The Amoeba People Podcast
Where science and music collide! This season we are featuring The Amoeba People Audio Cartoon, our musical, scientific, sci-fi radio-style adventure series! Music. Science. It's The Amoeba People Podcast!
info_outline Mars Party! 03/20/2021
Mars Party! In this special episode of The Amoeba People Podcast, we throw a Mars Party. We bring you 3 brand new songs about Mars, plus an interview with Dr. Fred Calef of JPL about the Perseverance mission, Martian cocktails with proper bartender Brad Walther, and Martian-themed B-movie picks from our Senior Geek Consultant Mario Salazar. This episode is jam packed with all you need to throw a proper Mars Party! Onward!!!
info_outline Episode 9: The General's Relativity 02/12/2021
Episode 9: The General's Relativity Once again, this week The Amoeba People Podcast features the next installment of The Amoeba People Audio Cartoon! The Meebs receive orders from the planet Crouton instructing them to search for General Gobsplotch at his last known location. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to The Amoeba People, the General and his annoying Meebling servant languish as captives of the devious E. Lawn Musk. Beckford suggests that the Meebs use their record player time machine to drop in and say hi to Edwin Hubble and Albert Einstein during their historic meeting at Mount Wilson Observatory in 1931.
info_outline Episode 8: She Sells Seashells 01/28/2021
Episode 8: She Sells Seashells Once again, this week The Amoeba People Podcast features the next installment of The Amoeba People Audio Cartoon! While continuing to learn about Earth's scientists from their friends at the M51 Records Laboratory, The Amoeba People are intrigued by the story of Mary Anning, the 19th century English fossil collector whose important work went largely uncredited during her lifetime. Meanwhile, back on the planet Crouton, Dr. Beeple and Q receive a troubling data transmission from General Gobsplotch's ship, The Even Less Likely. We’ve also included our interview with Cam Muskelly, who tells us about his own fossil hunting in and around his home state of Georgia! Onward!!
info_outline Episode 7: Transitive Reanimation 01/14/2021
Episode 7: Transitive Reanimation Once again, this week The Amoeba People Podcast features the next installment of The Amoeba People Audio Cartoon! The Meebs learn the remarkable yet tragic tale of Alfred Wegener from their friends Dr. Hindemith and Beckford of the M51 Records Laboratory. Inspired, The Amoeba People compose an epic science rock tune and summon Wegener by way of the Transmortifier, a vacuum cleaner that brings dead scientists back to life! Meanwhile, General Gobsplotch languishes in captivity along with his obtuse Meebling minion after being abducted by the diabolical E. Lawn Musk. Who knows what the scheming tech entrepreneur has planned for the General and his Croutonian spaceship, the Even Less Likely? Onward!!
info_outline Episode 6: Interstellar Encounters 12/31/2020
Episode 6: Interstellar Encounters Once again, this week The Amoeba People Podcast features the next installment of The Amoeba People Audio Cartoon! General Gobsplotch has landed on Earth, and can finally stretch his Amoebic pseudopods after the 27 light year journey from the planet Crouton. Unfortunately, his arrival was noticed by the devious E. Lawn Musk who has sent a team of goons to the General's location. Meanwhile, The Amoeba People receive an intriguing summons from their friend Werner Herzog, who requires their aid in his investigation of a mysterious legend. Join Herzog and The Meebs as they travel to Nepal in search of the fabled Oracle of the Theremin! For a bonus, We feature an interview Ray did with world renowned Thereminist Dorit Chrysler for the Amoeba People Radio Hour celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Theremin. The interview took place in the summer of 2020, when Dorit was in Munich, after finishing a project with CERN (which is also discussed in the interview). Onward!!
info_outline The Amoeba People Christmas Special 2020 12/19/2020
The Amoeba People Christmas Special 2020 Join The Meebs for a very special Christmas episode of The Amoeba People Podcast! This week we're debuting our new quiz segment where Ray tests Dustin and Ryan on their knowledge of obscure Christmas-related triva! Also, we’re bringing you a special audio cartoon, The Complicated Saga of Eggnog and Yule Log! Merry Christmas, from The Amoeba People!
