WBEZ’s Podcast Passport presents Science Friday Live! Join Ira Flatow and the rest of the SciFri crew as they road trip across the country to uncover and report on the amazing science news and stories happening right here in Chicago. As a science nerd and podcast lover, this is your chance to look behind the curtain of your favorite national radio show and participate in a special live performance with the scientists and conversations you love.
This 90-minute program will features live music, props, video screenings, and demonstrations. And as a bonus, the event will be recorded so you can be a part of of the weekly Science Friday broadcast heard on WBEZ airwaves!
The Live Show will include:
Infinite infinities and Weird Geometries: How Mathematicians See the World with Eugenia Cheng and Edray Goins
Mathematics isn’t just a problem-solving tool--it’s a different way of looking at the world. Take a small carrot, for example, says Eugenia Cheng, a mathematician at the Art Institute of Chicago. Yes, it’s a carrot. But it’s also one in a series of infinitely sized potential carrots, if you’d left the carrot in the ground to grow. “The infinitely big and the infinitely small are, well, infinitely related,” she says. Mathematician Edray Goins of Pomona College studies a world of imaginary objects. “I spend time rotating objects in space,” he says--work that might have implications for computer chip design, or even supersymmetry. In this segment, they’ll take us into those mathematical worlds, and talk about how math can help you think differently.
Meteorite Shower Over Chicago - A Radio Play
On March 26, 2003 the night sky over Chicago’s southern suburbs lit up like a fireworks display, as thousands of meteorites fell through the atmosphere and onto the peaceful suburb of Park Forest, Illinois. Some struck cars, some struck houses, and the event struck the town’s curiosity--stirring greed, competition, and hope for salvation among its residents. Ira Flatow retells the story of the 2003 Park Forest meteor event, with the help of former Field Museum Curator Meenakshi Wadhwa, and Chicago comedians Jen Connor and Ross Taylor (Second City).
WBEZ’s Curious City Investigates Urban Coyotes!
The Curious City crew will join the show with a field piece with urban wildlife researchers - followed by an interview with Ira & an urban ecologist.
Decoding the techniques of a master painter
Did you know the artist John Singer Sargent used cow urine to give his yellow pigments a brighter hue? From the Art Institute of Chicago, a discussion about how conservation scientists use chemistry to decode the watercolor techniques of the master painter.
About the Series:
WBEZ’s Podcast Passport brings podcasts from across the country to Chicago audiences who love seeing their favorite shows outside of their headphones! This series also provides an opportunity for WBEZ fans to engage with their favorite podcast hosts, as well as introduce new people to the exciting work WBEZ is doing in their communities. For more information, visit wbez.org/events.
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