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

Dec 10, 2019

You need lots of things to produce a good wine, such as favorable weather and a skilled winemaker. But before anything else, you have to start with good dirt. In this episode, geologist Dr. Scott Burns describes how soil can be a big factor in wine quality. Listen as he talks lovingly about wine grown in his home region...

Nov 19, 2019

What do poop transplants, human donuts, and ecosystems have in common? Listen as Dr. Andrea McBeth, co-founder and CEO of Flora Medicine, talks all about all the microbes in a healthy human gut, and also describes some creative ways to treat our guts when things go horribly wrong. Tune in for the scoop on poop.


Nov 4, 2019

Do you like to eat, drink, wear clothes, have medicines, and breathe oxygen? If so, thank plants!

Listen as Keith Duncan from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center describes how to use X-rays to study plants so we can grow more of them on less land, with less water and fewer pesticides or  fertilizers.

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Oct 17, 2019

Neuroscientist Adie Wilson-Poe, PhD, talks about exciting research into how cannabis can be used alongside or in place of opioids to manage long-term pain and addiction.

This is a recording of the talk The Role of Cannabis in the Opioid Crisis and was recorded at the Kiggins Theatre in March 2019.


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Oct 7, 2019

It's October, so it's time for some spooky tales of how Science is Stranger Than Fiction: Death and the Afterlife with Dr. Leslie New from WSU Vancouver.

Content warning: lots of discussion of dead bodies, murder, trepanning (pre-historic brain surgery), anatomical models, mummies, grave robbing, books made of human...