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A Tale of Three COVID Vaccines
You've been hearing about the forthcoming SARS-CoV2 vaccines, but what's actually going on underneath the hype?  This week the boys break down the mechanism of action for each of the three vaccines that will hopefully bring the era of COVID-19 to an end. Learn more: Follow:
December 24, 2020
Black Soldier Fly Larva and Food Waste
Food waste is a major problem worldwide and especially here in The US, but no one has come up with a ready-to-go solution, until now!  Grubterra’s founder, Michal, joins Kevin and Mike to talk about how he uses black soldier fly larva to breakdown food from local grocery stores and turn it into sustainable and healthy food for farm animals and reptiles. Learn more: and Follow: @grubterra and @_mikroscope_
December 17, 2020
Intelligent Life Beyond Earth
Mike and Kevin wax philosophical about the possibilities and implications of life in the universe, but not before giving a tell-all glimpse into the life of a Ph.D. candidate! Learn more: Follow:
December 1, 2020
Fundamentals of Astrobiology
Mike and Kevin bring it back to the basics, discussing the fundamental laws of physics which pervade our universe and allowed life to arise on Earth and possibly other worlds.
November 25, 2020
What's Up With Phosphine?
Join Kevin and Mike this week as they discuss both exciting and stressful news of their lives, while also discussing some new exciting research about potential life on Venus.
November 3, 2020
COVID Update #2
Join Mike and Kevin in their second update about the global pandemic! Lets discuss some potential avenues that will get us out of this mess!
September 10, 2020
COVID Update
Join Mike and Kevin as they discuss what they have been going through during this global pandemic. Learn more: Follow us: Follow Mike: Follow Kevin: "Mikroscope" is presented by Whatever You Say Productions, LLC.
June 2, 2020
Vegetarian Fish and Poop Eaters
Why do Mike and Kevin enjoy talking about such weird things? They don’t know, but this week they wanna drop some super interesting knowledge on your plate! Learn more: Follow us: Follow Mike: Follow Kevin: "Mikroscope" is presented by Whatever You Say Productions, LLC.
March 3, 2020
Season Two, Episode Seven: New Decade, New Plans
As we enter the new decade, Mike and Kevin talk about recent publications looking to the future! They discuss new technologies that can lead to organ printing for transplant patients and future policies that can change mining practices for the production of electronics! So if you want to print body parts and get a new phone you should definitely tune in. Learn more: Follow us:  Follow Mike:  Follow Kevin: "Mikroscope" is presented by Whatever You Say Productions, LLC.
February 25, 2020
Season Two, Episode Eight: Let's Talk About Light
Join Mike and Kevin as they discuss breakthroughs in understanding the more minute details of reality. Mike describes new findings on the components of the human eye, and how this could help you get a better nights sleep. Kevin on the other hand wants to get more metaphysical, and full on tells you about the duality of light and how complex the “idea”. We also give you an experiment that you can do yourself to test this, Learn more: Follow us: Follow Mike: Follow Kevin: "Mikroscope" is presented by Whatever You Say Productions, LLC.
February 24, 2020
Season Two, Episode Six: Nice to Meat You
This week Mike and Kevin examine recent publications in artificial meat and social science.  Lab grown beef takes another step towards supermarket shelves as researchers discover a novel way to make muscle cells grow outside of an animal (spoiler alert: it's basically a cotton candy machine).  In other news, it turns out that taking an extroverted approach to life can lead to improvements in well-being (even if you're just faking it!)  Follow us on Instagram @_mikroscope_ and learn more at
December 30, 2019
Season Two, Episode Five: Science Needs Policy and Policy Needs Science
In this week's episode Mike and Kevin look at two case studies at the confluence of science and policy; one wherein policymakers could have used some scientific guidance, and another wherein scientists could have used some political oversight.  The boys take a deeper look into the interplay of research ethics and separating fact from fantasy in this scathing critique.
December 2, 2019
Season Two, Episode Four: Haters Gonna Hate, I Don't Carrot All
At one point or another majority of people have tried some new fad that all their friends and celebrities have talked about! There is a general consensus that these diets can jeopardize your health, Mike and Kevin take a scientific approach to understanding their health benefits and when they can actually be used for good.
