9. Bacteria: Friend or Foe?

Bacteria cells in and on your body outnumber the human cells by ten to one.

You are a giant, human shaped pile of bacteria.

8. Milk!

In Keera and Kira’s first episode with Jefferson Smith, host of XRAY’s Morning Show, the ladies discuss the history and science of milk. Jefferson, on the other hand, internally questions whether or not he ever wants to do another show with 2 nerdy ladies who seem to be unusually enthusiastic about the science of dairy products.

Topics include:

  • What’s happening at the molecular level when cream becomes whipped cream?
  • Why are some people lactose intolerant? What features do lactose tolerant people possess that gives them the ability to safely digest dairy?
  • Is cheese really as addictive as crack?

7. Back to School

Kids are going back to school! Which means they’re inevitably going to come home with questions about science that you may not remember the answer to because, well, you learned them a long, long time ago.

In today’s episode we cover some of the basics of chemistry, biology, and physics, and how to make science exciting for both you and your kids. We also lay out some science experiments you can do at home, and how to explain them appropriately to little kids, medium kids, and big kids.

We also make Christine throw paper airplanes around the studio. So, your welcome.

6. The Energetic Cost of Living

Your body is almost always using energy, whether you’re going hard labor, or just sleeping. Play along with our Labor Quiz to see if you know the answers to questions like:

  • True or False: When you sleep your body consumes the caloric equivalent of 1 tablespoon of ketchup.
  • Thinking requires energy, so you burn a lot more calories thinking really hard
  • Celery is a “negative calorie food,” because it takes more calories to digest celery than you absorb from eating it.
  • It takes more energy to digest a sandwich made with whole wheat bread and real cheese than one made of white bread and American cheese.

5. Fake News?

We live in a pretty amazing, and crazy time: We have more information than we know what to do with. Every day in the media we are bombarded with information and ideas that divide us, that encourage us to take a stance and make decisions about big issues like what to eat and how to behave.

While it may not be obvious, media is often presented in a way that does not accurately depict what researchers have found, or adds emotionally-charged conclusions that an academic scientist wouldn’t be so quick to jump to.

How are the following headlines misconstruing actual scientific findings? Is the emotional-spin that Media lends to articles swaying our opinions, and keeping us divided?

  • Meat-Eaters May Have a Higher Risk of Death, But Plants Are the Answer
  • Several Animal Studies Indicate Health Risks Associated with GM Food
  • Hugging Your Dog Is Making It Stressed Out, Study Finds


4. Science Fiction Movies, In Spaaaaace!

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 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? 

Quiz: “You know they got it wrong, but do you know why?”

3. Metallic or Metallica?!

In today’s quiz show, we see if we can stump the XRAY DJs by asking which of these phrases describe an actual metal, or pertain to the metal industry, and which is the name of a Metallica song.

Do you think you know? Play along!

2. The Importance of Play

In the first official episode of Everything Is Interesting as its own radio segment, Kira and Keera (we called her Kay back then!) talk about the importance of playing, both for children and adults. Video games, playing outside, puzzles, science experiments, and “adult” play, build memory and reasoning skills, dispel aggressive behavior, promote social inclusion, and contribute to many facets of healthy brain development.

Because they are so dedicated to the healthy brain development of the XRAY in the Morning DJs, Kira and Keera bring a hands-on science game, making the crew spin raw eggs in the studio to learn about inertia, density, and drunk ballerinas.

1. Keera & Kira’s First Interview on XRAY 107.1fm

This is where it all began! Listen to an insanely nervous Kira and Keera talk to Christine Alexander and the XRAY in the morning DJs about their educational non-profit, Science Project. They also talk about how to make learning Science fun, & why its so important to the well being of our community.

Then listen in to the Everything Is Interesting prototype quiz show, where they ask the DJs:

  • If radio waves are not sound waves, how do our voices get into the listeners’ ears?
  • How does coffee affect the brain? Why does caffeine keep you awake?