Drunk Science with Shannon Odell

by Scott Barry Kaufman, December 6, 2018

Today we have Shannon Odell on the podcast. Odell is a Brooklyn based writer, comedian, and scientist. She co-hosts and produces Drunk Science, an experimental comedy show deemed “a stroke of genius” by Gothamist and a finalist in TruTV’s comedy break out initiative. She also co-created, writes, and stars in the Inverse original series “Your Brain on Blank”, where she explains the science behind how everything-from alcohol to caffeine to puppies- affects the brain. She can also be seen at Weill Cornell Medicine, where she is a Neuroscience PhD candidate studying the epigenetic underpinnings of hippocampal function. You can visit Shannon’s YouTube channel here.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Shannon got into science comedy
  • How science can be funny
  • Similarities between the personalities of comedians and scientists
  • Political correctness in comedy and science
  • How science communication is often so humorless
  • Your brain on… the flu.
  • Your brain on… breakups.
  • Your brain on… puppies.
  • Your brain on… caffeine.
  • Your brain on… social media.
  • Epigenetics and the effects of early life adversity on the brain
  • How science can inform treatment options
  • Barriers for women entering science

BONUS


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