Episode 53, Lisa

August 31, 2012

This episode we speak with scholar, Lisa Castillo. Her interest is Afro-Brazilian culture. More specifically, the African diaspora of Brazil. It’s similar to the history of slavery here but there are significant differences, especially in how the original African culture and traditions of the slaves’ native land is still represented in Brazil today. She lives in Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil which is a very cool place, home to Candomblé and lots of Samba-ing. There’s other stuff, too: an unexpected guest arrives via the kitchen, we have a sound quiz, there’s news and Mikie attends an art opening! And that’s just the half of it! Okay, no, that’s more than half, more like three quarters, but if you click that little play arrow, that final quarter will be worth every penny!

More on topics discussed in this episode: slavery, Salvador, Bahia, wombat

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Episode 52, Glenn

August 6, 2012

We’re very excited to have a return visit from our dear friend Glenn Berger Ph.D. Yes, he’s back for another discussion about us, our minds, how we find our way through life’s ups and downs. Turns out the downs can be remedied with just a little help from, well, ourselves. It seems there’s a vibe to the universe (yes, that universe) that’s out there just waiting for us to get vibrating with. Don’t worry, he explains it better than I can.

And there’s more, packaged in a handy variety pack!  Like news and a quiz and another guest you may know of but he prefers I keep his name secret for now. And Mikie visits a bar! How unusual, that’s only the third time this week!

So why not click the little play arrow and rocket off to the galaxies of your mind where all the drinks are free!

More on topics in this show: attachment, magnetoencephalography, manhattan

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Episode 51, Margaret

July 12, 2012

Join us as we speak with paleoecologist extraordinaire, Margaret B. Davis. She is one of the world’s foremost scholars of palynology, a branch of paleoecology that interprets the history of Earth’s ecology through studying its pollen record. Specifically, trees. She’s brilliant and fun to speak with. And she explains how the pollen fossil record gives stark evidence that right now there are some dark clouds out there climate-wise; and that we need to address that in a serious and apolitical way.

There’s more. Why? ‘Cause it’s The Mikie Show, there’s always more!

Yes! We have a quiz and news from the outer galaxy! And a few guests that are a total surprise. At least to you they are! Just click the little play arrow and all your dreams about The Mikie Show episode fifty-one will come true!

More on topics in this show: palynology, climate change, dangling participles

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Episode 50, Joe

June 16, 2012

We return with episode fifty! Yes, your fiftieth show cocktail celebration can start right now! Let’s hope it also includes listening to the show!

It’s a good one, featuring an interview with Major Joe Da Silva, US Army. He’s done three tours in Iraq and was also in Afghanistan. Just having completed his Masters, he’s on his way back to West Point to teach (he is a West Point grad, class of 2002). We talk about the challenges of commanding, leadership and the soldiers he’s had the pleasure to serve with.

There’s also another guest coming by, but I lost the thing with his name on it, where did I put that… No matter, I’m sure he’ll show up named or not. Plus there’s a quiz and some news you’ll never find anywhere else! Why exclaim that? Because it’s news you’ll never find anywhere else! All that and more awaits you behind the little play arrow just below. Wait, do I hear ice clinking in a cocktail glass? I heart you!

More on topics in this show: West Point, Major, graham cracker,

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Episode 49, Sheril

February 23, 2012

If you click the little play arrow down there you’ll be able to join us as we speak with Sheril Kirshenbaum, author and science writer. Besides being Director of The University of Texas at Austin’s Project on Energy Communication, she has written or co-written three books about science, has given a TED talk and is a science advisor to NPR’s Science Fridays program. I asked her how to boil an egg.

Just kidding. We talk about the future of energy and women in science, many things. Plus, a few more guests come by, but they asked that I don’t reveal their names at this time. And there’s a quiz and some news, all the things you need to know if you know what to need!

A translation of that previous sentence would be appreciated.

