Jon Chang was once an auditory neuroscientist. As a result, he's obsessed with all forms of sounds and brains. After moving to New York for journalism schooling, it was only a matter of time until he gravitated towards WNYU to start talking about all sorts of geeky things. Other unhealthy obsession include: slimy or scaly critters, video games, and concocting things like bacon brownies or habanero cheesecake.
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It's marathon time! Jon Chang interviews experts about running tips, Kevin Dell'Aquila looks into the neuroscience of why people exercise and Kathryn Tam interviews her friend about the holy grail of running—the runners' high.
How do researchers ethically create new drug treatments for people? Reporter Laura Geggel looks at Institutional Review Boards and interviews the doctors and administrators who serve on them. The Doppler Effect's Jon Chang takes the steer by the horns in the next segment as he shares the world of mobile slaughterhouses.
Kate Yandell reports the issues surrounding Modafinil, the drug that helps people stave off sleep and concentrate on the task at hand. Laura Geggel talks about how young adults living with cancer often fall through the cracks at support groups. Jon Chang muses about quantum physics.
Jon Chang talks to a scorpion expert about venom, Rose Eveleth discusses cell phone phantom vibrations, Kate Yandell tells us about food deserts (no, not desserts) and Laura Geggel shares how foster parents are helping animal shelters.
Parrots, Pitch, and Tasmanian Devils (Feb. 21, 2012)
Kate Yandell discovers that parrots are hanging out in the city. Jon Chang taps into a psychological and musical connection. Rose Eveleth and Colm Kelleher banter and bicker about the Tasmanian Devil.
Biophilia (Jan. 31, 2012)
This week Miriam Kramer, Kate Yandell, Jon Chang and Kelly Slivka gathered around the iPad to discuss Björk's new science-themed album and app, Biophilia. The verdict: Totally worth it, but don't expect to learn much science.
SOPA/PIPA and Google Revisted (Jan. 24, 2012)
On January 18, 2012, New Yorkers went out to protest outside the State Senators office, speaking against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (PROTECT Intellectual Property Act). Jon Chang went to see what people had to say and perhaps shed some light on what exactly the legislation is all about. Then, we revisit Google with Boris Kachskovsky and Chuck Furlong.
Nuclear Weapons, Weather Rhymes, and Chiptunes (Jan. 17, 2011)
Kelly Slivka gets a healthy dose of radiation, as she talks to Mark Sakitt from Brookhaven National Laboratories about the history of nuclear weapons.Bez Ledermann gives us some sailing advice and insight as to why those old maritime rhymes hold true. Jon Chang interviews a musician that found a way to rescue his old Gameboy from obsolescence.
Tumbleweeds, Ladybugs, Urban Kayaking (Dec. 13, 2011)
This is definitely one of the top five best shows. It starts with an amazing segment by Rose Eveleth about a world-class tumbleweed distributor. Next, Jon Chang and Jon Zrake discusses a fungus that parasitizes ladybugs. Then Kelly Slivka wraps it up with a segment about kayaking to work in Manhattan.
Dredging and Marine Odd Jobs (Nov. 29, 2011)
Two disparate but nonetheless intriguing segments fill out this episode. First, Jon Chang and Kate Yandell talk about fracking. Second, Kelly Slivka interviews a marine biologist about a job off the radar: observing for marine life during dredge operations.
Food, etc. (Nov. 22, 2011)
Though this episode was food-themed at conception, it turned into more of a "drink" episode. Typical. First, Jon Chang asks some vendors at NovemBEER to talk to about their brews. Then Rose Eveleth and Colm Kelleher discuss a different kind of brew: coffee made from poo. Lastly, Kelly Slivka switches our gears to find out why DNA is called DNA.
Cells, Zombie Insects, Laughter, Disgust (Nov. 8, 2011)
This week, the Doppler Effect has a true grab bag. We travel from a history of the word cell, to the world of zombie insects, to the reason we laugh, and then the reason we kvetch. Bonus, you get to meet four new hosts: Kelly Slivka, Kate Yandell, Miriam Kramer and Jon Zrake.
Harmonics, Evolving Music, Runaway Moon (Oct. 25, 2011)
This week, the Doppler Effect tries to play subharmonics, looks into the evolution of music, and finds out that the moon is running away from us.
Music (Oct. 18, 2011)
A while ago, we realized that everyone on The Doppler Effect plays an instrument. We've got two cellos, a violin, a viola and a trombone. This week we invited some of those instruments into the studio (thankfully, Rose left her trombone at home) and talked about the science behind music. Bonus: you get to meet a new host - Bez!
Jazz fMRI's, Exoplanets and Pizza (Sept. 13, 2011)
This week we've got a grab bag here at the Doppler Effect. First we hear from our newest Doppler Effecter... Doppler Effectorite... Doppler Effectee... er... our newest host: Jon Chang. He tells us about how scientists are using fMRI's to study jazz. Then, Chuck Furlong takes us on a trip waaaaay out to a potential exoplanet. And finally, Colm explains to Rose why she folds her pizza like that. (hint: it's physics!)