Beautific Creations (Ch. 23) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 023

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Bionic-Bug-Episode-23.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 24:26 — 20.6MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 23. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. I’m recording this episode on September 30, 2018. Just a quick intro today before we get to Bionic Bug. I spent the last few days visiting Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. I met with a number of scientists and experts to talk about nanotechnology, synthetic biology, additive manufacturing, and artificial Read more…

Coffee (Ch. 9) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 009

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Bionic-Bug-Podcast-Episode-9.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 23:14 — 19.5MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 9. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. I’m recording this episode on June 17, 2018. I hope you didn’t miss my special episode on June 7 where I interviewed biohacker Josiah Zayner about genetic engineering, CRISPR, frogs and much more. You can see the episode as recorded LIVE on YouTube as well. Today, I’m going to Read more…

Nationals Park (Ch. 2) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 002

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Bionic-Bug-Podcast-Episode-2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 23:11 — 19.9MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreWelcome back to the Bionic Bug podcast. This is episode number 2. My name is Natasha Bajema. I’m a fiction author, national security expert and your host for this podcast. First off, I want to share a personal reflection. Last week, after I proudly posted my first-ever podcast, I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts and realized that I made an amateur mistake in the closing segment. FYI, the slashes in website addresses Read more…

So, you want to live in a democracy?

All of this politics stuff is stressing me out. Seriously, my anxiety has been running higher than normal for several months. I don’t know if I can continue staying engaged for much longer without burning out.  I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that you’re pretty stressed too. And I bet that you’re sick and tired of all the political rants and articles being posted on Facebook and wish that we could return to pictures of cute kids, puppies and cats. Me too. Life is busy with jobs, bills, mortgages, kids, dogs (and cats I guess), Read more…

Is this Gerry Mandering’s Fault?

How could this happen? How could we take such a big step backwards, away from the values of our country, away from the guarantees found in the U.S. Constitution. I think it might be, at least in part, due to false perceptions of majority versus minority groups facilitated by the practice of gerrymandering. As we enter a dark period in American politics, in which it has become acceptable to speak words of hate at the highest levels of political office, it’s becoming apparent to me that we are going to have to fight for our democracy. It’s not just our Read more…

Something Rotten?

Something is rotten in the State of Denmark –Hamelet, William Shakespeare As we celebrate the Fourth of July this year, it might feel somewhat bittersweet. I’m definitely with you. I’m feeling less proud of our country this year. And I’m feeling worried about the future of our political system. As the fireworks explode, I smile and cheer. But in my gut, I feel a growing unease about the state of affairs in our great nation. I fear there is something rotten in the state of our Republic. Over the past decade, American politics seem to have taken a rather dramatic turn Read more…

What Happens When a Dream Dies?

Imagine you wake up in the middle of the night. There is a loud crash in the living room downstairs. You turn on the light and grab for your phone. You hear movement down below and know that there is an intruder in your house. Some people might reach for their guns, while others will dial 911 (including me). After making contact with the dispatcher, she assures you that help is on the way. You breath a sigh of relief when the cops are at your door because you know that they have arrived to help you. If you’ve traveled Read more…