Teen Skepchick Interviews: Dr. Kiki

This post is part of the Teen Skepchick Interviews series, where TS writers talk with amazing women scientists and skeptics about life, the universe, and everything.

I have been a fan of Kirsten Sanford, a.k.a. Dr. Kiki, a neurophysiologist and science journalist and media personality, for almost as long as I have been a skeptic. The podcast she co-hosts with Justin Jackson, This Week in Science: The Kickass Science Podcast, has been at the top of my listening list since I first got my iPod. And it does, indeed, kick ass. Seriously. Every time I listen to it, I’m inspired to go look things up and tell people about what I learned. Not to mention that it’s often hilarious.

Go now. Subscribe to it. Then come back.

No, really. Subscribe. I’ll wait.

I was thrilled and more than a little nervous when she said yes to an interview. And of course, because I am a Murphy’s law-abiding citizen, I had technical difficulties. Apparently, I can’t edit video with safety scissors and duct tape. Who knew? So please ignore the little window that periodically opens because I kept neurotically checking if the video was still recording during the interview. I decided to just post the whole thing, technical flaws and all, rather than risk cutting any of what she says–neurotic scrub jays, cool science resources and info, robot pets, and all.

Dr. Kiki interview, part 1
Dr. Kiki interview, part 2
Dr. Kiki interview, part 3
Dr. Kiki interview, part 4
Dr. Kiki interview, part 5

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Melanie Mallon

Melanie Mallon

Melanie is a freelance editor and writer living in a small town outside Minneapolis with her husband, two kids, dog, and two cats. When not making fun of bad charts or running the Uncensorship Project, she spends her time wrangling commas, making colon jokes, and putting out random dumpster fires. You can find her on Twitter as @MelMall, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

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