D PETERSCHMIDT: Hi, I'm D Peterschmidt. I'm a producer at Science Friday, where I mostly cover the arts. And I'm also an artist and musician. And over the years at Science Friday, I've seen that the relationship between science and art is a lot closer than you may think. I've talked to NASA scientists who were inspired to go into their field because of TV shows like Star Trek. And I've talked to artists who use scientific equipment, like EEG machines, to make their work come to life. And the more scientists and artists I've talked to the more I realized how important the role of art is in our lives, how it influences the choices we make, and how we see the world.
So on this podcast we're going to bring you some of our favorite arts-related science stories from Science Friday, some new stories too, and conversations with the producers who made those segments. We'll hear from astronomers who integrate space into their artwork.
NIA IMARA: I am a painter in addition to being an astronomer. Art and science are two different ways of looking at the world, and it really shows us that we're united. We all come from the stars, quite literally.
D PETERSCHMIDT: And from drag artists who bring science into their performances.
PATTIE GONIA: When they did drag for the first time in the outdoors, as an adult, I put on six inch high-heeled boots. I started strutting down the trails, and I fell in love with nature and a whole new way. I saw how queer nature was. I saw how much science was out there.
D PETERSCHMIDT: And even from artists who use their illustration skills to help us understand nature's most unusual creatures.
ROSEMARY MOSCO: I thought, oh, my goodness. I have to do a comic about an animal with a zillion different butts.
D PETERSCHMIDT: I hope you get inspired and maybe see science and art in a different way. Universe of Art from Science Friday is launching soon. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.