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POCAST: The Scientist Behind Breaking Bad

This week on the podcast I talk with Donna Nelson, a professor of chemistry at the University of Oklahoma and a science adviser on the AMC show Breaking Bad.

The show centers on high school chemistry teacher Walt White, who decides to start cooking methamphetamine to make money for his family. Science plays a major part in the show, so I was eager to hear Nelson explain exactly what she does as a science adviser. We also discussed why she thinks it's important to get the science right in TV shows and whether or not an organic chemist like herself could really figure out how to make methamphetamine. It's a great podcast whether you've seen the show or not, and there's no plot spoilers. So go listen to it!


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