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Tue Oct 24 // 8:00 pm

Methods live with SMBC’s Zach and Kelly Weinersmith

Presented by Caveat

Ever wonder how we make predictions for the future? Are predictions of robot swarms and nuclear fusion powered-toasters really true?

Be a part of the action as your host, Brooke Borel, takes professional researchers and puts their facts to the test in the live recording of the new podcast, Methods.

This month we’ll explore the facts set forth in the new book Soonish, written by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith. A top scientist and the creator of a hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, this month’s guests will dive into how and why they hilariously illustrated the investigation into future technologies - from how to fling a ship into deep space on the cheap to 3D organ printing.

Doors 7:30pm, show 8:00pm. 21+

Dr. Kelly Weinersmith is Adjunct Faculty in the BioSciences Department at Rice University, where she studies parasites that manipulate the behavior of their hosts. In addition to being a respected researcher, she cohosts Science... Sort Of, which is one of the top 20 natural science podcasts. Kelly spoke at Smithsonian Magazine's "The Future is Here 2015," and her work has been featured in The Atlantic, Science, Nature, National Geographic, BBC World, Gizmodo, and CBC's Quirks and Quarks.

Zach Weinersmith is the cartoonist behind the popular geek webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. His work has been featured in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Forbes, Science Friday, Boingboing, the Freakonomics Blog, the RadioLab blog, Entertainment Weekly, Mother Jones, CNN, Discovery Magazine, and more.


About Methods:

In an era where fake news and questionable logic abound, Methods is a new podcast that uncovers how we know what we know and why the way we got there matters. Each week, Brooke Borel, author of The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking, sits down with an expert researcher and finds out how they find facts.

Using one of the guest’s projects - an investigative article, a book, a scientific discovery - we’ll explore how and why our guest separated fact from fiction to understand the world around us. What was their process? How did they investigate the evidence? And what stories, pitfalls, and dead ends didn’t make it into the published work?

Join Brooke and a rotating cast of journalists, scientists, historians, judges, translators, and more for beer and in-depth discussion about how they found the evidence to call something a fact. Who knows, you might just get to be a part of a fact-finding mission along the way!

About Brooke:

Brooke Borel is a journalist, editor, and author based in Brooklyn, New York and the author of The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking, which Library Journal named a best reference book of 2016, and Infested: How the Bed Bug Infiltrated Our Bedrooms and Took Over the World. She’s also written on everything from cannabis pesticides to the history of fake news, but she specializes in stories about how we use technology to shape our environment. Her work has appeared at Popular Science, the Guardian, the Atlantic, BuzzFeed News, FiveThirtyEight, Quanta, and Undark Magazine, among others. She teaches writing at New York University and the Brooklyn Brainery.