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Albert Einstein married his cousin and Marie Curie had a pet tiger. What else did the science textbooks miss?! Join Aarati and Arpita as they dig up the tea on scientists and inventors throughout history!

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July 10, 2024 52 mins

You don't need to be a doctor to save lives! Aarati goes into the life of a headstrong fashion designer-turned-chemist, who created polymer based fabrics like spandex, polyester, and Kevlar.


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An unlikely chemist makes an even unlikelier discovery. Arpita tells the story of how Albert Hofmann brought LSD (and a very memorable bicycle ride) to the western world. 

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June 12, 2024 60 mins

We're heating things up! Aarati tells the story of the pharmacist who created a scale to rate the spiciness of chili peppers. 

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How did dogs become our best friends? For our 10th episode, Aarati tells the story of Dmitri Belyaev, a Soviet scientist who used foxes to uncover the mysteries of domestication.

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Who says you need a fancy lab to do science? Aarati tells the story of the man who showed human activity was influencing the climate from the comfort of his own home. 

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April 3, 2024 48 mins

Arpita tells the story of one of the most glamorous movie stars of the early 20th century whose invention changed the way we communicate and laid the foundation for Wi-Fi.  

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March 20, 2024 60 mins

Meet the female mathematician who Einstein thought was a genius! Aarati takes a stab at explaining Noether’s Theorem and the underlying mathematical symmetries of our universe.

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Is there a way to stay forever young? Arpita tells the story of a Nobel Prize winning scientist who uncovered the truth about our immune system and chased immortality. 

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HERstory prevailed! Aarati tells the story of a young chemist who extracted a treatment for leprosy and only received credit for her achievement decades after her mysterious death. 

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Arpita tells the story of a scientist and inventor who kept her EYES on the prize! She crashed through glass ceilings while staying true to her roots. 

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January 24, 2024 56 mins

DON'T break a leg... especially in the Victorian Era. Aarati tells the story of the surgeon who revolutionized medical care with his antiseptic method. 



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Hyenas and dinosaurs and bears, oh my! Arpita tells the story of the eccentric clergyman who wrote the first account of a dinosaur fossil and laid the foundations of geology and paleontology.

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December 13, 2023 45 mins

We're starting out with a BANG! In our very first episode, Aarati tells the story of the man who invented dynamite and used the fortune he made to found the Nobel Prizes. 

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December 12, 2023 1 min

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