Courtesy of Universal Studios