info_outline Episode 5: A New Arrival 12/03/2020
Episode 5: A New Arrival Once again, this week The Amoeba People Podcast features the next installment of The Amoeba People Audio Cartoon! After the daring recapture of their ship The Improbable from E-Lawn Musk's SpaceX facility, The Meebs finally arrive at the M51 Records Laboratory. As The Amoeba People are getting to know their new human friends, an angry General Gobsplotch is making his final approach to planet Earth, crammed inside his undersized vessel. Will he be able to rendezvous with his fellow Croutonians? Onward!!
info_outline Episode 3: Welcome to Earth 11/05/2020
Episode 3: Welcome to Earth In this episode, the Meebs are rescued from their crashed spacecraft, The Improbable, by none other than legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog. Before the dust has settled, they encounter an unexpected menace. Join The Meebs as they make new friends and discover new challenges! Onward!!!
info_outline Episode 2: An Improbable Journey 11/05/2020
Episode 2: An Improbable Journey In this episode, The Amoeba People lift off from planet Crouton in their camper-trailer style spacecraft and make the journey to Earth. The 27 light year distance is closed in a matter of days, thanks to cutting edge Hyperbole Drive technology. An extra-terrestrial RV hurtling towards Earth at preposterous speeds; what could go wrong? Onward!!!
info_outline Episode 1: A Mysterious Transmission 11/05/2020
Episode 1: A Mysterious Transmission On the planet Crouton, a strange species of sentient Amoebas detects radio wave transmissions from a distant world 27 light years away. The Croutonian Council must now decide what these alien transmissions mean, and what to do next. Join us as we begin the musical, scientific, sci-fi adventures of The Amoeba People! Onward!!!
info_outline Get Paleo-Schooled With Lucy Herrero 01/24/2020
Get Paleo-Schooled With Lucy Herrero Paleontologist Lucy Herrero tell us all about her experience as a high school student at the Webb Schools where she was given the opportunity to go on actual fossil digs alongside working paleontologists and how this led her to pursue a career in paleontology.
info_outline A Geologist On Mars (Part 2) With Fred Calef 01/09/2020
A Geologist On Mars (Part 2) With Fred Calef Dr. Fred Calef of JPL sits down with Ray Hedgpeth of The Amoeba People to discuss Mars, what we now know about it, and how we know what we know. This episode also features "Geology Folk Song Medley" from The Amoeba People album "The Fossil Record." Onward!!!
info_outline A Geologist On Mars with Fred Calef 12/19/2019
A Geologist On Mars with Fred Calef Dr. Fred Calef of JPL talks to us about his work mapping the surface of Mars. He tells us about the non-linear path his life took that led him to the work he currently does, as well as the challenges of applying Earth-bound geologic concepts to other planets in our solar system, most significantly the red planet. This episode is part one of a two part episode with Dr. Calef.
info_outline Lava! With Genna Chiaro 12/05/2019
Lava! With Genna Chiaro This episode is all about lava! Our guest Genna Chiaro walks us through different types of lava flows, the kinds of rock they form, and how the stories of ancient people often reveal the scientific truths of the land in interesting ways.
info_outline The Fossil Record Barbecue (Special Episode) 11/21/2019
The Fossil Record Barbecue (Special Episode) In this special episode of The Amoeba People Podcast, we share some audio from a live acoustic performance we did at The Fossil Record Barbecue, an event we put on as a thank you to our friends (scientists, musicians, animators and artists), who helped us out during the two years we worked on "The Fossil Record," our most recent album. We also give a preview of some upcoming episodes of this podcast, as well as our participation in "Podcast Wars" coming in 2020!
