Episodes
Artist Beth Zaiken joins Moiya to talk about paleoart. Together, they answer questions like: How do artists work with museums to create gorgeous and educational exhibits about the ancient natural world? How has our understanding of the paleo world changed in the last few decades? And how does an artist decide what to include in the scene? HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Beth Zaiken is an artist who designs exhibits...
Published 09/22/22
In this episode, Nick Perron, host of the Tabletopped podcast, joins Moiya to imagine a world banded with "time rate zones." They explore gravitational time dilation, x-ray protection, tops vs. bottoms, black hole myths, and mob mentality. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Nick Perron is an actor, writer, and host of the https://tabletoppedpod.com/ (Tabletopped) podcast. You can find him on twitter at...
Published 09/08/22
Please enjoy this disruption to the normal Exolore feed! Exolore is a member of Multitude, an independent podcast collective. Together, all of the Multitude hosts make a friendly debate show called Head, Heart, Gut. This episode is a little taste of that show. Welcome to Head Heart Gut, where the Multitude hosts argue about the best things using our head, our heart and our gut. This is a supercut of the first three Best AnimalHeroes episodes, featuring Julia Schifini, Eric Schneider, and...
Published 08/29/22
It's hard to build a world without thinking about politics. Who has power, what can they do with it, and what happens when political ties turn sour? Dr. Andrea Jones-Rooy is here to answer all of my questions about what makes a government. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Dr. Andrea Jones-Rooy is a political scientist, data scientist, professor, circus performer, and comedian. Phew! You can follow Andrea on twitter at...
Published 08/25/22
What if Earth was ruled by amphibians instead of gross hairy mammals like us? Roxy Valdez joins me in this week's episode to explain how they answered that very question with the Amphiterra Project. It's a ribbiting good time! HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Roxy Valdez is an illustrator and designer who created the amazing http://amphiterra.weebly.com/ (Amphiterra Project). You can follow them on twitter at...
Published 08/11/22
A sociologist, a biologist, and an astrophysicist walk into a zoom room and discuss what it would be like if everyone had three parents. Here's a hint: it gets complicated real fast. We discuss speculative science, the difficulty of large collaborations, mating types, and ~bedroom activity~ HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUESTS Dr. Tamara van der Does is a computational sociologist who studies how environment shapes...
Published 07/28/22
Are you working on a novel and getting a little stuck? Well this episode is all about a software program that can help you through the process, created by fantasy novel writer who knows where all the roadblocks are. Katja Kaine joins me to share her writing tips and describe how she came to build The Novel Factory. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Katja Kaine is a fantasy writer and creator of the...
Published 07/14/22
Buffy the Vampire Slayer absolutely changed my life, and I know it impacted countless others as well. Sally Tamarkin joins me to talk about what we love and.... don't love about the worldbuilding in this beloved franchise. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Sally Tamarkin is a writer, podcaster, and sensitivity reader who has lots of thoughts on Buffy. Check out her website https://www.sally.fyi/ (sally.gay) or follow...
Published 06/30/22
Mauricio Garcia tells me all about how perfumes and scents are made. We talk about surprising scent origins, sustainable perfumery, how perfumes match body chemistry, and the ways that smells connect us to other worlds. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Mauricio Garcia is a perfumer and aromatherapist. You can follow his amazing work and check out his delicious perfumes at...
Published 06/16/22
A herpetologist and a conservationist join me to imagine life on a rainforest world. We decide it's run by a race of flying fish lizards who love community and pay for things with a toxic fruit. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Chelsea Connor is a herpetologist, birder, artist, and science communicator who shares a love of lizards with https://www.anoleannals.org/author/chelsea-connor/ (#DidYouAnole). You can follow...
Published 06/02/22
Amanda McLoughin, CEO of Multitude Productions, tells me all about how to build a business from picking a name, to establishing a fair and ethical office culture. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Amanda McLoughlin is a podcaster, entrepreneur, and Forbes media luminary. You can follow her on twitter at https://twitter.com/shessomickey (@shessomickey) and learn about the company she built at...
Published 05/19/22
Mike Schubert joins me to determine the best world we've built on Exolore. Direct any complaints or disagreements to Brandon Grugle. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Mike Schubert is a professional podcaster with a background in engineering. You can hear his voice on his five wildly successful podcasts including Potterless and The Newest Olympian. Follow Mike on twitter at https://twitter.com/Schubes17 (@schubes17)...
