Here comes Episode #500!

January 30th, 2015

Next week, TWIS will reach a milestone in its podcasting history… 500 episodes (or so we estimate).

We would love you to join us on the show for a moment, with a word.

We’ve partnered with Dumbstruck to capture your reactions to the news of our 500th episode, AND to get your one word reaction.

All you have to do is watch my video on Dumbstruck and say a word. Easy as that. Oh, and you will probably have to allow Dumbstruck to use your microphone and camera. You have to do that kind of thing to record video, you know.

Click below to make it so! I can’t wait to hear what you have to say…


TWIS LIVE in New York at STEM Fest!

December 30th, 2014


TWIS is heading to New York. In just over two weeks!

If you live in the Tri-state area, this is your chance to see TWIS broadcast live!

As part of the Horse Trade inaugural STEM Fest, TWIS goes live at the UNDER St. Mark’s theater in the East Village on January 15th at 10pm EDT. Click here for more information and tickets.

It’s a late show, but it’s New York city, the city that never sleeps. So, stay up late with us in honor of science! Be a part of our broadcast! Watch the show happen IRL!

You may not get a chance like this again…

Get tickets now! They are only $10!


TWIS on The California Report!

August 22nd, 2014

This past month TWIS was featured in a radio story on KQED’s ‘The California Report’ for the way we are using Patreon to build our community and drive support for our productions.

Thanks to everyone for supporting us on Patreon, to Grace Rubenstein for putting us in her story, and to Patreon for giving us a new and interactive way to fund raise.

We hope that we can continue to count on your support as we strive to produce new and ever better science programs for you.


This Week on TWIS: Dan Falk and the Science of Shakespeare

June 30th, 2014

“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.” –Shakespeare

And, oh, we are fools here at TWIS. Fools for science!

Don’t miss some excellent foolishness this Thursday evening as we explore the world of Shakespeare with science writer, Dan Falk. His recently released book, “The Science of Shakespeare – A new look at the playwright’s universe,” explores the many ways that the first phase of the scientific revolution affected the bard and his craft.

This week we weave together science with its place in history, art, and culture. How much more foolish could we be???

Don’t miss it… the show starts at 8pm PDT on

Buy the book on Amazon!


Support TWIS on Patreon

February 26th, 2014

In the spirit of fundraising and remaining virtually ad-free, This Week in Science (TWIS) has started an account on

What is Patreon? Well, it’s like Kickstarter for artists and media producers. But, instead of having one big campaign that ends on a particular date, Patreon takes into account the ongoing nature of art and media production. So, when you donate, you choose an amount that you want to give on an ongoing basis whenever we produce an new episode for you. For example, if you pledge to donate $5 per episode, at the end of a month you will be charged $20.

Very much like Kickstarter and other fundraising platforms, you will receive a gift from us in return for your support. We have created patches, new t-shirts, and could even record you a voicemail message!

If you love TWIS, all you need to do is head over to, and follow the instructions from there.

We are trying to raise at least $500 per episode in pledged support. The money will be used to buy TWIS new equipment, pay our bills, and give each of us a little something in our pockets for the work we do (personally speaking, money I get will be applied to childcare). If we are able to raise over $500 per episode, the monies will help support TWIS expansion. We would love to do more for science communication. We just have to get past the tipping point to make it happen.

You are how we hope to make it happen. Every little bit helps us reach our goals of informing and entertaining you.

So, if you do love TWIS, head over to right now, and pledge your support.

Thank you for your support. We really couldn’t do this without you.


TWIS 2013 Catchup Announcements!

October 15th, 2013

Welcome Blair Bazdarich!

Blair Bazdarich
If you’ve been listening to the show (and you have, right?) then you already know this, but we’d still like to publicly welcome Blair Bazdarich, former TWIS intern, as our official co-host! For a year and a half now she has been an enthusiastic and invaluable member of the TWIS team, and as of her return from herd 6-month trip to Israel earlier this year, has become a permanent fixture. We couldn’t be happier, and hope you are too.


Catching TWIS live has been difficult since we moved to Google Hangouts, and for that we can never apologize enough. But we can certainly start to apologize properly by announcing that is fully armed and operational. Head to that page every Thursday at … er, well, around 8ish PM Pacfic, more or less? (Kai-Time may be in effect, we hope you can understand,) and you can join us for the live show. And don’t forget to sign in to the IRC chat, right on the same page. If we aren’t live for some reason, that’s the best place to find out what’s going on. Hope to see you there!

This Is TWIS

This Week In Science (TWIS)

Kiki, Justin and Blair FINALLY met in person, all three together in the same place at the same time the other week, and somehow the universe didn’t end. They got some great photos that we’ll be featuring on the site soon, and they also took the opportunity to record a brand-new introduction to TWIS, which you can watch right here and find over on YouTube.

Don’t forget to click Like and favorite on the video, and of course subscribe to our YouTube channel!



September 16th, 2013

That’s right, people. You can watch TWIS when we broadcast.

Finding us used to be a bit cumbersome, but with the help of our brilliant minions, Arenlor and Ciphan, it’s now very easy to watch the live show. Oh, and, it’s easy to find our chat-room and be a part of the conversation.


Well, we now have a page for the LIVE show and chat-room… all in one!

Head over to on Thursday nights around 7:30 – 8ish PM PT. The video screen should auto-refresh, and start playing the show when we go live. In the meantime, hangout with the minions in the chat-room by logging into the chat-room entrance frame that’s located directly below the video.

The page is still in beta, so if things don’t start up when you expect, simply refresh the page to see if the show is on.

We hope to see you there!


21 Hours of TWISmageddon

December 13th, 2012

TWIS is hosting 21 Hours of TWISmageddon in a knock-out, drag-down celebration of SCIENCE and the fact that world will not end on the 21st of December at 11:11 UTC.

Join us as we broadcast live for a stupid amount of time to talk science with people around the world!!! We will be joined by Tom Merritt, Joanne Manaster, Andy Ihnatko, Carin Bondar, and more!

We’ll be live on Google+ Hangouts and live on our YouTube channel.

The fun all starts at 00:00 UTC (that’s 4pm PST for me!)! Check your time zone here.

Our chatroom lives at, #TWIS.

The Countdown to TWISmageddon is ON!