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BA in Science

BA in Science

By Maggie and Brynna

Sisters Maggie (a mathematician) and Brynna (a chemist) discuss badass human beings who also were amazing scientists.
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Beautiful, Deadly Lady
Beautiful, Deadly Lady
In this first part of the Season 4 Finale, Maggie and Brynna talk about a necro-entrepreneur/poisoner, her poison of choice, and some other people who may or may not have fallen victim to chemical mischief.
01:57:34
November 30, 2022
What the Fish Scales Know
What the Fish Scales Know
Maggie and Brynna head into the briny deep this week for an adventure with an explorer, scientist, and all around Badass.
01:44:52
November 16, 2022
Prime
Prime
We're got another mathematician this week and Brynna is not excited. But Maggie is, and it turns out that the subject of the show had a complicated and interesting life in both India and Great Britain.
01:53:46
November 09, 2022
Hola
Hola
We've got some very treasonous BS today! Maggie and Brynna explore nuclear science (which is a lot) and talk about a little old lady who sold her country and then didn't even want to take her paycheck.
01:44:50
November 02, 2022
Willful Wanderer
Willful Wanderer
Listener recommendation! One of our awesome listeners suggested our BA this week and it was a GREAT choice. If you're the kind of person who can't imagine a quiet retirement - because you'd rather be adventuring - then this lady is going to be your new bestie.
01:11:11
October 26, 2022
Final Frontier
Final Frontier
For possibly the first time, Maggie and Brynna picked a BA that has a birthday right when her episode is set to air, so we're releasing it a couple days early! Happy Birthday to Dr Mae Jemison, our BA of the week, who did some actual out-of-this-world science.
01:10:38
October 17, 2022
Bonus Mini-Sode - Quackery
Bonus Mini-Sode - Quackery
**Special Treat! This episode originally was posted to Patreon, and we're sharing it here because we love you!** GUYS! You cannot miss this episode! Brynna shares with Maggie (and y'all) some VERY concerning medical practices through the ages. If this isn't your favorite episode, you're wrong.
31:58
October 14, 2022
Maybe Athletes Should Eat More Donuts
Maybe Athletes Should Eat More Donuts
This week, Maggie and Brynna talk some serious biochem! If you're under the impression that a buildup of lactic acid is bad, you might learn a lot from the Coris and the metabolic pathway they discovered.
01:09:49
October 12, 2022
How Nazis Tried to Ruin Physics
How Nazis Tried to Ruin Physics
Time for a brawl! This week's episode focuses on two men who were VERY different in temperament and worldview, which led to name calling, general snottiness, and a tarnished legacy.
01:54:05
October 05, 2022
Drunk and Disorderly
Drunk and Disorderly
This week, Maggie and Brynna cover a guy who spent a lot of time drunk and disorderly, but his legend and contributions are also somewhat disordered.
01:27:60
September 28, 2022
Dragon Doctor
Dragon Doctor
Would you invite a lizard to tea? Or invite a toddler to be chummy with a giant venomous reptile? Our BA today would! Maggie and Brynna explore the world of reptiles and talk about a BA who just couldn't have a nice, normal pet.
01:40:02
September 21, 2022
Enchantress of Number
Enchantress of Number
Maggie and Brynna are back for Season 4 and they're starting off with a bang! Our BA this week had scandalous parents, fascinating friends, and a brilliant mind. Oh and did we mention she knew a thing or two about computers?
02:02:26
September 14, 2022
Season 4 Trailer!
Season 4 Trailer!
Check out new episodes starting September 14th. Can't wait that long? Check out our Patreon to find bonus episodes! https://www.patreon.com/bainscience
00:49
August 24, 2022
Boldly Go
Boldly Go
Maggie and Brynna wrap up season 3 with the second half of their Hidden Figures Extravaganza. Space hasn't always been for tourists, and the women of the West Computing Area knew all about how difficult putting a man on the moon really was.
01:37:06
May 25, 2022
"Get the Girl(s)"
"Get the Girl(s)"
It's time for Part 1 of the Season 3 Finale! Maggie and Brynna are taking on three BAs this week and next who changed the face of math, science, and the Space Race.
