Sing for Science

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Sing For Science is a science and music podcast produced with Talkhouse where musicians talk to scientists about science as it connects to their most famous songs. Created and hosted by New York musician, Matt Whyte, the podcast’s goal is to increase science literacy for as many people as possible by reaching a variety of different musicians’ fan bases. Listeners come to the show through their love of music and leave with a new piece of knowledge. Science literacy and respect for expertise are perhaps more vital now than ever before. The show’s chief tenet is that a more science and scientific process literate society can only contribute towards greater support for more fair, evidence-based policy in government. Sing For Science is listener supported; please contribute today at

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Rivers Cuomo (Weezer): Come Undone (Computer Programming with Guido Van Rossum)
Rock icon Rivers Cuomo goes deep on coding talk with Python computer language creator and programming icon, Guido Van Rossum. We talk about the history of The Sweater Song, coding vs songwriting, the history of Python and much, much more!
Nov 23, 2022
Alec Benjamin: Dopamine Addict (Addiction Science with Anne Lembke)
Singer/Songwriter Alec Benjamin talks about his song about social media addiction with Stanford Professor and MD, Dr. Anna Lembke, author of The NY Times bestseller, Dopamine Nation. Tune in to hear about the surprising and fascinating research about the relationship between pain and pleasure in our brains, the prescription to combat addiction and more!
Nov 16, 2022
Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse): The Best Room (Mycology with Paul Stamets)
Join host Sing For Science host Matt Whyte in this fungi fantastic episode about psilocybin research! We learn about mushroom properties that can stave off dementia, decrease social ills and hear about Isaac’s experience with UFOs.
Nov 09, 2022
Margo Price: Fight To Make It (Reproductive Healthcare Research with Monica Mclemore)
Country singer Margo Price talks about "Fight To Make It" a song on which she teamed up with Mavis Staples and Noise For Now to raise awareness and support for reproductive justice. We talk about Margo's correspondence with Ronnie Spector, her experience advocating for reproductive healthcare in Tennessee and the tragic loss of one of her children in infancy. Dr. Monica Mclemore, nurse-scientist and reproductive healthcare advocate joins us to tell us about the often surprising statistics uncovered by reproductive healthcare research. She was an expert witness in the Supreme Courts Dobbs case and brings an unparalleled level of expertise to the conversation on abortion. This episode was co-produced by Noise For Now.
Nov 02, 2022
Nick Kroll: Changes (Puberty Science with Emily Breidbart)
Actor/Comedian Nick Kroll talks about his hit show on Netflix Big Mouth and about his personal experience with delayed puberty with NYU Langone Pediatric Endocrinologist Dr. Emily Breidbart. We talk about puberty disorders, how to treat them, transgender medicine, endocrinology, comedy, and more!
Oct 26, 2022
mxmtoon: Florida (Ethnobotany/Plant Medicine with Cassandra Quave)
Singer/songwriter and apartment plant enthusiast mxmtoon talks about the loss and sense of place that inspired her song "Florida" with ethnobotanist, Dr Cassandra Quave. Dr. Quave is the author of "The Plant Hunter: A Scientist's Quest For Nature's Next Best Medicines". We cover plant identification, traditional medicine and how to talk to your plants.
Oct 19, 2022
Arlo Guthrie: Alice’s Restaurant (Nutritional Anthropology with Ellen Messer)
Arlo Guthrie talks about the lyrics to the 1967 anti-war masterpiece, “Alice’s Restaurant” - we talk at length about the 1960s and being Woody Guthrie’s son. Tufts University Nutritional Anthropologist Dr. Ellen Messer talks about her awakening as a scholar-activist in the 1960s and the foundations of her term “food wars” which describes the relationship between food scarcity and armed conflict.
