Here We Are

34 EpisodesProduced by Shane Mauss, Starburns Audio

Join comedian Shane Mauss as he interviews science experts across the country in a journey to find out what makes us who we are.

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Humans + Technology

April 20th, 2019

Comedian Shane Mauss talks about human beings, drones, robots, AI and Virtual Reality Technology, with Design Psychologist and Founder of …

Sloths + Fossils

April 12th, 2019

Shane talks in depth about Sloths with Vertebrate Paleontologist and Research Fellow at The Smithsonian Natural Museum of Natural History, Ryan …

Fruit Flies + Genetics

April 8th, 2019

Host of “Stand-Up Science” Shane Mauss talks about Fruit Fly genetics and reproduction with Post Doctoral Research Scholars, specializing in Anatomy …

Screen Time + Addiction

April 1st, 2019

Comedian Shane Mauss talks about social media and the effects of screen-time, binge watching, with Associate Professor of Marketing at New York …

Vocalization + Genomics

March 25th, 2019

Shane vocalizes with Ph.D. Morgan Wirthlin, Behavioral Neuroscientist and Computational Biologist from Carnegie Mellon University. They dive deep …

Personality + Neuroscience

March 18th, 2019

Shane talks about the 5 personality traits, self-deception, and neuroticism, with Colin G. DeYoung: an Associate Professor of Psychology at The …

Mindfulness Vs Pursuing Goals

March 12th, 2019

Shane welcomes back Behavioral Economist Kathleen Vohs for a multi-topic conversation about contemplation, goals, self-control, mindfulness vs …

The Evolution Of Language

March 8th, 2019

Bonus Episode! Shane talks about the evolution of language with American linguist and author Dan Everett, best known for his study of the Amazon …

Iboga + Healing

March 6th, 2019

Shane talks with Author and Iboga Therapist, Elizabeth Bast about how the sacred African medicine Iboga, in addition to aiding addiction recovery, can spur a spiritual awakening.  You’ll hear expanded stories about her …

Paleo-Anthropology + Archeology

February 26th, 2019

Shane talks about the discovery of the bones of Sadiba and Naledi and how these species compare to modern humans with associate professor of …

Aging + Memory

February 20th, 2019

Shane talks about hormone loss, memory decline, and Alzheimer’s with Neuroscience Professor at The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Ph.D. Karyn …

Masculinity + Culture

February 11th, 2019

Shane talks about gender, masculinity, and culture with Clinical Psychologist Ryan McKelley. Is the definition of masculinity too restrictive?

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Health + New Years Resolutions

February 4th, 2019

Shane talks about New Years Resolutions and “Motivational Interviewing” with Health Education and Exercise Physiology Expert, Ph.D Keely Rees.

201: Lists + Psychology

January 24th, 2019

Shane celebrates 200 episodes and then talks with Associate Professor of Marketing and Economics at the University of Seattle, Mathew Isaac.  They discuss the assumptions we make about lists: random order versus ranked …

200: Digital Media + Childhood Development

January 15th, 2019

Shane talks about the effect of television and digital media on childhood development, with Ph.D. Heather Kirkorian: Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies and Director of Cognitive Development at …

199: Association + Bias

January 7th, 2019

Shane and Pigott Family Professor of Marketing at the University of Washington's Foster School of Business, Mark Forehand, talk about association, …

198: History + Science

January 2nd, 2019

This week, Shane talks about History, DNA, and Science with Professor of History, Editor of the Journal Of Global History, and Author of “A Concise History of The World,” Merry Wiesner-Hanks. Charity Of The Week - …

197: Self Deception + Evolution

December 23rd, 2018

Shane talks with Harvard Graduate and Evolutionary Biologist Robert Trivers about self-deception, sex ratio theory, and bacterial evolution. Do we …

196: Habits + Health

December 10th, 2018

Shane talks about habits, addiction, and changing behavior with Associate Professor of Psychology from WSU Vancouver, Renee Magnan Charity Of The …

195: Politics + Religion

December 5th, 2018

Shane gets super deep talking about religion, atheism, and how religion is impacted by politics with Professor of Political Science and Author of …

194: Stress + Child Development

November 26th, 2018

This week Shane talks with Assistant Professor of Human Development at Washington State University Vancouver: Dr. Sara Waters. They talk about stress …

193: Human Health + Virtual Reality

November 19th, 2018

Shane visits the Iowa State University’s Virtual Reality Applications Center to interview Associate Director Eliot Winer about the interdisciplinary …

192: Marketing + Human Nature

November 15th, 2018

This week Shane talks with Professor Lea Dunn about 8 marketing premises that give insights into how people interact with brands.

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173: Psychedelic Integration + Skepticism

July 9th, 2018

Shane talks about psychedelic integration and skepticism with friend psychedelic ambassador, and founder of The Aware Project, Ashley Booth.

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172: OCD + Psychedelics

June 27th, 2018

Shane talks with fellow stand-up comedian Adam Strauss about OCD & psychedelics. Adam is known best for his One man show “The Mushroom Cure” Charity of the week: Heffter Research Institute

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170: Emotion Regulation

June 11th, 2018

Shane talks about emotion regulation and scanning babies with OHSU Behavioral Neuroscience Grad. Student Elina Thomas. Charity of the Week: [NAMI …

169: MDMA in Clinical Settings

June 9th, 2018

Shane, Cole Marta and Shannon Carlin from MAPS talk about making, storing, and using MDMA in clinical settings.

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167: Sleep + Social Behavior

June 2nd, 2018

This week, Shane talks with Dr. Zlatan Križan, an Associate Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University and an affiliate of the Center for Study …

166: Neuroscience + Parkinson's

May 26th, 2018

Shane dives into the weeds talking with OHSU Grad. Student Rebecca Hood about behavioral neuroscience, Parkinson’s disease, and the resilience of mice. Charity of The Week – World Parkinson’s Coalition. Outro music by …

164: Religion + Racism

May 11th, 2018

Shane talks with Professor of religion, and author of “Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America” talk about religion and racism.  Charity of the week [Black Lives Matter.](

162: Biodiversity + Speciation

May 1st, 2018

Shane chats with Assistant Professor at The University of Oklahoma, Katharine Marske about phylogeography, biogeography, biodiversity and how these things relate to speciation. The Charity of the week is The National …

Space Exploration

April 6th, 2018

Shane has a far out conversation about space with Ph.D. James Schwartz: philosophy teacher at Wichita State University. They discuss the philosophy and ethics of space exploration. The charity of the week is The …

Neuroplasticity + Addiction

March 30th, 2018

PHD John Harkness, researcher and founder of Rewire Neuroscience, talks with Shane about Neuroplasticity, drug addiction, meth, mice and rats. Outro music by The Long Hunt - 

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