All titles based on Chemistry.
MONDAY: “So, a large molecule walks into a psychiatrist’s office and says, I’m falling apart due to decomposition reaction.” Sammy Obeid is an iron man. For nearly two years, he’s performed stand-up comedy every day. This month, he completed his 1001st show in San Francisco. Not surprisingly, he says he’s learned a lot – his writing is leaner and he feels more confident on stage than he ever has before. But has nearly 10,ooo hours of total stage time transformed Obeid into a Gladwell-esque comedy virtuoso? Obeid will join us to describe his experience.
Later in the show, comedy writer Jason Zinoman talks about stand-up’s love affair with “comedic truth,” and improv comics Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) preview their upcoming show at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.
TUESDAY: ‘Due to chirality, pairs of enantiomers are often designated as “right-” and “left-handed”.’ Our show about handedness, especially left. David Wolman. Wolman visited a Scottish castle designed for left-handed swordfights and a Paris museum to inspect nineteenth-century brains. He observed chimps with a primatologist in Atlanta who may help unravel the evolutionary mystery of left-handedness. He met with a left-handed Satanist and an amputee whose left hand was reattached to his right arm. And David is but one of our guests!
WEDNESDAY: CH4 + 2 O2 –> CO2 + 2 H2O. Chemists who don’t break bad (but sense the wild side). Now that we’re reeling at the prospect of life after Breaking Bad, let’s find out about the real lives of Chemistry teachers! Hear from Dr. Donna Nelson, the consultant Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan hired to make sure the on-screen science was correct, and then go beyond the test tubes, and meet three in-studio chemistry teachers to hear about what actually goes on in the classroom.
THURSDAY: “If Brittany isn’t nicer about exothermic reactions, I’m voting her off.” A show about reality television. What are the people who make it and star in it willing to tell us about it?
FRIDAY: “Using a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS), we can easily quantify the aroma molecules in, say, a cup of coffee.”
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