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Brendan Bane

Science Journalist in Santa Cruz

Dance of the Horny Hairy Arachnid

PRESENTED ON SEP 19, 2014
IN SANTA CRUZ, CA @ VOL 8

Science journalist Brendan Bane talks about his life-long fascination with tarantulas. He goes into great depth on his recent adventures to Costa Rica, and the process of learning about their courtship rituals. 

"Presentation of the Day" on October 13, 2014.

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Sex & Violence in the San Lorenzo River

BY BRENDAN BANE
@ VOL 6 ON DEC 11, 2013

The San Lorenzo River harbors beautiful flora and majestic fauna. But it's also a battlefield, plagued with evolutionary arms races, cunning deception, and bird-on-bird violence. Watch as Brendan Bane discusses the science behind amphibious orgies, neurotoxin-resistant garter snakes, and the morbid parenting techniques of North American waterbirds. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 3, 2014.

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Art is the Science of Play

BY D. SABELLA GRIMES
@ UNITED STATES ARTISTS 2014 ARTISTS ASSEMBLY ON MAR 24, 2015

Artist D. Sabella Grimes is a choreographer, composer, writer and teacher, who delves into the multidimensionality of African cultural practices. In his dance projects he accentuates on the dual nature of human being as man and woman.

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Aja Nachle! (Let's Dance!)

BY NAVYA MASTANAIAH
@ VOL 4 ON FEB 11, 2016

Navya Mastanaiah grew up in India and arrived in the USA about 8 years ago. She trained early on in a form of Indian classical dance called Bharatanatyam. As life progressed, she began imbibing different forms of western dance through school performances, impromptu jazz classes and the like. 

Since childhood, through college, even in the USA where she initially struggled to make friends, Dance has always been her go-to language for breaking barriers, making friends and buildingmemories.

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Paula's Passion and Panda Proclivities

BY PAULA BRANTNER
@ VOL 6 ON FEB 12, 2016

Paula Brantner loves pandas. She volunteers at the National Zoo in Washington DC and is privy to all of their behavior, including the more intimate ones. Listen as Paula shares the process and challenges to getting pandas to mate.

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The Birds & The Bees

BY ERIC REFSLAND
@ VOL 6 ON FEB 12, 2016

Rhena and Eric Refsland raise bees in their urban home outside Washington DC. Listen as they share the peculiar makeup of a hive and the process of reproduction in bees.

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To Know The Spiders

BY JULIAN MONTAGUE
@ VOL 23 ON MAY 30, 2017

"Every room you'll ever be in has a spider in it..."

In "To Know The Spiders" from PechaKucha Night Breda Vol. 23, Graphic Designer Julian Montague shares his artistic investigation into the relationship between "secondary occupants" and our spaces of habitation. His graphic design project, Secondary Occupants, Animals & Architecture, all started with the death of a spider...

Julian is an artist and graphic designer from Buffalo, New York. He is fascinated by modern design and acts as a true visual investigator in his self-initiated projects.

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The Continuum of Human Experience and Sex Trafficking

BY NANCY HARDCASTLE
@ VOL 2 ON SEP 23, 2017

Storyteller Nancy Hardcastle leads a happy life in Puerto Vallarta, that is until she ponders about children that endure sex trafficking.

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Sex: Wants, Needs, and Desires

BY AMORY JANE
@ VOL 23 ON JUN 13, 2017

Sex Educator, Amory Jane, will be talking about needs versus desires as they relate to sex and intimacy. She'll discuss libido, different styles of desire (e.g. spontaneous and responsive), and whether or not there is really a sex drive (and if sex can be considered a need). This presentation goes beyond the classic research, and includes the most up to date science on human sexuality, along with fascinating info from Emily Nagoski's best-selling book Come As You Are.

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Making Animal Friends Around the World

BY MEGAN BRENNAN WOOD
@ VOL 1 ON MAR 15, 2018

Megan Brennan Wood is an attorney and Foreign Service spouse who has traveled around the world with her family, befriending animals wherever she goes. Hear Megan tell the tales of the dogs, cats, pigs, foxes, and other animals she met and whose images she captured in Myanmar, where she lived for two years, and in her travels in southeast Asia. Don't miss the hilarious closing image of (spoiler alert:) her cat as Donald Trump!