In this week’s episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast, we highlight the intersection of STEM and entertainment with guests Dr. Tina Lasisi and Dr. Kareem Edouard.
Segment 1: Dr. Tina Lasisi is a science communicator, content creator, and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Southern California. As a biological anthropologist, Dr. Lasisi explores hair shape and skin pigmentation, providing insights into the genetic architecture and evolutionary history of racialized human traits. Her unique research and nuanced perspective reach diverse audiences through her dynamic and witty TikToks and Instagram Reels, in addition to her conversations as a guest expert on several podcasts, including NPR’s Short Wave, Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, and In Those Genes. Dr. Lasisi brings enthusiasm, wit, and authenticity to PBS Digital Studios as the host of “Why Am I Like This?”
Segment 2: Work It Out Wombats!, an exciting new animated series starring a trio of marsupial siblings—Malik, Zadie and Zeke—who live with their grandmother in their diverse and vibrant “Treeborhood,” is premiering on PBS KIDS February 6. Dr. Edouard, an assistant professor in the Department of Education at Drexel University. Creative Producer Kareem Edouard, Ph.D., an expert in understanding the intersectionality of race, culture, and STEM for students of color as well as issues of culture and inclusion in children’s media. Dr. Edouard’s expertise helped ensure that all aspects of the series, which will introduce computational thinking concepts to help viewers solve meaningful problems, learn flexible thinking and effectively express themselves, are looked at through the lens of culture and inclusion.
Music by: Sammus
Edited by: Jamie Broadnax