A diamond in the ruff of a podcast
We need more women talking to and about women in science! Thank you Cara for making sure that you provide equal representation of men and women on the podcast, across all different kinds of subjects. Even as a scientist I learn so much from this podcast, and I am able to stay up to date on the latest scientific research and initiatives.
Excellent deep dive into lots of fantastic science topics
One of the few podcasts where I learn so much science knowledge that it fulfills my “enlightened” quotient for the day. I cannot get that from a 5-15 interview. Cara talks to so many brilliant scientists who share the exciting things happening in their research/field. I can always hear the enthusiasm of the guests as they explain what they have discovered. That passion for science is inflective. Cara is good at asking those intelligent questions that makes her guests want to talk more about their work. There are too many episodes where I wish they had a few hours more to talk about that topic.
State of the art SciCom
Cara's enthusiasm for science communication is downright contagious. She consistently gets really interesting guests on wide-ranging topics and does the kind of deep dive that podcasting is so well suited for. Talk Nerdy always bubbles to the top of my listening queue when it drops.
Talk Nerdy Saved My Life
I stumbled upon Cara and Talk Nerdy during some of the lowest points of my latest struggle with depression (amidst a continuous existential crisis). Stick with me, fam, I swear this is about to get positive. I still struggle with the memory of feeling happy on a consistent basis. However, as I listen through all the archives of the podcast episodes, I’m constantly reminded that there is so much of life (and science) to be discovered. And THAT, my friends, is exciting. Cara will never know the impact she’s made in recreating the excitement I felt like I lost
Great science podcast!
I can't say enough positive about Cara Santa Maria's (CSM) podcast or CSM herself. She's such a great interviewer and a joy to listen too. Plus I love science. Just listen...
An amazingly eclectic podcast
Pros: Cara Santa Maria brings such a great variety of guests to her show. The topics will appeal to anyone with even a hint of an interest in science. Cara and her guests break down the topics in such a great way that everyone will walk away having learned something. At this point, I’m not surprised by how interesting the most seemingly mundane topic, such as sand, can become when explained by an expert. The host also does a great job of asking the questions I wish I could ask her guests at the right moment. Cons: None
Monday Motivation
Melisa D.
I cannot emphasize how amazing it is to start my week off with a new episode of Talk Nerdy! I feel as if Cara recharges my love and passion for science and science communication, which says a lot when you are constantly dealing with academia. Cara, if you’re reading this, stay nerdy, stay quirky, and please never stop podcasting.
So interesting, beautiful voice
I no longer listen to podcast on Apple but I love this one so much I came back here to write this review! It is that great!
Cara is a great interviewer, I found her podcast through the skeptics guide. She’s often complained about on the skeptics guide for being too outspoken, but it’s not her fault. She’s a strong woman surrounded by a group of weak men.
Great Podcast!
I always learn some great stuff when I listen. Cara keeps it fun and interesting!
Athena M Martinez
I love this podcast so much!
Great podcast!
One of the few podcasts that I both listen to and find worthy of financially supporting! Keep up the great work!
Podcast 138, the best
Good job, keeping the 3 illuminaries of string theory on point..beautiful job hosting and wonderful interplay with audience. Any chance I can get a transcript for my university students as they are nonnative English speakers. Does any one have an idea on this (except for me to listen/write it myself for the next 3 months:>)
Love it!
Joey Ketoey
Awesome podcast! Definitely one of my new favorites, hosted by one of my favorite scientists. MUCH LOVE to you Cara.
Thoroughly interesting and fun
I first heard Cara on the SGU podcast and thought she was great. I was so happy to find out that she has her own podcast as well. Very interesting guests and I love her style. Keep up the great work!!
Great Podcast!
Cara’s “Talk Nerdy” Podcast is as entertaining as it is educational. I enjoy her perspectives regarding the value of science and critical thinking. I am most amazed and inspired by her ability to work on at least two major podcasts (“Talk Nerdy” and “The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe”), travel for a television series all while working on a PHD! At any rate “Talk Nerdy” is a super Podcast by a super person. Cheers! (Can hardly wait for the next episode open Cara’s return from Africa - good thing she has lots of archived material!)
