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Episodes

 

 

Margaret Cavendish

Poncie Rutsch

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Margaret Cavendish used her writing to debate philosophy with some of the great thinkers of the scientific revolution. And she was the only woman to visit the Royal Society meetings for at least its first hundred years.

Title page and frontispiece from one of Margaret Cavendish's books. From the collections at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, via Wikimedia Commons.

Title page and frontispiece from one of Margaret Cavendish's books. From the collections at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, via Wikimedia Commons.

Music in this episode:
Panoramic Showers by Podington Bear
Rise by Igor Khabarov
Periodicals by Blue Dot Sessions
The Sun is Scheduled to Come Out Tomorrow by Chris Zabriskie
Feels Like Home by Fabian Measures
Not Drunk (no vocals) by The Joy Drops
Sunset by Lee Rosevere
Five by Marcel Pequel
Pens From Spain (Instrumental) by Loch Lomond
K-Eyes by Rho
Nobody Here But Us Charles Dickens!
Holy Roller by YACHT
Spontaneous Existence by Little Glass Men

Rita Levi-Montalcini

Poncie Rutsch

Portrait of Rita Levi-Montalcini courtesy of the European Brain Research Institute.

Portrait of Rita Levi-Montalcini courtesy of the European Brain Research Institute.

Rita Levi-Montalcini worked with homemade tools in her bedroom laboratory when she and her family were forced into hiding during World War II. The findings from her bedroom lab were the beginning of her Nobel-winning research and life obsession with Nerve Growth Factor.

The halo of nerve growth that Rita saw looked something like this (Photo via Wikimedia Commons).

The halo of nerve growth that Rita saw looked something like this (Photo via Wikimedia Commons).

Music in this episode:
Illway by Blue Dot Sessions
Pineapple by Podington Bear
New England is Interesting by BOPD
Poppyseed by Podington Bear
Sunset Part 2 by Podington Bear
Wonder Cycle by Chris Zabriskie
Uneasy by Blue Dot Sessions
Cylinder Two by Chris Zabriskie
Books by Jahzzar
Danse Morialta by Kevin MacLeod
Autumn Fields by Lee Rosevere
Golden by Little Glass Men
Silver Felt (Instrumental) by Loch Lomond

Maria Sibylla Merian

Poncie Rutsch

Portrait of Maria Sibylla Merian by Jacobus Houbraken, circa 1700. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Portrait of Maria Sibylla Merian by Jacobus Houbraken, circa 1700. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Maria Sibylla Merian painted caterpillars with their corresponding cocoons and butterflies on a host plant. While most of Maria's peers in the 17th century admired her for her artistry, now her work is considered one of the earliest examples of ecology.

Images courtesy of Smithsonian Libraries.

Music in this episode:
The Everlasting Itch For Things Remote by Gillicuddy
Violins and Tea (Instrumental) by Loch Lomond
Skirting Boards by Bleak House
Alchemical by Blue Dot Sessions
Tweedlebugs by Podington Bear
Betrayal, Lies and Disaster by The Losers
A Garden And A Library by Gillicuddy
Eight by Marcel Pequel
2 Spring_Summer by Dustin Wong
Is That You Or Are You You? by Chris Zabriskie
A Simple Shroud by Blue Dot Sessions
Idea by Kai Engel
Chromium Blush by Blue Dot Sessions

Babes Alive: Brittany Bushnell

Poncie Rutsch

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Imagine you're a PhD student, just getting started. And you realize you can't hear anything out of one ear, and THEN you learn that's because there's a tumor wrapped around the nerve starting at your inner ear and heading into the brain.

That's what happened to Brittany Bushnell. She was studying neuroscience...and then she became the class example of abnormal visual reflexes.

Brittany's MRI shows the tumor in the red circle.

Brittany's MRI shows the tumor in the red circle.

Brittany has also appeared on Story Collider, which is kind of like The Moth but for science stories.

Music in this episode:
Modulation of the Spirit by Little Glass Men
Barometer by Bleak House
The Temperature of the Air on the Bow of the Kaleetan by Chris Zabriskie
Because You Hold Me Tight by Alex Fitch
The Terrarium by Blue Dot Sessions
February by Kai Engel
Chinese Blues by Moore and Gardner from 1916 George Gershwin piano roll
Tipsy Xylo by Podington Bear
Trundle by Podington Bear
All Eventualities by Gillicuddy
Pens From Spain (Instrumental) by Loch Lomond

Brittany spins on an aerial hoop...even though her spotting isn't as good as it once was, she's still crushing it.

Brittany spins on an aerial hoop...even though her spotting isn't as good as it once was, she's still crushing it.

ZORA NEALE HURSTON

Poncie Rutsch

Portrait of Zora Neale Hurston by Carl Van Vechten, 3 April 1938, via Library of Congress.

Portrait of Zora Neale Hurston by Carl Van Vechten, 3 April 1938, via Library of Congress.

Zora Neale Hurston collected folklore and stories from communities throughout the rural south. Her stories were some of the first that represented black people with pride, and not with a feeling of distance or exoticism.

Music in this episode:
Tilly Lend Me Your Pigeon performed by Zora Neale Hurston
Mule On The Mount performed by Zora Neale Hurston
F.I.B by Ben McElroy
Eola by Alex Fitch
Coloured Lead Crayons by Bleak House
Cylinder Six by Chris Zabriskie
Papageno Drunk by Ergo Phizmiz
Isolated by Kevin MacLeod
Dream Blaze by Little Glass Men
Betrayal, Lies and Disaster by The Losers
Mama Don’t Want No Peas No Rice performed by Zora Neale Hurston
The First by Scott Gratton