On a Podcast, I Explain Why I Made These Graphics

The Collapsed Wavefunction Podcast

I went on a science podcast explaining why I made the Banana posters. The episode’s called “Bananas, Eggs and Blueberries”, and is presented by Chad Jones and Sam Matthews of The Collapsed Wavefunction.

It was an excellent conversation. Listen to it on iTunes here or online here.

Show Notes (all times are approximate):

  • 1:30 – Where did the idea for these posters come from?
  • 4:00 – Chemophobia and the posters. James says that relevance – not chemophobia – was the driving motivation for the posters.
  • 8:00 – You can now get T-Shirts with the ingredients.
  • 9:00 – How did James determine what chemicals are really in these foods?
  • 10:30 – Why isn’t potassium listed in the ingredients for a banana? Aren’t bananas full of potassium
  • 11:30 – “E-numbers”: What are they and what is the fear about?
  • 15:00 – As a high school teacher, what opinion does James have about the state of science education?
  • 17:00 – What else can we do to make chemistry relevant? A KickStarter perhaps?
  • 21:00 – The Fortnightly Scientist: Luca Turin (TED talk)
  • 28:00 – Table of Esters and their Smells
  • 31:30 – Why James made all these posters
  • 35:45 – How can I do what James does?
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