Published 05/05/22
Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein joins me to imagine different universes from scratch. What if the quark was more massive? What if the strong nuclear force wasn't so strong? It turns out the universe is a fascinating and delicate balance. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is a theoretical cosmologist, professor, speaker, activist, and author of...
Published 04/21/22
Where does the one power come from? Who can use it? Did Robert Jordan mean to have so many references to Irish folklore in his books? Professional TV critic Meghan O'Keefe joins me to answer these questions and so many more about the fantasy series Wheel of Time! HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Meghan O'Keefe is a professional TV critic, writer for Decider, and a speculative fiction fan. You can follow her on...
Published 04/07/22
This week I'm joined by Jess Khoury, a writer and fantasy cartographer, to discuss fictional mapmaking. We talk about how mountains don't bend and rivers don't split, the logic behind human settlements, and how to name your places. Plus, there are dogs. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Jessica Khoury is an author and fantasy cartographer who makes beautiful, believable maps. You can follow her on twitter at...
Published 03/24/22
Globally, cosplay is a multi-billion dollar industry. But what is it? How does one choose or make their cosplays? Guest Emilee is here to share her experience with us! HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Emilee is a cosplayer who goes by the name Our Shield Maiden. You can visit her website https://www.ourshieldmaiden.com/ (ourshieldmaiden.com) and follow her on socials at @ourshieldmaiden. Her website has plenty of...
Published 03/10/22
Are we in the Matrix? Is Zion in the Matrix?! Is Matrix: Resurrections a sequel or a reboot? How many messages can you fit into one movie? So many questions in this episode, and a special guest to help us answer them. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Mischa Stanton is an audio editing wizard and multi-media storyteller. You can follow them on twitter at https://twitter.com/mischaetc (@mischaetc) and read about their...
Published 02/24/22
This week we're imagining the life on a thick atmosphere world. We talk echolocation, cascadian black metal music, vision priorities, bat worship, acoustemology, singing dream sentinels. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUESTS Dr. Kristen Lear is a bat conservationist, If/Then Ambassador, and National Geographic explorer! You can follower her on twitter at https://twitter.com/BatsForLife (@BatsforLife) and read about her...
Published 02/10/22
You asked, I answered! We talk moon formation, grad school tips, my favorite dinosaurs, the ethics and logistics of terraforming planets, and so much more! Happy New Year, Exolorians! Every one of these sentences ends in an exclamation point! HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUESTS William Corbett is the future Mr. Dr. Moiya. He's not really online MIDBREAK - Head to inkedgaming.com/exolore and use the code EXOLORE to get...
Published 12/30/21
This week we're building the environment of a world with a thick atmosphere. We talk atmospheric escape, sound speeds, banana rocks, and loads more. Don't forget to submit your questions for the upcoming AMA episode here: https://forms.gle/E3QUDWX6WGojwhHb7 (https://forms.gle/E3QUDWX6WGojwhHb7) HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUESTS Shreyas Vissapragada is a PhD student at CalTech studying planetary atmospheres. You can...
Published 12/16/21
Two friends join me to discuss the worldbuilding of the Stargate franchise! We talk about bromances, ancient languages, and the military industrial complex. There's a blood sacrifice and a twist ending! HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUESTS Dr. Rob Frawley is a biologist and co-host of the excellent podcast, http://factsmachinepodcast.com/ (Facts Machine). You can follow Rob on twitter at...
Published 12/02/21
Two friends join me to discuss the worldbuilding of the Stargate franchise! We talk about scientific notation, infectious disease protocols, ancient aliens, and the military industrial complex. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUESTS Dr. Rob Frawley is a biologist and co-host of the excellent podcast, http://factsmachinepodcast.com/ (Facts Machine). You can follow Rob on twitter at https://twitter.com/sweatervestsci...
Published 11/18/21
Malorie Cooper invented Aeon 14, an epic sci-fi universe spanning 7,000 years; 50,000 lightyears; and over 100 books! Malorie and I talked about her sci-fi inspirations, astronomical geography, her favorite storylines, liberated futures, and how it's possible to write 100 books in 10 years. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Malorie Cooper is a NYT bestselling author and creator of the Aeon 14 universe. Start your Aeon...
Published 11/04/21
How might life be different on a planet without a magnetic field? I'm joined by an evolutionary biologist and a natural navigator to find out! Buy tickets to the live Exolore recording here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exolore-live-worldbuilding-of-stargate-tickets-172936366327 (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exolore-live-worldbuilding-of-stargate-tickets-172936366327) HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist GUESTS Dr. Emeline...
Published 10/21/21