Episode 55 – Matt Kirshen

Our guest this week is standup comedian, Matt Kirshen. Michael, Kitty, and Matt talk about archery, mansplaining, science TV, Mr. Wizard, Santa Claus, The Krampus, German Christmas markets, American vs. British TV, Doctor Who, Tommy Cooper, Matt’s comedy career, stand-up vs. open mics, comedy writing, comedy clubs, Star Wars, Harrison Ford, conventions and fandom, The Martian, and Benny Hill.

Matt Kirshen’s official site
The Probably Science Podcast


Happy Ada Lovelace Day

It’s Ada the Countess of Lovelace Day, an annual commemoration in mid-October to raise the profile of women’s contributions to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths. Many don’t realize that we have women to thank for much of the technology we enjoy today:

  • Ada Lovelace – pioneering work on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, writer of the first algorithm
  • Grace Hopper – computer scientist, and inventor of the first computer program compiler
  • Emily Warren Roebling – Chief Engineer of building the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Helen Augusta Blanchard – aka “Lady Edison”, one of the greatest inventors of the Industrial era
  • Hedy Lamarr – Hollywood actress, co-inventor of an early technique for spread spectrum communications and  frequency hopping, which paved the way for today’s wireless communications

We would like to express our thanks to women everywhere for their contributions to STEM, and to help further the encouragement of young women to explore STEM career paths.


White House Women in STEM page
Engineer Girl Website
For Girls In Science – Women in STEM page