Beyond Blathers

Beyond Blathers

The podcast where we dive deeper into the insects, fish, and fossils you can find in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game! @beyondblathers on Instagram and Twitter, email: beyondblathers@gmail.com.

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July 27, 2021 31 min

This week, we're airing an episode that Sofia wrote and produced for Terra Informa, an environmental news radio show/podcast on CJSR 88.5 FM in Edmonton, Alberta.  Sofia talked to experts about how walking and getting out into nature helps mental health, especially during the pandemic, and why access to green spaces is so important.

If you like Beyond Blathers, make sure to check out Terra Informa for more environmental stories!...

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This week we're talking about the remora, AKA suckerfish, those cool fish that attach themselves to the back of sharks, whales, and other marine animals! Listen to learn more about what they eat, how humans use them for fishing, and how they evolved to have their cheese grater suction cups!

Also make sure to support Minorities in Shark Sciences and check out our episode on the great white shark.

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July 13, 2021 32 min

This week we're getting a bit ~spooky~ and talking about the pufferfish — a toxic, inflatable fish that makes alien-like crop circles on the ocean floor!

If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments.

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July 6, 2021 23 min

This week we're talking about the bagworm, a type of caterpillar that makes its case from poop wallpaper and materials like leaves and sticks! Listen to learn more about this interesting insect, its life cycle, and why it's seen as a major pest in many parts of the world.

If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-fe...

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June 29, 2021 20 min

This week we're talking about the venus flower basket, a species of glass sponge that can tell us a lot about engineering, and even romance! Listen to learn more about this living work of art.

If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments.

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June 22, 2021 38 min

And we're back with the final instalment of our special on the mammoth! This week, we're talking about how mammoth fossils are discovered, the controversy around mammoth ivory, and whether mammoths can be brought back from the dead. 

For more information on mammoths, check out PBS Eons and The Brain Scoop on YouTube! You can also find Sofia's full episode on de-extinction here.

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June 16, 2021 39 min

We're celebrating our fiftieth episode and one year anniversary (!!!) by sharing a special two-part episode on the mammoth! Check out the first part here and make sure to tune in next week to hear part two.

If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments.

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June 1, 2021 20 min

This week we're going far far back in time to talk about the anomalocaris, a strange looking arthropod from the Cambrian Period. They may look straight out of Star Wars, but they're actually an example of one of the first ever apex predators. Listen to learn more!

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May 25, 2021 23 min

This week we're talking about one of the cutest creatures in existence, the umbrella octopus! This deep-sea dwelling octopus has big eyes, ear-like fins, and no ink! Listen to learn more about their habitat, reproduction, and how much we love them. 

If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations.

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May 18, 2021 19 min

This week we're talking about the common bluebottle, a beautiful blue and black butterfly that is a lot more interesting than its name suggests! Listen to find out more about this butterfly's blue pigment and amazing ability to see colour, and to hear Olivia and Sofia chat about cake.

Thanks to Acey for the suggestion for this week's episode! If you have an animal you'd like to see us cover, don't hesitate to re...

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May 11, 2021 78 min

This week we're joined by Adele Pentland, a PhD Candidate at Swinburne University of Technology and Research Associate at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History, to talk about amber! Tune in to learn more about how amber is formed, how palaeontologists use amber, and why there is controversy around the use of Burmese amber. Adele also shared so many great stories about being a palaeontologist in the Australia...

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May 4, 2021 27 min

This week we're re-releasing our King Salmon episode from September 23! Buckle in for a talk about the importance of salmon to coastal ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest. And we'll be back next week with a new episode that we're really excited about!

To learn more about Chinook salmon conservation, take a look at Raincoast's great wild salmon program

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April 27, 2021 52 min

This week we're answering listener questions! Listen to hear Olivia's lemur stories and Sofia's whale adventures, get music recommendations, and find out what the hosts have been up to lately.

If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. 

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April 20, 2021 26 min

This week we're talking about the barreleye, a deep sea fish with a transparent head and huge green eyes! Why is its head transparent??? Listen to find out!

If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. 

Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, m...

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April 13, 2021 44 min

This week we're joined by fossil preparator Myria Perez, AKA Paleontologica on Instagram and YouTube, to talk about the plesiosaurus! Listen to learn more about this amazing prehistoric aquatic reptile, the broader group of plesiosaurs it belongs to, and what it's like to work as a fossil preparator.

Make sure to follow Myria on Instagram @paleontologica and subscribe to her Youtube channel for more great info on fossils...

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April 6, 2021 41 min

This week we're talking about horses — no not land horses, sea horses! Get ready to rethink everything you know about these very cool fish.

If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. 

Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follo...

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March 30, 2021 28 min

This week we're talking about the beautiful tiger butterfly! Listen to learn more about their life cycle, habitat, and how to catch butterflies yourself!

If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. And if you want to listen to our favourite podcasts, head to podyssey.fm/blathers!

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March 23, 2021 35 min

This week we're talking about the Brachiosaurus, a huge herbivorous dinosaur that has inspired many iconic pop culture moments. Listen to learn more about how they got so big, how much they had to eat, and why their necks were so long!

If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. And if you want to listen to our favourite podca...

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March 16, 2021 27 min

This week we're talking about one of the coolest fish in Animal Crossing, the arapaima! These bad boys can grow up to 15 feet long and weigh over 400 pounds! And ... they sometimes eat monkeys! What??! We know. Listen to find out more about these amazing creatures!

If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. And if you want to...

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March 10, 2021 60 min

This week we're joined by Just the Zoo of Us host Ellen Weatherford to talk all about snails! From escargot to love darts to volcano snails, there's a lot to discover about these slow, slimy friends.

Make sure to check out Just the Zoo of Us wherever you listen to podcasts, and don't forget to follow them on Twitter for great science content.

And if you want to check out our favourite podcasts, head to podyssey.fm/blath...

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