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Mad Art Cast and Science Opera with Hai-Ting Chinn and Matt Schickele

Special guests for this week’s podcast are some of our favorite people, mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn and composer Matthew Schickele. We talked to Hai-Ting about her upcoming production, Science Fair: An Opera with Experiments, and all of the fascinating work that went into its creation. Get tickets for Science Fair at …

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Science Fair: An Opera with Experiments Opens in NYC

Friend of the Lab Hai-Ting Chinn (you might know her from that time she sang the ingredients of a Twinkie on the Wendy Williams Show) has a big announcement: after years of work and countless collaborations, her two-woman show Science Fair: An Opera with Experiments is opening in New York …

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Why Are There NPR Music Reporters Who Need to Police Singers’ Masculinity?

NPR arts reporter Neda Ulaby, we need to talk. Long time listener, first time blogger. Big fan, by the way — hearing you talk about upcoming movies and groundbreaking artists when I drink my morning coffee is always a treat, and usually inspires me to check out whatever you’re delving …

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Mad Quickies: #1000BlackGirlBooks, Bad Movie Science, Linguistics in Disney, and More!

Hey everybody! I’m trying my hand at the Quickies this week. I think this is where I say something exciting, like To the Quickies and Beyond! How was that? 24-year old Florence “Flow” Adepoju has founded a lipstick brand that makes shades designed first and foremost for black skin tones, …


There’s a Science Rap Battle Brewing and We Couldn’t Be More Thrilled

It’s not every day you get a highly publicized, totally sincere spat between two celebrities about science. It’s so rare that people actually create parody videos about imagined battles between scientists, just so we can imagine some drama between the press conferences and the journal publications. Here’s how it all …

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Mad Art Cast: How Not to Get Ripped Off As An Artist

This episode is a very informative one for artists of all types, particularly those who make art that is posted on the internet. Joining us this week is special guest Emily Sexton. Emily is a blogger at Grounded Parents and a DC based entertainment lawyer and she has a lot …

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The (Literal) Magic of Biodynamic Wine – Mad Art Cast

On this week’s episode of the podcast, between wine-pouring sound effects and bouts of giggles, we talk to wine expert Julia Burke about biodynamic wine, which uses a lot of weird rules and magical thinking to make what is actually a pretty tasty beverage. Show notes: Julia and Ashley are …


The Mad Art Lab Secular Christmas Playlist, 2015 Edition

It’s hard to be an atheist at Christmas. God and Jesus are mentioned at every turn, and there are memes everywhere made by snotty Christians asking why atheists celebrate the holiday (answer: because we grew up with it, because it’s as good a time as any to spend time with …