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Do you know that song "I've been everywhere?"

Lately I feel like I've been living that song. I've been in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and ok- Miami and DC and NYC a couple of times. Cheryl at the Groton Post Office (who, of course, know about all of my travels) tells me to stop complaining because I love what I do and she is of course right. But while I've been immersed in work; I've been missing lots of interesting things that are happening.

One of my favorites is an interview with FairerScience friend Annalee Newitz .

Annalee describes it thusly:

Law nerd David Levine just had me on his podcast, Hearsay Culture, to chat about all kinds of things, including female geeks vs. male geeks. I had a lot of fun chatting with him. You can listen to the podcast here. I wound up being fairly rambly in places, and made judicious use of the fine word “um,” but I was excited to get a chance to talk about my theory of why hacker culture is so macho. And why female geeks worry so much about looking feminine – or not.

Some of my favorite parts:

Annalee describing her Io9 website as about the permeable membrane between science fiction and science.

Her rant about "pink robots".

Her advice to 12 year old geeks, girls and boys, about the need to find content related geekie communities with lots and lots of examples.

Best of all her advice to the parents of boys to keep girls and boys together-- to expose their kids to both genders and keep them in mixed groups. Annalee says and it makes a heck of a lot of sense to me, "the more that boys think of girls as their allies, as their comrades, as their co adventurers; the more that the adult men they become, will look at women as colleagues and not just as potential sex objects and alien creatures that they don't understand."

The interview starts slowly but keeps getting better and better. Just listen ok?