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Episodes feature recordings of talks given at Science on Tap events held in Portland, OR, and Vancouver, WA.

Sep 8, 2019

Humans naturally seek out novelty and new experiences, and for some people that can lead to drug addiction. Repeated exposure to drugs can create powerful, persistent memories, and these drug-related memories can lead to addictive behavior and relapse, even after years of sobriety.

In this episode, neuroscientist Dr....


Aug 26, 2019

Can being in nature make us better? What is forest bathing, how can recess help improve student behavior, and can five minutes outside really make a difference in your mood? Listen to science writer Florence Williams talk about her book The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative and...


Aug 13, 2019

Have you ever wondered how animals find and impress that special someone? From crazy dances to unanticipated sex changes, animals have some unusual strategies for attracting and keeping their mates. Join Dr. Allison Coffin, Associate Professor of Neuroscience at WSU Vancouver, as she describes the unusual dating lives...


Jul 16, 2019

We need all the tools we can find to fight climate change, and geologist Dr. Marcia Bjornerud offers some new perspective and insight. In this episode she talks about her book Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World, and suggests that shifting our viewpoint to understand the deep geologic past...


Jun 24, 2019

Hormones don't just control things like puberty or sex; they control SO much more about our bodies, including sleep, metabolism, hunger, and the fight-or-flight response. Find out more about hormones in this talk by Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH about her book Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just...