01:28:16
May 18, 2022
The Last Man Who Knew Everything
The Last Man Who Knew Everything
Cover your butts, y'all! This is a long one, but how could we NOT spend a lot of time talking about a BA who really did know probably everything there was to know about paleontology, parasitology, microscopy, anatomy, and more?
02:07:47
May 11, 2022
Mechanickal Wizard
Mechanickal Wizard
This week, Maggie and Brynna get into an inventor. Inventors are hard because they do a lot of stuff but aren't always good at writing it down. Find out what our BA invented that made him somewhat infamous at the time, and certainly famous now.
01:41:08
May 04, 2022
Puttin' on the Ritz
Puttin' on the Ritz
It's time for another BS episode! As is becoming a theme with our BA episodes, this one is a little twisty. Maggie and Brynna get into the strange and spooky details of the life and science of a guy who has a reputation as a mad scientist, but maybe that's just BS.
01:23:13
April 27, 2022
Star Light, Star Bright…Dim…Bright…Dim
Star Light, Star Bright…Dim…Bright…Dim
Maggie and Brynna are back from a quick Spring Break with a sparkling episode on a fascinating astronomer who gave us the yardstick to measure the universe.
01:26:01
April 20, 2022
Rage to Know
Rage to Know
Maggie and Brynna get into some chemistry this week with a BA who designed one of the most prescribed drugs of all time.
01:37:39
April 06, 2022
Blue Collar Man
Blue Collar Man
This week Maggie and Brynna discuss a listener-submitted BA who gave every appearance of being a lowly lab tech, but was in fact a gifted surgical technician and an all-around awesome human being.
01:51:01
March 30, 2022
Back in Black
Back in Black
It's time for a brawl! In this GIANT episode, Maggie and Brynna take on one of the best-known feuds in all of science. This "electrifying" tale of two (or maybe three!) brilliant men didn't go the direction we expected, but the journey was fascinating.
02:20:33
March 23, 2022
When to Hold 'Em and When to Fold 'Em
When to Hold 'Em and When to Fold 'Em
We've got math this week! Maggie and Brynna talk about a guy who made some aggressively bad choices in his life, but still managed to be a ground-breaker in terms of the legacy he left to math.
01:52:04
March 16, 2022
The Tinkerbell of Industrial Medicine
The Tinkerbell of Industrial Medicine
Ok this episode is super long. We did our very best to keep it reasonable, but our BA this week just cannot be contained in under 2 hours, thanks to the INSANE amount of info out there. We blame our BA for writing her own autobiography. This BA did enough for 10 lifetimes, and she wrote about all of it. It was fascinating and overwhelming. Enjoy!
02:09:40
March 09, 2022
Only the Dose Makes the Poison
Only the Dose Makes the Poison
We're back! It's Season 3 and we've got some WILD BAs to tell you about. Our first guy had a horse given to him by the devil and a sword with laudanum in the pommel. Oh and he was a really excellent doctor, too.
02:05:22
March 02, 2022
Season 3 Trailer
Season 3 Trailer
Maggie and Brynna are back on March 2nd with all-mew weekly episodes! Don't miss it!
00:56
February 16, 2022
The Original Radium Girl, Part 2
The Original Radium Girl, Part 2
In this season 2 finale episode, Maggie and Brynna discuss the one thing the Simpsons got wrong and just how much radiation you come in to contact with every day.
01:48:46
December 15, 2021
The Original Radium Girl
The Original Radium Girl
It's time for Part 1 of our Season 2 Finale! Maggie and Brynna discuss the life of one of the best known women in science. Before we get to that part, though, we've got some tragedy, tea, and supernatural stories to share about this BA lady.
02:04:58
December 08, 2021
We Didn't Start the Fire, But Somebody Did
We Didn't Start the Fire, But Somebody Did
Maggie and Brynna spend time talking about an early American man who had little to no formal education and still managed to @ a sitting Secretary of State.
01:43:55
December 01, 2021
Thunderbolts and Lightning
Thunderbolts and Lightning
Maggie and Brynna take on a VERY well known BA this week, who fought the Roman Church and the Church won.
