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Hosts Anna Akana and Brad Gage sit down with experts to discuss their various fields. Explain Things To Me....
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Dec 30, 2015

Jim Mahfood (creator of Grrl Scouts) talks about the state of the comic book industry, what helps you stand out as an artist, and why he loves drawing women.

Dec 10, 2015

With Christmas right around the corner, we take a look at the man behind the beard. Ed shares what got him started in the red suit and how you can make a living year round as St. Nick.

Dec 3, 2015

Dr. Ramani Durvasula is back on the podcast to break down narcissism in the age of social media and talk about her new book about relationships "Should I Stay or Should I Go".

Nov 19, 2015

A "real life CSI" medical examiner, Judy has investigated over 2500 bodies for their cause of death, including many in New York after the 9/11 attacks. Now, she's written a NY Times bestseller with her husband T.J. about her experiences.

Nov 12, 2015

Eric Bauza tracks his career from animator to voice of so many cartoon characters, and lets us meet a few of them. From Marvin the Martian to Puss in Boots, Eric shows what it takes to make it in voice over.

Nov 5, 2015

Jim Kwik talks about how he went from almost failing out of school to being a speed reader and ending up imparting learning tactics to the likes of Will Smith, Richard Branson and Stan Lee.

Oct 29, 2015

Allis breaks down how to mount an animal step-by-step and talks about how you can use taxidermy with science to make replicas of endangered or extinct animals (like dinosaurs).

Oct 23, 2015

The real life "Indiana Jones" of bugs, Phil talks to us about his own discoveries, what it means to study insects, and why trees are the scariest thing in the jungle. 

Oct 9, 2015

Kate Fehlhaber studies eyeball tissue under a microscope in a pitch black room while wearing nightvision goggles. It's a pretty hardcore look for a someone who also worked on studying what causes Parkinson's Disease, and created ways to explain neuroscience through easy infographics.

Oct 3, 2015

Dustin Marshall is founder and sole producer of Feral Audio podcast network, and it is as much work as it sounds. He talks about the genesis of his podcasting career, his rockstar lifestyle while touring with Harmontown, and the very real rivalries with other podcast networks.

Sep 24, 2015

Rebecca Garcia dives into the REAL matrix in order to explain coding and her work in outreach to young girls interested in computer science. She also explains exactly what "hacking" actually is.

Sep 18, 2015

NASA Engineer Bobak Ferdowsi is a space badass. He was famously part of the Mars Curiosity landing, works on the upcoming mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, and even has some insight on the technical aspects of Taylor Swift's live show.

Sep 10, 2015

Christmas time isn't quite here, but Kirk Graves, professional Christmas caroler IS here to get you in the mood for some Jingle Bells. Kirk talks about the hectic month of December, the most popular songs and what it takes to last in the business for 20 years.

Aug 28, 2015

Professional gamer and Twitch streamer Hafu talks about the difficulties of being one of very few women in the gaming community, how streaming works, and how she became unbeatable.

Aug 21, 2015

On a very special episode of Explain Things to Me, Brad gets a chance to talk about his favorite passion - classic rock. From definitive bands and the story of Pattie Boyd, to his own experiences playing drums, it's a whole lotta music history this week.

Aug 14, 2015

Amy joins us via Skype from the United Kingdom to talk about the good and the bad in working at a veterinary hospital, and explains that her job isn't cuddling animals all day (even though that is part of it).

Aug 6, 2015

Acupuncturist Chandra Scofield talks about Eastern versus Western medicine, the benefits of preventative care, and why her needles aren't scary.

Aug 1, 2015

Jo and Shannon talk about the inner workings of rescuing local wildlife, what to do when animals invade your home, and their favorite animal stories.

Jul 23, 2015

Planetary Scientist and science comminicator Meg Rosenburg talks about the recent surprising discoveries on Pluto and the possibilities of life on other planets.

Jul 16, 2015

Musician Simeon Pillich talks about the state of the music industry and some tales of being a session bass guitar player.

Jul 2, 2015

Novelist Francesca Lia Block talks story structure, her writing process, and how she became an author. 

Jun 25, 2015

Reverend Andrew Barnett talks about his views on life and protecting the planet through working with kids.

Jun 18, 2015

Organic spirits maker Melkon Khosrovian talks all things alcohol. 

Jun 11, 2015

Magician Brian Markenson reveals some secrets about magic, and an oral history of LA's famous Magic Castle.

Jun 4, 2015

Filmmaker Greg Aronowtiz talks about working at the top level of the industry as an artist, when Katrina hit during the filming of Labou, and what it takes to make it in Hollywood. 

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