Babes of Science
By Poncie Rutsch
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A podcast about women's work in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
||CleanMarguerite Perey||Marguerite Perey identified a new element called Francium while she was working in the Curie laboratory. So why don't we know her name? MUSIC: Mile Post 1 by Alex Fitch Drifting Spade by Blue Dot Sessions Building The Sun by Broke For Free Biolumina...||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHenrietta Lacks||Henrietta Lacks developed an aggressive form of cervical cancer, and died at the age of 31. The cells from the tumor on her cervix, however, are still alive today. More than twenty tons of her cells have grown in labs, participating in disease...||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBertha Pappenheim/Anna O.||Bertha Pappenheim was spending each night by her sick father's bed when she began hallucinating. Josef Breuer would diagnose her with hysteria and spend two years practicing "the talking cure." He and Sigmund Freud later published her account as a...||2/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIrène Joliot-Curie||Irène Joliot-Curie found that radioactivity wasn't just something to be found in the earth's elements -- scientists could make other metals radioactive. And then her research took her right up to nuclear fission...and World War II. To support the...||1/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMargaret Cavendish||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. Visit babesofscience.com for...||1/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRita Levi-Montalcini||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. Music..||12/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaria Sibylla Merian||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...||11/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBabes Alive: Brittany Bushnell||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...||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanZora Neale Hurston||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. *for links to Zora Neale...||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMargaret Sanger||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...||10/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAda Lovelace||Ada Lovelace defined modern computing and wrote t…||10/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp11: Barbara McClintock||Barbara McClintock suggested that genes jump from…||6/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp10: Mary Anning||Mary Anning found the some of the first evidence …||5/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp9: Rosalyn Sussman Yalow||After being denied entry to medical school and ju…||4/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp8: Nettie Stevens||Once upon a time, everything from timing to the t…||3/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp7: Alice Ball||IN THIS EPISODE Poncie talks about Alice Ball, wh…||2/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp6: Florence Nightingale||IN THIS EPISODE Poncie talks about Florence Night…||1/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp5: Maria Mitchell||Babes of Science is a podcast about women who mad…||12/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp4: Hedy Lamarr||Babes of Science is a podcast about women who mad…||11/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp3: Tilly Edinger||Babes of Science is a podcast about women who mad…||10/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp2: Alice Hamilton||Babes of Science is a podcast about women who mad…||9/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp1: Welcome to Babes of Science||Babes of Science is a podcast about women who mad…||8/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Poncie's pursuit of scientific female exploits is so needed right now. She establishes a great tone for this podcast right off the bat, engaging and entertaining with tales of "female badassery." Can't wait for more.
These podcasts will get you googling!
How many female scientists can you name from history? Even as a female scientist my list wasn't very long. Poncie reveals the fascinating lives and work of women across the many fields of science. These enchanting little episodes will have you scouring the Internet for more information on these lovely ladies.
My New Favorite Podcast
This is my new favorite podcast. Episodes are short but cram so much wonderful stuff in—a terrific payoff for a short amount of time. Many longer podcasts don’t leave me feeling like I’ve learned as much as I do in 12 minutes of Babes of Science. I really love Poncie’s approach—there are cool facts and stories here, but she also manages to identify what makes each of these women special and how their stories reflect larger issues from their time and today. And she does it without a bit of rambling, in 15 minutes or less. That takes skill.
All of the episodes are great, but I think Rosalyn Yalow was my favorite. One nitpick: Maria Mitchell’s name is pronounced Mar-EYE-a, like Mariah Carey. I have too many friends who are Vassar grads or who worked at the Maria Mitchell Association to let that one go.