Nerdin’ About
Solstice Special

Solstice Special

December 23, 2021

To get you through some long nights ahead, here’s a bonus episode of nerd outs with special guest drag performer Shanda Leer! We all nerd out along with some of your nerd outs you wrote in with. Shanda nerds out on, The Beatles “Get Back” documentary, our audio engineer Elise Lane on her new single Antoneon, and Michael and Kaylee have podcast recommendations for your holidays in The Longtime Academy, and Stuff the British Stole. Find a transcript of the episode here:

Follow Shanda Leer on Twitter and Instagram 

and their podcast Where the Big Boys Game


New episodes out early 2022!

The Science of Swearing

The Science of Swearing

November 30, 2021

When was the last time you swore? Maybe you were sitting in traffic, or you stubbed your toe on a stray shoe stranded in the hallway of your home (was that too specific?). While you may be well versed in the classic four-letter words that make up the English swearing vocabulary, in this episode Dr. Anne-Michelle Tessier (she/her) takes us on a phonologic foray of swear words, from sh*t-whistles to a**-badgers. We explore what makes some cursing compounds more compelling and how we’re constantly doing linguistic math, even without thinking about it. A transcript of this episode can be found here:

You can read Dr. Tessier’s scientific paper on this topic here

Visit Dr. Tessier’s personal and phonology lab websites


Science Policy of Truth

Science Policy of Truth

November 16, 2021

Have you ever wondered how politicians make decisions using science? Or about how politics shape what’s dissected under the microscope? This is why we need people like Farah Qaiser (she/her) to better understand the role of policy for science, and science for policy! Farah is the new Director of Research and Policy at Evidence for Democracy, a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization aimed at promoting the use of evidence in Canada’s decision-making. We explore the changing landscape of science policy and how investing in Canada’s scientists impacts our national capacity to ask and answer innovative and creative science questions. We’ll also explore Farah’s dedication to advocating for under-represented scientists in her role as a member of 500 Women Scientists' leadership team. A transcript of the episode can be found here:

Learn more about Farah Qaiser on her website, and follow her on social media @this_is_farah

Also mentioned in this episode: Science Diction podcast

Güt for your Health

Güt for your Health

November 2, 2021

Open any social media app, and you’re bound to be bombarded with ads and images of “wellness”. But can our health be hyped by adding or removing a single food? What's the science behind gluten and could a sprinkle of something special support your thyroid? Desiree Nielsen (she/her), Registered Dietician, is here to debunk some diet myths and explore how taking a more holistic approach rather than subscribing to the latest fad will be more beneficial to our health. A transcript of the episode can be found here:

Find Desiree on her website or on Instagram @desireenielsenrd

Check out Desiree’s podcast The Allsorts Podcast, which covers nutrition science with a roster of very cool guests.

Or try some recipes from Desiree’s cookbook “Eat More Plants” for nutrition-packed plant goodness.

Also mentioned in this episode: Ask an Astronomer with Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn and the Maintenance Phase podcast.

Raccoons Revealed

Raccoons Revealed

October 19, 2021

Respected and reviled, raccoons are renowned for their ability to thrive in cities. They have played an important role in economies, and the symbolism around raccoons continues to evolve as societies observe and often misunderstand these masked mammals. Dr. Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee Nation) is the author of “Raccoon”, and he shares with us the ecological and social significance of raccoons, and how this book intersects with his work as a professor of Critical Indigenous Studies and English at the University of British Columbia. A transcript of the episode can be found here:

Raccoon is available through Reaktion Books or if you’re in the Vancouver area through Massy Books.  