Oct 12, 2022
Jeff Tweedy (Wilco): Less Than You Think (Consciousness/Psychology with Shimon Edelman)
Less Than You Think: Demystifying the Hard Problem of Consciousness with Computational Psychology. Jeff Tweedy talks about the lyrics to "Less Than You Think" from Wilco's 2004 Grammy Winning Album, A Ghost is Born. We discuss creativity vis a vis his book "How To Write One Song", spirituality with a capital S, atheism, 9/11 and everything in between. Cornell University computational psychologist, Dr. Shimon Edelman weighs in on the lyrics with his theory of consciousness: that human consciousness is entirely the product of a virtual reality simulation created by our brains.
Oct 05, 2022
Kilo Kish: New Tricks (Neuroplasticity with Wendy Suzuki)
Recorded Live in Brooklyn, NY at the 2022 On Air Fest. Kish and NYU neuroscientist Dr. Wendy Suzuki discuss brain plasticity, memory formation and more!
Mar 23, 2022
Pat Metheny: Bright Size Life (Neuroscience of Improvisation with Charles Limb)
What Neuroimaging Can Tell us About Improvisation in Music. Jazz Guitar Legend Pat Metheny and neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Limb talk language and music connection, freestyle rap brain scans and more!
Mar 16, 2022
Davoné Tines: The Black Clown (Voter Suppression/Data Science with Todd Hendricks)
Join Opera phenom Davóne Tines and data scientist and civil rights activist Todd Hendricks for a discussion about fighting gerrymandering in the courts with math and data science.
Mar 09, 2022
Ruth B: Spaceship (Rocket Science with Christina Hernandez)
Canadian pop star Ruth B and NASA engineer Christina Hernandez talk rocket science, space travel and life on Mars.
Mar 02, 2022
Portugal. The Man: Feel It Still (Indigenous Data Science with Desi Small-Rodriguez)
PTM’s John Gourley and Zach Carothers and data scientist, Dr. Desi Small-Rodriguez discuss indigenous data sovereignty, the missing and murdered indigenous women project and our collective path forward.
Feb 23, 2022
Duran Duran: Save a Prayer (Particle Physics with Brian Cox)
Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes and Particle Physicist Brian Cox discuss time travel, the intersection of politics and science and more!
Feb 16, 2022
Majid Jordan: Waves of Blue (Marine Exploration with Fabian Cousteau)
Canadian R&B duo Majid Jordan speak with aquanaut Fabien Cousteau (grandson of Jacques Cousteau) about the construction of his monolithic underwater space station, Proteus and marine conservation.
Feb 09, 2022
Blondie: Rapture (Climate Science with Michael Mann)
Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, co-founders of Blondie speak with climatologist Dr. Michael Mann about ancient climate history, the relationship between agriculture and climate, preventing climate catastrophe and much more.
Feb 02, 2022
José González: El Invento (Epidemiology/Covid 19 with Michael Osterholm)
Acclaimed Swedish Argentine singer-songwriter, José González speaks with leading US epidemiologist, Dr. Mike Osterholm about future pandemics, virus mutations and more! Fun fact: Jose has a background in biochemistry and was pursuing a PhD in the study of viruses before he began making records.
Jan 26, 2022
Lamb of God: Checkmate (Social Psychology/Intergroup Conflict with Tony Lemieux)
Lead singer of the multi-platinum selling heavy metal band, Lamb of God, Randy Blythe joins Georgia State Social Psychologist, Dr. Tony Lemieux for a conversation about identity politics, intergroup conflict in America, pathways to radicalization, mob psychology and more!
Jan 19, 2022
Sia: Elastic Heart (Psychology/Attachment Theory with Alexandra Katehakis)
Pop icon SIA and psychotherapist, Dr. Alexandra Katehakis discuss attachment theory, infant brain development and sex addiction.
