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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

MARGARET SANGER

Poncie Rutsch

Margaret Sanger with her two sons in late 1915.

Margaret Sanger with her two sons in late 1915.

Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. one hundred years ago this week. The clinic only lasted ten days, but Margaret was just getting started.

Music in this episode:
Surly Bonds by Blue Dot Sessions
Idea by Kai Engel
Bliss by Podington Bear
City Limits by Blue Dot Sessions
I Am Running With Temporary Success From A Monstrous Vacuum In Pursuit by Chris Zabriskie
Grey Sunday by Lee Rosevere
Tipsy Xylo by Podington Bear
One by Marcel Pequel
Screaming Silence by Natus
Set The Dogs (Instrumental) by YEYEY
Is That You or Are You You? By Chris Zabriskie
you better take your eyes by The Rebel

 

ADA LOVELACE

Poncie Rutsch

A watercolor portrait of Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, painted by Alfred Edward Chalon. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

A watercolor portrait of Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, painted by Alfred Edward Chalon. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Ada Lovelace defined modern computing and wrote the first computer program...for an imaginary machine. Because the computer as a usable, physical object wouldn't exist for almost another century.

Music in this episode:
Heliotrope, Blue Dot Sessions
An Opus in Bb, Blue Dot Sessions
First Fist, Rho
Marble Chase, Blue Dot Sessions
Books, Jahzzar
The Third, Scott Gratton
Wonder Cycle, Chris Zabriskie
Candlepower, Chris Zabriskie
Danse Morialta, Kevin MacLeod
The Fourth, Scott Gratton