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Radio Physics

Radio Physics is for everyone! You don't have to be a scientist or even an aficionado to be fascinated by the questions and answers that you'll hear between 4:30 and 5:00 on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Radio Physics is a collaboration with top high school physics students from Aspen to Rifle, the Aspen Center for Physics, and KDNK Community Radio in Carbondale. Students interview one of the more than 1,000 physicists who visit the Aspen Center for Physics every year.

Latest Episodes
  • Corey Michelin, a rising senior at Aspen High School and Madeline Schaefer, the daughter of visiting physicists, interview Kristen Dage, a postdoctoral fellow at the McGill Space Institute. Kristen uses multiwavelength observations to identify objects in extreme gravitational environments and characterize their physics. She received her PhD in astrophysics in from Michigan State University, and her Bachelor of Science in physics at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
  • Evelyn Stefli, a rising senior at Aspen High School interviews Cecilia Chirenti, a research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of Maryland. Cecilia earned her Bachelor’s and PhD degrees in Physics from the Physics Institute of the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, followed by a postdoc at the Albert Einstein Institute in Potsdam, Germany, before becoming a professor at the Federal University of ABC in Brazil, where she still maintains strong connections. Her research interests include relativistic astrophysics, testing relativity with gravitational waves, and understanding the details of black hole and neutron star mergers. She is also very active with education and outreach and maintains a busy schedule both in the US and Brazil encouraging students to become interested in astrophysics.
  • Aspen High School students Kenton Kowar and Elijah Goldman interview Nicholas Rodd, a theoretical physicist at CERN and organizer of the winter conference, “New Methods and Ideas at the Frontiers of Particle Physics." The three met during Lina Necib’s excellent public lecture at the Wheeler Opera House which Nicholas introduced. Lina's lecture is available at YouTube Aspen Physics by searching 2022 Winter Public Lectures.
  • Aspen High School senior, Kenton Kowar, and Basalt High School junior, Connor Hoffman, interview theoretical astrophysicist Anna Lisa Varri from the University of Edinburgh. Anna Lisa’s research focuses on the dynamics of stellar systems combining mathematics and astronomy and Kenton’s and Connor’s questions penetrated deeply into her research.
  • Patty Fox and members of the Aspen High School club, Girls in STEM interview practicing physicists and get some fantastic advice.
  • This fall, a group of Aspen High School students led by Mino Khan-Farooqi, Natalie Wesner and Claire Anderson formed a new club, “Girls in STEM,” with the intention of expanding their knowledge of careers in science, tech, engineering and math, in part by talking to women in these fields.
  • Caroline Boyd was a rising senior at Aspen High School in 2012 when she worked as a go-fer during the Aspen Center for Physics’ 50th celebration. She was inspired by her conversations with physicists at the Center to work in a lab when she went to Colorado College. This led Caroline to graduate work in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at University of California, Berkeley where she is now a doctoral candidate in Microbiology. In this interview, a reversal of our usual format, physics professor Clare Yu (University of California, Irvine), a member of the Aspen Center for Physics, probes Caroline’s research interests and shares her enthusiasm for virology and experimental research.
  • Katherine Young interviews Vivienne Baldassare, the William Band Distinguished Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Washington State…
  • Gemma Hill, a senior at Aspen High School and Katherine Young, senior at Glenwood Springs High School talk to Aditi Mitra, Professor of Physics at New…
  • Gemma Hill, a senior at Aspen High School, interviews galactic archeologist Keith Hawkins, Assistant Professor of Astronomy at the University of Texas at…