What do you get when you take 2 science nerds & 3 radio producers, and put them in a small room to discuss a hotly debated topic like Genetically Modified Organisms and their role in agriculture? Apparently you get today’s episode of Everything is Interesting.
After reading recent news stories explaining that the public should embrace “CRISPRing,” a new(er) technology for engineering DNA, because its different from the topic of GMOs they’ve spent years protesting against (spoiler alert: its not, and CRISPRing isn’t a word) K+K set out to bring some actual science into the public conversation. With the XRAY crew, they get extremely passionate about:
the definition of a GMO
how it is that genes change naturally
Golden Bullets and other fun ways to get new genes into old organisms
how the mass use of GMOs could affect the environment
why being strongly for or against all GMOs as a broad category is, frankly, kinda ridiculous
If you want to have an informed debate about GMOs with your friends and neighbors, and we know you do, this is the episode for you!
Science Fiction movies are great. But for us, half the fun of watching them is how blatantly they misrepresent the actual science behind their plots. Its ridiculous, it’s inaccurate, and it’s a heck of a lot of fun to pick apart.
On today’s show, we listen to a few clips from some of our favorite science fiction outer space movies, and focus in on one of the major inaccuracies, then give you three possible reasons why it wouldn’t have happened that way. Only one of the totally-plausible sounding scientific explanations is the right one. Can you figure out which it is before the DJs?
Is it a metal? Or is it METAL?!? (Like, the music. You have to say it with a growl to get the joke.) In today’s show, K+K attempt to stump the XRAY DJs with phrases that might describe an actual scientific element and its metallic properties, or might be the name of a Metallica song.
On part 2 of this series about bicycles, K+K answer: How do you build a frame that won’t snap in half when you’re doing sick bike tricks? What is Carbon Fiber, and why is it all the rage? How are air molecules like a McDonald’s ball pit, and why are they a cycler’s biggest nemesis? Plus, tricks and tips to help you counter air resistance, using SCIENCE!
Here in Portland, we love our bicycles! But what is it about these seemingly ordinary machines that makes us so energetically efficient? Join Kira & Keera (and Keera’s mom!) to learn how the pedals, tires, and gears of a bike work together to propel you 3x as fast as walking, without you having to put in any more effort!
Based on the way it gets your dishes sparkling clean, and makes all those fanciful rainbow-colored bubbles, one could be forgiven for thinking that soap is actually magic! But like pulling the curtain back on the Great Wizard of Oz, K+K explain how all of soap’s greatest tricks work, like:
How soap traps grease and dirt
Why slimy fat and burnt ashes are premium soap ingredients
So you’re ready to take the big leap, and start fermenting your own vegetables at home. Congratulations! This is an important time in any person’s life, and K+K want to make sure you have the support you need. In this episode, you’ll learn:
A fast, easy, and SAFE method for making sauerkraut
How to acquire good bacteria in your sauerkraut jar, without inviting in the pathogenic (a.k.a. icky) kind
What a “fermenting bacteria” is, and how they work their ferment-y magic
The epic-micro bacterial drama that plays out while you wait for your cabbage to become tangy, delicious, shelf-stable sauerkraut
Back when they were young, nervous, and pressed for on-air time, Kira & Keera did an episode of Everything of Interesting about the science of cannabis and its constituent chemicals. Today they revisit the subject, armed with a lot more knowledge and far more confidence.
In this episode, K+K cover the difference between Indica & Sativa, how THC and CBD affect your brain, and whether or not nature wants us to get high.