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Podcast Episode 167: Reel Science 3.0

Real scientists put movie science into context

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Jeff Goldblum plays scientist Seth Brundle in David Cronenberg's "The Fly," which screens as part of the Reel Science Film Series.

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Reel Science returns with the San Diego Natural History Museum and Digital Gym Cinema pairing sci-fi films with real scientists to put the movie science into a broader context. Whether you want preview of the film series or if you can't make the films but want to watch sci-fi films with some questions to ask you'll want to hear entomologist ... Read more →

Aired: May 3, 2019 | Transcript

Reel Science, a collaboration between San Diego Natural History Museum and Digital Gym Cinema, concludes this Friday with "Damnation Alley." Whether you want a preview of the series, or can't make the screenings and want to know what these scientists have to say, this podcast dissects sci-fi films with fun and insight.

Michael Wall is curator of entomology at the San Diego Natural History Museum, or The Nat, as well as its vice president of science and conservation. I love chatting with him because he always has the coolest bug facts to share. The film he will be discussing is "Damnation Alley" — May 24, Digital Gym Cinema — a post-apocalyptic film that involves some "armor-plated" cockroaches. That leads him to looking at the "insect apocalypse" and how we are losing diversity in the insect world.

The film kicking off the series on May 3 is "The Fly" and cognitive scientist Eric Leonardis finds David Cronenberg's "body horror" is an "in your face" way to deal with issues of corporeality and materiality, which cognitive science did not always address in the past.

The podcast features the scientists who open and close the film series and if you can't make the screenings you can listen to their insights and stream the films.

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Beth Accomando
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opening quote marksclosing quote marksI cover arts and culture, from Comic-Con to opera, from pop entertainment to fine art, from zombies to Shakespeare. I am interested in going behind the scenes to explore the creative process; seeing how pop culture reflects social issues; and providing a context for art and entertainment.

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