Did you realize that we’ve been multi-hyphenates since we were born? We’re talking with Dona Sarkar, who heads up the Windows Insiders program at Microsoft and is a published author, fashion designer and blogger. We discuss the joys of being an expert at failure, why it’s okay to not be a natural at anything and how to distribute the “emotional eggs” of any pursuit.
In this very special episode, we bring you our KPCC live show from Los Angeles. In the first half, we speak with the brilliant science writer Jennifer Ouellette about serendipity, cultivating openness, and what makes us who we are. Plus, jiu jitsu, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and much more! Then we pass the mic to American Public Media’s The Mash-Up Americans for a different take on identity… and mezcal!
How does a fascination with fruit flies become a feature film? Alexis Gambis, a French Venezuelan scientist turned filmmaker, tells us how. From studying the eye to the camera lens, editing genomes to editing film, Alexis is creating a new wave of science filmmaking and you’re invited to jump onboard. Listen in for a trip around the world, a journey through time and a migration of butterflies. Yes, butterflies.
Can you train your brain to be more creative? Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, a neuroscientist turned creative director, makes a strong case that you can. Amanda is the prolific creator of Beyond Curie, a design project that highlights badass women in STEM, and the founder of The Leading Strand, a multidisciplinary initiative to bring design and science together. We track Amanda’s path from ballet to neuroscience to design and hear how she’s maximized her time and creativity to make so many cool projects.
How do you open the science loop to create compelling media? That’s one of the topics we discuss with Nadja Oertelt, scientist, media producer, documentary filmmaker and co-founder of Massive, a new science media company. We follow Nadja’s journey from research scientist to filmmaker to startup founder, and learn how she was able to translate her research skills in the science lab directly to a production studio. Plus, our advice on how to reignite your passion for your work!