I like to Talk Nerdy
Great to hear Cara Santa Maria doing a podcast especially after the JRE episode. Subscribe & learn
Poor interviewing
I love the topics discussed and love hearing from the experts, but Cara interjects and interrupts them! She always has some sort of experience that's related and makes her knowledgeable...just let your guest talk!!! Stop trying to finish their sentences and their thoughts with what you think they're going to say, and just listen. I power through it to hear from these experts, but it could be a much improved podcast if she could improve her interviewing skills.
A Fun way to learn
Cara picks the most fun, smart people to talk to. This is like a fun conversation in a bar or cafe. I can't wait for every episode.
Holy crap Cara, that was an amazing episode!
Big fan of SGU and this recent episode about PR from that skeptic from Liverpool was so enlightening and such important information in our current social climate. This is really important work on a scale that should put you in the running for a Pulitzer Prize. I will be shameless pushing my friends and family to listen to this episode specifically because it shines a spotlight on the issue at hand without attempting to draw out a good guy / bad guy narrative. Part of the credit certainly needs to go to your guest but, I feel like the bulk of the work is in how professionally you handle yourself in all of your shows, providing a valuable platform for speaking about important science and important critical thinking topics. [pat on the back] <3 <3 <3 Edit (7/25/17): Another remarkable interview Cara! itunes won't let me write another review. Got to say, your conversation with Brit means a lot to me. I deal with quite a lot of woo in my family and this really helps me feel like I'm not just being a stick in the mud when I ask the tough questions. If you're reading this review wondering if you should subscribe, this show has highest standard of quality amongst all the podcasts I listen to; consistently! Like, every Monday. Big fan!
My favorite app
Rob Nerdy
Cara is fabulous. She is able to get great guests. Cara finds a way to discuss serious and interesting science subjects while not talking down to the listener. I look forward to every Monday when she releases a new episode. Simply put..the BEST. 6 stars!
Much Needed Science Educator
Love that she's willing to tackle the hard topics like GMO's, immunizations, and religion. Keep up the great work, Cara!
Not at all a fan.
I apologize, but this is not a good podcast. She constantly cuts off her guests that are the actual professionals in their fields. She typically knows nothing about what they are talking about, and says that she "has a friend" that knows that field, and instantly tries to be relevant in the same way that somebody could say that they know everything about racial issues because they have "one black friend". She doesn't ask good questions either. 80% of each episode is literally just about her own personal life or the personal life of the guest because she knows nothing about their fields and she loves to hear herself talk. All in all, I was EXTREMELY disappointed. Wouldn't recommend to anybody except for one single episode (138 with Michu Kaku). That is literally the ONLY episode worth while, and even then, she still tried to dominate the conversation. She doesn't know how to listen very well.
Science Chat
This is unscripted free form science chat. And thus not for me. I prefer narrative science stories a la Radiolab.
Cara's interview style...
A few reviewers have complained that Cara talks too much about herself. I respect that viewpoint but I think its a great technique for getting her guests to open up and see the personality and inspiration behind the scientist. I think Cara is spot on in the belief that for the public to really embrace science there needs to be a personal narrative attached.
Love her podcast
Cara is such a great interviewer and she always picks really interesting people to talk to. I love that she is such a wonderful female role model within the skeptic/scientific community. Please keep up the great work that you do!
favorite science podcast!
I have learned more about science from the podcast than anyplace else, great guests, great host.
A wealth of information
Cara Santa Maria interviews people in the sciences, humanities, education and areas of skeptical inquiry and is a polished and effective interviewer. Because the topics are so broad, not every episode will appeal to every listener, but there are enough surprises in the conversations that one can never predict which episode will suddenly reveal itself to be enlightening and interesting. Highly recommended.
Feminist Science Nerd Love
Superb podcast. Fascinating guests. Amazing articulate host. All the opposing thumbs up.
Amazing podcast
Maxwell racing
Cara is a great interviewer with tons of knowledge and manages to get amazing men and women on the show to interview. If you want to learn a little bit on almost every scientific and skeptical topics you need to listen
My new favorite science/skeptical podcast!
Great guests, great host! Fun and educational, easy to listen to. Cara rules!
Great podcast
This is a really good podcast, with some interesting interviews. Sometimes topics are not particularly of interest to me personally, others have been really good in giving me insight in topics I never really thought of. The interviews are really well coordinated and the host communicates really well.
I Think I Love You Cara!
