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The Courageous Scientists Podcast is a short-term passion project by Kate Clancy, anthropology professor, trouble-maker, and host of Period Podcast. Hear interviews with inspiring scientists who stand in their values, serve as role models, and do hard things. Remember that while some of us can do work right now, others of us are having to put it down or change direction for a time, or focus on the care of others. This is all good and important work. Music selection by Janice Collins (Ambient Technology by Alexei Anisimov), and header and icon by Carrie Templeton.

Aug 7, 2020

Dr. Jane Willenbring is an Associate Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and will be joining the faculty as an Associate Professor of Geological Sciences at Stanford in fall 2020. Dr. Willenbring was also featured in the recent documentary Picture a Scientist. She tells us about her own awakening in...

Jul 10, 2020

This week I had the absolute pleasure of talking to astrophysicist Rose Ferreira. I've been following and learning from Rose on Twitter for ages, and am so glad she agreed to talk to me for the podcast! Please check out her website at to learn more.

Jun 26, 2020

*Content warning - death of a child*

In this episode I had the pleasure of talking to Dr. Jodie Wiggins, Teaching Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Wiggins has found her place at the nexus of teaching and research after many years of searching, and loss.

Jun 19, 2020

*Content warning for: domestic abuse, death of a friend.*

Tessa Logan is a graduate student at Stanford, and it was a long road to get there. Logan has persisted despite pauses, restarts, and personal tragedy. Hear how she decided to be like Dory and just keep swimming. To learn more about Tessa Logan find her on...

Jun 12, 2020

Dr. Krishna Pakala is today's guest and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Boise State University. He is the Faculty in Residence for the Engineering and Innovation Living Learning Community and the Director for the Industrial Assessment Center at Boise State. He is the...