More on topics in this show: sustainable energy, women in science, pants

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Episode 48, George

February 9, 2012

Here it is, another new show! This time we speak with George Bradley. He is a master of herpetology, meaning he collects, manages, identifies and pretty much loves everything about reptiles and amphibians. And he gets paid for the love by the University of Arizona Museum of Natural History. Plus, we got to go down to his space to have a talk and look at his many, many critters. There’s also a quiz, nothing about herpetology, just a general one-question quiz. And we have news about things you may think should never be news! How does that work?  We’ll see. And there’s always an unexpected guest or two dropping by. So why not hop on down to the play arrow and shed that old skin for some fresh entertainment!

More on topics in this show: herpetology, leather-backed sea turtle, stop signs

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Episode 47, Kara

January 26, 2012

It’s another episode of The Mikie Show! I know, we were all hoping I’d say that. Well, I did. Join us as we speak with Kara Hartzler, an attorney whose focus is immigration and refugee law. We talk about what’s right and wrong for all sides. And she’s a playwright as well, whose plays have been performed across the country. Click here for more info on that.

We have other features, too: There’s a quiz! How often does one get to do that without even asking! Plus there’s news that only we seem to be able to find, and perhaps an unexpected guest. He or she remains in the shadows for now, I guess you’ll have to listen to see them.

And Mikie gets a phone call! How riveting, a phone call! Okay, that’s not that riveting but it could be a little welding-like!

What the heck am I talking about!

Try clicking the play arrow and help me find out!

More on topics in this show: Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, refugees, baloney

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Episode 46, Wake

January 11, 2012

It’s episode forty-six! Fresh on the heels of episode forty-five. Maybe not so fresh, it’s been a while, but what matters is, you’re here!

Yes, this episode we speak with Wake Wheeler, a Shamanic practitioner. He practices and teaches the traditions of the Q’ero, indigenous people of Peru. Truly a gentle soul. And I was surprised to find out how important textiles are to their beliefs and traditions.

There’s more things: We’re going to have a quiz (bet you never guessed that), and some news, and Mikie gets stuck under an underpass, who knows what can happen under an underpass… I see another guest drops by, but they’re not yet quite in focus. If you click the play arrow, though, everything will become clear, so go ahead, see for yourself!

More on topics in this episode: Q’ero people, back-strap loomrabbits

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Episode 45, Mary

December 8, 2011

It’s a new episode the The Mikie Show! This time around we speak with Mary Hartman, Ph.D. A former dean of Douglass University, she is at the forefront of women’s education having founded the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutgers University. She has also written several books, one of which has altered how historians view the affect that changes in the family had on the political and economic history of Western civilization. Plus, she’s a dynamite ping-pong player! Okay, not sure about the ping-pong, but she’s so nice, it would figure, right?

And, we have a quiz, unique to the world of quizzes. And there’s some news you may have missed and a trip on a ferry with a Frenchman (don’t get that every day). Is that it? I was hoping to use the word “and” a few more times. There, I just did! And I don’t know why!

Yikes!

And don’t forget, with regular use, The Mikie Show prevents plaque!

More on topics discussed in this episode: women’s rights, family, shoelaces

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Episode 44, Gordon

November 17, 2011

This episode we speak with percussionist extraordinaire, Gordon Gottlieb. He is an all-world multi-instrumentalist, and can play literally hundreds of percussion instruments, all mallets (like vibes and marimba) and is an amazing timpanist as well. We get him to bang on some stuff just to prove it. Recording? He’s played on at least 125 albums and hundreds of film scores and commercials. Then there’s the master classes around the world, touring with major orchestras and did we mention teaching at the Julliard School?

How do I follow that? By coming before it, that’s how! Yes, this episode features much more, for an incredibly low price, and if you call now… wait, where was I? Oh yes, we have a quiz and some news and there’s something going on next door, I think I’m going over there to find out what it is.

So why not click the little play arrow and head off to a land where banging on stuff is encouraged!

More on topics discussed in this episode: percussion, Carnivalsuction cups

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