• Steve Hofstetter and the not-so-music-like music.

    Griff, Kevin, and Jimmy head over to Steve Hofstetter’s podcast studio to talk about baseball (Steve’s favorite), Jimmy’s new movie part, neutrinos and the classified, alien musics, that turns out to be non of those.

  • Hakeem Oluseyi and the elephant eared telescope.

    A special guest from the east cost, Hakeem Oluseyi takes some time from his busy schedule filming for the Science Channel’s Amazing Acts of Science to talk to Griff and Kevin. Bore in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Hakeem has an atypical life for a physicist. But that’s ok because he is starting a

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  • Alan Weinstein and the triple blind proof black hole collision.

    Professor Alan Weinstein, who leads a group of scientists at Caltech who work on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), gives Griff, Kevin and Jimmy, their own special look at the groundbreaking announcement of the discovery of a 1.3 billion year old collision between two large black holes detected solely from their subtle waves in

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  • Konstantin Batygin, Amir K and the trillion percent certain discovery.

    Konstantin Batygin is an asstant proffesor at Caltech. He studies planets and dwarf planets. This week is a good week for Prof. Batygin because he just discovered the ninth planet in our solar system. And he hasn’t even turned 30 yet! His advisor, Mike Brown, having “killed” Pluto’s planet status, was also part of the discovery.

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  • Bobak Ferdowsi and the battle of the Martian hairdos.

    Bobak Ferdowsi, widely known as “Mohawk Guy”, is an systems engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).  Aside from helping to land the SUV sized, laser shooting,rover, Curiosity, unto the surface of Mars. On top of that small detail, he also did it sporting a mohawk, hence the nickname. A shoutout from President Obama and

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  • Bill Nye and the empennage kicking new planet.

    Bill Nye (The Science Guy) really needs no introduction. CEO of the Planetary Society, apprentice to Carl Sagan, and friend of Neil DeGrasse Tyson, he represents the voice of science education for multiple generations. “As a mechanical engineer, I’m an expert on evolution” -Bill Nye “Here’s was happened in my opinion, which you know is

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  • Adam Stelzner and the right kind of crazy.

    Adam Steltzner, the first Surely You’re Joking guest to join us for a second episode, returns to tell us about his new book The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership, and High-Stakes Innovation. Think you software updates are stressful because you don’t know if you will be able to log into

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  • Drew Lynch and the talented American solstice.

    Drew Lynch is a comedian, actor, writer, and as you can tell within moments of listening to his hilarious standup, he stutters due to a sports injury. That did not stop Drew from capturing America’s attention as he rose to first runner-up on the very popular TV show, America’s Got Talent, now in it’s 10th season,

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  • Maria Spiropulu and the tantalizing massive scalar.

    Maria Spiropulu is one of the key experimentalists behind the recent conformational discovery of Higgs Boson, (sometime begrudgingly tagged as “the God Particle”), at the Large Hadron Collider, at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Spiropulu is the author of “Where is Einstein?”, the final chapter in “My Einstein: Essays by Twenty-four of the World’s Leading Thinkers

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  • Shyam Saladi and the randomly selected ion channels.

    Shyam Saladi is a second year grad student at the California Institute of Technology studying biochemistry and molecular biophysics. He was quietly minding his own business in a library on the Caltech campus, when a panicked Surely You’re Joking co-host, Jimmy O Yang, approached him and asked if he wanted to be a randomly selected

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  • Josh Brener and the microaggressive cocci.

    Josh Brener is an actor and comedian, best known for his role as Big Head on HBO’s smash hit tv show Silicon Valley. Brener has also appeared on The Big Bang Theory as Dale and as Kyle on Maron available on Netflix.  

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  • Emily Lakdawalla and the neon dendritic channels.

    Emily Lakdawalla is Senior Editor of The Planetary Society, science writer and blogger. She has performed research work in geology, Mars topography, and science communication and education. When she’s not blogging or tweeting about science, she sometimes hangs with Bill Nye, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Lakdawalla has a B.A. in geology from Amherst College and

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  • Tony Roy, Kate Quigley and the gecko powered super bra.

    Dr. Tony Roy is a mechanical engineer that went to school with Kevin at Caltech. They even used to work together on solar power. Tony took his passion for design, science and …well… boobs, and directed it all into a startup venture he founded with his wife, and is now on kickstarter, Kellie K Apparel.

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  • Zachary Abbott and the deeper and higher pile.

    Zachary Abbott is a IT engineer at Caltech, and he keeps all the internet tubes flowing. He also happened to be a talented actor and thespian. In addition to plays for the Caltech theater troop, TACIT, Zachary is best know for playing the role of Professor Smith in the The PHD Movie. The PHD Movie

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  • Elena Murchikova, Matt Broussard and the disappearing quantum notebooks.

    Born and raised in Moscow, Dr. Elena Murchikova studies theoretical astrophysics at Caltech. She has won so many awards and fellowships in both Russia and the United States in economics, math, physics and astronomy, that they can’t even be listed here because it would literally melt your brain. Elena graduated from Moscow State University with

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