01:47:44
November 17, 2021
You Can't Untoast the Bees
You Can't Untoast the Bees
It's time for some BS, but this episode won't be like that last time. Maggie and Brynna look at a guy who was a good man who did good work, but some meddling turned his reputation and his project into a Bad Word.
01:33:55
November 10, 2021
Do Not Eat the Science
Do Not Eat the Science
Maggie and Brynna talk about a "hard-luck" BA who may have accidentally poisoned himself to death.
01:27:50
November 03, 2021
But What if it IS Rocket Science?
But What if it IS Rocket Science?
Maggie and Brynna dabble in rocket science this week to talk about a BA who never stopped reaching for the stars.
01:10:36
October 27, 2021
East of Eden
East of Eden
Maggie and Brynna head to medieval Persia to talk about a guy who wrote a whole Book of Secrets!
01:09:07
October 20, 2021
Beheadings and Bathtubs
Beheadings and Bathtubs
Time for the season 2 Brawl! This one takes place during the French Revolution, so we're sure y'all can what what Maggie and Brynna will be discussing. (Hint: someone really does get beheaded!)
01:38:31
October 13, 2021
Of Math and Men
Of Math and Men
Maggie and Brynna cover their first mathematician, who didn't have any unique discoveries and died a horrible death. 
01:42:47
October 06, 2021
A Naturalist's Life for Me
A Naturalist's Life for Me
We found a pirate! Join Maggie and Brynna for a discussion of a pirate who was also an amazing writer, scientist, and navigator.
01:44:47
September 29, 2021
Chasing Greatness
Chasing Greatness
We're Back! Maggie and Brynna are very excited to be back with all new weekly episodes, and this week's BA kicks off an awesome lineup. Don't miss learning all about the guy who stood up to Nazis, and why catheters are really important.
01:34:05
September 22, 2021
Season 2 Teaser
Season 2 Teaser
The BAs are Back for a whole new season! Join us every Wednesday for a look at some Badass Humans who also happen to be scientists.
00:59
September 16, 2021
Spiderman - Part 2
Spiderman - Part 2
Maggie and Brynna wrap up their Season 1 Finale with a look at some super-BA science and the legacy of a true Science Superhero.
01:41:12
August 11, 2021
Spiderman - Part 1
Spiderman - Part 1
In the first part of the Season 1 Finale, Maggie and Brynna are joined by two special guests to talk about a man who was truly a Science Superhero and Total Badass.
01:26:39
August 04, 2021
Angel of Death
Angel of Death
This week Maggie and Brynna venture into the realm of BS - Bad Science with the OG Evil Scientist
02:04:52
July 28, 2021
The Heart of the Matter
The Heart of the Matter
On this week's episode, Maggie and Brynna discuss a thoracic surgeon who understood it really is what's on the inside that counts.
01:47:13
July 21, 2021
Buster Browns and Biochemistry
Buster Browns and Biochemistry
This week, Maggie and Brynna talk about the woman who inspired the name of this podcast, Maud Menten, who was a fabulous scientist and a terrible driver.
01:32:46
July 14, 2021
Electrostatic Flash
Electrostatic Flash
This week, Maggie and Brynna talk about a true Renaissance Man whose inventions are still important today.
01:05:07
July 07, 2021
Bone Wars: BA Brawl
Bone Wars: BA Brawl
Maggie and Brynna cover the ridiculous story of the infamous rivalry between Edward Cope and OC Marsh, and the Golden Age of Paleontology.
01:48:09
June 30, 2021
Of Bombs and Bombshells
Of Bombs and Bombshells
This week, Maggie and Brynna talk about a woman with brain and beauty and how important her legacy is today.
01:55:44
June 23, 2021
Hunting Two Hares - Alexander Borodin
Hunting Two Hares - Alexander Borodin
This week our BA is a scientist, artist, and woman's rights advocate! And his mentor also had a spectacular mustache. 
01:57:01
June 16, 2021
Point of View - Tycho Brahe
Point of View - Tycho Brahe
Maggie and Brynna start off with the origin story for their podcast and talk about a guy who was a true badass, no matter your point of view.
01:38:12
June 09, 2021