Episode 26 – Science (with poetic licence)

January 17, 2011 14:36 by andi

This episode tours the museum’s Natural Sciences Department via poetry by Ogden Nash (1902-1971). Like the scientists, he clearly loved to ponder our natural world as he wrote many memorable poems about animals and creepy crawlies.

Poets are allowed poetic licence, but pedants like me will still want to seek out the scientific line. So in this episode, we count the ribs of pythons, discuss the mating habits of shrimps, sniff out information on squashed ants, try to convince my cubicle buddy to do duck impersonations, find out the difference between centipedes and millipedes and reveal that Melbourne Museum has a an eel whisperer.

Animatedly yours, Dr Andi

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Simon Hinkley sniffs out information on ants | Kate Philips counts python ribs | Jo Taylor discusses shrimp mating behaviour and shows us some of her research specimens Simon Hinkley sniffs out information on ants | Kate Philips counts python ribs | Jo Taylor discusses shrimp mating behaviour and shows us some of her research specimens

Show notes

Museum Victoria Resources

Reticulated Python showcase
What's the difference between a prawn and a shrimp?
Fish Evolution
Feeding the eels in the Milarri Garden pond

More information

Poems sourced from the book Candy is Dandy, The Best of Ogden Nash
Ogden Nash on Wikipedia

Interviewees and poetry readers

Thanks to 3RRR for lending us radio announcers to read poems.

The Python read by 3RRR’s Biggsy
Commentary: Kate Philips, Senior Curator Science Communication

The Shrimp read by 3RRR’s Biggsy
Commentary: Dr Joanne Taylor, Continental Margin Ecosystems Research fellow, Sciences Department

The Ant read by 3RRR’s Jacinta Parsons
Commentary: Simon Hinkley, Collection Manager Entomology & Senior information officer

The Coelacanth read by Bernard Caleo
Commentary: Wayne Gerdtz, Curator Science and Life gallery

The Duck by Ogden Nash read by Tracey-Ann Hooley
Commentary: Tracey-Ann Hooley, Curator Science and Life Gallery

The Centipede read by 3RRR’s Simon Winkler
Commentary: Jess Sinclair, Coordinator, Live Exhibits

The Eel by Ogden Nash read by Bernard Caleo (MV)

Interviews and production by

Dr Andi Horvath – Senior Curator, Museum Victoria
Arch Cuthbertson – Podcast Recording Services


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