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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
  • On this episode of Radio Physics, Alex Lupsasca speaks with summer interns, Andrew Tran and Bryson Wells. Alex Lupsasca is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Math at Vanderbilt University. He is a theorist with training in high-energy physics and general relativity.
  • On this episode of Radio Physics, summer interns Ean Olmstead and Andrew Tran interview Jessica Werk, associate professor of Physics at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on the role of gas in the formation and evolution of galaxies and the intergalactic medium, primarily through spectroscopic observations in the optical and ultraviolet.
  • On this episode of Radio Physics, summer intern, Imogen Kistner interviews Glenny's Reynolds Farrar.
  • This episode of Radio Physics features Kim Berghaus, a postdoctoral researcher at StonyBrook University who specializes in minimal thermal friction in cosmology, and researches the Migdal Effect in semiconductors, dark matter, and dark energy radiation.
  • 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.