info_outline The Amazing Marie Tharp with Hali Felt 11/07/2019
The Amazing Marie Tharp with Hali Felt In the 1950s, when Marie Tharp mapped the ocean floor and noticed what appeared to be a rift valley at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, her idea was ridiculed by a male colleague as "girl talk". Nowadays that rift valley is evidence that Earth's crust is in constant motion. Hali Felt, whose book "Soundings" details the life and work of Marie Tharp, talks with us about the process of writing such a fun and engaging book about someone people know so little about. We also break down our song "Girl Talk."
info_outline Mass Extinction with Kirk Johnson 10/24/2019
Mass Extinction with Kirk Johnson Kirk Johnson, director of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington D.C., paleobotanist, author, and science communicator extraordinaire, helps us understand the worst day in the history of Earth: the day an asteroid slammed into the Yucatan Peninsula and wiped out the dinosaurs.
info_outline Rockin' the Mesozoic with Jared Heuck 10/10/2019
Rockin' the Mesozoic with Jared Heuck What would a battle royale of 16 Ceratopsians look like? Jared Heuck, Fossil Preparator of the Raymond Alf Museum of Paleontology, thinks we should NOT bring back a T-rex, a la "Jurassic Park." But if we did, he wouldn't mind seeing a grudge match between 16 of the most awesome Ceratopsians assembled in one place. In this episode, we also break down our song "Rockin' the Mesozoic," a musical adventure that travels deep into the Age of the Dinosaurs. Onward!!!
info_outline So You Want To Be A Paleontologist? With Billie Guerrero 09/26/2019
So You Want To Be A Paleontologist? With Billie Guerrero Paleontologist Billie Guerrero was in the foster care system as a child and wound up homeless in her late teens. The idea that she might become a scientist one day was the furthest thing from her mind. On this episode she tells her incredible story of hard work and perseverance on the road to becoming a paleontologist. In addition, Ray and Dustin break down the process of writing "The Terrible Lizards" from The Amoeba People's new album "The Fossil Record." Onward!!!
info_outline Fossil Hunting with Gabriel Santos 09/12/2019
Fossil Hunting with Gabriel Santos We break down our song "The Ballad of Barnum Brown," about the greatest fossil hunter of all time. Then we talk with paleontologist Gabe Santos about his work at the Raymond Alf Museum of Paleontology as collections manager and outreach coordinator, as well as the history of fossil hunting and his work with the Cosplay for Science Initiative, a group of scientists who dress up as scientists and classic sci-fi characters and communicate real science at Comic-Cons and Nerd-Culture events everywhere. Onward!!!
info_outline The Art of Deep Time with Ray Troll 08/29/2019
The Art of Deep Time with Ray Troll In this episode we talk with the legendary paleo artist Ray Troll, whose drawings of dinosaurs, fossils, fish, and geologic rock formations have become iconic all around the world. He's produced numerous books, most notably "Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway" and "Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline" both collaborations with Dr. Kirk Johnson, the director of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. We also break down our song "Back to the Beginning track by track. Onward!!!
info_outline Volcanoes with Arianna Soldati 08/15/2019
Volcanoes with Arianna Soldati Could your head actually explode from the heat of a volcanic eruption? Is it possible to have a lightsaber duel while surfing down a lava flow? Our guest, volcanologist Dr. Arianna Soldati helps us make sense of some of the crazy stories surrounding historic volcanic eruptions, and helps us understand the complexity of volcanoes and why life wouldn't even exist without them. We also break down our song "Volcano!" track by track and put it back together. This episode erupts with volcanic goodness!
info_outline Coprolites with Tony Fiorillo 08/01/2019
Coprolites with Tony Fiorillo This episode is all about fossilized poop! First, we break down our song "Coprolites" track by track, then we talk with paleontologist Dr. Tony Fiorillo of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas about how in the world something as soft as poop can become fossilized. He also gives us some insight into the history of "dung stones" and his own experience digging for dinosaurs in Alaska and looking for traces of anything they might leave behind (including fossilized fecal matter).