November 18, 2019
Season Two, Episode Three: Lettuce Begin
What do you think of when you hear the term “plant-based diet”? If you immediately think of that clip from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World then we have some news for you… its not like that!! This week Mike and Kevin look at 3 different studies and try to piece apart the strengths and weaknesses of being a vegetarian or a vegan.
November 4, 2019
Season Two, Episode Two: G M Oh Hell No!
The moment we've all been waiting for: Mike and Kevin tackle one of the most polarizing topics of our time.  Are genetically modified organisms in our food a ploy by mad scientists at evil corporations to turn us into zombie patsies of their capitalist machine, or have they been fundamental to agriculture since its inception and will be crucial to global health and food security in the coming centuries?  Find out in part one of the two part series on GMO foods.  Learn more at and @_mikroscope_ on Instagram.
October 21, 2019
Season Two, Episode One: What on Earth is Organic?
This week Mike and Kevin unpack what it means to be organic. Is it better for the environment to buy organic?  Is organic food more nutritious or safer? From the scientific definition, to the grocery store shelves, the boys clear up some of the most common misconceptions about the costs and benefits of organics.compared to conventional foods. Learn more at and @_mikroscope_ on Instagram.
October 7, 2019
Episode Twelve: Let's Look on the Bright side
Please join us for this seasons last episode where we reminisce on all of the wonderful topics discussed this season!! We also consider the fate of our species and what needs to be done about climate policy to really help give us the best chance for survival! Learn more at and @_mikroscope_ on Instagram.
August 5, 2019
Episode Eleven: Five Degrees of the Plant Microbiome
Join us this week as we discuss an alternative method to improve crop production.. Manipulating a plants microbiome! We focus on five key aspects of where the research is going/ needs to go for this technology to be used widely. While we stray a bit from our normal hard core dissection of climate change research; we hope that this will help bring you a stronger understanding of the microbial life that lives beneath your feet!
July 15, 2019
Episode Ten: Will Climate Change Kill My Caffeine Buzz?
Increasing temperatures are already effecting populations of domesticated and wild plants and animals, but what happens when these factors come together to effect people?  Mike and Kevin explore a recent publication predicting how bee populations drive the suitability of Latin American regions to coffee production under different climate change scenarios.
July 1, 2019
Episode Nine: My Beer Will Cost How Much During The Climate Apocalypse!!!?
Join us for the first official episode with our new co-host Kevin!! Saving the earth is all good and fun, but when it really comes down to it the luxuries we indulge in at hope keep up said (at least for me it does!). This week we zero in on how climate change will affect the availability and price of barley, a major ingredient in BEER! Without revealing to much, it may seem that happy hour beer special will not be so “happy”! 
June 17, 2019
Episode Eight: Can Children Save The World?
Join us in round two as we attempt to piece apart another way to educate the public on the effect climate change has on their lives. We piece apart a study that was done by a group out of North Caroline, which looked at how teaching climate change to your children can help to foster climate change concern in their parents. This study was tremendously done, and we talk about all the different variable they took into consideration, which in turn makes their results that much stronger. It really is true when people say children are the future!
June 3, 2019
Episode Seven: How Do Microbial Forests Keep The Desert Habitable?
Please join us as we talk with Kevin, a third year PhD student who studies the “microbial forests” that cover arid regions. We start off by discussing the journey Kevin took from wanting to be a high school teacher all they way to his current work on how how microbes produce their own sunblock! We shift focus to talk about Haboobs...yes Haboobs, which are giant dust storms which wreak havoc on arid regions, such as the south west of the US and the Middle East. As more developers build neighborhoods in Arizona,  Haboobs become more frequent as people destroy biological soil crusts which hold down the soil. Join us as we discuss the importance of biological soil crusts in arid ecosystems and how you can prevent their destruction. Learn more at Follow the show on Instagram: @_mikroscope_ Follow Mike: @mikroscopemike Follow Kevin: @mikroscopekevin
May 20, 2019
Episode Six: How Should We Design Climate Change Education?