Jan 12, 2022
Run DMC: Peter Piper (Folklore of Nursery Rhymes with Jennifer Schacker)
PETER PIPER: THE FOLKLORE OF NURSERY RHYMES with Hip hop legend Darryl McDaniels and University of Guelph English professor Dr. Jennifer Schacker discuss the folklore of nursery rhymes. In this episode we discuss: the element of play using language backstories to some of our most famous nursery rhymes how DMC used Peter Piper to explain what Jam Master Jay did as the group’s DJ
Dec 09, 2020
Aly & AJ: Attack of Panic (Neuroscience/Anxiety with Joseph LeDoux)
ALY AND AJ: ATTACK OF PANIC: THE NEUROSCIENCE OF ANXIETY DISORDERS with Pop duo and former Disney stars Aly and Aj and NYU neuroscientist, Dr. Joseph LeDoux. In this episode we talk about: - William James’ theory of anxiety’s origins - Medicating panic disorders - Meditation - Brain anatomy - Micro dosing AIRS 12/02/20
Dec 02, 2020
AlunaGeorge: Together (Conflict Resolution with Priya Parker)
Aluna Francis of AlunaGeorge and trained facilitator, Priya Parker. In this episode we discuss: - the science of how we gather - “healthy heat” in conflicts - the importance of having a disputable purpose when we gather - the pitfalls of vulnerability focused culture - how to sell tickets AIRS 11/25/20
Nov 25, 2020
Living Colour: Cult of Personality (Psychology of Fascism with Ruth Ben-Ghiat)
LIVING COLOUR: CULT OF PERSONALITY: THE PSYCHOLOGY AND DYNAMICS OF TYRANNY with Vernon Reid and Corey Glover from the band Living Colour and Dr. Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Fascism and propaganda professor at NYU In this episode we discuss: - The fascism playbook - How authoritarian regimes end - Fascism and the illusion of authenticity - Cause for hope - Billy Joel's smashed piano AIRS 11/18/20
Nov 18, 2020
Mac DeMarco: Chamber of Reflection (Acoustics with Russ Berger)
MAC DEMARCO: CHAMBER OF REFLECTION: UNDERSTANDING THE SCIENCE OF SOUND with Mac DeMarco and Russ Berger, acoustician. In this episode we discuss: - what sound is - how speakers work - how sound affects the human body - how the brain interprets sound in a space - Astronautical elimination
Nov 11, 2020
Renée Fleming: Ave Maria (Neuroscience/Parkinson’s Research with Bin Hu)
Renée Fleming: AVE MARIA: HEALING THE BRAIN THROUGH THE POWER OF MUSIC with Renée Fleming and Dr. Bin Hu, neuroscientist and Parkinson's expert at the University of Calgary In this episode we talk about: - How neuroscientists measure brain activity - Oliver Sachs and Dr. Hu's research - Bypassing Parkinson's with music therapy - Dr. Hu's iphone app that helps Parkinson's patients - Supreme Court sing along
Nov 04, 2020
Connie Britton: Rivers Between Us (River Conservation with Paul Gallay)
CONNIE BRITTON: THE RIVERS BETWEEN US: HOW WE PROTECT AMERICA'S WATERWAYS with Actress Connie Britton and Paul Gallay, rivers expert and president of Riverkeeper. In this episode we talk about: - Where drinking water comes from - How toxic spills in rivers are cleaned up - How to protect your local waterway - Covid and rivers - A romantic way to spend valentine's day in NYC **"Restore Mother Nature Bond Act" referred to at the very end was pulled from the ballot 
Oct 28, 2020
Norah Jones: Don’t Know Why (Scientific Inquiry with Shawn Otto)
NORAH JONES: DON’T KNOW WHY: EMBRACING UNCERTAINTY IN ART AND SCIENCE with Norah Jones and "War On Science" author Shawn Otto In this episode we discuss: - how the war on science began - the story of how Exxon PR created climate change denial - the scientific method - how to talk to people with whom you disagree - Keith Richards' giant tape recorder
Oct 21, 2020
MGMT: A Family of Trees (Forest Ecology with Suzanne Simard)
A FAMILY OF TREES: UNCOVERING NETWORKS IN OUR FORESTS' UNDERSTORY with Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser of MGMT and Dr. Suzanne Simard, forest ecology professor. In this episode we discuss: - how trees communicate with one another - the folly of industrialized logging - how trees help other trees - Native American ancestral DNA in cedar - where to buy mushrooms in Connecticut
Oct 14, 2020
Coming Soon: Sing for Science
"Sing for Science" trailer. Episodes released weekly starting October 14th.
Oct 08, 2020