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.... Show More

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February 24, 2021 19 min

This week we're talking about the creepy, crawly centipede — a predatory bug with many many legs. Listen to find out how some centipedes hunt bats, and what the difference actually is between centipedes and millipedes. 

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February 17, 2021 41 min

This week we're talking about the nautilus, a shelled cephalopod that some call a "living fossil." Although they're related to squids and octopi,  the nautilus has some really interesting key differences that we get into in this episode!

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February 10, 2021 21 min

This week we're talking about the ammonite, a prehistoric cephalopod that came in many amazing shapes and sizes. Listen to learn more about how they moved through the water, who might have eaten them, and why they're so valuable to palaeontologists.

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February 3, 2021 82 min

This week we are so excited to have the amazing Emily Graslie with us to talk all about the archelon, the largest sea turtle to have ever lived! We also got to chat with Emily about science communication, online community, dung beetles, and — of course — Animal Crossing!

Emily started the YouTube channel The Brain Scoop in 2013 where she unpacks the behind the scenes of natural history museums. She was also the Chief Curiosity Corr...

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January 27, 2021 26 min

This week we're talking about the beautiful but surprisingly deadly orchid mantis! Tune in to find out how they trick pollinators into thinking they're flowers, how they can see in 3D, and more!

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January 20, 2021 34 min

This week we're joined by Vikram Baliga of the amazing Planthropology and The Plant Prof podcasts to talk about the real science behind hybrid flowers!

Make sure to check out Planthropology and The Plant Prof for more plant fun, and follow Vikram on Twitter and Instagram. Also, check out @texastechgreenhouse on Instagram and Facebook!

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January 13, 2021 19 min

This week we're talking about the sea pig, a very cute type of deep sea cucumber! Listen to find out more about these charismatic little critters.

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January 6, 2021 26 min

This week we're talking about the dung beetle! Listen to find out why we should all aspire to be like this conscientious critter.

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December 30, 2020 37 min

This week we're back and talking all about the snowy owl, which is not an insect, fish, or fossil, but IS technically in the game. Listen to learn more about this quintessential arctic animal! 

Olivia was also a guest on the amazing podcast Just the Zoo of Us talking about caribou, so make sure to check that episode out here!

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December 23, 2020 21 min

We're taking a few weeks off for the holidays but we'll be re-visiting some of our favourite episodes from the past year! This week we're excited to share the archaeopteryx episode with you again.  Make sure to tune in next week for a new episode!

This week, Olivia is also a guest on the amazing podcast Just the Zoo of Us talking about caribou, so make sure to check that episode out when it airs on December 25!

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December 16, 2020 20 min

We're taking a few weeks off for the holidays but we'll be re-visiting some of our favourite episodes from the past year! This week we're excited to share the ribbon eel with you again.

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December 9, 2020 33 min

This week we're talking about the beautiful moon jellyfish and it's causing us to question ~everything~! Listen to find out how moon jellies reproduce, what they're made out of, and why they've been to space.

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December 2, 2020 27 min

This week we're talking about dinosaur tracks, trace fossils that capture little snapshots in prehistoric time! What can we learn from these tracks? Listen to find out!

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November 25, 2020 27 min

This week we're talking about the giant water bug, AKA the giant water scorpion, electric light bug, and toe biter! Listen to find out more about how this "true bug" got its nicknames and why they make such good dads.

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November 18, 2020 23 min

This week we're talking about the acorn barnacle, a surprisingly cool and exciting crustacean! Listen to find out more about their life cycle, adaptations, and ... world-record holding penises.

Thank you to @zoethecurious on Instagram for suggesting this animal! If you have a suggestion for a critter you'd like us to cover, don't hesitate to reach out to us on Instagram or Twitter, or send us an email at beyondblath...

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November 11, 2020 18 min

This week we're finally talking about the oarfish, a super long, super mysterious deep sea creature that inspired many a myth. Listen to find out more about the animal behind the legends.

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November 4, 2020 37 min

This week, we have Dinosaur Provincial Park Interpreter Amanda Rooney on the show to tell us all about the pachycephalosaurus, a very thick-skulled dinosaur. Listen to learn more about these potentially omnivorous dinos, and to find out why they might have had such thick heads!

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October 27, 2020 25 min

This week, we have a special, spooky halloween episode for you—we're finally talking about the scorpion! Listen to find out why the scorpion is basically the Frankenstein's monster of the critter world, how their venom works, and why they're actually a very romantic animal.

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October 20, 2020 24 min

This week we're talking about the hermit crab, a group of over 800 species! Listen to find out some cute (and also gross) facts about these shy guys. 

Big thank you to @yesitsbrett on Twitter for suggesting this one!

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October 13, 2020 28 min

This week we have our first guest on the podcast (!!!) to talk about the walking stick, also known as the stick bug! Listen to find out more about these tricky phasmids and the many ways they mimic their environment.

You can find the online Bugs 101 course here and follow Ilan's art Instagram @crude_organism!

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