Daniel is also the author of Badger and Why Indigenous Literatures Matter

Also recommended in this episode is the book The Barren Grounds by David Robertson

Bat Science Stories More Than Dark Nights

Bat Science Stories More Than Dark Nights

October 5, 2021

We’re back! Season 3 kicks off with bat ecologist, data scientist, and children’s book author Dr. Cylita Guy (she/her). In this episode, we explore what it means to be an urban ecologist, we learn about how scientists study bats, and we debunk some common bat myths and misconceptions. We also get the inside scoop on Cylita’s soon-to-be released children’s book – Chasing Bats & Tracking Rats: Urban Ecology, Community Science, and How We Share Our Cities  – which takes readers on a journey into our city streets to understand the wild animals that live among us and the people who study them. A transcript of the episode can be found here:

Published by Annick Press, Chasing Bats and Tracking Rats is now available for pre-order. Click on the link below, or go to your local independent bookstore, and ask them to bring it in!

Follow Dr. Cylita Guy on Twitter: @CylitaGuy

And on her website

Bonus: Nerdin‘ About Live

Bonus: Nerdin‘ About Live

September 7, 2021

In May, 2021 we hosted a live event with three guests from Season 1. Dr. Samantha Yammine aka Science Sam from our very first episode on communicating about COVID-19, Pramodh Senarath Yapa from episode 8 on superfluids and helium, and Kim Senklip Harvey from episode 9, an Indigenous storyteller on decolonizing theatre. In this live episode, we hear updates about their work and what they’ve been nerding about lately. A transcript of the episode can be found here:

Music for this episode was created by Pramodh Senarath Yapa.

And because we know you’ll want to keep up with this week’s guests on social media, you can follow:

Dr. Samantha Yammine (Twitter: @heysciencesam; Instagram: @science.sam;

Pramodh Senarath Yapa (Twitter: @PramodhYapa; Instagram: @pramodh.yapa)

Kim Senklip Harvey (Twitter: @KimSenklip; Instagram: @kimsenklipharvey;

You can also purchase Kim’s Governor General Award Winning piece “Kamloopa” at Talon Books:

In lieu of tickets, we asked that anyone wishing to support the show donate to the BC Cancer Foundation or their local Cancer Foundation in honour and memory of our friend and colleague Dr. Greg Bole. Donations to the BC Cancer Foundation can be made here:

Bonus: The Life Changing Effects of a Cancer Diagnosis

Bonus: The Life Changing Effects of a Cancer Diagnosis

July 6, 2021

In S2E7 we spoke with Dr. Greg Bole about evolution and how we often misunderstand what it is. In that episode, Greg also shared his recent diagnosis with a terminal form of cancer. In this episode, we talk with Greg about that diagnosis and what it has meant for him and his family. And true to Greg’s passion for science and science communication, we explore the science of cancer and how we treat it. Greg continues to be an important member of our Nerd Herd family and we hope you’ll join us for another episode where we learn from Greg, not only about what cancer is but also his experience dealing with this diagnosis. A transcript of the episode can be found here:

Creating Accessible Places and Spaces

Creating Accessible Places and Spaces

June 15, 2021

Marco Pasqua (he/him) is Creatively Using his Best Energy (CUBE) to advocate for accessibility in workplaces and community spaces. In this episode Marco shares how living with a disability has shaped his career as an entrepreneur, accessibility and inclusion consultant, and inspirational speaker. We discuss how Marco works with companies, clients, and communities to use principles of universal design to meet the needs of everyone, and how you can advocate for more accessible spaces in your community. And in this last episode of Season 2, we nerd out about a show worth watching, how a hobby led to new pen pals, and what Season 3 has in store. A transcript of the episode can be found here:

To learn more about Marco and his work, visit

Follow Marco @Marco_Pasqua

Bonus: Let’s Innovate

Bonus: Let’s Innovate

June 8, 2021

This week we've got a Bonus Episode in your feed! You may have heard on a previous episode that Nerdin' About co-host Michael Unger hosts another podcast called "Let's Innovate". This week we're sharing the very first episode. In it you will meet Braxton Chan. Braxton developed an innovative treatment for osteochondral defects using fibrocartilage transplantation and the 16-year-old from Cranbrook, BC was a finalist in the 2020 Youth Innovation Showcase. We learn how he came up with his idea and what he's been up to since the competition. A transcript of the episode can be found here:

To listen to other episodes of Let's Innovate, visit!-podcast/

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