Shabam!

Shabam!

The science podcast that'll eat your brain. Shabam! is a new type of science show that blends fictional stories with real science. If you love science but hate those awkward scientist interviews that involve graphs and confusing metaphors, you’re in luck. First off, Shabam! is an audio program - so no graphs. And second, through the magic of sound effects and music, you’ll hear stories that reveal the awesomeness in the world around us - like cellphones and vaccinations. In season one, our main story is about three kids separated from their parents during a Zombie apocalypse. Over the course of 10 episodes we follow their quest to reunite with their families. But their experience leads us to another conclusion - that there’s a lot of science all around us that we take for granted. And finally, you may be wondering whether we’ve added silly songs and jokes to make up for the fact that we can’t show you graphs. Yes we have. Also, we only interview cool scientists who aren't awkward, which means the whole family can enjoy it!

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February 22, 2016 1 min

We’ll follow three kids separated from their families during a zombie apocalypse. Throughout the journey, hosts and creators Josh Kurz, Wendy Roderweiss, and Dr. Mel Herbert weave in jokes, science, historical factoids, and interviews with leading experts. Season 1 starts with the reason we do science in the first place and then tackles topics ranging from digital communication, the power grid, and the immune system, to Polynesian ...

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Your brain is a wonderfully complex piece of organic equipment that's supposed to tell you the truth about the world around you.

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March 1, 2016 29 min

If you like having a brain but don't really care about having skin, please listen to this episode.

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April 4, 2016 30 min

The Nox Virus gets released. We find out how an epidemic starts.

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May 16, 2016 30 min

The Nox Virus spreads. We find out how much we rely on digital communication. 

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June 29, 2016 31 min

The kids are without power. We find out why we need electricity.

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August 26, 2016 28 min

The kids lose water. We find out why water is the key to survival.

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November 16, 2016 33 min

The kids decide to hit the road in search of food and safety. We find out how crazy our food supply is.

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March 31, 2017 23 min

The kids begin their journey to Vandenberg on bikes. We find out about transportation.

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March 31, 2017 30 min

The bike journey continues. We explore navigation.

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August 14, 2017 18 min

The kids continue their journey. We explore the zombie brain.

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August 14, 2017 27 min

The kids run into a problem. We explore the physiology of the zombie body.

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February 26, 2018 28 min

The kids finally arrive at Vandenberg but the journey’s not over. In this episode we’ll show you how to sort out fake truths from real fakes, and “truthier trues” from less “truthier trues” (to start, stop using the word “impossible”). Yes, that sounds impossible...but it’s probably not. Also we’ll answer the question: Should you trust your best friend?

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February 26, 2018 31 min

The last piece of the puzzle falls into place as Nadine searches for answers. In this episode you’ll get more tips on how to hunt for monsters and seek out the truth. We turn our attention to the skies above Chicago and the trees on the Solomon Islands for a lively “bat chat.”

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