Amazing show every week! The Nina and Pinta 'aint got nothin' on Santa Maria!
Great podcast!
One of the best science podcasts out there! Definitely recommend!
This girl's killin it!!
Cara is such a great addition to the SGU n Im so happy she's got her own thing going on too! This is a fun, informative listen and a great addition to my pod rotation. Good on ya, Cara. Keep em comin. N great job getting great guests. Aloha from Honolulu. - Adrian
Get to know your scientists
Strongly recommended! Cara's long format interview is conversational. Having a fairly to very techy following she can get the guest to go into detail that a purely scicomm outlet might not delve into. In the same episode the conversation may spend time with the general lives, interests, and experiences of the guest, painting a fuller, very human, portrait rather than only focusing on the work. I recommend this to young women and girls who are in or interested in STEM, but the guests and content are wonderful for nerds across the spectrum.
Love it
Lord Tippy
Just listen
She's boring to listen to
I really want to like this podcast but she's so boring to listen to. Liven up a little bit!
My favorite podcast
I came across her on Joe Rogans podcast. Subscribed, and now she's my favorite. She always has awesome guests. She's a great science communicator. For all those nerds out there, she's speaks to us! Absolutely love her, and she has a nice voice that you can keep along with. I hope one day to be a guest on her show :)
Talk nerdy to me
Thanks for mentioning Arron Schwartz(I'm not sure which episode). I can't believe his story isn't more widely known. I also enjoy the potentially explosive topics i.e. Mental disease , atheism, and Bad religion. " no control" and "suffer" got me through some really tough times. Looking forward to a 100 more episodes .
Heard her on Star Talk. So I figured I would give Talk Nerdy a try. Now it's one of the podcasts I'm in withdrawal of when she misses a week from her schedule. Great to listen. I learn something every time.
Viva Taking Nerdy
Great podcast which will get better. I discovered Cara when she became a member of the Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast which is one of my other favs. I’ve only listened to a few Talking Nerdy but I’m already hooked. I love the one subject in depth interviews. Podcasts always have room for improvement here I would suggest trimming dead air between questions and I assume thoughtful responses. However in general from the very start production value is superior.Looking forward to a long run.
waaaaay too chatty: disappointing
omg: Cara chats for ever about god-knows-what & then occasionally discusses the topic at hand!!!! Her 80 minute podcasts are mostly filled with vacuous chatter about whatever pops into her had. So disappointing, b/c she covers interesting topics.... if this podcast was produced and edited better, it would be an outstanding podcast. and an 80 minute episode would be 15-20 minutes. Maybe I'm just spoiled by professional, well-produced shows, like those from Gimlet and other professional media sources...
Sometimes o/t, not always polished, but that is part of its charm
Really good podcast! I only have time to stay up to date with about 5 podcasts, and this is one of them.
intersting gusting conversations
I enjoying hearing the guest explain how they came to their career path. Cara is interesting, though sometimes her asides take too long, before getting back to the question. I decided that these are more like casual, guided conversations rather than interviews. Once I accepted that, her interruptions became less frustrating. I look forward to each podcast. Thanks for creating Talk Nerdy, Cara!
Allan Z.
The latest episode with Mitchael Matthewes is great! In My opinion it is on point and amazing! As a person with a family that has debt due to medical reasons I can relate to the conversation. Simper Fi to Mitchael and keep up the good podcast to Cara.
My favorite podcast!
This podcast should be an inspiration to people with STEM leanings everywhere! It helps me learn about amazing new leaps and bounds in science but it is presented in an ex-Texas, millennial, fireside chats sort of way. This podcast is a monument to science and evidence based thinking presented from your palatable pal CSM, she is a hoot, please listen!
Original Style with some really informative episodes
The episodes with Kevin Folta and Phil Ferguson alone are worth listening in every week. I recommend them to you. I like Cara's approach though I was taken aback at first but it is worth getting thru I found and maybe it is time for me to loosen up a bit on these topics. This is voice to watch for.
Fantastic overall experience.
I first heard/watched Cara on TYT and found her to be a great communicator. Then I heard her on Star Talk Radio at which point I knew I had to subscribe. Best decision ever! Smart topics, intriguing guests and just long enough to satiate my craving for imfornation. The diversity of topics Cara covers has me looking forward to the podcast week after week. Keep up the great work !!
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