 We kick this week’s episode of “Mikroscope” off with a congratulations to Mike for using metagenomics to provide insight into novel bacteria from the Amazon!!  What this means is that he was able to reconstruct the genomes or “directions” of these bacteria. Next up we dive straight into the psychology of climate change. Sam and Mike discuss the relationship between personal experience and a belief in or understanding of climate change. Unfortunately most Americans don’t believe that climate change is currently happening. Our hosts delve into why that might be by talking about belief certainty, which is understanding that something WILL happen, as well as preconceived beliefs vs personal experience. They get into how living in different regions of the country can affect your belief certainty due to climate change drastically affecting certain areas more than others. Finally they get into how YOU can make a change, specifically by listening to podcasts, following Instagram pages such as National Geographic, and reading publications such as The Week.
May 6, 2019
Episode Five: Marine Snow
In this episode Mike and Samantha are joined by Bianca Cruz, an ASU PhD working to understand the role that very small phytoplankton play slowing down climate change!! Join us in taking a look at the life of a marine microbial ecology, on the deep ocean and what goes into marine science. We then talk about the role marine snow, phytoplankton poop, plays in the sequestration of CO2 from the atmosphere to the bottom of the ocean. We take an in-depth look at how climate change will effect marine snow, and how the size of phytoplankton are drivers in understanding where marine snow is. Lastly we talk about the very interesting, and evolutionary conundrum, of prochlorococcus. Sunscreen is bad! Follow us on Instagram @_mikroscope_
April 22, 2019
Episode Four: Algal Blooms
In this episode, Mike and Samantha explore Microbiology. They start by discussing the different communities of bacteria that can grow, such as red snow on glaciers. Then they translate that into how lichen, the moss found on rocks, affects us everyday. If you listen closely you’ll even hear some hot tea on RuPaul’s Drag Race! They dig into a study out of the University of Leeds about the red snow and how it is causing the glaciers to melt faster. Finally they get in to how YOU can help save the planet. For instance, don’t flush anything but waste and toilet paper down the toilet, and don’t leave the water running while you brush your teeth. Follow Mikroscope on Instagram @_mikroscope_
April 8, 2019
Episode Three: How Widespread is Climate Change?
 On this episode of Mikroscope Sam and Mike discuss different ecosystems and how differently each will be affected by climate change. Together they comprehensively explain the movement of species between ecosystems as temperatures and sea levels rise. Learn how you can help conserve fragile ecosystems the next time you go on a hike. Hear how scientists are using predictive models of species movement to inform conservationists and laws protecting a wide variety of endangered species. Follow us on Instagram @_mikroscope_ and email us a topic you want to learn more about at Thank you for tuning in.
March 4, 2019
Episode Two: California Fires
California Wildfires On the episode of Mikroscope, the hosts discuss the devastating wildfires in California, what causes them and what science is doing to predict and prevent wildfires in the future. We encourage everyone to practice fire safety and be responsible and respectful when out in nature.  As many of you know, local fire stations spring into action to save their communities that border the Woodlands. We hope you will consider making a donation to your local fire department as a way to be helpful to their efforts.  Follow us on Instagram @_mikroscope_ and email us a topic you want to learn more about at Thank you for tuning in.
February 18, 2019
Episode One: Coral
Welcome to the series premier of Mikroscope. We’re here to bring you updates in! This episode discusses Coral: What is it? Why is it important? What’s happening to it? Follow us on Instagram at @_mikroscope_  Love it! Hate it? Rate and review on iTunes and let us know what topics you want us to cover.
February 4, 2019
Pilot: Mikroscope
Join our Producer and Head Writer, Samantha and her friend Mike for a lively and non-intimidating look at Global Warming from a scientific standpoint. Mike is currently working on his Ph.D. in Microbiology and his specific area of study are in Microbial Communities that affect Climate Change. "The scientific community needs to find a way to speak to the public without overwhelming them. I need to work on that myself so yeah, I will totally do this podcast with you!" - Mike. The hosts of Dicks & Politics are passionate crusaders for the health of our planet and with so much information swirling around, we are excited to give our listeners the truth about what is happening to earth and how we can be helpful.
January 10, 2019