In this episode, Randi and Nathaniel discuss the breakout star of Ant-Man and the Wasp: the tardigrade. Also known as “water bears,” tardigrades are a phylum of microscopic animal. That’s right–our hosts are really testing the “all creatures” part of the title.
Tardigrades are a microscopic animal, maxing out at .4mm in length. They were originally discovered by Johann August Ephraim Goeze in 1773; he gave the animal the delightful name “kleiner wasserbär” (little water bear). True to their name, tardigrades 1) live in water and 2) kinda look like bears if you squint a little. Join Randi and Nathaniel as they marvel over this creature, and find out if it’s great or just okay.
In this episode, Randi and Nathaniel discuss the American icon that is the black bear. The two wonder over this food-stealing creature, and a special guest drops by the studio.
In this episode, Randi regains control of the podcast and Nathaniel returns to his lowly co-hosting duties. Oh, and also they talk about toucans.
Toucans! Can’t live with them (they’re terrible pets) and can’t live without them (their poop builds forests!). They are also one of the more delightful animals Randi and Nathaniel have talked about to date: they playfight with their bills, they grace the boxes of some of our favorite cereal, and they have feather-esque tongues. Tune in to find out if toucans are great, or just okay.
In this episode, Nathaniel and Randi discuss the adorable aye-aye. Nathaniel takes over hosting duties, so you know what? No show notes this week. ‘Cause Randi ain’t gonna write nothin’ if she ain’t in charge.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Nathaniel has a natural phobia of microphones. When called upon to host this episode, he agreed to do so only on condition that he be allowed to perform his lines from an adjoining room, with the result that portions of his performance are nearly inaudible, while Randi’s voice remains a model of crystalline perfection throughout. Please consider this a blessing in disguise rather than the unfortunate technical error it technically is.
In this episode, Randi and Nathaniel lose their damn minds over one of the coolest animals ever: the nudibranch. Nudibranchs are commonly called sea slugs, but they are actually gastropod molluscs. While they are born with shells, they shed them after their larval stage. More importantly, nudibranchs are the Kirby of the animal kingdom.
Nudibranchs are some of the brighter citizens of our oceans. I mean, they’re not smart–they’re just really colorful. Furthermore, there are over 2300 known species distributed throughout warmer parts of the ocean. Most species of nudibranchs are benthic, meaning they live on the ocean floor. There are a few species that swim in the water column, and then there are the glaucus nudibranchs, which swim upside down below the waterline. The most obvious feature of the nudibranch is the cerata, which are the rubbery looking appendages that grow out of the back of the nudibranch (the nudiback?). Join Randi and Nathaniel as they marvel over nudibranchs: their cerata (which in some species can store the venomous nematocysts from their prey), their ‘speech’ (there are some records of captive nudibranchs making clicking noises), and their sexual habits (google pictures plz). Tune in to find out if nudibranchs are great, or just okay.
This episode includes the following segments:
“I Think I Could Take It” — Nathaniel finds himself dueling a nudibranch.
Special Guest Interview — Randi interviews Dudibranch the nudibranch, an unaccountably lovable spokes-mollusc.