Accio: ALL YOUR DREAMS COMING TRUE.
Whether you’ve never read the Harry Potter series — or you have dogeared copies on your nightstand — there’s something for everyone in this 2-part episode dissecting the science of the spells in J.K. Rowling’s books. Electrochemist and professor Dr. Rebecca Lai is a devoted fan who teaches a university course called “A Muggle’s Guide to Harry Potter’s Chemistry.” Alie travels to her lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to chat about disappearing ink, gold nanoparticles, ancient alchemy, spells that burn your enemy’s eyes, others that protect you from the elements, how writing a novel is like a scientific experiment and how to keep going in the face of stumbling blocks.
**Bonus: I managed not to swear, so you can listen with the kiddos in your life.
Volcanoes. Trees. Drunk butterflies. Mars missions. Slug sex. Death. Beauty standards. Anxiety busters. Beer science. Bee drama.
Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists’ obsessions. Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life.