The Amoeba People Podcast
Where science and music collide! Each episode we break down one of our songs track-by-track, then we talk to an expert about the science behind the song. Music. Science. It's The Amoeba People Podcast!
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).